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Disaster Takes Over World’s Longest Iftar Table Event Held in Alexandria

Disaster Takes Over World’s Longest Iftar Table Event Held in Alexandria

Food was stolen from the vans upon their arrival.
Food was stolen from the vans upon their arrival.

Chaos swept the streets of the coastal city Alexandria as an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest charitable iftar table ended in havoc and disaster on Friday.

The event which was sponsored by the Alexandria Governorate was set to stretch along the corniche spanning three kilometers from San Stefano to Stanley Bridge breaking the previous record of two kilometers set in Italy. But as disorder took over, more tables and chairs than world records were broken.

People patiently waiting at the iftar table before sunset. Credit: Nesma Elgohary
People patiently waiting at the iftar table before sunset. Credit: Nesma Elgohary

Known as ‘Mawaed Al Rahman’, the tables are often set up across Egypt and the Middle East during the Holy Month of Ramadan to ensure those who are financially disadvantaged are provided with a meal to break their fast.

Longest line of tables preparations in Alexandria. Credit: Omar El Naggar
Longest line of tables preparations in Alexandria. Credit: Omar El Naggar

Despite the charitable and hospitable nature of ‘Mawaed Al Rahman’, the event requested that people would register online for attending the event, a feature that made it inaccessible for many people, especially the unprivileged. For a week, the event has been receiving registrations which reached 7,000 online registrations.

Many attendees were barely served food as it was snatched from the vans before they were served. Credit: Ahmed Shawat
Many attendees were barely served food as it was snatched from the vans before they were served. Credit: Ahmed Shawat

According to attendees’ comments, the last minute arrival of Hani El Messiry, Governor of Alexnadria, caused further chaos as he decided that the invitation to the iftar table should be made public.

Broken chairs and tables as the Guinness World Record attempt ends in havoc.
Broken chairs and tables as the Guinness World Record attempt ends in havoc.

After waiting for hours to break their fast, many people were barely served water, let alone food, as the servings were stolen and snatched from the vans before the organizers could even serve them to the attendees.

Shortly afterwards, dissatisfaction and tension replaced what was earlier excitement for the event. The event’s organizers struggled to contain the attendees’ growing dismay as tables and chairs were thrown into the middle of the street.

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  • Yahya Nasr

    if you did it you will look like pigs

  • Hussein Derar

    To Mr. Steve: to be an ex Muslim it is absolutely your right, even to announce it, but to use sarcasm against muslims and Islam and said “Islam is obsolete” it is not at all proper or accepted. Mutual respect and diplomacy is needed to enable us to live in peace in Egypt.

    • Samer Sha’aban Ali

      Totally agree! being whatever is your right but to use sarcasm against any religion is not acceptable.

  • Steve

    Good to be ex muslim so I don’t have to deal with this shit any longer. I eat whenever and what I want. Islam is obsolete.

    • Adam

      Then tell me, what are you? It’s obvious enough that you’re brainwashed like the others with no sense of humor.

    • Ahmed Makky

      eat whatever u want even if its pork or wine which harm ur health
      but only blame yourself after words

      • Oscar Vicente Cifuentes

        Pork and wine harm human health? Can you back it up with scientific proof? And what about female genital mutilation? Does that harm young girl’s health or not?

    • Umm Juwariyah

      Whatever, and God is in no need of your fast.

    • fareedquraishi

      Great Steve! either you say that you were X-Muslim or Y-Muslim but in actual you were never A-Muslim. It means you are not christian and jew as well because there is fast in both the religions as well.

      Rest it could be your own preconceived mindset that Islam is obsolete………Are you following some Robot nowadays or Pray to some I-pad……..LOL

  • Khaled Mounir

    looks staged.

  • Mohamed Khedr

    Hello Guys, i was there i don’t deny that there were some mistakes, and some of non organized people over there especially the number was supposed to be 10000 person and the actual number was 30000 which made the large gap, but overall the event was really organized and u can check that by check these photos:

    https://www.facebook.com/ameera.fouad.3/media_set?set=a.10155806238955118.1073741907.724295117&type=3&pnref=story

    • Ahmed Shedid El Sayed

      bro it comes with illiteracy and uncivilization, which almost covers more than 50% of the population

  • Amr Ebrahim

    The event was nice but there are some mistakes

  • Evagelos Katsanis

    the right position belongs to the right persons, otherwise the chaos is the results Marconis

  • Malika Mohamed Manaa

    Gooooooo figure!

