Category: Ramadan


Ramadan Reflection Part 2


By Fadia Bint Ismail

I realize that Ramadan is gone for now but how can I have a reflection part 1 without following it with a final part 2.

I think looking back at the blessed month of Ramadan I can say that every month is different I may not have accomplished all the goals I set out for Ramadan and although I feel disappointed in myself I know that circumstances change, life changes daily and even a few small constant good deeds are better than doing to many things at once which are not constant.

I think this Ramadan was probably the most challenging because of the different environment I work in as apposed to where I use to work.

What made the challenges fruitful and completely worth it was having support from your colleagues who are not even Muslim but who respects your religion and found it in their heart to support you by even fasting with you for the entire month. They realized the beauty and benefits of fasting and to be able to inspire others to fast well I think that is an accomplishment which only Allah has provided.

My colleagues have expressed how fasting the month of Ramadan has changed them especially where consuming less food, being more aware of why we fast and what happens to our bodies when we fast. Asking questions as to what we do at night when we break our fast etc. So yes this Ramadan was different to any other Ramadan good challenges difficult challenges spiritually and mentally but Alhamdulillah through the grace and mercy of Allah (SWT) it turned out to be amazing.

I only Hope and Make Dua that I reach another Ramadan by Allahs will. Inshallah

Make your Ramadan a month to inspire others with your character and belief Inshallah.

Ramadan Reflection Part 1


By Fadia Bint Ismail

It has truly dawned upon me that Ramadan just started but now it is already ending

Does it not make you wonder how precious time really is ?

Do you not wonder how our life passes us by in a blink of an eye ?

Ramadan is a precious time where we can reflect and renew ourselves it is a time where we can truly see how much control our Naafs truly has on us.

I have written before about Ramadan and the ways in which one could change and the beauty of this month but i think every Ramadan is a different experience and i definately experienced alot thus far, there were good moments and moments of struggle.

It is now the last ten days of the Ramadan, time has really flown by so quickly i think the best way to evaluate your Ramadan thus far is to ask yourself what you did in the first ten days compared to what you have changed in the last ten days. Nothing is perfect and everyday will be a struggle, no Human being is perfect and everyone’s level of Eemaan changes. Sometimes you can find yourself on a high level of spiritually but then there are times when your levels are not so satisfactory but Allah challenges us only to help to remind us of his bounties and to be greatful each and everyday.

This is the essence of Ramadan remembering what you have good or bad Allah challenges us all whether we are rich or poor we all have to face the same tune one day Inshallah.

Well the blessed Month of Ramadan is not yet complete so i hope Inshallah to reach the end with the blessings of Allah (SWT).

 

 

 


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

Who to start with?

Sometimes we are all in denial when it comes to ourselves. We look at others around us and we believe that they are the ones who need to change. But have you ever thought that perhaps you are the one who needs to change. Everyone lacks something but we first need to start looking at ourselves before we want to change the world and others. Like the saying goes “Sweep in front of your own door step first” . When it comes to our faith there are always certain influences that cause us to stray, be it your friend circles, family members and many other factors but when we want to gain closeness to Allah to return back to him there are many things we need to learn and take heed of. Even treating your Muslim Brothers and Sisters is an act of faith and reward from Allah. That is why by changing ourselves to follow the commands of Allah and our Rasool (SAW) we will be able to not only conquer the quest in bettering ourselves we will also win the battle against Shaytaan (Devil)

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said “Whoever from amongst you sees an evil he should change it with his hand and if he is not able to, then with his tongue and if he is not able to, then he should hate it in his heart, and that is the weakest level of faith.” [Muslim and Ahmed]

To begin with our transformation by changing ourselves first there are certain things we need to look at first. For example.

  1. How is your relationship with Allah
  2. How is your prayer, humbleness, distraction
  3. How is your Aqeedah (Faith)
  4. How is your connection with the Quran and Sunnah(Prophetic Traditions)

It is very imperative that a person should take his soul to account and treat his deficiencies and match yourself according to those 4 pointers that i have set out.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:  “Whoever wants to know what Allah has prepared for him then he should look to what he has prepared for Allaah.” [As-Silsilah As-Saheehah]

After those 4 points we need to continuously strive to better our conditions with our creator. If you change what is in your heart Allah will change your condition. The best way to always make sure that you are striving and gaining closeness to Allah is to remember we are the created. From Allah we came and to him we shall indeed return.

Now test yourself when you hear the call to prayer. If you notice a desire to delay answering it in order to pursue your interests. Then know that Shaytaan (Devil) is leading your astray and gradually he wants you to fail in the pursuit of you changing yourself.

That is why we should constantly remind ourselves each day that we will all meet death. But it is better to meet death whilst trying to improve our own condition.

With following those four points that i have mentioned it will also help to implement the following.

 

  • Understand that all shall be well with Allah’s will. Allah forgives minor sins for He is All-Understanding and All-Forgiving. Even if you feel that you are already too deep to become the good Muslim that you truly can be.
  • Discover where the influences causing you to turn your back on your religion comes from. Maybe you can trace back the cause to either family situations or friends that are leading you on the wrong path. Leave the friends. They will not be there on the Day of Judgement when you have to face Allah on your own. If it is because of family, it is a little more difficult.
  • Pray five times a day. Before you get on the prayer rug, learn what the prayer words mean to enhance your contemplation within prayer. If you do not speak Arabic, try to find some translated versions of the prayer words and take some time to read and understand what the words mean. Start making prayer a normal part of your day, the way eating is a need of ours, our spiritual food is prayers.
  • Read the Quran. Read the Quran and also try to read the translation of the Quran and truly try to understand its meaning. You can read the translation in English as well. Reading the Quran will help establish a useful relationship with Allah and will also allow you to understand how beautiful the religion is. Listening to it (you can find videos online) also makes you feel closer to Allah.
  •  Learn more about Islam. Know what you have to do (which is called ‘wajib’ things) and what you can’t do (Haram things).  Do not only rely on the web “Imam Google” as some may put it. There are many unauthentic websites that promote propaganda. Always verify and check what sites you go on to. The best way to learn more about Islam i believe is through the old school method, attending the mosque, Islamic classes and purchasing or hiring Islamic books from your libraries or bookstores.
  •  Allocate a minimum amount of time each day to Islamic activities. For example, four hours for salah, Quran and Islamic studies will enable you to build up your relationship with Allah (SWT) and make good progress towards acquiring knowledge. Remember that the five daily Fard Salaah are your top priority and you should form the framework of your daily routine around these.
  • Hang out with good friends. Going with the theme you may want to make friends who share your mission of being a good Muslim. Avoid negative influences including old friends. Even though Shaytaan (Devil) can tempt us it is our responsibility as Muslims to fight these temptations and urges by increasing our faith and spirituality.
  • Forgive yourself and ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness for any sins you may have committed. You need to let go of past mistakes and work on improving the future. Whatever has happened is done. It is in the past and there is nothing you can do to change it or better it. The only thing you can do is forgive yourself and sincerely repent to Allah (SWT) and sincerely ask Him for forgiveness. Use those negative experiences as motivation to get better and do good. Also notice where your weaknesses are and avoid them.
  • Take it day by day. If you make it a priority in your mind that you want to strive to be the best Muslim possible, you will achieve this goal without even realizing it! Every time you are about to do something, think: “Is this something good or religious?” If it isn’t, don’t do it! Simply remind yourself and be ready to stop yourself, just in case. Every single moment of every day must be devoted to pleasing Allah (SWT).

 

I hope that this information will benefit everyone Inshallah. Even if we think that we are good and on the right path we should never stop increasing our faith with good things. Everyone is prone to temptations but life is a battle that we need to fight to win the legitimate test from the Almighty Allah (SWT)

 

 

Farewell to a Beloved Guest


Tears fill my eyes as i sit and think of the little time i have left with you.

