One of the most distinctive aspects of the month of Ramadhan is that it includes lailatul qadr (the night of power), which is the most blessed night of the year. This is that very night in which Allah Ta’ala chose to reveal the Holy Quran upon our beloved Rasool (s.a.w.). This is also the night wherein Allah decides the destiny, sustenance, birth, and death etc. for His creation. It is mentioned in the Holy Quran that this night is better than a thousand months (83 years & four months) as Allah himself speaks:
” … Eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. Then resume the fast till nightfall … “ [Al-Qur’an 2:187]
It was narrated that Adi ibn Hatim, may Allah be pleased with him, said when the following verses were revealed:
” … until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread,” that he took two strands of hair, one black and the other white, and kept them under his pillow and went on looking at them throughout the night but could not make anything out of it. So, the next morning he went to Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, and told him the whole story. He explained, “that verse means the darkness of night and the whiteness of dawn.” [Recorded by al-Bukhari]
It was also narrated by Sahl ibn Saud, may Allah be pleased with him, that when the following verse was revealed:
” … Eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread … “ and “of the dawn” was not revealed, some people who intended to fast, tied black and white threads to their legs and went on eating till they differentiated between the two. Allah then revealed the words, “of the dawn”, and it became clear that meant night and day. [Recorded by al-Bukhari] Continue reading
Question: Is it permissible for the one in a state of i’tikaaf to leave the Haram (i.e. al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah or al-Masjid an-Nabawee in Madeenah) to go and eat or drink? And is it permissible for him to ascend to the roof of the masjid to listen to the lectures?
Response: Yes, It is permissible for one in the state of i’tikaaf in al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah) or other than it, to leave (the masjid) to go to eat or drink if he is unable to bring these (supplies) to the masjid. This is because this is something which is necessary, just as he would Continue reading
The acts of worship that the Muslims practice seek to achieve certain goals and benefits that Allah wants His slaves to acquire knowledge in them and to comprehend and achieve them. Among these acts of worship is fasting during the lunar month of Ramadhan, which has several goals that the Muslims must strive to achieve with his heart and by his actions. These goals are as follows: Continue reading
The month of Ramadhan enjoys and intrinsic superiority over all the other months of the year. Likewise, it’s last ‘Ashra or ten days are superior to the two earlier ‘Ashras, and lailatul Qadr or the Night of Power, generally, falls in it. That is why, the sacred Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) devoted himself more intensively to prayer and other forms of worship during it and urged others, also, to do the same Continue reading
Response: I’tikaaf is for a person to confine himself to the masjid in obedience to Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) so as to separate himself from the people and free himself (from the chores of daily life) to exert himself in worshipping Allaah. This can take place in any masjid, whether it is a masjid in which Continue reading
To many of you reading this the title may seem absurd, and may have even caught you off-guard, as love generally is not associated with the month of worship and blessing. Yet, if we were to contemplate the actions that we partake during this blessed month we would see that the vast majority of them revolve around love, we are often people that just fail to reflect. Continue reading
- Ramadhan is an auspicious opportunity for believers to renew their commitment to their Creator and the Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. This commitment must be both outward and inward, so that a Muslim not only recites more Qur’an and offers more units of prayer, but that she or he does so with reflection, humility and attentiveness.
- Muslims must ensure they are not formalists who concentrate only on the outward. Achieving Allah’s acceptance must be a believer’s priority and is not easy – “Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous.” [Al-Qur’an 5:27]
- Ramadhan is a wonderful opportunity for accounting of one’s sins and making repentance. If one does not repent in Ramadhan, when will he or she do so?
- Muslims should strive to worship Allah as best as they can from the beginning of the month, for that increases chances of the end of the month being good as well.
- Muslims should consider what is it that they truly want to achieve in Ramadhan, whether they want to be from the winners or from the losers, and should make sure they do not perform acts of worship simply because it is the surrounding people’s custom to do so.
- Muslims must be firmly aware that Ramadhan is only a means and not an end.
One should not overeat while breaking the fast to the point that he fills his stomach, as there isn’t any container that Allah hates more than a full stomach. How can one benefit from fasting and subdue this enemy and break this desire if he breaks his fast by making up for it through eating everything that he missed out on during the day? In fact, some even eat more than they usually would during the day! This habit has continued to the point that so many types of food are prepared for Ramadhan that more food is eaten in this month than in any other month.
It is known that the whole point of fasting is discipline and to break one’s desire in order to strengthen the soul with taqwa. So, if you prevent your digestive system from food all day long until night such that its desire and longing for food goes wild, and you then feed it what it wants until it is fully satisfied, this will only increase its desire and multiply its energy, and it will manifest a longing that wouldn’t have been there had it been left to its usual intake. Continue reading
One of the qualities of human nature that Islam encourages people to uphold is generosity. The need to be generous towards family, friends, neighbors, strangers and even enemies, is mentioned repeatedly throughout the Quran and the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him. There is no better time to talk about generosity then in the Islamic month of Ramadan.