BUENA PARK, CA (September 20, 2006) – As Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting approaches, Muslims across the United States and the world prepare for abstaining from food and drink. This year, the lunar-based month of Ramadan is slated to begin on September 23.
Besides abstaining from food, drink, and conjugal relations from dawn until dusk, Muslims are also encouraged to be more generous in this month and increase charitable deeds. With the influx of donor generosity, Ramadan is also one of the busiest periods for Islamic Relief, an international aid and development organization, which increased its staff and office hours to meet the expected donor demand.
Muslims recognize that although Ramadan is a festive month for some, many people across the world are not able to celebrate due to their impoverished conditions. Islamic Relief increases its projects to help the needy, both domestically, as well as overseas during this month.
This year, Islamic Relief will provide family food packs to over one million people in 25 countries during the month of Ramadan.
Islamic Relief is committed to helping people in need, irrespective of race, religion, or ethnicity. Thus, Islamic Relief’s humanitarian efforts extend not only to people in developing countries overseas, but also to people right here in the United States. Islamic Relief’s annual ‘Humanitarian Day’ has become one of its largest domestic relief efforts.
This Ramadan, in 14 cities across the U.S., Islamic Relief will provide food, clothing, medical care, and social services to people living in the most poverty-stricken areas of our nation. Humanitarian Day is now in its fifth year, and has quickly become an American Muslim tradition during Ramadan.
Islamic Relief staff members will be busy traveling across the country to collect funds at mosques and other fundraising events. Media professionals planning stories related to Ramadan may contact Islamic Relief for interviews, listings of Ramadan events, or photo opportunities.