Ramadan

What We Need to Know about the Six Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal. The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states: “Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has fasted the entire year” Commentary The Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting in Ramadan we are …

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At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People “live to see” various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer “lives for” and yearns to witness sacred days like these.   Rajab Du’a Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following supplication …

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Reciting & listening to the Quran in Ramadan

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that: ‘Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was the most generous of all the people, and he would peak in generosity during Ramadan when Jibril (‘alayhis salam) use to meet him. Jibril (‘alayhis salam) would meet him every night in Ramadan to revise the Quran. [During those days] Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was even more generous than the fair winds.’ (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6)   …

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‘Allamah Binnory’s (rahimahullah) Ramadan

One of ‘Allamah Binnory’s students writes: In the Mubarak month of Ramadan Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) used to become the embodiment of worship. He would keep fast with a lot of fervor and would pass a major portion of the night in Salah and recitation of Quran. Despite pain in the knees he would listen to five juz in Tarawih Salah. When he was in the Haramayn Sharifayn, he …

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Tarawih; 20 Rak’ahs and no less!

Tarawih Salah is Sunnah Muakkadah (an emphasised Sunnah). One who discards it deliberately and repeatedly becomes sinful. Tarawih in Ramadan was established by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) himself. Thereafter, it was Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) who had unified the Ummah upon the performance of twenty Rak’ahs of Tarawih behind an Imam. His decision was met with unanimous approval of all the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) and Tabi’un of that era. From …

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