The Holy Month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when we need to remind ourselves of our culture and heritage as well as make efforts to become closer to Allah (SWT). In Ramadan we shall celebrate a pillar of our Islamic faith and our history through our rich tradition and festivals.
Charity is fundamental and the heart of our community in Ramadan. We donate fitrana and zakat so that all of our Muslims brothers and sisters who are not able to celebrate Ramadan due to hardships can be part of this blissful month and its celebrations.
What is Ramadan ?
“Oh, you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness”
Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Muslims go to work and school and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan; however, some also read the entire Quran, say special prayers and attend mosques more frequently during this time. All Muslims who have reached a prescribed age and are in good health are required to fast. The sick and elderly, along with travellers, pregnant women and those who are nursing are exempt, although they are supposed to make up for the missed fast days sometime in the future or help feed the poor. The first pre-dawn meal of the day during Ramadan is called “suhoor.” Each day’s fast is broken with a meal known as “iftar.” Traditionally, a date is eaten to break the fast. Iftars are often elaborate feasts celebrated with family and friends. The types of foods served vary according to culture.
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The devastation caused by the two earthquakes that struck Turkiye and northwest Syria on February 6, 2023, is almost unimaginable. The destruction of entire buildings has left thousands of people dead and 1.25 million homeless, with nowhere to go except for temporary shelters. Families are living in fear, unable to return to their homes, as they have witnessed their buildings crumble before their eyes. As Ramadan approaches, let us come together and make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling during these challenging times.
During Ramadan Muslims, between sunrise and sunset, will abstain from food and drink – as well as ill actions and impure thoughts. This is a time for reflection and contemplation, as well as a time for giving which is why Muslims are obliged to pay Zakat ul-Fitr (Fitrana) during Ramadan before the Eid prayers begin.
As the Islamic calendar goes by the sighting of the moon, Ramadan will fall roughly 10 days earlier each year in the Gregorian calendar and, thus, there is no exact time and date. When Ramadan falls during the summer months, this often means that Muslims will be fasting for between 18 and 20 hours a day (depending on their location), while the years that Ramadan falls in the winter months means a considerably shorter fasting period.
What is Zakat ?
Zakat is an Islamic finance term referring to the obligation that an individual has to donate a certain proportion of wealth each year to charitable causes. Zakat is a mandatory process for Muslims and is regarded as a form of worship. Giving away money to the poor is said to purify yearly earnings that are over and above what is required to provide the essential needs of a person or family.
Pakistan Floods 2022
The devastating floods that hit Pakistan in 2022 left behind a trail of destruction and despair, affecting countless families who lost their homes and loved ones. Amidst the chaos and devastation, the team at Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) was on the front lines, providing critical aid and support to those in need. In our third phase of flood relief activities, we are rebuilding homes for flood-affected families in the most hit regions. As Ramadan approaches, we urge you to support our Rebuild Homes project and provide much-needed shelter to those who are still struggling to find a roof over their heads.
Night of Power
Ramadan holds a special place in Islam because this is when the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet (PBUH). It is widely believed that this happened on the 27th night of Ramadan, which is known as Laylat-ul-Qadr, or the Night of Power, although some scholars believe this could have happened on any of the odd-numbered nights in the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The Night of Power is the most popular time for Muslims to make their charitable payments, such as Fitrana and Zakat, as this night comes with increased rewards and blessings – multiplied by that of a thousand months.