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Leaders Meet Wananchi At Iftar

July 16, 2014

Issa Yussuf

POLITICAL leaders led by President Ali Mohammed Shein, business companies and individuals are now offering free dinner to invited people at the time when fasting breaks (sunset).

Hardly a day passes without news that a leader has organized Iftar (food eaten to break the fast) to groups of people, fortunately people with disabilities, the sick, and orphans are given priority.

Dr Shein has a weeklong stay in Pemba to share Iftar with people, while Hamad was on Unguja Island where he also visited the sick. Both the leaders have appealed for respect of religion and charity to the needy.

Holy Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and fasting during the month of Ramadhan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. A Muslim fasting is supposed to abstain from food, drinks, and sexual intercourse and other prohibited behaviour during the month.

Many Muslims believe that feeding some one iftar as a form of charity is rewarding and that such was practised by Prophet Muhammad.

Therefore in Zanzibar town political leaders, Muslim clerics, commercial companies, and other individuals, offer Iftar on different dates and venues on both Unguja and Pemba.

Iftar is a rare opportunity for the leaders, mainly the top leaders, to mingle with the local people and guests and exchange Ramadhan greetings with all invitees before prayers.

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Source: AllAfrica

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