Types of people you can help at Iftar in Ramadan
28 April 2022, 03:24 pm
As Muslims, it is our duty to remember that we may be fortunate enough to associate our Ramadan with food and festivals, but there are millions of people in the world who have nothing but hunger and poverty are associated with Ramadan.
Just as Allah has blessed us in this life, it is our moral duty to help the poor and needy. The whole act of fasting is a reminder of the suffering and pain that the poor go through every day of their lives when they have nothing to eat or drink on a daily basis. The purpose of fasting is first to sympathize with those who are not as fortunate as us, and then to act to sympathize and help them.
It is by the grace of Almighty Allah that we are fortunate enough to have food on our table every day. There are different types of people you can help at Iftar time during Ramadan, not necessarily those in need of charity but ordinary people around you, some include:
Those in the hospital
This month of Ramadan, you can visit hospitals and distribute food to patients, their waiting respondents and hospital care workers. Hospitals often don’t have good cafeterias or good food options for patients or waiting staff, so you can create small food bags with Iftar essentials and hand them out - they’ll wish you very well a lot.
Traffic police officers
While we are busy opening the doors with lavish Iftar parties at home, people like the community traffic police carry out their traffic duties almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they may not even have time for a quick snack while they are on the road. You can drive and distribute Iftar bags of food to the traffic policemen so that they can also enjoy a delicious meal while on duty.
People stuck in traffic
People are often stuck in traffic as they try to reach their loved ones at the time of Iftar during the month of Ramadan. Always keep a few extra food bags in your car during Ramadan and if you see people around you stuck on the road during the Maghrib, distribute these or other food/drink among them so they can take their Iftar quickly because, at the end of the day, the month of Ramadan is about sharing with others and caring for them.
Emergency workers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - they don’t have the luxury of choosing hours, their duties depend on emergencies happening at local and they must be vigilant. Also, hospital food isn’t always the best food option, so you can take this opportunity to distribute Iftar to ambulance drivers and healthcare workers.
Prepare food bags for street children during this holy month of Ramadan; went around the city and distributed bags of food to the children who roamed the streets. If you remember any part of the city where you see street kids selling small toys, stickers, even beg; visit these places and instead of money and give them food.
Almost every store, every school, every street you will see a guard patrolling. You can also give them bags of food - they will really appreciate it. Their monthly income is usually very low and with monthly bills and household expenses, they have almost nothing left. Therefore, share your food with them, they deserve your kindness just as much as the rest of humanity.