Ramadan Raised £38/second in 2016
The Muslim Charities Forum estimates that British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causing during Ramadan in 2016, equating to £38 per second!
Nick Donald from the Charity Commission wrote:
Much of this work is helping people in the most severe hardship, like those living amidst the drought in Somaliland or the conflict in Syria.
My contact also spoke keenly of their desire to help people affected by the floods in Carlisle, and to run soup kitchens for the homeless in Britain. Charity may begin at home, but it certainly doesn’t end there; dozens of countries were named as areas of benefit, from Europe to North America, and right around the world.
On one Sunday alone, one charity had 300 volunteers delivering chocolate fudge cakes to be eaten at Iftar, the meal which breaks the fast at the end of the day during Ramadan. The cakes, which had been ordered via a dedicated telephone hotline and website, cost £10 each. All of the proceeds will be used to provide humanitarian relief in Syria. A total of 22,000 cakes were delivered on long, hot Sundays during Ramadan by volunteers who were themselves not eating or drinking.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is one of the most important months in the Islamic calendar. It is the month in which the fourth pillar of Islam – fasting – was prescribed and the month in which the Qur’an was revealed.
Healthy adult Muslims fast in Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during Ramadan.
We spoke to S. Ali from East Lancashire on the importance of Ramadan and what it meant to her:
Ramadan is all about charity (and) discipline holding back temptations making peace with your enemies.
It also cleans the body out gives the colon a break and recovers the organs by giving them a rest , it’s so beneficial not everyone knows.
Mrs Ali’s own son is attempting his first fasting for Ramadan:
My [son] has been fasting and am in total shock as he loved his food, but he has changed a lot his been concentrating more on school work. Eating no junk, no fighting, not talking back to me and his been calmer and he feels fitter.
With so many clear benefits to the self, family & community, we can’t help but wonder why the massive achivements of this holiday weren’t recognised last year to it’s fullest potential by the main stream media (MSM).
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