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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid Scarborough: Ramadan - live audio feed - Taraweeh prayers and lectures

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Live audio feeds are available for Taraweeh prayers and Lectures by our guest speakers.

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Scarborough Muslim Association, Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid

2665 Lawrence Ave. East
Scarborough, ON
M1P 2S2
CANADA
Tel: (416) 750-2253
Fax: (416) 750-1616
www.smacanada.ca

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Masjid Qurtabah Scarborough - Ramadan: community iftars and lectures series


North American Muslim Foundation

4140 Finch Ave East
Scarborough, Ontario M1S3T9
Canada
Tel: 1-416-299-1969
Fax: 1-416-299-4890

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Islamic Institute of Toronto - Build IIT Challenge: Ramadan Saturday Iftars

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Build IIT challenge

Generously sponsored by Famous Optical

If you are between the ages of 6-17, join the BUILD IIT challenge for a chance to win one of several awesome prizes, including Dell Mini Notebooks, Nintendo Wii's and Nintendo DS's.

Visit the BUILD IIT booth during Saturday iftars for details.


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Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT)

1630 Neilson Road
Scarborough, ON
M1X 1S3
Phone: 416-335-9173
Fax: 416-335-9208
E-mail: iit@islam.ca
http://www.islam.ca/

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Abu Huraira Centre - Ramadan 2009 program

Halaqahs during Ramadan

All halaqahs will commence one hour before iftaar time, inshallah

1) Sundays, Tuesdays & Fridays

Tafseer of Suratul Al-Hujurat, by Sh. Said Rageah

2) Mondays & Wednesdays,

Majalis Shahr Ramadan (Sh. Ibn ‘Uthaymeen), by Br. Muslih Khan

3) Sisters' Halaqah

Weekly Ramadan Workshop for sisters

Every Saturday from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. beginning August 29th, 2009, inshallah.

Free Admission( Material will be provided)

Please join us to learn more on how you can maximize your ibadah this Ramadan.

Also on days that there are no halaqahs, we will broadcast past lectures one hour before iftaar, inshallah.


270 Yorkland Blvd.
North York, Ontario M2J 5C9 Canada
Phone: 416-752-1200
Fax: 416-752-1168

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Ramadan 2009: Islamic Society of York Region

RAMADAN FOOD DRIVE:
As in the past, we will also have a Ramadan Food drive to distribute food among the needy. Canned and Dry Food only please and please ensure no meat products because of Halaal restrictions. Canned vegetables, peas, fruits, cookies, flour, rice etc are welcome.

We also need volunteers to distribute food. Please phone the Centre at 905 887 8913 and give your name.

Food distribution will take place every SUNDAY from 10 am to 12 noon. We will, insha'Allah start on the SECOND Sunday in Ramadan because by the first Sunday, we may not have adequate food supplies.

LAST TEN NIGHTS OF RAMADAN:

There will be Qiyamul Layl in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan. We urge everyone to attend these remarkable prayer sessions.

KHATMUL QUR'AN NIGHT:
Khatmul Qur'an night will, insha'Allah be on FRIDAY SEP 18. Iftaar will also be provided on that night. Please bring family and friends and join this most remarkable night where the beautiful recitation of the noble Qur'an will melt you heart. This is the night to pray for forgiveness and seek the blessings of Allah.

We wish you all a spiritually uplifting and joyous month of Ramadan.

May the blessings of Allah subhanahu wa taala shower your fasts and your prayers in this glorious month.

