The month of Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is in this blessed month the Holy Quran was revealed. During the month of Ramadan Muslims fast from food and drink and abstain from other activities from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is about patience, self-discipline and control for the believer to gain reward from Allah (Swt). Charity in Ramadan is considered to have more blessing and reward too.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:” When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

This Ramadan Zohra Foundation want to make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in the world; the elderly in Pakistan. For just £25 a month or £300 a year – your Ramadan donations will help us support hundreds of elderly people in need of food, water and medical assistance.

For the millions of elderly people living in poverty in Pakistan age-related illnesses become harder to bear with each passing year. Zohra Foundation’s Adopt A Grandparent programme provides vulnerable adults with free medication, medical assistance in the home and free sponsored meals.

In countries like Pakistan, where government handouts are rare, it has become impossible for poor vulnerable, elderly people to survive without our support. This Ramadan Adopt-A-Grandparent and give them hope for their future.

“The one who strives for widows and the poor is like the Mujahid in the way of Allah (swt), or one who stand in night prayers or fasts during the day.”(Al-Bukhari)

In this blessed month of Ramadan, we pray that Allah (Swt) bestows His mercy and blessings upon you and your families.

What is Zakat and Sadaqah?

Zakat and Sadaqah are both forms of charity in Islam, but each have different stipulations.

Zakat is an obligatory charity on every Muslim of able means. The minimum amount which a Muslim must have to be eligible for Zakat is known as ‘Nisaab’. Once a person’s savings reach the Nisaab level (after accounting for yearly costs/ expenses) 2.5% of any of the additional wealth is due to the poor.

Sadaqah unlike Zakat is a non-obligatory form of charity for Muslims. There are no limits on the amount of Sadaqah which can be given or any restrictions on how it can be spent. Those forms of charity which gives ongoing benefit to the beneficiaries is known as Sadaqah Jariyah and will also give an ongoing benefit to the giver.

 

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