Ramadan: Harness the Power of Zakat
During Ramadan 2023, Islamic Relief continued its life-saving work around the world, ensuring that your donations reached those who needed them most. The organization was on the front lines in over 30 countries, as it had been with every major disaster since 1984, delivering food, water, and emergency relief to those in desperate need.
Please don’t wait, people need your help more than ever. Harness the power of Zakat and Sadaqah and donate generously in the blessed month of Ramadan.
The Power of Zakat: Zakat could end global poverty
This Ramadan we want to impress upon everyone the importance of Zakat. Zakat could have the power to end global poverty – this is the power of Zakat.
According to the UN, the amount needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals – to end extreme poverty and hunger globally – is approximately $300 billion.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent to bring Islam to the entire world. So if we imagine that everyone around the globe gave 2.5% of their wealth to those in need, the annual amount would be trillions of dollars. Imagine what could be done with that!
Yes – Zakat could have the power to end poverty. If everyone around the world gave 2.5% of their wealth as Zakat we could end poverty together, SubhanAllah!
Of course, ending poverty isn’t simple. Conflict, inequality, water shortages, climate change, lack of education, poor public infrastructure and basic human greed all create and shape poverty.
Allah has shown us the way – all we need to do is follow. That is the power of Zakat.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
Healthy adult Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan from dawn until dusk. Therefore this includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month.
When does Ramadan start?
Ramadan officially begins when the month of Islamic month of Shaban ends.
When does Ramadan end?
Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration officially marks the end of Ramadan. The exact timing is based on the sighting of the Moon. Eid al-Fitr officially begins at the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
What happens if you miss a fast during Ramadan?
If you’ve missed any fasts out of necessity and cannot make up the lost days afterwards, you’re required to pay fidya (fidyah). For any other missed fasts you will need to make them up. For any fasts broken deliberately without need in the Hanafi madhab you would need to make up the fast and also pay kaffarah. In the Hanbali and Shafi madhabs you would need to make up the fast and only pay kaffarah if it was broken by marital relations.
The Prophet (PBUH) would give charity throughout the year but increase his sadaqah during Ramadan. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (PBUH) was the most generous of people, and he was most generous during Ramadan.” (Bukhari)
When is Eid 2023 after Ramadan?
Eid al-Fitr officially begins at the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting but thanking Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practise self-control.
When does Ramadan 2023 start?
As the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year. Ramadan 2023 is expected to begin on Wednesday, 22nd March, and end o on the sighting of the moon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ramadan lasts either 29 or 30 days, and the time during which it takes place varies every year. This is because the date depends on the lunar calendar, which is roughly 10 or 11 days shorter than the commonly used Gregorian calendar
The meaning of Kareem is generous/noble. Ramadan is a month where Allah forgives, blesses and rewards Muslims without a limit.
Ramadan Kareem means Ramadan the generous month.
Therefore, it is an expression that is used to welcome the month of Ramadan by Muslims around the world.
Every day during Ramadan, Muslims begin the fast at sunrise after having a meal ( Suhoor), after which the morning Fajr prayer is prayed. The fast isn’t broken until sunset with the Iftar meal, which precedes the Maghrib, the fourth prayer of the day.