Help the poor and those in need

One of the five pillars of Islam is Zakat, an act of financial charity, which is obligatory for those who have excess wealth. However, giving Zakat is not the only way to bless those around you during the Holy Month. Here we highlight other charitable acts that can be performed in the name of Allah and as a blessing on both the giver and the recipient.

Perhaps you do not have enough to give Zakat, or perhaps you have already given it, but additionally, to give in charity, even the smallest amount, is a blessing to those around you and an act of obedience and worship to Allah. Give your housemaid a little extra this month, help a family member who has fallen on hard times by purchasing their groceries for a week, put your change in the charity box at the petrol station, give a rial to a needy, or choose a charitable organisation to donate.

Iftar Recipe: By Oneza Tabish

Chocolate Filled Buns
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted + 1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon orange zest
4-6 chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons melted butter, sugar, salt, egg, and orange zest. Stir until blended and fragrant.
Add 3 cups of flour and mix until the dough comes together.
On a lightly floured surface knead the dough until soft, adding more flour to keep the dough from sticking if necessary.
Transfer the kneaded dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.
Let the dough rise in a warm area until it doubles in size, about 2 hours.
Punch dough down, divide into 12 equal portions, and shape each portion into a round ball.
Make a small hole or dent in each ball and place 1 tablespoon chocolate chips.
Cover the chocolate with the dough and roll to seal all edges.
Place rolls a on baking sheet coated lightly with cooking spray.
Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for another 20 minutes.