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Muslims Celebrate Eid ul Fitr, with Traditional Glory, Around the World. India will Celebrate on Monday.

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment
 

Muslims around the world woke up Sunday and welcomed the end of a long month of fasting with hearty greetings of “Eid Mubarak,” or happy festivities.

Egyptian women perform the Eid al-Fitr dawn prayer at a stadium in Mansura, 120 km north of Cairo.

Egyptian women perform the Eid al-Fitr dawn prayer at a stadium in Mansura, 120 km north of Cairo.

 

 

 

 

 

Egyptian women perform the Eid al-Fitr dawn prayer at a stadium in Mansura, 120 km north of Cairo.

The faithful were ushering in Eid al-Fitr — three days of celebrations that Muslims mark with joyous community prayers, acts of charity, visits from far-flung relatives, gift-giving and elaborate feasts.

“Think Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s — all rolled into one. It’s that huge for us,” said Sajjad Aziz of Hoboken, New Jersey.

Islam follows a lunar calendar, and the timing of Eid al-Fitr varies around the world depending on when the crescent of a new moon is sighted.

So, while most countries — including the United States — observed Eid on Sunday, some will begin their celebrations on Monday.

The night before Eid, entire communities gather on rooftops, scanning the sky with giddy anticipation.

“It only needs one sighting of the moon in the whole country, and the whole nation erupts in cheers,” said Qazi Arif, 35, of Sirajgong, Bangladesh. “It’s a divine feeling, hard to describe.”

Eid al-Fitr bids goodbye to Ramadan — a month of dawn-to-dusk abstinence from food, drinks and other sensual pleasures. Muslims believe the Quran, the religion’s holy book, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan more than 1,400 years ago.

The Eid is one of two major holidays in Islam, alongside another called Eid al-Adha. The latter commemorates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, for God.

On the morning of Eid, Muslims don new clothes and head to prayers that are often held in open fields to accommodate crowds too big to contain in mosques.

Those who can afford it donate a small percentage of their possession or its equivalent to the poor and needy so they too can avail themselves for the celebrations. Feasts await at every house.

“It’s a festival principally about community. We’re even asked to take a different route when we walk back from prayers so that we can meet different sets of people to greet and celebrate with,” said Wasim Iqbal of Karachi, Pakistan.

For Muslims in North America — and countries where they are the minority — Eid is a more subdued affair.

“If you have family close by, then you can kind of capture the mood that you remember from back home,” said Abdallah Gamal, a native of Egypt who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. “But it’s not the same.”

Because the U.S. Census does not ask about religious affiliation, it is difficult to gauge the Muslim population in the United States. The Pew Muslim American study conducted two years ago estimated it at 2.5 million, while the Council on American-Islamic Relations places it as high as 6 million.

On Saturday, both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered greetings to American Muslims.

“We know there is more than unites peoples of faith than divides us,” Clinton said. “So as Ramadan draws to a close, let us hold on to that spirit of community throughout the year to achieve our common goals of peace, prosperity and stability.”

It is a message that Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, also shared during Eid prayers when he called on the Taliban to join the peace process in his war-weary country.

The day wasn’t one of universal comity, however.

In Yemen, the government and rebels accused each other Saturday of breaking a cease-fire they both asked for to commemorate Eid.

And Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei used his Eid sermon to launch another volley at the country’s arch-rival Israel and at Western powers.

“We’re not quite there, I’ll will admit,” said Mehreen Ali of Boston, Massachusetts. “But have you seen an Eid prayer? Rows and rows of Muslims all prostrating together in unison. It’s a feeling of such unity and brotherhood. You have to believe that with that spirit present, anything is possible.”

Muslims around the world woke up Sunday and welcomed the end of a long month of fasting with hearty greetings of “Eid Mubarak,” or happy festivities.

In india the Prime Minister of India in his message to the Nation and to the Muslims said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday greeted the nation on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, saying the festival reflected the true spirit of India’s composite culture.

 Eid-ul-Fitr, to be celebrated on Monday, marks the end of the period of fasting during the holy month of Ramzan. Eid is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

 “The festival commemorates austerity, brotherhood and the spirit of sharing. It reflects the true spirit of our composite culture. May the festival strengthen our resolve to promote tolerance and peace and live in harmony,” prime minister said.

