Ramadan is a time of mercy, gratitude, and reflection. We use this month to turn our focus away from activities like eating during the day in the hopes of improving ourselves inwardly. What better way to improve yourself than thinking about others?
Prophet Muhammad, on him be peace, said:
“Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.”
One of the greatest joys of fasting is savoring food and drink when you break your fast at Iftar time.
Yet, the sad fact is that 1 in 9 people worldwide goes to bed hungry every night.
The world is facing an unprecedented hunger crisis fueled by conflict, climate change, and the pandemic. This year, there will be more people going hungry than ever before.
People in the United States are struggling more during the pandemic. With growing unemployment and shutdowns, more and more families are now food insecure. The worst part is that children are often the ones who suffer the most. In the United States, 1 in 4 children goes hungry. The pandemic has worsened the cracks within America’s food system and has increased food insecurity nationwide. Children who benefitted from free food programs at school are now left hungry. Food banks are forced to turn people away.
We need to take a stand against hunger. This Ramadan, we are partnering with the major online platform DoorDash as we feed thousands of people through our campaign Feel the Hunger to Do Good. All month long, we are working together to provide warm meals across the United States. From New York to California, we will be in your communities during Ramadan to feed anyone who needs a meal.
Besides the meals we are distributing across the U.S., we are pledging another meal for every photo posted to social media, tagging us (@ZakatUS) and @DoorDash. This is part of our commitment to provide 100,000 meals this Ramadan within the U.S.
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