Half of British Muslim households are struggling to afford food this Ramadan in the midst of the cost of living crisis

Half of Britain’s Muslim population will struggle to afford enough food for their families to break their fast during Ramadan in the midst of the cost of living crisis, a charity has warned.

Islamic Relief said an estimated 50 per cent of Muslim households in the UK live in poverty compared to 18 per cent of the total population.

The charity warned that this Ramadan would be “unusually harsh for many people struggling to make ends meet and provide enough food for their families to break their fast with.”

Its partners also report significant increases in food bank use and applications for assistance, Islamic Relief said, with the National Zakat Foundation (NZF) reporting a 70 percent increase in requests for financial support.

Islamic relief is calls on the government to increase benefit payments in line with the inflation rate and “further strengthen Britain’s social security systems”.

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Tufail Hussain, director of Islamic Relief UK, warned that families across the UK would “suffer as a result of record high inflation rates as well as rising energy prices due to the war in Ukraine.”

He accused the government of lacks an opportunity to strengthen social security below Chancellor’s Spring Statement and warned that “the cost-of-living crisis will be an emergency for the poorest families.”

“We urge the UK Government to review this resolution and take the courageous steps necessary to avoid pushing families into distress,” he said.

“This is especially important as Muslim families begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan. Many will fast from sunrise to sunset and there is a real risk that families will not get enough food or will go outside to feed their children.”

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