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My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories – Imam Zaid Shakir
My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories – Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir is a Muslim American scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He teaches courses on Arabic, law, history, and Islamic spirituality.  There are a large number of books that discuss the coming of the Antichrist, known to Muslims as the Dajjal (The Great Deceiver). One can spend a lifetime studying […]

 
The rulings of Sadaqah al-Fitr
The rulings of Sadaqah al-Fitr

  The following is a detailed essay on the rulings of Sadaqah al-Fitr, written by Mufti Faraz Adam. The great Hanafi jurist Ibn al-Humaam mentions, “Sadaqah al-fitr is compulsory upon every free Muslim.” (Sharh fath al-qadeer 2/285 Dar al-kutub al-ilmiyyah) All the scholars base their opinion on the following: Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with him) […]

 
The pandemic and Ramadan – Dr Shaykh Akram Nadwi
The pandemic and Ramadan – Dr Shaykh Akram Nadwi

By: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi Oxford Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi is an Islamic scholar from the Indian city of Jaunpur and a graduate of the world renowned Nadwatul Ulama (India) where he studied and taught Shariah. Shaykh Akram is a Muhaddith of the highest calibre who has specialised in Ilm ul Rijal (the study of […]

 
Homeless to be fed at end of Ramadan
Homeless to be fed at end of Ramadan

30th July 2013     Muslim volunteers will host a ‘Feed the Homeless’ event on Preston Flag Market on Saturday at 7.30pm.  The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a special time for fasting, spiritual reflection and giving across the world. Preston’s Muslim community has been fasting from dawn until dusk, a period of around […]

 
Remembering Ramadan during World War 2
Remembering Ramadan during World War 2

Muslim service personnel at Woking Mosque during Eid

 
Britain Does Ramadan… And Does It Very Well
Britain Does Ramadan… And Does It Very Well

By Julie Siddiqi – Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain 26th July 2013 So, we are half way through Ramadan and what an amazing buzz there is in the air! Two weeks ago I was interviewed by Vanessa Feltz on her BBC London show as she asked for my reaction to the then newly launched Channel 4 Ramadan series […]

 
Virtues of fasting in summer’s heat

This  following is from Ibn Rajab’s section in “Lata’if Al-Ma’arif” (p. 272-273) about the virtues of fasting during hot days : “From the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the midday heat.”   This is why Mu’adh Bin […]

 
Ramadan and Purification

By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf The month of Ramadan is a special time for purifying oneself, the greatest opportunity to implement the discussions and cures with regard to the heart. In fact, this is the purpose, blessing, and secret of the month. It is a remarkable event when the new moon of Ramadan is sighted, when […]

 
London Muslims break fast with homeless during Ramadan
London Muslims break fast with homeless during Ramadan

By Sanjana Deen  BBC Asian Network    12 July 2013 Muslims share iftar, the sunset meal, after breaking the fast   A group of Muslim volunteers in London have invited the homeless and people from other communities to join them as they break their fast at sunset during the month of Ramadan. The Muslim holy […]

 
The Virtues of Allah’s sacred month of Muharram and Fasting on `Ashura’

By Sheikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajid Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and Chief of the Messengers, and upon all his family and companions. Allah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar […]

 
I’m Not a Muslim, but Ramadan Changed Me

By Charlotte Dando– Interfaith Activist based in the UK 22 Aug 2012  My apartment is located in between three of the area’s most frequented bars. At 3 a.m. on a Sunday, I can hear the remainder of Saturday night’s revelers as they pass my window; singing, chatting and shouting under the street lights. I’ve never […]

 
Ramadan fasting dilemma when sun never sets
Ramadan fasting dilemma when sun never sets

By Mark Bosworth  18 Aug 2012 BBC World Service, Rovaniemi, Finland Land of the midnight sun: the day is more than 20 hours long during summer in northern Finland Practising Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan. For one month, they are fasting between first light and sunset. But what do Muslims do in a […]

 
Luton’s Muslims set up food bank to help town’s needy

16 August 2012  Luton’s Muslim community has used the holy month of Ramadan to set up a food bank to help those in need. Sufian Sadiq, who runs the town’s Discover Islam Centre, said the initiative had been an overwhelming success.   source : bbc.co.uk

 
US synagogue welcomes Muslims seeking a place to pray

17 August 2012    Muslims around the world are gathering for Friday prayers, and in one neighbourhood in the US state of Virginia, the worshippers will enter a building that could hardly be further from a traditional mosque. At a time when religious differences are sparking conflict in the Middle East and beyond – it […]

 
Experiencing Ramadan: Local MP fasts for a day
Experiencing Ramadan: Local MP fasts for a day

By Farah Jassat 16 Aug 2012 Yesterday my local MP for Leicester South, Jon Ashworth, decided to try out fasting for the day. He visited my family home to have a chat about how Muslims experience fasting in Ramadan and to share how his day had gone so far. I was looking forward to speaking […]

 
Important Notes regarding Sadaqat al-Fitr‏

I. Hadrat ibn ‘Umar said, “The Prophet made incumbent on every male or female, free man or slave, young or old, the payment of one Sa’ of dates or barley as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr. The Messenger of Allah commanded that this sadaqah be paid before one goes to perform the Eid prayer.” [Sahih Bukhari – Book on […]

 
How do we end our Ramadan?
How do we end our Ramadan?

