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Ramadan in Canada is an opportunity for Muslims to give charity to those in need. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said

“Ramadan  is an honorable and blessed month, and the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it.
The best charity is that given in Ramadan”


There is no better time for generosity than in Ramadan 2023. This act of kindness not only benefits those in need, but also brings blessings and rewards from Allah SWT. It is a beautiful way to strengthen one’s faith and to make a positive impact on the world. The reality today is that more than 700 million people around the world live within extreme poverty. Millions of families and children across the globe do not have access to food, safe drinking water, or a sustainable income. With the accumulation of conflict, climate change, inflation and the repercussions of a pandemic, many countries faced heightened levels of poverty.  


Zakat is an Islamic principle that serves as the welfare contribution for vulnerable people in need.

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Fidya and Kaffara are conciliatory forms of charity, in lieu of a person fasting themselves.

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As Muslims, Sadaqah encompasses any act of charitable giving to anyone, with no limitations or guidelines.

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Zakat Al-Fitr

Our Zakat-al-Fitr project will provide immediate food relief to vulnerable families.

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Ramadan 2023 will be an opportunity and a special time for Muslims to come together as a community and to support one another in their spiritual journey. It is a time to give back to the community and to help those who may be struggling. Whether it is through donating towards a charity or volunteering at a local food bank, giving a helping hand, there are many ways to give back and make a difference. Every form of charity is favored upon Allah SWT. 

Let us all strive to make the most of this holy month and to give generously to those in need.

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Where will my donation go to?

To date, IDRF has worked in over 40 countries, located across South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Our Ramadan projects support vulnerable communities in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkiye, Syria, and Somalia.

Who implements IDRF's projects overseas?

IDRF is proud to work with many excellent local and international partners around the world.

Each partner is carefully researched by our team, and partnership decisions are made by committee consensus following strict guidelines. IDRF utilizes project and partner review and audit processes which are routinely reviewed for compliance with current law and international best practice. These systems allow IDRF to retain direction and control over the activities of our partner organizations and to operate with transparency and clarity throughout the lifetime of the project, in complete compliance with CRA requirements.


How do I make an offline donation?

If you would like to donate your zakat offline, by cheque, please mail a signed cheque to

300-23 Lesmill Rd, North York, ON M3B 3P6


Do I get a tax-deductible receipt?

Yes. IDRF is a Canadian charitable organization, (IDRF Charitable Registration # 132543005RR0001) that provides a tax deductible receipt for all donations.


Can I designate my donation to go to a specific country?

If you’d like to designate your zakat donation to a specific country, you can select “Direct my gift to:”, and select any country that is available in the drop down list on any of our forms. 

How does IDRF implement its Fitrah (Zakat-Al Fitr) donations?

IDRF for several years has been supporting orphans, widows and vulnerable people, in Gaza, Palestine where they receive enough food for the month of Ramadan through your Fitrah donations.

To do this, we provide five weeks of food and an Eid gift to over 6000 people each year. Around 69% of our beneficiaries will be children, a quarter of these under five years old.

Your Fitrah donations also support farmers in Gaza, Palestine. Each year IDRF identifies over 50 farmers, rehabilitates their land, provides them with fertilizers, irrigation systems and seeds. Then, just before Ramadan, IDRF purchases the farmers harvest to provide food parcels to vulnerable families.

How do I become a monthly donor?

Become a monthly donor by establishing regular, easy, monthly contributions from your bank account or credit card. You can specify the amount you want to contribute monthly and that amount will be taken out of your account on the 15th of every month. If you wish to set-up your account today either visit our secure online donation form or call us.

When is Ramadan?

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar marks the first day of Ramadan. The Islamic Calendar follows the lunar cycle. Ramadan 2023 is set to begin on the night of Wednesday, March 22 in Canada and most Muslim-majority nations, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca.

What is Ramadan?

In Ramadan, the essence of Islam is achieved. During this holy month, all pillars of Islam are fulfilled. Muslims are advised by Allah SWT to seek his pleasure through noble acts of worship by following Qur’anic guidance and acts of prayer, fasting, and charity.  Fasting is prescribed to all adults of able body and mind during this holy month. 

What is the significance of Ramadan?

The purpose of this fast is to develop religious self-discipline, to increase empathy for those who are less fortunate, and to strengthen one’s relationship with Allah SWT. The restraint from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, allows for Muslims time to reflect upon the blessings they have in comparison to those living in unfortunate circumstances.