Sunday, July 31, 2011

2011 Ramadan Timetable for Chendgu China

Fasting has been made Mandatory for Muslims by Allah Almighty as he says in the Quran.’’O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you,that ye may (learn) self-restraint [Quran: Chapter 2:183]’’

Like other parts of the world many Muslims call Chengdu in China their home and reside and work here, for these Muslim brothers and sisters we have tried to compile a timetable with the times for Seher and Iftar during the month of Ramadan in the year 2011. The sehar and Iftar timing for Chengdu, China are stated below.

Ramadan 2011 Timetable Nanjing China

The Ramadan timings for sehar and iftar vary from place to place. It is almost impossible to provide timings information about each and every place or city with accuracy. The timing of Suhar and Iftar for Nanjing, CHINA are stated below. Like other parts of the world many Muslims reside in this city of china and we have made an effort to try to find accurate times for Seher and Iftar for our Muslim brothers and sisters observing Ramadan in this part of the world. May our prayers be answered this Ramadan.

Ramadan 2011 Seher & Iftar Timings Rawalpindi /Islamabad

Ramadan is celebrated all over the world, Muslims from around the world fast during the month of Ramadan Kareem from sunrise to sunset as commanded by Allah and His messenger. Our Muslim brothers and sisters from Islamabad and Rawalpindi will  be observing Ramadan this year from either Tuesday the 2nd of August or Wednesday the 3rd of august 2011. Following we have made a timetable for people living in Islamabad and Rawalpindi stating times for Seher and Iftaar During the Holy Month of Ramadan.

London UK Ramadan 2011 Sehar & Iftar Timings

Ramadan is the month of blessing this is the month in which Allah Almighty forgives every sin of those who ask forgiveness from the depth of their hearts. London in the United Kingdom is a city like many others around the world that is home to numerous people of the Islamic faith and these devout muslims spend the holy month of Ramadan in worship of God and Fast from sunrise to sunset as commanded by their religion. Here we have made an effort to provide the timings of suhar and iftar in London for Ramadan 2011. Wish you all a very blessed Ramadan full of Joy and blessing of Allah.

Ramadan 2011 Suhar and Iftar Timings Doha, Qatar

Ramadan is observed around the world during the 9th lunar month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast around the world from sunrise to sunset in their particular countries. The duration of the fast varies from place to place depending on the length of the day. For our site visitors we have tried to collect the timings for the fast for several cities around the world. The Suhar and Iftar timing for Doha, Qatar are stated below.

Fasting has been made Mandatory for Muslims by Allah Almighty as he says in Quran."O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you,that ye may (learn) self-restraint" [Quran: Chapter 2:183]

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ramadan Timing of Suhar and Iftar in Quetta 2011

Ramadan is the month of mercy, Allah said in holy Quran ‘O Believers! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for the people before you so that you may become pious.’ Its mean fasting is a mandatory action for all adults Muslims across the world in the month of Ramadan. The suhar and iftar timing in Quetta city are stated below.
Sehar-o-Iftar Timings Quetta, Pakistan
Ramadan-al-Mubarak 1432 AH (August-2011)
D   A   T   E                                              Time UTC+5 (PST)
Universal/Gregorian/Solar                     Islamic/Hijri/Lunar                 Sehar              Iftar
02-August-2011 (Tuesday)                     01-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:19 AM                07:28 PM
03-August-2011 (Wednesday)                 02-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:20 AM                07:27 PM
04-August-2011 (Thursday)                    03-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:21 AM                07:26 PM
05-August-2011 (Friday)                     04-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:21 AM                07:25 PM
06-August-2011 (Saturday)                     05-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:22 AM                 07:24 PM
07-August-2011 (Sunday)                       06-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:23 AM                 07:23 PM
08-August-2011 (Monday)                     07-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:24 AM                 07:23 PM
09-August-2011 (Tuesday)                     08-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:25 AM                 07:22 PM
10-August-2011 (Wednesday)                 09-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:26 AM                07:21 PM
11-August-2011 (Thursday)                    10-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:27 AM                07:20 PM
12-August-2011 (Friday)                     11-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:28 AM               07:19 PM
13-August-2011 (Saturday)                     12-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:28 AM                07:18 PM
14-August-2011 (Sunday)                       13-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:29 AM                07:17 PM
15-August-2011 (Monday)                     14-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:30 AM                07:16 PM
16-August-2011 (Tuesday)                     15-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:31 AM                07:15 PM
17-August-2011 (Wednesday)                 16-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:32 AM               07:14 PM
18-August-2011 (Thursday)                    17-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:33 AM               07:13 PM
19-August-2011 (Friday)                     18-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:33 AM              07:12 PM
20-August-2011 (Saturday)                     19-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:34 AM               07:11 PM
21-August-2011 (Sunday)                       20-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:35 AM               07:10 PM
22-August-2011 (Monday)                      21-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:36 AM              07:09 PM
23-August-2011 (Tuesday)                     22-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:37 AM               07:08 PM
24-August-2011 (Wednesday)                 23-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:37 AM               07:06 PM
25-August-2011 (Thursday)                    24-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:38 AM               07:05 PM
26-August-2011 (Friday)                      25-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:39 AM             07:04 PM
27-August-2011 (Saturday)                     26-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:40 AM               07:03 PM
28-August-2011 (Sunday)                       27-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:40 AM               07:02 PM
29-August-2011 (Monday)                     28-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:41 AM               07:01 PM
30-August-2011 (Tuesday)                     29-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:42 AM               06:59 PM
31-August-2011 (Wednesday)                30-Ramadan-1432 AH             04:43 AM               06:58 PM

