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The beat-down of the nafs- why it’s best done in Ramadhan

28 Sep

Bismillah was-salaatu was-salaam ala Rasoollillah.

Before I begin, I must say that I am not a scholar, or someone of knowledge. This note comes from my own contemplation, and I wish to share it with you so that you too may benefit from it, in shaa Allah. This advise is to myself first and foremost, and then for anyone who wishes to take from it.

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5 Aug

(Originally written for and published on the blog One Love Hijabi)


It’s that blessed time of year again for us Muslims. The 9th month of the Islamic calendar.  The month in which the best and most perfect of books, the Qur’an, was revealed.  The blessed month of Ramadhan.

‘O you who believe!  Fasting days are enjoined upon you even as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may become pious…’ (Surah 2, Verse 183) Continue reading

That Special Month

5 Aug

(Originally on

My tummy feels all gurgly.
Not what I’m used to.
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Ramadan Duaa, and Advice from the Habaib

4 Aug

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha’ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He mentioned some of the merits of the month of Ramadan. Then he said: “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without. As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testification that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His forgiveness. As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from the Fire.” 1

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Ramadhan- My Goals

3 Aug


So once again that time of year has come round and it feels like we’ve barely blinked since last year. No, not Christmas. Ramadhan! The month of increased supplication, abstention from eating, drinking, physical intimacy and an all round time of spiritual boosting for Muslims all over the world. Ramadhan is considered possibly the most special month of the Islamic calendar as it was during this month that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). And every year, Muslims will fast from dawn until sunset eating before and after each respectively. Continue reading

Ramadhan – Step two of my journey

3 Aug

Salaams Sisters,

Firstly I’d like apologise to you all for being so slack in updating my journey, but know I have been a very busy sister! I’m still 16 and I’m trying to utilise this year and make it one where I not only made alot of personal progression in terms of my character and my deen but also helped those around me progress. Continue reading

The Silence of the Suffering

3 Aug

(Originally published in issue 18 of the Radio Ikhlas Magazine.)

In Sudan, people starve all year round, not just in Ramadan, and in Gaza there’s a medical crisis and humanitarian disaster all year round. The beginning of Ramadan does not mean the suffering begins, nor does the end mean that it ends. Brothers and sisters go without clean water and a huge lack of medical care and facilities throughout the year, so why is it that many of us only open our eyes and our minds to the suffering during the Holy month of Ramadan? Continue reading

Ramadhan – By guest contributor Elyas Ahmed

3 Aug

Before it’s time for THE month-

I pray I’m alive for the blessed month

The wait is unbearable

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A Successful Ramadhan

26 Jul

Assalama Alaikum Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Barakatuhu

 As Ramadhan is drawing near, it is important to prioritize our time to ensure a successful Ramadhan.

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A Revert’s Ramadan

26 Jul

Asalamu Alaikum

This post is really me speaking as a revert on the problems we might face trying to get the true feeling of Ramadan. Being a revert and living in a non Muslim household can be quite hard, you do feel different to your family even if they don’t intentionally make you feel that way and it becomes even more apparent during Ramadan. You are the only person waking up for suhoor (light meal eaten before daybreak to commence that day’s fast) and to pray fajr (morning prayer), the only person fasting, the only person to cook for iftar (breaking the fast). It can be a very lonely experience which is not what Ramadan is about. I have been blessed enough to have very close Muslim friends who have welcomed me into their families which made my first Ramadan a wonderful experience MashaAllah and InshaAllah this year will be the same.

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Preparing for Ramadan by Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya

20 Jul

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate.

Praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May Allah bless and grant peace to our liegelord Muhammad as well as his folk and companions

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Yes it is hard. But…

18 Jul


Its a short post forgive me. I am trying to be succinct 🙂

People always say to me, ‘Oh I feel sorry for you man I couldn’t do THAT.’ And I feel them, obviously not eating is not easy. And it is not meant to be easy.

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The Truth About Ramadan

13 Jul

I made a list of the facts we Muslims do not like to own up to about Ramadan. Not to spite anyone but to help us to realize the issues we need to fix this year!

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Eid al-Fitr for the babies- how to make Eid fun for your little ones!

11 Jul

As many Muslims today say “Eid is like our Christmas”, and in a way, it is. It is one of the two celebrations that Muslims celebrate (Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha). With the busyness of Ramadhan or the fact that many want to remain focussed on the blessed month and not pre-occupied with many worldly things, it can be difficult to plan a massive shindig for Eid. But it need not be a hassle. With pre planning, internet shopping and things that you can make at home, your Eid celebration planning should be a doddle. Continue reading

Ramadan, a Gift from God

11 Jul

(Originally written for and published in The Muslim News newspaper, Aug 2009)

Ramadan. That blessed time of the year that holds so many memories for so many people. Have a think back to the past years and see if you recognise any of these comments from others as you either prepare to welcome this blessed month or during it: “You must be dreading it,” “’What?! No eating or drinking? I feel sorry for you,” and “Only 6 days to go until you can eat again, I bet you can’t wait!” Some people get annoyed when they receive comments like this. Some laugh. There is a beautiful wise saying: “If you have never tasted, you will never know.” Such a simple saying, but so sweet. We cannot be angry at people who make these comments because they have never tasted the sweetness that is the blessed month of Ramadan.

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Dates and Milk

11 Jul

(Published on the blog Yes I Have A Voice, written Sep 1st 2007) 

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu!


To all my brothers and sisters- May Allah (SWT) shower His mercy and blessings upon us all during this blessed month- AMEEN!

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