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The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. [2:185]
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    =D Ramadhan Reminders #

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    Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-Ir-Raheem,

    AsalamuAlaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,



    The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, "Oh peole! A great month has come over you, a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer's sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all." -Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah



    In another hadith, the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) says, "Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted." -Narrated by Tabarani



    And when opening your fast:

    Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (radiAllahuAnhu) relates that the prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: 'blessing comes down upon food in it's middle, so eat from the sides of the vessel and do not eat from its centre' -Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi.

    Adding more later, inshaAllah.


    Last edited by Pk_#2; 09-10-2008 at 10:22 AM. Reason: Name capitalised, for the sister on page 4 who got annoyed by it =) JazakiAllahu khair.
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    Someone texted me this hadith in urdu last year, where it says that when Musa Alayhis Salaam made dua to Allaah, there were 70 Angels between him and Allaah. But when The Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam will make dua to Allah at the time of breaking the fast, there will be no one between him and Allaah, and Allaah will never turn away the dua made at that time.

    InshaaAllaah someone can provide the reference.

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    Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) during the sermon of the Farewell Pilgrimage saying,

    "Be mindful of your duty to Allah; perform your five daily Salat, observe Saum during the month (of Ramadan) , pay the Zakat on your properties and obey your leaders; (if you do so) you will enter the Jannah of your Rubb".

    [At-Tirmidhi]

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    Qatadah said that he was informed that the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to say, when seeing the crescent, "A crescent of goodness and orientation, a crescent of goodness and orientation, a crescent of goodness and orientation. (To the moon) I believe in Allah who created you." (Three times), and then he would say, "Praise be to Allah who has taken away such- and-such month and brought such-and-such month." - Narrated by Abu Dawud



    "Whoever fasted Ramadan with faith and in expectancy of reward, his previous sins are forgiven him." - Bukhari and Muslim



    "The month of Ramadan has come to you; a month of goodness and blessing."- Ibn Khuzaymah



    "The Master of the Months is Ramadan, and the Master of the days is Friday."
    - Ibn Khuzaymah




    "O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may attain Taqwa." - Soorah al-Baqarah (2):183
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    JazakiAllahu khair -Serene-

    Abu Umaamah (RadiAllahu Anuhu) said: "I said: 'O Messenger of Allah, tell me of an action by which I may enter Paradise'. He said: 'Take to Fasting, there is nothing like it.' " -An-Nasaa'ee, Ibn Hibbaan, Al-Haakim, Saheeh


    Virtues of Fasting as menti-oned in the Qur'an and Sunnah





    "Every action of the son of Adam is given manifold reward, each good deed receiving then times its like, up to seven hundred times. Allah the Most High said, 'Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I will give recompense for it, he leaves off his desires and his food for Me.' for the fasting person there are two times of joy; a time when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of musk." -Al-Bukhaaree




    Also, Sahl ibn Sa`d said that the Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: "Indeed there is a gate of Paradise called ar-Rayyaan. On the day of Resurrection those who fast will enter through it; no one enters it except for them, and when they have entered, it is closed so that no one enters it, so when the last of them enters it, it is closed, and whoever enters it drinks, and whoever drinks never becomes thirsty." -Ibn Khuzaimah, Saheeh




    "Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the Fire." -Ahmad, Saheeh




    - On the Day of Judgement, "Fasting will say: O My Lord I prevented him from food an desires so accept my intercession for him." -Ahmad, al-Haakim and Abu Nu'aim, Hasan




    - Fasting is a means for one's sins to be forgiven. The Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: "He who fasts Ramadhan, due to Iman and hoping for reward (from Allah) then his past sins are forgiven." - Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim




    - The supplication of the fasting person is answered: "There are in the month of Ramadhan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim an supplication which he can make and will be granted." - Ahmad, Saheeh
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    Certain Aspects and Rulings related to fasting

    - For the obligatory fast in the month of Ramadhan, it is incumbent on everyone to have intention before the appearance of Fajr.


