The Holy month of Ramadan, beyond abstaining from eating from dawn to dusk, comes with so many other recommended socio-spiritual acts.
During the Holy month, wealthy Muslims who are fortunate enough to associate Ramadan with food and festivities are enjoined to share their wealth with millions of people in the world who have nothing but hunger and poverty to associate with Ramadan.
The whole act of fasting is a reminder of the suffering and pains the poor go through every day of their lives where they have nothing to eat or drink on a daily basis.
The purpose of fasting is to first empathize with those who are less fortunate and then to act upon that empathy and help them.
There is no bigger incentive for a Muslim to give back in Ramadan 2019 than the fact that all rewards and blessings for good deeds are multiplied double fold in the Holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan 2019 gives every wealthy Muslims the opportunity to give back to the society and earn Allah’s (SWT) blessings and rewards.
When you prepare iftar at home, it is recommended to make some extra food, which you can then distribute among the people in your community.
This piece highlights six types of people that you can help at the time of iftar in Ramadan:
1. The poor/less privileged in your community
This Ramadan, take a look at the poor people in your community and share your iftar with them. If you cannot approach them personally, you can take the food to the community mosque where they can conveniently access the food without any difficulty.
2. People in hospitals (patients and attendants)
You can also visit hospitals during this Holy month and distribute food amongst the patients, their waiting families, and the attending staff at the hospital. Many hospitals usually do not have good cafeterias or food choices for either the patients or the attendants, hence, you can make small food bags with the essentials for iftar and give them out and save them the difficulty of going miles to look for Iftar.
3. Traffic police officers
While breaking your fasts with lavish feasts for iftar at home, remember people like the community traffic police officers are serving their traffic duties almost 24/7 and they may not get the time to even break their fasts while they are on the road.
This Ramadan, you can drive around and hand out iftar food bags to the traffic police officers so that they may also break their fasts and enjoy a good meal while on duty.
4. People stuck in traffic
In Ramadan, around the time of iftar, people are often stuck in traffic while trying to reach home. It is recommended to always keep some extra fruits in your car during Ramadan and if you see people around you stuck on the road during Maghrib, distribute these fruits or some other food/drink item among them so that they are able to break their fast on time because at the end of the day, Ramadan is all about sharing with others and caring for them.
5. Street children
Prepare food bags for street children this Ramadan; drive around the city and distribute the food bags to the children who are roaming the streets. If you remember areas in the city where you have seen street children hawking or even begging, visit those places and give them food.
6. Security guards
Almost every shop, every school, every street that you see has a guard patrolling it. You can give out the food bags to them as well, they will really appreciate it.
There are plenty of people that can use your help this Ramadan, all you have to do is make the intention and then work towards helping them.
Allah (SWT) loves those who are kind to His creation and what better way to earn Allah’s (SWT) love than by being good to His creation?