Throughout Ramadan, faithful Muslims fast from sun up to sundown to celebrate this holy month, when Allah gave the Prophet Muhammad the first verses of the Qur’an.
It’s a month spent in fasting, in prayer, in worship, and in serving those less fortunate.
Fasting, however, is central to Ramadan because it helps each individual find greater awareness of how an abundance of material things, even food, can hold us back from understanding the troubles that afflict so many people.
During this same time, Christians celebrate Lent by studying, praying — and fasting. Like their Muslim brothers, they also are turning their thoughts to ways of helping others and practicing learning to live without some of the comforts we take for granted.
Fasting, whether for Ramadan or Lent, helps sharpen the awareness of the plight of those people that don’t have access to even the most basic of life’s necessities.
Serving the World by Eradicating Hunger
Ramadan is the perfect time to highlight the needs of hungry children — and families — across the globe.
This Ramadan, One Ummah is committed to raising $250,000 to help bring food to the tables of the hungry and comfort to those in need throughout the world.
Our pledge has always been to distribute 1 million meals each year to families in need from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Indonesia to Sri Lanka, Togo, Somalia and others — near and far.
We’ve already been feeding low-income families including single mothers, refugees, and seniors in the San Francisco Bay area, bringing them healthy, organic, and halal foods through Families Serving Families.
And, along with our partner, Mercy Corps NW, we are bringing food, particularly bread, to hungry people in Yemen and Syria.
In the Arabic language, aysh, or bread, means life. Through the combined efforts of One Ummah and our partners, vulnerable families the world over are given a chance to live without the fear of starvation.
In fact, Mercy Corps is so committed to staving off world hunger that they will match each of your donations to One Ummah all the way up to $20,000.
Like us, they are committed to helping the innocent, the less fortunate, the weak, and the hungry decrease their levels of stress and hardship by meeting their basic needs.
Your Help Can Make a Difference
This year, we’re choosing Ramadan to highlight the needs of the hungry with a powerful call to serve. Each week this month, our blog will highlight an area of need, what can be done, and how One Ummah plans to help.
For now, we invite people from all walks of life, all faiths, and all nationalities to join together to help eradicate global hunger.
Be a light for others this Ramadan, and join us by donating today.