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Fish, Fasting and Friendship

Miller’s Fish and Chips provide food for the breaking of fast at York Mosque

Miller’s Fish and Chips, an award-winning fish and chip shop located in Haxby, North Yorkshire, broke the Ramadan fast with the local Muslim community last night by hand delivering portions of their Halal and gluten free fried fish to the York Mosque and Islamic Centre.

Since his first visit to Miller’s Fish and Chips in Haxby, which provides gluten free, halal and vegetarian options to people with restrictive diets, Mebs Surve, a prominent member of York Mosque’s community, struck an immediate friendship with Nick Miller, who co-owns and runs the chippy with his father, David.

During one of their recent conversations, Nick was invited to attend the Art Competition & Exhibition at the Mosque in support of Refugee Week. This event also coincided with the holy month of Ramadan.

Nick was touched by the warmth and hospitality of the Muslim community and he wanted to see what he could do as a way of saying thank you. Nick called Mebs and offered to provide food as a contribution to their iftar – the name for when Muslims break their fast at sunset.

Nick wanted the food delivery to be a celebration of the unity within the York community.

"It was really important for us to visit the mosque and we are delighted that we could help provide some of our halal fish for such a special evening. Me and the rest of the family are really happy that we’ve been able to share our food as part of Ramadan and it really shows the strong social bonds within York’s community.

"It’s the first time that our fish and chips has been served as part of such an incredible feast and it was a great addition.”

Mebs Surve, added:

"When Nick called me with his idea, I was deeply moved by his very kind gesture.

"It means a tremendous amount to the Muslim community of York Mosque that someone is providing food as an act of kindness and friendship.

‘It was a great honour and pleasure to be joined by our friends from Millers yesterday for our iftar. Ramadhan is the month of unity and togetherness and this is what really makes the experience even more special.

"With all the disunity and divisions caused by the atrocities during the last few months, it’s opportunities such as these that we must embrace and treasure. We welcome anyone and everyone to the Mosque, which is here for the community as a whole.”

After finishing as the third best fish and chip shop in the UK and being recognised as the best fish and chip shop in the North East at the National Fish & Chip Awards, it’s looking to be a busy year again for the chippy as they put the finishing touches to their application for the 2018 Awards.

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Date : 23-06-2017
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