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 about 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 narrated 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.

Ramadan Food Campaign

Islamic Relief teams distribute food packets in impoverished communities to provide 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. Foods are procured locally within each country whenever possible, to ensure that they’re appropriate for the recipients and to help the economy as well. The Ramadan program is designed to complement longer-term relief and development projects that provide sustainable assistance in improving living conditions.

“All the time my children and I pray to Allah (swt) that may Allah help those who helped us, even more than what they did for us,” said Zakia, a widow in Afghanistan who received Ramadan food packages that freed her from the worry of finding food for her children each night. “… Their help counts a lot because they helped in the holy month of Ramadan a widow and two orphans.”

It starts with you!

Islamic Relief’s 2014 Ramadan campaign supported our brothers and sisters in need in these locations:

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

Visit Ramadan Food Packages from Around the World to see a special gallery of images of 2014 Ramadan Food Package distributions.

How You Can Help


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


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


Ramadan food package donations are now closed, but we encourage you to give toward other charitable options.