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.
Contentment is another vital element in a happy marriage. Happiness in marriage or life, for that matter - can never be attained without developing contentment. Contentment is the result of one’s sincere appreciation for God’s blessings, and trust in God’s Decree.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
As much as I tried to keep myself pure, society would pull one into this quick sand. Could I stay away from society? Of course not! Studying, working and mingling with my family, friends and classmates. Well… you have to kind of fit in. I tried.
How many of us can honestly say at the end of each day that we have done nothing—absolutely nothing—that might make Allah angry with us? (I don’t see too many of you raising your hands.) How many of us can honestly say at the end of each day that we have put every waking minute to good use?
Social responsibility, Islamic education and cross-cultural communication skills are things Muslims desperately need to learn at school level if they’re hoping to live up to the huge responsibility towards humanity which God had entrusted to them.