During the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims across the world fast during daylight hours and abstain from other pleasures, is also a month where many Muslims look to contribute to charity work and make donations for the less fortunate.
All Muslims, who can afford it, are encouraged to contribute a portion of their wealth in the shape of Zakat – one of the five pillars of Islam. Nasif Kayed, managing director of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding stated: “Charity is never obligatory it is always additional. There’s no twisting your arm to do good.”
However, with that said, he did go on to mention that there is a noticeable increase in charitable giving during this month.
This week we’re going to be looking at some of the region’s charities that are making a difference in the Arab world. And while of course no donations are required, in the spirit of Ramadan they are always appreciated.
Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City
Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City is just one of the projects that is managed by the non-profit Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation. The City was established to serve as a cutting-edge rehabilitation hospital and a medical centre that would meet the needs of a wide range of patients.
Its technical and human resources along with highly specialized services in the field of rehabilitation have helped to transform the organization into the biggest rehabilitation facility in the Middle East Region.
I f you or a loved one have ever had to undergo the life changing and challenging steps that rehabilitation entails, you’ll be happy to know that the dedicated staff at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City are working towards a better future.
Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation
The MYF is another organization that has embarked on an exceptionally challenging project that impacts the wellbeing of numerous people across Egypt and the broader region. The organization focuses on hope to improve the life chances of children, young people, and adults along the banks of the river Nile in Aswan- Upper Egypt.
Furthering this vision, the Aswan Heart Centre located in Egypt is driving forward new and exciting cardiovascular surgery techniques, and developing novel treatment and research skills to help create a biomedical knowledge base which can be exported to the world at large.
Another exceptional Egyptian organization that aims to support all categories of Egyptian society in need regardless of religious or political discrimination. Established in 1993, the organization aims to emphasize the role that civil work has in developing both a strong economic and social fabric in modern day communities.
The association relies primarily on cash donations from generous Egyptians, to provide non-traditional high quality charitable services that move the less fortunate segments of the population towards the life of production and self-sufficiency.
Will you be making any charitable donations this Ramadan? Are there any great organizations you’d like to see on our list? Be sure to reach out in the comments below or even better reach out on Twitter @PAYFORT.