How to Say Happy Ramadan

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ‘There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month. Allah has made it obligatory on you to fast (this month). During it the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained up. In it there is a night that is […]

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? 2023

Why Do Muslims Fast During Ramadan? Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory during the Islamic month of Sha’ban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Makkah to Medina (624 AD). Since then, believers in Islam have committed to fasting from the Fajr or pre-dawn prayer, to the Maghrib or sunset prayer; […]

How to Calculate Zakat

Zakat calculations are overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have you covered. One of the most common questions we receive at Human Concern International is how exactly do I calculate my Zakat? In this blog, we will break it down for you in 4 easy steps.  For your convenience, we have a Zakat calculator ready to go. Zakat: Getting Started Some […]

Zakat: The Inward and Outward Dimensions

As Muslims, we inherit a profoundly spiritual tradition and a practical tradition, meant not only for personal development but also for human connectivity. Namely, Zakat. Zakat is the 3rd pillar of Islam that upholds our faith as believers and serves as the necessary foundation for living our lives. Some acts of Islam consist of inward […]

Who Receives Zakat?

“Charities are only for the poor and the needy, and those employed to collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and for [the freedom of] the slaves and the debtors, and in the way of Allah, and for the traveller. [This is] an ordinance from Allah and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” (Surah Tawbah 9:60) Zakat is obligatory for Muslims. We know […]

The Social and Economic Benefits of Zakat

Millions of people today experience severe unemployment, crushing debt, distress, lack of educational opportunities, poverty, hunger, and lack of access to clean water. This Ramadan, we have a means to continue the fight against these social ailments – Zakat. Zakat has the potential to eradicate hunger, thirst, and poverty. With a focus on alleviating poverty, […]

Sha’ban: The Neglected Month

What is Sha’ban? The eighth lunar month of the Islamic Hijri calendar is Sha’ban. The month’s name is derived from the Arabic word “tasha’aba,” which means to separate or disperse. Traditionally, the Arabs would disperse in search of water during this month. In addition, Shaban separates the two holy months of Rajab and Ramadan and […]

Dua for Last 10 Days of Ramadan

The last ten nights of Ramadan are a time when Allah’s blessings, compassion, and mercy encompass His worshipers. The Prophet (ﷺ) exhausted all effort to worship Allah (سُبْحَـٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَـٰلَىٰ). by performing I’tikaf (spiritual retreat at the Masjid), praying through the night, and making dua abundantly. The last ten nights of Ramadan are the most revered […]

The Complete Ramadan Guide

We find ourselves less than a month away from Ramadan. Muslims worldwide have begun preparations for the Holy month of Ramadan! So, with the month of fasting fast approaching, put together this concise blog as a Ramadan recap including the basics of the month, its importance, what to busy yourself with throughout the 30 days […]