Ramadan Review

Assalamu’alaykum Dear Readers,

We would like to hear from all of you who have been kind enough to follow our blog. This week we are asking our readers to tell us how their Ramadan went and what they plan to do differently next year if Allah wills for us to see Ramadan again. It doesn’t have to be a page long, something short, bullet points or a few paragraphs.

Please get in touch. Send your comments to us and we will publish the reviews for our readers to benefit from inshallah. You can write your name, pen name or kunya name (abu or umm something…)

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Nip it in the bud!

Assalamu’alaykum

Sometimes things people do or say throw us and sends us in the direction of complete destruction, why? Because many times we don’t pause to think. Sometimes our actions speak volume, take a step back, reflect and then speak, never retaliate whilst in the state of anger. We should teach our selves these techniques not just so we can better our selves but because Allah and His messenger tells us to contain and keep anger in place!

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Ibn al-Jawzi:

“When your companion becomes angry and says something that is unwarranted, you should not take it too hard. His situation is that of a drunken person who is not aware of what is taking place. Instead, be patient, even if it means only for a little while. If you reciprocate his words with harsh words of your own, you become like the sane person who seeks revenge on a madman, or the conscious person who seeks retribution from an unconscious one. Look at him with a merciful eye and pity him for his actions.”

(Sayd al-Khaatir pg 406)

 This advice is to myself first and foremost. May Allah facilitate our paths and grant us success in this world and the next. Ameen.

 

The God of Ramadan ….

Assalamu’alaykum,

We pray you are all well, the month of Ramadan has now ended but people don’t forget that the God of Ramadan is the God of every other month. We have 11 months of ibadah awaiting for us. Starting off with the fast of Shawaal.

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The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained this when he said: “Whoever fasts for six days after (Eid) al-Fitr has completed the year: (whoever does a good deed (hasanah) will have ten hasanah like it).” According to another report: “Allaah has made for each hasanah ten like it, so a month is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days completes the year.” (al-Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah.

 

Eid is here!

Asalamu’alaykum,

Eid is finally here, even though we say that with so much happiness our heart is filled with sadness upon Ramadan leaving us. We pray Allah accepted our fasting, our standing in prayer, our charity, our good heart, our hard work in helping others and many other deeds we did in secret, ameen.

Enjoy and celebrate as we have been told to rejoice during Eid. Eid saeed to all of our readers.

Taqabbal allahu minna wa minkum (May Allah accept it from you and us)

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Saying Goodbye to Ramadan

Asalamu’alaykum

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The end is almost near, it literally feels like only yesterday we started preparing our souls to get ready for Ramadan and within a blinking of an eye we are bidding it farewell now.

it saddens us to think that we never gave Ramadan the full attention it deserved and we can only pray Allah has accepted that little we have put forward.

Tears fill our eyes as we sit and think of the little time we 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 Qur’aan, 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 Judgment will we truly know it’s value.

Oh Ramadan, how we hope and pray that we have gained maximum benefit from you. How we hope and we pray that we did not waste our time on things other than the gifts that came with you. How we hope and pray that we have been forgiven during our time with you. Most of all we hope and pray that on the day when we will meet our Lord, our time with you will cause us to smile.

Oh Ramadan, you have brought with you love and unity between the 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! We hope and pray that this love and unity in this Ummah will continue and grow from strength to strength after you have gone.
goodbye Ramadan, may we meet again next year,
إنشاءالله!!!

Etiquettes of Eid

Asalamu’alaykum

Since we are almost at the finishing line, here’s some advice of how to go about celebrating Eid.

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What To Do On ‘Eid?

As ‘Eid is just around the corner, here is a quick overview for you of what to do on the blessed day:

1. Taking a bath (Ghusl). [Abdurrazzaq, 5754]

2. Wearing one’s best clothes, and for the men perfuming themselves. [Bukhari (886), Muslim (2066)]

3. Have an odd number of dates before leaving for ‘Eid prayer. If one does not have dates, any food will do. [Bukhari, 953]

4. Going to the ‘Eid prayer. [Bukhari (913), Muslim (889)]

5. Even if the woman is not praying she is encouraged to come and attend. [Bukhari (971), Muslim (890)]

6. Saying Takbir from the morning till the Imam starts the ‘Eid prayer. [Ibn Abi Syaibah, 5621]

7. Greet one another with good greetings. [Al-Fath, 2/446]

8. Take different path home than the one that you took to come to the prayer area. [Bukhari, 986]

Possibly the Last few hours

Asalamu’alaykum

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Don’t allow the excitement of Eid divert the last few hours of Ramadan we have left. The race ain’t over just yet. There is still time for repentance, forgiveness and pardoning. Exhaust yourself and every last bit of energy you have left, so that when Eid does come you will have a reason to celebrate.

Importance of Zakatul Fitr

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ZAKAT UL FITR

– Zakat ul-Fitr is an obligatory zakat that is due upon every free Muslim both young and old upon the completion of Ramadan.

– It is the duty of the husband to pay Zakal ul-Fitr on behalf of his family.

– The wisdom why it was ordained: • it is a Purification of those who fasted from excessive gossip, evil talk, and backbiting which people constantly fall into. So the charity is a purification and forgiveness for that.
• To help the poor so that eid will not come upon anyone needy or begging, and so they may enjoin the Muslims in their happiness and celebrations.

– Zakat ul-Fitr is distributed in food to ensure that the less fortunate are free to enjoy Eid festivities.

– It is not permissible to give Zakat ul-Fitr as money directly to the poor, but rather it needs to be distributed as food as ordered by the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wassalam.

– What you give must be something one can survive from. (Equivalent to 2.5 to 3kg per person)

– It is important to give it to someone trustworthy who will distribute the correct amount of food on your behalf.

– Zakat ul-Fitr MUST be paid before the Eid prayer.

– Zakat ul fitr should be given in the area you are a residing in the time eid occurs, unless there is an extreme circumstance that deprives you from that or there is no poor people in your area.

Please pay and remind others to pay Zakat ul-Fitr without delay and avoid leaving it till the last minute.
May Allah accept our fasting and standing in prayer during this month and alleviate the struggles of Muslims around the world. Ameen