In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
We all know that Ramadan is just around the corner inshallah. Excited? I am!
I hope you have all started your preparations, there's lots to do :)
One thing which I wanted to share with you all is the importance of helping our brothers and sisters inshallah. Breaking our fasts together, giving zakat and giving presents are amazing to do but how about doing something great even before Ramadan starts?
BUY ORGANIC FAIR TRADE DATES!
Buy doing so you support the farmers and give your body the the most nutritious food. Please read your labels when buying dates as alot of dates are sold by Israeli's pretending to be from Palestine (the irony!) and profiting from our hard earned cash. Do not buy dates that come from: 'Israel', 'West Bank' or 'Jordan Valley'.
Buying israeli dates will mean that your money is going towards supporting the theft of Palestinian land and the oppression of Palestinians.
Not only do they steal land, demolish home's, murder our brothers and sisters, cease food and water supply and any other means of living they even deceive us into buying dates, and at which time of year is this widespread? Ramadan.
"Dates have been Israel’s leading fruit export and account for about 15% of export from Israel into the EU. It is estimated that Israel produces over 10,000 tonnes of dates per year and the total income for Israel from dates in a year is approximately £80 million – and a vast majority of which are sold during Ramadhan." Taken from here
Please visit Zaytoun: Fair Trade Products from Palestine who are based in England, UK and are an ethical business established to support marginalized farming communities in Palestine. Inshallah.
Olive oil, olives, olive oil soap and many varieties of honey are also available.
This Ramadan, check your label: Don't break your fast with Israeli dates!