Ramadan with
African Relief Fund

Feed the fasting

 

In the Horn of Africa, the poorest struggle to find food with which to break their fasts. Can you help us feed them, this Ramadan?

‘Whoever gives iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.’ (Tirmidhi, 807).

Food poverty is fast becoming a problem everywhere in the world. In African countries like The Gambia, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, people have suffered years of continuous drought, which has affected their livelihoods. On top of water shortages, the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened economies, causing food prices to soar. Poor people who were already finding it difficult to feed their families are now facing a crisis. For them, putting food on the table for just one meal a day, is a daily challenge. This Ramadan, they will struggle to find food for both Suhoor and Iftar.

African Relief Fund (ARF) tackles food poverty with our food distribution programme. Our programme runs throughout the year, but in Ramadan we increase our efforts. We distribute food parcels and provide warm iftars to underprivileged communities in the blessed month. Can you support our efforts?

Family Food Pack: £75

 

ARF’s food parcels contain items that are non-perishable and high in nutrition. They can last an average-sized family three weeks, ensuring children don’t go hungry, and parents don’t have to skip meals to feed their little ones. Can you donate a food pack to help feed a family this Ramadan?

12,000 families fed last year

 

For many of the people we support, ARF’s food distribution programme is literally a lifeline from starvation. Last year, 12,000 families across the Horn of Africa, received food parcels through ARF’s food distribution programme. It was your Zakat that made this possible.

A Warm Iftar: £300

 

ARF provides Iftar at community centres and masjids for people severely affected by food poverty, and those surviving in camps after losing their homes. Just £300 can provide a warm Iftar for 100 adults and children. Despite the crises they face, Ramadan is a time when these people come together to worship and enjoy a complete meal following a day of fasting. It is an event they look forward to. Can you donate towards a community Iftar?

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said: ‘Give food to the hungry, pay a visit to the sick and release (set free) the one in captivity (by paying his ransom).’ (Bukhari, 286)

The Fidyah rate, for missing a fast for a valid reason is £5.

The Kaffarah rate for the month is £150

The Zakt Al-Fitr (Fitra or Fitrana) rate is £5 per person

Give your Zakat to the Hungry

 

This Ramadan, we need to boost our efforts to provide food aid to the millions of people affected by the prolonged drought in Somalia. Can you help?

90% of Somalia is facing severe drought, the worst it’s seen in nearly 40 years. Three consecutive failed rainy seasons means severe water shortages which have caused displacement, diarrhoea-related deaths and a rise in malnutrition. 3.5 million people are now living with extreme hunger. Your Zakat can save them from starvation.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: ‘Whoever performs a fardh (obligation) (in Ramadan), shall be given the reward of seventy faraaidh (obligations) in any other time …’ (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, 1887).

ARF is in a rush to feed families facing starvation across the Horn of Africa, where at least 40% of the population is undernourished. We rely on your Zakat and Sadaqah this Ramadan to help them.

‘The best of you are those who feed others.’ (Musnad Ahmad, 23408)

“Without these food parcels, Ramadan this year would be impossible. But Alhamdulliah, Allah has sent you to us. I can feed my family this month of Ramadan.” - Father of five from Somalia: Ramadan 2021

Care for the Orphan

Guardian families care for orphans despite their own poverty. In Ramadan, the challenge of finding food becomes even harder for them, can you help?

There are thousands of orphans in Somalia. These poor children are all alone or are sometimes taken in by grandparents or other family members. But, those who adopt orphans can rarely afford to, as most families already struggle to make ends meet. And with the extra mouth to feed, the daily challenge to put food on the table becomes almost impossible.

It costs just £30 a month to provide an orphan with food, clothing, education and access to healthcare.

‘Righteousness in the sight of God dwells in one who, despite his love for it, gives of his wealth in charity to close relatives and orphans and to the needy and the wayfarer …’ (Quran, 2:177)

ARF’s Orphan Sponsorship Programme provides families, who take in orphans, with monthly food packs and a stipend. With many people and their children facing food poverty this Ramadan, the extra mouth to feed will be a strain on guardian families. Please help us help them and the orphan children who depend on their care.

It costs just £360 to take care of an orphan’s basic needs for a whole year.

‘Abu Huraira reported: A man came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he complained about the hardness of his heart. The Prophet said, “If you want to soften your heart, feed the poor and pat the head of the orphan.”’ (Musnad Aḥmad, 7522).

This Ramadan, join us in the effort to care for orphans in Somalia, by sponsoring an orphan child today.

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