On 3 May, the Hindu Endowments Board donated two tonnes of rice to Abdul Gafoor, An-Nahdhah, Ba’alwie, and Jamae Chulia mosques, and in April Singapore Buddhist Lodge donated 35 tonnes of rice to various mosques, including Ba’alwie Mosque in Singapore’s Bukit Timah neighborhood.
The rice will be used for making porridge and other evening meals with which needy groups within the local Muslim community will break their 30-day fast during Ramadan.
“Praise to God, with this rice donation, we will prepare breaking-of-fast food such as porridge,” said, Mujahidin and Al-Amin Mosque executive chairman Muhammad Khairul Jameel Yahya.
Ramadan is a religious tradition upheld by Muslims during which they commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Ramadan traditionally takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year, Ramadan began on 6 May and will end on the evening of 4 June with Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast.
“The month of Ramadan gives everyone, including non-Muslims, an opportunity to slow down and recalibrate our lives and values. It is also a time of extraordinary generosity by the Muslim community,” said Hindu Endowments Board chairman R. Jayachandran. “Hence, it is an appropriate time for the Hindu community to reciprocate the kindness and support which the Muslims extend.”