This Shawwal, let’s not let post-Ramadan blues keep us from celebrating all we accomplished this Ramadan or from seeking forgiveness for our shortcomings. Let’s teach ourselves that being grateful for the details can lead down the road to contentment.
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Ponder on the ways Satan tries to lead you on, and what he wants to achieve with you. Think long and hard about your own life – is the water-temperature increasing unawares? If so, put a stop to his maneuvers immediately, because the water may come to boil...
On the Day of Judgment, our voluntary acts of worship will compensate for the shortcomings in how we carried out our duties. Most of us have deficiencies in our observance of our Ramadan fasts and we need something to cover up for those deficiencies.
Ask new Muslims to join you on your Eid outing. You can even give a New Muslim a gift. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but in the case of the new Muslim, the thought is what counts. Since new Muslims often feel left out of Eid, a gift on Eid will mean a lot.
I left home in what seemed the middle of the night and took the underground train to Baker Street, the closest station to Regent's Park. I had been told that Muslims dress in their best clothes for the `Eid Prayers, so I had put on a suit and tie and polished my shoes until I could see my face in them.
Eid is the acid test to Ramadan. Whatever happens on Eid, how one behaves, how one arranges his thoughts, is a reflection on how Ramadan had unfolded for him or her. The ripple effect of good deeds vs. bad ones is also a telling sign as to how Ramadan has changed a person.
We’re going to talk about a few sunnahs to do in Eid. There’s going to be one sunnah that starts from the night before Eid and then a few more that happen on the morning of Eid.
Eid is a group celebration. Celebrating as a group bestows a sense of belonging, something crucial to feeling fulfilled. Many converts feel isolated from their community and refuse to even attend Eid prayer, citing that a lot of born Muslims are guarded when it comes to converts.
Zakat al-fitr purifies the fasting body. It’s aimed to purify the fasting Muslim from all his minor mistakes, and mischiefs that he might have committed during the fasting month while fasting. It also aims to provide for the needy, during the festive season of ‘eid al-fitr.
Charity is given to both Non-Muslims and Muslims. However, Zakat al-Fitr charity is something exclusive to the MUSLIM poor and needy. Hence, one could not give Zakah Al-Fitr to any needy person on the street. "Regular" charity can be given to them, but not Zakat Al-Fitr.
Ramadan coming to an end is not the end of the matter, rather it’s a new beginning. The day of Eid represents a new month, a new chance to progress on the path that we are on. I’d like to share reflections to a chapter that we recite so often...
How can we prevent these precious moments of Ramadan from slipping through our fingers? Sometimes we have to train ourselves to overcome the negative thoughts that can prevent us from finishing at our best. Here are three strategies for how we can do...