WHAT IS HAPPENING?
The past year has been one of the toughest for all in recent history, because of the poor health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The impacts have been felt everywhere, with no country spare. Especially, developing countries like Pakistan.
Rapid phone surveys done by the World Bank in 72 countries show a significant number of people running out of food or reducing their consumption. Reduced calorie intake and compromised nutrition threaten gains in poverty reduction and health and could have lasting impacts on the cognitive development of young children. Between 720 and 811 million people in the world went hungry in 2020, according to the UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. Looking at the middle of the projected range (768 million), around 118 million more people were facing chronic hunger in 2020 than in 2019. Using a different indicator that tracks year-round access to adequate food, nearly 2.37 billion people (or 30% of the global population) lacked access to adequate food in 2020 – a rise of 320 million in just one year.
Women, young and less educated workers suffering the most. While many developing countries deployed emergency social transfers to try to mitigate the negative welfare impact of the pandemic, these have not been enough to offset the pandemic impact. As a result, it deprived many of the most basic needs.
Cover the cost of five Iftaar or Suhoor meals
Food pack for a family for fifteen days
One Month Pack
Food pack for a family for a month
Food pack for a family for a whole quarter of the year.
The crisis provides a reform opportunity to, once and for all. It’s an opportunity for us to reach out to those who all are seeking help and provide them with food during this Ramadan. We cannot afford to miss it because as Muslims we have an obligation towards helping those in need.
What Quran Says?
And they give (their own) food, in deep love of Allah, to the needy, the orphan and prisoner (out of sacrifice, despite their own desire and need for it), (And say:) ‘We are feeding you only to please Allah. We do not seek any recompense from you nor (wish for) any thanks. (Surah Al- Insan Chapter 76: Verse 8-9)
Rewards of good deeds increase during Ramadan?
Salmaan Al-Faarisi, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam gave a speech on the last day of Sha’baan, and said, “O people! You are being approached by a great and blessed month. A month which contains a night that is better than one thousand months. Allah made fasting within it an obligation and made praying in that night an optional act of worship. He who performs any righteous voluntary act within it, will be rewarded like one who does an obligatory act at any time other than during Ramadan.
“He who performs an obligatory act of worship within it will be rewarded like he who performs seventy acts of worship at any time outside this month.
It is the month of perseverance – and perseverance is rewarded with Jannah (Paradise). It is the month of compassion, in which the sustenance of a believer increases. He who feeds a fasting person within this month has his sins forgiven and he will be protected and released from the hellfire. He also gets the reward of that person’s fasting without decreasing the reward of the fasting person.”
Then the companions, may Allah be pleased with them, said, ‘O messenger of Allah! Not all of us can find the extra food needed to feed another fasting person’.
So the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam responded, “Allah will give you the reward of feeding a fasting person even if you were to give him just a sip of milk, a date, or a sip of water. He who feeds a fasting person until he is full, Allah will make him drink out of my river, a sip of which will never allow him to be thirsty until he enters Jannah.”
Then he continued, “This is the month the beginning of which is mercy, the middle part is forgiveness and the last part of it is released from hellfire.” (Al-Bayhaqi).