So what’s it all about? Well Wiki explains it as the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by Jibraeel to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Furthermore, Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell (Jahannam) would be closed. The first three days of the next month, Shawwal, is spent in celebrations and is observed as the “Festival of Breaking Fast”
This is a good explanation of what Ramadan is, but from our experience it means more than that. The number of charities being set up by the Muslim community in the weeks approaching Ramadan increases significantly. We are contacted by the young and old wanting to set up a charity to help people less fortunate than themselves, both here and overseas. Over this period the generosity of spirit as well as money is really quite remarkable. Muslims from all over the country want to play their part in making the world a better place and often choose to do this by setting up charities or raising money for charities.
As a mark of recognition for this, here at Charity Expert during the month of Ramadan we will be making a 10% “cash back” donation to the charitable causes of all of our clients who sign up for one of our Packages during Ramadan. The money will be paid when the charity has been successfully registered. We will also run similar schemes during Christmas and Yom Kippur.