  • Carole Talaway

    This was poorly conceived and poorly staged. The Coptic Pope had a better plan. Instead of hosting Iftar he gave the money to the national Egyptian fund to improve the country. I’ve heard people say this governor is not nice. I live here and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the Brotherhood, who still has many supporters here, paid people to disrupt this. Anything to throw a bad light on the government is their forte. There should have been better security.

    • د. أميرة علي

      what is the coptic pop role here?? why you involved him in this issue? I live there also, and I believe you need to give an evidence that MB did that chaos? did you see them there yoursef? or you just think that? the reporter mentioned that the food came after hour or so, is that thet MB fault too?, or that the poor governor that has no idea to organize that, to serve the food early enough to fasting ppl? it is really so silly for ppl to involve MB in every such stupid stuff just because they have different FAITH!

  • Karin Assmann

    When I read about this event I was very happy. I thought it is a chance for Alexandrian people,yes, muslims most. I thought they would follow their senders way and share food and drinks together peaceful . But now when I read about the disaster afterwards it made my worry grow up. I hope my people and family and friends from Alex wasn’t there

  • Gøril Onarheim

    Sad that you comment that people are animals….maybe the biggest mistake here was that the organizators just didnt do at good enough job. And it speaks for it selfs that no poor people had a chance when the registration was online!!!

    • Youssef

      That doesn’t excuse their behaviour, does it? This is a charity event – if these “poor people” had no choice they’d simply sit there and wait. Plus, I’m sure the organisers tried their best to keep up with the demand. If you actually read the article, you’d notice that they decided to make it public. Also “After waiting for hours to break their fast, many people were barely served water, let alone food, as the servings were stolen and snatched from the vans before the organizers could even serve them to the attendees.” – so it was never the organisers fault since we live in a country filled with poverty that people claiming to be “Muslims” steal anothers food just because they were fasting all day. That is no excuse. Instead of quickly resorting to the comments section to judge a person blindly – I’d like you to actually read the whole article, for once. Thanks.

  • Minymina

    Animals.

    • ÃĎel El Beshtamy

      You are right ^_^

    • Mandarina Naguib

      I wonder who the real animals are!!!

      • Minymina

        The ones who ran up and took all the food.

        • fareedquraishi

          Can you stop poor….You must be born with the golden spoon in mouth so dont compare your self with those people not having….

          • Minymina

            All am saying is they acted inappropriately in an uncivilised manner. All they had to do was wait their turn but instead, they ran up like animals, started fights and ruined the event for everyone.

          • fareedquraishi

            oh, sorry its just a misunderstanding,you are absolutely right. Discipline and patience is required all tiers

  • Óscar Vicente Cifuentes

    Very civilized people…

    • Steve

      Comes with their religion…

      • Ahmed Makky

        religion is against such act
        think b4 blaming…

        • Oscar Vicente Cifuentes

          Then they are bad muslims.

          • Ahmed Shedid El Sayed

            at least ., or in other words, bad Egyptians

          • Oscar Vicente Cifuentes

            I don’t think Egyptian=muslim and or muslim=Egyptian.
            Ahmed Makky said above “Religion is against such act”. If religion is against something like that, I guess they are bad muslims. That’s all.

      • Abdoullah mansour

        Such a stupid and unnecessary comment. Egypt isnt all that rich this is somethimg that should have been expected not only because half of the country is poor as it is but because there is so much greed that thats what people rely on to get what they want….its based on the person not their religion. The egyptian government didnt even think about how people would respond to such an event, all that was focused on was how egypt looked to other nations……so mext time before you go blaming religion on how people act take into consideration and think about does your religion define you because whatever you are im sure your religion is peaceful but you make it look trashy… Smh about some of u ignorant people

        • Minymina

          This wasn’t organised by the goverment. They only supported it.

      • د. أميرة علي

        Steve: if you are smart and you seem you know about our religion, could you tell me which part in our religion that comes with it??? I believe this comment is just reflecting who you are and how do you feel about ppl with different religions, if you have one?? and in return I will not attach your “religion”, because I believe in and respect all other religions.

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