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A Warning about this Coming Ramadan – Analysis by M. Hussain February 25, 2014

I earnestly follow the blog of brother M. Hussain. I found this interesting report he recently published on his blog about the coming Ramadan (2014). I am sure you will find this report insightful and reflect upon it.

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I don’t generally do this but it seems important that I get the word out. What I am about to say may make you think I’ve lost my mind a bit, but I ask you to consider the evidence and then draw your own conclusions. There is a very interesting hadith that sounds exactly like a nuclear attack (from Kitab-Al-Fitan), Nuaim bin Hammad:

Nuaim reports via Abdallah Ibn Masood that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

“When there is a scream [sayhah] in Ramadan, then there will be bloodshed in Shawwal, and the tribes will form groups in Dhul-Qi’dah, and blood will be spilt in Dhul-Hijjah, and al-Muharram! What will happen in al-Muharram?” saying it three times, “Indeed, indeed! The people will be killed in a great massacre”.

We said: “What is the scream, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “This will be in the middle of Ramadhan, on a Friday morning. That will be when the month of Ramadan begins on a Friday night. There will be a blast that will awaken one who is asleep, and bring the young women out of their rooms, on a Friday nightduring a year of many earthquakes and severe cold.”

Nuaim reports via Abdallah Ibn Masood that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

“During Ramadan there will be a sign in the sky, as a bright pillar of light, and in Shawal a catastrophe, and in Dhul Qada many perishing, and in Dhul Hijja the Pilgrims are plundered, and what will make thee understand what Moharam will hold…
A devastating sound will be heard in Ramadan, and a commotion in Shawal, and in Dhul Qada conflict between the tribes, and that year the Pilgrims will be plundered and a great confrontation will unfold at Mina with many killed and much blood spilled as they stand on the rock of Al Aqaba. If the blast occurs in Ramadan, then there will be commotion in Shawal…
We asked what is the blast, oh messenger of Allah, and he said: a strong blastof sound in the middle of Ramadan on a Friday night. This blast will wake the sleeping and knock down the standing, and move the aged women from their shelter on a Friday night of a year that will witness many earthquakes.”
Al-Hakim narrated from Abu Hurayrah [r.a] from the Prophet (saws) that he said:

“There will be a blast in Ramadan that will awaken one who is asleep and terrify one who is awake. Then there will appear a group in Shawwal, then bloodshed in Dhul-Hijjah, then the prohibitions will be violated in Al-Muharram, then there will be death in Safar, then the tribes will conflict with each other in Rabi, then the most amazing thing will happen between Jumada and Rajab. Then a well-fed she-camel will be better than a castle sheltering a thousand.

The prophet talks about a “Blast” with a “devastating sound” that will “awaken the one who is asleep and knock down the standing” and which will appear as a “sign in the sky, a bright pillar of light”.

Does this look like a “sign in the sky”, a “bright pillar of light” ?

bright pillar of light

People often use the expression “bright pillar of light (or fire)” to describe a nuclear explosion.

Compare the expressions used in the following testimony of a Hiroshima survivor describing the blast, with the expressions used by the prophet (saws) to describe the blast mentioned in the hadiths.

– Testimony of Yasuhiko Taketa, a survivor of Hiroshima, who describes the blast:

” On the morning of August 6, when I was thinking about what I was going to do that day, my mother asked me to deliver some miso (bean paste) to my sister (second daughter), who had moved to Hiroshima when she got married. I wasn’t very happy about having to do that errand, but I headed for the train station. I remember looking up at the blue sky during my walk to the station, and thinking, “It’s going to be another hot day.” The air-raid siren went off, so I turned around and went back home. My mother scolded me, so I set out once again for the station, but the train had already departed.

I sat on the railing at the ticket gate to wait for the next train. When I thought it should be coming in at any moment, I looked at the station clock. It read a little after 8:10 a.m.

All of a sudden, there was a dazzling flash of light, brighter even than the sun. For a while, I was blinded. The station building and the tracks looked bluish-white, as though magnesium were being burned in front of the station.

Seconds later, I heard an earsplitting roar, the sound of a massive explosion. My ears were ringing. The ground trembled under my feet, and all the buildings in the area were shaking. Window panes were blown out and shattered. I was knocked hard onto my back, and thought that my bowels were going to burst out of my abdomen.

