We must examine ourselves during Ramadan and ask: What is my role – and each of us has a role – in helping this precious Ummah to regain its honor, and return to the Ummah its comprehensive unity and strength, and victory that has been promised to it?
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Regularly reading the Quran is best supplemented by some instruction, and taking a class at a masjid, with a visiting scholar, or even a class online can all help boost your faith. In fact, seeking knowledge is part of our Islamic tradition.
Charity is an obligation, but it is also an opportunity given to each of us. Whether we are giving or receiving, Allah has put us in these positions because He is trying to refine us and make us better people, to perfect our manners, to gain empathy, to gain humility, to soften our hearts.
When we are trying to negotiate with each other, we should speak fairly; and if one spouse inclines towards a peaceful resolution following a dispute, it is the other’s duty to also incline towards peace
The responsibility falls upon the existing Muslim community to lend a helping hand to new Muslims, who are making a huge transition into their lives for the better.
When the Quran is being recited and/or explained, do you want to immediately quell all other noises, distractions, and activities to listen in, attentively and keenly? Or do you start feeling panicked and cornered, or bored, frantically wanting to change the topic...
One reason my first Ramadan was so special was that I never broke my fast alone, and I was only at home for iftar twice. Every other night we were either invited somewhere (or I tagged along), or else we went to the masjid, where always at least a few sisters were breaking their fast.
Well Ramadan, whenever it falls during the year, it's like a spring-cleaning of our hearts and our lives. We’re dusting away all of the rubbish, all of the cobwebs that have clung to our hearts during the past year, we’re brushing them away.
One of the best things that happened during my first Ramadan was that I got married. I was then able to eat sahur with my husband, pray, and break the fast with him. It brought me a great sense of peace and contentment.
My first Ramadan was in the summer of 1982 when I had been Muslim for about six months. I was a graduate student working on my thesis. At the end of the spring semester, I moved out of the apartment where I had been living alone for two years...
Always be hopeful and ask Allah to guide your family to Islam, and to open their hearts and make it easy to have a loving relationship with them. Even if you don't have a great relationship with your family, be grateful that you have one. Think of the orphans all around the world that don't have family to have any sort of relationship with! Alhamdulilah
In order to attract Muslim (and non-Muslim) youth to a masjid or Islamic center, it has to be a place where they are made to feel not just welcome, but also valued for who they are, for example through what they can offer in terms of time and services as a human resource.