AP PHOTOS: Feeding Manhattan’s hungry, every Ramadan night


Posted on: May 7th, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Fast. Pray. Act. Fast. Pray. Act.

For a group of Brooklyn Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is a blur: They fast during daylight hours, pray repeatedly, and use every bit of their remaining energy to feed the hungry.

And not just for their fellow Muslims. Every night during Ramadan, they decamp to Manhattan’s Herald Square, where in the shadow of Macy’s they provide food for as many as 200 people.

“While we are feeding them, we are also feeding our souls at the same time,” said Mohammed Bahe, director of the Muslim Community Center in Bay Ridge.

And they are filling a void.

During Ramadan, Bahe says, the mosque is usually “a madhouse” in the evenings — at least 100 people cleaning, putting tables away. Men reading the Quran and drinking coffee. Kids running around.

But this year, the gatherings have been forbidden as health risks. The mosque, or masjid, “feels empty and the lack of the community and congregation makes me sad,” he says.

So Muslims Giving Back, a…



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AP PHOTOS: Feeding Manhattan’s hungry, every Ramadan night


Posted on: May 7th, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Fast. Pray. Act. Fast. Pray. Act.

For a group of Brooklyn Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is a blur: They fast during daylight hours, pray repeatedly, and use every bit of their remaining energy to feed the hungry.

And not just for their fellow Muslims. Every night during Ramadan, they decamp to Manhattan’s Herald Square, where in the shadow of Macy’s they provide food for as many as 200 people.

“While we are feeding them, we are also feeding our souls at the same time,” said Mohammed Bahe, director of the Muslim Community Center in Bay Ridge.

And they are filling a void.

During Ramadan, Bahe says, the mosque is usually “a madhouse” in the evenings — at least 100 people cleaning, putting tables away. Men reading the Quran and drinking coffee. Kids running around.

But this year, the gatherings have been forbidden as health risks. The mosque, or masjid, “feels empty and the lack of the community and congregation makes me sad,” he says.

So Muslims Giving Back, a…



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