Ramadan is the month of blessing and good deeds and is regarded as a very special month as the Quran (Holy Book) was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed Pbuh during Ramadan. Muslims fast for 29/30 days – this can vary each year, depending on the lunar calendar.

Most Muslims fast between dawn and sunset. Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith. It is thought to teach self-discipline and reminds them of the suffering of the poor. During Ramadan, it is common to have one meal (known as the suhoor), just before sunrise and another (known as the iftar), directly after sunset. Between the hours of sunrise and sunset, we are encouraging you to do a good deed for Ramadan.

Whether it be connecting with a friend or relative who lives alone, helping an elderly neighbor, helping in the community, volunteering at an animal shelter, or even a small contribution to a charity of your choice for a cause you believe in – the list is endless, and the choice is yours.

Every act of kindness will make the world a better place. Ramadan, as ordained by Allah Almighty, is the season of obedience and worship unmatched by any other month. What are the greatest doors of goodness during this month that we need to focus on and compete with so that we may show Allah goodness from ourselves? Let’s make this month a season to compete in goodness, and to practice devotion, sincerity, piety, tolerance, patience, love, and harmony.

Further, it is an opportunity to remove all that causes division and differences with others, and an opportunity to analyze one’s self and hold it to account, aiming to elevate oneself and become better. With so much on offer, Ramadan is certainly a gift from Allah (swt).

In fact, some might say it’s more than a gift, it is a bundle of opportunities; to right old wrongs; to forgive and seek forgiveness; to work towards the betterment of the Muslim Ummah; bring people together and unite as one community. Let us all make this Ramadan the best Ramadan yet by remembering the poor, not just in our prayers but also when we pledge our support to them.

May Allah accept from us, and make us from those who are saved from the Hell-fire.