Quotes: Inspiration, Motivation & Reflections

Fast of Arafaah – according to Makkah or my country?

Fast of Arafaah – according to Makkah or my country?

Question: If the day of Arafah varies due to difference in the sighting of the Hilaal in various regions, do we fast according to the sighting of the country, in which we are (living) or do we follow the sighting of al-Haramain?


Fast according to your region/country (read detailed fatawa below).

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Who should not clip Nails and cut Hair during Dhul-Hijjah?


The Ruling in Short

“Whoever wants to offer a sacrifice, it is obligatory for him, once the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah begins, not to remove anything from his hair or nails until he has offered the sacrifice, whether that is by shaving, trimming or any other means. Whoever does not plan to offer a sacrifice is not obliged to adhere to that.” Ibn Hazm, Al-Muhallah, 6/3

“For the person on whose behalf the sacrifice is offered, there is no blame on him if he removes anything from his hair or nails.” Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (7/530)

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Can I combine the missed fasts of Ramadaan with the fasts of Dhul-Hijjah?

Can I combine the missed fasts of Ramadaan with the fasts of first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah?



Although, you cannot fast the voluntary fast with two intentions, what you can do is fast on virtuous days (like the ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah or Arafat) with the intention of making up for the missed obligatory fasts of Ramadaan,… in this way, you will have earned two rewards!!

• one for making up the missed fast

• and another for the virtuous day of Dhul-Hijjah

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How to drink Zam-Zam water?

Arrival of the pilgrims is always filled with joys; we adoringly welcome our loved ones, hoping their Hajj was fruitful and accepted, shortcoming forgiven, and sins erased…

One of the joys which the pilgrims bring back for us is the blessed water of ZamZam;

…holding that small bottle containing the most valuable and precious ZamZam water in your hands reminds you of all your big wishes you hope to be fulfilled.

…a sip of ZamZam is enough to cool your heart; …and it gives you a small peak into the serenity and the joy which the pilgrims must have experienced on the magnificent journey; …it makes you long more to visit the House of Allah.

It is recommended to drink ZamZam whenever feasible because of the Barakah it contain, and as the Prophet said, “The best water on the face of the earth is the water of Zamzam; it is a kind of food and a healing from sickness.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3302). See, Fatawa of Ibn Baz (25/119)]

he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) also said, “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.” [Narrated by Ibn Maajah (3062) Hasan Hadeeth]

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When we do something for someone without being asked for, out of love, thinking he/she would want it to be done…

it is most likely that the act will be taken for granted; neither appreciated nor considered!

although when such happens, we can do nothing but be patient…,

(but) the pain should make us careful not to hurt others in this manner; we should appreciate whatever is done for us, especially the little things that are done without asking for them.

We should show appreciation for what they do for us… if not with something physical gift kinda then at least words of appreciation…

at least, let the person know that it Does Make a Difference in your Life!

Though the same should be for all relationships, it is more for couples; since it happens to be the case that after a few months/years they function in a robotic manner…

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A blessing for the Sinful!

Sufferings remind the sinful believer about the greatest affliction of life; – Death, which may afflict him at any moment.

It reminds him of the severe punishments, which may follow next, as a result of his disobedience to Allah.

“We will make them taste a lesser punishment before the greater punishment that perhaps they may return (to the right path).”
[Soorah as-Sajdah (32): 2]

Calamities give one the time to reflect over one’s sins and their awful outcome.

…as a result, one may recognize his errors and return to Allah in repentance; worldly difficulties thus, serve as a blessing for the sinful.

— Shawana A. Aziz

A Happy Happy Moment for Team Striving Muslimah!

When sister Saf sent in these photos, I was thrilled and my happiness knew no bounds!

We, at Striving Muslimah, are soooo happy that so many sisters have trusted our content, tried and have given appreciative comments and remarks for the videos, fitness and beauty tips, recipes and everything else… Jazak Allah Khair!

On this occasion of Eid, we take the opportunity to thank you all for the over-whelming support for the Striving Muslimah :)

Keep encouraging us with your likes, shares and comments!

The pic on the left are the henna designs suggested at the Blog – and the ones on the right are the beautiful replicate – (the artist sister is truly skilled! I must say!)

Beautiful Replicate of Henna Designs from the Striving Muslimah Blog

Beautiful Replicate of Henna Designs from the Striving Muslimah Blog

Beautiful Replicate of Henna Designs from the Striving Muslimah Blog

Beautiful Replicate of Henna Designs from the Striving Muslimah Blog


More pics… yayy!

