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Website: Ramadan with Quran

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

In my now-famous* post, I mentioned a simple technique that someone could use to focus on the taraweeh prayers. [If you haven’t read that post, then please do. I think it travelled the globe…]

[*I use the term “famous” very loosely.]

Now I have an even simpler way: sign up for the following (free, I believe) month-long intensive course which offers a daily study of the Quran:

[This is the same brother, may Allah reward him, who runs the following beneficial blog:]

It seems that he is going to do one juz daily, covering the translation, explanation and partial recitation. It sounds very good, maasha-Allah.

The course starts on July 15th and will continue until August 12th, insha-Allah, which is great because you can start preparing for the “taraweeh recitation” ahead of time.

[This will be held onsite (for those of you in Ontario or thereabouts) and online as well but you need to sign up first.]

Please remember to send the link to all those who may be interested, insha-Allah.

What if you aren’t able to take the course?

Well then, you should read the post that I linked to above as well as the following ones:

1) Some suggestions for reading the translation of the Quran

2) Summarisation of the first 12 Ajzaa of the Quran

[By the way, Brother Abu Tawbah did an entire series on this 2 years ago. The first 12 parts can be found here. I believe the owners of this website are selling the entire series.]

3) Surah Study Guide (for any surah)

4) Want some help with tajweed (recitation)? Here you go.

5) Want some nice word to word translations? Here you go.

All the resources that one needs are available online, alhamdulillah.

The real question is: Is the heart willing?

And Allah knows Better.


Taraweeh, Qiyam Al-Layl and Eid scenes from my favourite masjid…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Which masjid is that, you ask?

The farthest one, of course.

“Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) to the farthest mosque (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad) of Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” [Surah Al-Israa (17) : 1]

Masjid Al-Aqsa actually means the farthest masjid.

One of the things that really makes me sad is the non-interest  of the majority of the Muslims in reclaiming Masjid Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem from the hands of the Jews. Many seem to think that this is a “Palestinian issue”, which of course is complete nonsense.

It is a MUSLIM issue.

Here are various short videos from previous Ramadans showing taraweeh, qiyam al-layl and Eid Al-Fitr at the third greatest masjid on this planet.

Please watch them so that you can remind yourself that this is OUR masjid, and that the Jews shouldn’t be let anywhere near it:

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Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tip #5: Start learning Arabic (if you haven’t already) – Part 2

Assalamu Alaikum.

[I’m still waiting for more comments on this post before deciding on which option to go for for.]

In Part 1, I mentioned 2 things that we needed to do to learn Arabic, insha-Allah. Here are some more:

[Look, I’m not an expert (and Arabic is not my native language either). These are just my personal views. I could be wrong. ]

3) You need to figure out why you are learning Arabic.

This one might have confused you. Let me explain.

There are 3 different types of Arabic:

a) Classical Arabic (used in the Quran and the ahadeeth).

b) Modern Standard Arabic (used in newspapers, books, and err…even in cartoons).

c) The Dialects – Yes, there are loads of them. There’s the Khaleeji (Gulf) dialect (“Agullich!”), the  Sham (Levantine) dialect (“Shoo biddik?”), the Egyptian dialect (“Aiyi haaga!”), the Northern African dialects (nobody understands what they’re saying so don’t worry about these) and some others. Of course, you have sub-dialects amongst these dialects so…

The first two use the same grammar but have a different vocabulary set.

The third one……..that’s a long story. They’re a hotch-potch. However, they’ve all branched out from the fus-ha (the proper Arabic).

[No, it’s not confusing. Remember what I said about English in Part 1?]

So, what do you want to do?

– Go to Egypt and order some Kushari?

Well then, learning Classical Arabic will not really help. The waiter will say “Haaga thaanee?” and you’ll say: “Aaid, min fadhlik”. And then you might get a glare from the waiter because he’ll think you used the feminine form to talk to him whereas you were actually using fus-ha but the poor boy doesn’t know that.

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What the 27th night of Ramadan looks like in Alexandria…

Assalamu Alaikum.

[As soon as I complained about my visitor traffic decreasing, it proceeded to dip down even further. Alhamdulillah, it’s a good thing that I have a sense of humour…]

Remember the 27th night of Ramadan? It’s usually the night that everyone arrives at the masjid.

Sometimes, thousands of people show up at one masjid* leaving us with eye-popping scenes like this:

[*That masjid happened to be Al-Qaid Ibrahim Masjid in Alexandria, Egypt.]

Subhan Allah, it’s amazing stuff (although I wondered about the fiqh of praying behind moving taxis, but that’s just me).

“He it is Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger Muhammad) hate (it).” [Surah As-Saff (61) : 9]


Answers to some common Ramadan Questions

Assalamu Alaikum.

Too late, you say?

It’s never too late to seek knowledge.

Especially not when we are in the most important part of Ramadan, which means we should increase in our ibaadah. And seeking knowledge is an act of ibaadah.

Everyone’s favourite questions include:

1. What are the times when du’aa are accepted during Ramadaan? What specific du’aa should you say during the different parts of Ramadaan and on Laylatul-Qadr or the last 10 days of Ramadaan?

The answer is here.

[Note: The first and last duas that he mentioned were the ones that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) recited the most frequently.

