We are living in a time when worldly desires are flying high. People strive for fame, power, and money. How Muslims can have a clarity about their priorities
With the approach of Ramadan every year, how can a Muslim reap the benefit of the first night of Ramadan
When we fast in Ramadan, we inevitably think of those who feel hunger every day of the year. We experience hunger and look forward to breaking with the food at iftar
Learning how Islam encourages the Muslim to spend his money for the sake of Allah in form of charity (Sadaqah) especially during Ramadan.
In times of crisis and affliction, Muslims should return to Allah, putting their trust in Him and depending on Him in all of their affairs. Why should we Muslims trust in Allah and rely on Him? The answer can be summed up in the following points: – Because Allah is capable of all things. –
The habit of almsgiving and generosity of the first generations of the Muslims, the Salaf during the period of Ramadan.
Tips for the best manners to welcome the most anticipated guest Ramadan, and benefit from its fruits.
Mercy is a favor from Allah that He puts in the hearts of whomsoever He wills of His servants. Verily, Allah will have mercy on His servants who show mercy to others, as He is the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful. He loves the merciful and calls to mercy. He orders His servants to enjoin
Ramadan is a month of serenity and spiritual elevation. But when the body’s glucose level decreases too much from fasting, this could lead to irritability and aggression. Other factors may also contribute to the feeling of irritability, such as refraining from the habitual cigarette. Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) advised us to ‘keep our
One of my professors of Tafseer (Qur’anic Exegesis) gave me an assignment. He told me to read Surat Qaf, the fiftieth chapter of the Holy Qur’an one thousand times during the week and to compose a journal where my thoughts and reflections on those profound words would be kept. At first the task seemed daunting,
The blessed days of Ramadan are passing so quickly. The special days of Allah's great mercy, forgiveness and favors are going
There is no doubt that the Quran is the Book of Allah, His eternal word and divine miracle. How does Quran cover the virtues of Ramadan
Some people have butterflies in their stomach when Ramadan draws near. They become more alert as Ramadan gets closer. Why do we have this anxiety?
Fasting during Ramadan was ordained during the second year of Hijrah. Why not earlier? In Makkah the economic conditions of the Muslims were bad. They were being persecuted. Often days would go by before they had anything to eat. It is easy to skip meals if you don’t have any. Obviously fasting would have been
The arrival of Ramadan is an event which can be confirmed by sighting the new moon, even if it is seen by only one just person, or by the passage of thirty days in the immediately preceding month of Sha`ban. Ibn `Umar said: “The people were looking for the new moon and when I reported
The ruling of the ill and travelers who are exempted from fasting Ramadan and must make up for the missed days
Elderly men and women are permitted to break their fasts, as are the chronically ill, and those who have to perform difficult jobs under harsh circumstances and who could not find any other way to support themselves. All of these people are allowed to break their fast, because such a practice would place too much
There are few things that can invalidate the act of fasting in Islam. The detail as follow: 1-Intentional eating or drinking: If one eats due to forgetfulness, a mistake, or coercion, then he does not have to make up the day later or perform any expiation. Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet said: “Whoever forgets he
I`tikaf (Spiritual Retreat) meaning & legitimacy: I`tikaf means to stick to something, whether good or bad, and to block out everything else. Allah says in the Qur’an: “What then are images that you pay devotion [akifun] to them?” (Al Anbia’: 52)—that is, what they devoted themselves to in worship. What is meant here is the
The virtue of the last third of Ramadan and the importance of maximizing the period with several good deeds.
