Free Iftar Banquets
on Egyptian Roads
Wesam Al-Dowaik, IOL Correspondent
before the call for Maghreb prayer resonates, many Egyptians roam the streets carrying dates and juice, offering them to fellow
Muslims who could not make it home for the fast breaking meal.
living in areas overlooking the main roads between Cairo and other governorates offer dates to the passengers and even invite
them to iftar banquets," Shaaban Muawad, a cap driver, told IslamOnline.net.
wave off the racing cars and offer dates and water to fellow Muslims who would not made it home until hours after the fast-breaking
El-Mallah, another 35-year-old driver, said he always run into such volunteers.
rotate with my colleague working at such hours and we all meet such God-fearing and kind people who insist on offering us
something to break the fast."
continue: "I traveled to several countries but never seen the practice so prevailing except in Egypt."
Salama, who works in a factory in Cairo, needs at least a one-hour drive every day to make it to his homes town in the Manoufia
governorate, northwest of the capital.
this Ramadan we were traveling on the highway and one man insisted to invite the 14 passengers of the microbus to an iftar
banquet and absolutely refused to let us go without eating something to break the fast."
addition to helping people in the streets break their fast, many well-off Egyptians prepare iftar meals for security guards
and traffic soldiers who are on duty at the time of the fast-breaking.
peoples drive their fancy cars across the capital to distribute ready-made meals for the poor and needy in the streets.
before iftar time, the United Arab Emirates traffic police head for certain cross-roads known for their traffic jams, to distribute
iftar meals to drivers in a bid to avoid high speed to catch iftar at home.