Posts Tagged ‘Fasting’

Best Opportunity for Repentance!

November 6, 2010

Tomorrow, if Allah wills, is the first day of the month of Dhul Hijjah, may it be full of Allah’s blessings and forgiveness. The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are blessed and the Muslim has to make the most of them by:

  • praying more sincerely,
  • spending more time in studying the Quran,
  • fasting those days,
  • doing more good like helping the poor, planting the earth, cleaning the environment, visiting the family, being honest and kind, and visiting the ill,
  • asking eagerly for Allah’s forgiveness and acceptance of repentance, and
  • making effort to clarify the misconceptions about Islam by behaving like a real Muslim: stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol, stop following women, stop wasting time in cafes and malls, spend your money more wisely, regard people’s feelings, be kind to the elderly and children, love Allah’s creatures, make your family happy, and keep your city clean.

May Allah forgive our sins and mistakes, that which we know of and which we do not know of, amen.

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Come Back, Ramadan

September 7, 2010

Tomorrow or the day after it will be the last day of Ramadan.

I hope Allah will forgive my sins and accept my fast, amen!

Wishing you acceptance and forgiveness! Let us pray that Allah helps us on keeping away from sins!

Food Wars in Ramadan

August 18, 2010

If you go to the hypermarket in any Arab country, especially in the Gulf, during Ramadan, even before, you will see long queues of shoppers pushing trolleys filled to form a mountain. This can be seen all Ramadan long, and I always think there is going to be a war that I have not heard of, yet!

Why this waste of food in Ramadan? Maybe some of the shoppers buy this much of food to distribute it in Masjids or Iftar tents, but why only in Ramadan people go crazy about food and cook so much dishes and eventually throw most of it in the garbage?

You know what? Ramadan is Eid for stray cats.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals. (31)

Quran 7:31

Who can eat that much in Ramadan?

Ramadan Questions & Answers

August 16, 2010

I would like to share some questions and answers regarding the holy month of Ramadan from Islam Question and Answer Website:

And here is a link to a book about “70 Matters Related to Fasting” from Islam Question and Answer.

Flooded Pakistan

August 15, 2010

The recent floods in Pakistan have come in a difficult time for its people. They have to struggle against the evildoers of Al-Qaeda, and Ramadan this time is different for most of them:

Let us pray for them and support them in every possible way.

Fasting of the Tongue

August 13, 2010

Fasting in Ramadan is not only limited to abstaining from food, drinks, and sexual relationships during the day. More important than fasting from food and drinks is to guard one’s tongue.

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

One who while fasting does not guard his tongue from telling lies and does not refrain from bad deeds, is not respecting his fast. Allah does not approve of mere abstention from food.

When you are fasting, you should not speak ill of anybody, nor should you be rough and noisy. If anybody speaks ill of you or tries to pick a quarrel with you, reply him not, but say to him that you are fasting.

Fasting can make a person rough, but it is a good test to observe the willpower of one’s soul to perfect itself.

A Pity to the Worshippers of Ramadan

August 13, 2010

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

If people understood what good there was in the month of Ramadan, they would have liked that it last for a year.

It is very wrong for a Muslim to pray, read the Quran, do more good, and refrain from sins only in Ramadan. A Muslim is supposed to pray, read the Quran, do more good, and refrain from sins all year long. Ramadan is a month filled with Allah’s blessings. Each of us must invest more time during Ramadan for worshiping and perfecting one’s character.

Those who are submitting to Allah only in Ramadan are losers. Fasting is supposed to change hearts. Those who do not feel any guilt or shame during their fast and when Ramadan ends they continue committing sins are low in faith.

Ramadan blessings are felt by those who really want to change and start a new page as true Muslims.

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

Unfortunate is the person who is deprived of the forgiveness of Allah during this great month (of Ramadan).

A pity to those who worship Ramadan!

Ward Off Evil

August 12, 2010

Fasting helps us not do bad and control our desires.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubling and quadrupling (the sum lent). Observe your duty to Allah, that ye may be successful. (130) And ward off (from yourselves) the Fire prepared for disbelievers. (131) And obey Allah and the messenger, that ye may find mercy. (132) And vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who ward off (evil); (133) Those who spend (of that which Allah hath given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward mankind; Allah loveth the good; (134) And those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember Allah and implore forgiveness for their sins – Who forgiveth sins save Allah only? – and will not knowingly repeat (the wrong) they did. (135) The reward of such will be forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide for ever – a bountiful reward for workers! (136)

Quran 3:130-136

The Holy Month of Ramadan

August 11, 2010

The Holy Quran

In the Holy Quran, Allah says:

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil); (183) (Fast) a certain number of days; and (for) him who is sick among you, or on a journey, (the same) number of other days; and for those who can afford it there is a ransom: the feeding of a man in need – but whoso doeth good of his own accord, it is better for him: and that ye fast is better for you if ye did but know – (184) The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you; and (He desireth) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be thankful. (185) And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright. (186)

Quran 2:183-186

Guarding Your Tongue

August 11, 2010

Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The slave speaks words for which he is sent down to the Hell-Fire farther than the distance between the east and the west.

Fasting softens both the heart and the tongue. It helps you control your temper and your emotions.

Guard your tongue not only during the day, but also during the night.