Please contact us at the following number or email address for any additional information.
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Islamic Society of York Region

1380 Stouffvill Rd
Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 3S3
Phone:905-887-8913 / 647 476 3776
Email: crescent@inforamp.net
Website: www.isyr.org

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Hadith for Ramadan from Bukhari and Muslim

30 Hadith for Ramadan

Arabic & English

All are taken from Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Compiled By Br. Omar

- 1عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا: أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: الشَّهْرُ تِسْعٌ وَعِشْرُونَ لَيْلَةً، فَلاَ تَصُومُوا حَتَّى تَرَوْهُ، فَإِنْ غُمَّ عَلَيْكُمْ فَأَكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ ثَلاَثِينَ. )البخاري(

1 - Narrated `Abdullâh bin `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said, The month can be 29 nights (i.e. days), and do not observe Saum (fast) till you see the crescent, and if the sky is overcast, then complete the month of Sha`bân as 30 days. (Bukhari)

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- 2عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ :أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: الصِّيامُ جُنَّةٌ، فَلاَ يَرْفُثْ وَلاَ يَجْهَلْ، وَإِنِ امْرُؤٌ قَاتَلَهُ أَوْ شَاتَمَهُ، فَلْيَقُلْ إنِّي صَائِمٌ مَرَّتَيْنِ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ، لَخُلُوفُ فَمِ الصَّائِمِ أَطْيَبُ عِنْدَ اللهِ تَعَالَى مِنْ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ، يَتْرُكُ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ وَشَهْوَتَهُ مِنْ أَجْلِي، الصِّيامُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ....... )البخاري(

2 - Narrated Abû Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) : Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said, Saum (fasting) is a shield (or a screen or a shelter from the Hellfire). So, the person observing Saum (fast) should avoid sexual relations with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should say to him twice, `I am observing Saum (fast) .' The Prophet (may peace be upon him) added, By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a person observing Saum (fast) is better with Allâh than the smell of musk. (Allâh says about the fasting person), `He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The Saum (fast) is for Me, So I will reward the fasting person for it …… (Al Bukhari)

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- 3عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِذَا جَاءَ رَمَضَانُ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ النَّارِ وَصُفِّدَتْ الشَّيَاطِينُ (مسلم)

3 - Abu Hurairah, (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained. (Muslim)

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- 4عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ، فَلَيْسَ للهِ حَاجَةٌ في أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ. )البخاري(

4 - Narrated Abû Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, Whoever does not give up telling lies (false statements) and acting on those lies, and evil actions etc., Allâh is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allâh will not accept his Saum (fasting)). (Al Bukhari)

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- 5عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ يَصُومُ يَوْمًا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا بَاعَدَ اللَّهُ بِذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ وَجْهَهُ عَنْ النَّارِ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا. (مسلم)

5 - Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Any servant of Allah who observes one day of Fast for Allah's sake, Allah would remove his face away from the Fire of Hell a distance equivalent to seventy years. (Muslim)

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- 6عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَجْوَدَ النَّاسِ بِالْخَيْرِ وَكَانَ أَجْوَدَ مَا يَكُونُ فِي شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ إِنَّ جِبْرِيلَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام كَانَ يَلْقَاهُ فِي كُلِّ سَنَةٍ فِي رَمَضَانَ حَتَّى يَنْسَلِخَ فَيَعْرِضُ عَلَيْهِ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ فَإِذَا لَقِيَهُ جِبْرِيلُ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَجْوَدَ بِالْخَيْرِ مِنْ الرِّيحِ الْمُرْسَلَةُِ) مسلم(

6 - Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was the most generous of people in charity, but he was even more generous in the month of Ramadan. Angel Gabriel (peace be upon him) used to meet him every year during the month of Ramadan until it ended, so that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) could recite the Qur'an to him; and when Gabriel met Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) he was more generous in giving charity than the blowing wind. (Muslim)

- 7عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ قَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ. (البخاري)

7 – Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said, Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadhan out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven. (Bukhari)

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- 8عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ لَا يَزَالُ النَّاسُ بِخَيْرٍ مَا عَجَّلُوا الْفِطْرَ. )البخاري(

8 - Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d (may Allah be pleased with him): Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said, The people (Muslim Ummah) will remain on the right path as long as they hasten to break their fast. (Break the fast on time, without delay) (Al Bukhari)