May Allah give us strength to worship Allah Almighty in the holy month of Ramadan.

2011 Ramadan Timing of Suhar and Iftar in Karachi

The holiest month of Ramadan is coming and is expected to start on 2nd of August 2011. All Muslims across the world are waiting for the holy month to get the blessings of Allah Almighty. The Timing of Suhar and Iftar in Karachi are stated below.

Ramadan-al-Mubarak 1432 AH (August-2011).

D   A   T   E                   Time UTC+5 (PST)

Universal/Gregorian/Solar         Islamic/Hijri/Lunar         Sehar Iftar
02-August-2011 (Tuesday)  01-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:34 AM 07:19 PM
03-August-2011 (Wednesday) 02-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:34 AM 07:18 PM
04-August-2011 (Thursday) 03-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:35 AM 07:18 PM
05-August-2011 (Friday) 04-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:36 AM 07:17 PM
06-August-2011 (Saturday) 05-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:36 AM 07:16 PM
07-August-2011 (Sunday)         06-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:37 AM 07:16 PM
08-August-2011 (Monday)  07-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:38 AM 07:15 PM
09-August-2011 (Tuesday)         08-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:38 AM 07:14 PM
10-August-2011 (Wednesday) 09-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:39 AM 07:13 PM
11-August-2011 (Thursday) 10-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:40 AM 07:13 PM
12-August-2011 (Friday) 11-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:40 AM 07:12 PM
13-August-2011 (Saturday) 12-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:41 AM 07:11 PM
14-August-2011 (Sunday)         13-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:42 AM 07:10 PM
15-August-2011 (Monday)         14-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:42 AM 07:09 PM   
16-August-2011 (Tuesday ) 15-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:43 AM 07:08 PM
17-August-2011 (Wednesday) 16-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:43 AM 07:08 PM
18-August-2011 (Thursday) 17-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:44 AM 07:07 PM
19-August-2011 (Friday) 18-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:45 AM 07:06 PM
20-August-2011 (Saturday) 19-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:45 AM 07:05 PM
21-August-2011 (Sunday)    20-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:46 AM 07:04 PM
22-August-2011 (Monday)  21-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:46 AM 07:03 PM
23-August-2011 (Tuesday)         22-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:47 AM 07:02 PM
24-August-2011 (Wednesday) 23-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:48 AM 07:01 PM
25-August-2011 (Thursday) 24-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:48 AM 07:00 PM
26-August-2011 (Friday) 25-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:49 AM 06:59 PM
27-August-2011 (Saturday) 26-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:49 AM 06:58 PM
28-August-2011 (Sunday)         27-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:50 AM 06:57 PM
29-August-2011 (Monday)         28-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:50 AM 06:56 PM
30-August-2011 (Tuesday)         29-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:51 AM 06:55 PM
31-August-2011 (Wednesday) 30-Ramadan-1432 AH    04:51 AM 06:54 PM

May you have healthy and peaceful Ramadan.

Sehar & Iftar Timing Lahore Ramadan 2011

Ramadan is the month of blessing this is the month in which Allah Almighty forgive every sin of those who ask forgiveness from the depth of their hearts. The timing of suhar and iftar in Lahore city is stated below.

