Ramadan Mubarak!

The blessed month of Ramadan is here! 🙂

Ramadan is one of the months of the Islamic Calender. During this month Muslims around the globe take up fasting i.e., abstaining from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk. It is also important that they refrain themselves from backbiting, gossiping, slander, telling lies, fighting and various other sinful acts prohibited in Islam.

Allah Almighty says in the Quran:

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you; and (He desireth) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be thankful.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)


Ramadan is a month where muslims try to come more closer to the One God, Allah! This is done by increasing the time they put into worshipping Him, reading more Quran, giving charity and various other meritorious acts. During this month the reward for every good deed is multiplied, Alhumdulillah.

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Observing al-sawn (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-muttaqoon (the pious).” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

I hope the articles I posted previously were of some help to prepare for Ramadan. Here are a few more links to articles I’d suggest that might be helpful during Ramadan-

“Ramadan is a window of opportunity where even smiling gives the reward of praying two rakat fajr salah. “

Ramadan Mubarak! 🙂

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: –

“…Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

(Sahih Bukhari  Book# 31 Hadith# 125)

May Allah(SWT) help us make best use of this Ramadan, make it a means for us to get closer to him and keep our enthusiasm to gain taqwa and high Imaan throughout the month. May Allah help us repent in the best of ways during this month such that all our sins are forgiven, Insha’Allah. Ameen!

Ya Allah(SWT), make my fasts the fasts of those who fast sincerely, and my standing up in prayer of those who stand up in prayer obediently, awaken me in it from the sleep of the heedless and forgive me my sins. Ameen Sumameen!

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Ramadan: Time Management Tips

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“Ramadhan has arrived to you, a month of barakah (blessings), Allaah envelops you (with His mercy & blessings),  so He descends His mercy, erases the sins, answers your du3aas, and He watches your competition in virtuous deeds and He boasts in front of the angels about you. So let Allaah see the best from you, for truly, the miserable one is he who is deprived from the mercy of Allaah (in this month).”  [Tabaraanee, Saheeh]

TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR RAMADAN


Some practical tips to maximize the time during Ramadaan & to prepare ourselves for Ibaadah & worship during this blessed month of Ramadaan.


CLEAN UP TIPS:


a) Telephone:
Minimize your chat on the telephone. If you are used to chat with your friends on a regular basis, try to make it short. Share with her the importance of this month & tell her that you want to devote yourself for Ibaadah in order to get the maximum reward in this month.
Share with her these tips.
b) Cooking:
Try to cook something simple during Ramadaan as this is a month of Ibaadah & Qur’aan, not the month of food. There are some husbands who push their wives to cook different varieties of food & sisters have to spend their time in the kitchen. If it’s very necessary, keep a tape of Qur’aan in the kitchen & listen to it while you are busy in kitchen, or keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr. [find out some short cut & tips to prepare the food quickly]
C) Shopping:
Get all your shopping done before Ramadaan. Make a list of the things/grocery/ items, that is enough for one month & buy it all together.
Important: Try to do the Eed shopping NOW. The last ten days of Ramadaan when we have to be doing more Ibaadah & spend our time in doing good deeds, most of the muslims are busy in doing shopping for Eid & their kids.
Sisters! These ten days, we have to exaggerate ourselves in doing more Ibaadah & to catch Laylat-ul-Qadr. Make this Ramadaan a very different from all the previous ramadhans.
D) Dinner Parties/Iftaar:
Iftaar parties during ramadaan are getting very common now. This is the month for you sisters. We have the rest of the full year to do parties & to socialize. Indeed it’s a great reward to break someone’s fast but give food to people who are needy & poor.
The prophet Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast, will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi  Saheeh al-Targheeb).
E) Sleeping:
Cut less the time of sleep during this month. It’s a month of Ibaadah, doing good deeds. Who knows, this could be our last ramadaan. Reduce your sleeping hours. Its only one month & then you can get back to your normal routine.
(*) Computer & Internet: (1)
This is a personnel experience & request. Spending a lot of time on the internet, even if visiting Islaamic sites really takes hours without notice. Try to minimize your internet timings by just checking emails/stuff once a week.

