Free meals served at iftar in mosques
Saudi Arabia takes another forward leap to reconfirm its pride as the Kingdom of humanity by offering free iftar meals in worshipping places and also within the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah.
The time of iftar, breaking fast, is the happiest moment in the Kingdom when we see people rushing home to take part in the iftar at home with their respective families and happier still to witness another crowd of workers who are singles rushing to their nearest mosques and Ramadan tents to break their fast with their other expatriate colleagues.
A large number of Saudi philanthropists voluntarily come forward to offer iftar meals to those singles who do not have the facilities to cook their meals in time for the breakfast.
Besides these iftar parties at public places, others host their own iftar parties either at their respective homes.
The corporate companies hold their annual iftar during the holy month to their employees, well-wishers and business friends at restaurants and five star hotels .
During the iftar parties, the guests are served with a variety of local and foreign dishes which include traditional Arabic cuisine such as kabsa, samosa,laban and Ummali.
Masjid Ibrahim Al-Hajeri, a Jumma mosque located in the heart of the capital, offers something unique at the iftar meal, which is patronized by Asian expatriates, particularly Sri Lankans.
The chairman of the Board of Management of the Masjid Ibrahim Al-Hajeri, Omar Abu Sulthan said that it is a pleasure to serve the worshipers who come for magrib prayers during the holy month.
The project chairman of the iftar program of the masjid Abdul Qadir Ismail said that mosque serves typical Sri Lankan cuisine such as ‘Kanji‘ –porridge- and buriyani, which is normally served in South India and Sri Lanka.
“We get nearly 500 worshipers coming for Iftar daily” Ismail said. He said the whole program is funded by the Saudi neighbors and members of the Sri Lankan community.
“Philanthropists voluntarily come to the mosques daily to give their donations in cash and in kind,” Ismail said, adding that donations in kind include, bottles of water, paper cups,spoons and plates, juices, sugar and rice.