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Fasting & Ramadan

<100 days until Ramadan 2017

Although not especially distant, with fewer than 100 days until the arrival of Ramaḍān this year, there is still a significant amount of time before its appearance. As such, we must ask: is it already the topic of any conversation? If we are consistently reminded that from our many failings as an Ummah is our inability to plan and prepare adequately for …

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The True Significance of ʿĀshūra

The fast of ʿĀshūra is in the month of Muharram, and it is sufficient virtue for this month to know that Allāh aligned the month of Muharram with his own name As we approach the opportunity of the fasting of ʿĀshūra, a season of worship draws to a close which started six months ago in Shʿabān. The Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi …

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The Truth Behind the Day of Arafah & its Name

The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “ الحج عرفة “ or “Hajj is Arafah“. The Arabic text implies a very important concept of the meaning of Hajj. This short statement means that the whole hajj and its validity is confined in the actual day of Arafahi.e. Hajj becomes valid only when the day of Arafah is observed and witnessed …

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Imagine: the blessings of Ramadan all year round

There I was, standing upright in my prayer, listening attentively to the imam’s beautiful recitation with tears rolling down my face from the fear of Allāh and out of hope for Allah’s mercy. I had forgotten about the ache in my feet as I had been standing in prayer for over an hour now and I had just completed a …

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Lord of Ramadan.. Lord of the Entire Year

Ramadan is now over. Our eyes shed tears and our hearts ache for the departure of the month of the Qur’an, the month of  mercy, the month of solidarity, the month of forgiveness, the month of freedom from the Fire. However, we should continue doing good deeds after Ramadan since the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the entire …

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Shawwal: The fast of a lifetime

“Whoever fasts Ramadān then follows it with six days of Shawwāl, it is as if he fasted for a lifetime.” Fasting the 6 days of Shawwāl Now that the days of Ramadan are over for this year, the days of accruing great rewards are not. The Messenger of Allāh (SallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadān then follows it …

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The Six Days of Shawwal

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari relates that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) says: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal, it will be as if he had fasted the year through.” (Muslim) The month of Shawwal is singled out for the observance of extra fasts, since this month …

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How Is Reward Gained For Fasting in Shawwal?

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: He who observed the fast of Ramadan and then followed it with six (fasts) of Shawwal, it would be as if he/she fasted perpetually (continuously). (Sahih Muslim) It is also important to understand how deeds are multiplied in order to explain the reward …

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How Fasting Was Prescribed

There are many important qualities that we need for calling people to Islam. When we look at how the obligation to fast was prescribed for the Muslim community, we can find valuable lessons for how some of these qualities can be cultivated and put into practice. Lesson One: Gradualism Islamic Law came in gradual stages. Ibn al-`Arabī says: “Islamic Law …

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10 Special Offers After Ramadan

The month of Ramadan was a chance to taste the sweetness of worship and drawing nearer to Allah. It also broke the psychological barrier between us and many acts of worship that seem difficult in regular days. Ramadan proved that fasting is not that difficult thing even in the scorching heat of the summer. Standing in prayers for long periods …

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