VIDEO: Mass Iftar at India’s ancient Mughal mosque shows the spirit of Ramadan

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The Old Delhi Jama Masjid in India’s capital is a marvelous Mughal monument that has withstood the test of time.

During the month of Ramadan, it becomes a place where all and sundry can walk in and break their fast, thanks to Iftar organizers with a missionary zeal.

Devotees throng the Jama Masjid throughout the month empty handed with the hope of Iftar platters. Groups Organizing mass Iftars take care of them.

Private and government bodies in the Middle East, the US and the UK usually provide resources for such mass Iftar programs. People in the neighborhood also contribute by hosting devotees in neighborhood mosques.

All faiths and ethnicities

You don’t have to be a Muslim or observe fast to be able to relish Iftar meals. People from all faiths, ethnicities and states are welcome here. One such Iftar organizer, Rafeequddin, said he is continuing the tradition started by his maternal grandfather before Independence (1947).

Another organizer, Mohammad Uzair, said they tend to a lot of local tourists and traders. “For example, people who are in Delhi during day time and have to return to their home towns by evening trains. They break their fast with us almost everyday,” he said.

There are also those who come to Jama Masjid to have Iftar every day. “The spirit of unity and harmony is amazing over here,” says one such devotee.

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