Organizing communal iftaars to encourage people to fast

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What do you think of encouraging ordinary people to observe naafil fasts by organizing communal iftaars?
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I think that there is nothing wrong with it, but it is better not to do this, because the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) did not do such a thing. If people can be encouraged to observe naafilah fasts through words, then this is sufficient and there is no need to do so through deeds.

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