Now we have cleaned up a big amount of time, let’s schedule it for Ibaadah.


1) Fard:
Pray the Obligatory salaah (prayer) on time with Khushoo. Get yourself ready as soon as the time of salaah comes in. Make duaa to Allaah to give you khushoo & try to get rid of all the thoughts & waswaas that comes in the mind. Think as you are standing in front of your LORD, the Almighty.
2) Sunnah & Nawafil:
If you are already praying the 12 sunnah, continue them & add the 2 rakaah of sunnah after Dhuhr. [making them 14 altogether].
The prophet Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever maintains 4 rakaah before Dhuhr & 4 rakaah after Dhuhr, Allaah will make the fire haraam on that person” [Ibn-Maajah, Tirmidhee]
Salaah Al-Duha:
Increase the number of Rakaah if you are already in a habit of praying salaah al-Duha.
3) Qur’aan:
Ramadaan is the month of Qur’aan. Try to schedule it all the moments you have. If you are working, keep a pocket size Qur’aan with you & read it whenever you get the time, like coffee break, lunch break, etc.
Read with reflection. Read slowly in a beautiful voice & reflect on its meanings. Try to read this time, with translation & tafseer.
4) Taraweeh & Qiyaam-ul-layl:
Pray the taraweeh in the masjid where the imaam does a long Qiyaam
5) Tahajjud:
Try to get up a little earlier to pray 2 rakaah before suhoor & make duaa. Its the best time for making duaa & a time of acceptance of duaa.
6) Duaa:
Write down all the duaa you want to make for yourself, your children, family or any duaa that you want to make for your deen or dunyah. Each day, focus on one duaa & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the duaa is accepted (between aadhan & Iqaamah, iftaar time, in sujood, last 3rd of night)
Make duaa to Allaah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make duaa that you catch laylat-ul-Qadr. make duaa for the whole Ummah.
[repeat the duaa that are very important to you, during the last ten days of Ramadhaan]
7) Dhikr:
Select one Dhikr for a day & focus on it daily, reflecting on its meaning & thinking about its reward, while repeating it through out the day. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr.
8 ) Charity:
Give as much charity as you can, as the reward gets more during the month of ramadhaan. Give food to the poor & needy people & help those in need.
Last 10 days:
Double & triple the amount of Ibaadah you are already doing (reading Qur’aan, nawafil, Dhikr, duaa, qiyaam) in the last ten days of Ramadaan.
Sleep less & worship more.. pray as much as you can & make a lot of duaa.

100 things to do before you die!

Every time I would come across tv shows and lists like these.. I would eagerly watch/read them! But most of the time I would end up being disappointed since the stuff out there wouldn’t really be fitting my life!.. But this time, Alhumdulillah, I found the right or more precisely 100% halal 100 things to do :).. Courtesy Sister Hasina Suliman one of the writers in this blog I found today.. Muslimah (Life) Style! 🙂

So, all my sisters in Islam, here’s the list! 🙂

Source: Muslimah Bucketlist: 100 things to do before you die!