Sehar-o-Iftar Timings Lahore, Pakistan
Ramadan-al-Mubarak 1432 AH (August-2011)

D   A   T   E                                                                                                    Time UTC+5 (PST)
Universal/Gregorian/Solar               Islamic/Hijri/Lunar               Sehar              Iftar
02-August-2011 (Tuesday)                01-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:46 AM        07:01 PM
03-August-2011 (Wednesday)          02-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:46 AM        07:00 PM
04-August-2011 (Thursday)              03-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:47 AM        06:59 PM
05-August-2011 (Friday)                  04-Ramadan-1432 AH         03:48 AM       06:58 PM
06-August-2011 (Saturday)                05-Ramadan-1432 AH          03:49 AM        06:57 PM
07-August-2011 (Sunday)                  06-Ramadan-1432 AH          03:50 AM        06:56 PM
08-August-2011 (Monday)                07-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:51 AM        06:55 PM
09-August-2011 (Tuesday)                08-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:52 AM        06:54 PM
10-August-2011 (Wednesday)          09-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:53 AM        06:53 PM
11-August-2011 (Thursday)              10-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:54 AM        06:52 PM
12-August-2011 (Friday)                  11-Ramadan-1432 AH         03:55 AM       06:51 PM
13-August-2011 (Saturday)               12-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:56 AM        06:50 PM
14-August-2011 (Sunday)                 13-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:57 AM        06:49 PM
15-August-2011 (Monday)                14-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:57 AM        06:48 PM
16-August-2011 (Tuesday)                15-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:58 AM        06:47 PM
17-August-2011 (Wednesday)          16-Ramadan-1432 AH           03:59 AM        06:46 PM
18-August-2011 (Thursday)              17-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:00 AM        06:45 PM
19-August-2011 (Friday)                  18-Ramadan-1432 AH         04:01 AM       06:44 PM
20-August-2011 (Saturday)               19-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:02 AM        06:43 PM
21-August-2011 (Sunday)                 20-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:03 AM        06:42 PM
22-August-2011 (Monday)               21-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:04 AM        06:41 PM
23-August-2011 (Tuesday)               22-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:04 AM        06:40 PM
24-August-2011 (Wednesday)         23-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:05 AM        06:39 PM
25-August-2011 (Thursday)             24-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:06 AM        06:37 PM
26-August-2011 (Friday)                 25-Ramadan-1432 AH         04:07 AM       06:36 PM
27-August-2011 (Saturday)              26-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:08 AM        06:35 PM
28-August-2011 (Sunday)                27-Ramadan-1432 AH            04:09 AM        06:34 PM
29-August-2011 (Monday)               28-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:09 AM        06:33 PM
30-August-2011 (Tuesday)               29-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:10 AM        06:31 PM
31-August-2011 (Wednesday)         30-Ramadan-1432 AH           04:11 AM        06:30 PM

May Allah Almighty forgive all our sins in the up coming month of Ramadan.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Organizing time in Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is almost here and all of us are preparing for the spiritual month of Ramadan, so here are some suggestions which will help you in organizing your work during fasting. Many of us have a perception that the month of Ramadan is quit demanding and it requires a lot of energy so therefore it will be nice if they reduce many of activity and projects so that they can concentrate on the holy month of Ramadan, let me tell you this my friends there is a simple schedule to spend your month of Ramadan and do all your work which you do in your normal life.

These are the steps which can tell you how to make your schedule in the holy month of Ramadan.

Sleep Well:
It is mandatory to attend the tarawih not in Islam but it is the part of Ramadan so it is important to attend the prayer tarawih. So if you come back from tarawih at 10:00 or 10:30 pm try to sleep as early as possible in order to wake up early in the morning to eat a meal of sahur because it was the sunnah of Prophet (pbuh) to eat something before having a fast. One can go to sleep after fajir if you wish otherwise it would be better to close your eyes in afternoon.

Manage your time wisely:
To manage your time and work it is important to have a list of most important works of your day with their durations, for that you have to make a list of your every day work on priority basis. Make your most important phone calls early as you can catch people early at their desks and your work will not stop.

Manage your Energy wisely:
A person will be best in fasting if they control their anger, because anger can harm the core objective of fasting. Fasting teaches discipline and how to control yourself in different situations. It constantly reminds the individual of continuous abstinence and observance. Therefore, since the body stores different components of energy, it needs to be functioning according to what it can take during the hours from Fajr till Maghrib.

While managing your time, make sure that you do the most demanding jobs or activities early in the morning without exhausting yourself. Rest in between different tasks and breathe in enough oxygen at all times. As we know that most of the stress is caused by less breathing and more worry and unrest of a person so it is mandatory for everyone to control their anger and remain cool during fasting.            