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- 9عَنْ سَهْلٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ في الجَنَّةِ بَابًا يُقَالُ لَهُ الرَّيَّانُ، يَدْخُلُ مِنْهُ الصَّائِمُونَ يَوْمَ الْقِيامَةِ، لاَ يَدْخُلُ مِنْهُ أَحَدٌ غَيْرُهُمْ، يُقَالُ أَيْنَ الصَّائِمُون، فَيَقُومونَ لاَ يَدْخُلُ مِنْهُ أَحَدٌ غَيْرُهُمْ، فَإِذَا دَخَلُوا أُغْلِقَ، فَلَمْ يَدْخُلْ مِنْهُ أَحَدٌ. )البخاري(

9 - Narrated Sahl (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, There is a gate in Paradise called ArRaiyân, and those who observe Saum (fasts) will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, `Where are those who used to observe Saum (fasts)?' They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it. (Al Bukhari)

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- 10عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ أَنَّهُ سَأَلَ عَائِشَةَ كَيْفَ كَانَتْ صَلَاةُ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي رَمَضَانَ قَالَتْ مَا كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَزِيدُ فِي رَمَضَانَ وَلَا فِي غَيْرِهِ عَلَى إِحْدَى عَشْرَةَ رَكْعَةً يُصَلِّي أَرْبَعًا فَلَا تَسْأَلْ عَنْ حُسْنِهِنَّ وَطُولِهِنَّ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي أَرْبَعًا فَلَا تَسْأَلْ عَنْ حُسْنِهِنَّ وَطُولِهِنَّ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي ثَلَاثًا فَقَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ فَقُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَتَنَامُ قَبْلَ أَنْ تُوتِرَ فَقَالَ يَا عَائِشَةُ إِنَّ عَيْنَيَّ تَنَامَانِ وَلَا يَنَامُ قَلْبِي.) مسلم(

10 - Abu Salamah bin 'Abdul-Rahman reported that he asked 'A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) about the night Prayer (Taraweeh) of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) during the month of Ramadan. She said: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) did not observe – either in Ramadan or in any other month more than eleven rak'ahs (units of prayer) of the night Prayer (Taraweeh). He in the first instance observed four rak'ahs. Ask not about their excellence and their length (i.e. these were matchless in perfection and length). He again observed four rak'ahs, and ask not about their excellence and length. He would then observe three rak'ahs (of the Witr Prayer). 'A'ishah again reported: I asked: Messenger of Allah, do you sleep before observing the Witr Prayer? He said: O 'A'ishah, my eyes sleep but my heart does not. (Muslim)

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- 11عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ رِوَايَةً قَالَ إِذَا أَصْبَحَ أَحَدُكُمْ يَوْمًا صَائِمًا فَلَا يَرْفُثْ وَلَا يَجْهَلْ فَإِنْ امْرُؤٌ شَاتَمَهُ أَوْ قَاتَلَهُ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ.) مسلم(

11 - Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: When anyone of you gets up in the morning in a state of Fasting, he should neither have sexual relations with his wife, nor use obscene language or do any act of ignorance. And if anyone slanders him or quarrels with him, he should say: "I am fasting, I am fasting." (Muslim)

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- 12عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ تَسَحَّرُوا فَإِنَّ فِي السُّحُورِ بَرَكَةً.) مسلم(

12 – Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Take Suhur (small meal before dawn); for in the Suhur there is a blessing. (Muslim)

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- 13عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ تَسَحَّرْنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ قُمْنَا إِلَى الصَّلَاةِ قُلْتُ كَمْ كَانَ قَدْرُ مَا بَيْنَهُمَا قَالَ خَمْسِينَ آيَةً. (مسلم)

13 – Zaid Bin Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: We took Sahur (light meal before the break of dawn) with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him), we then stood up for prayer. I said, how much time was there between the two acts, he said, the time it takes to recite fifty verses of the Qur’an. (Muslim)