    - Fast is performed between the time of True Fajr (that which makes food forbidden for the fasting person, and makes Fajr prayer lawful, as explained by Ibn `Abbaas RadiAllahu Anhu) and the time as soon it is seen that the sun has set.


    - The interval between the end of suhoor (the pre-dawn meal) and the start of the obligatory prayer is the interval sufficient to recite fifty Aayaat, as indicated by the Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) and related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.


    - Eating the pre-dawn meal (suhoor) contains many blessings and the Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) ordered us to do take it, forbade us from leaving it and told us to take suhoor to make a distinction between our fast and the fast of the People of the Book. In spite of this, Ibn Hajar reports in Fathul-Baaree that there is Ijmaa` that it is mustahabb (recommendation). Allah knows best.


    - Falsehood, ignorant and indecent speech are to be avoided as they may render one's fasting futile.


    - A fasting person can begin fasting while in the state of Janaabah (major state of impurity that requires bath due to a sexual intercourse), as explained in Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.


    - Use of Siwaak (tooth-stick) is permitted. Likewise, washing the mouth and nose is permitted, but it should not be done strongly.


    - The Prophet forbade a youth to kiss while fasting, while he allowed an old man since he is able to control himself.


    - Giving blood and injections which do not provide nourishment does not break the fast. Also, there is no harm in tasting food, provided it does not reach the throat.


    - Pouring cold water over one's head and taking a bath contain no harm to a fasting person.


    - It is Sunnah of the Prophet and the practice of his companions to break the fast as soon as the Sun sets even if some bright redness remains upon the horizon. Muslims are strongly encouraged to hasten breaking the fast.

    The Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) said: "The Deen will not cease to be uppermost as long as the people hasten to break the fast, since the Jews and the Christians delay it." [Abu Daawood, Ibn Hibbaan, Hasan]


    - The Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) used to break his fast before praying and he used to break it with fresh dates, if not then with older dates. And if not with dates, than with some mouthfuls of water.


    - The supplication of the fasting person when he breaks his fast is not rejected. The best du`aa' (supplication) is that reported from Allah's Messenger,
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam). He used to say when breaking the fast:

    "Dhahaba-DH-DHama'u wabtallatil-`urooqu, wa thabatal ajru inshaa Allah." (The thirst has gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is certain, if Allah wills.) - Abu Daawood, al-Baihaqee, al-Haakim and others, Hasan


    - The Prophet said: "He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting persons reward." - Ahmad, at-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan, Saheeh

    Also, a fasting Muslim should not reject invitation of another Muslim to break fast.

    - Deliberate eating and drinking, making oneself vomit, menstruation, after-birth bleeding, injection containing nourishment and sexual intercourse all nullify the fast.

    - As for Lailatul-Qadr, the Night of Decree, that is better than a thousand months (see Soorah Qadr (97)), the Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) told us: "Seek it in the last ten, and if one of you is too weak or unable then let him not allow that to make him miss the final seven." [al-Bukhaaree, Muslim]. That which is the most specific states, "seek it on the (twenty) ninth and the (twenty) seventh and the (twenty) fifth." - al-Bukhaaree

    - The Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) used to exert himself greatly during Lailatul-Qadr. He would spend the nights in worship, detaching himself from women and ordering his family with this. So every Muslim should be eager to stand in prayer during Lailatul Qadr out of Iman and hoping for the great reward.
    The Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: "Whoever stands (in prayer) in Lailatul Qadr out of Iman and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven." -Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim

    - The supplication that the Messenger of Allah (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) taught `Aa'isha, radiyallaahu `anhaa, to say when seeking the Night of Decree is:

    "O Allah you are the one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me." - At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, Saheeh

    - It is Sunnah to pray Taraweeh in congregation and the one who knew the best the practice of the Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam)) at night, `Aa'isha, radiyallaahu `anhaa, said: "Allah's Messenger did not increase upon eleven rak`ahs in Ramadhan, or outside it." - Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim

    - All who are capable should take advantage of the month of Ramadhan and perform I`tikaaf, i.e. fully attach oneself to worshipping in the mosque. One should inquire how the Prophet (
    Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) performed I`tikaaf.