How to train a kid for Ramadan

Ramadan is the month of mercy and blessings there are many aspects of Ramadan like, fasting, prayers, moral values, charity and family with all these aspects, this is the month to train our kids whether they are your own kids or kids whom you teach. To educate and train a person is not a easy thing specially if we talk about children. Children don’t bring empty minds they ask question which should be answered by their elders. The process of training requires efforts, energy and a few of techniques to take it off.

According to our beloved Prophet (pbuh) “No father has given a greater gift to his children than good moral training.” (Tirmidhi)  

So here are some training tips which we need to follow while we train kids.

1. Let them get their hands dirty:
According to one philosopher “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” Herbert Spencer. We know that children learn by doing according to Brunmer, Jerome.   Students retain 75% of a lesson when they learn through hands-on activities compared to 5% through a lecture or 10% through reading.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to bring his grandchildren Hassan and Hussein to the mosque as toddlers before they knew how to pray.
Hence a concept becomes real and acceptable for children only when they experience anything rather than only reading.

2. Involve their Emotions:
We know that children are emotional they take everything emotionally and get involved emotionally in everything they do. They really want to leave it as we can see video games tv shows targets the emotions of children and to be a teacher or a trainer we can also use the same technique  for training.

2. Reveal the Purpose:
It is very important to tie a reward on every exercise which they do, we often hear students complain why should we do this? And we simple answer them because you have to do this. So this is the attitude which make the motivation level of a child zero and he will not do his work properly so to make a child do work properly you need to tie a reward on every action of a child.

Excessive competition and comparison can often result in helplessness and lack of motivation for children who learn in different ways or at a slower pace. Allow children to judge their own progress and compare themselves to their former level rather than that of others.

Make this Ramadan the beginning of a memorable and long-lasting training experience for you and your children!  

Ramadan makes your family unit

Being a Muslim it is our duty to follow all the aspects and teachings of Islam which we got from the Qur'an and those we learn from the hadith of Prophet(pbuh). The Qur'an and hadith teach us how to behave with our family and teaches us the norms and rules which every person need follow being a member of a family.

In Today’s fast and global world we have easily neglect all the requirements of a family and neglected to think about the needs of family and our rule in a family, after all, who can cope with our fluctuating temperaments as we struggle to cope with certain daily issues that come to test us? Misunderstandings ensue when we get all too caught up with the need to provide, the need to learn, and the desire for better, causing us to fall from the grace of our loved ones.

Without realizing it, family members become strangers to each other, slowly growing apart. Our homes become hotels where we just come to visit, all of those things develop because we are not putting any efforts and time to be together, Ramadan is the month which make all the family members tied and it is only Ramadan in which most of us will sit together to have a meal whether it is the meal of sahur or the meal of iftar.

Ramadan is the month in which all of us will sit together and this is time when all the members of family sit accordingly and this is the time in which children gets benefits with keeping touch with their family like aunts, uncles and cousins and particularly grandparents. We know that everyone wants give love to their grandparents but because of the schedule they can’t make it, but Ramadan is the month which offer you a opportunity to love ones grandparents give love and show attraction towards children of the house and all these joys are there because of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to one philosopher “A family grows stronger and closer with acceptance of one another, respect of differences, open and accurate communication, assertive and non-aggressive expression of emotions, love, freedom and space to grow, trust, time and effort invested, and the will to make it work.”

Enjoy the spiritual month of Ramadan with your family.    

The Pleasure of Ramadan

Ramadan the month which make every person happy and the joy that millions of us will feel happy when the month of Ramadan comes, those who are not Muslim can not imagine what Ramadan is really like. For them it must seem like a severe diet that lasts for a month. How, they say, can people look forward to going without food and drink between dawn and sunset for a whole month? Yes that Muslim who do, we Muslim look forward to whole year for the month of happiness, the month in which Allah him self asked us about our needs and fulfill those needs with his mercy. Muslims wait for whole year and prepare them for the month of mercy to fast.

The reason behind this is very simple, Muslims have been commanded by Allah to do so. According to the holy Quran O ye who believe. Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you. That ye may (learn) self-restraint.] (Al-Baqarah 2:183) The fast is done only for the sake of Allah Almighty, the happiness and the joy which a fast bring can not be describe in words and the rewards of doing fast for the sake of Allah is clearly defined and that is HEAVEN  jannah.

