Whoever gives the food of fast-breaking to the faster shall have the like of the faster in reward, not diminishing the reward of the faster in the slightest.
THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD, ON HIM BE PEACE
There are natural rhythms to everything in life, and this includes our charitable giving. As the sacred times open to us — Ramadan and Hajj specifically — our hearts beat with a greater pulse to give. Yet this heart-sound of giving also echoes charity’s cadence in our hearts when glad tidings come to us — the birth of a child or other blessed windfalls; or when we succumb to some low impulse and transgress and seek to materially express sincere regret; and, perhaps, even more so when we see the suffering of other human beings, for whom our hearts open with that defining human desire to alleviate their pain, touch them with goodness, and help replace their loss.
We find our givers in all these occasions and circumstances seeking to give openhandedly from the bounty God has given them. We fed 10 million meals to fasters last Ramadan at the request of our donors and distributed 10 million pounds of meat as offerings of nearness (Qurbani) to God on just the four Days of Sacrifice (Udhiyah) this past Hajj season.
And each year, we see an increase in the people paying their Zakat in Ramadan, particularly it’s last blessed ten days, seeking to multiply their reward countless times.
We convey thousands of charitable sacrificial offerings of cattle for newborns (‘Aqiqah) to the hungry of the world throughout the year and accept and distribute to the poor the donations of valid redemptionpayments from fasting Ramadan (Fidyah) for the excused, as well as the atonement payments (Kaffarah) as expiations for missed days of fasting from those who violated their Ramadan fasts without valid exemption.