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- 14عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي سَفَرٍ فَرَأَى رَجُلًا قَدْ اجْتَمَعَ النَّاسُ عَلَيْهِ وَقَدْ ظُلِّلَ عَلَيْهِ فَقَالَ مَا لَهُ قَالُوا رَجُلٌ صَائِمٌ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَيْسَ مِنْ الْبِرِّ أَنْ تَصُومُوا فِي السَّفَرِ.) مسلم(

14 - Jabir bin 'Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: In the course of a journey, Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a man whom the people were crowding around and providing some shade. Upon this, he (the Prophet) asked: What is the matter with him? They said: He is a person observing Fast. Whereupon the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: It is not righteousness that you fast while you are travelling. (Muslim)

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- 15عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّهَا قَالَتْ سَأَلَ حَمْزَةُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو الْأَسْلَمِيُّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ الصِّيَامِ فِي السَّفَرِ فَقَالَ إِنْ شِئْتَ فَصُمْ وَإِنْ شِئْتَ فَأَفْطِرْ.) مسلم(

15 - 'A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: Hamzah bin 'Amr Al-Aslami asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) about Fasting on a journey, and he (the Prophet) said: If you wish to fast do so, and if you prefer to break your fast you may do so. (Muslim)

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- 16عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ: كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ شَدَّ مِئْزَرَهُ، وَأَحْيَا لَيْلَهُ، وَأَيْقَظَ أَهْلَهُ. )البخاري(

16 - Narrated `Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): With the start of the last ten days of Ramadân, the Prophet (may peace be upon him) used to tighten his waist-belt (i.e. work hard) and used to offer Salât (prayer) all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the Salât (prayers). (Al Bukhari)

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- 17عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ :اعْتَكَفْنَا مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْعَشْرَ الأَوْسَطَ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ، فَخَرَجَ صَبِيحَةَ عِشْرِينَ فَخَطَبَنَا، وَقَالَ: (إِنِّي أُرِيتُ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ، ثُمَّ أُنْسِيتُهَا، أَوْ: نُسِّيتُهَا، فَالْتَمِسُوهَا في الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ في الْوِتْرِ. )البخاري(

17 - Narrated Abû Sa`id (may Allah be pleased with him) about the Night of Qadr, he said: We practised I`tikâf (seclusion in the mosque) in the middle third of the month of Ramadân with the Prophet (may peace be upon him). In the morning of the 20th of Ramadan, the Prophet (may peace be upon him) came and addressed us and said, I was informed of the date of the Night of Qadr but I was caused to forget it; so search for it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadân ……. (Al Bukhari)

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- 18عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا: أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: الْتَمِسُوهَا في الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ، لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ، في تَاسِعَةٍ تَبْقَى، في سَابِعَة تَبْقَى، في خَامِسَةٍ تَبْقَى. )البخاري(

18 - Narrated Ibn `Abbâs (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, Look for the lailat of Qadr (the night of power) in the last ten nights of Ramadân - on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten nights of Ramadân ((i.e. 21, 23, 25, (27, 29,) respectively). (Bukhari)

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- 19عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا، زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم: أَنَّ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم كانَ يَعْتَكِفُ الْعَشْرَ الأَوَاخِرَ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ حَتَّى تَوَفَّاهُ اللهُ، ثُمَّ اعْتَكَفَ أَزْوَاجُهُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ. )البخاري(

19 - Narrated `Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) the wife of the Prophet (may peace be upon him): The Prophet (may peace be upon him) used to practise I`tikâf (seclusion in the mosque) in the last ten days of Ramadân till he died and then his wives used to practise I`tikâf after him. (Al Bukhari)

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- 20عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ: وَإِنْ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم لَيُدْخِلُ عَلَيَّ رَأْسَهُ، وَهُوَ في المَسْجِدِ، فَأُرَجِّلهُ، وَكَانَ لاَ يَدْخُلُ الْبَيْتَ إِلاَّ لِحَاجَةٍ إِذَا كانَ مُعْتَكِفًا. )البخاري(

