World Bulletin/News Desk
Amr ibn Al-Ass Mosque, Egypt’s oldest mosque, will not be hosting the traditional free Ramadan iftar banquets this year.
“The mosque’s board decided not to allow iftar banquets in the mosque’s yard like every year in the light of the current situation in the country,” Abdullah el-Masri, the mosque’s media officer, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
The mosque was built in 642 AD as the first mosque ever built in Egypt and Africa, and named after Muslim commander Amr ibn al-As who built it after conquering Egypt.
Masri said they would instead be distributing Ramadan baskets on specific beneficiaries.
“We have already distributed 2,000 Ramadan baskets which include basic food staples such as sugar, rice, macaroni and wheat.”
Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, starts in Egypt on Wednesday amid daily demonstrations by supporters and opponents of ousted president.
Mosques across the country, especially grand mosques, usually offer free-of-charge fast-breaking meals.
Many well-off individual also do the same.Last Mod: 10 Temmuz 2013, 16:26