    - Zakaatul Fitr is prescribed by Allah as a purification for those who fasted from loose and indecent talk, and to feed the poor Muslims as a provision for `Eidul Fitr. One should inquire further about rulings related to it, especially upon whom it is obligatory and what is its quantity.

    - The last but not the least, we should strive to constantly improve our worship and obedience of Allah the Most High, including once the month of Ramadhan is over, inshaa' Allah.

    Wa'Allahu Alim,

    Most of this was taken from Islaam.com / 7cgen.com/ UmmT's blog/ Riyad-Us-Saaliheen
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    MashALLAH..JazakALLAH Khair

    we should all try to feed as many people as we can InshALLAH

    May ALLAH (SWA) fill lour Ramadan with Mercy and let us be those who gain nothing but the maximum from it,Ameen

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    Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, Be! and it is.

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    Re: =D Ramadhan Reminders #

    nice thread keep the good reminders coming.
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    Three simple rules in life:

    1) If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it
    2) If you don't ask, the answer will always be no.
    3) If you do not step forward, you'll always be in the same place

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    The Prophet forbade a youth to kiss while fasting, while he allowed an old man since he is able to control himself.


    Hmmm.... then what is this hadith about?


    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 150:
    Narrated Hisham's father:

    Aisha said, "Allah's Apostle used to kiss some of his wives while he was fasting," and then she smiled.
    ???????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by - Serene - View Post




    Hmmm.... then what is this hadith about?


    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 150:
    Narrated Hisham's father:

    Aisha said, "Allah's Apostle used to kiss some of his wives while he was fasting," and then she smiled.
    ???????????
    No idea, just be on the safe side =)

    It is related of al-Hasan ibn Abil Hasan al-Basri that he once passed by a group of people who were laughing merrily. He said: 'God, Great and Glorious is He, has made the month of Ramadan a racecourse, on which His creatures compete in His worship. Some have come in first and won, while others have lagged behind and lost. It is absolutely amazing to find anybody laughing and playing about on the day when success attends the victors, and failure the wasters. By God, if the veil were lifted off, the doer of good would surely be preoccupied with his good works and the evildoer with his evil deeds'
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    Re: =D Ramadhan Reminders #

    nice reminders keep em up
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    Ramadhan and Fiqh (rules) of fasting in Ramadhan


    Note: This is an amalgamation of Mukhtasar Al Qudri And Nur Al Idah, two works on Fiqh from the Hanafi school of fiqh. This is not a summary of general fasting, but that which is specific to Ramadhan only.

    1.0THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING


    ·The time for fasting is from the rising of the second dawn until the setting of the sun.
    ·Fasting is: abstaining from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse by day with the intention.


    ·If in Ramadan a child reached adulthood, or an unbeliever accepted Islam, they abstain [from things which invalidate fasting] for the remainder of that day, and fast that which comes thereafter. They do not make up this fast as long as they adhere to these guidelines.


    ·If a traveller arrives [at his place of residence], or a [menstruating] woman attains purity with part of the day [remaining], they abstain [from those things which invalidate fasting] for the rest of that day and they do not have to make up the fast if they do this satisfactorily.
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    2.0THE INTENTION


    ·Fasting is of two sorts: obligatory and supererogatory (sunnah/nafl).
    ·The obligatory is of two sorts: among it is that which is attached to a specific time, such as the fast of Ramadan, and a specified vow. The fasting of [this category] is valid with an intention from the night, but if one did not intend until the morning, the intention suffices him between [dawn] and {the middle of the day}. The second kind is that which becomes obligatory to fulfil, such as the make-up [fasts] of Ramadan, unrestricted vows, and atonements. These are not valid without an intention from the night.


