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Iftar at Madinah mosque costs $670,000 a day

More than a million worshippers break their fast at Prophet’s Mosque every day.

Iftar at Madinah mosque costs $670,000 a day
RAMADAN FAST: Only dates and Saudi coffee are allowed for iftar at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (Getty Images)

The cost of feeding a million worshippers at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah amounts to $670,000 every day, a local newspaper has reported.

The Saudi Gazette reported the cost of each meal – which includes yoghurt, dates, dugga and Saudi coffee – amounts to at least SR2.5 per person ($0.66). The tradition differs from that of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, where only dates and Saudi coffee are allowed.

The Madinah tradition is for residents of the city to serve worshippers, and preparations begin from 3pm onwards every day, the newspaper said.

More than 10,000 citizens and residents wheel the food into the mosque on small carts, and the Presidency supplies Zamzam water in more than 20,000 water coolers.

Each person is given 12 minutes to break their fast, before workers move in again and prepare the mosque for Maghreb prayer.

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