My forehead felt hot, and I unconsciously touched it with my hand. When I looked at the sky over Hiroshima, I saw a tiny, glittering, white object, about the size of a grain of rice, tinged with yellow, and red, which soon grew into a monstrous fireball. It was travelling in my direction, and I felt as though it was going to envelop me.

I was paralyzed with fear and shock, so much so that I had trouble breathing. I tried to escape, but realized that was impossible. I took shelter under a nearby bench. I was terrified by the booming sounds I heard, thinking that enemy planes were strafing the city.

Then the noise stopped. Cautiously, I crawled out of my hiding place and looked around. I saw an enormous, bright red pillar of fire (I was told later that it measured 200 metersin diameter and rose 10,000 meters in the air), which increased in size minute by minute, reaching high in the sky.

From the ground up, the pillar of fire rose toward the sky, with tremendous force. Sometimes it was hollow at the center. At other times, broiling, leaping flames blew out of the center. The sight was so horrifying that I can find no words to describe it. An army officer standing on the platform, surveying the area with binoculars, told me that the ammunition dump at the armory had been hit.

Within minutes, one atomic bomb had transformed the entire city of Hiroshima, now under that huge fireball, into a sea of flames. I never imagined that a weapon could create a gruesome, miserable living hell.”

The Prophet (saws) describes a “Blast”:
– With a “devastating sound”:

From Yasuhiko’s testimony:
“I heard an earsplitting roar, the sound of a massive explosion. My ears were ringing. I was terrified by the booming sounds I heard.”

– Will “wake the sleeping and knock down the standing”:

From Yasuhiko’s testimony:
“I was knocked hard onto my back”

– Will appear as a “sign in the sky, a bright pillar of light”:

From Yasuhiko’s testimony:
“I saw an enormous, bright red pillar of fire (I was told later that it measured 200 meters in diameter and rose 10,000 meters in the air), which increased in size minute by minute, reaching high in the sky.
From the ground up, the pillar of fire rose toward the sky, with tremendous force.”

(the above analysis was taken from: here)

So we see that the Prophet (peace be upon him), if this hadith is right, is miraculously predicting a nuclear attack. This makes the hadith very authentic in my view because of the mathan principle. If this hadith is correct, and we are in fact looking for (along with the other major signs, (almost) all of which have come true already) the following signs:

1. A year where before Ramadan there is a very cold winter.
2. A Ramadan which starts on a Friday night
3. Many earthquakes

I find it very interesting that this year, which started in November 2013 in the Hijri calendar, has been unusually cold, so much so that it has been snowing in the Arab world, something truly rare. At the same time, Ramadan is starting on a Friday night…

Or is it?

Now, the calculations for Makkah, for the starting of Ramadan on a Friday night is a pretty well-established mathematical calculation. Mathematical calculations don’t change overnight. We have here:

http://www.islamicfinder.org/Hcal/hdate_year.php?year=2014&base=g

Showing Ramadan starting this year on a Friday night. Yet, someone it seems has been playing around with the mathematics of it. If you search around, you’ll find hosts of websites now showing Ramadan starting on a Saturday night…

So we have two of the three above signs in play this year. Plus we have so many others not connected to this hadith (which would be too long a list to go into here, but if you know what I am talking about, you probably know at least some of them already).

I understand that rationally there is a probability of this being the year, however big or small. I’m not saying this is the year when WWIII starts and there is a nuclear war. But if my interpretation is correct, I want to simply warn everyone of this strange conjunction of prophecies and to at least be aware.

And Allah knows best. I’ll be spending my Ramadan in the remotest place I can find.

I just don’t want this to weigh in on me that I knew about this information and didn’t tell my brothers and sisters in Islam, and in humanity about it. Now I have, and may Allah guide us all.

Everything that is good in this is from Allah, and everything that is wrong or misplaced is only from myself.

Sallam.

M. Hussain.

Source: Grande Strategy

 

Significance of the most precious night – Laylat al-Qadr August 21, 2011

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

1 – The Meaning of Qadr

Ibn Hajar said in ‘Fath al-Bari’ (4/323-324):

“There are various explanations of the meaning of the qadr that this night is ascribed to.

    It was said that it means veneration, as in the verse: {“…and they didn’t venerate (qadar) Allah as He deserved…”} [al-An’am; 91] This refers to it being a night of veneration due to the revelation of the Qur’an taking place in it, or due to the descent of the Angels in it, or due to the blessing and mercy and forgiveness that descend in it, or that those who stay up that night in worship are venerated.