 

 

 

 

The Five Jewels of Ramadan – Zakat Part 4b (last) of (1 to 4b) ( Fasting, Taraweeh, Zakat, Itekaf, Lailatul Qader- Night of Revelation of Quran.)

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment
In order to calculate your zakat, please fill all of the fields.           

1. Cash on hand and in bank accounts (savings, checking)
 
2. Refundable deposits (e.g. on rented apartment)
 
3. Non-delinquent loans (money you loaned to others)  
4. Expected Tax refund        
5. Gold and its certificate, Jewellery of Women.  
6. Shares, stocks, bonds, IRA, pension plans, options, etc.  
7. Business cash on hand and in banks plus invoices due.  
8. Business inventory Enter $0 if less than Nisab.  
9. Net income you are entitled to as of Zakat due date.  
10. Your liabilities  

11. Properties, both Buildings, and Landed that are not in personnel use kept with intention to gain  zakat has to be paid on them. . Except the Houses or properties, which are in use.   

 
“Compute” to see the total amount subject to Zakat.See Final Zakat Amount below for the final amount due!          

 

Final Zakat Amount:  The Zakat amount thus calculated taking in to account the payables, laibilities and assests and reserves and savings will give the net amount on which zakat is to be paid. reffer and take advice of a scholar or a knowledge person in family and friends.

 The above sheet will give a broad out line in the manner to calculate Zakat. This chart is courtesy Islam City web. For doubts, and clarifications do no hasitate to meet your mufti, and shcolar, the idea is not to commit mistake in calculations, and giving of zakat. Inshallah.

there are many calculator and spread sheets available on net the basic is shown above i would advice, to kindly do the calculation by yourself sitting with a pure intention to claculate the savings and the assest values with a intention inshallah to please Allah and be generous to the people in need of support as designed by Allah and explained by our prophet Mohammed sas. This is a very personnel matter between you and your Allah. The amount of Iklas and willingness togeather with sence of satisfaction and fear of failing ot calcultate porperly should be parmount while claculating Zakat.

May Allah help you in claculateing Zakat and searching for the true mustahaq who are listed as per the Teachings of Prophet Mohammed sas.  Few Verses of Quran and Few select Hadees of Prophet Mohammed sas are listed below to increase our, commitment, iklas, and love for zakat, and help finding right deserving people in family, and society to be comforted with respect and true affection towards the needy.  May Allah help me, you and all Muslims on whom zakat is Obligatory to give with great desire to please Allah and follow the true guidlines of Prophet Mohammed may peace and blessings of Allah be on him. Amin.

Quran Al Hakeem  Selecte Verses

[2:263] Kind words and compassion are better than a charity that is followed by insult. GOD is Rich, Clement.

[2:267] O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the good things you earn, and from what we have produced for you from the earth. Do not pick out the bad therein to give away, when you yourselves do not accept it unless your eyes are closed. You should know that Allah is Rich, Praiseworthy.

3:134] who give to charity during the good times, as well as the bad times. They are suppressors of anger, and pardoners of the people. GOD loves the charitable.

[4:38] They give money to charity only to show off, while disbelieving in GOD and the Last Day. If one’s companion is the devil, that is the worst companion.

[9:54] What prevented the acceptance of their spending is that they disbelieved in GOD and His messenger, and when they observed the Contact Prayers (Salat), they observed them lazily, and when they gave to charity, they did so grudgingly.

 Hadith of Prophet Mohammed sas select Hadiths.

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 497:
Whenever Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) ordered us to give in charity, we used to go to the market and work as porters and get a Mudd (a special measure of grain) and then give it in charity. (Those were the days of poverty) and to-day some of us have one hundred thousand.
 Narrated Abu Masud Al-Ansar:
 
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 500:
A man came to the Prophet and asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Which charity is the most superior in reward?” He replied, “The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, ‘Give so much to such and such, and so much to such and such.’ And it has already belonged to such and such (as it is too late).”
  Narrated Abu Huraira:
 
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 509:
 Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
I heard Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) while he was on the pulpit speaking about charity, to abstain from asking others for some financial help and about begging others, saying, “The upper hand is better than the lower hand. The upper hand is that of the giver and the lower (hand) is that of the beggar.”
 
 Volume 2, Book 24, Number 514:
 Narrated ‘Abda:
The Prophet said, “Do not with-hold your money by counting it (i.e. hoarding it), (for if you did so), Allah would also with-hold His blessings from you.”

 

 Volume 2, Book 24, Number 554:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “The poor person is not the one who asks a morsel or two (of meals) from the others, but the poor is the one who has nothing and is ashamed to beg from others.”

Asking forgivness from Allah.

May Allah pardon me if during this Jewels Of  Ramadan Series in the Blessed Month of Ramdan presented to the viewers and visitors of this blog adilmohd.wordpress.com and adilmohd.com if you found any mistake do comment and correct me. I pray to Allah to pardon me for my flaws in presenting this series, and thank him for helping me and keeping my comitment to complete in this month of Ramdan. 

Thank You. and Prayer for Muslims and people of the World.

 I thank you all and request with humble heart to pray for all Muslims, Masjid Al Aqsa, the People in Middle East our Brothers who are in need of our Prayers, and suffering poeple where ever they are to be blessed by Allah and  for All fasting Muslim brothers and sisters who have fasted and prayed taraweeh, recited Quran, stood in late parts of night in Tahjud, in Itekaf and giving of Zakat, and searhing for Lailatul Qader to be rewarded and blessed in this life  na life after amin amin, may allah accept our preayers.  

Amin 

your brother   Adil MH

Reach them with Care and Humility and Fulfill the Commands of Allah, Be mindful that Allah has been very kind on us. It is our duty to contribute to improve the lifes of the people around us as trur muslims by giving Zakat, the obligatory Charity. Please make an effort to reach to them in person.  Inshallah.

Reach them with Care and Humility and Fulfill the Commands of Allah, Be mindful that Allah has been very kind on us. It is our duty to contribute to improve the lifes of the people around us as trur muslims by giving Zakat, the obligatory Charity. Please make an effort to reach to them in person. Inshallah.

The Five Jewels of Ramadan (part 3) Itekaf and Lailatul Qader.

September 12, 2009 1 comment
a View on Night of Ramadan at  Jalli Mubarak of Prophet Mohammed sas a Masjid E Nabvi Madina, Muslims Reciting Doorud, and sending Greeting to Mohammed sas May peace and blessings of Allah be on him.

a View on Night of Ramadan at Jalli Mubarak of Prophet Mohammed sas a Masjid E Nabvi Madina, Muslims Reciting Doorud, and sending Greeting to Mohammed sas May peace and blessings of Allah be on him.

 Fasting, Taraweeh, Zakat, Quran, and Itekaf,

Itekaf ( The Stay in Mosque ) and Lialatul Qader (The Night of Power)

The Search Begins on 20th Night for Al Qader Night of Power, by Muslims of the World The devotee Muslims Will Take off from the Worldly Deeds and take an appointment with creatior of Universes Allah and peerform Itekaf and focus on search of Night of Power Al Qader

Both Itekaf and the Lailatul Qader are complementing one another in service to the iklas and purity of thoughts and beleive that as promissed by ‘Allah in the Quran al Hakeem in Surah Al Qader about falling of a Night which is better than a thousand nights in which the Quran ws reveled.

And the sayings of Propet Mohammed sas that is night Lialatul Qader in either, in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, or in the last Ten Nights of Ramdan, or could be on the 27th Night of the Ramadan, only Allah kows best, but the good reward and blessing is we have been told by our beloved Prophet Mohammed sas and indicated by Quran that it is in the last ten days of Ramadan.

It is expected of us that we search for this night in the last ten days of Ramadan, and what best way to do that than practice the Itekaf ( spritual Retreat with Allah ) and isolate ones self from the activities of the world and desire to be in the commany of Allah in Zikar, Salat, Tilawat, and Tahjud, Asking for Forgiveness of past sins and requiste a sin free remains of the life, and Rewards in this life and hearafter.

The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim.

According to Islmic teachings, the last ten days, are the most blessed days of the blessed month of Ramadan, In these ten days and nights there is a night in which the Holy Quran was revealed, this night is called the Night of Power, Lailatul Qader.
The Qur’an Majeed describes this Night.
Allah sa
ys in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Qadr, 97: 1-5:And what do you know what the Night of Glory is?
The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months.(2)
The angels and the Spirit ( 3 )
descend in it with every decree, by the permission of their Lord (4)

The word (al-ruh: the Spirit), as is evident from the context is used for Gabriel or Jibraeel(AS). His name is specially mentioned here because he occupies a very high rank among the angels.Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) said concerning Allah’s saying:

a  Sight filled with Noor Masjid Al Haram Makkah on Night of Ramadan,

a Sight filled with Noor Masjid Al Haram Makkah on Night of Ramadan,

 

We have sent down this (Qur’an) in the Night of Glory. ( 1 )

“Therein descend the angels and the Rooh”: “This means that the descending of the angels increases during this night due to the vast amount of its blessings. And the angels descend along with the descent of blessing and mercy, just as they descend during the time when the Qur’aan is recited and encompass the gatherings in which Allah is remembered and spread their wings for the true seeker of knowledge, out of respect for him.”

That Night is peace, until the rising of the dawn. ( 5 )

The word (salam) signifies safety and protection from every sort of risk and danger in general and from any satanic interference in particular. Just as during the time of revelation of the Quran all passages into the world beyond space and time were sealed to block the penetrations of Satan and his army.

There is a consensus among the Muslims that the revelation of the Quran began in this night, and that this night occurred during the month of Ramadan, as mentioned in the following verses of Surah Baqarah: (the Cow):2: 185,

“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong).”(2:185)

To be, Near to Allah to Feel the Power of Prayers and Virtues.
The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), used to exert and allowing himself even more in worship and rememberance of Allah swt, during these last ten days, hoping to draw futher close to Allah. Mohamed sas (Blessing for the whole mankind.)

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: Allah’s Apostle used to practise Itikaf in the last ten days of the month of Ramadan.

The Prophet’s wife Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her)
“With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” (Bukhari) Volume 3, Book 33, Number 242:

For a Muslim, the last ten days should be a time to perfect one’s Fast and avoid anything that may break it. It is a time to give more Charity and to settle Disputes and Forgive one another.

It is also a time for Soul Searching, Evaluating one’s Life, and Inrospection, Supplicating the praises of Allah, Recitaition of Quran trying to understand and praying to implement it in day to day life and raise the spritual bar of one’s self, and Pleading forgiveness for sins, and shortcomings in the bar set by Quran and Sunnah to gudie our lifes to a better tomarrow and repent on the shortcomings of the past in life. .

This should be done sincerely with immence sence of submission, iklas, with true intentions only and only to please Allah and repent by performing Salatut Tauba, and ask for power to keep one;s self pure with obiediance and faith both in actions and intentions.

Because if Allah accepts the supplications, the reward is the remission of one’s sins, and what best reward one can expect than the hearing of prayers and their acceptance too.

The life of this world is full of attratctions, destractions, amuzements, with evil powers supported by our innerself, it is this innerself which needs to be purified and trianed in this month of Ramadan.

Importantly in the prayers of nignt Tahajud, Zikar, Tilawat, Salat Nafil, Repentance of the Past Sins, Speaking to Allah in Quiets of the Mosques during the nights of Itekaf ( the Fard e Kifaya ) and desire to please Allah and Allah alone.

Remembering the sacrifices and pains Allah’s Prophet Mohammed sas took all his life for us to be guided to the path Allah wants us to be.and allow it to be tamed to keep the track of life on the and The best time to do it is in the last part of the night.

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said,

“When the last one third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One, descends towards the lower heaven and proclaims: ‘Is there anyone supplicating to Me so that I grant his supplication? Is there anyone begging of Me for anything so that I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness so I forgive him?'” (Bukhari and Muslim)
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One should leave behind the cares of this world, and even eat and sleep in the mosque. Those who cannot perform Itekaf for ten days, should try to do it for a shorter time, if only for one night or a day or two.

The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said, “Any Muslim who stands in Prayer during Laylat Al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

 

Prayer

Please Recite Doorud E Sheirf May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be on Prophet Mohammed sas, Oh Allah bless us with you rewards and forgive our sins, and accept humble ibadats, and make it possible for us to practise the sunnah Itekaf and search for the Night Al Qader in this Ramadan. Amin

Muslims in Ramadan – Around the World fast for a full month, pray for hours,share there wealth with the needy,share food with rich and poor over iftar and sahoor, and give profusely thank Allah for all that he has given them – A Group of Rear Pictures Message of Ramadan

September 10, 2009 1 comment

Vendors selling food for breaking fast wait for their customers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta August 31, 2009. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (Reuters, Enny Nuraheni)