    ·For the Fasts of Ramadhan (that which this document is about) then the intention is necessary, but one can make the intention either before suhoor, at suhoor, or at any time between suhoor and a little before midday of the day on which they are to be fasting. They must not have eaten intentionally after suhoor and can make this intention to be fasting between these times for their fast to be valid.


    ·The intention doesn’t have to be specific and can be a general intention – this means that one doesn’t have to intend with date and with reason for the fast – this is because it is Ramadhan and fasting is obligatory – thus even if one makes a general intention unspecified for Ramadhan it suffices without it having to be specifically for that particular day.


    ·All of the nafl is valid with an intention before {the middle of the day}.
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    ·Expiation is due on someone who deliberately has sexual intercourse in one of the two passages, or intentionally eats or drinks something which provides nutrition, or is used for treatment.

    ·Medicine taken for nourishment also breaks the fast.

    ·If the equivalent of a seed of grain or sesame from OUTSIDE the mouth is consumed intentionally (or larger than this in size, obviously), then the fast is nullified and the person must expiate for it too.

    ·If one swallows their wife’s saliva or that of a friend, expiation is required.

    ·If a person out of ignorance but good intention heard a hadith of the Prophet relating to a certain act and thought that his fast was broken, and ate or did something similar, then he doesn’t have to expiate for it but he must make up one day.

    ·EXPIATION – or kaffarah – is one of the following things.

    If a person does an act under section 3.4 and it says that they must expiate for it, then there is a choice of a few things for the person:
    A)
    They must free a slave
    OR B) They must fast sixty days consecutively like the fast of Ramadhan with NO breaks in the middle (!)
    OR C)
    They must feed 60 unfortunate people who are to be treated lunch/dinner. Or they can treat the same person sixty times on sixty days.

    NOTE: There is a stipulated order for this, and must be adhered to. The ayah of the Qur’an pushes the believer to do A first, and IF he cannot, then B, and if he cannot, then C. Thus, the order above is a preferential order, and there is actually not an open ended choice between the three options.

    Allaahu alim.
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    Ramadan Reminders



    الصيام عبادة وليس عادة


    Fasting is an act of worship and not a custom."

    Lets try our best this Ramadan to focus on our worship and getting closer to Allaah with the Qur'an. A simple way to finish the Qur'an is to simply read 5 pages after every salah. Equals 25 pages per day and you'll be done before the month is over Insha'Allaah!
    Last edited by Ibn Abi Ahmed; 09-03-2008 at 10:15 PM.
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    Do not argue with your Lord on behalf of your soul, rather argue with your soul on behalf of your Lord.” - Dhul-Nun

    "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." - Victor Frankl

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    الصيام عبادة وليس عادة
    mashallah! great idea
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    Speech will guide you, and silence will protect you.

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    Re: Ramadan Reminders

    Great idea..

    Don’t let the day you fast be the same as the day you don’t fast.
    Târîkh Dimishq Vol. 22 p389.

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    *Taking Ramadaan as a ritual

    For many of us Ramadaan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of Ibaadah. We fast from morning to night like a zombie just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that its a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil....we forget to make dua, forget to beseech Allaah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire. Sure we stay away from food and drink but that's about all.

    *Although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

    “Jibreel said to me, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person to who Ramadaan comes and his sins are not forgiven,’ and I said, ‘Ameen’. Then he said, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person who lives to see his parents grow old, one or both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (by not serving them) and I said, ‘Ameen’. Then he said, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person in whose presence you are mentioned and he does not send blessings upon you,’ and I said, ‘Ameen.’” (Tirmidhi, Ahmad, others. Saheeh by al-Albaani)


    *Too much stress on food and drink

    For some people, the entire month of Ramadaan revolves around food. They spend the ENTIRE day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food, instead of concentrating on Salaah, Quraan and other acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD. So much so that they turn the month of 'fasting' into the month of 'feasting'. Come Iftaar time, their table is a sight to see, with the multitudes and varieties of food, sweets and drinks. They are missing the very purpose of fasting, and thus, increase in their greed and desires instead of learning to control them. It is also a kind of waste & extravagance.

