Pandemic

We know that Ramadan is a special time, a spiritual blessing. A time for reflection, for charity and sacrifice. A chance for us to strengthen our connection with Allah and to connect with those we love.

However, this Ramadan, we have been faced with challenges that we’ve not had to face before. Challenges that have required our faith in Allah, and our charitable spirit more than ever. At Islamic Relief USA, we wanted to take a look at just how this Ramadan has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With mosques shut, and social gatherings banned, for many, it may feel like the Ramadan spirit has been dampened. However, true to the human spirit, this Ramadan has brought out a well received newfound spirit in many across the Muslim community and beyond.

Principal amongst them is the resolve shown by Muslim key workers who are toiling away tirelessly, even whilst fasting. Working on the frontlines of this pandemic to ensure the health and safety for all of those whom they serve. Insha’Allah, Allah will bless those who continue to fast in the face of such a challenging time. Similarly inspiring has been the support for those Muslims from their families and their community, as well as their non-Muslim colleagues. For those key workers who come home from a long shift, whilst quarantining away from their families. The small touches like the delivery of a homemade Iftar can truly revive the spirit. In times like this, it’s the small gestures that can pick you up again.

The true nature of a Muslim, especially during Ramadan, is one that possesses many of the traits that are needed to make light from the dark of this pandemic. Empathy, patience, resolve, togetherness and faith are what is desperately needed at this time. Alhamdulillah, these are all facets of Islam that have been sent to us through the Quran and the Hadith. Traits that we all should aspire to as Muslims, and Ramadan is the perfect time to practice those.

Furthermore, the charitable spirit that we are implored to take up during Ramadan, is one that truly could not have come at a better time Masha’Allah. Across the world we are seeing a rise in charitable donations and volunteering throughout the Muslim community. We see it first hand at Islamic Relief USA, Muslim brothers and sisters helping out in anyway they can. It is truly heart-warming to see and long may it continue and increase Insha’Allah. 

Islamic Relief USA has partnered with World Central Kitchen & Chef José Andrés, to provide more than 100,000 meals to families affected by Covid-19. Alhamdulillah, we will be distributing these across 200 cities and more than 30 states. This is a time to come together, a time for us all to unite. We could not carry our work without your generous support. Now is the time for us all to act. Please continue to support our work at www.irusa.org/coronavirus.

Please, remember to look after each other, don’t forget the elderly, isolated family members and neighbours. Insha’Allah we all continue to have a successful Ramadan and remember that above all else, everything is by the will of Allah. 

Jazakullah Khair.

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