Every Ramadan we make plans to improve ourselves as Muslims, but those plans do not always come to fruition later because the surge of faith that we have now is severely lacking outside this blessed month. Part of the reason is because the devils are locked up during this month, so to repel the devils
As the last ten nights are now upon us, it is time to re-evaluate how far we have come. Two-thirds of the month have already passed and will not return. However, we still have enough time to make a final push in this month, to maximize the benefit that we can attain, and draw closer
These are few questions on fasting and its ruling in Islam: 1-Until Dawn, One Can Eat, Drink and Have Intercourse: If someone has food in his mouth when Fajr is beginning, he should spit it out. If he is having intercourse (with his wife) at that time, he should immediately stop. If he does so,
Every day, as we go through the same old routine of life, getting up, praying, going to work, dealing with people, going home, sleeping, etc, how easy is it for us to walk with blinders on our eyes? I thought of this the other day when I was scolded by someone about a thing that
Like other Islamic injunctions, the benefits of Ramadan are not limited to either “spiritual” or “temporal” elements of life. In Islam, the spiritual, social, economic, political and psychological intermingle in a consistent and cohesive whole. For convenience of presentation, the significance of fasting is discussed under four subheadings; spiritual and moral, psychological, social, and physical
The list below include things that people do during their fasting day and do not invalidate their acts of fasting. 1-Pouring water over oneself and submersing oneself in water: Abu Bakr ibn `Abdurrahman reported from a number of companions that they had seen Allah’s Messenger pour water over his head while he was fasting due
1-The Days of `Eid: All scholars agree that such a fast is prohibited. It does not matter if the fast is obligatory or voluntary. `Umar testifies: “The Messenger of Allah has forbidden fasting on these two days. Concerning the `Eid of breaking the fast, it is for you to break your fast [of Ramadan]. On
The beginning of Ramadan and how fasting was introduced during the month of Ramadan
The example of the Prophet, his Companions, and the earliest generation of Muslims in realizing the benefit of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan is a time of restraint, reflection, and renewal. Muslims make every effort to better themselves and to be drawn closer to their Creator. They guard their tongues, engage in long hours of worship, exercise patience, and open up their hearts and pockets to charitable causes. However, when it comes to
Before you can fill any vessel, you must first empty it. The heart is a vessel. And like any vessel, the heart too must be emptied – before it can be filled. One can never hope to fill the heart with God, so long as that vessel is full of other than Him. To empty
Fasting on Muharram 10, known as the Day of `Ashura’, expiates for the sins of the past year. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) arrived in Madinah in 622 CE, he found that the Jews there fasted on Muharram 10 and asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They
Being grateful to Allah for His blessings is a behavior that Muslims have to explore during the moments of joy and sadness. It has to be a constant attribute of Muslims.
What are the action that Muslim should observe in preparing for Ramadan?
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the Pillars of Islam, and thus one of the most important acts of worship. By fasting — whether during Ramadan or other times — a Muslim draws closer to his Lord by abandoning the things he enjoys, such as food, drink and sexual intercourse. This makes
There is something that has been bothering me for quite some time now and it is the realization that so many Muslims (especially youth) are not engaging with the Quran as they should be. Instead of reading and trying to understand it many people feel that the Quran is too complex, too long, too repetitive,
The Prophet’s favorite condiments were honey, olive oil, salt, and vinegar. Their health benefits are explained in the article.
When `Eid prayers and Thanksgivings are over, people hug and congratulate one another.
Tens of thousands of people enjoys the open house organized by the Prime Minister for `Eid celebrations.
Ramadan is known in Cape Town as the Pwasa or the Fast, and `Eid is called Labarang.
In Pakistan, Ramzan is the month that is observed with the most amount of respect and obedience.
Despite the long and hot fast in South Africa, Ramadan still retains a “carnival” atmosphere.
Once we recognize this spiritual core of our personalities, we could change our whole perspective on life.
The rapid shift from obeying Allah in Ramadan to disobeying Him has reasons.
Muslims have prepared for the fast, and they enter into it with their whole mind and body.
If Ramadan has passed and a person has regretted wasting it, the chance of repentance is still there.
In the holy month of Ramadan, one should do one’s best in observing Allah’s teachings.
The sermon focused on the sign of righteousness found in the continuation of good deeds without restricting it to a certain period.
There is this fallacious belief that gives rise to such an exaggerated notion of no sahur when fasting.
Watching TV and videos has become the most popular modern pastime for young people. Business people have made good use of this and are continually producing more and more exciting, enthralling films. We can sit down to a smorgasbord of soap operas, live talk shows, scary films, horror films, science-fiction films, action films, old black-and-whites,
In Ramadan, Muslims everywhere in the world enter into a season of intensive worship, which is characterized by fasting, praying, and training for self-control and discipline, in order to become a better and spiritually purified human being. This season is the month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the lunar calendar. A sacred
Fasting (cleansing, detoxification) is part of the triology of nutrition; balancing and building are the others.
Many benefits, in addition to the spiritual, result from completing this prescribed period of fasting.
Food intake should not be excessive therefore preventing us from our duties to ourselves, each other and God.
The shift from obeying Allah in Ramadan to disobeying Him after Ramadan has its reasons.
Having a guided heart is the basis of all guidance, the secret of all success, and the core of every action.
To lose weight during Ramadan fasting must be done in a very careful manner.
Eid is a chance to teach children the meanings of mercy, goodness, visiting for the sake of Allah.
The dualism between the body and the soul is very clearly evident in the physical world. The body is subservient and the soul is in charge; however, both are indispensable. It is just that the soul is the master while the body is the obedient servant. People have a habit of letting themselves become fully
Ramadan is a school of faith and a ‘stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries’.