    It was also said that qadr here means constriction, as in the verse: {“…and who is constricted (qadara) in his provision…”} [at-Talaq; 7] This refers to it being a night of constriction due to the exact night being hidden, or because the Earth is constricted due to the presence of such a large number of Angels.

    It was also said that it is qadar, derived from the word for judgment. This refers to the fact that all the judgments of that year are made on this night…”

2 – Better than a Thousand Months

Ibn Kathir mentioned in ‘Tafsir al-Qur’an al-‘Adhim’ (4/686) that Mujahid said:

   “There was a man from the Children of Israel who would pray all night and then fight Jihad against the enemy all day, and he did this for a thousand months. Allah then revealed the verse: {“The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months…”} So, praying on this night is better than the actions of that man.”

3 – The 27th Word

Ibn Kathir mentioned (4/690):

  “…And it was reported that some of the Salaf used the Qur’an to conclude that it is on the 27th night because the word هي (it is) is the 27th word in the chapter, and Allah Knows best.”

4 – Why the Exact Day Was Hidden

Ibn Hajar said (4/328):

    “…This might have a benefit linked to legislation…or exertion in worship, because if the Night of Qadr was specified to be on an exact night, people would limit themselves to that night and miss out on the worship on other nights. It is as if this is what the Prophet meant when he said: “…this might be better for you.””

5 – Heavy for the Hypocrite

Ibn Kathir mentioned (4/692) that Ka’b al-Ahbar said:

    “By the One in Whose Hand my soul is, the Night of Qadr is so heavy on the disbeliever and hypocrite that it feels like a mountain on his back.”

6 – What to Supplicate on the Night of Qadr

In ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (3337), it’s reported that ‘A’ishah asked the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم): “If I happen to catch the Night of Qadr, how should I supplicate?”

He replied: “You should say:


   O Allah, You Pardon and Love pardoning. So, Pardon me.”

7 – In the Shade of the Night of Qadr

Sayyid Qutb said in ‘Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’ (6/3945):

“…This night is better than thousands of months in the lives of human beings. How many thousands of months and years have passed by without leaving in our lives the changes that this single blessed, joyous night leaves us? The might of this night is such that its reality transcends the limits of human comprehension: {“And what will make you understand what the Night of Qadr is?”}

…When we look today after the generations of the past to this noble, joyous night and imagine the amazing festive atmosphere that the Earth witnessed on that night, and we reflect over the reality of what took place that night, and we let its significance in history in the reality of the world, and in the outlook of our hearts and minds sink in, we see something that is truly great. We begin to understand a bit of the purpose of the Qur’anic mention of this night: {“And what will make you understand what the Night of Qadr is?”}

On that night, every wise judgment was made. Values, principles, and scales were laid down. Ordainments were made that surpassed that of individuals: ordainments for nations, countries, and peoples. In fact, it is even greater and mightier than this: ordainment of realities and hearts!

Humankind has become heedless – due to its ignorance and disconnection – of the value of the Night of Qadr and the reality and significance of this event. Since the time that it became heedless of this, it has been deprived of the most joyous and beautiful gifts from Allah. It lost the true happiness and peace – the peace of mind, and peace in the home and society – that Islam granted it. This cannot be replaced by the material bounty, civilization, and power that it has been given. It is in a bad state despite the outpouring of production and high standards of living it possesses!

The beautiful light that shone on it at one time has been put out, as has the illuminating happiness that carried it to the highest levels. The peace that once soaked hearts and souls is absent, and the spiritual joy and heavenly light and ascension to the highest levels can never be replaced.

We as believers are commanded to never forget or be heedless of this memory. Our Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) showed us an easy way to bring this memory to life in our souls and remain connected to it forever, as well as to remain connected to the universal event that occurred in it. This is why he encouraged us to pray on this night every year and to seek it out on the last ten nights of Ramadan. In the two ‘Sahih’s, it says: “Seek out the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan,” and: “Whoever prays in the Night of Qadr out of faith and expectation of reward will have all of his past sins Forgiven.”

Islam is not simply outer actions meant for show. This is why the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said that this prayer should be out of faith and expectation of reward. Likewise, this night prayer should bring back to life the massive concepts that this night encompasses. It should be done out of faith in order to make it purely for Allah, as well as in expectation of reward. At this point, the heart will have a specific reality ingrained in it because of this night prayer that is tied directly to the purpose for which this Qur’an was revealed.

