“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So, whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” -Surat Al-Baqarah 2:185
Ramadan is the holiest month in the calendar and many Muslims are eagerly awaiting it every year. It is a month filled with blessings and the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with our Lord through Sawm (fasting), prayer and Sadaqah.
For most Muslims, it is a month of celebration and large Iftars (meals breaking a day of fasting), nourishing meals for family and friends. However, for millions of elderly people in Pakistan, Ramadan fasting is no different from their daily struggle for food and clean water. Instead of lavish Iftars, many of the elderly barely have enough food to break their fast.