Are We Already Halfway Through Ramadan?

Author: Abu Bilal Sackor

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All praises and thanks due to Allah and we sent our blessing and peace upon our beloved Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him).

It is amazing to realize that just a couple of days ago, (1.5) billion Muslims around the globe started observing the fasting of the holy month of Ramadan. Now, the question that we all have to wrestle with is to ask: What are our takeaways? What have we learned up to now?

As for me, I will admit that I have learned the following as my takeaways, namely:

  • Whenever the Sun rises, it will ultimately set: This means that we all have limited time on this earth. Time flies by very quickly. Therefore, we must spend our time effectively in seeking the blessings and pleasure of Allah. For the simple fact that, every soul will taste death. Indeed, the prophet explains this idea of utilizing our times in a useful manner in a Hadith reported by Ibn Umar. On the authority of Abdullah Ibn Umar (RadhiyAllahu ‘anhuma), who said: The Messenger of Allah (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) took me by the shoulder and said,
  • Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”And Ibn Umar (RahiyAllahu ‘anhuma) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.” [Reported by Bukhari]. Unfortunately, many Muslims do not govern their times, rather they are controlled and governed by time. We should be capable of managing our time during this month in doing good and righteous deeds such as, reading Quran, making Zikir [remembrance of Allah], commanding others to do good acts, and helping older and disabled men and women in our communities with their errands.
  •  Do not cause injustice to yourself: Few will wonder how can one do injustice to himself/herself? Yes, it is possible, and here is a case which illustrates such dichotomy. As Muslims, we should employ wisdom in our daily life. If one places a thing in a wrong position, he has committed an injustice. A few days ago, some Muslim brothers neglected Salat Taraweeh, and went home in order to watch the NBA game, Cavaliers vs Warriors. I believe that those who left for the game inflected injustices upon themselves. And for those who stayed to pray did earn tons of reward from their Lord. Verily, time is a precious tool and valuable gift in our life. Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet ﷺ states, “There are two blessings in which most people are in great loss: good health and free time.” (Bukhari &Mustadrak).  We ask Allah to forgive us in our shortcomings.

Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan 2017

The first day of Ramadan is set to be on Saturday.

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The first day of Ramadan is set to be on Saturday after the moon-sighting committee failed to sight the new Moon crescent on Thursday night. Friday will be the last day of Sha’ban, confirming Saturday as the first day of Ramadan. 

Taraweeh prayers will start tonight, Friday, 26 2017, immediately after Isha prayer. Br. Nooman will be leading Taraweeh prayers Insha-Allah. 

We wish everyone a blessed and joyous Ramadan.
Ramadan Kareem
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How to Receive Ramadan

Author: Abu Bilal Sackor

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Assalamualikum wa Rahmatuallah wa Barakatuhou!

Dear my brethren in Islam,

Initially, I would like to extend my sincere greeting and congratulation to every single one of you on the occasion of Ramadan.

Ramadan! And what can make you know what Ramadan is?

Verily, Ramadan is a month that is described by the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) as a blessed month in which the revelation of the Holy Quran started. It’s a month in which the gates of Heaven are opened to the believers, and the gates of hellfire are closed. Moreover, the Prophet indicates that during Ramadan, Allah chains the devils from distracting the believing men and women from observing their fasts and other acts of worship. Indeed, the virtues and merits of this month are countless by all imaginations. It is enough to learn that during this month, Allah multiplies a good deed by seventy, as it was narrated in the book of Al-Trimizhi. On the contrary, Allah increases our good deeds by ten during other months of a year.

At this junction, I will like to shift gears with you in a different direction which comprises of the do not during the month of Ramadan. I always like to know the evil and its consequence. This strategy reflects the methodology of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad called Huzaifa Al-Yaman. He narrates that in many scenarios, the companions of the Prophet used to be primarily concerned about knowing the good deeds that will lead them to Al-Jannat and Allah’s pleasure. However, for Ibn Al-Yaman, he was always concerned about knowing the evil deeds that could possibly plunge us into the wrath of Allah. So, my point here is to illustrate to you, how we should receive this month by avoiding acts that nullify our fasting. Here are some, namely:

  • Receive this month by cleaning and purifying your heart from a destructive inner-disease called envy, (i.e., resentment, and hatred for other Muslims).
  • Receive this month by keeping away from lying, misrepresentation, backbiting, slandering, and spying on other Muslims. In other words, you must respect the privacy of other Muslims.

Janazah (funeral) prayer

A beloved brother and an infant in our community have passed away this week.

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Assalamu Alaikum,

A beloved brother and an infant in our community have passed away this week. The Janaza (funeral) prayer will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 21 immediately after Jummah prayer, at the IFL Mosque. We ask that you keep them and their families in your Dua. 

May Allah shower them with His Mercy and Forgiveness and grant them Paradise, Ameen. May He the Exalted grant their families patience and endurance. To Allah belongs what He Takes and to Allah belongs what He gives.