Ramadan Mubarak! رمضان مبارك
Over 6 years have passed since many Syrian families have enjoyed a traditional Ramadan in their homes and communities with loved ones. In that time, the number of Syrian youth who have faced inaccess to quality higher education has increased drastically, inhibiting Syria’s future growth. Our goal this Ramadan is to provide Syrian families with food, fun and lots of love and also work to provide quality higher education access to Syrian youth.
This year, we’re launching Feed-a-Family, a month-long series of iftars (evening meals Muslims partake in after day-long fasts) for families in Syria and Jordan. We will also host Eid celebrations–filled with fun activities and gifts for children–to mark the end of Ramadan.
We’re also launching our Sponsor-a-Student campaign to support higher education for Syrian youth through SRD’s upcoming International Rescue University (IRU). IRU will provide free, quality higher education to Syrian students beginning this Fall.
Check out these images from last year’s iftars and Eid celebrations:
Learn more about Ramadan:
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is best known for its day-long fasts that last from dawn to sunset. Muslims fast to obtain greater God-consciousness in their lives and to better connect with the plight of the poor who often don’t have enough food to eat. Muslims also believe fasting increases self-restraint and cleanses the mind, body and spirit.
More than one billion Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan—including more than six million in the U.S.—which ends with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a day for congregational prayers, eating and celebrating with family and friends.
Click on the image below to view a Q & A infographic about Ramadan:
Zakah / Zakat Al-Maal
In Islam, charity is considered to be one of the best forms of worship; so much so that the word most often used for charity in Islam, Zakah, means purification. Zakah is one of Islam’s five pillars, a wealth-purifier that helps keep the plight of the poor at the forefronts of givers’ minds and hearts. Muslims are encouraged to give charity regularly—even if just a smile or a morsel of food. And each year, those who are able to do so must part from a small percentage of their own wealth to give to the poor.
Zakat al-Maal is a charity that Muslims who can afford to must pay to the poor each year. At SRD, we offer Muslims a convenient way to fulfill their Zakat al-Maal obligations while helping Syrians in need. Calculate your zakah below or click here to give your zakah now.
Calculate Your Zakah
Use the form below to calculate your zakah.
Write down the amount you owe and visit our donation page to give your zakah now.
At the end of Ramadan and before the congregational Eid holiday prayer, every Muslim head-of-household is required to give $10 per household member to help provide for the poor. SRD collects this charity—Zakat al-Fitr—and distributes it to Syrians who are in need. Remember that Zakat al-Fitr must be paid before the start of Eid al-Fitr prayers for each member of your household.