  1. Go for Hajj / Umrah – It helps you identify that qibla is more than just a direction for salah, and it makes all your islamic history come to life
  2. Fulfill the 5 pillars of Islam – Fundamentals of an able muslim
  3. Read the whole quraan at least once in your life in Arabic
  4. Visit Jabal Rahma – Mount of Mercy
  5. Experience the Plains of Arafah
  6. Read a translation of the quraan
  7. Identify a place that gives you peace when you’re turmoiled
  8. Know the Seerah of the Prophet SAWS
  9. Visit Madina
  10. Find 10 things that make you happy about islam
  11. Wear Hijab
  12. Witness a solar eclipse
  13. Write a letter to your parents telling them how much they mean to you
  14. Be able to pull off 3-5 good hijab styles
  15. Pick your own fruit: Strawberry / cherry picking
  16. Learn at Least 10 Hadith / Imam An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths
  17. Inspire someone to be better
  18. See snow/the ocean  (if you have never seen it)
  19. Sit in Nafl itikaaf at a mosque, in good company
  20. Attend taraweeh with congregation
  21. Visit the 3 Haramain
  22. Participate in a protest or march for an Islamic cause
  23. Be able to name all the surahs in the quraan
  24. Learn the 99 names of Allah
  25. Save money for a worthy cause
  26. Pass on nuggets of knowledge – Teach somebody something, you’ll feel better for it.
  27. Grow something – Plant a tree, its sunnah. Grow a houseplant, tomatoes or fruit. maybe even a garden or sunflowers
  28. Get your drivers license – it is empowering. (Don’t drive if its banned in your country)
  29. Buy Eid gifts
  30. Sleep under the stars :) (Muzdalifah?)
  31. Surprise your family with thoughtful gestures
  32. Know your neighbors
  33. Learn something new daily – Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave doesn’t get more current than that.
  34. Go whale watching
  35. Know how to pull off a hijab appropriate look in under 5 minutes
  36. Visit the islamic museum in turkey
  37. Have a weekend with your girl buds
  38. Join a Halaqa group
  39. Treat yourself to a spa
  40. Give tasbeehs / Miswaaks as gifts
  41. Milk a cow
  42. Endeavour to start everything with bismillah
  43. Take time out to be by yourself to meditate and make zikr
  44. Make wudhu in the ocean, and Salah on the shore (beach)
  45. Master the art of applying surma
  46. Smile and greet other muslimahs that you don’t know
  47. Purchase afew Surah Yaseens/quraans / tasbeehs  for your local mosque
  48. Sit on a Camel / Donkey – Sunnah?
  49. Climb to the cave of Hira
  50. Make a will / testament
  51. Take a train journey
  52. Choose your favourite sahaba and emulate her
  53. Learn arabic
  54. Experience the Islamic Legacy of Spain
  55. Run a marathon / fun run/ fun walk
  56. Sip Zam Zam in the Haram of makkah
  57. Visit Masjid ul Quba – Islam’s first mosque
  58. Get married –  fulfils half your deen
  59. Draw up a pre-nup before getting married
  60. Have a henna party – even if there’s no bride / wedding
  61. Sight the Eid moon
  62. Attend a ladies only hijab fashion show
  63. Own Hijab appropriate swimwear
  64. Attend at least ONE islamic convention a year, it will help revive your spirit
  65. Sponsor an Orphan
  66. Befriend a revert
  67. Travel to at least 3 different continents
  68. Visit all 7 Continents
  69. Develop the habit of using miswaak in whudu
  70. Own and wear a Aqiq (carnelian) ring
  71. Be a role model as a muslimah
  72. Watch a lunar eclipse
  73. Own a pet
  74. Join a females only gym
  75. Own / customise hijab appropriate sportswear
  76. Learn to walk in high heals with an abhaya (without tripping)
  77. Attempt wearing the niqaab even if its just for an hour so you can identify with muslimah’s that have taken that step
  78. Know how to make a short dua /durood aloud (for ladies only functions)
  79. Ride in a hot air balloon
  80. Learn the meaning of your favourite surah
  81. Gift dates (kajoor) to people at the start of ramadaan
  82. Sleep on the beach
  83. Complete a 365 photography project
  84. Learn how to take criticism
  85. Have a MOCKTAIL party
  86. Stand on the equator
  87. Know what’s in the prophets last sermon that was given on Jabal Rahmah
  88. Invite someone to Islam
  89. Revive an abating sunnah
  90. Know how to ride a bike
  91. Assign a non musical ring tone to your mobile phone
  92. Give ghusl to someone who has passed on.
  93. Go hiking
  94. Learn CPR/first aid
  95. Shower in a waterfall
  96. Donate blood
  97. Lay in a Hammock
  98. Have a small library in your home
  99. Dive in an aquarium
  100. Visit a chocolate factory

P.S.Don’t forget to print it out..and pin it up on ur board!! 😉 It’s definitely one of My Must Haves!! 🙂

…And I cried tears of hope..!

This video moved me to tears.. i literally cried… Initially because of the problem and stereotypes we need to face and the hatred my sisters in Islam around the world have to go through, even without any mistake of their own! 😥

BUT I cried more because of the love that old man showed… the love for her muslim friend that non muslim girl showed..and all the others who supported her, Masha’allah! I realised that humanity and justice still prevails around the world! :’)

To all those haters and racists… I forgive what you say about me.. You know why? Because Islam teaches me to forgive!

 Allah(SWT) says…

“Let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

– Quran [Surat An-Nur 24:22] ‏

To all the non-muslims… the strangers and the friends who stand for us at such tough times… Thank You ..!! Thank you for not letting me lose my faith in humanity.. Thank you for standing by my sister or brother in Islam! .. May Allah bless you all!

Lastly, to all my sisters in Islam around the world, who know just what its like to be in the place of that girl… Big big Hug!!! ..I love you ALL for the sake of Allah!!.. Don’t worry sisters.. this world is temporary.. Allah will reward all of us for the tough times that we face for the sake of Him, Insha’Allah!!

Being a Stranger…

When I made the decision of starting the hijab… I knew that I might have to face weird reactions from everyone around, for that matter even some people in family. But, Alhumdulillah, things were easier, by Allah’s will, than I assumed they would be.

Over the time, though, I have realised that in this journey of my life in hijab, not everyone is going to be ‘normal’ with me. In this post 9/11 world today with the advent of Islamophobia, walking with the identity of being a muslim, is not going to be a cake walk. There will be times I will meet people who might turn to be extra sweet with me and be very happy with my decision, or the absolutely lovely times when people are just the way they used to be before, Alhumdulillah… but there will also be times when I will come across people who are not very sweet… and not necessary that it is because they are Anti-Islamist (Allah forbid) but it could also be because they are not comfortable talking to religious people or may be they just dont know how to be normal around you. I wouldn’t blame anyone for that though! 🙂

But at times like these I feel so out of place! There are a few people who I knew who used to talk to me but now I get the feeling that they feel somewhat uncomfortable in my presence .. and sometimes I get these strange stares from passers by too (and even though I know I shouldn’t care about what people think or how people act with me) ..at times like these I feel like a complete stranger. I feel like a stranger in a not so strange world. But it is then that I remind myself of the hadith about being a stranger in this world.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange. So, give glad tidings to the strangers.

[Muslim]

An that restores my smile again, Alhumdulillah! 🙂

O Allah! Help us to be strangers in this temporary world and let not the Satan’s whispering and our nafs take over us. O Allah! make this easy on all of us! Ameen! 🙂

P.S. To listen to the entire “Strangers” lecture by Br.Khalid Yasin, that is present in the above video, Click here.


Ramadan: Meritorious Acts during Ramadan

This article is from the notes of Learn-islam(Short-Courses). As Ramdan is round the corner.. let’s be ready to set our day in a way to perform more and more acts of worship that will help us better our relationship with Allah(SWT) and make the most of this blessed month.

Meritorious Acts During Ramadhan

  • The Night Prayer or Tarawih Prayers

Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon Him) has encouraged offering prayer at night regularly. This prayer is known as the ‘night prayer’ (Qiyamul-Layl) or (Tahajjud). During Ramadhan this prayer is also call Tarawih. It is allowed to offer the Tarawih, at any time starting from the conclusion of’ Isha (Night) prayer until the commencement of the Fajr (Dawn) prayer. The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) always prayed eleven Rak’ahs (units of prayer) for the optional night prayer, whether it was during Ramadhan or any other time of the year but it is allowed to pray more than 11 Rakahs InshaAllah.

