Charity in The Holy Month
Nobody should have to worry about their next meal, yet millions do. Millions of families will be hungry this Ramadan, with nothing to eat or drink. Although the modern world has become highly developed, unfortunately, poverty and hunger remain to be some of the most critical issues we face as a global community.
Giving sadaqah is a significant act of devotion in the religion of Islam, especially during the month of Ramadan. It is not only highly encouraged but also highly rewarded by Allah (swt).
When you give during Ramadan, not only are your blessings increased, but your generosity will considerably improve the lives of those who are less fortunate and make the world a better place for all of us. Each and every donation makes a difference.
The reward of those who give in Shahr Ramadan
In the Holy Quran, Allah says: “Those who spend their wealth in the Cause of Allah and do not follow up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, their reward is with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Surat al-Baqarah 2:262)
What greater reward is there than a promise from God, that He will reward our charity-giving with protection from fear and grief?
In the same surah, in the verse before that, Allah says:
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (Surat al-Baqarah 2:261)
This month is superior to all other months. Because of the goodness and importance of Ramadan, charity is multiplied, its reward is plentiful, and its virtue is tremendous.
The Messenger of Allah (sawa) said to his companions on the last day of Sha`ban:
“Oh, people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; a month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.”
Those who give charity throughout Ramadan will have followed the Prophet’s example and will have their reward multiplied by Allah (swt).
Giving charity is also highly rewarding and helps us draw closer to God. Allah also promises to increase the sustenance of those who give in this holy month.
Feeding the hungry in Ramadan
Fasting and charity are both compulsory acts of worship that Muslims commit to during Ramadan, and the holy month is a time of generosity and compassion for Muslims all over the world.
This year, many people will go hungry long after iftar. This is a critical time for the Muslim Ummah to display its unity and strength by coming to the help of people in need.
Hunger is a vicious circle; when a family suffers from chronic hunger, they are unable to work, attend school, or improve their life. Not only does this make living conditions difficult, but people who suffer from chronic hunger are frequently burdened by diseases, developmental problems, and lower productivity. Month of Ramadan provides a chance for genuine, lasting transformation.
In the holy month, as Allah puts our obedience and patience to the test, He also provides us with the opportunity to improve our lives through charity. This month, every good deed is doubled and rewarded many times over.
Giving In The Holy Month Of Ramadan
This year, at The Zahra Trust, we want to do more, and feed even more poor families, provide more Eid presents for orphans, and assist more individuals in need to have a blessed Ramadan.
Please help us this Ramadan at The Zahra Trust meet our target by making a generous donation so that we can provide additional support and supplies to as many communities as possible during this month and the rest of the year.
This Ramadan, let us be the change that the world needs.