Providing Iftar to Families of Hospital Patients

by Fatima Memorial Hospital

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   

Ramadan: It is from the principles of taqwaa and Islam is not complete without it; Fasting brings about an increase in in faith and attainment of patience while training oneself for hardships and understand the reality of so many who are less unfortunate than us.  

The holy month of Ramadan this year was observed in the humid weather of July; Ramadan, the holy moth is observed in the month of Shaban. The month lasts for 29-30 days based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon which culminates in celebration of Eid.

Fatima Memorial hospital is a Not for Profit organization whose core philosophy of functioning of is cross subsidization where funds generated from affording patients are utilized for the benefit of underprivileged and indigents and FMH has been providing treatment and care for the needy and deserving since last 37 years.

This year in the month of Ramadan, the hospital faculty not only ensured that proper medical treatment of deserving patients is provided for but providing iftar to their attendants who had been fasting all day both at sunset and sunrise

With the rising inflation and current economic conditions of the country, the hospital sees so many patients and their families who cannot afford medical care or a decent meal; through this endeavor the hospital ensures that no patient, attendant or family member goes hungry during the holy month of Ramazan.

We hope to continue our efforts in the coming years like we always had.

You can help us by donating generously so that we can continue again next year.


The holy month Ramadan has begun, where the Muslim world prays and observes fast; This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam where Muslims thank Allah for the blessing bestowed upon them. Ramadan lasts for 29 to 30 days depends on visual sightings of the crescent moon.

In this month of fasting Muslims fast before sunrise till sunset and refrain from food and drinks Ramadan follows a lunar calendar and this year in Pakistan, it has fallen in the humid summers and last up to 17 hours.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has been taking care of needy and deserving patients for the last 37 years and tried to serve them in the best way we can.  In this holy month many patients came with their relatives and since they are very poor and will remain hungry while there loved one is being treated.

In this month of Ramadan, the hospital ensures that not only are the patients are well taken care off there loved ones are too. 

Every deserving patient and there attendants are provided with food to open their fast.

One meal may not sufficient for a whole day but it is a blessing for these patients and their families. Ramadan is the month of blessings and we feel privileged to be serving our guests.  

We are thankful for the opportunity that we have to serve the less fortunate and we are even more thankful for your support for the holy month of Ramadan.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has kept this tradition from the last three decades, but due to devaluation of Pakistani currency, inflation and economic conditions it is becoming very difficult with each passing year.

To continue  we need your support. With your help we will continue our mission as we are doing from the last 37 years.

Please donate generously for this cause as everyone deserves a meal after he or she breaks a fast.

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Organization Information

Fatima Memorial Hospital

Location: Lahore, Punjab - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Arif Kabani
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan