Fasting Muslims will gather to break the fast at the fixed time. Iftar will be followed by the Maghrib prayer.
Special arrangements have also been made for women and children, who are expected to be a large part of the gathering like on earlier occasions, said the organisers. According to Suhail Khan, lead organiser of the iftar for the wing, “The tradition of organising Hyderabadi community iftar was started 17 years ago. It was in 2002, the community held its first large iftar. This year too elaborate arrangements have been made to serve the rozedaars [people who observe fast during Ramadan].
Khan added, “Public iftar gatherings are a common feature among Muslim communities across the world. They are a meeting ground for people of different communities and nationalities. “This goes a long way in generating goodwill in society. People understand each other better and build bonds of brotherhood. Serving rozedaars during Ramadan is one of the most rewarding act.”
Gaffar Turabi, a regular volunteer at the iftar said he has been part of the annual iftar gathering for the past many years, and that breaking roza [fast] together gives him a sense of brotherhood. “When people pray together, even the good deeds of a single person in the group are enough for Allah to grant barqat (blessings or prosperity) to all of us,” Turabi said.
Dawood Khan, a member of the organising team said the main goal of the host community is to seek blessings of the Almighty by way of serving people and displaying respect for their fast.
“Islam brings people together and provides such social occasions to create bonds of unity, brotherhood and co-operation among members of the society.”