Ramadan is a month in which Almighty Allah showers His divine mercy upon His creation. It is also an opportunity to extend our generosity to the poor and needy across the globe. Giving charity in the month of Ramadan has ample rewards.
Ibn Abbas (ra) narrated, “The Prophet (saw) was the most generous person particularly in the month of Ramadan, more generous than the fast wind in doing good” [Bukari].
Here are 5 simple ways you can be generous during the holy month:
1. Give Iftar meals to the poor: This Ramadan, many people around the world will remain hungry beyond Iftar time, unable to feed their families due to extreme poverty. Many will have lost their jobs and livelihoods because of the global pandemic while others are trapped in an unending cycle of poverty.
The Prophet (saw) said, “He who gives food for a fasting person in it (Ramadan), then that shall be a forgiveness for his (the feeder’s) minor sins and freedom from the Fire. And for such a feeder shall be the same reward as the one who fasted (whom he fed) without that person’s reward decreasing in the least. [Ibn Khuzymah].
You can provide Iftar meals to a fasting person for the entire month, provide food parcels to a family for Iftar/Suhoor, or contribute any amount to our Iftar fund. Either way, you will share the joy of providing food to poor Muslims across the world this Ramadan!
The Prophet (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He(saw) replied, “[Providing] water” [Abu Dawud]
From the above hadith, we can see that giving water is highly recommended in Islam, and the rewards of giving water as a charity in Ramadan are multiplied even further. Water is a blessing from Allah (swt) that we often take for granted during Ramadan, but across the world, nearly 800 million people lack access to clean water. This Ramadan, you can change that by building a well as part of your Zakat and Sadaqah and helping provide clean water to poor communities across the globe?
The people of Yemen were directly blessed by the Prophet Muhammad (saw) - but these blessed people are currently suffering from ‘the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time’.
The ongoing conflict is devastating already impoverished communities. Millions have been displaced and Yemen is on the brink of famine. With your help, we’ve been building and rehabilitating water wells, distributing food parcels, providing school meals, and setting up mobile health clinics in rural areas.
We have also opened up 2 bread factories in Marib and Aden, each feeding 3000 beneficiaries every single day.
Many women in poorer communities possess the right skills to earn a livelihood for themselves but lack the financial capital to do so.
The Prophet (saw) said, “The one who strives to help a widow, or the poor is like one who struggles in the cause of Allah” [Bukhari]
This Ramadan, you can use your Sadaqah or Zakat to provide Hope Shops for widows in need. Your charity will provide these widows with the capital they need to start up their own business and get themselves out of the cycle of poverty.
More than ten years of relentless bombing and violent clashes have brought the country to its knees. Every day, hundreds of refugees try to escape, making the perilous journey on foot, with nothing other than the torn clothes that they are wearing, settling in IDP camps in Turkey and Lebanon.
Don't let them lose hope this Ramadan.
May Allah (swt) grant us all good health during this month and give us the means to help the poor and needy across the globe, Inshallah Ameen!