“Whoever feeds a fasting person will have the reward like that of a fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.” (Tirmidhi)
Ramadan is half way through. In a few days the last Ashara of Ramadan will commence. It is in these last 10 days that the Night of Power more commonly known as Lailat-ul-Qadr resides. The blessings of this night are what all Muslims around the world strive hard to acquire. One of the many ways to do just that is to do good deeds. During the month of Ramadan, any good deed carries more blessings than it would in any other month. It is the truly the month of blessings, forgiveness and guidance. Feeding those who are fasting is a great humanitarian deed; one that carries immense blessings in Islam.
However, Ramadan is a time to reflect and remember that there are many who not as fortunate as ourselves. It is these families that Islam instructs us to pay our Zakat and help them out in whatever capacity we can. For Muslims who are fasting, feeding them at the time of Iftar is a great deed especially if these are the people who are badly in need of it.
One doesn’t have to look too far when it comes to examining the state of the Muslim Ummah today. So many Muslim countries are in a crisis situation. It’s been over 3 years since the Syria conflict began and to this day, no end to the bloodshed is in sight. Millions of Syrians are forced to live as refugees in neighbouring countries including Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Some have even located to the UK, Australia and Canada. Through our Aid for Syria campaign, we have been able to assist thousands of Syrians make the difficult transition from citizens to refugees. The recent Gaza situation has taken the entire world by storm. Hundreds of innocent lives lost within days. Thousands more injured. The Muslim Aid Gaza Relief Project is geared towards providing relief aid for the people of Gaza.
It is unfortunate to see so many people suffering during Ramadan. However, even in testing times Muslims stand resolute in their commitment to fast as instructed by Allah (SWT). They might be living as refugees in a foreign country, but that has not dampened their spirit or weakened them to not fast. They are fasting willingly with determination. And Muslim Aid is right there with them.
If they are determined to fast, the least we can do is ensure that they have a proper Iftari and Suhoor. We have initiated the Feed the Fasting programme for people living as refugees or living in poor conditions. The programme itself is very simple. A simple donation ensures that a fasting person is fed at the time of Iftar and also gets to have a proper Suhoor. These people are refugees living in a foreign countries as well as those who live in substandard conditions in some of the most remote and isolated parts of the world. Your donations will buy them a food pack which will last them the entire month of Ramadan and more.
This Ramadan, perform a good deed that also comes with many blessings. Feed a fasting person and gain the blessings of Allah (SWT).