The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ramadan Message 2008 - Day 3

“It is We Who have placed you with authority on earth, and provided you therein with means for the fulfilment of your life: small are the thanks that you give!” (Qur'an 7 Verse 10)

Ramadan Message From MuslimMessage:


The Prophet and his companions “used to be the first to break their fast at the end of the day and the last to have sahuur.” (Bayhaqi).

I recall a friend saying once that since he had been sleeping during the afternoon, he felt that he had not really "fasted", and so he did not feel like breaking the fast at the appointed time. Nevertheless, as can be seen there is no extra piety to be attained in delaying the breaking of your fast. He should just fast properly the next day instead of trying to "prolong" his fast.

Before you end the day’s fast, make a short prayer: The Prophet said: “As a fasting person is about to end his fast, he is certain to have a prayer answered.” (Ibn Majah) This golden opportunity is a rarity. It is exclusively available for a few. On top of all these, it is guaranteed to be answered.

The Prophet said: “Three types of person are certain to have their prayers answered: a fasting person until he ends his fast, and a just ruler, and an oppressed person.” (Tirmidhi). This is great for people who have problems in their life, and need God's guidance.

Further, the Prophet used to repeat this prayer: “Thirst is quenched; the veins are watered and the reward is certain, God willing.” You can make up your own prayers and in whatever language you desire. The companions of the Rasul used to make different supplication. For example, Abdullah used to pray at fast-breaking time: “My Lord! I appeal to you to forgive me with your mercy which encompasses all.”

The supplication for breaking the fast, which the Rasul is reported to have repeatedly uttered, is: “My Lord! For your sake I have fasted and with your provisions I end my fast.” (ALLAHUMMA! LAKU SUMTU, WA ALAA RIZKIKA AFTARTU.)


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

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