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  • Longing for Ramadan - II

    Make the month of Ramadan be the beginning of a new life, full of obedience and virtue; make it be the start of your maintenance of prayers in the Masjid; make a pledge now to never again abandon even a single Salah (prayer); forget the notion that you cannot wake up and pray Fajr Salah (morning prayer) with the congregation; purify your hearts with.. More

  • Longing for Ramadan - I

    Recognising and appreciating the great favours of Allah, among which are the virtues of certain seasons and the opportunity of worshipping Allah during them: Imam Ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:“Allah has made some months more virtuous than others just as He has made some days and nights more virtuous than others; an example.. More

  • Fasting children and the role of the parents

    The practice and spirit of fasting should be engrained in children so that it comes natural and effortless for them as they reach adulthood. The month of Ramadan is a time of excitement, socializing, and devotion. As we take care of the spiritual and social part of ourselves during this special month, it is important to remember to also focus some.. More

  • Spiritual and physical well-being through Fasting

    Imam Al-Bukhari, may Allah have mercy upon him, has reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Paradise has eight gates and one of them is Ar-Rayyan through which none will enter but those who observe fasting."Imam As-Suyooti, may Allah have mercy upon him, has reported that Al-Harith Ibn Kalda, may Allah have.. More

  • The significance of Fasting

    Fasting, is abstaining from eating, drinking and coitus from daybreak to sunset as a devotional ritual. Allah, the Almighty Says in the Noble Quran (what means): {"O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous."}[Quran 2:183] It refers to that you may fear Allah,.. More

  • Common Mistakes during Fasting

    Some seemingly innocent errors made by a fasting person can actually affect his fasting. We will take a look at some of these mistakes in the hope of improving our fasting and to make it more perfect for the sake of Allah. Not sniffing water during ablution Neglecting the order to sniff during ablution to the extent of violation by just washing the.. More

  • Nullifiers of Fasting

    The following acts, when done knowingly and deliberately in the days of Ramadan, will invalidate the fast. In addition to being considered great sins, a person committing one of these acts will have to continue fasting the rest of the day that he/she committed it, and he/she is also required to take certain measures of reconciliation as indicated below. 1).. More

  • Making up missed days of Fasting

    Excuses that exempt a person from Fasting It is from the mercy ofAllahand the easiness of the religion that we are allowed to break the fast if there is any danger, hardship or difficulty in it.AllahSays (what means):{...He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty...}[Quran 22:78] It is allowed for those who are (not.. More

  • The etiquette of fasting

    Suhoor (The pre-dawn meal) It is recommended to eat a pre-dawn meal and there is no sin upon one who does not do so. Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “Eat a pre-dawn meal, for there are blessings in it.” [Imam Al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim] The reason is that it.. More

  • The bestowal of Friday upon the Ummah of Muhammad

    Allah the Exalted, endowed the Ummah (Nation) of Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, with distinct characteristics – in this worldly life and the Hereafter – that were not conferred upon any of the nations before it. Although it is the last nation to arise in this worldly life, it surpasses all preceding nations in status, for it is.. More

  • Points to Ponder in Ramadan

    A person might contemplate during Ramadan upon numerous subjects. He should reflect upon his affairs, his final abode, and what is awaiting him, as regards his departure to Allah The Almighty. He can also contemplate over his morals and evil aspects, in the hope of getting rid of the latter; his acts of worship in which he was negligent and which were.. More

  • Ramadan: The season of mercy

    There is no better time to start making positive changes in our lives than this blessed month. Ramadan is a Muslim's recurring opportunity for spiritual enhancement and soul redemption. It is also an annual exercise in self-control and self-restraint, but above all, it is a physical manifestation of our total submission and obedience to Allah Almighty... More

  • Being Grateful for the Blessings of Ramadan

    The first thing one should do upon entering Ramadan is to praise Allah The Almighty for conveying him to Ramadan, the month of mercy. What confirms those blessings, and opens the mercy of Allah The Almighty for you is your gratitude for this blessing being the first thing you think of doing, and that He has opened this season in your lifetime. If a.. More

  • The virtues and rewards of prayer in Islam

    The obligatory five daily prayers were prescribed during the night the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, ascended to the heavens, while the commands for the remaining acts of worship were revealed to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, on earth. This indicates the special status and importance of prayer as an act of worship. • It.. More

  • The audacity of faith

    The Prayer Has Never Been this Hard Libraries are like studios. No sound goes unheard. No noise passes without someone looking up or, in this case, a librarian hissing and excitedly shushing the disturber of the peace, silencing the noise polluter. Nervously flitting and creeping about the bookshelves, I was endeavoring to be as quiet as such can.. More