RYADH: The generosity of Muslims during Ramadan, by giving iftar meals or inviting others for breaking fast, appears to be contagious; even non-Muslims have followed suit.
A group of foreigners working as advisers and consultants in the Kingdom recently visited the Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd Mosque in Riyadh. They distributed free iftar meals and also joined the breaking fast with their Muslim brothers.
“The foreigners broke fast along Muslims as if they were all brothers,” Waleed bin Ibrahim Al-Ajaji, imam of the mosque, said. He also thanked the foreigners for distributing gifts packs to Muslims.
On the occasion, the foreigners talked to the imam and others, seeking knowledge about Islam and the positive coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Dr. Salem Al-Nasser, an educationalist at the King Saud University (KSU), highlighted the Kingdom’s role in boosting education and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program.
Separately, taxi drivers in the capital received iftar meals under Riyadh Sheraton Hotel’s “Iftar for Cabs” program. “I have been continuously receiving meal packs under the program since it was started five years ago,” said a South Asian cab driver.
“Launched in 2010, the initiative has turned into an annual tradition for many cab drivers throughout the region and has been widely appreciated by hotel owners, local communities and transport authorities,” an official at the hotel said.