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Ramadaan Resources (1)

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Ramadaan, the month of Rahmah, the month of forgiveness is just at our door-steps.

Some beneficial and MUST read notes and links that will help us to get ready for Ramadaan &  welcome it in the best way.

Its never too late to start, let’s strive our best to have a fruitful Ramadaan in-shaa’-Allaah.  (Click the blue links)

A detailed practical advice by Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid, about preparing ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. Click below & do read it.

Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

Another good read to prepare ourselves & feel the importance of this great month. We prepare our homes, when we have a special guest coming over. Now someone more precious, more valuable, more honorable. is coming! how you are gonna welcome it?

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

Some of the common mistakes in Ramadaan, that people are un-aware. Its a good read.

Part 1 here & Part 2 here

This is a must read booklet, “70 Matters related to Fasting” by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid.

This booklet is available in English & Urdu.

Download in English from here & in Urdu from here

Also, some more E-books are available here on different topics. (Virtues, Fiqh & getting most of Ramadaan, Taraweeh, Qiyaam Al-layl, last 10 days & more).

To get the most of Ramadaan, by organizing ourselves and avoiding the time wasters. here are some good articles & videos.

This is a MUST MUST read!! Personal transcribed notes from a lecture. Tips to manage your time & focus during Ramadaan.

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Ramadaan is a special time  & it needs special preparation. To get the best of Ramadaan, we need to have a break from certain things. A Must Read (personal notes from a lecture) click below

Welcoming Ramadaan

These are some personal tips to avoid distraction, that takes away a lot of time, un-noticing & with out realizing. Do read and save your time for 3ibaadah.

Tips To Avoid Distractions During Ramadaan

This is a MUST read for sisters.  

RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters 

Different 3Ibaadah & Good Deeds, that can be done in Ramadaan

A short reminder by Shaykh Assim Al-hakeem

A Short Reminder on Preparing For Ramadaan

some beneficial advices from Shaykh Muhammad Hassan, click below

How to Spend Ramadaan

Beneficial advice by Shaykh Nabeel Al-3Awadhi about how to utilize our time during Ramadaan.

Welcome Ramadaan In the Best Way

To be continued in-shaa’-Allaah

Ramadaan Resources (2)

Related Links:

Ramadaan E-Books

Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan (2)

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Skipping Suhoor

Some of us are too lazy or sleepy to eat Suhoor or just don’t think it’s important. Even if you don’t feel like having a lot of food, just eat something little; a few dates, even a glass of water. That’s because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing” (1)

It was narrated from Jaabir that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Whoever wants to fast, let him eat something for suhoor.” (2)

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Stopping Suhoor at ‘Imsaak’

Some people stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr to observe ‘Imsaak’. They think they cannot eat beyond that time and that it would be wrong if they did.

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen was asked about some timetables which give the time of imsaak as being approximately one-quarter of an hour before Fajr. He said:

This is a kind of bid3ah (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 SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam 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 practice, is an addition to what Allaah has prescribed, so it is false. It is a kind of extremism in religion, and the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:
“Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed.” (3)

Not fasting if they missed Suhoor

Sometimes, our alarm doesn’t go off on time and we miss the time for eating, just barely waking up with the adhaan. I’m sure this has happened to all of us one time or another. In this situation, there are some people who are too scared to fast if they miss Suhoor. They think they will feel too weak during the day or that, by default, missing Suhoor automatically means NO fast that day.

But, if you think about it, unless a person has a genuine health problem, it is not such a big deal after all. What if you missed a few morsels of food? You’ll be fine in-shaa’-Allaah. Alhamdulillaah most of us have enough fat stored in our bodies to keep us going for several days without food!

Remember, obedience to Allaah takes precedence over everything. 

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid said: “If a Muslim does not eat suhoor or does not wake up for Fajr, this is not counted as a reason for him not to fast.” (4)

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 Shari’ah 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 du3aa’ to be recited at the time of starting the fast in the correct Sunnah. Whatever du3aa’  you may see on some papers or Ramadaan calendars, etc. is not from sunnah.

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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. Aa3ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha said: This is what the Messenger of AllaahSallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam used to do.

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast.” (5)

Al-Nawawi said: 

This hadeeth urges us to hasten to break the fast as soon as it is established that the sun has set. What this means is that the ummah will continue to be in a sound state and they will be fine so long as they continue to adhere to this Sunnah. (6)

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.

What one should do is to hasten to break the fast by eating small morsels that will calm one’s hunger, then get up to pray, then if one wishes, one may come back and eat more.

 This is what the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam used to do. (7)

Missing the golden chance of having your Du3aa’ accepted

The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

 “There are three whose du3aa’ will not be rejected, …………..the fasting person when he breaks his fast…” (8)

Instead of sitting down and making Du3aa’ at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying ‘samosas’, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and pouring drinks into their glasses and they lose this golden opportunity.

Think about it…. Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your Du3aa’?

Not fasting because of exams or work

Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by the Shari3ah to not fast. You can do your studying and revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz was asked about that and he replied: 

It is not permissible for an adult of sound mind to break the fast during Ramadaan because of exams, because that is not one of the excuses permitted in Islam. Rather he has to fast and do his studying at night if it is hard for him to do it during the day. Those who are in charge of exams should be kind to the students and arrange the exams at a time other than Ramadaan, so as to serve two purposes: the purpose of fasting and that of giving students time to prepare for the exams.

The Standing Committee said: 

It is not permissible to break the fast for the reason you mentioned, rather that is haraam, because it is not included among the excuses for which it is permissible to break the Ramadaan fast. (9)

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 Allaah, He will appoint for him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect, Allaah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust in Him.” (Soorah at-Talaaq, v: 2-3)

Fasting and not wearing Hijaab

Women’s observing hijab in front of non-mahram men and covering their faces is something that is obligatory as is indicated by the Book of our Lord and the Sunnah of our Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam. (10) The correct view is that a woman is obliged to cover her entire body, even the face and hands. (11)

If a woman does not wear hijab, then she is disobeying her Lord thereby, but her fast is still valid, because sins, including not wearing hijab, do not invalidate the fast, but they detract from its reward (12)

Lavish 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 Taraaweeh, to even music and dancing.

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, especially the sisters.

Fasting is an act of worship and should only and only, be for the sake of Allah alone. Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may become a form of (minor) Shirk. Sure, there are always added benefits of obeying Allaah, one of them being, losing weight while fasting. That comes in automatically, so reap the benefits but don’t make it part of your intention. If the side benefits come, they come. If they don’t, that shouldn’t stop you from obeying Allaah and fulfilling your duty.

Fighting over the number of Raka3ah of Taraweeh

There is no specific number of rak’ahs for Taraweeh prayer, rather it is permissible to do a little or a lot. Both 8 and 20 are okay.

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Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen said:

“No one should be denounced for praying eleven or twenty-three (rak3ah), because the matter is broader in scope than that, praise be to Allaah.” (13)

What is really important, my brothers and sisters, is the command to observe night prayers during Ramadaan, which is encouraged without specifying a particular number. As long as we are praying our Taraaweeh, it shouldn’t be a matter of dispute or disunity whether it is 8 or 20 or even more. And of course, what really counts is that Allaah accepts it from us, even if it is two rak3aat, right?

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 SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“Seek Laylat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” (14)

Wasting the last part of Ramadhaan preparing for Eid

Some people waste the entire last 10 days of Ramadaan preparing for 3Eed, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting 3Ibaadah and Laylatul Qadr, although, the Prophet SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadaan in worship and not in shopping.

3Aa’ishah Radi-Allaahu 3Anha said:

“When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu Alayhi 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.” (15)

May Allaah guide us to practice what we learn, spend Ramadaan as is pleasing to Him and may we reap the fruits of Ramadaan and may Allaah accept our Ramadaan. Aameen.

By Asma bint Shameem

Edited & modified by TowardsHuda

Read part 1 here

Related Posts:

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan 

RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters [New]

Tips To Avoid Distractions During Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan

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References:

(1) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095

(2) Narrated by Ahmad, 14533; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2309

(3) http://islamqa.info/en/12602 and http://islamqa.info/en/1155

(4) http://islamqa.info/en/37943

(5) Al-Bukhaari (1957) and Muslim (1098)

(6) http://islamqa.info/en/50019

(7) http://islamqa.info/en/13999 and   http://islamqa.info/en/366

(8) al-Tirmidhi (2525), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

(9) Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 10/240. http://islamqa.info/en/60296

(10) http://islamqa.info/en/11774

(11) http://islamqa.info/en/21536

(12) http://islamqa.info/en/107624

(13) Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 1/407

(14) Bukhaaree & Muslim

(!5) Bukhaaree & Muslim

Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

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Preparing For Ramadaan:

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid gave a detailed practical advice about how can we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. He said:

Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:

1. Sincere repentance:

This is obligatory at all times, but because of the approach of a great and blessed month, it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind. Allaah says:

وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” (1)

It was narrated from al-Agharr ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“O people, repent to Allaah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.” (2)

2. Du3aa’ (supplication):

It was narrated from some of the salaf that they used to pray to Allaah for six months that they would live until Ramadaan, then they would pray for five months afterwards that He would accept it from them.

