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Ramadan 2024: A Guide to Volunteering and Charity in the UAE

Ramadan 2024: A Guide to Volunteering and Charity in the UAE

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Dubai: As the ninth month of the Islamic calendar approaches, Muslims worldwide prepare to observe Ramadan, a period of fasting, prayer and reflection. This year, Ramadan is expected to commence on Tuesday, March 12, marking a significant time for the Muslim community in the UAE and beyond.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset, focusing instead on spiritual growth, self-discipline and acts of charity. The holy month serves as a time of heightened devotion, with individuals seeking to deepen their connection with their faith through prayer and reflection.

Central to the spirit of Ramadan is the act of giving, exemplifying values of generosity, empathy, and community support. Across the UAE, numerous initiatives and charitable endeavours are organized to support those in need during this auspicious time.

Volunteering has emerged as a cornerstone of Ramadan charity efforts, with many young individuals eager to contribute to iftar tents, food distribution programs and community service projects. However, residents need to be aware of and adhere to local regulations to ensure their charitable activities comply with the law and avoid potential penalties.

One of the primary forms of charity during Ramadan is Sadaqah, which encompasses various acts of giving, including monetary donations, providing food to the needy, assisting vulnerable individuals and supporting charitable causes. Residents are encouraged to explore different avenues through which they can make a meaningful impact in their communities.

For those interested in donating iftar meals, official channels registered with the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Department (IACAD) provide a secure and organized platform for contributions. By leading their donations through authorized channels, residents can ensure that their charitable efforts reach those who need them most, by Islamic principles and ethical guidelines.

Some options for individuals can donate iftar meals and support their communities are:

1. Dubai Charity Association

Donation Amount: Dh15 per meal

The Ramadan project by Dubai Charity aims to distribute breakfast and meals to individuals in need by organizing iftar tables in mosques and residential complexes locally and internationally. Donors can contribute on behalf of their parents, deceased individuals, or any chosen name for the intended purpose. Donations can be made through ADIB or Dubai Islamic Bank.

Website: Dubai Charity Association - Ramadan Project

Bank Details:

Dubai Islamic Bank - Account No: 001-520-5515955-01, IBAN No: AE270240001520551595501

ADIB - Account No: 10022955, IBAN No: AE070500000000010022955

2. Beit Al Khair Society

Donation Amount: Dh15 per meal

The 'Feeding the Fasting' project ensures the delivery of iftar meals to fasting workers and other eligible fasting people in both Dubai and the Northern Emirates at their accommodations or wherever they may be. Donors can specify the number of meals they wish to pay for and provide their details, including name, email, and phone number.

Website: Beit Al Khair Society - Fasting Project

Donation Methods: Bank transfers, SMS donations, charity kiosks, or through collectors.

3. Dar Al Ber Society

Dar Al Ber Society, one of the UAE's oldest charities, is collecting donations for iftar meals.

Donation Amount:

For meals outside UAE: Dh10

For meals within UAE: Dh15

4. Tarahum Charity Foundation

The Tarahum Foundation, approved by the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, carries out humanitarian initiatives and serves people in need. They hold seasonal aid programs during Ramadan.

5. Red Crescent Society

The UAE Red Crescent Society offers multiple Ramadan donation projects for residents to contribute to. As an affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, they facilitate various charitable endeavours during Ramadan.

As Ramadan approaches, individuals in the UAE are encouraged to embrace the spirit of generosity and compassion that defines this sacred month. Whether through volunteering, charitable giving, or acts of kindness, every contribution plays a vital role in fostering a sense of unity and solidarity within the community, enriching the Ramadan experience for all.

Source: Khaleej Times

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