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!
“FASTING is not about a diet of burning calories, rather a burning or pride, ego and sins”.
The Month of Rajab
Rajab, being the seventh month of the Islamic calendar is a stepping stone to the auspicious months of Sha’baan and Ramadhaan. Rajab is from the Ashurul Hurum (Sacred months), where the rewards of virtuous deeds are increased. When the moon of Rajab was sighted RasulullahSallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam would recite the following Dua:
اَللّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْ رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان
“Allahumma baarik lana fee rajabin wa Sha’baana wa ballighnaa Ramadaan”
Oh Allah! grant us blessings in the month of Rajab and Shabaan, and make us reach the month of Ramadhaan” (Shu’abul-Imaan & Ibnus Sunni)
This Dua should be recited regularly in the month of Rajab and Sha’baan. In preparation for Ramadhan, the relevance of
Rajab maybe understood as the month to sow seeds (good actions),
Sha’ban is the month in which we should water those seeds (with tears of remorse) and
Ramadhan is the month in which we reap the harvest
May Allah Ta’ala privilege us with witnessing Ramadhaan and grant us the ability to spend it in a manner that is most pleasing to Him, Aameen.
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]
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?
When should a Muslim start fasting six days of Shawwaal ?
You can start fasting six days of Shawwaal from the second day of Shawwaal, because it is haraam to fast on the day of Eid. You can fast the six days at any time during Shawwaal, although the best of good deeds are those which are done soonest.
The standing committee received the following question:
Should fasting the six days be done immediately after Ramadaan, following the day of Eid or is it permissible to do it a few days after Eid in the month of Shawwaal or not?
They replied as follows:
These days do not have to be fasted immediately after Eid al-Fitr; it is permissible to start fasting them one or more days after Eid, and they may be done consecutively or separately during the month of Shawwaal, according to what is easier for a person. There is plenty of room for maneuver in this matter, and this is not obligatory, it is Sunnah.Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daaimah, 10/391
Can a person start fasting six days of Shawwaal when he still has days to make up from Ramadaan ?
If a person fasts six days of Shawwaal after Ramadaan when he has not yet completed the Ramadaan fast because he did not fast ten days of Ramadaan for a legitimate reason will he have the same reward as a person who fasted all of Ramadaan and followed it with six days of Shawwaal, i.e. will he be like a person who fasted for a lifetime? Please explain to us, may Allaah reward you with good.
The precise rewards for the deeds which people do for the sake of Allaah is something which is known only to Allaah. If a person seeks the reward from Allaah and strives to obey Him, his reward will not be lost, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“We shall not make the reward of anyone who does his (righteous) deeds in the most perfect manner to be lost.”[al-Kahf 18:30]. Read the rest of this entry »
Ruling on Zakat-ul-Fitr
The fifth question of Fatwa no. 5733
Q 5: Is it an authentic Hadith that says: “The Sawm (Fasting) of Ramadan is not raised (to Allah) until Zakat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast) is paid”? Is Zakat-ul-Fitr obligatory on a fasting Muslim who is needy and does not have the Nisab (the minimum amount on which Zakah is due) based on the authenticity of the previous Hadith or other Islamic textual evidence authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him)?
A: Zakat-ul-Fitr is obligatory on every Muslim who should be self-supporting if he has one Sa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 2.172 kg) or more in excess of his and his family’s need on the day and night of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast). This is based on the Hadith authentically reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) enjoined the payment of one Sa‘ of dates or one Sa‘ of barley as Zakat-ul-Fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people go out to offer ‘Eid Prayer.
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(Related by both Al-Bukhari and Muslim and the wording is that of Al-Bukhari)
Moreover, Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudry (may Allah be pleased with him) is reported to have said: We used to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr as one Sa‘ of food, or one Sa‘ of dried dates, or one Sa‘ of barley, or one Sa‘ of raisins, or one Sa‘ of curd during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). (Related by both Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
It will also suffice to discharge the obligation by giving a Sa‘ of the local staple food such as rice and the like. Sa‘ here means the Sa‘ of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), which is four handfuls scooped up with the two hands of an average built man. Accordingly, a person who does not pay Zakat-ul-Fitr is sinful and has to make up for it. With regard to the Hadith you have mentioned, we know nothing to the effect of its authenticity.
We ask Allah to guide you and to make our words and deeds and yours righteous.
May Allah grant us success! May blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
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