    ".....and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance) " [al-Araaf :31]

    *Spending all day cooking
    Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray Ishaa, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud or even read Quraan. This is the month of mercy and forgiveness. So turn off that stove and turn on your Imaan!

    *Eating too much

    Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and some people eat at Iftaar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to 'make up for the food missed.' However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything.

    The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air." (Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah. saheeh by al-Albaani).

    Too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy and also makes the heart heedless.
    It was said to Imam Ahmad: Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full? He said, I do not think so.

    *Sleeping all day


    Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) 'sleeping away their fast'. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month? These people also are missing the purpose of fasting and are slaves to their desires of comfort and ease. They cannot 'bear' to be awake and face a little hunger or exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing but, negligence on his part.

    *Wasting time

    The month of Ramadaan is a precious, precious time, so much so that Allaah calls this month "Ayyamum Ma'doodaat" (A fixed number of days). Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allaah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching TV, movies or even listening to music. Subhaan Allaah! Trying to obey Allaah by DISOBEYING him!

    *Fasting but not giving up evil

    Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allaah.

    “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

    The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink." (Bukhaari)

    *Smoking

    Smoking is forbidden in Islam whether during Ramadaan or outside of it, as it is one of al-Khabaa'ith (evil things). And this includes ALL kinds of 'smoking material' eg.cigars, cigarettes, pipes,'Sheesha' , hookah etc.
    "he allows them as lawful At Tayyibaat (all good and lawful things), and prohibits them as unlawful Al Khabaa'ith (all evil and unlawful things) [al-A'raaf :157]

    It is harmful, not only to the one smoking, but also to the ones around him. It is also a means of wasting ones wealth. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "There should be no harming or reciprocating harm."
    This is especially true during fasting and it invalidates the fast. (Fatwa -Ibn 'Uthaymeen)

    *Skipping Suhoor

    The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing."(Bukhaari, Muslim).
    And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "The thing that differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is eating suhoor." (Muslim)

    *Stopping Suhoor at 'Imsaak'

    Some people stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr to observe 'Imsaak'.
    Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen said: This is a kind of bidah (innovation) which has no basis in the Sunnah. Rather the Sunnah is to do the opposite. Allaah allows us to eat until dawn: "and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)" [al-Baqarah 2:187]

    And the Prophet (pbuh) said: "….eat and drink until you hear the adhaan of Ibn Umm Maktoom, for he does not give the adhaan until dawn comes."

    This 'imsaak' which some of the people do is an addition to what Allaah has prescribed, so it is false. It is a kind of extremism in religion, and the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
    "Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed." (Muslim)

    *Not fasting if they missed Suhoor
    Some people are too scared to fast if they miss Suhoor. However, this is a kind of cowardice and love of ease. What is the big deal if you missed a few morsels of food? It's not like you will die. Remember, obedience to Allaah overcomes everything.

    *Saying the intention to fast 'out loud' or saying a specific dua to start fasting

    The intention is an action of the heart. We should resolve in our heart that we are going to fast tomorrow. That is all we need. It is not prescribed by the Shari'ah for us to say out loud, "I intend to fast", "I will fast tomorrow" or other phrases that have been innovated by some people. Also, there is no specific dua to be recited at the time of starting the fast in the correct Sunnah. Whatever 'dua' you may see on some papers or Ramadaan calendars, etc. is a Bid'ah.


    *Delaying breaking fast


    Some people wait until the adhaan finishes or even several minutes after that, just to be 'on the safe side'. However, the Sunnah is to hasten to break the fast, which means breaking fast whenever the adhaan starts, right after the sun has set. Aa'ishah (RA) said: This is what the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to do. (Muslim)

    The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast." (Bukhaari, Muslim)

    Determine to the best of your ability, the accuracy of your clock, calendar, etc. and then have tawakkul on Allaah and break your fast exactly on time.

    *Eating continuously until the time for Maghrib is up

    Some people put so much food in their plates when breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert, drinking tea, etc., until they miss Maghrib. That is obviously not right. The Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) was that once he broke his fast with some dates, them he would hasten to the prayer. Once you are done with the prayer, you can always go back and eat some more if you wish.

    *Missing the golden chance of having your Dua accepted

    The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast.
    The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler." (al-Bayhaqi, saheeh by al-Albaani).

    Instead of sitting down and making Dua at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying samosas, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and glasses, etc. Think about it....Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your Duas.

    *Fasting but not praying

    The fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer." (Muslim)

    In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted; rather, they are all annulled.
    "Whoever does not pray 'Asr, his good deeds will be annulled." (Bukhaari)

    *Fasting and not wearing Hijaab


    Not wearing the Hijaab is a major sin as it is obligatory for Muslim women. (See Surah Nur, Surah Ahzaab). So fasting and not wearing hijaab certainly takes away enormously from the rewards of fasting, even if does not invalidate it.

    *Not fasting because of exams or work

    Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by the Shariah to not fast. You can do your studying and revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day. Also remember that pleasing and obeying Allaah is much more important than 'good grades'. Besides, if you will fulfil your obligation to fast, even if you have to study, Allaah will make it easy for you and help you in everything you do.
    "Whosoever fears Allah, He will appoint for him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect, Allah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust in Him." (Surah at-Talaaq 2-3)

    *Mixing fasting and dieting

    DO NOT make the mistake of fasting with the intention to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us make (esp. sisters). Fasting is an act of worship and can only be for the sake of Allah alone. Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may become a form of (minor) Shirk.

    *Fighting over the number of Rakaah of Taraweeh

    There is no specific number of rak'ahs for Taraweeh prayer, rather it is permissible to do a little or a lot. Both 8 and 20 are okay. Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen said: "No one should be denounced for praying eleven or twenty-three (raka'ah), because the matter is broader in scope than that, praise be to Allaah."

    *Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th

    Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Seek Lailat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan." (Bukhaari, Muslim).

    *Wasting the last part of Ramadaan preparing for EidSome people waste the entire last 10 days of Ramadaan preparing for Eid, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting Ibadah and Lailatul Qadr. although, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadaan in worship (Ahmad, Muslim) and not in shopping. Buy whatever you need for Eid before Ramadaan so that you can utilize the time in Ramadaan to the max.
    Aa’ishah (RA) said: “When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)) would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.” (Bukhaari and Muslim).

    *Iftaar parties

    Although inviting each other for breaking fast is something good and encouraged, some people go to extremes with lavish 'Iftaar parties' with all sorts of disobedience to Allaah, from flirting, mixing of the sexes and hijaab-less women, to show-off and extravagance, to heedlessness to Salaah, and Taraweeh to even music and dancing.


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    Four things

    In the month of Ramadhan, you do four things.... two of which to please Allaah and the two that we cannot make to happen...

    The two for the pleasure of Allaah are the first to recite the shahadah... Lailahaillalah...... and second to seek forgiveness.... Astaghfirullah....

    The two that we cannot make to happen are the first to ask for Jannah..... Asallukal Jannat Al Firdous.... and the second to seek protection from the fire of hell...... Aaudhubika min-annaar.
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    And final reminder for today:

    Hadith Qudsi

    'As my servant thinks about Me so will I be for him. I am with him if he will remember Me. If he calls on Me in himself I will call him in Myself, and if he calls on Me in a group of people, I mention him in a better group in My presence. If he approaches Me one hand span, I will approach him one arm's length; if he approaches Me one arm's length, I will approach him by a cubit; if he comes to Me walking, I will come to him running'
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