A charity in Bradford is urging people to donate to food banks during Ramadan.
Ramadan, which is expected to begin on Saturday 2 April, is a time of reflection, fasting, and Sadaqah – giving to charity.
In Ramadan, charity is at the heart of the community with Muslims paying Fitrana and putting into practice the lessons that Allah (SWT) taught.
Fasting from sunrise to sunset is representative of spiritual cleansing, an effort to become closer to God, and an attempt to gain a better understanding of human suffering.
As demand for food parcels from food banks increase, the founder of Inspires Futures Foundation is urging people to give to charity locally during the holy month.
Mushtaq Hussain, Founder of Inspires Futures Foundation, said: “Over the last two years we have seen a huge dependency from families that are struggling with basic needed.
“We have been required to deliver essential food and hygiene products to appropriately 100 families on a monthly basis.
“Our families range from Syrian, Iraqi, Somali and other refugees, as well as local Bradfordians. We are extremely grateful for our donors and volunteers who have allowed us to deliver vital support to those in need.
“We have grown massively and want to ensure anyone in need is given the assistance. We have today started our Ramadhan support to the deprived communities by giving them food packs so that they can enjoy the month of Ramadhan without worrying about increasing costs.
“In addition to the increased energy prices, Ramadhan is a month that can be extremely challenging to families on a tight budget.
“We have been able to provide rice bags, chickpeas, lentils and other cooking essentials as these are what the families have requested and are not readily available from the local food banks that are also struggling.
“We would welcome support, or if anyone needs assistance they should visit our Facebook page. Our volunteers are dedicated to supporting others and are ready as ever to meet the demands of those in need.”
To volunteer or access support, you can visit the Inspires Futures Foundation page, here.