Marking an abrupt change to a tradition long revered by thousands of Egyptians during the month of Ramadan, the Ministry of Endowments has decided to extend ban on closure of mosques in the Holy month of Ramadan.
The charity iftar tables are also banned in order to curb the infection of COVID-19 in the country.
In a statement released on Saturday, the Ministry stressed that charitable associations and all philanthropists are advised to present cash and food donations to the needy instead.
These measures are meant at preventing gatherings and opportunities for the outbreak, especially in the time of the holy month of Ramadan which is set to start April 23.
Most commonly referred to as ‘mawaad el rahman’, the charitable iftar practice consists of providing free meals to individuals at the time of breaking the fast.