Many of these immigrants share our faith or are from Islamic cultures, yet, the dramatic effects of poverty, war, and social injustice, have not allowed these people to receive an education about the authentic values of religion and about Islamic civilization.
For COREIS, integration in the Western context also means the awareness of dignity, intelligence, and freedom of their Muslim identity, without formality, without political or ideological misperceptions and without ghettos.
The title of our humble initiative is 114 Pizza & Dolci (114 Pizza & Sweets) and is a dinner organized in collaboration with local Christian and secular associations that have been concerned, for years, with caring and supporting immigrants from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The title and the number 114 Pizza & Sweets refers to the 114 chapters of the Holy Koran. During the month of Ramadan, these chapters are recited and remembered as Revelation and as a blessing for the Islamic community for 14 centuries. Pizza is a symbol of integration into Italian society and culture. Desserts and sweets are a natural conclusion to the spiritual taste and comfort that the presence of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be up on him, conveyed to children and adults. I would like to clarify that the 114 Pizza & Sweets events are not only aimed at migrants or refugees of Muslim origin but those who would like to share a meal offered by COREIS to honor all migrants and refugees and join us for a symbolic evening of fraternity especially during this blessed month of our calendar and of our religion.We do not want to exclude anyone or "Islamize" dinner but rather offer an occasion of fraternal conviviality with a prayer, a reference, a thought, and to Ramadan and to our Merciful God.
Too often we are asked, what does the Islamic world do for the integration of underserved immigrants in Italy? And we believe that the answer can be found in small, tangible gestures such as 114 Pizza & Sweets. COREIS is convinced that this simple initiative, distributed in stages throughout the country, can be a constructive gesture toward sharing, friendliness, and knowledge of Muslim hospitality for Muslims but also for the voluntary Christian associations, laypeople, and local governments, that
will collaborate with us in this initiative. Our aim is to inspire a model of best practice for the integration, and respect towards, Islamic and Italian culture.