Narrated Ibn Umar: Once a person asked Allah’s Apostle about the night prayer. Allah’s Apostle replied, “The night prayer is offered as two Rakat followed by two Rakat and so on and if anyone is afraid of the approaching dawn (Fajr prayer) he should pray one Raka and this will be a Witr for all the Rakat which he has prayed before.” (Bukhari Volume 2, Book 16, Number 105)

Two groups have gone to extremes with regard to this matter. The first group denounced everyone who prays more than eleven rak’ahs and said that doing so was bid’ah. The second group denounced those who do only eleven rak’ahs and said that they are going against scholarly consensus (ijmaa’).

Let us listen to what Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Here we say that we should not go to extremes or be negligent. Some people go to extremes in adhering to the number mentioned in the Sunnah, and say that it is not permissible to do more than the number mentioned in the Sunnah, and they aggressively denounce those who do more than that, saying that they are sinners.

This is undoubtedly wrong. How can they be sinners, when the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), upon being asked about night prayers, said that they are to be done two by two, and he did not specify any particular number? Of course  the one who asked him about the night prayer did not know the number, because if he did not know how to do it, it is even more likely that he did not know the number. And he was not one of those who served the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) so that we might say that he knew what happened inside his house. Since the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him how to do it but did not say how many times, it may be understood that the matter is broad in scope, and that a person may pray one hundred rak’ahs then pray Witr with one rak’ah.

Tarawih, is a voluntary prayer by which a true believer intends to seek the pleasure of Allah and draw near to Him. The Prophet said (Peace be upon Him):

“Whoever performed the night prayer in Ramadhan with sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari)

  • Giving Charity And Donations

One of the good deeds of this blessed month of Ramadhan is charity and benevolence, which is more virtuous than during the other months. The goal of giving charity and donations is to attain the pleasure of Allah(S.W.T).

“And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.”(Quran 2:272)

Narrated by Ibn Abbas, “The Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Holy Qur’an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare). (Bukhari)

  • Increasing One’s Recitation of The Qur’an

The blessed month of Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an, in which reciting the Qur’an according to one’s ability is strongly recommended. The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) recited the Qur’an with the utmost concentration and deep contemplation of its meanings. For Ramadhan is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. Allah (S.W.T) says interpretation of the meaning is: –

“The month of Ramadhan, in which the Qur’an was revealed; a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” (2:185)

Ramadan was the month in which the Qur’an was first revealed so it is the month of the Qur’an. We should devote much of this blessed month reciting the Qur’an.

Az-Zuhri Radi Allahu anhu used to say upon the coming of Ramadan, “It is only about reciting the Qur’an and feeding the poor.”

Abdur-Raziq Radi Allahu anhu said, “When Ramadan came, Sufyan Ath-Thawri would give up all acts of (voluntary) worship and devote himself to the recitation of the Qur’an.”

But for many of us the Qur’an has gathered a lot of dust since the last time we picked it up.

As Ramadan is fast approaching we must blow off the dust and start to build a close relationship with the Qur’an for it will intercede with us on the day of judgement:

“Recite the Holy Qur’an as much as we can for It will come as an intercessor for its reciter’ on the Day of Judgement” (Muslim)

The Recitor will be in the company of Angels:

‘Aa’ishah Radi Allahu anha related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Indeed the one who recites the Quran beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.”  (Bukhaari & Muslim)

There are Ten Rewards for Every Letter Recited from the Quran in normal times but in Ramadan these rewards are multiplied:

“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allaah, he will have a reward, and this reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that ‘Alif, Laam, Meem’ (a combination of letters frequently mentioned in the Holy Quran) is a letter, rather I am saying that ‘Alif’ is a letter, ‘Laam’ is a letter and ‘Meem’ is a letter.” (At-Tirmithi)

Narrated by Ibn Abbas, “The Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Holy Qur’an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare).(Bukhari)

So what better time for us to get into the habit of reciting the Qur’an than to begin to do so right now. We should recite the Qur’an with its meanings and try to understand and implement it into our daily lives.

