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Charities ramp up activities in ‘most different’ Ramadan

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The holy fasting month of Ramadan has always been a time for Muslims to remember the poor, and even more so this year as many people have been struck by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Amid the virus-driven closure of the holy shrine of Imam Reza in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the religious site has now become a hotspot for charity works.

Astan Quds Razavi, which is the body in charge of the affairs of Imam Reza’s holy shrine, has reported that since the first day of Ramadan, it has reached out to some half a million people, who are identified as low-privileged and most vulnerable to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The relief supplies delivered to those in need consist of staple food, enough for observing the entire month of Ramadan.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. One of the philosophies behind this religious task is to learn self-discipline and also to be reminded of the hardship of the needy.

This year, Muslims are marking the most different Ramadan amid a global crisis that’s called coronavirus. This coincidence has supercharged charity workers who feel bound to ensure the welfare of their fellow citizens and to put a smile on the faces of those who would otherwise be unable to break their fast.


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