Food will be delivered to Muslims in Dundee to help them break the fast during Ramadan.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims will not eat or drink between dawn and sunset but then join to eat and pray together.
Every year the Dundee Central Mosque offers free dinners to break the fasts, also known as Iftars.
With gatherings cancelled and mosques closed, Dundee University Islamic Society is working with charity Change Makers Yusuf Youth Initiative to deliver meals to anyone in Dundee in need.
Hot meals are being delivered, along with 10-day Iftar packs are being delivered, made up of ingredients for home cooked meals.
Shabana Stanikzai, President of Dundee University Islamic Society, said: “The blessed month of Ramadan is normally is a time of large gatherings in the mosques and community meals.
“However, this year Ramadan is completely different as mosques are closed and social distancing measure are in place. Despite the unique circumstances this Ramadan, we are trying to stay positive.
“Working with Change Makers and Dundee Central Mosque has been a great way to network students together so they aren’t alone this month and provide them with free food parcels throughout the month of Ramadan.”
Ramadan will end on Saturday, marked by the Eid al-Fitr festival.
Halima Kolo, Project Manager at Change Makers Yusuf Youth Initiative, said: “Fasting during Ramadan on a normal basis was always something the community looked forward to.
“This is because, without fail, most people will host Iftar parties, some men and women will break their fast in the mosque and you’ll always be around people throughout the day.
“The first day or two a lot of people really missed being at the mosque, bumping into the community elders who always shared word of wisdom with the youths, embracing each other at the mosques.”
Lamia Farha, a Business Masters student from Bangladesh currently being supported by the Iftar delivery service while she is away from home.
“My experience of Ramadan has been challenging this year as I’ve missed the company of my friends and family,” she said.
“Having the support with my Iftar meals has helped me stay strong both mentally and physically.
“When my friend told me about the support being offered I knew it was something that I would really benefit from and I am very grateful for it.”
To receive support during Ramadan or to find out how to help, contact with the Dundee University Islamic Society.
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