There are many virtues of Ramadan and fasting expressed in the Qur'an and in the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam. If only one of these virtues was told to us it would have been enough motivation to perfect our fasting seeking that reward and the pleasure of Allah, but it is again from the mercy of Allah that He taught us many virtues of fasting so that we get encouraged even more. I will focus mainly on the virtues of forgiveness, salvation from Hell fire and reward of Paradise, but before that I shall mention few other virtues that are not less important than the latter.
This email should reach readers in the middle of Ramadan. Inshallah all of our past fasts will be accepted and our future fasts made easy.
While in Ramadan, please take care that when you open your fast, you do not do it by spreading opression on others - Please make sure you do not fund the oppression of your Palestinian brethren by buying Israeli Medjoul dates.
If you are a big fan of medjoul dates, SKT welfare is currently selling Syrian Medjoul dates in order to raise funds to feed teh Syrian dispossessed.
In this month, the "Let's Talk Show" has once again been broadcast on Radio Ramadan in Oldham and online accross the world. Recordings of the shows have been made available online and more will be added over time.
It the Prophet was alive today, how would he react to modern day challenges? This question is addressed by Brother Faysal Yaqoob using examples from the life of the prophet (saw).
Due to connection problems, the whole show was not recorded. This recording is only 33 minutes long - around half the full length of the show.
Presenters: Zahid Maqbool, Sajid Iqbal
Guest: Brother Faysal Yaqoob
Broadcast Date: 25 June 2015
Duration: 33 minutes
It should be known that there are three grades of fasting: ordinary, special and extra-special.
Ordinary fasting means abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.
Special fasting means keeping one's ears, eyes,tongue, hands and feet-and all other organs-free from sin.
Extra-special fasting means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but Allah.
See not what displeases Allah
A chaste regard, restrained from viewing anything that is blameworthy or reprehensible, or which distracts the heart and diverts it from the remembrance of God.
Every year, for one complete lunar month-the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, you as an adult Muslim are required to fast. From dawn to sunset in the month of Ramadan, you are required to refrain from all food and drink and sexual relations with your spouse.
If you are sick or on a journey you are allowed not to fast but you must make up for it by fasting the same number of days missed during Ramadan.
Why should I fast?
The main purpose of fasting is described in the Quran as "so that you may attain Taqwa or God-consciousness." Fasting is thus yet another instrument for bringing us closer to our natural state, our state of Fitrah and for cleansing this state from the dross of any disobedience and corruption.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is compulsory on every Muslim adult. The Arabic word sawm is used for fasting.
The word sawm (plural siyam) literally means 'to refrain', but as an Islamic term, it means refraining from food, drinks and sexual activity from dawn to sunset.
Allah says in the Quran, in Surah Al-Baqarah (2-183):
'O you who believe, siyam is prescribed on you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you may become self-restrained.'
The importance of Siyam in Ramadan is clearly expressed in several sayings of the Prophet(S.A.W.). It is reported by Abu Hurairah that the Prophet said: