Project to provide one million Iftar meals launched in Saudi capital

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Prince Turki Bin Abdullah, CEO of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah International Foundation for Humanitarian Work, has launched a project to provide Iftar (fast-breaking meal) in Ramadan to a million people in the second industrial city in Riyadh.

The prince launched the project on Tuesday while receiving in his office, Sheikh Walid Bin Abdullah Al-Marzouqi, chairman of the Cooperation Office for Dawa (Call) in the industrial city, its executive director Sheikh Nasser Bin Aish Al-Baqami and other senior officials.

The office, which has branches in various areas in the Kingdom, holds Dawa activities in non-Muslim communities with a view to enlightening them about Islam. Prince Turki commended the activities the office has been undertaking especially in providing iftar meals to the people of the industrial city, including non-Muslims.

Religious and humanitarian

“The iftar project is one of the important schemes that attract non-Muslim expatriates to Islam because it gathers them on the same table with their Muslim colleagues for a whole month,” he said. “This is both a religious and a humanitarian project. Contributing to this project is an honor for any citizen or expatriate living on this holy land,” the prince added.

During the meeting, a power-point presentation about the project was made after which Prince Turki prepared the first meal, signaling the start of the project through a production line.

Mashari Bin Nahidh Al-Dosari, director of information and public relations at the office, said the launching and sponsorship of the project by Prince Turki is evidence for his keenness and care for dawa activities.

“This is one of the biggest projects of its kind in the Middle East,” he added. He said the project is aimed at providing iftar in 90 different places in the second industrial city and nearby locations.

The office will organize competitions during the occasion in which it will present feasible awards to the winners with a view to luring non-Muslims into participating.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on May 26, 2017.