What will the main jubilee iftar look like in Tatarstan — RealnoeVremya.com
E-tickets, free commuter train and more expensive dinner food package – Realnoe Vremya offers the details of the next 10and Republican iftar, which will be at the Kazan Expo international exhibition center on April 30.
From the stadium to the exhibition center
The first Republican iftar (breaking the fast, an evening meal during Ramadan) was held in Kazan on August 6, 2011 – then it was held in Millennium Square and called Ramadan 2011, hosting over 1,500 attendees. The next was only in 2014. Iftar was held at the Kazan Arena stadium (Ak Bars Arena now) for several years. Due to sporting events in 2017-2018, he moved to the Tennis Academy to return to the stadium in 2019.
The event in 2020 became a challenge when iftar was held with door-to-door delivery – this offer lasted through Ramadan when volunteers prepared 1,000 packed lunches daily and donated them to the religious leadership’s Zakat charity fund Muslim woman from Tatarstan, to imams of Kazan mosques and religious centers of districts of Tatarstan to give them to the needy. In 2021, Eid al-Fitr took place after a tragedy at school No. 175 in Kazan, which was during iftar. At the same time, the iftar was held for the first time at Kazan Expo, still in mourning: 3,500 participants only, a sermon condemning the crime, a minute of silence.
The Jubilee Iftar will be held on April 30, hosted by the 1,100and anniversary of the adoption of Islam in Volga Bulgaria, again, at Kazan Expo. The event is designed for 10,000 people (Editor’s note: a record of 15,000 was set in 2019).
“A religious person remembers that he is part of the ummah of Islam during the meal,” Tatarstan’s first deputy mufti Hazrat Ilfar Khasanov noted. “Religious people, people who share our religion know each other, talk, first, eat spiritual food, faith in the Creator grows stronger.”
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You can get to Kazan Expo in two suburban trains from the station at 4:45 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Returns take place at 9:15 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The most curious detail is that iftar tickets will be electronic. In addition, they can be obtained in the regional centers of the Muslim Religious Directorate of Tatarstan, in the mosques of Kazan and at the residence of the directorate.
“Electronic tickets were introduced for the convenience of customers,” said the head of management administration Irek Arslanov. “Especially for those who live in remote areas so they don’t have to come and to avoid tickets being copied, which used to be in the thousands, not even tens.”
500 volunteers participate in the organization of the iftar who will notably help to set the table, wash the fruits and vegetables, put the water back on, accompany the guests. The organizers say anyone can join them by calling +7 (843) 237-86-18 or on the Telegram channel https://t.me/muslimmol.
The menu includes 2 tons of beef, 1 ton of rice, 1.5 tons of vegetables, 1 ton of fruits, 1 ton of dried fruits, 600 kg of chak-chak, 600 kg of biscuit etc. A set of products has become 100 rubles more expensive over the year and now costs 600 rubles. The budget for the event amounts to 6 million rubles.
Not only has the cost of the treat changed. Due to the change in the price of gold and silver, the management changed several times the amount of nisab (the minimum amount) to pay Zakat (Islamic tax) and Zakat al-Fitr (alms during Ramadan). For example, if 426,275 Zakat rubles were to be paid by April 19, then on April 20 it was 423,980 rubles. Moreover, the nisab for Zakat al-Fitr did not change so suddenly, it was around 36,000 rubles. Also, before the evening, participants will listen to religious songs and sermons, there will be organized a halal market with 15 producers and Modest Fashion Show for women.
Anti-COVID-19 measures remain in effect, Kazan Expo First Deputy General Director Igor Astafyev stressed — with masks, disinfectants and bactericidal lamps.