This past Sunday, Muslims living in Great Britain welcomed Ramadan 2014 into their homes. Ramadan is a sacred month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims perform the act of fast from sunrise to sunset for around 30 days. It is a compulsory act that all able, adult Muslims must undertake. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and defines a key aspect of the Islamic faith. By shunning earthly desires, Muslims show loyalty, obedience and dedication towards Allah (SWT).
Muslim Aid would like to wish everyone a very happy and blessed Ramadan and a sincere Ramadan Mubarak to all our fans, supporters and valued donors. This will be an extremely busy month for us as we will be actively involved in local relief aid work in addition to our many multi-national campaigns. We just recently launched the Muslim Aid Prisoner’s Project; a campaign we run every year in which we offer literature related to meditation and Islam to Muslim prisoners in an effort to reach out to them and establish a connection from the outside. With over 3000 Prisoner Packs distributed last year, this year we will be aiming for over 5000 in an effort to make a difference in the lives of these lost souls and serve the local Muslim community in the process.
The Warm Hearts campaign was another successful campaign by Muslim Aid. Even though it is summertime now, we will most definitely be working on a similar campaign come winter.
Celebrating Ramadan requires more than just fasting. It entails as much time as humanly possible in prayer and meditation. The mosques will be crowded; the religious sermons a common sight. This is the month to forgive past mistakes and seek repentance for past sins. It is the month to donate to charity generously. Many Muslims donate Zakat graciously for a good cause. There are so many people - millions for that matter - who will be welcoming Ramadan so differently than us. Rather than from the comfort of their home, they will be fasting in refugee camps in a tent. Rather than spending Eid with friends and family, they will be spending it under open skies with very little food, clothes and money, surrounded by strangers. Ramadan is an opportunity to do something for the betterment of the Muslim Ummah. All good deeds performed during this week carry more blessings and rewards.
We at Muslim Aid would like again to wish everyone a very blessed Ramadan. May your fasts be easy and swift. UK residents will be fasting for almost 18 hours daily for the next 30 days. This is no doubt a challenging prospect but still achievable. Our message this year is the same as it is every year; achieve Peace within and help spread Peace around. This is the message of Ramadan. This is the message of Islam. Follow the commandments of Allah (SWT) as mentioned in the Quran and constantly work towards becoming a better Muslim and an even better citizen.
Be sure to check out our website for more information on Ramadan and visit our Facebook page for all the latest news and upcoming events.
On behalf of everyone here at Muslim Aid, Ramadan Mubarak!