For Muslims Ramadan is the month to make another beginning to obey the orders of Allah and his prophet (pbuh). This is the month to set ones priorities to come back to the religion after doing so much sin to ask the forginess to Allah Almighty to start a life as per the teaching of prophet(pbuh) to be faithful to prayers, to recite the Qur’an, to give thanks at all times to Allah for His goodness.

When each day fast is over it brings nice joy on the face of every Muslim and they thank Allah for keeping them alive to see the spiritual month of Ramadan, it is the time when Muslims all over the world share achievements and being a Muslim they fast for the sake of Allah and will only end the fast with the name of Allah when the Muezzin announce that it is the time to end the fast by the name of Allah Almighty. Radios will be turned on in anticipation of the call to Prayer. Throats thirsting for water will eagerly await the cry of “Allahu Akbar” to end the day’s fast.

The Objective of Muslims in Ramadan

Ramadan the holy month and the month in which Allah asks to his Sinful persons to get forgiveness and mercy through the grace of Allah Almighty. As we know that in every deed we people do in our life their should have a goal and a result of the thing we do and all we want to achieve the goal in a positive manner because we want our selves to be successful in our lives. This is for the whole humanity but for Muslims it is more important then the people of other religion because as a Muslim we have a belief that we have to give the answers of our act to Allah on the MAHSHAHER or the judgment day.

So based on this every true Muslim should have an objective for their whole life and their individual deeds during every minute that they stay on earth, we know that Allah Almighty designed and created the humanity to fulfill the objective for which they were originally created, which is defined by Allah Almighty in the holy Quran.
[And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). I seek not any provision from them (i.e. provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me (i.e. feed themselves or My creatures).] (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56-57)

So for Muslims Allah Almighty gives another chance to come back to the religion and live their life as describe by the Prophet(pbuh) and Ramadan is the month in which Muslims get such opportunity to come back to Allah obey his order and ask for his mercy. Let your self to set some objective in the month of Ramadan and make sure that you will abstain your self from sin. These are some suggestion in order to the real objective in Ramadan.Let your objective this Ramadan be that you abstain from all that is prohibited for you by Allah. So do not cheat or lie or backbite or usurp others’ properties or gaze at what Allah has prohibited (the opposite sex). It is well-known that fasting is of three degrees:

1. Abstaining from food, drink, and intimate intercourse.

2. Keeping your ears, eyes, tongue, hands, and feet, and all other bodily organs free from sins.

3. Avoiding occupying your heart with unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, and upholding nothing in your heart but Allah the Almighty.

So, what holds you back from drawing nearer to Allah and being one of those very few people who observe fasting of that third and special degree? So make your self ready for the Ramadan and try to follow all those practice which make Allah Almighty happy.

The Purpose of Fasting

There are some reason behind every deed of a person every work which a person does and there are two component behind it one is the purpose for which a work is done and the second thing is a particular shape of that work which is chosen to achieve that purpose for example, lets take ones food we eat because we want to live our life healthy there is a defined method of eating meal first you take a morsel and put it in to your mouth, then you masticate it and push it below the throat. This method was adpote by you because this is most effective method to achieve your object but we know that the mean thing was the purpose for which the food has taken and not the form and procedure of this action What will you say if anybody were to make a morsel of saw-dust or cinder or mud, put it in his mouth, chew and gulp it? You will say only this that his brain is out of order. Why? Because this idiot did not understand the real purpose of eating and is suffering form the misunderstanding that only the aforesaid four component acts constitute eating. Likewise, you will call that person also mad who soon after taking the food vomits it by thrusting his fingers into his throat then complains that the benefits said to accrue from taking food have not been availed of by him and that, contrarily, he is daily getting lean and is on the verge of death. This fool blames the food for his growing weakness little realizing that it is due to his own stupidity.

know same case which we discussed above apply it on our fasting if we think that by going to all these four process of eating we have obtain our purpose of eating and we should have the benefit of all eating irrespective of whether he pushed down in his stomach mud and stone, or vomited the bread soon after eating it. The big mistake which we do in the month of Ramadan is we obey all the orders of Allah we fats for a whole day we apply prayer at the time of prayer and then we think that we completed our responsibility and know we will get the benefit but have we ever think that only having fast and applying prayer is the only thing and the only purpose of Ramadan? If you have a little sense then tell me how a man who is fasting and is thus engaged in the ‘Ibadat’ of Allah from morning till evening, can in the midst of that ‘Ibadat’ utter a lie and indulge in backbiting? Why does he quarrel at the slightest pretext and utter abuses from his mouth? How dare he encroach on other people’s rights? How does he indulge in acquiring illicit money and giving money to others illicitly? And having done all these thing, he still thinks that he has performed ‘Ibadat’ of Allah? Does this not resemble the work of that person who eats cinder and mud and thinks that by merely completing the four requirements of eating he has actually done the job of eating.Again Freedom From Restrictions After Ramadan.

