Muslims’ free food at end of Ramadan

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FREE food was being handed out to people in the Capital as volunteers from the city’s Muslim community prepared to break their Ramadan fast.

Volunteers were in Nicolson Square dishing out free portions of food, including freshly- prepared Thai food, to homeless people and the general public, as part of the Fasting not Feasting event.

Pioneered by volunteers in the Muslim community, the Compassion project – which took place on Friday – also saw gifts and toys handed to the Royal Hospital for Sick children, as part of a celebration to mark the end of Ramadan.

Organisers said they hoped by opening up the event to all, they would get across the message that Ramadan has an aspect of compassion, where they look out for others and aim to do good deeds.

It was also hoped the event would help dispel some ­misinformation surrounding Islam and Muslims following recent events in England, and break down barriers in the community.

It is estimated that around 1000 people across Edinburgh have spent the last month fasting from dawn to dusk as part of Ramadan, a practise believed to bring them closer to God.