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What Ramadan means to Abdullah

What Ramadan means to Abdullah

Ramadan is the name given to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the third pillar of Islam. It is a spiritual time when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours and practice their religion faithfully by praying and reading the Qur’an regularly.

Ramadan includes many important traditions; eating together as a family when the sun rises (a meal known as the suhoor) and sets (a meal known as the iftar), sharing food with friends and giving 2.5% of your wealth to a cause that helps those less fortunate than you – known as giving Zakat. 

With Ramadan fast approaching, we take a look at what the month, and being a Muslim, means to Abdullah, an SOS Child.

Abdullah from Mozambique poses for a photo with his SOS family
Abdullah together with his SOS family at their home in SOS Children’s Village Inhambane

Ramadan has a special significance for Abdullah

For 12 year-old Abdullah, Ramadan is a very important. He is the only child of Muslim faith in SOS Children’s Village Inhambane on the southern coast of Mozambique. “Fasting during Ramadan helps me honour my religion and my father, who was also Muslim and died when I was young,” says Abdullah. “It is hard when I get hungry, but I want to do it. Plus I have a delicious meal to look forward to in the afternoon!” His SOS mother, Isabel, supports him as much as possible during the month, taking him to the nearest Mosque over half a mile away, and making sure he doesn’t forget to wear his fez. The fez used to make the other children curious; “They would always ask me why I was wearing a funny hat,” Abdullah says. “I patiently explained that without the hat on I cannot pray. Now they don’t even ask questions about it anymore. It is normal”.

Despite having a different faith and traditions from the other children and his SOS family, Abdullah doesn’t feel like an outsider. His SOS mother, Isabel, says that their SOS family respects Abdullah’s religious values. “I buy Halal food for the whole family so that Abdullah is not singled out,” she says. “When it is Ramdan, and he asks me if he may fast for half a day, I say yes. It is good that he grows up according to his religion”.

Abdullah loves growing up in SOS Children’s Village Inhambane, surrounded by his nine SOS brothers and sisters. Children’s Villages like this provide a safe, supportive and loving environment for orphan and vulnerable children all over the world to live a care-free childhood.

Giving Zakat this Ramdan

Give Zakat to SOS Children’s Villages this Ramadan and help us continue to give children like Abdullah real hope for the future.

You can give Zakat to any of the 125 countries we work in. If you choose to donate in this way, your money will be held in a non-interest earning account.

You can also sponsor a child from any of our Children’s Villages. Your sponsorship will be subject to our normal banking regulations.

For more information please visit our dedicated page on Zakat giving