August 23rd, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Soup kitchen feeds Jerusalem's poor

Editor's Note: CNN Correspondent Paula Hancocks files this report from Jerusalem about a Jerusalem soup kitchen that caters to Muslims during Ramadan.

At one o'clock on the dot, dozens of children burst through the door of Khasiki Sultan soup kitchen, clutching their pots and pans.

Sent by their families, they jostle for position in front of steaming vats of chicken and soup, waiting for their pots to be filled with food for iftar - the breaking of the fast at sunset.

This is a daily ritual in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City, and for hundreds of families it's not just for Ramadan. The al Aqsa Waqf has been filling the bowls of needy families for 450 years, aided by private donations.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. AmericanPatriot

    It is forbidden to kill a Muslim (except for a just cause). It is not forbidden to kill a non-Muslim. This causes a bond between Muslims, fear in non-Muslims, and motivation to become Muslim. This is also another example of an explicit Islamic double standard.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  2. AmericanPatriot

    Islam commands its followers to create a government that supports it. This may be one of the most ingenious ideas in the whole collection. Islam is the only religion that uses it. Other groups of religious people have had political aspirations, but no other major religious group orders its followers — as a religious duty — to create a government that follows its own system of law.

    Islam has a system of law, called Shari'a, and all Muslims are obligated to continually strive to make their government — wherever they are — follow it. Because of some of the other ideas added to Islam, you will see that this political addition to the idea-collection has significant consequences.

    Many people are under the impression that the goal of Islam is to convert everyone to Islam. This is not so. The prime directive of Islam is to bring all people on earth under the rule of Islamic law.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  3. AmericanPatriot

    Lands must be conquered. Lands that Islam has lost must be reconquered (Spain and Israel, for example). The Islamic empire must continually expand. Contraction is bad; expansion is good. So if a land was once Islamic and now it is not, that's contraction, and must be remedied.

    According to Islamic teachings, the earth is Allah's. If there are parts of the earth not following Islamic law, it is the duty of the faithful to gain control of that land and establish Shari'a. It is a sin to let it be.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  4. AmericanPatriot


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    August 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  5. Saladin

    I'm thrilled to see a positive story! Charity and compassion are vital to the practice of Islam. Thanks, CNN, for highlighting this.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
    • Eshinesu

      A bowl of truth has no bottom.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:10 am |
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