Eid, Ramadan & Moonsighting

What Ramadan isn't about
Yes, its that time of year again when we taste the wonderful variety of our family's home cooking. Never in such a short space of time do we encounter such scrumptious meals.

Ramadan Fever!
The heat is on! Once a year a dramatic change occurs in the Muslim community. Once a year Icky baby and the Sams becomes Iqbal and Sameera.

The Great Blessings of Ramadan
Ramadan The ninth Islamic month is one of the greatest blessings of Allah (SWT) upon the Muslim Umma.

Why should I give Zakat?
Today, the abundance of wealth is everywhere, especially in the western societies where the race is on for the biggest house, the best cars, the latest clothes...but STOP!

Audio: The Month Of Ramadan (Abdul Hakim Murad)
(Real Media Audio, courtesy of www.Masud.co.uk)

Fasting In The Month Of Ramadan

Rules Of Fasting
"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you might learn piety ...

Ramadan: Rules & Regulations
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is compulsory on every Muslim adult. The Arabic word sawm is used for fasting.

Why should I fast?
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

Three grades of fasting
It should be known that there are three grades of fasting: ordinary, special and extra-special....

The virtues of fasting
here 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...

The Manners of Fasting
Ramadan comes with blessings to the Muslims...

Ramadan and your Health

The Benefits of Fasting
In this article you will learn about some of the tremendous benefits that can be derived from a properly conducted fast. When properly utilized, fasting is a safe and effective means of maximizing the body’s self-healing capacities.

The Health Benefits Of Fasting
There has been much contention in the scientific field about whether or not fasting is beneficial to one's health...

Tarawih Prayer

Praying at Night in Ramadan (Taraweeh)
Ahadith from Sahih Al- Bukhari, The Book of The Prayer Of Taravih, Chapter of The benefits of standing in Ramadan.

Tarawih prayer is Sunnah Mu'akkadah for men and women since the blessed Messenger (saw) said: 'The month in which Allah has prescribed for you fasting and I have initiated for you the night prayer.Whoever fasts in it and prays with sincerity and faith, sins leave him clean and the day his mother gave birth to him'. (Ibn Maja)

Crying in Front of Allah-It’s not impossible
When was the last time you cried? Not a few drops of salty water from your eyes, or the odd tear that slipped down your face while watching Muhammad, the Palestinian boy screaming in agony...

Laylatul-Qadr - The night of decree & it's virtues
From the nights of the blessed month of Ramadan, one is known as Laylatul-Qadr and during it, blessings, rewards and an abundance of good can be gained.

Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree/ Power)
As far as determining the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) is concerned, it has been reported to be during one of the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th...

Moon Issue

Crescent Sighting: A problem created by Muslims For Muslims?
Every time when Eid and Ramadhan come, instead of good wishes and warm feelings, bitter and heated discussions take away the joy of celebration when Different groups start and end Ramadhan on different days.

The Moon orbits Earth once every 29.53 days (average of synodic month). Because of this revolution, phases of the Moon change as the Moon's position change relative to the Earth and the Sun...

The Science of Moon Sighting
This is an attempt to present a clear perspective of the science of moon-sighting and to clarify some of the common misconceptions about moon-sighting

False Sightings or Exact Calculations
False sightings - a bane of the Muslim Ummah for years - is "not very relevant", says Jibali (Wall Street Journal 1/7/97)...

Why 2 Eids?
"Eid is on Tuesday. What d'you mean, we're having our on Wednesday. How come? Hey that's when our mosque is doing it so don't ask me!"

What is the 'Islamic Calendar'?
The Islamic calendar is based on lunar months, which begin when a thin new crescent Moon is actually sighted in the western sky after sunset within a day or so after the New Moon...


How to perform the Eid Prayer
The nights of both Eids, i.e. the nights preceding the Days of Eid, are auspicious occasions which should be observed with reverence and worship...

Significance of Eid Ul-Fitr
Eid Ul-Fitr celebrates the completion of the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast and increase their spiritual devotions, and is meant to be a recognition the material and spiritual favors of God to His creation.

Eid-ul-Adha is the celebration of sacrifice, and is important to all muslims for various reasons. Two these are the element of sacrifice, and the Hajj...