The time has gone by so quickly. It feels like just the other day that we welcomed you into our homes, into our lives.

You brought with you the Qura, the Taraweeh, the Siyaam. You brought peace and tranquility.

When you came our bodies were starved but our souls were filled. You brought with you a night which is better than a thousand months. You brought with you a Gift which is so great that only on the Day of Judgement will we truly know its value.

Oh Ramadan. How i hope and pray that i have gained maximum benefit from you. How i hope and i pray that i did not waste my time on things other than the gifts that came with you. How i hope and pray that i have been forgiven during my time with you. Most of all i hope and i pray that on the day when i will meet Allah. My time with you will cause me to smile.

Oh Ramadan you have brought with you love and unity between people of this Ummah. Because of you our noble guest. We strove hard to help one another, to guide one another, to show kindness to one another and to love one another simply because we share the Kalimah of La ilaha IllAllah.

O Ramadan. This Ummah will surely miss you. I hope and pray that this love and unity of this Ummah will continue and grow from strength to strength after you have gone.

Al Widaa Ya Ramadan. May we meet again Next year. Inshallah

Exercising in Ramadan


 

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1. Get clearance from your doctor:

I know you’re eager to exercise, but your doctor must be aware, especially if you are taking any medication or suffer from any condition. Staying on the cautious side by taking your doctor’s advise can save you a lot of pain later on. If your doctor is not Muslim, this is an excellent opportunity to explain how Muslims fast. However, your doctor might tell you not to exercise at all just so that they don’t take any chances. In that case, if you feel there’s no reason why you can’t exercise, then go for it.

2. Best time to workout:

If you can, get in about 25 minutes of exercise right before sehri/suhoor. This way you do not dehydrate your body while working out during you fast, and you are able to fuel yourself right away. However I realise this is not feasible for everyone, so another option is spending another 25 minutes just before iftar. If you find yourself really exhausted and in no shape to workout at that time, then have a light iftar, wait for an hour, and exercise right before taraweeh.

3. 25 minutes is adequate

10 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of strength training. Alternate between upper body and core and lower body and core, and this will ensure you are targeting your body overall. The duration is short enough to keep you from feeling thirsty. And if you feel you need more cardio, go for taraweeh early, park far away, and run/jog to the mosque.

4. Avoid foods that will slow you down

As I said in the beginning, food is your fuel, and you want to make sure you avoid fatty foods, overeating, and too much sweets to ensure your workouts are successful.

5. Drink a lot of water when you can
This is essential. Water has 100s of benefits, from weight loss to optimal bodily functions. Stay away from other sugary drinks, and drink as much water during the evening as you can. Carry a bottle to taraweeh.

6. Listen to your body

If you are tired or exhausted, then either shorten your workout, or change your routine. Change the time. Try different things to see what works the best for you. In the end, the purpose of Ramadan is spiritual development, so nothing should take away from that.

7. Consult an expert

A lot of the times we don’t know if what we are doing is enough, right, or even necessary! Don’t stay in doubt, find your local fitness expert and nutritionist and get your questions answered today


1) Don’t sleep during the day and pray all night. By doing this you are converting the day into night and the night into day, which is not the purpose of fasting.

2) Avoid being lazy and inactive during the day.

3) Don’t waste time playing games during the day. Rather please Allah (SWT) by increasing in your worship of him.

4) Avoid having Iftaar parties. Ramadan was not meant to be a food extravaganza.

5) Don’t ask your wife to spend the Ramadan in the kitchen.Eat something light and quick.

6) Spend the last 10 days worshiping Allah rather than trying to prepare for Eid. A day that is better than a thousand months is in these last 10 days you cant afford to miss it.

7) Don’t stay awake the full night. Your body has a right over you and when it wants rest. then rest.

8) Avoid excessive socialising after taraweeh.

9) Avoid shopping alot in Ramadan.

10) Don’t eat the full night.

11) Don’t loiter around at night rather than worshiping Allah.

12) Eid doesnt require loads of preparation. Don’t fall into this trap. Keep it simple and it will be blessed.

 

Allah has blessed us with this month of Ramadan. So make the most of it.

Ramadan Muslims


I saw this post a while back but i can not remember this source. Inshallah i hope it helps and inspires everyone.

There are many of Muslim men and women who become Ramadan Muslims just for the month of the year. Just for this one month we blow off the dust on our Qur’an and prayer mats. Some of our sisters put their makeup away and bring out the hijaab and jilbaab and put it on for the month. Then when Eid day comes our brothers get their wacky hairstyles cut many of which are gravity defying and patterns all over their head that even Siberian tigers would be envious of.

The sisters who Mashallah wore hijaab and jilbaab for the month pack them away for another year to gather dust and get the makeup out to become Hollywood and Bollywood princess wannabe’s for another year.

Is this the purpose of Ramadan that we only become practising Muslims for just this one month of the year and for the rest of the year we become only Muslim by name moderates who imitate the Kuffar and hardly practice their faith?

Fair enough if we have done this for the past few years then there is nothing we can do about the past now but we can do something about it this Ramadan! We can make the necessary changes to our lives whilst we are still alive and let me tell you brothers and sisters we are VERY lucky to still be alive and be benefitting from this blessed month!

Therefore let us practise our beautiful way of life EVERYDAY throughout the whole year. Ramadan is like a training month for us where we train ourselves for the rest of the year.

If we were being given training at work so that we can become better at our job’s and then after the training had finished we disregarded everything we learnt and did not implement any of it into our working lives throughout the year then what use was the training?

Our employer would have been so angry with us that they provided us with an opportunity for training and development but yet we did not even bother to implement it in our daily lives.

Same way Allah has provided us with this most blessed month of Ramadan as a mercy to us and this month is where we can train and develop ourselves and improve ourselves as Muslims for the rest of the year in order to gain the fear of Allah and get closer to him. It is the chance for us to gain forgiveness of all of our sins and freedom from the torment of the grave and of the fire of hell whose fuel will be men and stones. This month is to make us practising Muslims everyday of our lives and not just for one month a year in Ramadaan.

Therefore let us change our ways and not let ourselves be one month Ramadan Muslims. There is no such thing as being part time Muslim for the only vacancy is for a full time practising Muslim.

Allah tells us In the Qur’an to enter fully into our deen and not partly:

O believers enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of Shaytan, surely he is your clear-cut enemy. If you falter after receiving the clear-cut message, then keep in mind that Allah is Mighty, Wise. Are they waiting for Allah to come down to them in the shadow of clouds, along with the angels, and make His decision known? Ultimately all matters will be presented to Allah for decision.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:208-210)

Allah does not expect us to be perfect angels but he will judge us on what efforts we made throughout our lives. When you hear a person say “I try to read Salaah or I try to do what I can.” Do you think they are really trying? Or are they just saying they are and deceiving themselves? If we really tried we can do anything.

We can deceive ourselves but we cannot deceive Allah. Allah knows us better than we know ourselves and he knows what we are capable of and praying 5 times a day is not impossible for any of us.

If we calculate how long it would take to pray 5 times a day then you could sum it up to around 40 minutes a day. Now there are 1440 minutes in a day and 40 minutes out of 1440 of our day is ONLY 3% of a day and we still can’t manage that? Many of us spend that much time eating, excreting or in front of a mirror and we can’t even spend it praying and fulfilling the very purpose of our creation? We spend hours on end in front of the television or listening to Music or playing our playing the latest play station games etc… but we can’t spend a few minutes praying to the one who has given us EVERYTHING we can possible imagine and far more? We are truly at loss!

Many of work full time jobs having to work almost every day of the year having to get up at early hours in order to do so. If one can do this then can’t one pray Salaah 5 times a day for a few short minutes that it takes to pray them? If one really did try then one would not fail in praying our 5 prayers but we deceive ourselves and we end up wasting our lives deceiving ourselves and then regret it later on when it is too late! Let us not be of those who will regret it forever!

So let us internalise these changes in our heads and immerse ourselves into our beautiful way of life and not let ourselves stop practising as soon as Ramadan is over for the best way to know if our Ramadan has been accepted or not is if we actually make changes to our lives after Ramadan is over. If we go back to how we were before Ramadan started then how can we except for our Ramadan to be accepted?

I’m not saying that we should become saints overnight but what I am saying is that we should at least fulfil our obligations to Allah and that is to establish our 5 times prayers and to keep away from that which Allah has forbidden.

We should also keep a close connection with our Masjid and not abandon the Masjid as soon as Ramadan is over. We should not put away our prayer mats and our Qur’ans on the highest shelf to gather dust for the rest of the year but we should continue using them every day!

Our sisters should not out their hijaab and jilbaab away for another year to gather dust but should realise that to cover is an obligation and would they rather want to please Allah or Shaytaan? Did our sisters not feel good and at peace wearing the hijaab and jilbaab? Was it not a freedom? Then do not put them away but continue to wear it throughout the year everyday of one’s life.

Let us make changes to our lives now because we may not have a tomorrow. Death can strike at ANY second and many i personally knew died this year and they were all ages. Therefore do not think you can change later for death may come to you today or tomorrow. Shaytan says change tomorrow but we MUST change NOW!

This life is so temporary and short but the hereafter is FOREVER! Let us devote ourselves to something that will last forever not something that may end today! So let us devote ourselves to Allah and the Hereafter and we will benefit in this world and the next. Those who chase the hereafter then this world will chase them but if we continue to chase and devote our lives to this world then we will only get what is destined for us and we will not gain the hereafter or this world so we will lose out in both but if we chase the hereafter then we will gain both so it is a win win situation as oppose to a lose lose situation.

So let us make the choice now and take this opportunity to change otherwise when death comes then it will be too late and we will regret it for eternity and death awaits for NO ONE!

Allah knows best in all matters

Ramadan


Ramadan is approaching and i would like everyone to know what Ramadan is about and why it is such a blessed month.

The month of Ramadan that which was revealed in the Quran as a guidance for all mankind. The Prophet (SAW) first revealed revelations in the Lunar month of Ramadan therefore it is considered to be one of the most sacred months of the Lunar Islamic calender the recording of which began with the Hijra.

Ramadan is in the 9th month of the Lunar Islamic calender which lasts 29 or 30 days according to the sighting of the cresent moon. It is the month where every Muslim refrains from dawn until sunset from eating and drinking.

The Month of Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, worship and also to help cleanse our hearts and souls and to help strengthen our Emaan and to restore our relationship with Allah (SWT). During fast a Muslim is Prohibited from eating, drinking. It is encouraged that one should resist from all temptations during the month of Ramadan. In the month of Ramadan Allah’s mercy is multiplied and the gates of Jannah (Heaven) are opened and the gates of Jahannam (Hell) are closed and Shaytan is chained.

The month of Ramadan also helps one slow down from worldly affairs and focus on self- reformation, spiritual cleansing and enlightenment this is to establish a link between you and your creator through prayer, charity, good deeds, kindness and helping others. During Ramadan a Muslim is encouraged to recite the entire Quran, although it is incumbent to do so daily in our lives, but Ramadan can be the link between the Quran and ourselves and Inshallah that link will continue even when Ramadan is complete.

IFTAAR (Breaking of the fast)

There is also a social aspect in the month of Ramadan and that is called Iftaar (breaking of ones fast). In many traditions  families prepare food which is served to the rest of the family and also to the poor. The month of Ramadan also helps restore the ties between families as well as strengthening the bond of the Ummah.

The breaking of the fast is usually done by having dates, which our beloved Nabi (SAW) used to eat dates and drink water to break his fast. The Month of Ramadan is also a time where we can learn and reflect upon the life of our beloved Nabi (SAW) to that we can learn to implement and emulate it within our own lives.

CHARITY

Charity is very important in Islam and even more so during Ramadan. It is obligatory that every able Muslim should pay Zakah which is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakatul-fitr which is a fixed percentage which is paid by the head of the family, Fidya which is paid for those who are unable to fast but a valid reason should be given and also Sadaqah which is charity given to Muslims and Non Muslims which is voluntary. Many Muslims are more charitable in the month of Ramadan than any other month because of its immense blessings.

LAYLAT Al – QADR (The Night of Decree)

The night of decree or measures is seen as the most holy night of the year. This night occurs on the odd nights on the last ten days of Ramadan. Many Muslims also perform Itikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan. Itikaaf means secluding oneself within the confinements of the Masjid.

EID-UL FITR ( End of Ramadan)

Eid, a day of celebration and marks the end of Ramadan and the next lunar month called Shawwal.  Shawwal spans for 6 days and is voluntary but has tremendous blessings and benefits.

 

We should always remember during Ramadan we behave a certain way, Alhamdulilah we all rush off to the masjid, pray our 5 prayers, give charity and many other things, but the main purpose and goal of Ramadan is to reform ourselves in the hope that after Ramadan that we continue on the right path Inshallah. That is a lesson first and foremost for myself.

 

Preparing for Ramadan


Asalaamualaikum to all my fellow bloggers and viewers, my Muslim sisters and brothers in Islam. Ramadan is coming up soon Inshallah and i only saw it befitting that we should have a series of discussions about Ramadan and what we can all do in order to make it even greater Inshallah. A friend of mine and a contributor to this post spoke about a few things in his lecture that he gave and i thought why not share it with everyone and Inshallah perhaps it will help us and give us some inspiration.

The talk began with the Dua of Nabi (SAW) for the upcoming months, Rajab, Shaban and then the month of Ramadan. The discussion was about a pure heart and what better than a pure heart to start this Ramadan. The dua from a pure heart is always accepted and the miracle of our Deen to just say Allah Tahlil Salawaat to make Thikr is a form of purification. As Muslims we should always try to purify our hearts (Tazkiya) because sometimes we do not realise when our heart is leading us astray this could be from unintentional sins and even intentional sins and therefore it is always good to make Thikr to remember Allah (SWT) and to make Dua to him to purify our hearts. A pure heart will be reflected because our intentions are also pure and when our intentions are pure our actions are pure. “Actions are judged by intentions”

Sometimes we ask ourselves why are my Dua’s not being answered, why is this happening? instead of asking this why not ask yourself is my heart right.

Ramadan is a month of purity, a month where we can rid ourselves from all the desires of this Dunya, to immerse ourselves, to immerse our hearts and souls in gaining the love of Allah (SWT) but first we need to purify our hearts and make the correct intentions to do everything for the sake of Allah and then Inshallah we will flourish.

In my next post Inshallah i will discuss the beauty of Surah Fatiha being the first surah that we recite and have to recite every time we make Nemaaz., it is only befitting that we all understand the importance of this Surah.


1. Have sincere intentions, work hard and make lots of dua for an ultimate productive Ramadan!

2. Plan Your day each day of Ramadan, the night before. Choose 3 important tasks you want to achieve the next day and record it in your diary or our ultimate taskinator!

3. Never EVER miss Suhoor, wake up at least 1 hour before Fajr and have a filling balanced meal.

4. Start working on your most important tasks right after Fajr and get at least 1 or 2 done.

5. Try to get an afternoon nap, not more than 20 minutes either just before Dhuhur or after Dhuhur.
6. Plan your Ramadan days (and life!) around Salah times, not the other way round!

7. BLOCK at least one-hour for reciting Quran each day.

8. Break Your Fast with Dates and Milk or Dates and Water, go pray Maghreb, then come back for a light meal.

9. Give lots of ‘Physical Sadaqah’; get involved in organising community iftars, charity drives, helping orphans..etc, earn rewards working for others.

10. Don’t miss an opportunity for Dawah! When someone asks you why you’re not eating, give them a beautiful explanation of Ramadan and Islam

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