we have to understand the real aim of fasting and by the grace of Allah his messenger has pointed out real aims of fasting according to one hadith of prophet (pbuh) "Whoever did not give up lying and practicing falsehood, Allah is in no need of his giving up food and water". In another Hadith he said : "Many are the fasters whose fasting does not bring them anything except hunger and thirst and many are those who keep standing in the night but their standing does not bring anything except being awake in the night". To understand the real purpose and aim of fasting we have to understand the hadith of prophet (pbuh) and live our life with the teaching of Islam.

The Month to Forgive Others

Ramadan is the month in which Allah Almighty forgives humans and those sinful persons who neglected the orders of Allah. This month means to be forgiveness and those who forgive other human in the spiritual month Allah has many reward for them and apply mercy on them.

Once the holy Prophet(PBUH) said  Musa, the son of Imran once asked, "Oh my Lord! Who is the most honorable of Your servants? And He replied, the person who forgives even when he is in a position of power" (Baihaqi). Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet.

So from this hadith we can imagine what forgiveness mean in the holy month of Ramadan, remember those time when you get in to argument with some one and when you know that your position is right but you have been neglected and insulted with rudeness and then you chose to hold a grudge, after all you have a right to, how can they treat you like this, why would you forgive? You were right on your saying and on your position so why should you forgive those who insulted you.

That’s what you would say and you may be right and you may be in position of power mentioned in hadith above, but you need to know that forgiving other (apart from those who hurt one physically) you should forgive them to become close to Allah and his mercy . How can we move up the ladder of spiritual development when we hold bitterness and anger towards another person? While we may have been in the right, is it worth sacrificing our energy on a grudge instead of on growth?

Is there not something strange about asking for God's forgiveness of our sins while withholding our forgiveness from someone who has hurt us? So remember one of the most important part of Ramadan is forging fellow human beings in the holy month so Allah forgive you for your mistake and sin which you have done, according to Prophet's hadith Ramadan is a month whose beginning is Mercy, whose middle is Forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the Hellfire. This makes it a great time to ask God for His Forgiveness. It's also a wonderful time to open our hearts and cleanse them of grudges and bitterness by forgiving others.

We have to understand that the part of getting Allah and his mercy is always paved with tests and difficulty no one can gain spiritual uplifting without proving their mettle this practice include facing all type of hardship including injustice at the hands of others.

Why Fasting is imposed on Muslims

Human the creation of Allah Almighty, Allah the most merciful has set some rules and norms while he was creating the human and ordered them to follow all those roles and norms as per wish of Allah Almighty, but when a human is overcome by a material desire and their worldly needs they become neglected by those rules and norms which have been imposed by Allah Almighty. To remind a human about their commitments which they have made with Allah Almighty before coming to this world Allah has made fasting mandatory once every year for a whole month and that month is called the holy month of Ramadan.

When Ramadan comes some restriction on our eating and marital relationship has been imposed and we are asked to do worship to Allah Almighty to forgive our sin. Fasting is somewhat demanding because its original aim is to make us disciplined and to make our selves abstain from sin and follow the way which is described by the prophet(pbuh), and to achieve this objective it is mandatory to show full commitment with Ramadan and fast during the month as described by the Prophet(pbuh).

The one example of how Ramadan teach us to make control on our needs and wants is when we are having sehri or sahor and all of sudden we hear Adhan, we immediately stop eating how so ever strong our need for a certain thing but we stop doing what we were doing and we are not allowed to eat anything during fast we do not give to our wishes and temptation, this restriction of not eating and drinking remain till Maghrib until we cannot hear adhan and this timing is also appointed by Allah.

The month of Ramadan gives us lots of knowledge and we gain lot from fasting. The most important thing which we gain from fasting is that one’s soul is liberated from the shackles of his wishes and desires and moves a step forward towards knowledge and intellect, he moves a step closer to Allah by rising all above all ordinary needs. This is the purpose why fasting puts all restriction on all those things which results increase in our desires and incline us towards pleasure, when a person restrict such constrained then he is able to break his bond with this world and come closer to the lord of the world, towards his creator this is why Allah Almighty says that fasting is for Him and He alone will bestow the reward for it.

