Saudi Gazette report
RAMADAN is a month of immense blessings and the community iftars at mosques and other public places is one of these blessings.
For believers around the world, the month of fasting simply doesn’t mean abstinence from food and drink from dawn to dust, but it is a unique experience where everyone displays a readiness for improvement in thought, word and deed.
It is a month when Muslims will never miss an opportunity to mend relations and build bonds of brotherhood with everyone. And this spirit of fraternity is all the more visible at the mass iftar gatherings and the most elaborate of these gatherings are in Makkah and Madinah where millions of Muslims from all over the world converge to spend the blessed month in an atmosphere of piety and virtue.
In one of the oft-quoted Ramadan-related hadiths, the Prophet (peace be upon) said, “The fasting person has two occasions for joy, one when he breaks his fast because of his breaking it and the other when he meets his Lord because of the reward for his fast.”
Indeed the iftar at the Prophet’s Mosque is a joyous experience for the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors who come to the city from all corners of the Islamic world. People of various nationalities, of different social strata and all walks of life sit together in unending rows inside the mosque and its courtyards to break their fast. Such social ambience and harmony cannot be witnessed anywhere else in the world barring the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
Every day in Ramadan, iftar meals are served to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors to the two holy mosques with the cooperation of charitable organizations as well as philanthropists.
Abdullah Al-Shamrani is in charge of organizing iftar meals at the Grand Mosque’s courtyards, an activity which is supervised by the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs.