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Ramadan series

Posted on August 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Assalam alaiku & Peace to all

Well it is time for Ramadan again …inshallah we will all benefit from this holy month of fasting and prayer!

Last year I did a whole series of posts about Ramadan, I wanted to re-post some of them!

https://4reverts.wordpress.com/2008/08/17/ramadan-series-more-than-just-not-eating

You can check out this link for all posts related to Ramadan and this one for more about preparing for Ramadan

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Ihsan – Perfection in worship

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all

I find the concept of Ihsan very interesting… It is basically to strive to perfect your worshiping – It is a wonderful concept that should be explored more!

Ihsan (Arabic: احسان), also ehsan or ahsan is an Arabic term meaning “perfection” or “excellence,” which is related to the word “goodness” (Ara. husn). It is a matter of taking one’s inner faith (iman) and showing it in both deed and action, a sense of social responsibility borne from religious convictions. In Islam, ihsan is the Muslim responsibility to obtain perfection, or excellence, in worship, such that Muslims try to worship God (Arabic Allah) as if they see Him, and although they cannot see Him (due to the belief that Allah is not made of materials), they undoubtedly believe that He is constantly watching over them. That definition comes from the hadith (known as the Hadith of Gabriel) in which Muhammad states, “[Ihsan is] to worship God as though you see Him, and if you cannot see Him, then indeed He sees you.” (Al-Bukhari and Al-Muslim).[1]

Ihsan, meaning “to do beautiful things,” is one of the three dimensions of the Islamic religion (Ara. ad-din): islam, iman and ihsan. In contrast to the emphases of islam (what one should do) and iman (why one should do), the concept of ihsan is primarily associated with intention. One who “does what is beautiful” is called a muhsin. It is generally held that a person can only achieve true ihsan with the help and guidance of Allah, who governs all things.

Some Islamic scholars explain Ihsan as being the inner dimension of Islam whereas shariah is often described as the outer dimension:

From the preceding discussion it should be clear that not every Muslim is a man or woman of faith (mu’min), but every person of faith is a muslim. Furthermore, a Muslim who believes in all the principles of Islam may not necessarily be a righteous person, a doer of good (muhsin), but a truly good and righteous person is both a muslim and a true person of faith.[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ihsan

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Shahada – Testimony of Faith

Posted on January 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all

I thought I would post a bit more about the Shahada… I am always fascinated by it, the simplicity of it yet it carries such a great meaning!
* As an edit I have included an ‘eight and nineth’  condition for the Shahada – I have researched and found that some scholars combine them to form the ‘seven’ conditions, while others have expanded and list eight or nine.

** We listed them here as “nine” in order to give more attention and detail to each and every aspect. However, the scholars who have listed them as seven or eight have not left anything out. They have merely combined several for easier comprehension and memorization.
http://www.islamtomorrow.com/9points.htm

The first of the Five Pillars of Islam is the shahada. Shahada is the Muslim profession of faith, expressing the two simple, fundamental beliefs that make one a Muslim:


La ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasul Allah.
(There is no god but God and Muhammad is the prophet of God.)

Sincere recitation of this confession of faith before of two Muslims is the sole requirement for those who wish to join the Muslim community. It represents acceptance not only of Allah and his prophet, but of the entirety of Islam. As one of the Pillars, the shahada must be recited correctly aloud with full understanding and internal assent at least once in every Muslim’s lifetime.

The shahada is also recited in the muzzein’s call to prayer, included in the salat (daily ritual prayer) and incorporated in Sufi contemplative prayer. It is also recited in the moments before death.

There are seven critical conditions of the Shahadah, without which it is considered to be meaningless:

– Al-`Ilm
: Knowledge of the meaning of the Shahadah, its negation and affirmation.
– Al-Yaqeen: Certainty – perfect knowledge of it that counteracts suspicion and doubt.
– Al-Ikhlaas: Sincerity which negates shirk.
– Al-Sidq: Truthfulness that permits neither falsehood nor hypocrisy.
– Al-Mahabbah: Love of the Shahadah and its meaning, and being happy with it.
– Al-Inqiad: Submission to its rightful requirements, which are the duties that must be performed   with sincerity to God (alone) seeking His pleasure.
– Al-Qubool: Acceptance that contradicts rejection.

The testimony (La ilaha illa Allah) comprises of two concepts:

Denial :
The testimony of faith denies the attribute of divinity to anyone and anything other than Allah `The Exalted. All others, besides Allah, such as the angels, the prophets, and the rest of mankind, let alone the idols, and the political regimes in the world, are not gods nor do they deserve to be worshipped. Thus denial in this respect is not a denial of the existence of the alleged gods, rather than denial of the divinity which is attributed to them.
Affirmation:

The testimony of faith affirms and restricts divinity to Allah alone. That is, the slave must believe that Allah is the only true God, and accordingly dedicate no act of worship to any, other than Allah.

Conditions of “La ilaha illa Allah”

1. Knowledge, which consists of recognizing Allah as the only true God to Whom worship must be dedicated, and denouncing all the other gods worshipped besides Allah as false, and that they can neither extend benefit nor cause harm.

2.Certainty, that the belief in Allah must be unblemished and without any doubt.

3.Acceptance: that is to accept all its conditions, meaning etc.

4.Submission: that is to fulfill its conditions submissively and willingly being content with Allah as the Rubb (only Lord) and Muhammad (saas), as His slave and last Prophet and Messenger.

5.Truthfulness: that is to fulfill its requirements truthfully.

6.Sincerity: that is to be sincere in worshipping Allah, dedicating all acts of worship to Him alone.7.The love of Allah, and the love of His Messenger Muhammad (saas), and the love of Allah´s devotees and the people of His obedience, which means love of all Muslims.

http://www.muslimpractice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=61

** See edit note above

The nine conditions of the shahadah are known as:

1 Knowledge 2 Certainty 3 Acceptance 4 Submission 5 Truth 6 Sincerity 7 Love 8 Denial 9 Adherence

http://www.islamtomorrow.com/9points.htm

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Shahada & Kalimah

Posted on January 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all

Thought I would post the 4 different Kalimah’s (Phrases/words).  This should not be confused with the Shahada, which is the ‘testimony of faith’.  Read the following.

The Kalimah & the Shahādah

The Kalimah is commonly confused with the shahādah, which is a declaration of belief in the Kalimah.
The Kalimah is essentially a statement, and the Shahadah is a testimony confirming the Kalimah and its meaning.

Compare the 2 phrases below:

The Kalimah – There is no god but God, Muhammad is GodMessenger
lā ‘ilāha ‘illallāh muhammadur-rasūlullāh

The Shahadah – I testify that there is no god but God, and I testify that Muhammad is God’s Messenger
ašhadu ʾal lā ilāha illa l-Lāh, wa ʾašhadu ʾanna muḥammadar rasūlu l-Lāh

The Shahada, also spelled shahadah, (Arabic: الشهادة aš-šahāda ar_shahada.ogg audio (help·info) from the verb šahida “to testify”) is the Islamic creed. The Shahada is the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet. The declaration reads: Lā ilaha illa al-Lāh, Muhammadun rasūlu l-Lāh “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God” in English. This declaration is called the Kalima, which literally means “words.” Recitation of the Shahadah is the most important of the Five Pillars of Islam for Muslims and is performed daily. Non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam do so by a public recitation of the creed.[1]

The 5 different Kalimah

The First Kalimah: Kalimah At-Tayyiba:
The Declaration of Faith in Islāmic Monotheism

Lā ilāha Illallāh Muhammad u’r Rasūlullāh

None is worthy of worship except Allāh Muhammad is the Messenger of Allāh

The Second Kalimah: Kalimah Ash-Shahāda:
The Muslim Testimony of Faith in Islāmic Monotheism

Ash-hadu an lā ilāha Illallāh
Wahdahū lā sharīka lahū wa ash-hadu anna Muhammad-an Abduhū wa Rasūluhū

I bear witness that none is worthy of worship except Allāh
He is One. He has no partner.
And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Devotee and His Messenger.

The Third Kalimah: Kalimah At-Tamjīd:
The Declaration of the Glory of Allāh

SubhānAllāh wa’l Hamdu Lillāh
wa lā ilāha Illallāh Wallāhu Akbar wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā Billāhi’l Aliyy i’l Azīm

Glory be to Allāh and all Praise is for Allāh and none is worthy of worship except Allāh
and Allāh is Most Great and there is no power and no strength except from Allāh,
the Most High, the Most Great.

The Fourth Kalimah: Kalimah At-Tawhīd:
The Declaration of the Oneness of Allāh

Lā ilāha Illallāh Wahdahū lā sharīka lahū Lahu’l Mulku wa Lahu’l Hamdu
Yuhyī wa Yumītu Biyadihi’l khayru wa Huwa alā kulli shay-in Qadīr

None is worthy of worship except Allāh He is One. He has no partner.
His is the Kingdom and His is the Praise He gives life and causes death.
In His hand is all that is good and He is Powerful over all things.

The Fifth Kalimah: Kalimah Radd i’l-Kufr
The Declaration of the Refutation of disbelief and polytheism

Allāhumma innī aūdhu bika min an ushrika bika shay-an wa ana alamu bihī
wa astaghfiruka limā lā alamu bihī tubtu anhu wa tabarra’tu minal kufri wa’sh shirki wa’l maāsī kullihā
wa aslamtu wa āmantu wa aqūlu Lā ilāha Illallāh Muhammad u’r Rasūlullāh

O Allāh! Indeed I seek refuge with You to be saved from all kinds of polytheism which I know about
and I beg Your forgiveness for that which I do not know about. I repent from that and I free myself
from disbelief and idolatry and all wrong doings and I have accepted Islām, and proclaiming my belief, I declare:
None is worthy of worship except Allāh Muhammad is the Messenger of Allāh

http://www.iqra.net/articles/declare.php



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Forgiveness of Sins

Posted on December 16, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Assalam aliakum & Peace

Here are few excerpts about Sins & Forgiveness

Can I say to someone who converted to Islam, “Allah will forgive your sins since you became a Muslim”. Without saying Insha Allah. Or do I say Insha Allah, Allah will forgive you?

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

Muslim reported in a sound Hadith that Amr Ibn Al As said: “When Allah instilled the love of Islam in my heart, I came to the Apostle (peace be upon him) and said: Stretch out your right hand so that I may pledge my allegiance to you. He stretched out his right hand. I withdrew my hand. He (the Holy Prophet) said: What has happened to you, O’ Amr? I replied: I intend to lay down a condition. He asked: What condition do you intend to put forward? I said: I should be granted pardon. He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Are you not aware of the fact that Islam wipes out all the previous (misdeeds)? Verily migration wipes out all the previous (misdeeds) and verily the pilgrimage wipes out all the (previous) misdeeds.
This is good news for all new Muslims that anyone who converts to Islam all the sins he committed before becoming Muslim are forgiven. This is made explicit in the following verse Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief) their past will be forgiven.}[8:38].
So, what you said to this new Muslim conforms to the Sunnah even without using the expression “Insha Allah” as the Prophet did not use that expression when he brought the good news to Amr Ibn Al As. But, if you say “Insha Allah”, it is also acceptable as Allah is not compelled to do anything. He acts by His Own Will. In fact, the adherence of the person to Islam, his guidance to the right path as well as the forgiveness of his sins all these are by the Will and Benevolence of Allah.
Allah knows best.

http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/fatwa/ShowFatwa.php?lang=e&Id=83259&Option=FatwaId

After converting to Islam, the person will be rewarded for his or her good and bad deeds according to the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad : {Your Lord, Who is blessed and exalted, is most merciful.  If someone intends to do a good deed but does not do it, a good deed will be recorded for him.  And if he does do it, (a reward of) ten to seven hundred or many more times (the reward of the good deed), will be recorded for him.  And if someone intends to do a bad deed but does not do it, a good deed will be recorded for him.  And if he does do it, a bad deed will be recorded against him or God will wipe it out.}2

http://www.islam-guide.com/ch2-4.htm

Allah, the Exalted, says:

And ask forgiveness for your sin…” (47:19)

And seek the forgiveness of Allah. Certainly, Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (4:106)

And declare the freedom of your Rubb from imperfection beginning with His praise, and ask His forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives.” (110:3)

For Al-Muttaqun (the pious) there are Gardens (Jannah) with their Rubb, underneath which rivers flow. Therein (is their) eternal (home) and Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives). And Allah will be pleased with them. And Allah is All-Seer of the (His) slaves. Those who say: `Our Rubb! We have indeed believed, so forgive us our sins and save us from the punishment of the Fire. (They are) those who are patient, those who are true (in Faith, words, and deeds), and obedient with sincere devotion in worship to Allah. Those who spend (give the Zakat and alms in the way of Allah) and those who pray and beg Allah’s Pardon in the last hours of the night.” (3:15-17)

And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (4:110)

And Allah would not punish them while you (Muhammad (PBUH)) are amongst them, nor will He punish them while they seek (Allah’s) forgiveness.” (8:33)

And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; – and none can forgive sins but Allah – and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know.” (3:135)

http://muhammad.bz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=635&Itemid=68

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Eid Mubarak

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Peace and blessings on us all for today and tomorrow and all the days that Allah has ordained for us on this Earth… please keep in mind all your Brothers and Sisters who are in need, offer charity, and prayers.  May Allah keep us on the straight path, may Allah give us the means to help our Brothers and Sisters, may Allah give us the opportunity to make a difference in someone`s life.

Eid Mubarak

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Some things to keep in mind for Eid Al-Adha

Posted on December 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalalm alaikum& Peace to all

Now that we know what Eid Al-Adha is all about I thought I would post some information of ‘what to do’ on this special day, Inshallah it will help to bring some clarity to this holiday and give you an insight of what Muslims do around the world on this day!

Firstly usually the day will start with the Eid Prayer here is a summary of how this prayer is performed.

How To Do Eid-ul-Adha Prayer

(Based on Hanafi School of Islamic fiqh)

Eid is a special occasions and one of the things which makes it so is the Eid-ul-Adha congregational prayer.Since this prayer comes only once a year, there is often confusion about how to perform this prayer.

Here is how to do it:

In general, when praying any Salah, always follow the Imam in prayer. Do not make your movements (i.e. bowing, prostrating, etc.) before he does or different from him.Eid prayer consists of two units (Rakat in Arabic, singular is Raka). The main difference in the way this prayer and any other prayer of two Rakat is performed is the number of Takbirs that are done.
Takbirs is an the Arabic word referring to when “Allahu Akbar” is said and the hands are raised to the ears.

Step 1: Make an intention of doing two Rakat behind the Imam for Eid prayer along with six additional Takbirs.

The First Raka

Step 2: After the Imam has said “Allahu Akbar” the first time, you should raise your hands and follow. This is the first Takbir of the prayer.

Step 3: There will be 3 Takbirs before the Imam starts reciting Quran. Each time the Imam says “Allahu Akbar”, you should follow by raising your hands, then putting them on your sides.

After the third Takbir, the Imam will begin reciting the Quran. At that point, you should put your hands on your chest, with your right hand on top of the left.

Step 4: Listen to the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Imam will recite Surah Al Fatiha (the first Surah of the Quran) and then another Surah.

Step 5: When the Imam says “Allahu Akbar” go into Ruku (the bowing position).

Step 6: Stand up straight when he says Sami Allahu liman Hamidah (Allah hears those who praise Him), and say “Rabbana lakal Hamd” (our Lord praise be to You) in a low voice.

Step 7: When the Imam says “Allahu Akbar” go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations as in normal prayer.

The Second Raka

Step 8: The Imam will first recite from the Holy Quran (first Surah Al Fatiha and another Surah.

Step 9: After the recitation, before going into Ruku, there will be 3 Takbirs. Follow the Imam. Raise your hands after each “Allahu Akbar”. After the third Takbir, go into Ruku (the bowing position).

Step 10: Stand up straight when the Imam says Sami Allah huliman Hamidah, and say “Rabbana lakal Hamd” in a low voice.

Step 11: When the Imam says “Allahu Akbar” go into Sujud. You will do two prostrations.

Step 12: After this, you sit for the complete Tashshahud.

Step 13: After the Imam ends the prayer by turning to his face to the right first and saying “Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah” and then to his left and doing the same, you should follow.

Step 14: Do not get up right away. The Imam will give a short Khutbah (speech). Please stay still and listen. It is recommended to do so.

The sunnas of the Day of Eid al-Adha include:

1. To adorn oneself according to the Shariah, by:

a. Performing ghusl (this is a confirmed sunnah for the Eid prayer);

b. Brush one’s teeth, using a miswak if possible;

c. Apply perfume;

d. Wear the best clothing one possesses, without excess. White, when available, is optimal;

2. To wake up early, in order to prepare for the sunnas of the day;

3. To go early to the place the Eid prayer is taking place;

4. To delay eating until after the Eid al-Adha prayer;

5. To return from the Eid prayer by a different route to the one taken there, as established by the Prophet’s practice (Allah bless him & give him peace);

6. To walk, when reasonably possible without hardship;

7. To give the takbirs of Eid.

Important Rulings on `Eid

What to Do on the Day of `Eid

Important Rulings on `Eid

The First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah: Ethics and Morals

What to do in these 10 days

1. Observing Voluntary Fasting
2. Performing Hajj and `Umrah
3.Doing More Good Deeds in General

4. Offering Sacrifice
5.
Sincere Repentance
6.
Recitation of the Ever-Glorious Qur’an
7. Observing Qiyam Al-Layl & Fajr Prayer
8. `Eid & `Eid Prayer

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Eid Al-Adha

Posted on November 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all

Thought I would post a bit about Eid Al-adha since it is coming up soon!

Inshallah all our sacrifices and prayers are accepted!

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īd ul-’Aḍḥā, Urdu: بقرعید) or the Festival of Sacrifice is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide in commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah intervened: instead Allah provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice an animal, as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. The meat is then shared out with family and friends, as well as the poorer members of the community (Islam names Ishmael as the son who was to be sacrificed, whereas the Judeo-Christian name Isaac).

Eid al-Adha is one of two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from the Quran.[1] (Muslims in Iran celebrate a third, non-denominational Eid.) Like Eid el-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha begins with a short prayer followed by a sermon (khuṭba).

Eid ul-Adha annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic calendar. The festivities last for two to three days or more depending on the country. Eid ul-Adha occurs the day after the pilgrims conducting Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. It happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan.

Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer (Salatu’l-`id) in any mosque. Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) sacrifice. The sacrificed animals, called “udhiya” Arabic: أضحية” also known as “qurbani“, have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice. Generally, these must be at least a year old. At the time of sacrifice, Allah’s name is recited along with the offering statement and a supplication as Muhammad said. According to the Quran, the meat is divided into three shares, one share for the poor, one share for the relatives and neighbors, and the last to keep to oneself. A large portion of the meat MUST be given towards the poor and hungry people so they can all join in the feast which is held on Eid-ul-Adha. The remainder is cooked for the family celebration meal in which relatives and friends are invited to share. The regular charitable practices of the Muslim community are demonstrated during Eid ul-Adha by the concerted effort to see that no impoverished Muslim is left without sacrificial food during these days. Eid ul-Adha is a concrete affirmation of what the Muslim community ethic means in practice. People in these days are expected to visit their relations, starting with their parents, then their families and friends.

In the name of God بسم الله
And God is the greatest والله أكبر
O God, indeed this is from you and for you اللهم إن هذا منك ولك
O God accept from me اللهم تقبل مني

Distributing meat among people is considered an essential part of the festival during this period, as well as chanting Takbir out loud before the Eid prayer on the first day and after prayers through out the four days of Eid.

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6 Articles of Faith

Posted on November 25, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all

I thought I would post up the 6 articles of Faith that all Muslims must adhere to.

There is always so much talk about the 5 pillars – which are important
but somehow these 6 other important items seem to slip by.

  1. Belief in God (Allah), the one and only one worthy of all worship (tawhid).
  2. Belief in all the Prophets (nabi) and Messengers (rusul) sent by God
  3. Belief in the Angels (mala’ika).
  4. Belief in the Books (kutub) sent by God[citation needed] (including the Qur’an).
  5. Belief in the Day of Judgment (qiyama) and in the Resurrection (life after death).
  6. Belief in Destiny (Fate) (qadar).

In Sunni and Shia view, having Iman literally means to have belief in Six articles. However the importance of Iman relies heavily upon reasons. Islam explicitly asserts that belief should be maintained in that which can be proven using faculties of perception and conception.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqidah

Another good article

http://www.islam101.com/dawah/articlesOfFaith.htm

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Rumi Sayings

Posted on November 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all
I came across some writing of Rumi that I thought I would share with you
all – quite a few nice reminders!

“Those who pray stand in line as they would do on the Day of Judgment; they begin to account for their actions and appeal to Allah.”
“Standing in prayer while weeping corresponds to standing before Allah on the Day of Judgment after arising from the grave. Allah will question you and ask: ‘What have you done in your worldly life? What have you earned and what have you brought to Me?’”
“Such questions come to mind in Allah’s presence in prayer.”

“While standing in prayer the servant feels ashamed, and then bows down as he cannot manage to stand because of the shame he feels. While bowing down he glorifies Allah by saying ‘Glory to my Lord, the Great’.”

“Then Allah orders the servant: ‘raise your head and answer the questions!’”

“The servant raises his head ashamedly, but he cannot bear that condition and this time he prostrates.”
“Then he raises his head again, but he cannot bear that condition and he prostrates again.”

“Then Allah says: ‘Raise your head and answer. I will question you about what you have done in your earthly life.’”

“Allah’s Word to him is so forceful that he cannot bear to stand. And therefore he sits with his knees bent. Allah says: ‘I provided you with favor and benefaction, how did you make use of them? Did you return thanks for them? I provided you with material and spiritual wealth; what did you earn with them?

“Then the servant turns his face right; and greets the soul of the Prophet (pbuh) and the angels. And tells them: ‘O masters of the spiritual world! Please intercede with Allah for this poor servant; this poor servant’s feet and dress are.’”

“The Prophet (pbuh) answers to the greeting person: ‘The time for help and comfort is over. It should all have been done in worldly life. You have not performed good deeds there, you have not worshipped, you have wasted your time!’”

“Then the servant turns his face left. He asks for help from his relatives. They answer: ‘Do not ask help from us. Who are we? You are supposed to answer your Lord on your own!’”

“The servant who cannot find help from any side gets disappointed. Having abandoned all hope to find help he resorts to Allah, to seek refuge in Him and opening his hands for prayer.he says: ‘O my Lord! I have abandoned any hope from anybody. You are the First, the Last, and the Unique for the servants to appeal to, and the last to turn to. I seek refuge in Your Eternal Mercy and Compassion.’”

“See these pleasant signs of prayer and be aware of what you would be facing. Gather yourselves together and try to benefit from your prayer both physically and spiritually! Do not put your head like a bird collecting grain on the ground!.. Take heed of the saying of the Prophet: ‘The most wicked thief is the one who steals from prayer.’” (Hakim, Mustadrak, I, 353).

http://www.namazzamani.net/english/salat_according_to_rumi.htm

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Reverence in Salah – Khushu

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all

I think we have all struggled with concentration while doing Salah. We all
try to focus on doing our prayers correctly and on time, while this is very
important I feel that we should also concentrate on developing reverence,
and not be distracted by outside things.  We need to all develop Khushu.
Found this article which I think describes it very well.

But those will prosper who purify themselves.” (Al-A’la (7: 14).
This spiritual cultivation is so important for prayer. Allah does not mention the obligatory (fardh), the necessary, (wajib), and the number of units of prayer, but rather repeatedly states the importance of pious reverence, sincerity, and peace of mind. The importance of these states covers our entire life. So, the spiritual side of prayer is the most important component that the praying person should observe. It is said in the Qur’an:

The believers must (eventually) win through: those who humble themselves in their prayers…” (Al-Muminun 23: 1-2).
The Prophet (pbuh) says:
“Whoever makes ablution accordingly, and prays in time, and bows down and prostrates in pious reverence, his prayer arises as a luminous light and calls to the praying person: ‘ –May Allah save you as you observed my details!’ And whoever does not make ablution accordingly, and does not pray in time, and does not bow down and prostrate in pious reverence, his prayer arises as a dark object and calls to the praying person: ‘ – May Allah waste you as you wasted me!’ So that the prayers, following Allah’s decree, goes to a place and then comes back to slap the face of the praying person.” (Tabarani).

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Ramadan Series: Laylatul-Qadr

Posted on September 16, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all

I pray that all of our fasts and prayers are accepted and may God grant us
patience, respect and guidance in the remaining days of Ramadan.

We are already on day sixteen of Ramadan, so I thought it would be good
to post an article on Laylatul-Qadr – the night of power.

Laylat al-Qadr (Arabic: لیلة القدر) (also known as Shab-e-Qadr), basically the Night of Decree or Night of Measures,

Laylat al-Qadr is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It is also the anniversary of the night in which the Qur’an is believed by Muslims to have been revealed in its entirety. The Laylat al -Qadr can also be known as the night of excellence. Gabriel is also known as Jibril.

Praying Qiyaam

It is recommended to make a long Qiyaam prayer during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many hadeeths, such as the following:

Abu Tharr (radhiallahu `anhu) relates:

“We fasted with Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) in Ramadaan. He did not lead us (in qiyaam) at all until there were seven (nights of Ramadaan) left. Then he stood with us (that night – in prayer) until one third of the night had passed. He did not pray with us on the sixth. On the fifth night, he prayed with us until half of the night had passed. So we said, ‘Allah’s Messenger! Wouldn’t you pray with us the whole night?’ He replied:

‘Whoever stands in prayer with the imaam until he (the imaam) concludes the prayer, it is recorded for him that he prayed the whole night.’…” [Recorded by Ibn Abi Shaybah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmithi (who authenticated it), an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, at-Tahawi (in Sharhu Ma`an il-Athar, Ibn Nasr, al-Faryabi, and al-Bayhaqi. Their isnad is authentic.]

Making Supplications

It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night. `A’ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say:

“Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuh.ibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee – O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.” [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani]

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Ramadan series: Dua’s for this Holy Month

Posted on September 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all.

I hope and pray all of our fasts are accepted and I pray that we all are able to continue our fasts
in this holy month and to reap the rewards as well as help those who are in need!

I thought I would post a few Ramadan dua’s for all of us to recite and keep in mind!


When beginning the fast
– Suhur
Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri ramadan

I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan
[abu Dawud]

When breaking the fast– IftarAllahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu [wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu] wa ‘ala rizq-ika aftarthu

O Allah!  I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break
my fast with Your sustenance
[“wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu” is quoted in some books of knowledge – but not all, hence it is in brackets]
[abu Dawud]

dhahabadh-dhama’u wab-tallatil ‘urūūqi, wa thabatal arju inshaAllah

The thrist is gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is confirmed, if Allah [Ta’ala] Wills
[abu Dawud 2:306]

Upon breaking the fast in someone’s home

Aftara ‘indakumus saa’imuna, wa akala ta’aamakumul-abraaru, wasallat ‘alaikumul mala’ikat
May those who are fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food and may the angels send prayers upon you.
[abu Dawud 3:367, ibn Majah 1:556, an Nasa’i]

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Ramadan Series: Some details to keep in mind

Posted on August 25, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all.

Every year I hear the debates about what to do and not do during Ramadan.  First it all starts with the actual start of Ramadan, then it is about the start and finish times everyday of the fast, etc.  So I thought I would research some of these and present my findings, Inshallah we will all benefit from it.

Moonsighting Info and Advice

Muslims in America and Canada start their Islamic dates and events based on a criteria adopted by the Islamic Shura Council of North America.

The Islamic Shura Council of North America is a four-member body comprised of the representatives of the four largest Muslim organizations on the continent: the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) the Islamic Circle of North America, the Ministry of W.D. Mohammad, and the Jamaat Community of Imam Jamil al-Amin.

How the Shura Council makes its decision

The Shura Council’s Fiqh position on the issue of moonsighting is that that they will accept any moonsighting from within North America as long as it is not contradicted by undisputed astronomical calculations. In other words, no astronomers differ that the moon can be sighted by a person who has claimed to see it.

What usually happens is if someone claims to have seen the moon, they should call ISNA headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana and a couple of Muslim astronomers talk back to them to authenticate whether they have seen the moon or have mistaken something else for the moon.

Why there are differences about the beginning and end of Islamic dates

Yet, it is not uncommon to find different Muslim countries beginning and ending of Islamic months on varying days. Shaukat explains that this is because of the method they use to determine the month’s beginning and end. There are five main ways Muslims worldwide determine the Islamic dates:

1. Some countries go by actual physical sighting of the moon. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, the United States, Canada and the West Indies uses this method.

2. Some countries calculate different things about the position of the moon. Saudi Arabia, for example, calculates when is the new moon is born and then follow these calculations when deciding when an Islamic month begins and ends.

3. Countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei determine Islamic events and dates by the calculation of the position of the moon at sunset in their country. If the moon is two degrees above the horizon and three degrees away from the sun then they consider that the new month has begun.

4. In Egypt, if the moon sets five minutes after sunset in their country, then they consider that the moon has been sighted. They do not require physical sighting.

5. Some countries follow the decisions of other Muslim countries. Syria, Turkey and Iraq often follow Egypt’s decision or Saudi Arabia’s. The Gulf countries and some European countries also follow Saudi Arabia’s decision.

“The problem is multiplied when people from these countries in North America want to follow their home country and they try to insist authorities like the Shura council to follow the very first country which has announced the beginning of the month.

Keep your eyes peeled, your telescopes focused and your binoculars ready.

For more information on moonsighting for Ramadan, you can also consult the website http://www.moonsighting.com

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Respected scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. I am from Turkey and currently living in Detroit, USA. I am very confused about imsak (the time to stop eating sahur) and fajr. In Turkey, Muslims finish sahur 15 minutes before fajr. Prayer times I downloaded from the Internet do not have imsak. Muslims here finish sahur at fajr. Which one is right? Jazakum Allahu khayran.


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question, which reflects your care to have a clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer to people of knowledge to become well acquainted with the teachings of Islam in all aspects of life.

First of all, bear in mind that Allah has permitted the fasting person to eat and drink until dawn comes. He, Most High, says: (and eat and drink until the white thread becometh distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn) (Al-Baqarah 2:187).

The exact cut-off time for imsak (abstaining from food, drink, etc.) is the time of fajr (dawn); so if you ate until that time you did not incur any sin. Most of the time people confuse between the preferred time and the permissible one; the preferred time for imsak, according to scholars, is to finish sahur ten minutes before fajr.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states the following:

You need not be overly confused about this issue, for it is merely a difference of opinion based on the distinction between what is preferred and what is merely permissible. There is no doubt that the cut-off point for consuming sahur is the arrival of dawn (i.e., fajr time). However, the preferred time for abstention is 10 or 15 minutes earlier than that.

The basis for establishing the preferred time of abstention (imsak ) is an authentic tradition from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). One of his Companions narrated the story of taking sahur with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Upon hearing it, someone asked him, “What was the time gap between your sahur and fajr salah?” He replied, “The time required to read fifty verses of the Qur’an.” It is estimated that this time can be 10 or 15 minutes and not more.

This, therefore, is the basis for the imsak time you are used to in Turkey. However, it must be pointed out that the above mentioned hadith does not state that it is not permissible to consume sahur later than that, for it only states that it was the sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). As for the permissibility of consuming sahur until the arrival of dawn, it has been established by the clear text of the Qur’an: (Eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct from the black thread of night) (Al-Baqarah 2:187).

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Ramadan Series: Some ideas to prepare for Ramadan

Posted on August 22, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all.

I wanted to share this list – it says all the things you can do to prepare yourself for the fast.  Basically before we fast we can get into the mindset.  As well there are some things which would be good to avoid at this time.  Inshallah all will benefit from this month and I hope  that we will all be able to fast and get the rewards of it!

Ramadan is the month of excitement for Muslims. Ramadan is the month of revelation of Quran, the month of reading and reciting the whole Quran, the month of Tahajjud and Qiyam al-layl prayers, Sadaqah, Zakah al-Fitr and Zakah al-Mal. Ramadan is also a month of social activities among Muslims.

No one can go anywhere without preparation, and no one invites a guest without preparing to welcome him / her. Similarly, to welcome Ramadan, the month of fasting, one has to prepare. The following are some tips to help the reader prepare accordingly:

  1. Start reading Quran daily after Salat al-Fajr.
  2. Spend some time listening to recitations from the Quran.
  3. Train yourself to go bed early so that you can wake up far Salat al-Fajr.
  4. Keep yourself in a state of Wudu (Ablution) most of the time.
  5. Evaluate yourself daily before going bed.
  6. Thank Allah for good deeds, and repent to Him for your mistakes and sins.
  7. Start giving Sadaqah daily, no matter how little. Make it a habit like eating and drinking.
  8. Find time to pray extras, such as Tahajjud prayers.
  9. Spend more time reading Islamic books, especially the Quran, Sirah, Hadith, and Fiqh.
  10. Find time to help others with your wisdom, knowledge and other talents.
  11. Try to write articles on Islam for Muslims as well as for non-Muslims.
  12. Associate with Muslim scholars / ulama and other pious people so that you may learn from them.
  13. Train yourself to do good, render free service to others to seek the pleasure of Allah.

What to avoid during Ramadan

  1. Reduce watching TV, instead spend more time reading the Quran and other Islamic literature.
  2. Avoid looking at unlawful pictures, whether magazines, department store catalogs or otherwise.
  3. Avoid going to theaters; instead go to Masajid, Islamic organizations and make that a daily habit.
  4. Avoid eating too much. Eat only when you are hungry and try not to fill your stomach completely.
  5. If you drink Coffee, Tea or Soda, be sure to reduce consumption.
  6. If you smoke, try to reduce daily usage; otherwise Ramadan will be very difficult for you to observe.
  7. If you like to listen to music, whether the style of western societies or even those from Muslim countries, reduce, even eliminate the time you spent on them; replace them with reciting and listening to recitation from the Quran.
  8. If you enjoy playing cards and board games try your best to avoid them as much as possible and fill your time with something useful.
  9. If you enjoy going with friends to picnics and other social gatherings, try to reduce it before Ramadan; otherwise fasting the month of Ramadan will be more difficult.
  10. If you have friends who do not practice the teaching of Islam, try to avoid socializing with them.
  11. If you travel a lot on business, try to do more local business, so you can be more closer to your family and community.
  12. If you are used to staying up till midnight, try to go to bed earlier, so that you will be able to wake up early for Salat al-Fajr and Tahajjud prayers as well.

To prepare ourselves before the month of Ramadan arrives is far better than waiting till it comes. To prepare ourselves for anything in life is a sign of wisdom and maturity. No one is assured of living one day more; tomorrow may not come. So hurry and benefit from blessings and rewards from Allah.

Remember: “Time is not money or gold; it is life itself and is limited. You must begin to appreciate every moment of your life and always strive to make the best use of it.” – Khurram Murad

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Ramadan Series – Ajiza (30 sections of the Quran)

Posted on August 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all.

I wanted to publish the 30 sections “Ajiza”(sections) of the Quran – During Ramadan it is highly encouraged to read the Quran – these 30 Juz (singular of Ajiza) make it easy to read one section each day of Ramadan therefore by the end of it you will have Inshallah finished all of the Quran in the 30 days!

  • Juz’ 1- Al Fatiha 1 – Al Baqarah 141
  • Juz’ 2- Al Baqarah 142 – Al Baqarah 252
  • Juz’ 3 -Al Baqarah 253 – Al Imran 92
  • Juz’ 4 -Al Imran 93 – An Nisaa 23
  • Juz’ 5 – An Nisaa 24 – An Nisaa 147
  • Juz’ 6 – An Nisaa 148 – Al Ma’idah 81
  • Juz’ 7 – Al Ma’idah 82 – Al An’am 110
  • Juz’ 8 – Al An’am 111 – Al A’raf 87
  • Juz’ 9 – Al A’raf 88 – Al Anfal 40
  • Juz’ 10 – Al Anfal 41 – At Tauba 92
  • Juz’ 11 – At Tauba 93 – Hud 5
  • Juz’ 12 – Hud 6 – Yusuf 52
  • Juz’ 13 – Yusuf 53 – Ibrahim 52
  • Juz’ 14 – Al Hijr 1 – An Nahl 128
  • Juz’ 15 – Al Isra (or Bani Isra’il) 1 – Al Kahf 74
  • Juz’ 16 – Al Kahf 75 – Ta Ha 135
  • Juz’ 17 – Al Anbiyaa 1 – Al Hajj 78
  • Juz’ 18 – Al Muminum 1 – Al Furqan 20
  • Juz’ 19 – Al Furqan 21 – An Naml 55
  • Juz’ 20 – An Naml 56 – Al Ankabut 45
  • Juz’ 21 – Al Ankabut 46 – Al Azhab 30
  • Juz’ 22 – Al Azhab 31 – Ya Sin 27
  • Juz’ 23 – Ya Sin 28 – Az Zumar 31
  • Juz’ 24 – Az Zumar 32 – Fussilat 46
  • Juz’ 25 – Fussilat 47 – Al Jathiya 37
  • Juz’ 26 – Al Ahqaf 1 – Az Zariyat 30
  • Juz’ 27 – Az Zariyat 31 – Al Hadid 29
  • Juz’ 28 – Al Mujadila 1 – At Tahrim 12
  • Juz’ 29 – Al Mulk 1 – Al Mursalat 50
  • Juz’ 30 – An Nabaa 1 – An Nas 6
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Ramadan Series – The benefits of Fasting

Posted on August 19, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & Peace to all

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of being Muslim – Inshallah we can all practice this and reap its reawards.  What are the benefits of fasting in this time? What will we gain, what will we accomplish?  Inshallah we will be rewarded with an increase in faith and piety but there are some other blessings in this holy month. Read below for more information.

01. Taqwa:

  1. Fearing Allah (SWT)
  2. Practicing the Revelations of Allah (SWT)
  3. Accepting the little things that one has achieved
  4. Preparing for departure from this world to the Hereafter
  5. Self-discipline
  6. Self-control
  7. Self-restraint
  8. Self-education
  9. Self-evaluation

02. Protection:

  1. Avoiding Immorality
  2. Avoiding anger/outcry/uproar
  3. Avoiding stupidity
  4. Avoiding all makrooh/mashbooh/haram

03. Revelation of Holy Quran: The Holy Quran was revealed during the month of Ramadhan. The Holy Quran is meant to be:

  1. A Guidance to mankind
  2. A Manifestation of right from wrong
  3. A Summation and culmination of all previous revelations
  4. A Glad-tiding to the believers
  5. A Healer
  6. A Mercy

04. Doors of heaven are open

05. Doors of hell are closed

06. Devils are chained down

07. Fasting with Iman (faith) and expectation: Such type of intention leads to forgiveness by Allah (SWT) to the individual’s sins.

08. Door of Rayyan: There is in Paradise a door called Al-Rayyan. It is for the fasting Muslims. Only those who fasted the month of Ramadhan are the ones to enjoy the bliss of Paradise inside that area.

09. Rejoices: There are two types of rejoices for the Muslims who fast. These are:

  1. When breaking fast
  2. When meeting Allah (SWT) on the day of Judgment

10. Mouth Smell: The smell of the mouth of the fasting Muslim will be better than the smell of musk during the day of Judgement.

11. Glad-Tidings: These glad-tidings are given to the well-wishers while the ill-wishers are to be stopped during fasting.

12. Ramadhan -to- Ramadhan: Whoever fasts two consecutive months of Ramadhan with good intention will receive forgiveness for the mistakes committed throughout the year.


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Ramadan Series – Fasting in the Quran

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum and peace to all

Thought it would be a nice reminder to all to see the verses where fasting is mentioned in the Quran.

2:183 O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,

2:184 (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

2:185 Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

2:187 Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah. Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.

2:196 And complete the Hajj or ‘umra in the service of Allah. But if ye are prevented (From completing it), send an offering for sacrifice, such as ye may find, and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches the place of sacrifice. And if any of you is ill, or has an ailment in his scalp, (Necessitating shaving), (He should) in compensation either fast, or feed the poor, or offer sacrifice; and when ye are in peaceful conditions (again), if any one wishes to continue the ‘umra on to the hajj, He must make an offering, such as he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, He should fast three days during the hajj and seven days on his return, Making ten days in all. This is for those whose household is not in (the precincts of) the Sacred Mosque. And fear Allah, and know that Allah Is strict in punishment.

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Ramadan Series: More than just not eating…

Posted on August 17, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum and peace to all.

Just thought I would share some things I come across online – We get so caught up in the ‘not eating’ in Ramadan and consequently forget the real reason we are fasting in this month. So let us try and remember the real reasons and try to increase our faith and not worry about our stomachs as much!

The Holy Quran refers to two features of fasting in Ramadan: mental and practical. These are like the wings of a bird on which man flies through the heavenly space of spirituality in the month of Ramadan.

The Holy Quran says: “Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Holy Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong).” (2:185)

This means that in the month of Ramadan, one should get to know the Holy Quran better and, through the clearance of guidance, take a broader view of the right and wrong of life. The Holy Quran says: “O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).” (2:183)

Spirit of Ramadan Fasting:

“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” Holy Quran (2:183)

Fast like a living thing, have a body and a soul. The required abstinence from food, water, sexual relations etc, is the body of the fast: “piety” is its soul. If we are not striving to refine our character by fast, our fast will be a body without soul. Fast cleanses our body from impurities. Likewise, it must purify our hearts and minds from all impure thoughts improper desires and undisciplined sensations.

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) saw a woman, who was fasting on that day (not in Ramadan), abusing her girl-servant. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) admonished her and told her to break her fast. The woman protested: “But I am fasting today”. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) said: “But was not your fast broken by the abuses you were hurling upon that poor girl?”

Ramadan Fasting and Purification

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Ramadan preparation tips

Posted on August 14, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Some Ramadan preparation tips I’ve found on line – Please share yours and I will add it to the list!!

01. Buy all necessities for the month of Ramadan before Ramadan so you can spend less time during the holy month rushing around. You can be more focused on your religious rituals and spiritual development. Everyone in the family, even the kids, can participate, writing a shopping list, preparing some meals to be stored in the freezer.

02. If you have gotten into bad sleeping habits throughout the year, start readjusting now so you can wake up for Fajr prayer.

03. Sunnah fasts of Shaaban (the month before Ramadan) help to prepare for Ramadan and help to make the transition into the holy month a smooth one.

04. Reduce TV watching and prepare the family for the new spirit of Ramadan. Engage with your kids more and more in creative activities that remind them of Ramadan. (Suggested activities including reading the moral story books in group).

05. Organize your tape/CD collection to make it easy to select and to play nice nasheed (Hamd/Naat) to sing along together or Quran and Dua recitation, so as to introduce the spirit of the month gradually.

06. Plan ahead for the time you are spend at home in order not to lose the balance between your responsibility as a parent to supervise the children’s studies and your engagement in religious practices such as reading Quran and praying Salat.

07. Plan ahead if your daughter needs a hijab to accompany you to the mosque. If possible, get shoes for the kids that are easy to tie when they leave the mosque. Do you or the kids need prayer rugs for prayer? Plan transportation to the mosque and back home.

08. Prepare as much cooking as you can before Ramadan. Here are some time-saving tips:

  1. Prepare some vegetables and store them in the freezer to have them ready when needed.
  2. If you soak dates in milk or water and eat them for Iftar, pit the dates before Ramadan.
  3. Chop onions, garlic and store them in the freezer to have them ready when cooking during Ramadan.

09. If you are planning to invite guests for Iftar, the best time to do that is during your monthly period (menstruation). This has several advantages:

  1. You will be able to taste the food that is going to be served.
  2. You won’t be engaged in some acts of worship so you’ll have more time for cooking.
  3. You won’t have guilt feelings for staying after ‘Isha’ with the guests and not going to the mosque.

10. Prepare your kids before Ramadan that they have to help you more in housework and in setting the table and preparing the Iftar. Relate their action with the notion of Sadaqah and good deeds. Remind them that the reward of their good deeds is multiplied during Ramadan.

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