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Helping yourself by giving
  Written By:  Hakim Almasmari ( Editor-in-Chief)*
  Article Date:
September 08, 2008 



During this blessed month of Ramadhan, we as Muslims strive to get closer to god and repent from previous sins, as we see this month as the month of forgiveness and mercy. Ramadhan is also known as the month helping, sacrificing, worship, and last but not least the month of giving.

Living in a poor country like Yemen, searching for people who need help in all aspects is not a difficult task. With the high rise in food prices, some families are forced to fast not only Ramadhan but most of the year, only because they cannot afford to buy food. Their children are forced to dip dry old bread into water or tea for lunch or dinner. Mothers are forced to walk out late at night and search inside neighboring garbage baskets in search for any food that could be eatable. Children are forced to sell books or tapes on street corners to earn the little their families could live on.

Yesterday, I decided to eat Iftaar (the fast breaking meal) at one of the poor families in the neighborhood. I was sad to see that the only dish they had was soup. They use bread to eat the soup and the entire family eats from the same small dish. Isn't it our duty to help such families who are not fortunate enough to live the good life that others have?

One fourth of this month has come to an end, so let's use the rest of it to give and help those in need, therefore helping ourselves.

* Editor-in-Cheif could be reached at:  editor@yemenpost.net