20 - Narrated `Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), the wife of the Prophet (may peace be upon him) : While Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was in I’tikaf (seclusion in the mosque) he used to put his head in the house (their house was right next to the Prophet’s mosque) so that I could comb and oil his hair. Whenever he was in I`tikâf he never used to enter the house except for an urgent need. (Bukhari)

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- 21عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَنْ نَسِيَ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ فَأَكَلَ أَوْ شَرِبَ فَلْيُتِمَّ صَوْمَهُ فَإِنَّمَا أَطْعَمَهُ اللَّهُ وَسَقَاهُ.) مسلم(

21 - Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: If anyone forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks, he should complete his Fast (i.e. don’t stop fasting) for it was Allah Who fed him and gave him drink. (Muslim)

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- 22عَنْ عَامِرِ بْنِ رَبِيعَةَ قَالَ رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَسْتَاكُ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ مَا لَا أُحْصِي أَوْ أَعُدُّ. (البخاري)

22 – Narrated ‘Amir Bin Rabi’a (may Allah be pleased with him): I saw the Prophet (may peace be upon him) cleaning his teeth with Siwak (small branch of a tree) while he was fasting so many times as I cannot count. (Bukhari)

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- 23عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُقَبِّلُ إِحْدَى نِسَائِهِ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ ثُمَّ تَضْحَكُ.) مسلم(

23 - 'A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) kissed one of his wives while he was fasting, and then she ('A'ishah) smiled as she was narrating. (Muslim)

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- 24عَنْ عَائِشَةَ وَأُمِّ سَلَمَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَتَا كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُصْبِحُ جُنُبًا مِنْ غَيْرِ حُلُمٍ ثُمَّ يَصُومُ.) مسلم(

24 - 'A'ishah and Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (may peace be upon him) woke up in the morning in a state of janabah (major impurity, i.e. after sexual relations with his wife) which was not due to the wet dream and then observed the Fast. (Muslim)

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- 25عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ هَلَكْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ وَمَا أَهْلَكَكَ قَالَ وَقَعْتُ عَلَى امْرَأَتِي فِي رَمَضَانَ قَالَ هَلْ تَجِدُ مَا تُعْتِقُ رَقَبَةً قَالَ لَا قَالَ فَهَلْ تَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ تَصُومَ شَهْرَيْنِ مُتَتَابِعَيْنِ قَالَ لَا قَالَ فَهَلْ تَجِدُ مَا تُطْعِمُ سِتِّينَ مِسْكِينًا قَالَ لَا قَالَ ثُمَّ جَلَسَ فَأُتِيَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِعَرَقٍ فِيهِ تَمْرٌ فَقَالَ تَصَدَّقْ بِهَذَا قَالَ أَفْقَرَ مِنَّا فَمَا بَيْنَ لَابَتَيْهَا أَهْلُ بَيْتٍ أَحْوَجُ إِلَيْهِ مِنَّا فَضَحِكَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَتَّى بَدَتْ أَنْيَابُهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ اذْهَبْ فَأَطْعِمْهُ أَهْلَكَ.) مسلم(

25 - Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: A person came to the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) and said: Messenger of Allah, I am ruined. He (the Prophet) asked: What has brought about your ruin? He said: I have had intercourse with my wife during the month of Ramadan. Upon this he (the Prophet) asked: Can you set a slave free? He said: No. He (the Prophet) again asked: Can you fast for two consecutive months? He said: No. He (the Prophet) asked: Can you provide food to sixty poor people? He said: No. He then sat down and (in the meanwhile) there was brought to the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) a basket which contained dates. He (the Prophet) said: Give these dates in Charity. He (the man) asked: Am I to give to one who is poorer than me? There is no family poorer than mine between the two lava plains of Medina. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) laughed till his molar teeth became visible and said: Go and give it to your family to eat. (Muslim)

