Tuesday June 14, 2016

Fasting has become a regular practice

70 year old Samad and his wife from Jamalpur, Bangladesh struggle to get through each day as it comes.

Samad used to earn enough for his needs; however, following an accident he suffered injuries to his back and is not only no longer able to work, he can barely walk. His wife makes small cakes and sells them in the market, which on a good day provides enough for food for the day.

Daily struggle

“Daily living has become a struggle now. Our food depends on what my wife earns from the sales of her cake. If you don’t get good food how you are going to have good health.” Said Samad “But most of the times fasting has become a regular practice in our lives.” When they do eat, their meals mainly consist of rice and lentils. “Usually we eat a small amount of rice with lentil, onion and pepper. Sometime we eat a vegetable curry if we are lucky enough. We get to eat meat if someone gives us some. But we grow small amount of vegetable which helps us some part of the year.”

Ramadan food pack

Due to his difficult circumstances, Samad received a food pack, providing enough food for a month and consisting of essential such as rice, lentils, chick peas, soya beans, oil and sugar. “I would like to Thank Allah for sending this food to me through Islamic Relief.” The Ramadan family food pack distributions are taking place across the globe, reaching over 1.5 million people.

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