Collective Iftar

Fatwa no. 15616 I heard from some Muslim brothers that the collective Iftar (breaking the Fast), whether during the Month of Ramadan or during a voluntary fasting, is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion). Is this true? (Part No. 9; Page No. 35

A: There is no harm in having collective Iftar during Ramadan or in any other month, as long as such a gathering is not perceived as a form of worship. Allah (Exalted be He) said: No sin on you whether you eat together or apart. However, if it is feared that the collective Iftar during voluntary fasting might include showing off and might be seen as an act of distinguishing the fasting people from those who are not fasting, then Iftar in this way is reprehensible.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.