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- 26عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِذَا دُعِيَ أَحَدُكُمْ إِلَى طَعَامٍ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ. (مسلم)

26 – Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: If any one of you is invited to a meal when he is fasting, he should say: I am fasting. (Muslim)

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- 27عَنْ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَهَى عَنْ الْوِصَالِ قَالُوا إِنَّكَ تُوَاصِلُ قَالَ إِنِّي لَسْتُ كَهَيْئَتِكُمْ إِنِّي أُطْعَمُ وَأُسْقَى.) مسلم(

27 - Ibn 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) forbade uninterrupted fasting (Saum Wisal – fasting for more than one day in a row). They (some of the Companions) said: You yourself fast uninterruptedly, whereupon he said: I am not like you. I am fed and supplied drink by Allah. (Muslim)

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- 28عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا: أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم احْتَجَمَ وَهُوَ مُحْرِمٌ، واحْتَجَمَ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ. )البخاري(

28 - Narrated Ibn `Abbâs (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (may peace be upon him) was cupped (process of removing bad blood with a vacuum and a cup) while he was in the state of Ihrâm, and also while he was observing a Saum (fast). (Al Bukhari)

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- 29عَن ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ: (إِذَا رَأَيْتُمُوهُ فَصُومُوا، وَإِذَا رَأَيْتُمُوهُ فَأَفْطِرُوا، فَإِنْ غُمَّ عَلَيْكُمْ فَاقْدُرُوا لَهُ). يَعْنِي: هِلاَلَ رَمَضَانَ. )البخاري(

29 - Narrated Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): I heard Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saying, When you see the crescent (of the moon) for the month of Ramadân, start observing Saum (fast), and when you see the crescent (of the moon) for the month of Shawwâl, stop observing Saum (fast); and if the sky is overcast and you can't see it (the crescent) then regard the month as having 30 days. (Bukhari)

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- 30عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا: أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: مَنْ مَاتَ وَعَلَيْهِ صِيَامٌ صَامَ عَنْهُ وَلِيُّهُ. )البخاري(

30 – Narrated `Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said, Whoever died while leaving missed saum (fasts) from Ramadân, then his guardians must observe saum (fast) on his behalf. (Bukhari)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Important Tips for a Successful Fast during Ramadan


As we undertake yet another month of striving to seek forgiveness and mercy from our Lord it is only through prayer, sacrifice, and charity to others that we can gain good character, Imam Abdullah encourages us to reflect on our lives and work on increasing the following things which he titles the 5 D’s:

1) Durus (lessons)
Be actively engaged in seeking knowledge. We should involve ourselves in as many classes as we can this Ramadan.

2) Dhikr (remembrance)
Actively engage in the remembrance of Allah (SWT) and be a reminder to one another.

3) Dua (prayer)
To call upon Allah (SWT) asking for guidance that will lead to success in this life and salvation in the next.

4) Dawah (invitation)
Call others to what we are striving to attain, the pleasure of Allah (SWT).

5) Difah (defense)
Defend ourselves against our own evil inclinations and deeds by seeking refuge in Allah (SWT) in the manner that Allah (SWT) describes to us in Kutbahtul Hajar. We can increase our defense by increasing our Taqwa of Allah (SWT) (consciousness, fear, etc.), for surely Allah (SWT) is the best Wali, Maula, Wakil (protector, friend, and guardian). What better defense is there than this? When we fear Allah (SWT) as He should be feared, all our enemies are small.