The Islamic method of tarbiyah ties worship to the reality of belief in the conscience. It turns worship into a method of resurrecting these realities, clarifying them, and solidifying them in a living image that transcends mere emotion and isn’t limited to theory. It is confirmed that this method alone can resurrect these realities and turn them into a movement in one’s conscience and character, and that mere realization of these realities without the support of physical worship will not establish these realities or push them into a movement in the life of an individual or the life of a group.

This direct connection between the memory of the Night of Qadr and praying at night out of faith and expectation of reward is just one aspect of this sound and successful Islamic method…”

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Ramadan (Ramazan) Checklist For Students and Everyone July 22, 2011

Filed under: Basic Fundamentals,Ramadan — Faiz @ 6:39 pm
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As Salam O Alaikum!!

Ramadan is near and we again have this opportunity from Allah (SWT) to collect the countless blessings He descends onto us.

Remember Allah (SWT) more in this month and remember much more our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SA) by reciting Durood Sharif frequently.

I have something very interesting for my Muslim brothers and sisters at this Ramadan to keep track of their daily routine in the month of Ramadan. It is a checklist I got from Kalamullah.com that includes the weekly routine which you must follow in the month of Ramadan. Take a print of it (4 copies) and follow up by ticking the particulars that you performed on daily basis. This is a very interesting practice, because at the end of the Ramadan you will be able to see over the sheet what you missed and how much did you performed. You must then next time encourage yourself to do more of what you did this year.

I insist you to keep this record private to you, because it is essential that you keep your Taqwa to yourself and do not let it reveal and thats when your Taqwa becomes stronger.

Download Here

Below is the screenshot of how the checklist look like:

 

Common Mistakes in Ramadaan Strive Not to Repeat the Same August 19, 2010

On this precious occasion of Ramzan Mubarak I would like to take this honor to greet all my Muslim Brothers & Sisters a prosperous month of Ramzan!

I’ve a lovely article to share with you, written by Sister Asma bint Shameem, Where she helps us to scrutinize some of the major mistakes that we intentionally or unintentionally get trapped into. It includes remarkable things that we must take care of in the month of Ramzan. I am sure it will enlighten many of you.

By Asma bint Shameem

Ramzan Mubarak

  • Taking Ramadaan as a ritual
For many of us Ramadaan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of Ibaadah. We fast from morning to night like a zombie just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that its a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil….we forget to make dua, forget to beseech Allaah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire.  Sure we stay away from food and drink but that’s about all.
Although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Jibreel said to me, May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person to who Ramadaan comes and his sins are not forgiven, and I said, Ameen.

Then he said, May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person who lives to see his parents grow old, one or both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (by not serving them) and I said, Ameen.

Then he said, May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person in whose presence you are mentioned and he does not send blessings upon you, and I said, Ameen.’”

(Tirmidhi, Ahmad, others. Saheeh by al-Albaani)
  • Too much stress on food and drink

For some people, the entire month of Ramadaan revolves around food. They spend the ENTIRE day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food, instead of concentrating on Salaah, Quraan and other acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD. So much so that they turn the month of fasting into the month of feasting. Come Iftaar time, their table is a sight to see, with the multitudes and varieties of food, sweets and drinks. They are missing the very purpose of fasting, and thus, increase in their greed and desires instead of learning to control them. It is also a kind of waste & extravagance.

“…..and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)” [al-Araaf :31]

  • Spending all day cooking

Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray Ishaa, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud or even read Quraan. This is the month of mercy and forgiveness. So turn off that stove and turn on your Imaan!

  • Eating too much

Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and some people eat at Iftaar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to make up for the food missed. However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah.  saheeh by al-Albaani).

Too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy and also makes the heart heedless.

It was said to Imam Ahmad: Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full? He said, I do not think so.

  • Sleeping all day

Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) sleeping away their fast. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month? These people also are missing the purpose of fasting and are slaves to their desires of comfort and ease. They cannot bear to be awake and face a little hunger or exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing but, negligence on his part.

  • Wasting time

The month of Ramadaan is a precious, precious time, so much so that Allaah calls this month “Ayyamum Madoodaat” (A fixed number of days). Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allaah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching TV, movies or even listening to music. Subhaan Allaah! Trying to obey Allaah by DISOBEYING him!

  • Fasting but not giving up evil

Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allaah.