From a historical angle, all of the events and celebrations of Islamic history are recorded in the Hijra Calendar
The Muslim calendar, based purely on lunar cycles, was first introduced by the second Caliph, `Umar ibn Al-Khattab using the event of Hijra
The purpose of fasting is not to make us hungry and thirsty, or to deprive us some of our comfort but its purpose is to learn taqwa
Worship sets aright our relations with our Creator, with our own selves, with our families and with others.
I had been to many other `Eid Prayers before; this one was somehow different for me.
There are two dilemmas facing a Muslim in the west today- feasting and competing with Christmas.
Even though the `Eid is not celebrated as in other countries, in Trinidad, the essence remains the same.
Brotherhood holds an important place in Islam. It harvests the fruits of faith and love for the sake of Almighty Allah.
Allah commands His servants to say "Allaah is the Greatest". Though soft on the tongue, it's heavy on the scale of reward.
The Qur’an was being revealed to the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) in a piecemeal, i.e., piece by piece over a period of twenty-three (23) years. This is for certain wisdom mentioned in the Qur’an by Allah, the Most High, “And (it is) a Qur’an which We have divided
Tips on how Muslims can utilize the lesson learnt from Ramadan in increasing the good deeds and devotion throughout the year.
Learn how Islam require from the followers, after having Iman (faith) in Allah, to persevere after Ramadan and be steadfast
With Ramadan about to come to an end, an important question is raised: Will Muslims continue to worship Almighty Allah with the same enthusiasm they have been doing in Ramadan? In fact, many of the Muslims who are used to worshipping Almighty Allah during Ramadan by offering Tahajjud (late night Prayer), remembering Almighty Allah, and
Highlights of the means that can help continue doing good deed even after Ramadan, as the lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the entire year.
Believers’ notion of forgiveness is very different to that of those who do not live by the morals of the Qur’an.
Charity is of two types in Islam. One that is compulsory called Zakat, and voluntary charity which is referred to as (Sadaqah).
Tips on how to make a good use of the last ten days of Ramadan with family
The article covers the importance of reading Qur'an, engaging in voluntary prayer and other several acts of Ibadah during the month of Ramadan.
One of the benefits of memorizing the Qur'an is that it does exercise the "memory muscles" and comes in very handy for other life skills
The article discusses the conditions that a Muslim should observe before engaging in the duty of fasting the month of Ramadan.
In Arabic, ‘Eid’ means joy and ‘Waid’ means curse. Allah’s mercy is turned into a curse by disregarding the blessings or by abusing the blessings. Eid is a blessing of Allah. Every nation has Eid or festival. Allah has given Muslims two Eids (Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha). It may seem to many that this is a
A reflection on the meaning of Eid and the lessons it gives Muslim. The lesson we also learn by considering Eid Al-Fitr a day of moral victory.
Eid Al-Fitr is a day of thanksgiving, gratefulness and jubilation, as it signifies the successful completion of the sacred month of Ramadan
An explanation to the way Muslims can conduct themselves, their thoughts and decisions in compliance only with the Qur'an.
Tips on the morals of fasting the month of Ramadan described with their evidences from the authentic traditions of the Prophet (Pbuh).
Its virtue: The night of Al-Qadr is the most virtuous night of the year. Allah says in the Qur’an: “We revealed it on the night of power [that is, Al-Qadr]. What will tell you what the night of power is? It is better than a thousand months.” Any action therein, for example, reciting the Qur’an,
We must examine ourselves now and see what we have learned and achieved during this month of Ramadan.
Introduction Alhamdu lillah. Indeed, all Glory and Praise is due to Allah. We glorify and praise Him and we ask Him for help and forgiveness. In Allah we seek refuge from the evils in ourselves and from our wrong doings. He whom Allah guides shall not be misguided, and he whom He misguides shall never
In each of the daily prayers we offer, we solemnly declare to Allah, “Iyyaka nabudu” (You alone do we worship). While the intelligent and committed believer realizes that his very lifestyle spells worship, he knows, remembering the words of our Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, that “Dua’ (supplication) is worship” [At-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud]
Ways to benefit from Eid celebration in Islam and achieve utmost reward from Allah. This includes acts of giving and forgiving people on Eid day
At the feast that marks the end of Ramadan, we recommend here in our message of Eid to reflect on some lessons learnt from this occasion.
Tips on the best means to enhance purity of soul and faith in Allah during the last ten days of Ramadan
Some useful advice on how one could spend the last ten days of Ramadan, especially as these days are very special in the life of every Muslim
It is very important that we spent a few moments to understand some of the wisdom and lessons that we can learn from this month of fasting.
Eid prayer is wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory). It consists of two Rakahs (units) with six or thirteen additional Takbeers