Providing Iftar to Families of Hospital Patients

by Fatima Memorial Hospital
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In June, the month of Ramadan will start, a time to reflect, a time to forgive, a time to ask for forgiveness and most importantly understand the hardships that our fellows go through.

Each year, Muslims from across the world fast from dusk till dawn and in the same state, Fatima Memorial Hospital caters to patients and their families who come from underprivileged backgrounds and sometimes the ticket to come to the hospital itself was a problem thus arranging for a meal sometimes becomes very difficult.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has a tradition to provide food at the time of sehri and Iftari (i.e. from sunrise to sunset) to patients and their families who are being treated free of cost at the hospital. The institution tries to ensure that no needy individual goes hungry in this holy month however with rising costs sometimes it gets difficult to cater to everyone and we need your support to continue with our tradition.

Every year, Muslims across the globe fast in the holy month of Ramazan; this is a time to reflect, to understand the hardships of the ones around you, their trials and tribulations.

Fatima Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1977 to provide healthcare to patients without discrimination from all walks. Today almost 82 percent of the patients are treated free of cost or at subsidized rates. We see patients who come to the hospital with not even enough resources to go back home or even afford a cup of tea.

As 2016 begins we must remind ourselves of the hardships faced by our fellow human beings will fall in June. The fasts are long and its the summer very hot. As per the previous Ramazan where patient families faced issues for meals due to economic reasons. 

Arshad, one of the patient's family member last yeat said that in the sweltering heat , the cold juice and food offered was a relief and we pray to God that the hospital can keep doing this  

It has always been tradition at Fatima Memorial Hospital to provide meals for to all poor patient and their family members who are present at the hospital (FMH) during Ramadan. The patients admitted at the hospital and their families can’t bear the extra costs and for us they are our guests and to be cared for.

However, with each passing year the patient number grows, costs rise and it is becoming difficult to continue with our tradition.

Today, we ask for your help to continue with our traditions set 38 years ago.

Ramadan passed recently; the annual month of fasting where Muslim refrain from eating from sunrise to sunset it’s the month of bounties and blessings bestowed on all Muslims by ALLAH Almighty. This holy month is a month of reflection to look within on the bounties that have been bestowed upon them and to understand the lives and the tribulations of those less fortunate.

According to the Holy Quran “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)...” (Q 2:183)

It’s the month of kindness, forgiveness and taking care of the needs of the poor.  Every year Muslims fast and spend money on the poor as charity, provide meals and help them in whatever way they can as this is what this month entails that is to help those who need it the most and becoming aware of the problems that surround so many around us.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has a tradition to provide food at the time of sehri and Iftari (i.e. from sunrise to sunset) to patients and their families who are being treated free of cost at the hospital. The institution tries to ensure that no needy individual goes hungry in this holy month however with rising costs sometimes it gets difficult to cater to everyone and we need your support to continue with our tradition. 

Each year during the Islamic Month Ramadan, Muslims across the globe fast from sunrise to sunset for the whole month.

During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice - Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

This month is supposed to a month of reflection, a time to analyze and be thankful for the bounties bestowed upon us and most importantly help those around us.

However, life goes on and there are many who are admitted at Fatima Memorial Hospital for medical treatment and many receive clinical care without any charges.

It has always been tradition at Fatima Memorial Hospital to provide meals for to all the patient families who are present at the hospital (FMH) during Ramadan. The patients admitted at the hospital and their families can’t bear the extra costs and for us they are our guests and to be cared for.

However, with each passing year the patient number grows, costs rise and it is becoming difficult to continue with our tradition.

Today, we ask for your help to continue with our traditions set 37 years ago. 

Ramdan is the Muslim month of fasting and followers of Islam believe it is a time for forgiveness, charity and compassion: During this blessed month fasting is a way to remind Muslims of the bounties that surrounds them and to be thankful for them and understand the ordeals of the poor.  

According to the Holy Book of the Muslims i.e. The Quran, it is stated “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).”

This holy month fosters kindness for those who are less fortunate and those who are need; we at Fatima Memorial Hospital provide health services to patients from all walks of life.

Fatima Memorial Hospital provided iftar and sehari (Food served at sunrise and sunset) in Ramadan to almost 40 - 50 families of poor patients per day in the hospital during Ramadhan in 2014. It may seem a minimal amount but Fatima Memorial Hospital hopes get your support and help even more families during this holy month.

However, it is very difficult for us to continue it on regular basis due to financial concerns because of inflation and rising patient numbers and it can only be possible with your help so we can continue with this tradition dating back to 1977

We look forward to your support which will help us continue with this tradition   

 

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Fatima Memorial Hospital

Location: Lahore, Punjab - Pakistan
Website: http:/​/​www.fmsystem.org
Project Leader:
Arif Kabani
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan

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