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Philantrophists offer free food to Pakistan’s poor during Ramadan

Organisers say about 2,000 people, mostly coming from poor families, drop by daily to eat Iftar, meals served to break their Ramadan fast after sunset

By: Paige Hubbard 

Tables and mats adorned a roadside in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi to help poor families and travellers break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Organisers say about 2,000 people, mostly coming from poor families, drop by daily to eat Iftar, meals served to break their Ramadan fast after sunset.

They say many of the families prefer to have free meals on the roadside due to the rising cost of food during Ramadan or that they cannot return to their homes on time. They try to make the gathering as festive as possible and make it feel like home.

Ramadan, also known as “Sawm,” is one of the five pillars of Islam, and requires that individuals abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk.

Pakistan is a pre-dominant Muslim country where more than ninety percent of 208 million people practice Islam.

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