Ramadhan is an auspicious month of spiritual joy and blessings. It is also a key month in which we should go even further to help those most in need. With countless numbers suffering from malnourishment or malnutrition on a daily basis, it is our basic humanitarian duty to assist by providing food, especially during this precious month when the rewards of giving are multiplied. Providing food for those in need should be seen as a privilege and a blessing.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
‘O people, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no virtue of an Arab over a foreigner, nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither white over black nor black over white, except by righteousness. Have I not delivered the message?’
They said, ‘Of course, O Messenger of Allah.’
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, ‘Let the witness inform those who are absent.’
It’s recommended to choose balanced meals that provide enough energy throughout the day and drink plenty of water to replenish lost fluids from activity throughout the day. Dates are a common snack for breaking the fast and offer multiple health benefits; they are packed full of antioxidants, are high in fibre and contribute to a healthy brain.
When someone cannot fast in Ramadhan and can’t make up the lost days afterwards (for example, because of ill health or pregnancy), then they should pay (fidya) for someone else to be fed.
£3 fidya for each missed fast. This should provide one person with one meal. However, if someone misses all the fasts of Ramadhan, they would need to pay £90.
To atone for the missed/intentionally broken fast, a person must fast continuously for 60 days. If they are unable to do that, then they have to feed 60 poor people. This amounts to £180 for each missed/intentionally broken fast (at a rate of £3 per person, which is the cost of an average meal in Tanzania).
We have enough food to feed everyone on earth. So why are over 820 million people at risk from life-threatening hunger?
Poverty, conflict, and the climate crisis are keeping life-giving food out of reach.
There are many reasons why people experience hunger. Poverty is often a major cause of food insecurity. Conflict and violence can stop people from getting the food they need while climate change and natural disasters can also reduce people’s food supply.
“Whoever relieves his brother of a hardship from the hardships of this world, Allah shall relieve him of a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Judgement. And whoever makes things easy for a person in difficulty, Allah will ease for him in this world and the Next. Allah is forever aiding a slave so long as he is in the aid of his brother.” – the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ
May Allah (Swt) bestow His kindness upon you and reward you for helping to relieve the hardship of our brothers and sisters.
Please donate generously during this blessed month.
Since MWT was established, every Ramadhan we have been distributing food packs (up to 40 kilograms) to impoverished families across Africa and Asia. These food packs can feed an entire family for a whole month. We make every effort to make sure the food packs are locally sourced. Local sourcing means these food packs not only help families during Ramadhan – but also provide sustainable means of living when Ramadhan is over. On average, subject to differing local market rates, the estimated cost of a Ramadhan Food Pack is £45. Each pack feeds one family for one month.
2kg of Dates, 5kg of Beans, 10kg of Flour, 10kg of Rice, Milk, 10kg of Maize Flour, Pasta, Soap, 10kg of Sugar, 5 litre of Sunflower Oil.
The holy month of Ramadhan is blessed – it brings families and loved ones together. Ramadhan is not the same without our families – but unfortunately, this is not a privilege enjoyed by everyone. This is why we are steadfast in providing Suhur and Iftar for orphaned children. For the past thirteen years, we have make sure that, especially during Ramadhan, no child is left to go hungry.
Our work and appeals do not come to an end with the sighting of the moon – with your support, we can improve lives on a daily basis. Muslim Welfare Trust is a strong supporter of development in education, healthcare, practical skills and means to earn a living. Whether it’s a Goat Bank, training teachers, ‘Fair Trade‘, or Community Organisations, have a look and see how your Ramadhan donation could support the less fortunate.
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