A Muslim man rests inside a mosque as he wait for iftar (breaking fast) in Dhaka August 29, 2009. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (Reuters, Andrew Biraj)

Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta August 21, 2009. Muslims around the world congregate for special evening prayers called “Tarawih” during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Reuters,Supri)

A translator from the İstanbul Municipality Health and Social Service Department, (l) uses sign language to translate a sermon delivered by the imam to hearing-impaired worshippers during friday prayers at a mosque on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in İstanbul, Turkey, August 21, 2009. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (Reuters, Murad Sezer)

Worshippers attend Friday prayers at the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, in Ankara August 21, 2009. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (Reuters, Ümit Bektaş)

Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta August 21, 2009. Muslims around the world congregate for special evening prayers called “tarawih” during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Reuters, Supri)

The sunset is seen through an artillery on the tenth day of Ramadan in the port city of Tripoli August 30, 2009. (Reuters, Jamal Saidi)

Palestinians walk in front of the dome of the rock on the compound known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s old city August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Ammar Awad)

Muslims attend Friday prayers on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Beijing August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Grace Liang)

Muslim children read before attending Friday prayers at the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Beijing August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Grace Liang)

Worshippers attend Friday prayers at the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, in Ankara August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Ümit Bektaş)

A boy carries a meal for iftar as he prepares to break fast in a giant tent on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in İstanbul August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Osman Orsal)

Muslim families eat as they break their fast in a giant tent on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in İstanbul August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Osman Orsal)

The Merkez Mosque is seen on the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan in Duisburg August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Ina Fassbender)

A boy yawns during prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at al Maerkaz al Islami Mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Yusuf Ahmad)

A child stands among worshippers attending prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at Al Maerkaz al Islami Mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia August 21, 2009. (Reuters, Yusuf Ahmad)

A Jordanian Muslim man reads the Koran at Al-Husainy Mosque in Amman, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan August 22, 2009. (Reuters, Muhammad Hamed)

A boy holds sweets as he reads the Koran in a mosque during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Amman August 22, 2009. (Reuters, Ali Jarekji)

Indonesian Muslims wait to break their fast in Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan August 22, 2009. (Reuters, Supri)

A vendor with her goods travels on a rickshaw to a market on the eve of the start of the holy month of Ramadan in the old quarters of delhi August 22, 2009. Muslims scan the sky at night in search of the new moon to determine the start of Ramadan, the holiest month for the world’s more than one billion Muslims, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. Reuters, parth sanyal (india society religion)

Muslims walk into the compound known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s old city August 22, 2009. (Reuters, Baz Ratner)

Musicians from the El-Zawia Orchestra perform during Ramadan night’s show at an international music festival in Tripoli, Libya, August 22, 2009, (Reuters, Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

A Bangladeshi vendor arranges sweets on the first day of Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009. (AP, Pavel Rahman)

Coal miners in Zonguldak province of Turkey enjoyed their first suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the day’s fast begins) at their workplaces, several hundred meters underground on August 21st, 2009. Their first suhoor included tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cheese, olives and bread they had brought from home. (CIHAN, Abdullah Karabacak)

An Iraqi baker makes sweets in preparation for the holy month of Ramadan in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009. (AP, Hadi Mizban)

A man prays after reading the Koran at a mosque in Karachi on August 23, 2009. Pakistani Muslims observe the first day of Ramadan on Sunday, the Islamic holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. (Reuters, Akhtar Soomro)

Kashmiri Muslim offer prayer on a street in Srinagar, India, Monday, Aug.24, 2009. (AP, Mukhtar Khan)

A Pakistani boy arranges food stuff for ‘iftar’, a time to break the fast, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. (AP, K.M.Chaudary)

A Filipino man embraces Saudi Sheikh Noah to celebrate his conversion to Islam before breaking fast during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Riyadh August 24, 2009. (Reuters, Fahad Shadeed)

Mahyas, the messages spelled out with lights strung between minarets, reflect the traditional aspect of Ramadan. In between the minarets of Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey, “Know this month’s [Holy Ramadan] worth” was written on August 21, 2009. (ZAMAN, Kürşat Bayhan)

a kashmiri Muslim woman prays outside the hazaratbal shrine as her children look on during the third day of the holy month of Ramadan in srinagar, india, tuesday, aug. 25, 2009. (AP, Dar Yasin)

