Giving Your Sadaqah Donations During Ramadan

In the U.S. and around the world, displacement, climate change, conflict and the rising costs of food and fuel are threatening millions of children’s lives. Over 449 million children are living in a conflict zone. Nearly 45 million people are just one step away from famine. 

This month, as we come together to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, it is important to reflect on those in need. During Ramadan, and all year long, by donating what you can afford, you can help give hope to boys and girls around the world. Your Sadaqah donation can make a difference in the lives of children and their families

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Your Sadaqah donations will support children and their families through the ongoing impact of today's most urgent issues.

In Niger, a young girl stands against a brown cement wall on a bright day.

Dioura* had to flee her home when it was attacked by armed insurgents who set her school on fire.

She became one of five million children caught in a crisis across Africa’s Sahel region. A tragedy children had no part in creating.

Now Dioura’s family is starting a new life. But both of her parents are out of work and struggle to put food on the table.

"Sometimes we eat, other times we sleep with an empty belly – that's our life here," says Dioura.

Thanks to your support, we’re supporting Dioura to unlock her incredible potential by providing learning supplies and running catch-up lessons at her new school.

11 year old Amal* is originally from Iraq. She was displaced with her family to Syria five years ago due to the conflict, and has been living in a displacement camp ever since.

Amal is attending Save the Children’s child-friendly space where she was introduced to drawing; something she is very passionate about and has become her favourite activity in the space.

Around 57,000 people live in Al Hol camp, and about half of them are children. Like all child protection group activities conducted in Save the Children’s child-friendly space, Ramadan activity aims to promote wellbeing, enhance resilience and reduce stress. It also aims at increasing Save the Children’s community acceptance through culture-appropriate initiatives.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ramadan

What is Ramadan?
When does Ramadan begin?
What is Eid al-Fitr?
When is Eid al-Fitr?
What are the five pillars of Islam?
What is Sadaqah?

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is one of the most sacred times for the world's 1.6 billion Muslims. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink anything from dawn until sunset. This act of fasting is considered both a private act of worship and a form of spiritual discipline.

When does Ramadan begin this year?

The first official day of Ramdan begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon. The start of Ramadan fluctuates each year because the lunar Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon. 

This year, Ramadan is predicted to begin on March 23, 2023 and end on April 21, 2023.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr is a three-day feast that takes place at the end of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the breaking of the fast and marks the first time Muslims can eat during daylight hours after fasting during Ramadan. The translation of "Eid al-Fitr" means "festival of breaking the fast."

When is Eid al-Fitr in 2023?

Eid al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the Islamic month Shawwal. The exact timing of Eid al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon. This year, Eid al-Fitr is expected to begin Friday, April 21, 2023 and run until Sunday, April 23, 2023.

What are the five pillars of Islam?

The five pillars of Islam reflect the guidelines that are fundamental to the lives of Muslims, including:

Sawm: fasting from dawn until dusk during Ramadan
Shahada: the belief that "There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God"
Zakat: donating a fixed portion of income to those in need
Salah: praying five times a day: at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and after dark
Hajj: making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once

What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah is considered a voluntary act of charity. From a kind word or warm smile, to a monetary gift, any good deed that can help others can count as Sadaqah. Sadaqah stems from the Arabic root word ‘sidq’, which means sincerity.

Let's Help Children Thrive This Ramadan

By giving your Sadaqah today, you can help children like Laila and Dioura take the future into their own hands. 

More Ways to Give for Ramadan

By donating your Sadaqah today, you can help children around the world. Let's help children thrive this Ramadan.


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