Food for the poor in the desert of the UAE; The Malayalee family is blessed with Ramadan

Food for the poor in the desert of the UAE; The Malayalee family is blessed with Ramadan
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Abu Dhabi: This year too, Fazil Mustafa, a native of Palakkad North Kerala, and his family are delivering food from home to shepherds and camel herders living in the desert for 30 consecutive days during Ramadan. Nine years have passed since the selfless service of this family of four, which conveys the great message of sharing. Fazil Mustafa said the service is motivated by the satisfaction of reaching out to those in need.

Food for the poor in the desert of the UAE The Malayalee family is blessed with Ramadan Food for the poor in the desert of the UAE; The Malayalee family is blessed with Ramadan

Iftar is not the only meal served during Ramadan once a year. During the first week of each month, the desert shepherds are provided with essential items, such as rice, atta, cooking oil, and salt for a month. When these are received, the eyes of the shepherds will be filled with love like the sea.

It all started with feeding five or ten people to spread the message of sharing to their sons Farah and Farhas. Over the years, it has spread and overshadowed hundreds of people. It started with deducting a fixed amount each month from his own salary. Fazil said a few well-informed friends were also cooperating. Preparations for the next day will begin at night with the family. The food prepared by his wife Shajna will be packed at 3 pm and delivered to the desert on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border, 170 km away. After the distribution, he returns with them to fast. Most are from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Uganda. 

Shajna Fazil said that she is especially happy to prepare Iftar dishes for the needy during Ramadan. In addition to Lent dishes, biryani and nachos for dinner will be prepared alternately each day. They say there are days when up to 600 people are fed. The food distribution in the camp was done by visiting various labor camps before Ramadan and finding the needy. In addition, houses were provided to 4 needy families in Kerala. Clothing banks have been set up at 16 places in 8 districts. Fazil said the Cloth Bank operates in collaboration with local sports and arts club activists.

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