Beautiful Replicate of Henna Designs from the Striving Muslimah Blog

Sister Zaira sent this pic!

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— Shawana A. Aziz

A great opportunity for Dua – Don’t miss!

Because we have been fasting for hours, Dua just before breaking the fast involves weakness and humility – and these are beneficial means of having the Dua answered…

Moreover, Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed, there is for the fasting person, when he breaks his fast, a supplication which is not rejected.”

(Saheeh) – Ibn Majah (1/557)

Grab the opportunity as long as we are still in this blessed month of Ramadaan…

— Shawana A. Aziz

I am very happy for Eid, but my heart is aching…

I am very happy because it’s Eid, but my heart is aching…

…it’s aching with the feeling of pain for my brothers and sisters; those who are suffering, going through difficulties, hard times…

My heart cries when I eat delicious foods, while my brothers and sisters are hungry…

No one could ever understand their situation, I know… but I cannot do anything for them except Dua!

Sisters, don’t forget them! Keep them in your prayers.

May Allah (subahanahu wa tala) help them, and bring peace and happiness in their lives… Ameen!

- sister, Saira Waris

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An Opportunity every Moment!

Don’t just let this blessed hour of Ramadaan pass by… every moment of this month is an opportunity to earn the pleasure of Allah, have your Dua answered, and your sins forgiven…

Praise Allah, send Salaat upon upon the Prophet, open up your heart, and beg and beseech Him for every little thing you want…

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “There are three people whose Dua is NOT rejected; (one among them is) the fasting person until he breaks the fast,….” [at-Tirmidhee]

and, “Man should call upon Allah alone to provide for all his needs, so much so that even if a shoe-lace is broken, he should pray to Allah to provide a shoe-lace, and if he needs salt, he should beseech Allah to send it to him.” [at-Tirmidhee]

Cry before your Lord, and ask His Forgiveness for your sins however great, there’s great opportunity in this VERY MOMENT…

Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wassalam) climbed upon the mimbar and said, “Aameen, aameen, aameen”

“O Messenger of Allah, you climbed upon the mimbar and said, ‘Aameen, Aameen, Aameen”? it was asked.

“Jibraa’eel came to me and said, “Whoever reaches the month of Ramadan and does not have (his sins) forgiven and so enters Fire, then may Allah distance him, say aameen.” So I said “aameen”…

- Ibn Khuzaimah, Ahmad and al-Baihaqui (Saheeh)

Your great opportunity is here and now…so take it!


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— Shawana A. Aziz

A sinner does not deserve that honor!

“I cannot pray Qiyaam al-layl, tell me the cure for this.” a man said to Ibraaheem ibn Adham.

“Do not commit sin during the day, and He will help you to stand before Him at night – because your standing before Him at night is one of the greatest honors, and a sinner does not deserve that honor!”


The concept of Zakaat in Islam is to decrease the love of wealth and inculcate justice, generosity, brotherhood, affection and sacrifice among the Muslims.

Zakaat is a true and practical expression of Islamic brotherhood, since it is social security for the weak, and a protection for the society against destruction.

When people know about the wealthy paying Zakaat, and their willingness to help others, they genuinely increase in love and compassion. The Messenger of Allah, “The relationship of a believer with another believer is like (the bricks of) building, each strengthens the other.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim]

Zakaat: A practical expression of Islamic brotherhood!

— Shawana A. Aziz

Ramadan is like a rare flower that blossoms once a year… thoughtful poem!

Ramadan is like a rare flower that blossoms once a year,

and just as you begin to smell its fragrance it disappears for another year!

Make the most of it now, while you still have the chance and the harvesting season is here,

Put your heart in action & your limbs in gear, multiply your deeds and so will your rewards dear!

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Your Strong Will Power!

When you fast, you abandon everything which you are used to during the day, seeking reward from Allah, and being sincere to the fast…

and this is an indicative of your strong will-power, truthfulness and firm resolve!

It does not befit the fasting person to waste his resolve and demonstrate weak will-power and lack of Sabr at Iftar by eating in a manner which Allah has forbidden…

Remember these words of Allah’s Messenger…

“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. A few mouthfuls are sufficient for the son of Adam to keep him going. But if he must (fill it), then 1/3 for food, 1/3 for drink and 1/3 for air.”

at-Tirmidhee (2381)

based upon an article from Ahaadeeth as-Siyaam Ahkaam wa Aadaab

— Shawana A. Aziz