Ramadan is a month of mercy. Its practical model was morefully materialized by a Saudi citizen & senior official of Interior Ministry, Saud bin Abdulaziz.
He had been doing the mass "Ifthar" programs for Malayalis for 30 days during Ramadan in Exit 27 Suwaidi Tariq bin Ziyad Mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the past five years.
"Each year, the number of people has been increasing & people from different parts of Riyadh get together here for their tasty & yummy items", Saud Abdulaziz said.
Malayalis are given special consideration in the Ifthar party arranged by the Saudi; this is what Suwaidi Ifthar party clearly demonstrates. 90% participants in the party are Malayalis. A lot of non-muslim brothers are also joining & doing their voluntary services in the tent of Ifthar party.
"It's a wonderful model of of communal harmony with all people of different faiths come together at one place" Shameer, the Mosque's Janitor, who always took a key role in the voluntary works in the tent, described.
It can accommodate for around 500 fasters (Swaa'im), which contains different types of Kerala eatables & foods like Patthir, Idiyappa (rice- made vermicelli type food), Kerala poratta, domestic curries etc.
Before the Ifthar, religious discourse is being conducted by Riyadh Indian Islahi Center's Rep. Mujeeb Irumbuzhi with the cooperation of Riyadh Rabwah Jaliyath. This religious talk is followed by Question & Answer session.
Besides, the gifts sponsored by Rabwah Jaliyath are also conferred to those who won the quiz-type questions related to the topic of the discourse.
"It gives me an immense pleasure to arrange the Ifthar party to our expat Malayalis with their own taste of eatables & foods..." Saud bin Abdulaziz said.
Various personalities from religious, social, cultural & journalism fields are invited on the ocassion. This mass Ifthar is really a kind gesture shown by the citizen of this country to the guest workers, especially Malayalis.
Shamnad Karunagapalli, V.J.Nasaruddeen, Sulaiman Auragam, Jayan Kodungallur, Shafeeq Kinalur, Jaleel Ayapuzha, Ayyub Karupadana, Faisal Bukhari, Najeeb Swalahi, Mithulaj Swalahi, Shamsuddeen Punalur, Mujeeb Thazhetthethil, Shinu Koyilandi, Farseen Ahmed Darshana, Suresh, Rameez Usman, Askarali Mannarkad & others were present on the ocassion.
This Saudi citizen hosts Iftar with Malayali food throughout Ramadan