Jordan’s King Abdullah (c) performs umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca August 25, 2009. The umra can be performed at any time but is popular during Ramadan, which this year starts in August. (Reuters, Yousef Allan)

Lebanese Mohammed Fanas, 61, a dawn awakener or al musaharati in Arabic, lights his lantern as he prepares at his house to go out and beat on his drum to wake up Muslims for a meal before sunrise in the old streets, at the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on early Wednesday Aug. 26, 2009. Al musaharati is an old profession on its way to extinction as people nowadays use the alarm clock. (AP, Mohammed Zaatari)

With the start of Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims, who fast from dawn to sunset, fast-breaking (iftar) tents, with long lines of fasting people waiting to get in for iftar dinner, can be found in cities around Turkey. (Anadolu News Agency – Gökhan Gocukoğlu)

Muslim women pray as a girl sits inside Kashmir’s Jamia Masjid during Ramadan in Srinagar August 26, 2009. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (Reuters, Fayaz Kabli)

A Muslim woman reads the Koran before iftar, when Muslims break their fast, during the holy month of Ramadan at the historic Umayyad Mosque in old Damascus August 26, 2009. (Reuters, Khaled al-hariri)

Turkish Prime Minister visits houses and joins iftar dinners. He promotes new smoking ban by convincing smokers, having their promises and collecting last packet of cigarettes with the sign and phone number of its owner.

Fruit vendors set up their shop near the Charminar premises as they wait for Muslim devotees to break their fast at the end of a day, in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP, Mahesh Kumar A.)

Palestinian girls hold fireworks during the fifth day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the West Bank city of Nablus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP, Majdi Mohammed)

Egyptians break fast during iftar, as food is distributed for free to the poor during Ramadan, in Cairo August 27, 2009. (Reuters, Asmaa Waguih)

Shadows of Palestinian women are seen at Qalandiya checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah August 28, 2009, as they try to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Reuters, Fadi Arouri)

The Turkish Red Crescent is traveling around the cities after Iftar dinner to prevent decline in blood donation in Turkey. (Cihan, İbrahim Tok)

Palestinian women stand in line as they wait to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the holy fasting month of Ramadan, between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. (AP, sebastian scheiner)

The Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) is illuminated during the holy month of Ramadan in the old quarters of Delhi August 28, 2009. (Reuters, B Mathur)

A palestinian wearing a medical face mask prays on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan inside the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s old city August 28, 2009. (Reuters, Ammar Awad)

Kenyan Muslim raise their hands in prayers during the first Friday for the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Masjid Noor Mosque, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. (AP, Sayyid Azim)

A Turkish woman is reciting Koran in Turkey (Anadolu News Agency – Sinan Gül)

With the start of Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims, who fast from dawn to sunset, fast-breaking (iftar) tents, with long lines of fasting people waiting to get in for iftar dinner, can be found in every corner of İstanbul and other cities around Turkey. Among the most favored activities organized in shopping centers during Ramadan are Sufi music performances, Karagöz and Hacivat shadow-puppet shows, storytelling and plays relating the tales of Nasreddin Hodja and performances by an Ottoman janissary band. (ZAMAN, Kürşat Bayhan)

A Turkish boy went to the barber and had the barber shave the words “Fast, be healthy” in his hair using a razor in Turkey. (Cihan)

 
02 September 2009, Wednesday 

Ramadan the Spritual Celebration Season of the Year for Muslims

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment
 
 Ramadan al Mubarak is celebration Season of the year for, Muslims. In which Muslims Celebrate, the virtues of Islam
 

Many of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims will observe the month of Ramadan in different ways, blending their own cultural customs with Islamic traditions of prayer and fasting. In the United States alone, Muslims come from more than 80 countries and represent a mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, ideological, social and economic groups.

Many of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims will observe the month of Ramadan in different ways, blending their own cultural customs with Islamic traditions of prayer and fasting. In the United States alone, Muslims come from more than 80 countries and represent a mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, ideological, social and economic groups.

They Celebrate the  coming of Quran al Hakeem the book of wisdom for mankind, In this month on the Night of Power lailatul Qader falling in the last ten night of the month of Ramadan.

