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Why Muslims are underscanner ? Is being moderate a Sin ?

March 9, 2010 5 comments

The Question is why only a Muslim, has to prove time and again that he is a Muslim, and what type of Muslim, whether a Moderate Muslim, or a Staunch Muslim.

In Sept 2009. Muslims Gather on Capitol Hill for Prayer Nearly 3,000 people gathered Friday on the lawn of the Capitol for a day of Muslim unity that organizers said was about prayer, not protest. (Anna Uhls/The Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com PLEASE SEE THE VIDEO link on search for capital hills Muslims gathering. or Double click on the Picture above. A MUST.

There is nothing like moderate, liberal or a staunch Muslim. A Musim is a Muslim. Just a Muslim. Then, Who is a Muslim ?   Just a Muslim. ?

We have debates in TV channels which try to pose these questions to  few among us. There are some who call themselves liberal or lighter Muslims,  some in them are  brave enough to accept that a Muslim has to pray five times Namaz, and   praying Namaz  is very important.  They also regrets that they are not able to pray for five times.  But this liberals are  proud to be a Muslim, and says they remember Allah eve ry minute of  their life.

All this is fine.  We know  there are, Muslims who do not pray five times Namaz. And we also known Namaz is a very important Pillar of Islam, an act which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

But  there is  greater commitment a Muslim makes when he calls himself a Muslim.  Than Just saying five times prayer.

To understand it better let us  try to know about the five pillars of Islam. And discuss.

Video link of  Muslim Gathering at Capitol Hills. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/09/25/VI2009092503141.html?sid=ST2009092502033

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Zakat

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment

 

Zakat Box, Congribution in Turkey  Mosque

Zakat Box, Contribution niche, in a Turkish Mosque

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Zakat

The Questions were raised to  by a Portal for benefit of Muslims to Br. Ahmad Sakr to find out about some of the frequently asked questions about Zakah and their answers. Ahmad Sakr studied Islam in Lebanon for 12 years with 20 different scholars form all parts of the Middle East. He learned Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Seerah and Dawa from them.

Sakr is also director of the Islamic Education Center in Walnut, California.

These are the questions and answers he has given. (Please note that Imams differ in detail of some of the answers):

Question #1: What is Zakat-ul-Fitr?

Zakat -ul-Fitr is for fasting Muslims to give food or money on behalf of fasting people. The food or money is equal to one day’s meals for one person. The head of the family pays this amount on behalf of each person in the family. If he is responsible for his mother and father, then he has to pay Zakat ul Fitr for them too.

If a person cannot fast permanently in the month of Ramadan (for instance, because of illness) they have to pay Fitra for each fasting day.

Question #2: Who is qualified to receive Zakah?

The Quran describes eight categories of people who are to receive Zakah in Surah 9, verse 60. “As-Sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara and Al-Masakin and those employed to collect the (funds); and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allah’s Cause, and for the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. And Allah is All-Knower, All-Wise.”

Ahmad Sakr elaborated on these categories:

1. The poor (Fuqara)-this refers to someone who has no income
2. The needy (Masakin)-this is someone who for instance, may have a job, a house and a car, but their income is below the minimum requirement.
3. Employees of the Zakah. This category is sub-divided into the following:

    a. the group of people who are social services workers who go into the community to evaluate who is Faqeer and Miskeen.
    b. those who collect the Zakah money
    c. the accountant of the Zakah money
    d. investors who increase the share of the Zakah
    e. the clerical worker or secretary who puts the files in order
    f. those who will deliver Zakah to the ones who need it
    g. the outside auditor.

4. Sympathizers
These are those people who might enter or who have already entered Islam. Anyone we feel are good friends or ours (non-Muslim or new Muslims) we give them a gift from the Zakah money.

5. To free slaves

Riqab is the term used to describe the group of people who are slaves. The Zakah money is used to free the slaves. Sakr stresses that Islam did not invent slavery, but it gradually abolished it.

6. For the Gharimeen-those who are in debt

-Zakah money is used to pay off debts but these people are not living in luxury, they are living a normal life. For example, someone who has gone bankrupt because of job loss and is overloaded with debt.

