Category Archives: Ramadan

Dua’ : When All Doors are Closed

In the tradition we began a few years ago with translating Sh. Jebril’s famous Ramadan du`a’ (supplication), we present the audio recording of a beautiful du`a’ by Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Shatri for this year, with accompanying translation. May Allah accept our supplications, fasts and prayers in this blessed month. O Allah, to You is due all praise (hamd); and to You is all dominion (mulk); and in Your Hands is all good. To You returns all affairs, the open of them and the secret. Most worthy are You of being praised; most worthy are You of being worshiped; and most worthy are You of being obeyed. O Allah, praise is due to You for You have created Read more ...

Wishing you and your families a Happy Eid!

Eid Mubarak to you all, may the blessings of Allah be with you today, tomorrow, and always! Wishing you and your families a Happy Eid!

“Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minkum”
May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from us and from you.

Eid Mubarak

Support for Muslim converts during Ramadan

By Lisa Wangsness | Source: bostonglobe.com Brian Buzby had a splitting headache the first day of Ramadan from caffeine withdrawal and mild dehydration. He loved the late night Taraweeh prayers at the mosque, when a portion of the Koran is recited each night, and stayed long afterward talking with friends. Then he returned home to his apartment in South Boston and opened the refrigerator again. “I don’t even go to sleep before suhoor,” the 30-year-old student told a small group of fellow converts gathered at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center last week, referring to the 3 a.m. predawn meal. “I go home and I keep eating.” A Read more ...

Ramadan : A Moment of Remembrance

Ramadan is a time of remembrance and giving thanks to the Allah the Almighty. Photo Courtesy: Ghofuur Eka Ferianto, Indonesia.

Ramadan is a time of remembrance and giving thanks to the Allah the Almighty. Photo Courtesy: Ghofuur Eka Ferianto, Indonesia.

Connection to the Heavens – Speed dial to Allah

Every time you raise your hands to the sky and make du'a to Allah subhana wa ta’ala, you are calling up a toll-free number with no long distance charges. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Dua is worship” (Tirmidhi) So when we do try and converse with our Lord, are we doing it with the same excellence and concentration that we use in other acts of worship or are we just reciting the same old du'as we learnt in Sunday school? And have you ever wondered why sometimes your prayers are not answered? Was it something you said? Or something you did or didn't do? The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala Read more ...

Food for the Nafs (soul) : Dhikr of Allah

"Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." [Surah Ar-Ra'ad, 13:28] How many times a day do we find ourselves with "time to kill" on our way to work, on the bus to school, waiting in the elevator, what if you could turn this time into pure good deeds. What are the words which you can say that are most pleasing to Allah subhana wa ta'ala, and can instantly give you that iman boost to help keep you going throughout your day? We need adhkar more than food and water. Proper remembrance of Allah is part of a healthy diet Read more ...

I am not Feeling Ramadan

Alhamdolillah! We are over half way through the blessed month of Ramadan and many of us are unfortunately still only warming up in our worship and righteous acts. We keep talking about how much we love the month of Ramadan. We love how we could focus and worship. We talk about how we love the feeling of the shayateen being chained, and we are just so... happy. And all we can think is, “I want to feel that!” We read articles, listened to lectures, and tried to get ourself pumped up but it just isn't there. We're not “feeling” Ramadan. Maybe Ramadan didn't start off like we planned. A common excuse for this is that due to the long hours of fasting Read more ...

Ramadan : The Merits of Sadaqah

Allah says in the Quran, "Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allah for them. Verily! Your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower." [Surah Al-Tawbah, 9:103] What is Sadaqah? Sadaqah is derived from the word “sidq” which means sincerity. Sadaqah is voluntary charity; any action that has a good intention behind it is considered to be sadaqah. Sadaqah along with Zakat, helps bring about growth, increase blessings, prosperity, purity, compensation, reward, preservation of wealth and warding off evil and problems from it, by Allah's leave. Read more ...

Ramadan : We are Human, we eat Food

Fasting is difficult in the hot weather isn't it? Pretty much everyone around the world today will have felt thirsty and possibly a tad hungry too. So perhaps it's understandable that many people don't get it when we praise fasting and say it's the gateway to the Divine. Being able to fast the month of Ramadan is truly a gift and requires some sacrifice and determination, if you wish to truly benefit from this gift and protect this trust. For most people, fasting is a mission and therefore sadly few fast outside of Ramadan. It's a struggle. But that's the rules of the game - the very special amongst us such as the Prophets and Companions of Rasulullah Read more ...

7 Social Aspects of Ramadan

In Islam, most Ibaadah have Social Aspects, fasting is no exception. Fasting is a matchless and unique institution of Islam. Through it, Islam has planted an ever growing tree of infinite virtue. 1. One of the social aspects of fasting is that it helps in understanding the pains and suffering of the poor and the deprived. We know from our own fasting for 12-18 hours (in most areas of the world) the difficulties of those who go without food. This should ideally create a mindset to remove poverty from the world. Islam indeed removed poverty from Muslim world through Zakat and its economic teachings in its early phase which we later forgot for various reasons. Read more ...