"Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven ." (Prophet Muhammad)
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Most Masjids also offer family lectures on Preparing for Ramadan. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gave a Welcome Ramadan speech to families at ICI (Islamic Center of Irving). As well as, Shaikh Omar Suleiman who had an A-Z Ramadan conference...
In order to welcome Ramadan, let us transform our state of mind and spirit to one that is eagerly waiting for and craving its many benefits and rewards. Let us take out our wallets/cheque-books/debit cards and loosen our ‘purse strings’ in anticipation of giving heartily to those who are needy.
Ask yourself are you pleased with what you did last Ramadan? Will this Ramadan be the same as last year? Let this Ramadan be the beginning of real change. Make this Ramadan different from previous ones. Start to practice an act of worship that you never did before, or increase the acts of worship that you used to do before.
It's all too common for Muslim men and women living in the West to be labeled as "terrorists" as the guilt is attributed to association. However, Islam abhors violence in all forms and promotes tolerance right across the board.
If you’re a new Muslim, most likely the rest of your family is not. So you could start to feel very lonely and isolated during this month, especially when other Muslims are waking up early with their families and enjoying suhoor together...
The inner process of purification of the soul is of an important goal of fasting. Allah, glory be to Him, explains in the Quran that the aim of fasting in Ramadan is lead to more Allah consciousness and increasing gratitude to Him.
I never imagined that this money I spend would be put in my scale of good deeds in the hereafter! And when I learned that supporting one’s family is even better than supporting fighters for the sake of God and liberating slaves, I wondered why? After some reflection, I realized that the Muslim home is the place where belief and morals are built.
Remind yourself that if it were impossible to fast, Allah would not have required it of us. Too often we let our own lack of self-confidence affect our outcome. Remind yourself of times when your strength was greater than you imagined. And draw on that strength to stay the course.
Keeping consistent is very important as this eliminates any original inhibitions one has of the habit. Mostly, habits are done on a daily basis, so with each good deed, it is best to have it incorporated into a daily routine.
As a new Muslim, you’re probably keen to please God as much as you can and you want to get your fasting right. But how will you cope if you’ve never done it before? And also, how will your friends, family and co-workers react to you fasting?
Converting to Islam, this knowledge does not all of the sudden become apparent. Nor is it innate to the child. Knowing exactly how one is to obey his or her creator comes with knowledge. Therefore it takes more than being born and left to that innate nature to be a Muslim.