Arab News Japan
The only mosque in the city of Yokohama, the Yokohama Mosque, served more than 30 meals on Wednesday to Muslims to break their fast during Ramadan.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, mosques across Japan have resumed community iftar gatherings – the evening meal in which Muslims break their fast and special Ramadan programs, allowing people in the country to enjoy the communal aspect that forms a central part of Ramadan for many.
At the Yokohama Mosque, the iftar meals were provided by the Lebanese restaurant Al Ain, which is located in Kanagawa. The meals donated by Al Ain restaurant consist of a main course including rice, a sandwich, a side such as a piece of chicken and dessert.
Ziad Karam, the owner of Al Ain restaurant said that he tried to help anyone who needed it at the mosque.
The restaurant has also offered a set iftar menu that is created exclusively for the holy month and charges ¥3,500 per person. The iftar features a four-course menu that consists of cold and hot mezze platters, main dishes, and desserts to allow guests to indulge in the traditional savory dishes from the Lebanese cuisine.
“Ramadan traditionally has been very busy for us. There are many Japanese people that are interested in the Lebanese cuisine that also join in on the iftar meals,” Karam said.
Additionally, Al Ain restaurant will be offering halal lamb for three consecutive days through the provision of a “Eid al-Fitr Dinner Course” in commemoration of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.