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Have you felt hunger this Ramadān?

Our beloved Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,

“Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives.”[1]

This is a very clear and strong hadīth. It lays down some very clear instructions and, for all of us looking how to make the most of the last moments of Ramadān, represents a great way to finish the month.

The World Food Program highlight,

“In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 795 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.”

This is something we can change, and as an Ummah we must lead on.

Feeding the hungry, or the hungriest, is actually a wonderful way to add value to the social activism the hadīth calls to.

Firstly, all of us should seek to feed the hungry. Well aside from the countless injunctions in the Qur’ān and Sunnah to do so, in this Ramadān we have seen what it is like to be hungry. Even with the surety of food at the end we have struggled. We must give thanks to our Lord for not testing us with hunger, by helping take people out of a state of hunger. Chronic hunger cripples nearly 800 million people in the world today, but all of us can make an effort to take at least one person out of this situation.


Secondly, the absence of food forces countless people into lots of diseases which take their lives. Approximately 9 million people die of world hunger each year according to world hunger statistics; more than the death toll for malaria, AIDs and tuberculosis combined in 2012. That said, providing essential food aid prevents illness and allows us to help people avoid becoming sick in the first place. This Ramadān providing food aid should be a key priority for us, not only to kill their hunger, but to save their health and life itself.

Finally, ‘freeing the captives’ is something that we typically consider purely from an aspect of the slave trade and bondage. However some people are enslaved into the most humiliating ‘employment’ simply to feed their families. This is something providing food aid can help avoid. Some families in Africa and Asia are forced to sell their children to traffickers because they just cannot feed them, and this is something that food aid can save.

The time in which we live means that the best and worst of society is visible through the digital periscope. We as such need to see the reality of the world and mobilise our skills, experience and resources to do the best we can. Providing food aid not only overcomes hunger, but improves health, life chances and so much more.

Poor nutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5—about 3 million children die each year because their bodies don’t have enough of the basic nutrients they need to function and grow.

This can be changed when we decide so. When we take responsibility for children in need and our own needs to provide assistance to the hungry we can make the world a better place. Ramadān has just a short time left, and it is essential we embrace this period, and give like we have never given before. We must push ourselves based on the example of the pious predecessors and really think: how can I please my Lord the most and embrace the Ramadān opportunity before its gone?

If this article has inspired you to help those really in need in these final moments of Ramadan then follow your inspiration up by an action and support on of causes currently being focused on by Charity Rights food programs to fight hunger one child at a time. We will providing regular meals to children who are poor, orphans and refugees. A 100% Zakah donation policy applies.

Source: www.islam21c.com


[1] Sahih al-Bukhari

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