Connecticut’s Muslim community gives back during Ramadan and the pandemic

New Haven

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s largest mosque is giving out free meals to first responders and people in need during the holy month of Ramadan.

Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, a time of fasting, spiritual reflection and charitable work.

In Connecticut, at Masjid Al-Mustafa, the Islamic American Society of Connecticut (IASC) is giving out grab and go meals to first responders and people in need.

“A lot of families are financially hurt, jobs are not available, there is no income in the family so we the community are large wanted to contribute,” Vice President of IASC, Naveed Khan, said.

The group has partnered with three local restaurants in Waterbury. Volunteers are following tradition and proper social distance guidelines for the drive-thru program.

“Were not allowing anybody to get out of the car,” said Gamal Aly, head of security. “So, you open the trunk, put the meal in the back and drive through.”

It takes less than a minute and families are off with a warm meal 

Even the little ones know it’s all for their safety.

“They wear masks for safety and gloves for safety too,” 6-year-old Arisha Islam said.

Ramadan ends on May 23, and the volunteers said they will do this every day from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. until they run out of food.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Haven

New Haven Police Department stands against police brutality

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "New Haven Police Department stands against police brutality"

2 protests held the Elm City after recent police brutality in Minneapolis, New Haven

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "2 protests held the Elm City after recent police brutality in Minneapolis, New Haven"

COVID-19 forces some salons, barbershops to adapt, others to close

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 forces some salons, barbershops to adapt, others to close"

Waterbury reaction to officer-involved killing in Minneapolis: pastors' podcast and planned protest

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Waterbury reaction to officer-involved killing in Minneapolis: pastors' podcast and planned protest"

NHPD releases body cam footage of viral Walmart arrest, says use of force was 'appropriate'

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "NHPD releases body cam footage of viral Walmart arrest, says use of force was 'appropriate'"

Local retailers making big changes in-store to protect customers amid pandemic

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Local retailers making big changes in-store to protect customers amid pandemic"
More New Haven

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss