ISLAMABAD: A number of philanthropists and mosque committee have arranged free ‘Iftar Sherbat’ in addition to Iftar dinners for poor people enabling them break their daily fast at various places in the twin cities.
They have set up temporary roadside tables and mats to provide free sherbat and iftar meals for the poor, needy and the lonely.
A number of people including labourers, passersby and people belonging to the under-privileged class break their fast with Sherbat which is very useful in present hot weather condition.
It is observed that a lot number of people come forward and arranged free sherbat and food to help poor and needy especially in the holy month of Ramazan, Saleem Khan, a resident of I-10 sector commented.
He said that Ramazan is a month of fasting, it is also a time for community to provide their brethren who are poor and needy an opportunity to break their fast and eat together.
Businessman Rashid Iqbal Soomro is one of the many philanthropists in Rawalpindi who arranges free iftar sherbat and meals for more than 500 people daily in Liaqat Bagh area.
“They are our brothers. They cannot afford to buy food for iftar. We arrange iftar for about five hundred, six hundred people here everyday. I make this arrangement with cooperation from some friends,” he said.
“I am a poor labourer,” said Niaz Hussain. “I don’t have enough money to buy iftar food and break my fast at home,” he said sitting at a roadside charity iftar.
“Sometimes, we leave the office very late and we have to break fast on the way,” said Mohammed Naushad, who works as a clerk in a private company
For many years, street iftar meals have been a Ramazan tradition in the twin cities because commuters are often stuck in traffic jams and fail to make it homes in time to break their fast.