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31
Jul

BOOK: RAMADAN AND FASTING

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, another book.

It’s amazing just how much (free) information we have available, isn’t it? And are we trying to benefit from it?

This book is online: Ramadan and Fasting by Abdel Kader Kamel Tayeb.

There’s a nice intro where he explains why we fast. He also has a nice long section where he mentions the virtues of fasting and Ramadan.

Attention all parents [Yes Brothers, educating your child is your responsibility too, not just your wife’s.]: He also has a section called “Educating your children in Ramadan“.

I just discovered this book today so I haven’t read it. Overall, it seems quite decent though.

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31
Jul

ARTICLE: COMMON MISTAKES DURING RAMADAN

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, another “common mistakes article”. We seem to have a lot of these, don’t we?

And what happens? We still continue to make these same mistakes!

Why does that happen, you ask? Well, I’m not sure but if I had to guess, I would say:

1) We read these articles assuming that other people make these mistakes, thereby completely forgetting to take ourselves into account.

2) We read it and realise that we make the same mistakes. However, we forget this when the situation arises, leading us to make that mistake.

What can we do?

Well, I had written a post about a Ramadan Journal. We can summarise these lists (we can exclude those that we definitely never do) and write them down in that journal. After this, all we need to do is go over the summaries every few days in Ramadan. I think we could also do this for all the  Ramadan articles and lectures.

So, we can all start with the following article:

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30
Jul

RAMADAN PREP TIP #5: DON’T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF

Assalamu Alaikum.

What do I mean by that?

Well, let me explain. We have 11 more days to go before Shaban. Rather than dreaming about how you’re going to be worshipping Allah in Ramadan, start worshipping Allah in the remaining days of Shaban. You don’t know if you’ll reach Ramadan.

Also, instead of dreaming about the last 10 days of Ramadan, first focus on the first 20 days.

Also, instead of dreaming about how you will make a change in your life one day, start making a change today even if it’s a small step.

All I’m saying is this: Do things steps by step and don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.

I think the following animation summarises things perfectly:

[Click on the animation to view it.]

Yup. You think you’ve made it and then…

29
Jul

BOOK: ZAKAAH

Assalamu Alaikum.

Many people seem to pay their zakaah in Ramadan so here’s a simple book to help them with this issue: Zakaah by Shaikh Ibn Baz (rahimahullah).

Note: It is BETTER (according to the Shariah) to give your zakaah / sadaqah (charity) / zakatul fitr in the country in which you reside. Therefore, if you live here (i.e. United Arab Emirates), then please pay your zakaah/ sadaqah / zakaatul fitr to someone who lives in the United Arab Emirates. If you want to give it to poor relatives overseas, then that’s fine but if not, then the priority is helping out your own community*.

[*That means the people around you regardless of their nationality.]

And please don’t tell me that there are no poor people here because then I’ll send you a long list of poor people here who are totally suffering.

29
Jul

CAN WE FAST AFTER THE MIDDLE OF SHABAN?

Assalamu Alaikum.

Why can’t we fast after the middle of Shaban, you ask? Because there exists a hadeeth that seems to prohibit it.

We should do two things when we find any hadeeth:

1) Find out its authenticity.

2) Find its explanation.

So, what is the status and explanation of this hadeeth?

Here are three fatwas that explain this issue:

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28
Jul

WEBSITE: PRODUCTIVE RAMADAN

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ramadan and Productive used in the same sentence? Usually, it goes like this: “Well, my Ramadan was not productive at all because I [insert excuse here].”

Ramadan CAN be productive. And it is meant to be productive. We’re actually supposed to be doing MORE in this month, not LESS.

So, here’s a website which aims to do just that: http://productiveramadan.com/

It hasn’t launched yet but if you register they send you an interesting* audio.

[*The title sounds interesting. I still have to listen to the audio.]

So, let’s work for a productive Ramadan.

27
Jul

BOOK: THE FAST OF RAMADAN

Assalamu Alaikum.

I discovered another Ramadan e-book in my e-library: The Fast of Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Jameel Zino.

Some points that I noted as I quickly browsed through the book:

1) It’s very simple but he has covered just about all the topics related to Ramadan.

2) It’s extremely well-organised.

I remembered something as I browsed through it: the greater and more knowledgeable the author, the simpler the book. Don’t believe me? Just take a few books of the top scholars* of today and compare them to the books of the students of knowledge and you’ll see what I mean. The scholars have a simplicity to their writing that will really touch you.

[Unfortunately, this word is overused in our time. There are very few scholars in the world. For example, the UAE has NO scholars – although there are many people of knowledge here, alhamdulillah.

Who decides who is a scholar and who isn’t? Well, the scholars themselves. decide. When the scholars accept a person as a scholar, well then, he is a scholar.]

27
Jul

LECTURE: FASTING FOR THE EVERLASTING

Assalamu Alaikum.

I haven’t listened to this lecture yet but it’s part of the  “From the Moon to the Spoon Seminar“.

[I can’t believe that the people who chose an awesome title called “Fasting for the Everlasting” would also chose a dud like “From the Moon to the Spoon.”]

Fasting for the Everlasting By Shakiel Humayun

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27
Jul

LECTURE: FASTING CAN SOLVE TODAY’S SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Assalamu Alaikum.

When I first came across the title of this lecture, my first thought was “Really??”.

I know that fasting does help at a societal level but I had never thought of it as  a full-scale solution to today’s problems, but subhan-Allah, it is.

Still, not convinced? Okay, you can listen to the lecture and decide:

Fasting can solve today’s social problems by Abdul Majeed Ali (Download):

A few points:

1) I haven’t heard the whole lecture (not yet anyway) but so far so good. The handkerchief part made me laugh because he told us the same thing in class many years ago (the lecturer was one of my teachers) and he was right.

2) Brother Abdul Majeed has a Bachelors in Sociology and he has also studied Islamic Studies so I guess he’s in a good position to talk about this issue.