Every year during Ramadan, Fazil Musthafa with the help of his wife, Shajina Fazil, cook food to serve around 50 to 100 people. He also receives help from likeminded families who would contribute food for the cause … reports Asian Lite News
Ramadan is a month of fasting no doubt, however it is also a month of sharing and caring. Fazil Musthapa from Palakkad, Kerala is on a mission to highlight and impart the culture of sharing and caring to the younger generation.
For the last 4 years, Mr. Musthafa has been providing homely food for the laborers in their camps during Ramadan. He says it is important for children who have not seen a world beyond 4-wheel drives and mobile phones to experience the true spirit of fasting.
“I have seen my children not being able to share toys with others, so in order to teach them how to share, I had started distributing food with my children to our neighbours during Ramadan,” Mr. Musthafa told Asian Lite News.
“We started by distributing four or five packets of food to our neighbours,” he said.
Every year during Ramadan, Mr. Musthafa with the help of his wife, Shajina Fazil, cook food to serve around 50 to 100 people. He also receives help from likeminded families who would contribute food for the cause. They go to the labour camps in Sharjah and Ajman and break their fast with the workers there.
“We sit together with the workers, shoulder to shoulder on the ground and eagerly wait to break the fast. Fruits, dates and water are served to them and we make sure that the children join in to serve the food,” he added.
“We have people from different nationalities and religions joining in to break the fast. Lately, we have seen a lot of incidences of intolerance worldwide, we hope to change it by our efforts, especially during the Ramadan,” he said.
Fazil Musthapa feels more efforts should be made to increase the religious harmony and a feeling of universal brotherhood. Mr. Musthapa has two children named Farhaz Fazil and Farah Fazil. He the son of Mr. Musthapa and Yasmeen.
“There is no religious segregation and we have workers from Pakistan and Afghanistan joining in to break the fast,” he added
“After breaking the fast, homely food is served to the workers, this is of great value to them as they are spending days away from their family and have no access to home cooked food. The presence of children also gives them a sense of being back home,” concluded Fazil Musthapa.
Fazil Musthapa has also been making efforts back in India, by arranging charity cloth boxes to collect clothes for it to be distributed among the needy. Such an effort is new in Kerala and he is credited for being a pioneer in the effort. He has contacted political leaders back in Kerala for support to launch the same in a bigger scale in Kerala and later to other states of India.