SYRIA – Christians in Aleppo offer food to poor Muslims during Ramadan



Despite the intensive battles going on all around them, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Aleppo are providing food to poor Muslim families during Ramadan. Ramadan is a Muslim month of fasting and intense prayer and which commemorates the revelation of the Quran to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.  In Ramadan Muslims must fast during daylight hours, though food and drink are taken before dawn and after sunset. It ends with the holiday Eid al-Fitr, which breaks the fast. This year, Ramadan lasts from June 5-July 5.

Parishioners from the Archdiocese of Aleppo are offering breakfast and evening meals to the poorest Muslim families living in the predominantly Christian and Armenian Sulaimaniyah neighborhood of the city. The food is prepared by the Christian families themselves and distributed from a main centre at the archdiocese’s Cathedral of St. Ephrem the Syrian.

The motive for this simple humanitarian gesture is to express solidarity between people of different religions with the hope that eventually, the peaceful coexistence that existed among Syria’s various religious and ethnic communities before the war will be restored.

The Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo is still formally under the authority of Archbishop Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, who was kidnapped near Turkey in April 2013 along with the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi.

 ACN Malta