7. Fee Sabeelillah (for the Cause of Allah)

This can be anything for the love of Allah. Sakr gave the following examples:

    a. for the employment of a Daiyah, Imam, or religious teachers to do Dawa
    b. building Islamic schools
    c. building Muslim clinics and hospitals
    d. providing money to young men who want to marry but cannot afford Mahr
    e. to assist poor travelers
    f. to establish water springs on streets for those walking or travelers
    (please note, these last three things were done by Khalifa Umar ibn Abdul Aziz)
    g. to defend Muslims who are under attack
    h. For television, radio or newspaper project aimed at doing Dawa
    i. to help someone publish a book for Dawa
    j. to pay for the studies of a student..

8. Ibn as Sabeel

This refers to a traveler, for instance who has lost his wallet and has to get back to his home.

Sakr stresses that this has to be verified to see if this person is really telling the truth, since there has been at least one case of a man claiming to be a lost traveler in North America who has stolen thousands from Muslims claiming to be a traveler of this type.

Question #3: How much Zakah do we give?

The amounts are the following:

2.5 percent-on annual savings that are Zakatable

5 percent-on agriculture being taken care of by a farmer who is planting and irrigating from his own money. During harvest time, he pays five percent from the total crop.

10 percent-on a farmer’s product if it is being irrigated by rain

20 percent-on resources like oil or precious metals (i.e. gold, silver) which you find on a piece of land that you own. Sakr notes that this is “your property, no one has the right to nationalize it”. You would pay 20 percent on what you produced in one year.

Question #4: Do I pay Zakah on my house and car

No, as long as you have one house, whether you have paid it off or not. If you have a second house for investment purposes, this is Zakatable. You would pay 2.5 percent on the total saved from the house. This excludes what is spent on maintenance or property taxes and insurance.

It’s the same thing for a car. If you are renting a car to someone, this is considered a business entity, therefore, it is also Zakatable at 2.5 percent.

Question 5: Are businesses Zakatable?

First of all, the business should be Halal.

There are three opinions amongst the scholars:

1. If a businessman earns a certain amount from his business, whatever he saves after taking care of his family’s needs and his business expenses, he pays Zakat of 2.5 percent on what he has saved.

2. A businessman has to pay Zakah on the commodities in his store. This would require evaluating the purchasing power of the commodity and then paying 2.5 percent on this amount.

3. Everything is from Allah and everything goes back to Allah. The more you give on your commodities, the better, and it does not have to be 2.5 percent.

Question #6: Should Zakah be paid only once a year?

The early Muslims actually paid Zakah everyday instead of paying in a large bulk once a year.

Some scholars have advised that we plan in advance for our Zakah because we might die and our inheritors may not pay the Zakah we owe.

Another group of scholars say for businesses, you should pay in advance. The way you would do this is by estimating how much business you will make and pay 2.5 percent.

If you decide to pay Zakah daily, give a specific amount to one of the eight categories, but nobody but you and Allah should know that you are giving, since some will feel it demeaning and insulting.

Question #7: Should Zakah be paid in Ramadan

Most Muslims prefer to give their Zakah in Ramadan because there are more rewards for doing so, but it is not necessary to pay Zakah in this blessed month.

Sakr noted that Muslims are in need throughout the year, not just in Ramadan, so we can benefit Muslims by paying other times of the year as well.

The Five Jewels of Ramadan – Zakat. Part 4a of (1 to 4a,b)

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment
  The five jewels,  Fasting, Taraweeh, Zakat, Itekaf, And Lilatul Qader

(Quran was revealed for mankind on Lailatul Qader).

 Zakat  the Social Justice Philosophy of Islam. Where the world is going wrong ?  part A of  (A and B )

 

 

 

 

Who should be blame for the pathetic living of Muslim Community in A Slum In India. Are we some way not responsible for there condition
Who should be blamed for the pathetic living of Muslim Community in A Slum In India. Can we help to change condition they are in,  As a Nation, as a Muslim Community and as a  Indian Society.  think… pl

I am  sad but this is the only way, I can make a point, are we  not   insensitve people.

 

Zakat The Obligatory Charity , Islamic Solution to the Economic Imbalance In World Society.