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.” (Bukhaari)

  • Smoking

Smoking is forbidden in Islam whether during Ramadaan or outside of it, as it is one of al-Khabaaith (evil things). And this includes ALL kinds of smoking material eg.cigars, cigarettes, pipes, sheesha, hookah etc.

“he allows them as lawful At Tayyibaat (all good and lawful things), and prohibits them as unlawful Al Khabaa’ith (all evil and unlawful things) [al-Araaf :157]

It is harmful, not only to the one smoking, but also to the ones around him. It is also a means of wasting ones wealth.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “There should be no harming or reciprocating harm.”

This is especially true during fasting and it invalidates the fast. (Fatwa -Ibn Uthaymeen)

  • Skipping Suhoor

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing.”(Bukhaari, Muslim).

And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The thing that differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is eating suhoor.” (Muslim)

  • Stopping Suhoor at Imsaak

Some people stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr to observe Imsaak.

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen said: This is a kind of bidah (innovation) which has no basis in the Sunnah. Rather the Sunnah is to do the opposite. Allaah allows us to eat until dawn: “and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)” [al-Baqarah 2:187]

And the Prophet (pbuh) said: “….eat and drink until you hear the adhaan of Ibn Umm Maktoom, for he does not give the adhaan until dawn comes.”

This imsaak which some of the people do is an addition to what Allaah has prescribed, so it is false. It is a kind of extremism in religion, and the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed.” (Muslim)

  • Not fasting if they missed Suhoor

Some people are too scared to fast if they miss Suhoor. However, this is a kind of cowardice and love of ease. What is the big deal if you missed a few morsels of food? Its not like you will die. Remember, obedience to Allaah overcomes everything.

  • Saying the intention to fast out loud or saying a specific dua to start fasting

The intention is an action of the heart. We should resolve in our heart that we are going to fast tomorrow. That is all we need. It is not prescribed by the Shariah for us to say out loud, “I intend to fast”, “I will fast tomorrow” or other phrases that have been innovated by some people. Also, there is no specific dua to be recited at the time of starting the fast in the correct Sunnah. Whatever dua you may see on some papers or Ramadaan calendars, etc. is a Bidah.

  • Delaying breaking fast

Some people wait until the adhaan finishes or even several minutes after that, just to be on the safe side. However, the Sunnah is to hasten to break the fast, which means breaking fast whenever the adhaan starts, right after the sun has set. Aaishah (RA) said: This is what the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to do. (Muslim)

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Determine to the best of your ability, the accuracy of your clock, calendar, etc. and then have tawakkul on Allaah and break your fast exactly on time.

  • Eating continuously until the time for Maghrib is up

Some people put so much food in their plates when breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert, drinking tea, etc., until they miss Maghrib. That is obviously not right. The Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) was that once he broke his fast with some dates, them he would hasten to the prayer. Once you are done with the prayer, you can always go back and eat some more if you wish.

  • Missing the golden chance of having your Dua accepted

The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.” (al-Bayhaqi, saheeh by al-Albaani).

Instead of sitting down and making Dua at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying samosas, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and glasses, etc. Think about it….Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your Duas.

  • Fasting but not praying

The fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer.” (Muslim)

In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted; rather, they are all annulled.

“Whoever does not pray Asr, his good deeds will be annulled.” (Bukhaari)

  • Fasting and not wearing Hijaab

Not wearing the Hijaab is a major sin as it is obligatory for Muslim women. (See Surah Nur, Surah Ahzaab). So fasting and not wearing hijaab certainly takes away enormously from the rewards of fasting, even if does not invalidate it.

  • Not fasting because of exams or work

Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by the Shariah to not fast. You can do your studying and revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day. Also remember that pleasing and obeying Allaah is much more important than good grades. Besides, if you will fulfil your obligation to fast, even if you have to study, Allaah will make it easy for you and help you in everything you do.

“Whosoever fears Allah, He will appoint for him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect, Allah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust in Him.” (Surah at-Talaaq 2-3)

  • Mixing fasting and dieting

DO NOT make the mistake of fasting with the intention to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us make (esp. sisters). Fasting is an act of worship and can only be for the sake of Allah alone.

Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may become a form of (minor) Shirk.

