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Helping Others During Ramadan

Ramadan is a special time of year -- a time when Muslims around the world take a step back from their daily routines and focus on community, charity, fasting, and prayer.  Ibn Abbas described that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) was the most generous of people, and even more so during the month of Ramadan.  Here are some ideas of what you can do this month to help those around you.

Reach Out to Those Around You

Is there a family in your neighborhood that you haven't seen in a while?  A student in a strange new city?  A new Muslim who is fasting for the first time?  An elderly couple who can't get to the mosque?  Why not take a few minutes to make a phone call, drop in for a visit, or invite someone to iftar (dinner to break the daily fast).  Even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a huge difference in someone's life.

Help Those in Need

All around the world, and even in your own backyard, there are people who are suffering from illness, hunger, or desperation.  "Those who spend their wealth by night and day, in secret and in public shall have their reward with their Lord.  On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" (Qur'an 2:274).  "By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give freely from that which you love.  And whatever you give, Allah knows it well" (Qur'an 3:92).

Volunteer Your Time

Even more valuable than money is a gift of your time.  Is your local mosque hosting iftar dinners?  Why not help with the planning or clean-up?  Is a local charity raising funds for humanitarian aid?  Is there a local Islamic school that needs guest teachers?  Find out what you can do to help.

Pray for Others

"When My servants ask thee about Me, I am indeed close to them.  I respond to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me.  Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me, that they may walk in the right way" (Qur'an 2:186).
 Most importantly, during this very special month, take the time to pray for others - your family, your loved ones, those who are ill, those who live in fear, those who go hungry, those who walk in darkness.  May Allah guide all of us upon the straight path of faith, and help us to be filled with piety, patience, humility, and kindness.
Taken from: islam.about

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