Charity in Ramadan is a spiritual staple of the Islamic holy month. However, offering charity in Ramadan while going through a global pandemic looks a bit different.
In Oxford, a local mosque has set a new goal to deliver hot meals to the needy during the holy month of fasting.
For weeks, volunteers from the Central Mosque in Oxford have been giving out meals and other essential data-x-items to residents in need once in a week.
From Monday, April 12, one day before Ramadan, and till the end of the holy month, volunteers will be giving free food every day.
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“We have been honored to have been assisted by people from all backgrounds and it has been amazing in bringing our beloved city together,” Faisal Aziz from the management committee said, Oxford Mail reported.
“We are very lucky to have congregation members such as our caterer who provides all of the hot meals every week and local companies such as clickit/247 who donated all of the essential data-x-items and provided fresh meat for the last few weeks.”
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Volunteers included Lord Mayor Mark Lygo, Father Phil Ritchie from St Mary and St John Church, and Susan Brown, leader of Oxford City Council.
“We have also invited members from other religious and non-religious groups such as the Jewish community,” Aziz said.
“We are delighted to announce that the mosque will be offering this service on a daily basis during the month of Ramadan as we do every year.”
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Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri Islamic calendar. It commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad.
From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations).
Ramadan could start from April 13 this year subject to moonsighting.
Ramadan is the month of multiple blessings. It is the time of fasting and of extensive spiritual exercise.
During Ramadan, Muslims make special effort to find time for recitation and study of the Holy Quran, for supererogatory prayers, such as Taraweeh, and other charitable deeds.