Every year Muslims from all over the world and from all ethnic and economic backgrounds begin fasting from dawn to sunset every day during a most blessed month in the Islamic tradition, known as Ramadan. But what makes Ramadan a blessed month? Why do Muslims fast during this month? What are the spiritual benefits of fasting? All these questions and more are addressed in this article that introduces you to a month long spiritual journey that over 1.4 billion Muslims engage in worldwide. Continue reading
After performing the dusk prayer, Muslims return to their homes either to continue with their appetizers or eat dinner. Most people, however, choose not to eat much, as it will hinder them in performing that worship which is the delight of the believer in Ramadan – the taraweeh prayer. This prayer is held immediately after the night prayer, which is performed when the last traces of dusk disappear, about an hour and a half after the dusk prayer. Continue reading
Fasting in Ramadan teaches people how to practice a good manners while dealing with others. And also teaches the reactions when receives insults from others. So Abu Huraira(Allah is pleased with him) narrated, Allah’s messenger said:” Saum( fasting) is a shield(or a screen or a shelter from the Hell-fire) So the person observing Saum(fast) should avoid sexual relation 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 (pbuh) added “by him in whose Hands my soul is the smell coming out from a mouth of a person observing Saum(fast) is better with Allah the almighty than the smell of musk.(Allah 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 and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times”. Bokhari 3;118-O.B.
” … 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
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.”
Human life on Earth will neither prosper nor enjoy stability unless it is established upon a foundation of justice. All of the sacred scriptures call people to being just. The crux of Islamic law is the realization of justice.
“And the word of your Lord has been accomplished in truth and justice; there is none who can change His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.”
All people instinctively crave justice for themselves and despise being oppressed. In spite of this, far too many people treat other people unjustly. Too many people fail to be offended when injustice is perpetrated against their fellow human beings. Continue reading
[17:33] Nor take life – which Allah has made sacred – except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)
Based on this verse, it is Islamically unlawful to murder anyone who is innocent of certain crimes. It is well to remember at this point the distinction made above between Qur’an and Sunnah, and the Muslims: only the Qur’an and Sunnah are guaranteed to be in accordance with what the Creator desires, whereas the Muslims may possibly deviate. Hence, if any Muslim kills an innocent person, that Muslim has committed a grave sin, and certainly the action cannot be claimed to have been done “in the name of Islam.”
It should be clear, then, that “Muslim terrorist” is almost an oxymoron: by killing innocent people, a Muslim is commiting an awesome sin, and Allah is Justice personified. This phrase is offensive and demeaning of Islam, and it should be avoided. It is hoped that as the general level of public awareness and understanding of Islam increases, people will keep “terrorism” and “Islam” separate from each other, not to be used in the same phrase. Continue reading