The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. [2:185]
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is an auspicious month of celebration, filled with blessings and rewards for all. Not only is it one of the most important events of the Islamic calendar, but it is also one that helps out so many around the world, thanks to the generous zakat donations that are made.
Ramadan falls during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, following the lunar calendar which means that dates are subject to change by about 10-11 days each year.
The 30-day period of Ramadan is celebrated by fasting – abstaining from food, drink, impure thoughts and committing sinful acts between the hours of sunrise and sunset. The time spent fasting allows Muslims to reflect on purifying their mind, body and soul which is also a means of connecting with Allah SWT through prayer.
The month of reflection
The 30 days of fasting give each and every Muslim an understanding of what it must be like to be less fortunate, in a world without possessions, food and the means to take part in such an important event. Individuals are encouraged to generously give in charity throughout the month and donate their Zakat before the final Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, the closing celebration of Ramadan.
There are Five Pillars of Islam: Shahadah, Salah, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj. These are all integral traditions and rites of passage for Muslims and are a significant part of Islamic heritage.
Help feed a family of 4 this Ramadan!
Help Yateem are going to feed 2000 families this Ramadan, however we need your help in reaching our target to make sure these families have Iftar this Ramadan.