Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center receives 100,000 visitors since Ramadan start
ABU DHABI - The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) in Abu Dhabi has received approximately 100,000 fasters since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan since Sunday, at the tents located in the mosque grounds.
This came through the 'Providing Iftar to a Faster' project which is conducted annually for the soul of late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (may God bless his soul), throughout the blessed month.
A number of meals are offered daily and during the blessed month of Ramadan, ranging between 16,000 and 20,000 Iftar meals in 14 air-conditioned tents. Meanwhile, more than 300 people serve the fasters and handle all aspects of the operations including preparation, follow-up and supervision. Coordination was arranged with the Ministry of Interior for all emergency services and for the organization of the entry and exit of cars.
The “Providing Iftar to a Faster” project is associated with a group of activities and events organized by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center throughout the holy month. These include a course for the memorization and recitation of the Holy Quran for young boys and girls; Taraweeh prayer program and a number of religious lectures delivered by a number of scholars hosted by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has dedicated places to providing Iftar to women, volunteers and organizers. SZGMC is coordinating with the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi to provide a group of public transport buses. This is to facilitate the arrival of fasters to the mosque on a daily basis.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, which is affiliated to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs is sponsored and followed up by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
SZGMC was established to be a nucleus for a cultural and intellectual movement focused on the mosque. This is based on the cultural and national values which express the concepts and values established by late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (may God bless his soul). It is these values that are deep-rooted in sentiment and consciousness, and form an extension of the national identity inspired from the teachings of our tolerant religion.