Ramadan soup kitchen served Parisian poor

By Michael Smith (Veshengro)

IFTAR Every night during the recent Muslim fasting month of Ramada the poor of Paris had somewhere to get a meal.

It is customary for Muslims to fast during the day in the month of Ramada and to break their fast each evening at sunset by sharing the Iftar meal to mark the daily breaking of their fast.

In Paris during this years Ramadan the French Islamic Relief Organization has been running an Iftar soup kitchen for those in need. And it was not just soup that was on the menu nor was the kitchen only open to Muslims. In fact, as far as I understand, no one asked anyone's Faith.

In Briain we find many of the Hindu and Sikh places of worship offer food to all comers and the Hare Krishna centers do the same in London and elsewhere. No one is being asked as to why they are there and no one tries to convert anyone.

However, I have seen so-called Christian preachers rant and rave at people who were going into the Hare Krishna centers to partake in the meals. They objected to the fact that the food is, prior to consumption, offered to the gods.

If I am in need and hungry I do not care whether the food I am being invited to partake in was offered to G-d or to Krishna. It does not matter, as far as I am concerned.

All too often the “Christian” preachers only pray and preach but do not feed the hungry. They are more concerned about their souls than their bodies, and that does not compute.

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