The Quran is witness to it being made compulsory on the rich and,  the blessed and resourceful in the society to share from what Allah has given them from his bounty.  In A verse below Allah speaks of  Zakat  being obligatory, in the times of  Prophet Abarham asws.

Quran Al Hakeem, [21:73] “We made them (Abraham and his sons) imams who guided in accordance with our commandments, and we taught them how to work righteousness, and how to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat). To us, they were devoted worshipers.”

The  wealth that comes to us in the form of Earning in currency, Property, Ornaments, Livestock’s, Land and Immovable Properties and other related categories of wealth, is always  for a True Believer is a test from his lord Allah swt.

And he also knows that he is not rich and blessed because of his hard work and intelligence and support of people and enharitance from family wealth or any other, source.  But all the wealth and rewards are  mere blessings and reward which Allah has given him  as a test and nothing more.

He also knows that , It was very much possible that Allah could have made them,  poor, disadvantaged and needy in this world and in the society live.

Just by wealth in hand one does not become blessed, but it is  when he fare”s well to the parameters of test he is put to by Allah, thru his commands to him in Quran.   That is  to share, wealth in Charity and Help the poor, and the needy in family, neighbors, community and society.

 
[108:1-2] We have blessed you with many a bounty. Therefore, you shall pray to your Lord (Salat), and give to charity.

[17:26-29] You shall give the due alms to the relatives, the needy, the poor, and the traveling alien, but do not be excessive, extravagant.

The extravagant are brethren of the devils, and the devil is unappreciative of his Lord.

Even if you have to turn away from them, as you pursue the mercy of your Lord, you shall treat them in the nicest manner.

You shall not keep your hand stingily tied to your neck, nor shall you foolishly open it up, lest you end up blamed and sorry.

 The World ‘s blind Eyed to the Needs and Suffering among us.

Unfortunately, The World is faced with immense double standards and interest driven economic controls which have made the rich,  richer and the poor the poorest.

Whole of mankind is surrounded by pathetic conditions of human living, no part of the world how developed and how advanced and how rich it might be is not free from people staving for food, clothing, medical aid, basic necessities of free air, water, food, medical support, education, and small measures of civic and social stability.

Why is it so, the rich blame it very sadly on poor and the suffering masses saying they have not put enough effort to develop themselves in life and are a lost opportunity which they are in state of misery this can not be true.

They the needy and the poor in the soiciety are among us  to put ot test the  wealthy in the society  by Allah.

Allah will not have a bigger test for the disadvantaged and  there test is little when compared to the rich.

Quran Al Hakeem [2:177] .Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who believe in GOD, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves; and they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat); and they keep their word whenever they make a promise; and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. These are the truthful; these are the righteous

Islam has given answer and relief to the sufferings of all where ever they are in the form of Obligatory Charity.

And the Teachings of Prophet Mohammed sas are a force to get justice and happiness on the faces of millions poor and needy by destiny, and evils and negligence of the rich.

The Lesson of Sharing is Lost – Islam wants  us to Share our Wealth.

The Society is not training the rich and wealthy in the  community on the basic principles set by Allah the Creator of the universe.  

Allah says,  if you give in my way . and  help the poor and the needy in the society,  it is ME  your Allah, who promises you areward multifold for all that you give in my cause.

[2:272] You are not responsible for guiding anyone. GOD is the only one who guides whoever chooses (to be guided). Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of GOD. Any charity you give will be repaid to you, without the least injustice.

It is Allah’s invitation to all of us to do business with him by giving charity in his cause and it is Allah who is promising to retuning back your investment, increased and with greater blessings and security for our wealth and possessions.
 
This is a matter of firm believe and not a subject of economics or business principle it is mystic it has got to do with the faith and submission to the will of Allah and obedience to how he wants us to conduct our life in this world.
 
Allah has designed Zakat as integral part of believe of Muslims who are Rich, Zakat, is obligatory on them and they are actually the blessed and extra blessed as the responsibility of wellness of masses and people in need is given to the rich in the Islamic design of a balanced society.
 