We should set ourselves realistic targets for how much we should begin to recite each day for e.g. we will recite some pages a day, half a juz (chapter), or 1 juz etc. We should recite however much we can manage and then build up gradually and aim to finish reciting the whole Qur’an at least once in the Month of Ramadhan

  • Everyone must endeavor to the best of his ability to fear Allah ~ with a conscious heart. In order to generate such a fearful mind, the best method is to recite the Noble Qur’an with due concentration, understanding, and contemplation of its meanings. Moreover, while reciting the Qur’an, he should reflect upon the supreme Omnipotence and absolute Majesty of Allah (S.W.T).

“Fear Allâh and Allâh teaches you”. (2:282)

“And they fall down on their faces weeping and it increases their humility.” (17:109)

“The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qur’an) are recited unto them, they increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone).” [Al-Anfaal (8):2]

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The fire will not touch a man who weeps out of the fear of Allâh until the milk returns to the breasts. ………….”. (at-TirmidhĂŽ (hasan sahĂŽh), an-Nasâ’i and al Hâkim (sahĂŽh))

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His. (These seven persons are) a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (i.e. worships Allah sincerely from childhood), a man whose heart is attached to the mosques (i.e. to pray the compulsory prayers in the mosque in congregation), two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only, a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah, a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity), and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Vol. No. 1, Hadeeth No. 629]

This Month should be used to get ourselves in that mould so that we can InshaAllah be Mindful of Allah through out the year and all our Lives.

  • Seclusion in the Mosque (I`tikaf)

One of the special deeds of Ramadhan is I`tikaf. Performing I`tikaf means to confine oneself in seclusion in a mosque for the purpose of worshipping Allah alone, leaving every worldly and personal affair. The mind of the person who observes I`tikaf concentrates exclusively on the goal of pleasing Allah (S.W.T). He is engaged in various types of worship, repentance, and beseeching Allah’s forgiveness. He offers as many voluntarily prayers as he can, saying words of remembrance and invocations, etc. to Allah (S.W.T). In this sense, practicing I`tikaf is a combination of many acts of worship.

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: Allah’s Apostle used to practise Itikaf in the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. (Bukhari)

Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) The Prophet used to practice Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice Itikaf after him. (Bukhari)

So Itikaf is also allowed for Sisters unlike what is believed now a days.

  • Searching for the Night of Decree

The Night of Decree (Laylatul-Qadr) is more virtuous and meritorious than one thousand months. It is the night of Ramadhan in which the Qur’an was brought from the highest heavens down to mankind. Allah ~ says in the Noble Qur’an interpretation of the meaning is: –

“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the Night of Decree (Al-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” (97:1-3)

This night occurs every year during one of the five odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan. The exact time of its occurrence is unknown. The only thing that is clear concerning its time is that it occurs during the last ten nights of Ramadhan. Many scholars hold the view that it fluctuates from year to year between the odd nights of the last ten nights. This means that one year it may occur during the 21st night (for example) and the next year it may fall on the 27th night. One of the possible reasons behind its concealment is that a true believer should endeavor in worshipping Allah during those odd numbered nights so as to attain all the rich reward and virtue of that tremendous time.

Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon Him) has described its superiority and said: “Whoever prays during the Night of Decree, with firm belief and expecting a reward for it, his previous sins are forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

In other words, whenever you endeavor in worshipping in the odd nights of the last ten nights, then you will definitely attain the virtues of the Night of Decree.

  • Performing `Umrah During Ramadhan

Performing ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage to Makkah) in Ramadhan is especially virtuous because it is equal in reward to Hajj (the major pilgrimage to Makkah).

The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said:“Umrah in Ramadhan is equal (in reward) to Hajj -or he said “equal to (performing) Hajj with me.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).