How did Hajj Begin: A very interesting story

Of all the five major acts of worships, Hajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the last among them which Islam enjoins upon every Muslim. Like the Salah, Fasting, and Zakat, it molds our life and prepares us so that we may live in surrender to Allah Almighty. The word Hajj means to make a resolve to visit a holy place. Visiting the Ka'ba in Makkah is therefore called Hajj. How did it begin? The origin of Hajj is rooted in the life of Prophet Ibrahim, [...]

By |2018-06-30T20:15:13+00:00June 29th, 2018|Hajj & Umrah|

Cooking food for my husband who isn’t fasting in Ramadan?

Dear scholars, Assalamu'Alaykum. My questions are as follows: My husband is not fasting, Is it my duty to cook and serve food for him when he doesn't fast during the day? He takes medication that is not prescribed by the doctor, and I am sure he does not need to take it three times a day. He doesn't even pray. I am not happy about the situation, and my repeated efforts to make him understand that he must pray does not yield any results. [...]

By |2018-05-22T10:54:09+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Fasting and Ramadan|

Hunger for Allah: What is the correct time for Suhoor/Sahri in Ramadan?

The time of Suhoor starts from midnight and ends a few minutes before Fajr. But when is the correct time to take your meal for fasting. How close or far should it be from Fajr? Zayd Ibn Thabit reported that: “We took Suhoor with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and then we stood up for prayer. I said: How long was the interval between the azan and Suhoor? He replied: The time required for the recitation of fifty verses”. (Bukhari and [...]

By |2018-05-17T03:45:53+00:00May 17th, 2018|General Topics|

Hunger for Allah: How to fast in the month of Ramadan

Ramadan comes with great blessings. The reports from the Qur’an and the Sunnah encourage us to increase good deeds in this blessed month to get a reward as we fast out of gratefulness to Allah. There are a number of spiritual procedures that should be followed during Ramadan. These are observed in accordance with the instructions of Allah the Almighty and strongly recommended by the Prophet (ﷺ), his companions and Muslim scholars. Practicing and applying these principles, rules and procedures helps maximize the physical [...]

By |2018-05-16T04:28:32+00:00May 16th, 2018|Fasting and Ramadan|

Sighting the moon of Ramadan (Very Important)

  Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, which is based on the appearance of the crescent moon (Luna). The Lunar calendar months are made of either 29 or 30, so is Ramadan. Sighting of this blessed month is based on one of the following cases: When Sha’ban completes thirty days. It has been reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) Said: “Fast (Muslims) when you see the crescent. If it is obscure to you, then complete thirty days in the count of Sha'ban.” [...]

By |2018-05-14T04:05:36+00:00May 14th, 2018|Fasting and Ramadan|

Ramadan Dua: Upon seeing the new moon of Ramadan (Arabic and English)

It is obligatory to see the first night moon of the Holy month of Ramadan. When the crescent is sighted, turn towards Qiblah, raising hands towards the sky, address it as under: RABBEE WA RABBUKALLAAHU RABBUL A’ALAMEEN ALLAAHUMMA AHILLAHOO A’LAYNAA BIL-AMNI WAL EEMAANI WAS SALAAMATI WAL ISLAAMI WAL MUSAARAA’TI ILAA MAA TUH’IBBU WAL TARZ’AA ALLAAHUMMA BAARIK LANAA FEE SHARINAA HAAD’AA WAR-ZUQNAA KHAYRAHOO WA A’WNAHOO WAS’RIF A’NNAA Z’URRAHOO WA SHARRAHOO WA BALAA-AHOO WA FITNATAHOO Translation:  My Lord and your Lord is Allah, the Lord of [...]

By |2018-05-06T04:05:25+00:00May 6th, 2018|Fasting and Ramadan|

Fasting for kids: How to teach Children fasting in Ramadan

Children (who haven’t reached puberty) are not commanded to fast. However, they are strongly encouraged to fast even a few days so that they get used to it and they grow up knowing the worship of fasting. In fact, this was the practice of the first women of Islam who were living around the Prophet (ﷺ). An example of that is Ar-Rubayya’ bint Mu’awiyyah who reported that: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), sent a man on the morning of the day of Ashurah, to [...]

By |2018-04-30T04:20:51+00:00April 30th, 2018|Fasting and Ramadan|

People who are not allowed to Fast in Ramadan?

The aim of Islam is not to burden people to a point that they will be incapable of carrying out the duties enjoined by Allah. This is evident in Allah’s words: “Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope...” (Al-Baqarah, Verse 286) It is clearly evident that when fasting will result in the opposite of the intended outcome, such us causing danger to the sacredness of life, Islam gives room for the Muslims. Thus, it can be understood that when a Muslim is incapable [...]

By |2018-04-25T06:10:30+00:00April 25th, 2018|Fasting and Ramadan|
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