The Celebration of Pleasure of Fating for the full month to please Creator of the Universe Almighty Allah. To please there Creator in keeping with the commands of Quran Al Hakeem. the Book of Gaudiance and Wisdom for Muslims and the Whole Mankind.

The celebration of the pleasure of sharing Iftar and Sahroor (the meal to break the fast) and Sahoor (the morning meal before dawn, to begin the fast) with fellow Fasting Muslim brothers and Sisters.

The Celebration of Praying the important night prayers the practise of Prophet Mohammed called Taraweeh after the Isah the night prayers in Mosques, and listening to the beautiful recitation of  complete holy Quran during the month.

The Celebration and training oneself to practice the true teaching of Islam and putting to practice the teachings and life of prophet Mohammed sas, prophet of god in practise in day to day life.

The Month is celebration time for opportunity and the reward Allah has promised for sharing the wealth by a Muslim with other Muslims in family, neighbourhood, and community who are not blessed as he is and is in need of support and help for comfortable living and relief to the problems he faces in his life.  Muslim celebrate the pleasure of sharing his wealth with the needy in the community in the form of Zakat (the obligatory Charity)

Sudan African Women Praying for Peace and Happiness of all Mankind in a Private Gathering on Darfur Holiday

Sudan African Women Praying for Peace and Happiness of all Mankind in a Private Gathering on Darfur Holiday

Ramadan is also the month of Asking for forgiveness and mercy and rewards for this life and the life. A Muslim, is found busy Celebrating Recitation of Quran, Supplication praises of Allah, i.e. Zikar,  and Praying with raised hand for forgiveness of sins, and protecting oneself in the life remaining from sins of the past, Additional Salat ( prayers) in the late portion of the night, Tahajud Prayers.

Ramadan is the time of getting extra kind and soft with fellow human beings, and being concern and helpful to people around and sharing knowledge and goodness around with rich, poor, elderly, children, and equals. Alike.

Month of Ramadan is Annual Self Training Programme set by Quran for Muslims be conscious of Allah and to grow as good human beings, a Good Human being is good Muslim too, and Develop Muslims as the most Respected and disciplined people of the world with great respect for the earth, and its people, and there wellbeing, with greater desire to please God Almighty with good conduct and obedience to Allah. The Goal is to make the Muslims the Best People of the World in all Respects.

Muslims Performing Taraweeh Night  Prayers in Austrialian Mosque.

Muslims Performing Taraweeh Night Prayers in Austrialian Mosque.

Muslims in Congregation in a Mosque In Paris France during the month of Ramadan, Celebrating Salat the Taraweeh Prayers, and showing Obidience to Allah The Lord of all Universes and Master of Day of Judgement.

Muslims in Congregation in a Mosque In Paris France during the month of Ramadan, Celebrating Salat the Taraweeh Prayers, and showing Obidience to Allah The Lord of all Universes and Master of Day of Judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is estimated that there are between 2.5 million and 7 million Muslims in the United States. The exact number is difficult to determine because the U.S. government does not request religious information on census forms. Muslims in the United States are estimated to come from more than 80 countries.

It is estimated that there are between 2.5 million and 7 million Muslims in the United States. The exact number is difficult to determine because the U.S. government does not request religious information on census forms. Muslims in the United States are estimated to come from more than 80 countries.

The Five “Jewels” of Ramadan – part 2 – Taraweeh Prayers.

August 30, 2009 1 comment

  

Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh out of the five Jewels of Ramadan , Fasting, Zakat, Itekaf, Taraweeh and Lailatul Qadar.  

  

Masjid E Nabavi Madina Munawara, where Mohammed sas Rahmatul Alameen is Resting May peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him.

Masjid E Nabavi Madina Munawara, where Mohammed sas Rahmatul Alameen is Resting May peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Prayer which Prophet Mohammed may peace and blessings of Allah swt be on him encouraged Muslims to perform with out making is Obligatory that is Fard, (Compulsory Prayers). (The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did lead them in Taraweeh Prayers but  not f for the full month because he feared that it would then become obligatory, and they would not be able to do it )instead the prophet showed us in depth thru his Sunah,  which can be understood with clarity in the Hadees of Prophet Mohammed sas, in Bukari Sharief, as  Below.

 

Volume 3, Book 32, Number 229: Narrated ‘Urwa:

That he was informed by ‘Aisha, “Allah’s Apostle went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed behind him.

In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second night).

