Ramadaan! Ramadaan! Ramadaan!

Delay in making up missed Ramadaan fasts – the rulings

In short, whoever does not fast some days of Ramadaan has to make up those days before the next Ramadaan comes. This person is sinning if he does not make up the fasts before the next Ramadaan without a legal excuse like sickness, forgetting, etc. The Imams are agreed that this person must make up the fasts, but they differed as to whether along with making up the fasts he must also feed one poor person for each day or not.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) said in this regard, “The correct view with regard to this issue is that a person does not have to do anything more than making up the missed fasts, but he is sinning if he delays doing so.” Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 6/451.

So, one who one delays making up the fasts with no excuse, must repent to Allaah and resolve not to repeat this mistake in the future.

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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

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

If you are at all able to take a short nap during the day, by all means, you should – and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it as we now know the amazing benefits of napping; worldly and in the Hereafter… al-Hamdulillah!

So, if you’re ready to get into your a napping habit, here’s a research-based method to get you started

These tips will help you maximize the benefits of napping, and may just have you make naps a part of your everyday schedule….

— 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 Amazing Benefits of Power Napping!

According to a growing body of scientific research, napping can actually be a very good and very smart thing to do. How so? Napping can help refresh the mind, make you more creative, boost your intelligence, and even help you live a longer, healthier life.

Your Sincerity and Eagerness for waking up at night for Qiyaam will become easy if you take afternoon naps or catnap which will reset your system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance for these blessed last days of Ramadan.

At the end of your nap, you will awaken refreshed and rested. This will result  you to  stand for long hours in your Qiyam by absorbing your laziness.

read on below to more more nap benefits;

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Active Qiyaam, take a Power Nap!

Want to boost your Qiyaam performance? Take a Nap!

Some of us have already entered the last 10 days of Ramadaan, while others are just about to…

Qiyaam during these days is on everybody’s mind, and we struggle to keep awake during the nightly hours – but that’s not enough because to make the most of these precious fading nights we need to efficiently perform good deeds – the more productive your performance, the more the rewards – as Allah’s Messenger said,

• Whoever recites 10 verses in Qiyaam, will not be recorded as one of the forgetful,

• Whoever recites a 100 verses in Qiyaam, will be recorded as one of the devout,

• Whoever prays a 1,000 verses in Qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).”

- (hasan) Saheeh al-Targheeb (635)

- and undoubtedly, for efficiency and productivity, we need energy and alertness…

There are dozens of research studies that show the beneficial effects of napping;

Naps genuinely refresh your mind – even a nap as short as 10-15 minutes has been shown to provide a fresh burst of energy.

So, rather than fighting to stay awake at your Qiyaam this Ramadaan, take a Power-Nap during the day!

To further convince you about napping being an effective tool to boost your Qiyaam performance, later today we have a post by Sister Sara about the Scientific researches done on the benefits of Napping.

We also have another beneficial post about tips for a Perfect nap.

Stay in touch! 

— Shawana A. Aziz

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

Fasting could help combat Cancer and boost effectiveness of treatments

Fasting could help combat Cancer and boost effectiveness of treatments

Going without food for short periods may help to combat cancer and boost the effectiveness of treatments, say scientists.

A study found fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumours and cured some cancers when it was combined with chemotherapy.

It is hoped that the discovery will prompt the development of more effective treatment plans and further research is now under way.

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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

Start glowing from within…

We all know Vitamin E is good for skin – but Vitamin A is especially important for healthy skin, because it is another weapon in your fight against dry skin – dryness which snatches away the glow!

Vitamin A is stored in the liver until needed by the body, also known as retinoids – and who hasn’t heard of retinoids creams nowadays; they are prescribed to boost collagen for reduced fine lines, and to speed cell turnover for even color and smooth skin…

What Vitamin A does is forces your skin cells to turn over faster, bringing new fresh skin cells to the surface.

It helps the skin rebuild tissues, and is also an essential vitamin when it comes to healing scrapes, wounds and other damages to the skin giving you softer, brighter, less-lined skin.

So, start munching on carrots after Iftar!

Later we have a recipe of delicious Carrot Raita for you to make at home…

— Shawana A. Aziz