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« on: Sep 09, 2008 11:40 AM »

 
Makkah's large iftar stretches for 12km
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/09/08/10243347.html

09/08/2008 12:04 AM | By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent



Makkah: The squares within and outside the Holy Mosque of Makkah witness in Ramadan the biggest iftar in the world.

More than 12,000 metres of tablecloth are stretched daily for iftar along the Mosque area for worshippers to end their fast.

Officials in charge of the iftar in the Holy Mosque say its daily cost amounts to about one million Saudi riyals (Dh982,200).


Iftar does not take more than 15 minutes - from the time that people stretch the tablecloths out to the clearing of the remaining food.

The area where people take iftar is cleaned as fast as possible in order to leave room for people to perform Maghreb prayers.

The meal is served by various benefactors who are assisted by cleaning boys.

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs divided the squares around the Holy Mosque into various sections and assigned them to charity givers willing to provide iftar for worshippers.

Iftar offered by these benefactors are made of dates, juice, milk, and cakes.

Dates and Zam Zam water are served first before iftar.

Millions of dates

The number of dates consumed daily by worshippers in the Holy Mosque is estimated to be more than 5 million.

With about 1.2 million worshippers attending Maghreb prayers in the Holy Mosque, that huge number still only equates to three dates per person.

In the meantime, more than two million bottles of Zam Zam water are consumed by worshippers during iftar.

In the Tawaf area inside the Holy Mosque, the iftar tablecloths are not stretched until the last moment in order not to block the way for worshippers who want to finish the Tawaf rituals before Maghreb prayers.

Iftar inside the Mosque differ from that served in the outside squares.

It is not allowed to bring any food other than dates and coffee into the Holy Mosque to maintain the cleanliness of the Haram area.
 
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 09, 2008 12:35 PM »

Assalamualaikum,

It must be exhilarating to be part of a crowd of more than a million worshippers all sharing the spirit of Ramadan. I like the fact that big companies do their bit in providing Iftar...heard the other day that after the rise in vehicle accidents in Saudi around Iftar time, some companies have started handing out free Iftar packets for drivers. Hopefully it'll work  Roll Eyes

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The number of dates consumed daily by worshippers in the Holy Mosque is estimated to be more than 5 million.

So...more than 5 million date stones every day. Where do they all go?

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 11, 2008 06:04 AM »

Asalaamu Alaikum  bro

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So...more than 5 million date stones every day. Where do they all go?

Reminds me of the incident when the Prophet saw was eating dates with some of his Companions and one of the Sahaba kept eating his dates and placing the stones on the pile in front of the Prophet saw.

At the end, the Sahaba mentioned to the group that someone really likes eating dates, motioning to the huge pile of date stones in front of the Prophet saw and the lack of stones in front of him.

The Prophet jokingly replied that may be the case but some people not only eat their dates but also their date stones too!!  bro


The article says people consume an average of 3 dates when breaking their fast. Seems a low figure to me given the time when I was there, I'm sure there are a lot more date stones flying around!!
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 11, 2008 12:14 PM »

 salamsmiley

woah, Mashallah that's a lot of Muslim brothers and sisters.

The experience must be magical.

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