In the next morning the people again talked about it and on the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people. Allah’s Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him.

On the fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not accommodate them, but the Prophet came out (only) for the morning prayer.

When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud and (addressing the people) said, “Amma ba’du, your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on.” So, Allah’s Apostle died and the situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually). ”

The people used to pray individually or in congregation there after this practice was on during the period of Abu Baker Siddique RTA too, Till one Ramadan Month when the Second Caliph of Islam Omar Bin Kattab RTA found in Msjid E Nabwi people praying in small groups, a Man praying alone or a small groups, the following Hadees of Bukari Shariff became important when it comes to congregational prayers of Taraweeh in Ramadan.  

 Volume 3, Book 32, Number 227: Narrated Abu Huraira:

” Ibn Shihab (a sub-narrator) said, “Allah’s Apostle died and the people continued observing that (i.e. Nawafil offered individually, not in congregation), and it remained as it was during the Caliphate of Abu Bakr and in the early days of ‘Umar’s Caliphate.” ‘Abdur Rahman bin ‘Abdul Qari said, “I went out in the company of ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found the people praying in different groups. A man praying alone or a man praying with a little group behind him. So, ‘Umar said, ‘In my opinion I would better collect these (people) under the leadership of one Qari (Reciter) (i.e. let them pray in congregation!)’. So, he made up his mind to congregate them behind Ubai bin Ka’b. Then on another night I went again in his company and the people were praying behind their recite. On that, ‘Umar remarked, ‘What an excellent Bid’a (i.e. innovate ion in religion) this is; but the prayer which they do not perform, but sleep at its time is better than the one they are offering.’ He meant the prayer in the last part of the night. (In those days) people used to pray in the early part of the night.”

Since then in Holy Kaba Mosque in Makkah Al Mukkarama and in Masjid E Nabwi in Madina Munawara, Taraweeh Prayers are performed in congregation under one Imam and the practise is un disturbed Alhamdullillah with Twenty Rakats of  Sunnath E  Muakkada ( Sunnat).  Taraweeh, where in lakhs of Muslims attend with great enthusiasm and affection and love towards there Prophet Mohammed sas desiring rewards from Allah Subhanawatala.  Both Devote Men and Women perform Taraweeh with great sense of submission to Allah. Swt. All thru the month of Holy Ramadan and one full Quran is recited during the month.

 

Today thanks to Allah swt whole of Islamic World performs Taraweeh Prayers with great Regard and Puncualtiy to hear the whole Quran e Kareem in Taraweeh Prayers behind a single Imam.  

 

Be it Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Spain, China, US, Australia or Arab world same zeal and enthusiasm is seen in Muslims all over the world, to perform Taraweeh,  Mosques are full and even this special prayers are arranged by organizations and individuals in halls and grounds, and houses, to perform Taraweeh. 

 As this is the month of forgiveness and rewards in this respect  the saying of Prophet  Mohammed sas  as Narrated by Abu Huraira RTA Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

to be cont.  zakat, itekaf, and lailatul qadar. .. in part 3 and 4

Obama Greets Islamic World with “Ramadan Kareem”

August 23, 2009 1 comment
Obama, President of America with a Difference, gives a message to Islamic World on the eve of Ramadan

Obama, President of America with a Difference, gives a message to Islamic World on the eve of Ramadan

 

As part of his continuing outreach to the Muslim world, President Obama released a video statement today marking the beginning of Islamic holy month Ramadan, which begins Saturday in much of the world.

“On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem,” Mr. Obama said to start his message. You can watch the full video from the White House at left.

Like he has in speeches in Egypt and Turkey earlier this year, Mr. Obama also talked about a “new beginning” in the relationship between America and the Muslim world. He said the U.S. had a “commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect.”

The president praised the rituals of the month of Ramadan, such as prayer and daily sunrise-to-sunset fasts, saying that they “remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”

He also reiterated his administration’s foreign policy goals, highlighting areas of cooperation and defending policy positions regarding many parts of the Muslim world.

“Beyond America’s borders, we are also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure,” he said. “That is why we are responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That is why we are isolating violent extremists while empowering the people in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we are unyielding in our support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. And that is why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people to speak their mind, practice their religion, contribute fully to society and have confidence in the rule of law.”

“May God’s peace be upon you,” Mr. Obama concludes.


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