Ramadan - a great time to give
Sara Chaudhry Supporter Relations Assistant
5th Aug 2013
Ramadan is a great time for Muslims to give to charity. This year, there are few causes more deserving than the plight of nearly 2 million Syrian refugees, writes Sara Chaudhry.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is not only abstaining from food and drink throughout the day but it is the month when the Holy Qur'an was revealed and it is therefore a time of spiritual reflection and self improvement. This year, fasting has come at the peak of the summer where daylight hours are long and the summer heat makes you very thirsty.
But at least I'm around family and friends eating delicious food every evening in the comfort of my own home, and I'm very thankful for that. This is a privilege many other Muslims around the world do not enjoy right now.
As Ramadan comes to an end, it is important that we remember those less fortunate then ourselves. My thoughts turn particularly to Syria this year, where we see tragedy unfolding daily, and to neighbouring countries where Syrian refugees need our help. Of course, it is easy for us to feel helpless, but the worst thing that we can do is to sit and do nothing.
Ramadan is a great time to give to charity and many Muslims choose this month to give their Zakat
Ramadan is a great time to give to charity and many Muslims choose this month to give their Zakat (obligatory charity on wealth). Oxfam is working in Jordan and Lebanon to help provide clean water and sanitation facilities to Syrian refugees as well as helping vulnerable families with cash to buy the basics and put a roof over their heads. Oxfam is aiming to reach 650,000 people in the coming months.
I'm reminded of a quote about how we should strive to live our lives:
"None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." ~ The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
This is the concept of a society based on mutual responsibility and caring. The word "brother" here is not in reference to your "brother in Islam" but your "brother in humanity." I sincerely hope that in this same spirit, we can all, whether Muslim or not, encourage each other to give to those who are in greater need than we are, and to spread this message to others.
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Photogallery: Syrian refugees breaking fast