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Ramadan Action Guide Against Hunger

120716-ramadanFasting in the month of Ramadan reminds us of those who cannot break their fast at sunset. From sunrise to sunset, fasting allows us to step into the shoes of more than 780 million people who suffer from hunger around the world.

What if our brothers and sisters could use Ramadan to help us take a stand against hunger, not just individually for a month, but also collectively throughout our lives?

A network of organizations led by Islamic Relief USA and the Alliance to End Hunger did just that. They published “The Ramadan Action Guide,” a concise advocacy resource on hunger and poverty. It shares what Muslims can do to build awareness and advocate to end hunger, even after Ramadan.

Hunger is a global humanitarian issue and can affect anyone. “Allah is the One who feeds us and saves us from hunger,” said Islamic Relief USA CEO Abed Ayoub. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act: Allah charges each of us to help ease the burden on those who are suffering. Just like hunger and thirst can be a test, so can food and wealth. Food is a blessing, which we must share. Everyone needs to work together to eradicate extreme hunger.


“The hunger we face around the world is not because of the shortage of food, but because of the wrong distribution of food,” Ayoub said. “In the Gulf and in the West, people are throwing away food. We have enough wealth, but we just need to use it correctly.”

We can alleviate hunger by allocating resources correctly, not being wasteful, and sharing our wealth through giving charity and Zakah.

Ayoub believes the action guide will be beneficial for many. It informs people of simple yet effective ways they can advocate for hunger and make a big impact, from joining your local food kitchen to writing to your congressmen.

Islamic Relief’s food-related projects range from providing emergency food distributions to rehabilitating land and providing resources to local farmers so they can develop a sustainable livelihood. Islamic Relief USA also provides seasonal Ramadan and Udhiyah/Qurbani food distributions from local markets to support local economies around the world. Locally, Islamic Relief USA has worked with USDA’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to provide food for children over summer vacation when school is out.

“We cannot fill our stomachs while the children down the street go hungry,” Ayoub said.  

Working with Islamic Relief field offices and local partners around the world, we hope to take strides in alleviating hunger. To get an action guide and click here to join the effort to eradicate extreme hunger.

IRUSA_NabeelahNaeem_1Nabeelah Naeem is the communications specialist at Islamic Relief USA.


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