Training for Believers

Ramadan is the month of Allah in which Allah tests his creation by binding them from food and drinks. Fasting is obligatory on Muslims as it was on the religions before and Allah has obligated fasting for people to come close to Allah. Fasting is the sign which determine the relationship between men and Allah, which is based on total obedience and submission to him. Man willingly forgoes these needs in order to achieve his aim of winning the pleasure of Allah and earning His reward.

These are necessary elements in the training of the believers so that they are able to bear the pressures and hardships of the way they have chosen. It is the thorny way, full of obstacles. On both sides of it there are all sorts of pleasures and temptations that beckon the travelers, trying to force them off their course.

We know that fasting has numerous advantages and benefit for health, different scientist discover that fasting helps humans to become healthy and physically fit individuals. It goes without saying that Allah takes into consideration the physical constitution of man before He lays down his duties for him. We must not, however, relate our religious duties solely to what our human knowledge discovers. Our knowledge is, after all, limited and cannot comprehend fully the divine wisdom behind everything that relates to man and his education and training, let alone comprehend everything that relates to the universe.

According to the holy Quran in which Allah Almighty says (Believers, fasting is decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you, so that you may be God-fearing.) It means all those who believe in One God and Prophet Mohammad(pbuh) this is mandatory for them to fast in the holy month of Ramadan and apply prayer, ask forgiveness for their sins in the month and they will find Allah the most merciful will forgive them for their sin.

Ramadan Month of Fasting

Muslims everywhere must fast this month for the sake of Allah. When this takes place then everything must be done during the day on an empty stomach. The Muslims have the perseverance to perform all their tasks from going to school, working, walking, whatever they need to do without eating. In the evening they return to their mosque to attend Tarawih with the feeling that they are fully nourished they are able to continue their daily tasks.

When you are fasting you are able to think much more clearly than when you are stuffing your stomach and are over fed. While you are in a state of fasting, you are enriched spiritually, physically and yes even intellectually. You have many new benefits because now you are able to think on a higher spiritual plane. Those who fast in faith believing in the power of Allah find that they are richly rewarded with more insight to life and a better intelligence in the things that they do.

The meaningful thing about Ramadan for Muslims is the fact that it teaches one how to control their emotions and how to make of yourself a perfect Muslim. Everyone needs to know the pathway to forgiveness. Ramadan shows us the pathway to forgiveness. Muslims abstain from any form of sin during the month of Ramadan.This is the time to make yourself clean and full of the grace of Allah.

It is now time to learn of the teachings of Muhammad and bask in the knowledge that is given to us for his sake of righteousness. Meditation is a vital part of the month of Ramadan. It is important to meditate along with fasting in order to reach the highest of spiritual awareness. When you meditate every day, you will be enlightened spiritually and start to understand more about the universe around you. We are all one in the universe and the universe is all around us and within us.

The Muslims use this month of fasting to find a new awareness in their life and to help them make changes that will affect their lives for the rest of the year. It is a promise to keep when you truly believe in your faith. Muslims follow the teachings of the Koran during the month of Ramadan. The Koran to the Muslims is like the Bible to those who are not of their faith but are of the Christian belief.

Those who are of different religious beliefs watch in awe as every year the world of Muslims take the month to fast, meditate and to learn more of their own teachings. The Muslims have a strong belief in the teachings and adhere to it with all their might. It is a good thing to follow the teachings of the Koran, fast, and meditate during the month of Ramadan. The results are a beautiful thing that the whole world could learn from and perhaps someday, we will all fast and learn more of our own religious teachings.

~This guest post was written by freelance writer Victoria. She is a stay at home mom and is also currently enjoying working on a project with Gulvafslibning Priser, a Danish floor sanding company.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ramadan and Generosity

Muslims all around world follow the teaching of prophet(pbuh) and the holy Book Quran. Doing charity is one of the fundamental attributes of Islam spending charity removes sins like water extinguishes fire. It is charity which saves a person on the day of Resurrection, there are many other benefits of doing charity and these benefits will increase in the month of Ramadan. Those who do charitable work in the month of Ramadan have a big reward in jannah and also in the present world.

The holy month of Ramadan is the month of mercy and for a human it is a time to correct his mistakes and ask forgiveness from Allah Almighty, as we know that Ramadan is the month of obedience and it requires every Muslims to do good acts and live their life with the teachings of Islam. The messenger of Allah Prophet Mohammad(pbuh) was the best of mankind and was the most obedient to his lord, even then he wanted to increase his worship during the blessed month of Ramadan. According to Imam Ibn al_Qayyim it is said that “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was the most generous of all people, but the time he spent the most was during the month of Ramadan, and he used to increase his recitation of the Qur’aan, prayers, mentioning Allaah and I’tikaaf (i.e. residing in the mosque with the intention of worship)”.

