Sudan Motorists Welcomed for Iftar

In the small village of al-Kabashi near the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Muslims stop cars driving through and invite them to break their fast together at Iftar during the holy month of Ramadan.

It is common for people who don’t know one another to break their fast together.

As the sun sets and the Maghreb prayer approaches villagers place prayer mats on the side of the dusty road to prepare for the evening prayer.

"Today it seems there are no crowds. The road is clear. Sometimes we receive three buses which means up to 100 passengers. If there are no vehicles passing at sunset we usually break the fast with our neighbors," said Mustafa al-Nayal, one of the locals who is assisting in providing Iftar to passersby.

Traditional Ramadan dishes and plates are set out on mats so that people can sit together and share a meal.

"Some people want to join us while others are reluctant, so we try to convince all of them because the blessing of breaking the fast is at the time of sunset prayers," said Al Jaili Bashir al-Kabashi.

In the Holy month of Ramadan Muslims are encouraged to provide aid and assist others.

Dafallah a young resident says he feels closer to God when he offers strangers food.

In Sudanese society it is considered a huge honor to welcome a guest and even more notable during the holy month.

Majdi Alyazigdi

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