A total of 340,000 fasting persons have been welcomed at Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in Abu Dhabi, where they had their Iftar meals in the second and third weeks of the holy month of Ramadan.

This was part of Iftar Saaim scheme (Serving Iftar to a fasting person) scheme, which has been held every year as a charity for the departing soul of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Iftar meals are served to the faithful in air-conditioned tents set up in the compounds of the mosque.

The number of Iftar meals which are provided by the centre every day through the Iftar Saaim scheme is said to be between 21,000 to 24,000.

The meals are prepared by the Armed Forces Officers club in Abu Dhabi, and is integrated food in which the needs of the fasting are considered.

The centre has formed a number of committees comprising its employees and volunteers to serve the fasting visitors. It has allotted a tent for serving Iftar to women and families, and it is organising the work progress during Ramadan in collaboration with a number of government entities in the country.

Meanwhile, as many as 131,000 worshippers had performed Taraveeh prayer in the same period (second and third weeks of Ramadan), while 31,000 offered Tahajjud (night prayer) in the first two days of the last ten days of the holy month.

Shaikh Idris Abbakar who leads the prayers in the mosque, is among the elite of the Qaris (reciters) of the Holy Quran in a Ramadan Lights programme that the centre hosts to revive the Taraveeh and Tahajjud prayers.