In a piece of heartwarming news, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has been preparing sehri and iftari for as many as 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra.
For the unknown, Sehri is a meal Muslims are supposed to have before sunrise and iftar is a meal supposed to be had after sunset. A Roza is observed between the time from the sunrise to sunset.
As per a report by HT, the shrine had converted the Aashirwad Bhawan into a quarantine facility in March and has spent over 80 lakhs on providing food to the people there.
Chief executive officer of the board Ramesh Kumar said, “In the month of Ramazan, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has been working overnight to provide sehri and iftari to our Muslim brethren in the morning and the evening.”
“We are running a quarantine centre at Aashirwad Bhawan, which has a capacity of 500 beds. Since it’s the holy month of Ramzan and the government of Jammu and Kashmir has been bringing back its residents from different parts of the country, we converted Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra into a quarantine centre in the month of March,” said Kumar.
“Those brought to Aashirwad Bhawan are mostly labourers, who are fasting during the month of Ramazan. So, we decided to provide them sehri and iftari everyday,” the CEO added.
The people quarantined at the Bhawan are mostly labourers who had returned from different states on special trains. The Bhawan in addition has also been preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for other government facilities in Katra.
All facilities of the shrine board in Katra are well maintained. And pilgrims prefer them over hotels for their cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and more.
It is so heartwarming to see humans being the good samaritan and promoting humanity in times of pandemic.
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