Mufti Menk Gives a Fantastic Lecture about Ramadan and its Etiquette

July 16, 2013

Mufti Menk


I hope many people take the time to watch or listen to this lecture.  It is about an hour long but so worth the time and effort.  This Scholar is just so humble and close to the hearts of people.  Most of all – what he says makes so much sense.  Please let me know what you think after listening to this.  For those who are not Muslim, there is much in this for any God fearing people.  Just keep in mind what most people do not know,  “Allah” is the Arabic word translation for “God” in English.  Allah is not some odd unknown god, He is the same God of Abraham Issac Jacob, Noah and all other known prophets and messengers sent before.  Enjoy!

sakina and sarah


Fasting is not a Diet

July 6, 2013

“FASTING is not about a diet of burning calories, rather a burning or pride, ego and sins”.

Fasting Only Fifty Percent

August 13, 2012

by Asma bint Shameem [ Exclusive Writer]

What if you hire someone to do something for you, but they only do part of the job and leave the rest incomplete? Will you recompense them fully for a job completed?

And what do you think a teacher would say if a student turns in only some of his homework and fails to do the rest of it? Will he get full marks for it?

And what about a child who is supposed to clean his whole room, but he only cleans HALF of it? Do you think he did what was required of him? Would you reward him for a job well done?

The answer to all of the above is an obvious NO.

That’s because they did not complete what they were supposed to do and only did part of it. And thus they do not deserve to be fully rewarded.

Similarly, my dear sister, is the case when you fast but you don’t wear hijaab.

Yes, that’s right.

Do you realize, dear sister, that by not wearing hijaab, you are only doing part of the job and not doing whole of it?

You see, just as much as fasting is a fard (obligation) on you, in like manner, the hijab is also, just as equally, fard on you.

The One Who made the FAST an obligation on you and me is the same Lord Who also made the HIJAAB an obligation on you and me.

Allaah says: “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. over themselves) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women, or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [al-Noor 24:31]

And there are so many other ayaat and ahaadeeth that clearly order believing women to cover themselves.

Do you not want to be one of them?

Don’t you want to obey the One who created you, gave you life, food, health, family, friends and everything that you know and don’t know of ??!! Read the rest of this entry »

Joy of Fasting in Ramadan

July 22, 2012

The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said “The fasting person will have two moments of joy: one, when he breaks his fast; and the other when he meets his Lord, when he will be pleased because of his fasting.” [Bukhari]


July 14, 2012

By: Om Mohammed

Most of us, when planning to travel anywhere for any length of time, will make some sort of a plan before commencing, whether that plan be in writing, or perhaps notes on a map, or perhaps only mentally. Either way, we will make some sort of plan before traveling. In most cases, it is quite hard to find accommodation, much less other amenities if one takes up the course of travel without any plans or reservations or having prepared sufficient sustenance for the course of the travel.

This life we are all experiencing at this moment, is in essence a state of travel for us all. But how many of us make any plans from day to day for our daily lives, let alone any plans or preparation for our final and eternal existence?

Allah Almighty said: “”O my people! Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever.””(Qur’an 39: 40-39)

We see from this verse that Allah reminds us of the superficial quality of this world as compared to that of eternity, and in essence prompts us on to making a plan for this life so that we do not waste it in frivolous activities which will benefit us little other than giving temporary pleasures.

We are on the verge of yet another Ramadan. How many Ramadans have you witnessed? And how many of those Ramadans have you made preparation for, in ways other than, of course, fighting your way through the supermarket aisles looking for various goodies and supplies for the kitchen pantry?

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iPhone App: Tracking Your Spiritual Development – QamarDeen

January 20, 2012

by Abu Productive

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: He whose two days (of life) are the same (making no spiritual progress) is at loss. Whenever you read this hadeeth, you realize the importance of tracking your progress and how well you’re advancing spiritually each day to becoming a better Muslim. Such a tracking exercise can be tedious, and we tend to rely on our memories which unfortunately can be truly bias in making us feel that we’re doing far better than we actually are.

Well, today I want to show you a beautiful iPhone app that helps you achieve just that. The app allows you to record your prayers, Quran reading, charity and fasting and visualize your progress in a beautiful intuitive user interface. Oh, and it’s FREE!

BatoulApps one of the pioneers of useful and beautiful Islamic apps on the Apple Store have come up with Qamar Deen.  An Islamic personal development app that every Muslim should download.

What does QamarDeen do?

iphone app

The concept behind QamarDeen is simple but the impact on your spiritual life is amazing. The app allows you to record your prayers, Quran reading, charity and fasting. It also allows you to visualize your progress and see how well you’re developing each day to becoming a better Muslim in those areas. This powerful ability to record and see your progress is a powerful booster to constantly improving yourself and not falling behind.

The beauty of this app is the level of detail it tries to capture in your spiritual development, e.g. For your prayers, not only does it capture your 5 daily prayers, but it even captures how ‘complete’ your prayers are, e.g. It’ll ask you if you prayed Jama’ah + Sunnahs for each prayer or simply prayed at home. You can even record when you prayed extra prayers like Dhuha or Qiyam. The app caters for sisters as well and does not penalize their spiritual progress in terms of Salah during their ‘off days’.

 Moreover, the app even addresses one of the biggest objections to this type of tracking “What if other people see my progress?! I don’t want them to know I missed fajr this morning?!” No worries, QamarDeen got this sorted with a passcode lock ability so only you can access your app and track your progress.

You can see that a lot of effort and thought went into this app and the developers at BatoulApps worked extremely hard to ensure that this app delivers the result and impact intended on Muslims wordlwide. For any productiveMuslim out there with an iPhone, I highly recommend this app to keep track of how well you’re developing spiritually and ensuring that no two days are the same for you insha’Allah.

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Fasting In the First Nine Days of Dhul Hijjah

October 28, 2011

عن هنيدة ابن خالد عن امرأته عن بعض أزواج النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قالت “كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يصوم تسع ذي الحجة ، ويوم عاشوراء ، وثلاثة أيام من كل شهر : أول اثنين من الشهر وخميسين “صحيح أبو داود وصحيح النسائى

Hunaydah ibn Khaalid narrated upon the authority of his wife who said: “Some of the wives of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam told me that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast the Day of 3Aashoorah, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, and three days out of every month*….” (1)

(*13th, 14th, and 15th of every month)

Imaam An-Nawwawee said with reference to fasting the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah: “It is extremely preferable to do so”.

Shaykh 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) was asked about fasting the first [nine] days of Dhul-Hijjah?

He replied: “Fasting the first [nine] of Dhul-Hijjah is from the righteous actions without doubt. And the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said,“There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihaad in Allaah’s cause?”

He said: “Not even jihaad in Allaah’s cause,Except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either.”

So fasting is included in the general context of this hadeeth. And there appears a hadeeth stating that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast the first ten of Dhul-Hijjah, not counting the 3Eed [in other words, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah]. Read the rest of this entry »

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