The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadaan with a strong religious commitment and good physical health, and he should ask Him to help him obey Him during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

3. Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month:

The arrival of Ramadaan is one of the great blessings that Allaah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadaan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is the month of the Qur’aan and of decisive battles in the history of our religionAllaah says:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allaah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’aan); —therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass”  (3)

4. Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts

It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I heard 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) say:

“I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha3baan. (4)

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

From her keenness to do that in Sha3baan it may be understood that it is not permissible to delay making them up until another Ramadaan begins. (5)

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan. (click Ramadaan resources / E-Books)

6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship. (click Time Management Tips for Ramadaan )

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

8 – Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the Imaam of the Masjid to read to the people during Ramadaan.

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha3baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.

It was narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha3baan. (6)

It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha3baan? He said:

“That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (7)

This hadeeth explains the wisdom behind fasting in Sha3baan, which is that it is a month in which deeds are taken up (to Allaah). Some of the scholars mentioned another reason, which is that this fasting is like Sunnah prayers offered beforehand in relation to the obligatory prayer; they prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action, and the same may be said of fasting Sha3baan before Ramadaan.

10 – Reading Qur’aan

Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha3baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.

When Sha3baan began, 3Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan.

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha3baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.

He also said:

The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha3baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha3baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan?

Now Rajab has passed, so what will you do in Sha3baan if you are seeking Ramadaan? This is how your Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month, so what will you do?

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid

Related Posts:

Wash your Heart before Ramadaan

Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

Fasting In Sha3baan

Ramadaan Related Posts:

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Prepare for Ramadaan Transcribed lecture by Shaykh Hazim Rajeb

30 Steps to Warm Up for Ramadaan

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References:

(1) Soorah An-Noor 24:31

(2) Narrated by Muslim (2702)

(3) Soorah Yoonus 10:58

(4) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1849) and Muslim (1146).

(5) Fath al-Baari (4/191)

(6) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).

(7) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters

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RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters

For the sisters who will be cooking this Ramadaan, don’t cook anything extra, in fact meals should be more simple. Simply put, the whole aim of Ramadaan is gaining Taqwa and you can’t do that if you don’t feel the pain of hunger. Don’t waste your precious time standing for hours in the kitchen.

Tips for Time Utilization in relation to food:

1- Search fun, simple and quick recipes now and save them for Ramadaan. It took me a long time to find quick, simple and good recipes but it was time well spent.

2- Try and do meals that depend on putting something in the oven or slow cooker that doesn’t necessarily need you standing there.

3- Limit frying as much as possible. It wastes time and is not healthy anyway.

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4- Kids breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day should be healthy but choose no cooking options. Plenty of raw fruit and veggies, healthy smoothies, sandwiches etc.

5- Limit extra sweets, so you don’t cook more and more importantly so we actually feel what poor people go through.

6- Minimize extravagant outings, meals at restaurants etc for the same reason above, save the money towards giving charity.

Ramadaan isn’t about more food , it should be the opposite. We should hardly care about it except to give us energy to continue.

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7- Explain your plan to your husband/kids so everyone knows what to expect, ask for their support and to make this Ramadaan about Jannah NOT the kitchen.

8- If your husband is that kind of demanding husbands, do not make him upset, cook the food that he likes and keep dhikr on your tongue. Keep repeating and pondering on the meaning.

9- Minimize having guests over or going to dinner, and if you do, make it One-Dish (everyone makes a dish)  so not one person is left with all the cooking to do.

If you have gatherings, try and get some spiritual benefit out of it even if you just share one hadeeth with them. [You can share this hadeeth (“Did he not reach Ramadaan, fast and pray…?”) or choose (from here)

10- Don’t forget to have an intention while cooking that you are making Iftaar for a fasting person, even if it is your husband and children.

11- Make the quantity little more and prepare a plate for any deserving /poor worker for his Iftar.

