As rewards are multiplied in Ramadan, millions of Muslims await the holy month to pay more for charity to help the less fortunate.
A few days before the arrival of the month of fasting, a Philadelphia food bank has launched a Ramadan initiative to help more than 200 people a day during 30 days of fasting.
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“In Ramadan, Muslims fast from 6 am to 6 pm but then they break the fast with a meal at the end of the day,” explained Loree Jones, CEO of Philabundance.
“These meals aren’t just for people who are Muslim.
“The reality is that there is food insecurity across our communities and there are people from all kinds of religions.”
The new initiative received support from Pennsylvania state Sen. Sharif Street who said it was important to deal with food insecurity.
“The second issue that we are trying to highlight this year is an issue I talked with the Shapiro administration about … food as medicine. Healthy eating can address chronic issues like diabetes, hypertension and others,” said Street.
Ramadan, the 9th hijri month and the holiest month in the Islamic calendar will start on Thursday, March 23, according to the astronomical calculations.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint, and good deeds.