On Ramadan's Night of Power, Remember the Most Vulnerable

May 19, 2020

A way to help those praying for safety, protection, nutrition, good health — and the resources to keep COVID-19 from devastating their communities.

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Throughout the Muslim world, the last ten days of Ramadan are considered the holiest. Most sacred of all: the Night of Power. It is on this night that, according to Islamic tradition, the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, as guidance for all mankind.

On the Night of Power, good deeds are multiplied a thousand times

On the Night of Power — also referred to as Laylat Al Qadr — many stay up until dawn seeking instruction, revelation, blessings and forgiveness. Quranic wisdom says that good deeds performed on the Night of Power are equal to those performed over a thousand months. Some believe it is this night’s prayers that are answered.

In Gaza City, a Palestinian girl carries a portion of soup, given to families in need during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. © UNICEF/UNI325844/Abed/AFP

Millions will spend their Night of Power praying for their children's health and safety

In Yemen, now in its sixth year of civil war, and Syria, in its tenth, millions will spend their Night of Power praying for an end to conflict. In Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees will pray for safety. Mothers will pray for vaccines to protect their children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Fathers will pray that they can find nourishment to prevent their children from wasting away. Children will pray for an education, and the chance to grow up in a world without violence.

All will pray that they will have the resources they need to keep the novel coronavirus from devastating their communities.

UNICEF is on the ground, supporting and protecting children every day of the year

Wherever there are vulnerable children, UNICEF is on the ground, meeting their urgent needs. Throughout Ramadan, as on every day and night of the year, UNICEF will be working to provide nutrition support, health care, vaccinations, safe water, protection, education and more to some of the world's most vulnerable children.

Learn more about UNICEF’s efforts in Yemen, protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

You can help. Please donate now to help vulnerable children during Ramadan.

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Top photo: Ethar, 4 months old, is recovering from malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Sana'a, Yemen. Over 360,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the country, now in its sixth year of civil war. © UNICEF/UNI313436/Gabreez