Celebrating Eid with Charity

Muhammad Harby’s small store, a dark and cramped former storage unit in the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, is packed to the ceiling with books, Islamic candles and perfumed oils.The bearded Egyptian also keeps stacks of 100-pound bags of rice in stock, but these bags are not for sale.  Mr. Harby likes to celebrate Eid-al-Fitre, the breaking of the fast for the month of Ramadan, by giving them away.  He offers the rice to strangers in need who come into his store and even carries the heavy sacks out to their cars and video surveillance. This comes in advance of the High Holy days.

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