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Ramadan: A Month of Fasting, Prayer, and Zakat

 
 
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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and this year it started on June 6th and will finish on or around July 5th. Ramadan is followed by a celebration, Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking), a time Muslims enjoy with their families and often exchange gifts.

Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims as it marks the month during which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Therefore, it is also known as the ‘Month of the Quran’. Muslims celebrate this month by focusing their attention on fasting, worship, and charitable giving. Fasting is an act of worship that spans across many faiths. During Ramadan, fasting from sunrise to sunset is obligatory upon Muslims who are able to do so and is representative of a spiritual cleansing, an effort to become closer to God, and an attempt to gain a better understanding of human suffering. The act of fasting calls for Muslims to practice self-discipline and sacrifice, as well as reflect upon and show compassion for the less fortunate. Muslims are reminded to be generous and increase their charitable activities during this month. One type of charitable giving, which is known as Zakat, is obligatory for those who are financially able. Zakat requires Muslims to give at least 2.5% of their assets to the poor and hungry. It is an integral part of Ramadan and, like fasting, is one of the five pillars of Islam.

In celebration of Ramadan, consider donating to one of these highly rated charities which have specific Zakat designated funds and strive towards the alleviation of poverty and hunger. You can even pick a few, add them to our Giving Basket and donate to them all at once.

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