By Amatullah All Praise and Thanks is for Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) who has blessed us with witnessing yet another Ramadan! The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said that actions are judged by their ending [Bukhari]. So while many of us have started preparing for Eid, we should also make sure that we end this […]

 
The Importance of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr

Rasulullâh Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “The fast remains suspended between Heaven and Earth until the fitrah is paid.” Sadaqatul fitr [fitra] is compulsory charity which becomes payable on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Fitr means to break fast or to refrain from fasting. Hence the Eid after the fasts of Ramadhân is called Eid-ul-Fitr, as it […]

 
The True Spirit of Ramadan: Beyond Hunger and Thirst

By Aslam Abdullah He told me that his calendar was full for the month of Ramadan as he was unable to join us for an iftar with the poor and the needy of the area. We thought, we would have Ramadan differently this year. We thought we would invite some needy Muslim families at our home and share with them the meal that we […]

 
Laylatul Qadr

By Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Shafi‘ Translated by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haroon Abasoomar Because the lifespan of this ummah compared to the other ummahs is short, Allāh, through His grace has specified a night in which the reward for His worship is multiplied up to more than a thousand months. However Allāh has kept its exact […]

 
The rules of I’tikaf

By Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Shafi‘ Translated by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haroon Abasoomar I’tikaf means: to remain in the musjidwith the intention ofi’tikaf. One may only leave the musjid to fulfil those needs that cannot be fulfilled inside the musjid, e.g. to go to the toilet, to make wudhu, to take a wâjib ghusl (obligatory bath) etc. It is sunnah muakkadah ‘alal kifayah to observe i’tikaf during the last […]

 
I’tikaf in Ramadan

Al-Muwatta’ of Imam Malik  by Imam Malik ibn Anas Translated by: Ustadha Aisha Bewley   19.0 I’tikaf in Ramadan 19.1 Concerning I’tikaf (Retreat) 1 Yahya related to me from Malik from d to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from ‘Urwa ibn az-Zubayr from ‘Amra bint ‘Abd ar-Rahman that ‘A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and […]

 
The Night Of Power: Special Gift For Muslims

‘Al-Qadr: Equal To A Thousand Nights’ THE chapter (surah) on the Night of Power (Al-Qadr) was revealed in Makkah, and its basic theme is honoring the revelation of this blessed book, the Holy Quran. The Night of Power or honour is a special gift only to the community (Ummah) of Islam. The night is one […]

 
Truth is the Night of Power

Maulana Rumi (raheemullah)   Truth is the Night of Power, hidden amid the other nights so the soul may try each one. Not all nights are the Night of Power, yet all nights aren’t empty of it either.   Haqq Shab-e Qadrast dar shab-hâ nehân tâ konad jân har shabi-râ emtehân Nah hameh shab-hâ bovad […]

 
(Ramadan Notes) The search for the Night of Power

By KERİM BALCI, İSTANBUL   23 Aug 2011 The Night of Power (Kadir Gecesi, Laylat al-Qadr) is the holiest day of the Muslim calendar and falls on a night during the holy month of Ramadan. It is the night the Holy Quran was revealed to humanity. The name of the night is mentioned both in the […]

 
On the excellence of praying in the Night of Power

Imam Nawawi ‘Riyad al-Salihin’ (Ust. Bewley translation) Allah says, “Truly We sent it down on the Night of Power” (97:1) to the end of the sura. Allah says, “We sent it down on a blessed night.” (W44:2; H44:3) 1189. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, […]

 
Ramadan Iftar Celebrated at Jewish Synagogue

18 Sep 2009   Iftar is the evening meal where Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It is also an occasion increasingly used by interfaith activists to help cross religious barriers. Recently an unprecedented Iftar was held at a Jewish synagogue in Washington DC. It brought together followers of different […]

 
Muslims break Ramadan fast with homeless in Preston

13 August 2012   More than 100 volunteers have helped feed the homeless in Lancashire during an event at the Flag Market in Preston. It was organised by the city’s Muslim community, who are fasting this month for Ramadan and cannot eat from dawn until dusk. More than 40 homeless people were fed and the […]

 
Ramadan: the day I invited non-Muslim guests to iftar
Ramadan: the day I invited non-Muslim guests to iftar

It’s the meal at the end of a day’s fast – but what happened when our writer invited some strangers to share the experience? By Huma Qureshi  8 Aug 2012 Huma Qureshi (centre) with her husband Richard and her guests, Jack and Jenni.  I have two strangers coming for dinner. This is nerve-racking: who in their […]

 
I’TIKAF – “The Spiritual Retreat”

The Messenger of Allah (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) is reported to have said:  “The persons who secludes himself (in the Masjid in I’tikaf) in true faith and hope (for the reward of Allah), all of his previous sins shall be forgiven.” (Kanzul Ummal, Hadith 24007)  The meaning of Itikaf is to […]