With a commitment form Allah and a promise to give them back multifold for the charity they do, then it should be a time to rejoice and celebrate, that many, nations, and many, people are blessed to play this role given by Allah to elevate the needy and poor in the society this sure is a status of being blessed double with the responsibility to act as reliever to the humans. And taking reward too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ramdan

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment
A Fasting Muslim Boy Performing Nafil Namaz,  from Roof Top of a Mosque  in India.

A Fasting Muslim Boy Performing Nafil Namaz, from Roof Top of a Mosque in India.

 

  

Quran ( Revelation )

TARAWEEH ( Night Prayers )    

  ROZA (  Obligatory) 

 ZAKAT (Obligatory Charity),        

 ITEKAF ( Stay in Mosque), and

LAILATUL QADER (The Night of Power

 

In, Ramadan, Quran was sent down as a Guide to Mankind.

 “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)…” (Q 2:183)

 

Mankind is provided with Quran as a book to guide.  Our    Creator and Sustainer Allah swt  desires that, we take  the right choice in our actions and deeds and get rewarded, by him.  Should refren from evil and opt always for Good we Inshallah be one of the blessed ones by Allah swt.

The message is not limited to Muslims alone the Message of Quran is    for, all Mankind.  Any of us, with clear mind desire to get true guidance, he or she will find in Quran, in it is mercy, blessing, reward and forgiveness for all.   

Ramadan the Month of Fasting

A Muslim arranging Iftar, the food taken after fasting, for the students of a madrasa in Chittagong, during the month of Ramadan. Bangladesh.

  (A Muslim arranging Iftar, the food taken after fasting, for the students of a madrasa in Chittagong, during the month of Ramadan. Bangladesh. )

Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183)

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Imam Bukhari) …

Narrated Abu Huraira (r.a): The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, and then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Imam Bukhari).

Sahl ibn SA’d reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “There is a gate to Paradise that is called ar-Rayyan. On the Day of Resurrection it will say: ‘Where are those who fasted?’ When the last [one] has passed through the gate, it will be locked.” [Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim].

The Hades below, of Prophet Mohammed SAS should make us feel the amount of concern Allah Messenger had for his Ummah, he wanted us to be righteous in our life and reap the rewards for the hereafter.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said : “The time between the five prayers, two consecutive Friday Prayers, and two consecutive Ramadan’s are expiations for all that has happened during that period, provided that one has avoided the grave (major) sins.“[Imam Muslim]

 In another hadees, the Messenger of Allah (saw) says, “Ramadan has come  to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.” [ImamTabarani]

We know in the past decade, there has been a great revival in Muslims large number, of our young boys and girls eager to know about their Religion Islam, they are fascinated by the amount of clarity and ease with which Allah swt thru, Quran al Hakeem and his Messenger Mohammed sas has communicated, what he wants from us for our success both in this world and world after.

The Mosques in our times Alhamdulliah are active in all Days of the year, and we find the young Muslim is excited about his faith and good majority are keen to make their Iman pure and deeds proper. 

By saying so we know the amount of revival is little, there is much to be achieved yet.  Our basic focus should be, to frame our deeds in compliance with the teachings of Quran and Sunnah.  & Maintain Unity among Muslims.

Muhammad (Salla Allahu `alaihi wa sallam) indicated in several Ahadith on unity and brotherhood as we can see in his (saaws) Farewell Sermon (khuTbat ul-wadaa`):

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”

In the environment of Test, and Period of Fitna, We have to keep our guard proper and try to be cautious in finding falt with others, rather,  we should make it a habit to check our inner self, as to where we stand in the light of the Quran and Sunnah. For this one needs to educate himself  and keep the company of people of knowledge and piety,  who work to unite Muslims using common agreements as the means of unity, with no contradiction to  the Teachings of Quran and Hadees.

Ramadan is the best time to Introspect and work for the unity of Muslims of the World, and Pray with deep concern, and true care for brother Muslims.

to be contnd…  section 2 TARAWEEH (Night Prayers), ZAKAT (Obligatory Charity),          ITEKAF (Stay in Mosque), and LAILATUL QADER (The Night of Power)

Also see link http://www.adilmohd.com/story/MUSLIM_UNITY/77.html