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Ramadan

About the Observance

By the Numbers

28 countries are supported by IRUSA’s Ramadan campaign

More than 319,000 people benefitted from IRUSA’s 2013 Ramadan campaign

Food parcels distributed during Ramadan are 30 pounds each

“Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah (swt) covers you with blessing, for He sends down mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers …

… In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves.”
—The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), as narrarated by Tabarani

Ramadan is a blessed month of reflection, prayer and fasting for Muslims. During the month, observers gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the suffering of impoverished and hungry people around the world. Ramadan also serves to remind Muslims of the importance of charity, and their obligation to be charitable during the month and all throughout the year.

Check out this frequently asked questions page about Ramadan for more information.

How the Ramadan Food Campaign Helps

Islamic Relief teams distribute food packets in impoverished communities to provide temporary relief during Ramadan. Each food packet holds about 30 pounds of food that is important to the local diet of the recipients, and is designed to help a family of five to seven people. This generally includes rice, wheat, lentils and oil, and often also sugar, canned fish and meat, and dates. Food are procured locally within each country. The Ramadan program is designed to complement longer-term relief and development projects that provide sustainable assistance in improving living conditions.

Islamic Relief’s 2013 Ramadan campaign supported our brothers and sisters in need in these countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Chad
  • Chechnya
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

Visit A History of Humanitarianism During Ramadan, and Beyond to see a special gallery of images of 2013 Ramadan Food Package distributions.

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

Ramadan food package donations are now closed. They will reopen in 2014 insha’Allah.