Nearly a month ago, Muslims worldwide were blessed with a holy month of Ramadhan in which Muslims are obliged to fast during the day and refrain from all sorts of sin and demeanour with an overall aim that they attain taqwa (fear of Allah). The month is of immense significance to a spiritual life of a fasting person as they have their past sins forgiven and granted paradise by Allah the most Gracious.
For all Muslims, it was an opportunity to rededicate themselves to the teachings of the faith and the cause of mankind as a whole. Altogether, it was a period of deep reflection on the inter-relationship between man and his neighbour, on the one hand, as well as man and his God, on the other.
In the month of Ramadhan, able Muslims of all financial statuses refrain from food and drink from dawn to sunset thus tasting the pain of hunger and thirst. That gives the rich and well to do Muslims to learn, understand and pay more attention to the plight of the poor.
As a charitable organisation that puts the affairs of vulnerable Muslims and communities at large, MyFundAction actively engaged series of activities aimed at easing the burden of breaking fast during Ramadhan.
Firstly, MyFundAction Malawi volunteers organised massive after meals to area 24’s Albayaan masjid mass congregants and students where more than 1000 heavy meals were prepared and distributed at the time of breaking the fast.
Speaking during the program, the country director for MyFundAction, Sheikh Qullab Jim emphasised the need of raising high the spirit of sharing and giving saying this is the basis of fighting off the effects of extreme poverty and creating communities filled with passion and unity among the rich and the poor.
In his part as beneficiary and representative of the benefitting community, Sheikh Mahmoud Dickson, Imaam of Alhabayaan masjid, thanked the gesture MyfundAction did and ascertained that this set a good example and appealed for more of such programs in the future and asked others to follow suit.
On the other hand., brother Harry James, Lilongwe chapter’s National Muslim Students Association representative, applauded the program saying it indirectly has a positive impact of the education life of the learners who are impacted by hunger and hopelessness.
In addition, within the category of iftar meals distribution for this year’s Ramadhan, MyFundAction Malawi visited Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) formerly Bunda College of Agriculture, where assorted food items to be used by the muslim students during iftar till the end of the Holy month of Ramadhan. The items included a bale of sugar, bags of potatoes, bags of rice, groundnut flour and salt.
In his acceptance speech upon receiving the items, the chairman of Luanar Muslim students association conceded that this assistance came at the right time when Muslim students at the college were struggling to find proper iftar.
Brother Yussuf Jim, Myfundaction official preceding the program, challenged the students to work harder in their fields of study too as to turn around their economic statuses and be successful so as to turn out among those who give and assist others in charity.
With the fact that this is the month of the Quran, MyFundAction Malawi also travelled all the way from Lilongwe to Nkhotakota’s Karina village where 600 copies of the Holy Quran were distributed. The Muslims in the village and surrounding communities were overwhelmed by this act and came in large numbers. Close to 2500 people mostly learners came to grace the function. There is a need to distribute more copies of the Holy Quran in most communities in Malawi.
With the sighting of the moon of Shawwal marking the end of Ramadhan, MyFundAction volunteers decided to end it by putting smiles on needy kids’ faces while lessening the burden on their parents. The team organised a feast for close to 100 children and later on had a word of encouragement with their parents and guardians to keep them in school because only good education can change their lives for the better In Shaa Allah.
Ramadhan, which is a month of self-purification and self-denial, has just ended all praise is due to Allah the Almighty. While it lasted, the season of fasting and prayer offered all Muslims the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with Allah. It also enabled those with the means to share food with the poor, the needy and the less privileged.
Our plea as MyFundAction to all Muslims around the world, our donors and all well to do brothers and sisters is; that Ramadhan is only a month, but hunger, poverty and suffering are every day. Giving in charity does not have to end with the ending of Ramadhan. Humanity should prevail regardless of the season. Give and You shall be rewarded abundantly. Reach as many needy and vulnerable people as far away as you can’t even imagine by channelling your donations to MyFundAction. For more information send an email to email@example.com or search for Myfundaction online. May Allah the most Merciful bless us all and keep us alive and healthy until we reach another Ramadhan In Shaa Allah.