12- Listen to a lesson or Qur’aan while cooking. You can review the soorah, that you have memorized, play it on mobile/CD player and keep reciting it with the shaykh. Or simply just make any Dhikr, try not to waste any time.

13- Cook meals now and freeze them if possible. Even if it’s something simple.

[for example you are making a meal with mince, make extra and freeze half. Later on just boil some spaghetti, add red sauce and the frozen mince and you have a meal].

14. You can also do the samoosa/roll filling ready now, prepare the filling, wrap the samoosa/rolls or such, freeze them and in Ramadaan, just take those out and fry.

15- Don’t waste any food, eat leftovers and don’t cook any new meals unless you have finished the previous one.

16- Try not to cook every day and cook for at least 2 days in advance. Remember it’s NOT about the food.

We do not know, if we will be able to see this Ramadaan & live to its fullest. I personally know people who passed away recently and missed out on this opportunity to start over and reconnect with Allaah.

May Allaah let us witness Ramadaan and may we reap the benefits from it, Aameen

Forwarded message with some addition & modification by me

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Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Tips To Avoid Distractions During Ramadaan [NEW]

Welcoming Ramadaan  [Must read]

Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan

Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan (1)

Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan

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 3Ibaadah. We fast from morning to night just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that it’s a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil….we forget to make du3aa’, forget to beseech Allaah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire of Hell. Sure we stay away from food and drink but that’s about all. Although the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi 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’….” (1)

Fasting but not praying

Realize that the fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr as the Prophet Sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer.” (2)

In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted; rather, they are all annulled. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Whoever forsakes ‘Asr prayer, his deeds are in vain.” (3)

This hadeeth indicates that in the case of one who does not pray, Allaah will not accept any deed from him, so the one who does not pray will not benefit at all from his deeds, and no good deeds of his will ascend to Allaah. (4)

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, Qur’aan 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.

And remember, too much food is also a kind of waste & extravagance.

وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

“…..and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)” [soorah al-A3raaf , v: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 3Ishaa’, let alone pray Taraaweeh or Tahajjud; too exhausted to even read Qur’aan.

This is the month of mercy and forgiveness, du3aa’ and 3Ibaadah, to increase in your taqwa and to improve your relationship with Allaah. And how can you do that if you spend all your time in the kitchen cooking? So turn off that stove and turn on your Eemaan!

(read here Ramadaan cooking tips for sisters)

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 they missed.’ However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Remember, moderation is the key to everything.

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi 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. (5)

Besides, too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy.

Sufyaan al-Thawri (may Allaah have mercy on his) said: If you want your body to be healthy and to sleep less, then eat less.  

Eating too much also makes the heart heedless. It was said to Imam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on him):

Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full?

He said, I do not think so.” (6)

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 are also missing the purpose of fasting and just falling prey to laziness and lethargy. All it needs is to exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing, but negligence on his part.

The Standing Committee said regarding this: “For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is a kind of negligence on his part, especially since the month of Ramadaan is a special time and the Muslim should strive to benefit from it by reading Qur’aan a great deal, seeking provision and acquiring knowledge.” (7)

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, committing 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.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“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)” [soorah al-Baqarah 2:183]

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it and ignorant conduct, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (8)

In another narration:

Whoever does not give up obscene talk and lying, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (9)

Ramadhaan highway Code  - Dos And Donts

Wasting time

The month of Ramadaan is a precious, precious time, so much so that Allaah calls this month أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ

“Ayyaamum Ma3doodaat” (A fixed number of days) (10)

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!

Make the best of this Ramadaan (see here & here). who knows this could be our last Ramadan.

Smoking

Smoking is haraam (forbidden) in Islaam whether during Ramadaan or outside of it (11) as it is one of al-Khabaa’ith (evil things). And this includes ALL kinds of ‘smoking material’ whether it is cigars, cigarettes, pipes,’Sheesha’, hookah or even worse than that. (12)

وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ

“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) (13)

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

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “There should be no harming or reciprocating harm.”

& Smoking invalidates the fast. (14)

To be continued…..part 2

By Asma bint Shameem, edited & modified by TowardsHuda

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References:

(1) Tirmidhi, Ahmad, others. Saheeh by al-Albaani

(2) Narrated by Muslim, 82

(3) Bukhaaree, 553

(4) http://islamqa.info/en/37820

(5) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2380; Ibn Maajah, 3349. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1939

(6) http://islamqa.info/en/11153

(7) Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah, 10/212

(8) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6057

(9)Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Sagheer and al-Mu’jam al-Awsat. Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb

(10) Soorah Al-Baqarah, v:184

(11) http://islamqa.info/en/37765 and http://islamqa.info/en/10922

(12) http://islamqa.info/en/7432 –

(13)  Soorah al-A3raaf :157

(14) http://islamqa.info/en/106450 and http://islamqa.info/en/37765

The Likeness of Ramadaan and Prophet Yoosuf

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The month of Ramadaan to the other months is like Yoosuf to his brothers. So, just like Yoosuf was the most beloved son to Ya3qoob, Ramadaan is likewise the most beloved month to Allaah.

A nice point for the nation of Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to ponder over is that if Yoosuf had the mercy and compassion to say (“There is no reproach for you today…” [soorah Yoosuf, v: 92]).

Ramadaan is likewise the month of mercy, blessing, goodness, salvation from the Fire, and Forgiveness from the King that exceeds that of all the other months and what can be gained from their days and nights.

Another nice point to think about is that Yoosuf’s brothers came to rely on him to fix their mistakes after all those they had made. So, he met them with kindness and helped them out, and he fed them while they were hungry and allowed them to return, and he told his servants: “Carry their belongings with you so that they don’t lose them.” So, one person filled the gaps of eleven others, and the month of Ramadaan is likewise one month that fills the gaps of our actions over the other eleven months. Imagine the gaps and shortcoming and deficiency we have in obeying Allaah!

We hope that in Ramadaan, we are able to make up for our shortcomings in the other months, to rectify our mistakes, and to cap it off with happiness and firmness on the Rope of the Forgiving King.

Another point is that Ya3qoob had eleven sons who were living with him and whose actions he would see at all times, and his eyesight did not return because of any of their clothing. Instead, it returned due to Yoosuf’s shirt. His eyesight came back strong, and he himself became strong after he was weak, and seeing after he was blind.

Likewise, if the sinner smells the scents of Ramadaan, sits with those who remind him of Allaah, recites the Qur’aan, befriends on the condition of Islaam and faith, and avoids backbiting and vain talk, he will (by Allaah’s Will) become forgiven after he was a sinner, he will become close after he was far, he will be able to see with his heart after it was blind, his presence will be met with happiness after it was met with repulsion, he will be met with mercy after he was met with disdain, he will be provided for without limit or effort on his part, he will be guided for his entire life, he will have his soul dragged out with ease and smoothness when he dies, he will be blessed with Forgiveness when he meets Allaah, and he will be granted the best levels in the Gardens of Paradise.

So, by Allaah, take advantage of this greatness during these few days and you will soon see abundant blessing, high levels of reward, and a very long period of rest and relaxation by the Will of Allaah.

By Allaah, this is the true relaxation…”

From Ibn al-Jawzi’s “Bustaan al-Wa3idheen wa Riyaad as-Sami3een” [page 213-214]

Translated by Abu Sabaya

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And Yet Another Ramadaan Slipped Away

Alaas!.. it is here… Its the time for parting.

The countdown that marked the arrival of Ramadaan, the excitement of the coming month of boundless mercy, now turns to wistfulness and grief as the last fleeting days of Ramadaan passed away.

The question is… did we make an effort to gather the uncountable blessings from Allaah that this month brings in?

The question is.. did we do enough?

Allaah blessed us with the month of Ramadaan, and bestowed His favor upon us with the fasting of its day and the praying of its night.

I ask Allaah that He accepts from us our fasting, our standing in prayer, our recitation of the Qur’aan and that He makes us from the people who are saved from Hell Fire.

As we bid farewell to this blessed month..this beloved, noble guest, it is a good time to remind ourselves…and to take a moment to reflect upon our actions during Ramadaan, our motives and perhaps even chart a course for the continuity of our good deeds. We should ask ourselves a few questions for which we need to find some honest answers.

An answer, it is said, is only as good as the question that precedes it. For it is only when we frame a query searching enough, searing enough, that we can hope to find a reply that is comprehensive and just. It is these answers that may have a chance to awaken us from our absent-mindedness, our heedlessness and help us remain steadfast and virtuous.

These questions are in their utmost simplicity:

Who did you fast for??
Why did you fast??
What is to be done after Ramadaan?

Yet, the answers are only the bare truth. Why, nothing else could be clearer! I fasted for Allaah alone, to worship Him, seeking the rewards from Him alone.

Yes, these answers are correct and clear. But, what about those of us who fasted the month of Ramadaan as a tradition and not as an act of worship?

Do we not know of someone who got used to fasting this month because they inherited it from their parents and their societies and they do not want to go against their traditions? Do we see someone fasting because everyone around them, their family, peers and colleagues are fasting, and they want to belong?

Perhaps a part of us also does the same?

Are we among those people who abstain from all sorts of permissible food and drink during the long hours of the day, only to fall upon the food and drink at iftaar, unmindful of what is unlawful during the nights and days of the rest of the year? This is because of the feeble self-control over overwhelming desires of the nafs (soul), that is not bothered to be reined-in, except for mighty efforts during the days of Ramadaan.

Have we not observed someone we know, who fasts meticulously as if fasting is a habit that has been inherited, and yet does not pray? Have not we, at some time or the other, fasted as if a bag was tied to a camel’s mouth to prevent it from eating until dusk, because we have not prayed nor observed the limits set by Allaah, achieving nothing out of it except hunger or thirst?

Certainly, the obligation of fasting is one of the pillars of Islaam, but the greatest pillar of Islaam is the Salaah. The five daily prayers are greater than fasting. Some people regularly fast the month of Ramadaan, but do not regularly pray. Some do not pray at all.

The One who prescribed fasting is the same One who prescribed Salaah. The One who said, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you..”(1) is the same One who said, “..Perform salaah, Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed time.”(2) 

Does Allaah deserve to be worshiped during the month of Ramadaan by fasting, then He does not deserve to be worshiped in the five daily prayers?

Similarly, we see people staying away from lying, backbiting and cheating during Ramadaan, only to go right back to their evil ways, the very evening the moon is sighted for Shawwaal!

Will we do the same??

Will we go right back to the way were before Ramadaan??

Or have we changed for the better??

Will we abandon the Qur’aan, the Word of ar-Rahmaan, that we recited so whole heartedly during Ramadaan and replace it with music, the words of as-Shaytaan? ??

Will we forget all that we learnt from this blessed month in the blink of an eye?

Will we run straight back into the haraam that we worked so hard to stay away from during Ramadaan??

We all prayed Tahajjud/Fajr Salaah but sadly now we will pray only when we get time.

We scarificed our daily evening routine for 1 hour of 3Ishaa’ and Taraweeh Salaah.. and now if we are to ask to devote 1 hour for salaah, we would think twice.

Does Allah deserve to be worshiped only in the month of Ramadaan, but not in the rest of the year?

Its far easy to keep fasting in Ramadaan (as everyone is fasting) but now because we have got the habit, lets first start continue fasting for next 6 days of Shawwaal followed by sunnah fasting of Mondays and Thrusday and 13th, 14th, 15th of every month.

Has this month of fasting become more of a tradition for us than anything else…going from one Khatam to another, trying to catch the blessing of Khatmul-Qur’aan, yet when it comes to our practical every day lives, this very Qur’aan lies dusty upon our shelves, having no impact on our lives, having no change in our attitude and with no effect on our submission to Allaah.

Did we really learn nothing from this blessed month?

Or did we???

Rather, this month should be a starting point for further piety because from the signs of Allaah’s acceptance of our fasting is that He helps us to become steadfast in the Deen after Ramadaan.

Today, even with the imminent departing of Ramadaan, let us be able to say: “Verily, my Salaah, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.” (3)

It is a farewell, but also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a positive change, and with the Will of Allaah, also our labor’s end and its just recompense.

(Adapted from an article on the internet)
By Asma bint Shameem
 

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References:
(1)  soorah Al Baqarah, v:183
(2) soorah An-Nisaa, v:103
(3)  soorah Al-Anaam, v:162-163
 

Taraweeh Reminder [A must read]

bismillah (2)A timely reminder for all brothers & sisters.

During Ramadaan, a similar scene is witnessed every day in the Masjid. Despite daily reminders by the care takers of the Masjid, or a kind Naseehah by the Imaam, the same thing is repeated almost every day, both in Men & women’s prayer area/hall.

Please make sure to “Turn off” your Mobiles or make them on “Silent Mode” when going for Taraweeh

Please Respect the House of Allaah. It is very distracting & causes annoyance to the worshipers, specially if it is Musical ring tone.

Some Tips:

  • Turn off/ your mobile or Turn it on Silent mode before going for Taraweeh.
  • Inform your friends, family, not to call you after 3Ishaa’ as you will be going for Taraweeh in Ramadaan.
  • Keep the Ringing volume on the lowest volume (in case you forget to make it silent)  (or Leave your mobile phones at home.
  • Sisters, please keep your mobile phones in your hand-bags.
  • Change the (musical) Ring tone to the Normal old styled phone Ring bell.
  • Do NOT check or reply to SMS messages after every 2 rak3ah of taraweeh. This doesn’t let the person to concentrate as the mind is constantly thinking about the message/ reply etc.
  • If you can, print a poster (Turn off your mobile) and hang it on the wall of the Masjid.

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And a reminder to sisters, please cover the feet when going outside the house or for Taraweeh. Its fard to cover the feet during salaah.

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Tips To Avoid Distractions During Ramadaan

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Prophet SallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“Ramadhan has arrived to you, a month of barakah (blessings), Allaah envelops you (with His mercy & blessings), so He descends His mercy, erases the sins, answers your du3aas, and He watches your competition in virtuous deeds and He boasts in front of the angels about you. So let Allaah see the best from you for truly, the miserable one is he who is deprived from the mercy of Allaah (in this month).” [Tabaraanee, Saheeh]

He SallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam also said:

“When the first night of Ramadhaan comes, the doors of Paradise will be opened and the doors of Hell will be closed, and the devils will be chained, and it will be said: “O you who desires virtue! Come forth and O you who desires evil! Stay behind’, and Allaah has people whom He frees from Hell every night (in that month).” [Bukhaaree & Muslim]

The whole universe is going through a change, Doors of paradise are open & hell are closed. Allaah watches our competition & struggle for various deeds.

To get the maximum benefits & to avoid the distractions during this month (only 29-30 days), here are some tips.

Distraction

Maximize Your TIME: 

=> Limit Your Internet Activities

  • Update your Facebook status or message your friends & contacts that you won’t be using Facebook “so much” during Ramadaan.
  • Share your status (won’t be available), like it & post on the walls of your friends whom you chat or interact mostly.
  • In Ramadaan, check Facebook Once  in a day.
  • Check emails only once or after every 2 days. Do not reply to un-important emails. You can also set an auto-responder message that you will get back after Ramadaan.
  • “NO” to un-necessary Facebook status updates, likes, comments, tags or sharing pics or photos, videos, not even aayaat or Ahadeeeth. Avoid reading the updates from family members, posts or status updates. [we can live without or minimal Facebook for 1 month. A few months or few years before, we didn’t have Facebook].
  • Reduce your Whats-App as much possible, Keep your whats App settings on silent. Leave groups that are not-so-beneficial, or keep the group notifications on silent.
  • This does NOT include chatting or talking to parents, spouses or family. But make it minimal.
  • Tell your friends, contacts that they can SMS you if there is any urgent need, query or advice.
  • Keep all your YouTube To-be-viewed list/videos for a later time, after Ramadaan.
  • NO to Twitter, Telegram, Skype or Viber (atleast for Ramadaan). The Salaf used to stop giving hadeeth classes during Ramadaan.

Important Advice:

  • DO NOT use the morning blessed hour for Net/Facebook/WhatsApp. You can use 5-10 minutes after Dhuhr prayer which is the time,  one is usually a bit lazy & dull. Check important messages/emails. No more than 10 minutes.
  • DO NOT attend the phone, reply to chats/ whatsapp / SMS  at early morning hours, last 3rd of night or while reading Qur’aan. Its is “Your Time”, unless it is from Parents, spouses or urgent call.
  • If your Nafs calls you to have chat with friends or send a message/whats-app, remind it, it is only a matter of 30 days. Your sisters & other friends might win the race. You want to be a Winner in-shaa’-Allaah.
  •  Remember all of our oppressed Muslim brothers + sisters all over the world, especially those in Syria, Burma, Palestine, Egypt, Pakistan etc. Remember du3aa’ made for a brother /sister in their absence, angels say Aameen to it.

 May we come out of this race of Ramadaan as winners. Aameen

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Wash your Heart before Ramadaan

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Ramadaan is around the corner. Before we enter Ramadaan, its time to rectify our hearts.

Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Ya3qoob gave an excellent, beneficial advice about how to rectify, clean & soften our hearts. 

A timely worth watching reminder..

May Allaah help us to purify our hearts from all internal diseases & filth of sins & give us life to live Ramadaan.

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Recite the Qur’aan Much Before it is Taken Away

Bismillaah - Copy 3AbdAllaah ibn Mas3ood said:

“Recite the Qur’aan much before it is taken away”

They said, “These Mus-hafs will be taken away! What about that which is (memorized) in Men’s hearts?”

He said: “Something will come and take it one night, and in the morning they will wake up without it. They will forget the phrase laa ilaaha ill-Allaah’ and they will start to recite the sayings and poetry of the Jaahiliyyah. That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them.” (1)

In another narration, 3AbdAllaah ibn Mas3ood said:

“Something will come and take the Qur’aan one night and not one aayah will be left, either in the Mus-haf or in the heart of any person, but it will be taken away.” (2)

3Amr ibn Deenar (d. 126 A.H.)said:

“I have met the Companions of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam and those that came after them for seventy years. All of them said: “Allaah is the Creator and everything besides Him is created, and the Qur’aan is the kalaam of Allaah, from Him it came, and to Him it will return.”” (3)

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Tabaraani narrated that Ibn Mas3ood radi-Allaahu 3Anhhu said: “This Qur’aan will most certainly be taken away from amongst you.”

He was asked: “O Abu 3Abd al-Rahmaan, how will it be taken away when it is so deeply rooted in our hearts and is written in our mus-hafs?”

He said: “Something will come to it at night, then there will be nothing left of it in people’s hearts or in the mus-haf, and the next morning the people will be like animals.”

Then he recited the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And if We willed, We could surely, take away that which We have revealed to you (i.e. this Qur’aan). Then you would find no protector for you against Us in that respect” [soorah Al-Israa’ , v:86] (4)

Imaam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“At the end of time, something will come to it at night in the Mus-hafs and in people’s hearts,  then there will not be left one word of it in people’s hearts or one letter of it in the Mus-haf.” (5)

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Allaah revealed the Qur’aan as a guidance to mankind and He guaranteed to protect it. It is the eternal miracle of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam and it will remain, and people of earlier and later generations will learn from it and be guided by it,

But at the end of time, just before the Hour comes, Allaah will take the souls of the believers, and there will be no one left on earth except the most evil of people. There will be no prayer, no fasting, no Hajj and no charity (zakaah). Then there will be no point in the Ka3bah being there or in the Qur’aan remaining among mankind, so Allaah will decree that the Ka3bah be destroyed at the hands of a kaafir from Ethiopia. (6)

 And Allaah will take the Qur’aan away from the earth, and not one aayah of it will be left in the mus-hafs or in people’s hearts.

Allaah will not permit His Book to remain on earth if it is not benefiting anyone and no one is acting in accordance with it. So this thing will come to pass.

Advice:

 This frightening event makes the sincere Muslim hasten to pay attention to the Book of Allaah, to learn it, memorize it, recite it and ponder its meanings, before the Book is taken away. (Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan)

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 This is one of the tribulations that will happen at the end of time, concerning which our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

Hasten to do good deeds before tribulations come like patches of dark night, when a man will wake up as a believer and by evening he will be a kaafir, or in the evening he will be a believer and by morning he will be a kaafir, selling his religion for some worldly gains.” (7)

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References:

(1) Saheeh Al-Daarimee (Isnaad no. 3207)
(2)Al-Daarimee with a saheeh isnaad, no. 3209
(3) Ad-Darimee, ar- Radd, page 189.
(4) Tabaraani in al-Mu3jam al-Kabeer, no. 8698 /Classed as saheeh by shaykh al-Albaani
Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (13/16): its isnaad is saheeh but it is mawqoof. .
(5) Majmoo3 al-Fataawaa (3/198)
(6) Abu Hurayrah said:  the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The Ka3bah will be destroyed by Dhu’l-Suwayqatayn from Ethiopia.” [Bukhaari # 1519]
(7) Muslim, no. 169

Islamqa.info/en/3096

“I Can’t seem to Read Qur’aan”

Bismillaah - Copy“If you find yourself unable to pray or make Sujood, or find yourself slacking in prayer and worship, realize that it’s your heart that has refused, because limbs only carry out the commands of the heart.”

A Beautiful naseehah (advice) by shaykh Shinqeeti, for all, specially those who have time but don’t read the Qur’aan.

Shaykh Mukhtaar Shinqeet was asked a questions: ” A number of days may pass & I do not get to read anything from the Qu’raan..” This was his reply.

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