Archive for the ‘Fasting & Ramadan’ category

The Sacred Month of Rajab

Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala—exalted is He) has given a special status to certain days, months, places, and people. The Prophets of God are the most honored among mankind; Makkah is the holiest of all cities; Ramadan is the best month; and the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) is the greatest night of the year. Allah […]

`Āshūrā’ and the Jews of Medina at a Glance

The Day of `Āshūrā’ means different things to different Muslims. To some it is a day of fasting to commemorate a day when Moses and the Children of Israel were rescued. To some it is a woeful day of lament wherein al-Ḥusayn ibn `Alī, the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ (peace be upon […]

Making the Ramadan Spirit Last

Our beloved Ramadan has come to an end and our environment is returning back to its norm. We are living life as we always do, 11 months out of the year. Ramadan was our chance to grow, to learn and to experience a variety of different emotions and feelings. If we could hold onto Ramadan […]

Carrying the Torch of Ramadan Forward

Ramadan has passed. Our Qur’ans have shut. Our masajid have emptied. And our hearts have once again filled with the love of life, the hatred of death, and the desires that consume us. The Shaytan that was once banned has again taken his place in our minds, our homes, at our front, and at our […]

The Fast of Ramaḍān in the Bible and the Qur’ān

A philological exegesis of verse 2:183 of the Qur’ān. When one hears of fasting in the context of religious observance it could be said with little argument that the first thing to pop into one’s mind would be Islam. There is no question that our dear friends from the Christians and the Jews observe fasting […]

Be Of The Sabiqoon!

I nearly missed fajr (morning prayer) the other day. My alarm rang, and I looked at the time, thinking “the time for fajr prayer has just started, so I can snooze for just a few more minutes.” As we all know, ‘a few more minutes’ always turns into many more minutes and when I opened my […]

Ramadan: Raining with Mercy

Originally posted in August 2010 Imagine for a moment that it’s raining. It is pouring, in fact. And imagine that you are inside your house, watching as it falls. But imagine that there is something very different about this rain. It is unlike any other you’ve ever seen. On this day, it is not raining […]

Objectives of Fasting and Ramadan

Discussing the objectives of our actions is an important thing because to do so is to discuss the actions in a true and deep way. It is possible that if we do not know why we are doing certain things, we could miss the entire point behind the action itself. The Prophet ﷺ said about […]

7 Tips to Control Our Appetites in Ramadan

It’s time to break your fast. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling? Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessing be upon him) says, “The fasting person experiences two joys: one when he breaks his fast, and one when he meets His Lord” (Muslim). That first joy is something we can all attest to. Especially with the long, […]

Nurturing Spirituality in Children During Ramadan

Ramadan is a special time of the year when Muslim parents, especially in the West, want children to feel excited about its arrival. It is common in Muslim homes to find a festive environment that demonstrates just what a celebratory month it is. Welcoming Ramadan with sparkly decorations in our homes and the anticipation of […]

Separating the Rows in a Congregation?

The Question The hall that we rented has experienced overflow for the taraweeh prayers (the late night prayers offered in Ramadan). We started to pray outside, but the neighbors complained and we were forced to rent the room adjacent to the one we pray in. Some sincere brothers and sisters mentioned that the prayers of […]

Five Ways to Green your Ramadan

By Muaz Nasir “And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.”  (Quran 2:30) In Ramadan, there are five simple ways you can make this month more environmentally-friendly. All of these suggestions set the foundation for green habits that can be implemented year-round. 1. Eliminate […]

Ramadan, the Qur’an, and Us

The month of Ramadan is a time when we, despite the struggle, keep ourselves away from that which is otherwise permissible and a necessity in our life. For the past eleven months, at some level we have given preference to our physical self, in terms of nourishment, than our soul. We’ve done things we shouldn’t […]

Ramadan Advice: Fasting, Materialism & Time Management

In this lecture, Imam Suhaib Webb gives Ramadan advice to Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive students on fasting, materialism and time management.

Achieving Blessings in Ramadan: An 8 Step Guide

By Zaineb Shebani Ramadan is an incredible opportunity that we shouldn’t lose out on. It is a month full of enormous spiritual wealth and reward. However, many of us often suffer from lack of productivity during Ramadan and not making the most of the special blessed month.  With Ramadan starting today, I have put together […]

The Darkest Hour and the Coming of the Dawn

According to a well-stated proverb, the darkest hour is just before the dawn.  And although astronomically the darkest point is much earlier, the truth of this proverb is metaphoric—but in no way less real. So often we find that the darkest times in our lives are followed by the most precious.  Often, it is at […]

No Regrets This Ramadan

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, would make du’aa “Allahuma Baraklana fi Rajab wa Shabaan wa balaghna Ramadan” – Oh Allah make blessed for us the months of Rajab and Shabaan and let us reach the month of Ramadan. Imam Latif discusses the importance of being prepared, both for the month of Ramadan and […]

Got My Acceptance Letter, Did You?

by Mohannad Hakim Every Muslim claims to receive certain messages from God, guiding him to a certain deed, suggesting to him to do or not to do an action, or giving him moral support and strength in moments of weakness. This message does not have to be a dream or some kind of a mystical […]

Can I Combine the Six Fasts of Shawwal with Make-up Fasts of Ramadan?

Question: I recently heard on Islamic radio that we can fast the six days of Shawwal with two niyyah (intentions): Making up the days we didn’t fast during the month of Ramadan (for women) and Fasting the six days of Shawwal (like a simultaneous fast). I read on a scholar’s website that we cannot fast […]

The End is Near: Turn Back to Allah

The driver was playing Qur’an. My husband, brother and I got into the microbus heading back from Palestine to Cairo, and rode almost silently with the five other male passengers, passing through the desert and listening to the Qur’an only hours before it would be time to break our fast. As iftar approached, one of […]