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Ramadan is When it All Began…

What does Ramadan remind us of? Fasting, late night prayers, charity… Yes, all this and more. However, Ramadan should also remind us of the event with which it all began. Islam, the Qur’an and the beginning of the message of the Prophet all started on a beautiful night in Ramadan. Allah says, “Indeed, We revealed it [the Qur’an] during the …

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What to Do in the Last Nights of Ramadan?

Observing a retreat in the mosque is of the best things we can do during the last ten nights of Ramadan. The last ten nights of Ramadan are very special. The first of these nights occurs on the eve of the 21st day of Ramadan. In other words, it is the night that commences after the completion of the 20th …

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An Unmatched Night: Don’t Miss

It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is heading down the final homestretch. The last few days of Ramadan are upon us, as Muslims from all over the world step up their efforts to make the most of every remaining moment. The time is prime to look back on the days of Ramadan that have already passed and see how you …

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What’s the Connection between Ramadan and the Quran?

What is it that makes Ramadan special? Allah is clear that the specialty of Ramadan is because it is the month in which was the descent of the Quran. The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. (Quran 2:185) It is the month where …

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Fasting in 24 Hours of Sunlight: Ramadan in the Arctic Circle

During Ramadan, Muslims living in the Arctic Circle are left pondering when they should begin and end each day of fasting. During summer months, this northern region sees days when the sun is up for nearly 24-hours. New guidelines are being put into place to regulate the hours of fasting for Muslims living in areas of the Arctic Circle where …

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Stories of Forgiveness in Ramadan

Ramadan is a month about many things and forgiveness is a huge theme. It is a month in which its observants draw closer to God, seeking His pleasure and forgiveness. The believers, in the Quran, are described as: Those who restrain their anger and are pardoning towards people.” He then says: “Indeed, Allah loves those who do good. (Surah Al …

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Be Merciful, Seek Allah’s Mercy in the First 10 Days of Ramadan

Muslims are blessed with Ramadan: a month filled with spiritual opportunities to seek mercy, forgiveness and emancipation from hellfire. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings Allah’s forgiveness and the last part of which brings emancipation from hellfire” [Sahih Bukhari]. According to this …

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Top 3 Free Apps You Need to Download This Ramadan

To tell you honestly, I am not an Apps, social media and sometimes even modern technology fan at all. In Ramadan, I tend to be even stricter to myself and hibernate or block all sites that oftentimes distract me. Bye-bye Facebook, bye-bye Messenger. I know there are Apps dedicated to Muslim users in general, among them many were specifically created …

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5 Practical Ideas to Maximize Our Rewards in Ramadan

Another Ramadan is coming up Insha’Allah. This time, let’s try out some novel ways of maximizing our rewards. Here are five ideas I plan to adopt this Ramadan. Give them a try and share your experience with us! 1. Keep a Quran-diary We often feel reluctant to look for our own reflections on verses of the Quran, because we feel …

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The Forgotten Virtues of Suhūr & Iftār

During the Month of Ramadān I am sure we are all accustomed to hearing about the virtues of Ramadān, the Qur’an, fasting, and so on. However, it is rare to hear about the virtues of two important aspects of fasting that we seldom do remember the spiritual significance of: suhūr and iftār. For many of us, iftār and suhūr is not …

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