The companions were distinctly generous during the month of Ramadan. Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: “There is a difference between being generous in charity and being wasteful: a generous person spends his charity in proper channels, whilst the wasteful person might spend extravagantly in places where it is not needed, and be very poorly in places where spending is direly needed”.

Imam Ibn Al_Qayyim classified the generosity in ten phrases according to him there are ten phrases of generosity and they are as follow.
  • Sacrificing ones soul
  • Utilizing ones position
  • Sacrificing comforts
  • Offer one Knowledge
  • Utilizing one prestige
  • Sacrificing Physically
  • Sacrificing ones honor
  • Being cheerful with others
  • Not longing to possess what others have
  • Delaying Zakaah until Ramadan.
So these are the ten attributes which are described by Imam Ibl AL_Qiyyam. According to him every muslim should follow these ten attributes to be a genrous person. 

Concept of Devil in Ramadan

The concept of devil in Ramadan is quiet confusing some people says that in Ramadan the devils are captured and chained up and they give the reference of Prophet(pbuh) hadith. But the question arises if the devils are captured then why do people commit sins. So the answer to their question is that, the perception which different people have regarding the devils is not correct which is proved by the prophet(pbuh) hadith that the devils are not present in the holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Bukhaari (1899) and Muslim (1079) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

Al_Qurtabi define this hadith as during the holy month of Ramadan the evil actions are reduced on the part of those who fast meeting all the condition of fasting and taking care of all the requirements that been required by Ramadan or it can be understandable like only some of devil are chained up namely those who are stronger then the rest but not all of them as we can hear from the people that the evil are reduce in the month it is noticeable here that ewer evils happen in this month than in others. If all of them were to be chained up that does not mean that evil and sin would not happen, because there are other causes of evil apart from the devils, such as evil souls, bad habits and human devils.
From Fath al-Baari.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked in Fataawa al-Siyaam (p. 466):
That how can we settle the idea that the devils are chained up during the month but the fact is people are doing sin?

He answer to this question and said the fact that sin happen in Ramadan can not contradict that the devils are chained up in the month because the fact that they are chained up does not prevent them from moving, so according to prophet(pbuh) hadith “And the strong devils are chained up, and they cannot achieve what they usually achieve (at other times).” Narrated by Ahmad, 7857; this hadeeth was mentioned by al-Albaani in Da’eef al-Targheeb, 586; he said: it is da’eef jiddan (very weak).

So its mean that the evil are present in the month of Ramadan for those who do not fast as the conditions of fasting that’s why sin is done during the holy month. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Knowledge and Ramadan

Ramadan the fasting month in Islamic calendar, the month in which Muslims all over the world fast for the sake of Allah. The question which arises in the mind of non Muslims and some Muslims also ask this question is that “how can a person do all his work without having  a meal the whole day, without water and food and how people are supposed to go to school and study and get good grades in their exam and then go to the mosque to attend Tarawih every night and then people still want to learn some thing in Ramadan? Among the greatest blessings of Ramadan is that it introduces a routine that has direct spiritual, physical, and, yes, intellectual benefits.

Think about it. When do you think more clearly? When your stomach is full or when your stomach is somewhat full? I do not say the stomach is “empty” because let’s face it, although in Ramadan during the daytime there is no intake of food and drink, you have to admit that we Muslims do our fair share of eating and drinking at sahur and at iftar. You know well that when you have eaten just enough, you feel energized and your mind is alert.

When you have overeaten, you feel lethargic, about to fall over, making du`aa’ to Allah that the imam leading Tarawih Prayers does not prolong the ruku` or the sujud. When you have overeaten, the blood rushes to your stomach and there is little or no intellectual activity you are willing to undertake. So if you can focus on eating just right during the sahur and the iftar, then, in sha’ Allah, you will find that Ramadan is the ideal time to focus on learning something every day.

We learn from Ibn `Abbas, whose youth was literally spent in the company of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) that, “Allah’s Messenger was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Qur’an. Allah’s Messenger was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds)” (Al-Bukhari, Book 1, Hadith 5).

Ramadan teaches us how to control our emotions, how to make our selves perfect muslims, it show us the way of forgiveness, Ramadan is the month in which we try to abstain from sin and make ourselves clean with the grace of Allah.