Also, another good time when dua is answered is the last hour of Friday i.e. the hour before the adhan of Maghrib.]

2. Is it better for a woman to pray Taraaweeh in the masjid or to pray at home? We have a musalla for prayer, but one of the sisters says it is better to go to pray in a masjid instead of a musalla and that masjid is not upon the Sunnah. So what is your advice?

The answer is here.

3. If a person misses his taraaweeh to be offered with the jamaa`ah (congregation) because he is delayed, is it permissible for him to offer taraaweeh after coming home, by holding the Qur’aan in his hand?

The answer is here.

4. What is allowed between the spouses that will not break the fast, (excluding intercourse, is there anything allowed)? According to the madhhab of Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee رحمه الله touching your husband or wife’s skin breaks your wudū’ and hence, kissing them also breaks the wudū’. How strong is this ruling in terms of dalaail (evidences) and what is the strongest opinion?

The answer is here.

4. Sometimes the children don’t listen or obey you and you have to raise your voice at them, so too when teaching them to fast and to not argue with each other. Does it break your fast to raise your voice at your children in order to get them to behave?

The answer is here.

5. I want to be able to increase in doing more good deeds in Ramadhaan so that I can increase in eemaan, please advise us on ways which will motivate us to do so.

The answer is here.

6. If one deals with teaching the Deen to many children who do not have much Islamic knowledge, nor are their families very practicing in the Deen, what should one focus on when teaching or advising these children during Ramadhaan? The ages of the children can range from 4 years to 13 years.

The answer is here.

7. Question: A person masturbated during the daytime in Ramadaan and he was saddened and wants to know how to make amends for this.

The answer is here.

Lots more questions here.


Article: Concerning the Number of Rakaahs in Taraweeh

Assalamu Alaikum.

I just came across this very nice article by Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (rahimahullah) about the number of rakaahs in Taraweeh.

Everyone is advised to read it – especially those who spend time fighting over whether it’s supposed to be 8 or 20 rakaahs.


Concerning the Number of Rak’ahs in Taraaweeh

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen

Translated exclusively for


[In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful… After mentioning the Sunnah of praying 11 and 13 rak’ahs for Taraaweeh, and that it is best, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen then said:]

However, if the people of the masjid prefer that he (the imaam) shortens the length of the recitation and the length of the bowings and prostrations, and increases the number of rak’ahs, saying: “Verily this is easier on us,” then there is no harm if he agrees with them, due to the generality of the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam):

“Make things easy and do not make things difficult.” [1]

And also due to the generality of his statement (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam):

“When one of you leads the people (in prayer), then let him shorten (the length of the prayer).” [2]

So long as we do not fall into anything prohibited, then bringing ease to those under our authority is better and takes precedence. The imaam is the one responsible for the masjid, having been put in authority over the praying people, thus he is called the “imaam.” The imaam is the one who has authority over them in affairs related to the prayer, for example he orders them to establish their rows and straighten them. So if the imaam is requested to be easy on them by increasing the number (of rak’ahs) while shortening the bowings, prostrations, and recitations, then there is no harm in that.

With this we must say that it is not befitting for us that we be excessive or neglectful, as some of the people commit ghuluw (excessiveness) when they stick to the Sunnah of the number (of rak’ahs), saying, “It is not permissible to increase upon the number that comes in the Sunnah,” and they speak in the sternest way against someone who increases upon that (by praying more than 11 or 13 rak’ahs), saying that he is sinful and disobedient. And there is no doubt that this is a mistake. How could he be sinful or disobedient when the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) was asked about the night prayer, and he said:

(It is) two (rak’ahs) by two (rak’ahs).” [3]

And he did not limit it to any set number. And it is well known that a person who asks about the night prayer does not know the number (of its rak’ahs), since the one who does not know how to pray the night prayer would more rightfully not know the number (of its rak’ahs). Furthermore, he (the questioner) was not from the servants of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), so we can not say that he knew about the affairs within his house.

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Article: The Fiqh of Taraweeh

Assalamu Alaikum.

I found a nice* piece on the fiqh of taraweeh.

[*It’s nice if you like hard core stuff, which I do. See, this is a translation of a chapter from the explanation of a classic Hanbali fiqh book.

So, if you don’t like the heavy stuff, this might not be for you. Although, I’d advise you to download it and read it anyway. You never know, you might like it.]

So, here it is: The Fiqh of Taraweeh.


Book: Humility in Prayer

Assalamu Alaikum.

Still looking for ways to focus in salah and get that wonderful feeling of khushoo (humility)?

Try this book by Imam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah): Humility in Prayer.

I haven’t had a chance to read all of it but I learnt a lot by just skimming through the book.

Also, Imam Ibn Rajab is a fantastic author. Too bad he lived centuries ago…


Article: The Superiority of the Night (Tahajjud) Prayer in Increasing Iman

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, the Month of Night Prayer is here.

However, is it the only month where we’re supposed to pray at night?

Short answer: No.

Ramadan helps to train us pray the night prayer so that we can continue for the rest of the year.

So, here’s an article (from one of my favourite authors) to help us understand the importance of this prayer: The Superiority of the Night (Tahajjud) Prayer in Increasing Iman by Shaikh Hussain Al-Awaaishah.