  • Fighting over the number of Rakaah of Taraweeh

There is no specific number of rakahs for Taraweeh prayer, rather it is permissible to do a little or a lot. Both 8 and 20 are okay. Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen said: “No one should be denounced for praying eleven or twenty-three (rakaah), because the matter is broader in scope than that, praise be to Allaah.”

  • Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th

Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Seek Lailat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” (Bukhaari, Muslim).

  • Wasting the last part of Ramadaan preparing for Eid

Some people waste the entire last 10 days of Ramadaan preparing for Eid, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting Ibadah and Lailatul Qadr. although, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadaan in worship (Ahmad, Muslim) and not in shopping. Buy whatever you need for Eid before Ramadaan so that you can utilize the time in Ramadaan to the max.

Aaishah (RA) said: “When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)) would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.” (Bukhaari and Muslim).

  • Iftaar parties

Although inviting each other for breaking fast is something good and encouraged, some people go to extremes with lavish Iftaar parties with all sorts of disobedience to Allaah, from flirting, mixing of the sexes and hijaab-less women, to show-off and extravagance, to heedlessness to Salaah, and Taraweeh to even music and dancing.

 

Enlivening Our Hearts In & after Ramadan September 2, 2008

Spiritual Recharge

Spiritual Recharge

The truth is, in general, it is a time of spiritual awakening for the Muslims, as their bodies and soul reach the higher level of purification and they seek a closer position to Allah (SWT). But what happens when Ramadan is finished, and our Eid Day has passed? How do we keep that closeness to Allah (SWT) and keep our sprits awake during the next eleven months?

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Most Muslims look on the Holy Month of Ramadan, as a time of spiritual recharge. It is a time of fasting and charity, a time of giving and helping. Many focus on reading a little extra Quran and doing Nafl (Extra) prayers during this time, looking for a source of spiritual rebirth. Many new Muslims even chose this time, and the immense energy that it brings, to establish their schedule of five daily prayers, and some start classes to expand their knowledge of certain Islamic topics. The truth is, in general, it is a time of spiritual awakening for the Muslims, as their bodies and soul reach the higher level of purification and they seek a closer position to Allah (SWT). But what happens when Ramadan is finished, and our Eid Day has passed? How do we keep that closeness to Allah (SWT) and keep our sprits awake during the next eleven months?


It is surprising the vast number of Muslims that fall into this cycle every year. Muslims who only find joy and satisfaction in their religion one month out of the entire year. Now with Ramadan coming it is necessary for us to remind ourselves and our loved ones who have this problem that they can take heart, for Allah (SWT) has given us guidance in this matter. There is a way to enliven the heart, and connect to Allah (SWT) that are easy to do throughout the year. It is simply Dhikr/Zikr – Remembering Allah (SWT).


While there are some who argue against the necessity of Zikr, the argument becomes moot when the Muslim (more…)

 

The Beauty Of Fasting

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Undoubtedly, We created man from a mingled sperm drop that We might try him, so We made him hearing, seeing.” (Quran 76:2)


A person is healthier when he is hungry and sickness is removed from him. This is because the most common reasons for sickness are eating much, drinking much and sleeping much. Furthermore, sickness prevents and discourages praying and make the heart restless.

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The scholars says that there are ten beautiful features in fasting and hunger:

  1. There is contentment of the heart, closeness to Allah and foresight. On the other hand, being “full” causes laziness and makes one’s perception blind. It increases steam in the brain so that there is heaviness in the heart. He cannot understand the secrecy of the words and he cannot comprehend the ideas.

  2. The heart becomes content in hunger. The contentment of the heart prepares the person to ‘taste’ their worship to Allah, and the person realizes the influence of his prayers and zikr.

  3. Whimsy disappears in the heart. Allah says in Hadith-I Qudsi: “I am with them whose heart are modest for my sake.” Luxury and overindulgence, as well as the causes of big deprivations like pride and arrogance, also leave the heart. You cannot control your Na’fs (Ego) with anything as well as with fasting.

  4. A person does not forget the other people who are in big tribulations and calamities. The one whose stomach is “full” forgets those who are hungry. However, the hungry person knows the anguishes of hunger so they do not forget the poor and the weak.

  5. Hunger breaks all the worldly desires for sinning and controls the Na’fs-I Emmara (Lowest Ego).

  6. Hunger expels sleepiness. A person who eats and drink much sleeps much. A person who sleeps much, his heedlessness increases. He whose heedlessness increases, his regret increases.

  7. Praying is easier in hunger. On the other hand (more…)

 

 
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