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Compassion behind cooking iftar meals

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  12:37 am
Bountiful blessings: A man prepares meals for iftar at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on May 7. Thousands of meals are distributed every day for people who break their fast at the mosque.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Bountiful blessings: A man prepares meals for iftar at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on May 7. Thousands of meals are distributed every day for people who break their fast at the mosque.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Iftar chefs and their assistants consider it n act of compassion to serve those performing their religious devotion during the fasting month while they fast themselves. As Muslims, they believe God will reward them for their service.Some even choose to stay in the mosque canteen, sleeping on sofas or anywhere possible during the month of Ramadan, which is predicted to end on June 5.Every Ramadan, the Istiqlal Grand Mosque provides free iftar meals for 3,500 people from Monday to Thursday and 4,500 people from Friday to Sunday.Kitchenhand Iyang Dedi said he chose to leave his wife and two children in Bogor, West Java, and stays at the Istiqlal canteen throughout the month of Ram...