Iftar-to-go: This German Mosque Delivers Free Ramadan Meals

While Ramadan is the time for the peak of full religious devotions and getting close to Allah, the holy month also invites Muslims to be empathetic and lend a helping hand to the less fortunate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping the vulnerable has become more urgent than ever, as world countries observe lockdown.

That’s why volunteers at a mosque in Western Germany city of Wuppertal started delivering meals to elderly people regardless of their faith.

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The meals would help Muslims break their fast with their families as well as helping non-Muslims struggling to make ends meet.

“People can’t go to the mosque so it’s really nice that they deliver it to my home,” said Nazmiye Odabasi, leaning over her window sill to pick up a sealed meal box, her hair covered with a small blue scarf, Reuters reported.

The mosque, run by one of Germany’s largest associations of mosques (DITIB), provides 300 meals on a daily basis.

“We are not just serving members of our community but we are working with the city of Wuppertal,” said Mustafa Temizer, a member of DITIB in Wuppertal, standing near his silver car emblazoned with a sticker reading ‘Iftar delivery.’

“We added a lot of people in need to our list and we deliver to them too. They really appreciate it of course and the more people are hearing about this, the more sign.

The month of Ramadan is the most sacred month for Muslims.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri Islamic calendar. It commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad.