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Fasting the six days of Shawaal

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Fasting six days of Shawwal after the obligatory fast of Ramadaan is Sunnah. It is recommended for the Muslim to fast six days of Shawwal, and in this there is great virtue and an immense reward. Whoever fasts these six days will have recorded for him a reward as if he had fasted a whole year, as was reported in a sahih hadith from the Prophet SAW . Abu Ayyub reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” [Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nisa’i and Ibn Majah]

The Prophet SAW explained this when he said: “Whoever fasts for six days after Eid ulFitr has completed the year: (whoever does a good deed (hasanah) will have ten hasanah like it).” According to another report: “Allah has made for each hasanah ten like it, so a month is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days completes the year.” [An-Nisa’i and Ibn Majah. See also Sahih at-Targhib wa’t-Tarhib, 1/421]. It was also narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah with the wording: “Fasting for the month of Ramadaan brings the reward of ten like it, and fasting for six days brings the reward of two months, and that is the fasting of the whole year.”

Another of the important benefits of fasting six days of Shawwal is that is makes up for any shortfall in a person’s obligatory Ramadaan fasts, because no one is free of shortcomings or sins that have a negative effect on his fasting. On the Day of Resurrection, some of his nafil deeds will be taken to make up the shortcomings in his obligatory deeds, as the Prophet SAW said: “The first thing for which people will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be their salah (prayer). Our Lord, may He be glorified and exalted, will say to His angels - although He knows best - ‘Look at the salah of My slave, whether it is complete or incomplete.’ If it is perfect, it will be recorded as perfect, and if something is lacking, He will say, ‘Look and see whether My slave did any voluntary (nafil) prayers.’ If he did some voluntary prayers, [Allah] will say, Complete the obligatory actions of My slave from his voluntary actions.’ Then all his actions will be dealt with in a similar manner.” [Narrated by Abu Dawud]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:14

Ramadaan in the Middle East

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Ramadaan in Gaza looks to be bleak for a population under the miserable conditions they are undergoing. At the beginning of Ramadaan, purchases are restricted to mostly basic needs such as vegetables and meat – traditional Ramadaan sweets like dates and pastries are to be carefully rationed so that it may last through the month. For many of the people, shopping has become akin to begging due to the level of debt that they have already accumulated. Hard-hit by extremely harsh Israeli-western sanctions, this Ramadaan has the smell of real penury. Gaza’s children used to light colourful lanterns to celebrate Ramadaan, now, many parents can’t afford even the small toys, as Gaza sinks deeper into poverty whilst in its bleakest Ramadaan yet. At al-Zawya market in the old quarter of Gaza City, fewer Ramadaan ornaments were visible than in previous years, and though the market was busy, the majority were not buying.

Unpaid wages and a struggling economy, Palestinian families have little to celebrate during the Holy month.

Israel is not only impoverishing and starving Palestinians by denying them access to food and work, but is actually killing them in droves and on a daily basis.

While Masjids are full for most of the day, at night people in Gaza are preoccupied by Israeli air strikes on the besieged Palestinian territory.

Indeed, not a day passes without a number of Palestinians getting killed and maimed in Gaza where an average of three to five Palestinians, most of them innocent civilians, are killed on any given day. On the fifth day of Ramadaan, an Israeli tank fired an artillery shell at a northern Gaza home, That was the “perfect” Ramadaan gift by Israel to that Gazan family. And more and more “gifts” of this kind are in the offing, as indicated by the Israeli Chief of Staff, who said he slept well the night he ordered the dropping of a one-ton bomb on a Gaza apartment building, killing 12 sleeping children.

So, the innocent is killed and the story of their murder is also killed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:07 Read more...

10 Tips on taking maximum benefit in search of the night of Power

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Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months”. Any good actions done on this night is greater in virtue than acting for one thousand months.

Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in ibaadah during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” (Muslim).

Aisha related that the Prophet SAW said: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadaan (Bukhari).

The Prophet SAW said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira ).

Here are some tips of things we can do on the Night of Power and the time before and after it.

1. Take a break for Allah
We take breaks from our work or for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshipping and thanking our Creator. Perform I`tikaf
It was a practice of the Prophet SAW to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadaan in the Masjid for I`tikaf.

I`tikaf of a shorter period of time, like one night, a day or a couple of days is encouraged as well.

2. Make this special Dua
Aisha said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

The transliteration of this Dua is “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:59 Read more...

Delicious Coconut Date Balls

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Ingredients

  • 250g chopped pitted dates
  • 120g butter
  • 1 cup of sugar & 5ml vanilla essence
  • 1 packet of crushed Marie biscuits
  • Coconut for rolling

Method

  1. Bring to boil, butter & sugar in a pot stirring continuously
  2. Add dates and simmer till softened (± 15 minutes)
  3. Add vanilla essence and remove from heat
  4. Add crushed biscuits & ensure its coated well with date mixture
  5. Set aside to cool
  6. Once cooled roll into teaspoon size ball and roll in coconut
  7. Set for an hour or so and enjoy!
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:53

Relish Ramadaan

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Relish Ramadaan by Ml Muhammad Badsha

Ramadaan brings out the best in Muslims the world over as they celebrate the worship of the Creator of the worlds.

Customs abound as an air of joy pervades Muslim homes. One of the customs in Egypt is to nickname dates after celebrities. The year of the Arab Spring overthrow of Mubarak, the least desirable dates were called ‘Hosni Mubarak’. Lanterns are also traditionally hung up all over the city, in houses, shops and on the streets, before Ramadaan.

When Ramadaan starts in Malaysia, local authorities sprinkle streets with water, clean public squares and hang electric lamps in the main streets. Tanzania starts the Ramadaan welcome two weeks in advance as streets are decked with decorations and electric lights, and Masjids and neighbouring shops beautified. The first few days of Ramadaan see Chilean Muslims making family visits while children enjoy new toys and sweets. In Dubai, children celebrate the coming of Ramadaan on the 15th night of Shabaan, two weeks before Ramadaan. They dress up and go in groups to houses, reciting Nasheeds. People give them sweets and money.

In Sudan, young men beat drums to wake people for Sehri. Cairo reverberates to the sound of a canon fired every dawn and sunset, declaring the time for breaking the fast (Iftar) and Sehri. In Pakistan fast is broken with Iftar sirens and Adhan. Tradition of another type is that in Jeddah shopping malls operate 5pm-2am and in the last 10 days of Ramadaan until 4am!

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 14:02 Read more...

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