Young Muslim girls fight against hunger

Girls ages 7-15 from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (GA Chapter)
Girls ages 7-15 from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (GA Chapter)
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Georgia Chapter

On June 18, Muslims across the globe have started observing the month of fasting, Ramadan. Islam, however, is not the first religion to introduce fasting. Other world religions such as, Christianity and Judaism also require the followers to observe some manner of fast. The Quran says, “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil” (2:184).

The intention of Ramadan is spiritual growth. It requires a person to pay more attention to self-improvement and display exalted morals. It is a time to intensify focus on remembrance and praising of God while increasing charity.

With regards to the different forms of charity prescribed, the Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings of God be upon him) was once asked, “If a person should have nothing?” He answered, ”He should work with his hands to his own benefit and also give alms. The companion asked again, “If he is not able to work?” The Prophet replied, “He should help a needy one.” He was asked again, “If he lacks that also?” The Prophet answered, “He should restrain himself from doing evil. That too is charity.” The Prophet Muhammad was keen on showing appreciation to his fellow beings and once said, “One who is not grateful to mankind is not grateful to God”.

So in the spirit of doing good and serving mankind, young girls (ages 7-15) from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (GA Chapter) have organized a food and fund drive with the Atlanta Community food bank (ACFB) from June 18 to July 18.
Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 report shows that 1 in 7.5 people, or an estimated 755,400 people, in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. This includes more than 164,000 children and more than 64,000 seniors. The number is huge and every bit counts.

Apart from collecting 400 pounds of food, the girls are also targeting to raise $500 via its fundraising page since for every dollar raised ACFB is able to provide four meals for those in need. It is important to show support for this noble cause. Please go to the food bank’s website and search for “GA Nasirat Ramadan Food Drive” and donate.