This Ramadan we should strive for self-purification. Allah (SWT) describes in the Quran three conditions of the soul:

Nafsul Amara: The Soul given to its own desires seeking the lower path. Allah (SWT) says: Nor do I absolve my soul from blame, verily the human soul is inclined to evil, except when my Lord bestows his Mercy on whom he wills, verily my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
(S: 12; A: 53)

Nafsul Lawama: The Soul which feels consciousness of its evil and is a repenting soul. Allah (SWT) says: And I swear by the self-reproaching soul. (S: 75; A: 2)

Nafsul Mutmaeena: The soul that has attainted this highest stage in which one is pleased with their Lord and Allah (SWT) is pleased with them. Allah (SWT) explains about this soul: it will be said to the pious, oh soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction.
(S: 89; A: 27-30)

Tarawih Salat
Tarawih Salat is another great opportunity for the believer to seek Allah (SWT)’s pleasure during Ramadan. Tarawih literally means to take a break, or rest between every 4 Rakats of this special prayer offered after Isha during Ramadan. The Prophet (SAWS) offered this prayer during Ramadan after Isha prayer several times in congregation.
Then one night the believers noticed that he hadn’t come out to lead them in Tarawih Salat, when they questioned him as to why he had stopped he expressed his concern that it might become compulsory for them if he continued, and that they might not be able to uphold the obligation.
Narrated Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (saws) said regarding the month of Ramadan: Whoever prays at night (i.e. in the month of Ramadan), out of sincere faith, then all of his previous sins will be forgiven.

One can offer this prayer at home or in congregation; there is a special merit either way; however it is only during Ramadan that this special prayer can be offered in congregation so let us take full advantage of this special time and come together for Tarawih Salat as much as possible.

Laylat ul Qadr (The night of power)
The actual night of the beginning of the revelation of Quran from Allah (SWT) (T) occurred during this blessed night in which Allah (SWT) the Exalted has said Laytul Qadr is better than a thousand months. That’s just over 83 years, a full life span.
This night is found in an odd night of the last 10 nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th, etc.). We should seek it in all of the last ten nights

Some things to consider!!
May our fasting during this month awaken our hearts. If our intention is sincere, Allah (SWT) (S.W.T.) will purify our souls and forgive us our sins. Ameen.

As Muslims, we must also remember to refrain from gluttonous eating, drinking and appeasing other urges of the flesh. Islam creates a harmonious relation and balance between the urges of the body and that which the soul strives for; The Good Pleasure of Allah (SWT) (T).

Through fasting we must learn to appreciate the things we usually take for granted as human beings.

Insha Allah (SWT) this fast will instill in our hearts a genuine concern and sympathy for those who are suffering and are in need throughout the world and even in our own backyard. The Prophet (SAWS) describes the month of Ramadan as one of consideration and compassion. Therefore, let us use the fast to help us increase the consideration and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Islam and all humanity as well.

Let us begin today, to establish Regular daily Islamic talks in our homes, with our families, in the Masjid in groups, study the Qur’an and the Sunnah; and strive to implement what we have learned from our reading and experiences during this month.

Let us not permit the vows we make to Allah (SWT) to improve ourselves be in vain, or let useless talk make our good deeds like scattered dust. Ameen!

Al Hamdulillah, we have reached another blessed month of Ramadan, and once again it is a time for us to consider both the responsibility and the reward that this great pillar of Islam offers us.

It is a time when the believer must question how he or she will choose to stand before the Lord of all the worlds. What deeds will weigh heavy on the scale and earn the forgiveness and Mercy of Allah (SWT). A hadith of the Prophet states that this is a time in which the Shayteen are chained and have no power to suggest to us. We therefore must bear witness to the weaknesses and wickedness within us, so that we can honestly assess and seek to improve ourselves, with Allah (SWT)’s Help.

