Yes, it’s that time of year again in which families become closer, abstaining becomes essential and faith in God grows stronger. The holy month of Ramadan is around the corner, what is your goal for Ramadan this year? To recite the Quran fully three times? To attend prayers in the mosque daily? Or to let out the juices of generosity and give back to society. If you are currently reading this article, you live a very fortunate life. In which you have a healthy set of eyes and a mind capable of processing such knowledge. Perhaps you are relaxing and keeping warm with a cup of herbals or at work getting caught up with the latest news. All of these are things to be grateful for, grateful for the roof above our heads and the food in our fridges, it is time to give back to people who may not have as much of us.
As young Muslim children we are taught at an early age to fast, at the ages of seven and eight, we fast half a day and try to prove to our elders that we can make it until Iftar time. As we get older and grow more mature, it turns into an annual ritual. Although many wonder why is it that we were told to fast? There were actually multiple reasons, although one of the most important was to feel the hunger and agony of the less fortunate. We are required to fast from dawn till dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Although there is much more to fasting then not eating, it is a mental cleaning, we are required to think holy thoughts and refrain from committing any crime, even if it is as simple as telling a white lie. When we fast, we feel weak, low in energy and it is difficult to function, it is extremely difficult for working people especially if they were hooked on caffeine. All of this is served to remind us how privileged we are, and how we should give back to people who live their lives malnourished.
The GiveAMeal Campaign will begin this year on the first day of Ramadan and will span over the thirty days. The objective of the GiveAMeal Campaign is to provide a healthy and well balanced meal to the workers and laborers of Abu Dhabi. Through this experience, Emirati nationals and expatriates will come together and work during fasting hours to give a meal to the less fortunate of Abu Dhabi. This way the true meaning of Ramadan will be felt and we will be giving back to the people who have helped build our society. One cannot go through a simple day without making an impact on the world around you, so let it be positive. It doesn’t need to be huge or recognized by everyone, one small act of kindness could change a person’s outlook of life, you could give them hope.
Support the GiveAMeal Campaign on intstagram “giveameal” and twitter “giveamealad”, volunteers needed, contact Giveameal@hotmail.com for further information.