This Ramadan join us in thanking Allah for all he has blessed us with. Support some of the world’s most vulnerable orphans and widows with our life-changing programmes.
“If you give thanks, I will give you more.” Qur’an 14:7
“Do good as Allah has done to you.” Qur’an 28:77
Ramadan is a sacred opportunity to praise Allah by helping those most deserving. Despite the tremendous difficulties of the past year, we can thank Him for bringing us through the COVID-19 crisis and empowering us to support those in need. Thanks to Allah, you can be the one to ensure a vulnerable family has enough to eat. You can be the one to save a child from sexual exploitation. You can be the one to prevent a forced marriage.
Every Ramadan, Orphans in Need supports thousands of orphans and widows in 14 countries across Asia and Africa. Thanks to Allah, as well as continuing to deliver our long-term projects, our teams in the field work tirelessly to deliver hot meals and food parcels, helping vulnerable families to observe Iftaar and Suhoor without worrying where their next meal will come from.
Charity is a key part of Ramadan and obligatory to all able Muslims. What you give to provide a better life for the world’s most vulnerable people enables you to reap the greatest rewards.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, during which Muslims across the world partake in a month-long fast to bring them closer to Allah (SWT). The fast is a practice of self-discipline and sacrifice, helping Muslims to self-cleanse, practice patience and reflect on those who are less fortunate, living in poverty or facing turbulent lives through no fault of their own. During this time, Muslims are reminded to show compassion to those in need and make their Zakat donation which ensures those living in poverty or facing hardship receive potentially life-changing support.
The month of Ramadan carries a lot of significance in the Islamic Calendar and is the month in which the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Night of Power, Laylat-ul-Qadr, occurs. Through practising compassion, reflection and purification, Muslims can reap the greatest rewards in this life and the next and become better people through their sacrifices. Fasting, known as sawm in Islam, falls between sunrise to sunset and is one aspect of observing Ramadan. Sawm also includes avoiding sinful acts and impure thoughts during the month, allowing time to be dedicated to purifying the mind, body and soul and connecting with Allah (SWT) through daily prayers and the study and recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
Sawm is one of the Five Pillars of Islam alongside shahada; the Profession of Faith, salat; Making Prayer, zakat; Paying Charity and hajj; Making Pilgrimage. The Five Pillars of Islam are considered the core beliefs and practices for those following the Islamic religion and must be upheld.
Eid ul-Fitr falls at the end of Ramadan when the moon has been sighted and is a three-day festival where Muslims come together with members of their community, friends and family to celebrate the end of Ramadan. It is a time of great revelry with lots of activities for families to enjoy, plenty of sweet treats and toys for children and Eid gifts shared between family.
Due to the Islamic Calendar following the lunar cycle, the dates of Ramadan change by approximately 10 days every year and can cause slight confusion around when the start of Ramadan falls.
Ramadan 2021 in the UK is expected to begin on the evening of Monday 12th April and end on the evening of Tuesday 11th May, although the true start time will depend on the sighting of the moon. Some communities choose to begin the month of Ramadan based on their local moon sighting, while others prefer to begin once the moon has been sighted above Mecca.
Fasting is obligatory for all able Muslims from sunrise to sunset, however, some members are considered exempt, including:
It is important to remain healthy during Ramadan and eat two nutritious meals a day. One prior to the sunrise, which is known as Suhoor, intended to open the fast and another after sunset, Iftar, which is intended for breaking the fast.
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.
Should an able-bodied Muslim not be able to complete a day of fasting out of necessity, whether due to ill health or starting the menstruation cycle, they can delay their fast and make the time up later in the year. If they are unable to make up the fast, a small tax of £4 can be made for each day that a fast has been missed. This tax, known as Fidya, contributes to providing two meals to a person in need. If someone misses all the fasts of Ramadan, it would amount to £120.
The tax for deliberately missing a fast through no reason is known as Kaffarah and demands either fasting continuously for 60 further days or donating enough to feed 60 impoverished persons. Each time a fast is intentionally missed, a donation of £240 is expected to help those in need.
The festival of Eid ul-Fitr is anticipated to begin on the sighting of the moon on the evening of Tuesday 11th May, lasting one to three days. Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated with a great feast and Muslims are not permitted to fast on this day, it is a time for getting together with friends, family and the community to celebrate the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’.
The day begins with dressing in exclusive festival clothes before making the Eid donation, known as Zakat ul-Fitr or Fitrana, and coming together to make Eid Prayer. This is a special prayer just for Eid and is traditionally performed as part of the community in congregation. Different communities have their own rituals they take part in but the Fitrana payment must be made before the Eid ul-Fitr prayer.
The Zakat ul-Fitr contribution is made by every able Muslim and parents should also make the payment on behalf of their children and any other dependents. In the UK, Zakat ul-Fitr is £3 per person and this is distributed amongst the poor and needy so they may celebrate Eid ul-Fitr too.
We also arrange Eid gifts for impoverished and orphaned children celebrating Eid to ensure they can find happiness during this joyous festival. Eid gifts include clothing, sweets, food and a toy, costing a total of £20 per child. Please make a contribution this Eid and deliver a smile to children who would otherwise go without.
This year we want to achieve even more; feed more hungry families, provide more Eid gifts for orphans and help more people in need to enjoy a joyous Ramadan. Please help us to reach our goal by providing a generous Ramadan donation so we can provide extra support and supplies and reach as many communities as we can throughout Ramadan and the rest of the year.
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