Ramadan is a month of fasting and abstaining from things considered to be impure for the mind and body. Those partaking in Ramadan abstain from food, drink and impure thoughts between the hours of sunrise and sunset, allowing them instead to focus on connecting with Allah ﷻ and prayers.
The act of fasting allows the individual to understand the pain and suffering of millions around the world who live their lives in poverty and famine, leaving the participant feeling more grateful for all that Allah ﷻ has given them.
So fasting is more than just abstinence; it is a means of worship and for Muslims to feel a closer and deeper connection with Allah ﷻ Fasting allows each individual to understand what it means to go without and to learn patience with oneself and those around them, as well as compassion for those less fortunate.
Fasting during Ramadan, alongside Zakat, is one of the Pillars of Islam. It was ordered in the Qur’an and is expected that all Muslims should fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan. Those who are unable can make a payment of Fidya to compensate.
At the close of the month, Zakat Ul Fitr donations are made and then Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with loved ones. Eid is a great time of feasting and celebration for Muslims, with gifts exchanged between loved ones.
Zakat is an obligatory act of charity and is the third pillar of the Islamic faith. As such, giving to charity is a huge part of everyday life for Muslims.
In Islam, giving to charity is a great deed at any time of year. However, when combined with the auspicious month of Ramadan, donating Zakat is multiplied manifold, with untold blessings and reward for the donor.
Ramadan charity is highly rewarded, and as such, the vast majority of Muslims choose to donate at this time.
See our Ramadan appeal here.