Ihsan and Takaful Welfare Society has started distributing about
5,000 hot meals daily among poor Makkawis, pilgrims and visitors
of the Grand Mosque.
“This benevolent work will continue all the year round,” the
society’s chairman Sulaiman bin Awwad Al-Zaidi told Arab News.
He said the fresh meals are hygienically packed before they are
served to beneficiaries. “Through this project, the society is
aimed at satisfying the requirements of the poor and needy people,
relieving them from the humiliation of begging,” he said.
Al-Zaidi asked all sections of society, including businessmen and
private individuals, to participate in this humanitarian project.
The project started a few days ago and meals were distributed
among the poor and needy in the various districts in Makkah and
also among visitors of the Grand Mosque.
“Umrah and Hajj pilgrims and visitors to the mosque will benefit
from the scheme, which will be implemented under a consummate
plan,” Al-Zaidi said.
He said the society would be an intermediary between the
philanthropists and poor people. “We will ever remain committed to
the poor and needy in the holy city,” he said.
Supervisor of the project Mubarak bin Awwad Al-Qurashi said the
meal consists of rice, chicken, juice, water and a piece of cake
and is served fresh and carefully wrapped up in plastic packages.
“The price per meal is SR12 for people who want to donate food to
the poor,” he added.
Al-Qurashi said the distribution would be made according to the
wishes of the donor. “The distribution may be among poor families
registered at the society, the “arbita” (shelter homes for the
poor), the visitors of the Grand Mosque, or the poor people who
usually stay close by the Haram according to the wish of the
donors,” he explained.
Al-Qurashi said the society would supervise, closely follow up and
help distribute the donation of philanthropists who give 10,000
meals or more.
Al-Qurashi said the society has a special account at Al-Rajhi Bank
to receive donations and also has a special telephone number for