In this month, the rope of guidance and salvation was extended to all of mankind. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran: Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down; a guidance for all mankind, and a clarification of guidance and a criterion of truth and falsehood.
(S:2, A:185)

Also, Allah (SWT) (T) says in the Quran: Whoever witnesses it (the month of Ramadan), it is obligatory for him to fast the whole month. All adult Muslims must fast unless they are exempt by the laws of Islam (Shariah). Allah (SWT) says: “Oh you who believe, the fast has been made obligatory on you”. S:2, A:183 Thus, Allah (SWT) teaches us that Fasting is an obligation and a means to attain Taqwa, which increases believers in their rank with Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) (SwT) says: “The most honored by Allah (SWT) amongst you are those best in Taqwa.” (S:49; A:13)

Without this source of light and guidance, the whole world and it’s many wonders and charms, with its trials and tragedies, would be a very dark place and the road to paradise uncertain. Surely, this is a great Mercy to mankind. Allah (SWT) has entrusted us to be the carriers of His Divine Message to Humanity. Allah (SWT) (swt) says: On this day, I have perfected your Religion (way of life) and I am pleased with Islam as your Religion (way of life). To be successful each of us must decide to uphold this honor by being Muslim and carrying the Message of Al Islam to the whole world?

Beginning Ramadan
The Prophet (saw) said: Begin to fast after the sighting of the new moon (of Ramadan) and break the fast after sighting the crescent (of Shawal), if the sky is overcast and you cannot see it, then complete thirty days of Sha’ban.
Requirements for the validity of Fasting

• Must be as sane adult Muslim. Adult being one who has reached the age of puberty.

• Making your intention the night before to fast or before dawn. It is sunnah to recite the following duah [Bi sawmin ghadin nawaytu min shahri Ramadan] which means: I have intention tomorrow to observe a fast of the month of Ramadan.

• You must abstain from food, drink, smoking, sex, false speech, and evil deeds.
Exemptions from Fasting

• The mentally insane

• Children who have not reached puberty.

• The elderly and chronically ill for whom fasting is unreasonably strenuous. A person in this case is required to feed a poor person for every day of Ramadan in which he or she has missed the fast.

• Pregnant or nursing women. In this case, one must make up the days missed at a later date, preferably before the next Ramadan.

• Menstruating women. In this case, the fast is prohibited and one must make up the days missed at a later date, preferably before the next Ramadan.

• Those who are ill or are traveling, provided the days are made up when they have completed their travel and are well.
Duration of the Fast

• Fasting starts just before the Fajr Salat and ends after sunset. Allah (SWT) says: Eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread, then complete your fast during the day until the night appears.
What to do Upon Starting and Breaking the Fast

• Take a meal (sahoor) as close to Fajr time as possible. The Prophet (saw) said: Partake of Sahur for there is a blessing in it.

• To break the fast as soon as one is sure that the sun has set. The Prophet (saws) said: If any of you was fasting, let him break his fast with dates. If he can’t find (i.e. dates), then let him break his fast with water, for water is wholesome.

• When you break your fast, it is Sunnah to make the following duah:

1) Allahuma laka sumtu wa ala rizqika aftartu. Oh Allah (SWT), for you did I fast and with your bounties do I break my fast.

2) Dhahaba Dzamau wabtalatil-uruuqu wa thabit- al-ajru in Insha Allah (SWT). Gone is the thirst and moistened are the veins and if Allah (SWT) wills, the reward is also assured.

Things Which Break the Fast

• Intentional breaking of the fast.

• Sexual intercourse during the fast.

• Intentional eating and drinking.

• Hijamah, the removal of blood by scarification or by opening the vein.

• The menses and post childbirth bleeding of women.
Extra things that we can try to do this Ramadan

• Reading and applying what you have read of the Quran. We should try to read a Juz of the Quran each day.

• Supplication to Allah (SWT).

• Give in Sadaqah. Be more generous to the poor and disadvantaged.

• Increase in your good deeds and abstain from evil deeds.

• Avoid vain talk.

• Avoid false speech.

• Avoid any act, which is contradictory to what is intended while fasting.
The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) (saw) said: Fasting is not merely refraining from food or drink. Fasting is refraining from vain talk and indecency, and if one slanders you or aggresses against you, then you should say, I am fasting.

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