The last iftar

Published July 28, 2014
The food includes a samosa and a plate of rice or biryani.
The food includes a samosa and a plate of rice or biryani.
Volunteer boys place fruits in dishes for Iftar.
Volunteer boys place fruits in dishes for Iftar.
Worshippers wait for the call to prayer to indicate that they may break their fast.
Worshippers wait for the call to prayer to indicate that they may break their fast.
All dishes are carefully filled with equal amounts of food.
All dishes are carefully filled with equal amounts of food.
Visitors open their fasts.
Visitors open their fasts.
Right before Iftar, the imam of the mosque does a collaborative prayer.
Right before Iftar, the imam of the mosque does a collaborative prayer.
The dishes are collected together in set of four.
The dishes are collected together in set of four.
After Iftar, everyone goes in the mosque to pray.
After Iftar, everyone goes in the mosque to pray.
After the Iftar and prayer, the volunteers get back to their work, start cleaning and collecting dishes to wash them.
After the Iftar and prayer, the volunteers get back to their work, start cleaning and collecting dishes to wash them.
Visitors leave the mosque after the prayer and Iftar.
Visitors leave the mosque after the prayer and Iftar.

During the holy month of Ramazan, Memon Masjid, on M.A. Jinnah Road, serves Iftar to hundreds of visitors daily. There are around 50 young volunteers from the neighborhood who are assigned by the management to particular duties.

One of the prepared dishes serves four people. When the dishes are ready, all visitors are invited to sit in circles of two, three and preferably four around the dish and start praying until time for Iftar.

There are around 250-300 dishes, which serves around 1000-1200 people everyday. The food is donated by random people on daily basis as a charity.

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