Ramadan 2020 is here and Orphans in Need are preparing to provide support to the most needy orphans and widows during this auspicious month. With the assistance of our generous donors in years past, we have been able to provide more than eight million meals to those in need. Our nutritious supplies have ensured that families across the world have been able to participate in Iftaar and Suhoor together for the month, without worry about where their next meal is coming from.
This Ramadan, we hope to help more people, families and children in need of our assistance and provide meals to families that would otherwise face starvation. A donation of £30 will feed a family of five for the whole month of Ramadan with nutritious, quality food that has been locally sourced. Orphans in Need are on the ground in fourteen countries across Asia and Africa and we thank our donors for their invaluable support which allows us to continue assisting those in need.
Please give generously this Ramadan and help a widow and her orphaned children to enjoy a joyous month.
Orphans in Need Charity Work in Ramadan
During the month of Ramadan, our support increases and our teams continue to work closely with communities in need, helping to provide education, nutrition, healthcare and housing to orphans and families. We believe that every child has the right to a happy, stable life and will go above and beyond to improve the lives of thousands of orphans wherever we can.
Charity is a key part of Ramadan and is obligatory to all able Muslims. The contributions we receive are used to provide a better life for those in need and giving during the month of Ramadan ensures you can reap the greatest rewards whilst simultaneously helping your brothers and sisters.
What is Ramadan?
The month of 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.
When is Ramadan 2020 in the UK?
Due to the Islamic Calendar following the lunar cycle, the dates of Ramadan change by approximately ten days every year and can cause slight confusion around when the start of Ramadan falls.
This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Thursday 23rd April and end on the evening of Saturday 23rd 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 During Ramadan
Fasting is obligatory for all able Muslims during sunrise to sunset, however, some members are considered exempt, including
– Pre-pubescent children
– Pregnant or breastfeeding women
– Those suffering from illness
– The elderly
– Travelling Muslims
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 and is 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 or one meal to two impoverished individuals.
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.
Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr
The festival of Eid ul-Fitr is anticipated to begin on the sighting of the moon on the evening of Saturday 23rd 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.
Orphans in Need Goals for 2020, Ramadan and Beyond
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 and give generously to provide the extra support and supplies we need to reach as many communities as we can throughout Ramadan and the rest of the year.
Feed a family of five for a month for just £1 a day
Provide an orphan with food, clothing, shelter and access to necessary healthcare and education for just £1 a day
Please support our mission in providing every child, everywhere, a happy and healthy life.