Friday, 26 Feb 2021
A voluntary organisation’s Friday iftars are becoming a blessing for commuters, taxi drivers and the public. The massive iftar gathering is organised at the lawn near the Burj Sahwa taxi stand in Rusayl.

Voluntary organisation serves Friday iftar to taxi drivers and commuters in Rusayl

Called Pratheeksha Oman, the team organises iftars for public each Friday.

“Pratheeksha Oman is a group of like-minded people that has been working for supporting humanitarian and eco-friendly activities in Muscat. The group comprises 20 expatriates and their families. Our activities include, organising blood donation drives, organ donation awareness programmes, public iftars and distribution of cold water for labourers working in outdoor sites,” stated Ashraf Ali, the convenor of the group this year.

Organising iftars is an essential activity of the group and it has been carrying out this because its inception in 2012. “Pratheeksha Oman has been conducting community iftars since 2012 on every Friday during Ramadan. All the arrangements are done by our volunteers. Some well-wishers too extend a helping hand and we are always open to such like-minded people,” stated Ali.

The volunteering team is cautious about following the security and wellness norms although serving meals to such massive gatherings.

“All our volunteers ensure they wear a cap and disposable gloves while serving food. The team reaches the site at 4pm with all the necessary things. The iftar platter includes water, laban, juice, fruits and other snacks that are served first. This is followed by biryani. The group caters to approximately 250 to 300 people every Friday.”

Pratheeksha Oman does not discriminate in between Muslims and non-Muslims. “Our aim is to serve the best to all,” stated Ali. The workplace bearers of the group contain Reji K Thomas (president), Sasi Kumar (secretary) and Jayashankar (treasurer).

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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