بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Brother Abu Taubah (of The FIKS fame) is offering free classes in Ramadan. The topics are basically centered around the Quran e.g. manners of dealing with the Quran.
The classes are held daily and recordings are available.
You can read more about the classes here.
In order to view the classes, go to this link and sign in with guest access. Then choose the Ramadan classes.
Insha-Allah, we should all benefit from these classes because what I’ve seen from Abu Taubah’s classes is that he goes into a lot of depth (but does so in a way that everyone can understand).
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Last year, I had linked to the summarisation of the first 12 ajzaa (plural of juz) of the Quran.
That was by Brother Abu Taubah.
Last year, he had another series on summarising each Juz which was aired on some channel.
That series is being uploaded on this website juz by juz on a daily basis so that everyone can get a chance to view it before the taraweeh prayers of that day*.
[For the newbies: The Quran has 30 ajzaa, so the imams generally recite 1 Juz a day so as to complete the whole Quran in Ramadan.]
The summaries should help both with the taraweeh and understanding of the Quran, insha-Allah.
Ah, yes. Time. We just don’t seem to have enough time.
1) How do we spend our time at present?
Do we spend it on obeying Allah or disobeying Him?
2) Why do we need more time exactly?
Is it because we want to have more time to do more acts of obedience thereby increasing our chances of getting Al-Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)?
Or is it because we want to do more mundane activities?
3) How can we get “more” time?
Every single person has 24 hours, so how is it that all the Prophets (alaihimissalaam) and their Companions (radiallahu anhum) managed to do SO much with their time? [And remember that they didn’t have the technology of today.]
Simple. They obeyed Allah. That’s it.
They knew that they were created to worship Him and that’s what they did.
[Remember that “worship” doesn’t just mean praying and fasting, rather it includes any statement or act that Allah is pleased with. So, spending time with one’s family, trying to get fit, going to work to earn for your family, etc. could all become acts of worship if the person does them intending to seek the pleasure of Allah.]
So what happened? Allah, the owner of time, blessed their time, which meant that they had more time to worship Him, which in turn led their time to get blessed further and…
See how it goes? Wonderful, isn’t it?
Haven’t you realised that this is why we have SO much time in Ramadan? It’s because we spend most of it worshipping Allah which in turn gives us more time to worship Allah….
A sister once made a very powerful statement. She pointed out that everyone keeps complaining about not having enough time. She asked everyone to apply the Sunnah (i.e. the way of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) which is the best way to worship Allah) in their lives and then they would see the barakah (blessings) in their time.
She pointed out how following the “little” things like saying the dua before putting on one’s clothes (i.e. saying bismillah) can make a difference.
Subhan Allah, that was an eye opener for all of us present.
So that’s what we need to do: worship Allah the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did (or at least try to get close!) and do dua that our time is blessed (the latter is also an act of worship in itself as dua is worship).
Here’s a short, succinct lecture on making the most of our time:
Making the Most of Our Time by Abu Taubah (Download)
This is a lecture that Brother Abu Taubah gave at the end of last year’s Ramadan. He mentions a few points about Surah Qaaf as well.
End of Ramadan by Abu Taubah
Still struggling to explain Ramadan to your kiddies?
Try the following lecture:
Ramadan for the Youth by Abu Taubah
Zakaatul Fitr is a charity that is due at the end of Ramadan. A few points regarding it:
1) It is an obligation according to the majority of scholars.
2) It is paid by the head of the household for ALL those under his care.
3) It is to be paid in the form of 1 saa (Don’t ask me for the measurement. I always get confused.) of dates, barley, cheese or wheat, according to the majority.
Brother Abu Taubah (in the lecture below) says that it’s an innovation to pay cash instead of money. I wouldn’t go that far because there is a group of scholars (a minority) that say it is allowed. While I don’t agree with them (the evidence doesn’t support their view), I wouldn’t call it a innovation, just a mistaken ijtihaad on their part (in my view).
Unfortunately, the “zakaatul fitr can be money” view is very popular with the laymen although it was NOT the practice of the early generations.
Do people give zakaatul fitr as money because they believe that it is the right view or because it is easier than giving food? Allah knows better.
[I think the cost of 1 saa of rice is something like AED 15. I’d advise all the brothers and sisters to encourage their children to pay it from their own pocket money. This will instill in them a sense of responsibility.]
4) It HAS to be paid before the Eid prayer.
How long before the Eid prayer? Some scholars said any time before Ramadan but many of then said it should be within the last two days and not before that. So it’s best not to pay it too early.
You can delegate someone to do it though. For example, Dar Al Ber offers zakaatul fitr services. If you pay AED 10 or 15 (I can’t remember the amount), they’ll buy the food on your behalf and feed the poor person towards the end of Ramadan.
5) The recipients are the same as the 8 categories of people who can receive zakaah.
6) Like zakaah, it is better to pay it in one’s own place of residence.
I’ll put up some resources on Zakaatul Fitr, insha-Allah.
Here’s the first one:
Zakaatul Fitr – Is it money or food? By Abu Taubah
Well, the last ten nights are right around the corner, so I’ll be putting up lots of resources on this topic.
Here’s the first one:
Focusing on Laylatul Qadr and Itikaaf
In an earlier post, I mentioned some tips to focus on Taraweeh and uploaded a file which contains the contents of each juz.
For those who prefer to listen, here’s a summarisation of the first 12 Ajzaa of the Quran.
[Note: That’s my tafsir blog. I’ll add all the tafsir related stuff there, and not on this (i.e. the Ramadan) blog. So, if you’re interested, please try to subscribe to it or check it regularly. I’ll try to post regularly, insha-Allah.]