Posts Tagged ‘ramadan’

If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

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If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

Ramadan is just around the corner, and our hearts eagerly await its return. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we parted from the beloved month in tears? Has a whole year already gone by? What do we have to show for the passing of a year, and how will we greet this Ramadan? What have we done to prepare for it?
Ramadan is about renewing our relationship with Allah – reading the Qur’an and interacting with it anew, letting Allah’s words pour over our hearts to transform us. Ramadan is about perfecting our prayers and increasing our nawaafil; it’s about seeking His forgiveness and pardon, and saving ourselves from the Hellfire. Ramadan is about fasting and taqwa…

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On My Way to the Masjid

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On My Way to the Masjid

When I was a child, about 10 or 11 years old, I was so excited about wearing the hijab. I wanted to wear it as soon as possible. It was something you obeyed Allah with, without caring what any other person thought. Unfortunately, I was in a private Christian school where hijab was forbidden! Although the Muslims and Christians in my country live in peace to some level, some said that the school I was in forbade hijab in order to get financial aid from France. Anyway, it was only a matter of time for me.

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Like a Shattered Snow Globe

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Like a Shattered Snow Globe

While growing up, my brother and I were taught salah, Arabic, and recitation of the Qur’an. Each Ramadan, my parents would observe adamantly and devoutly the fasts and taraweeh prayers. Eid was always a delightful experience, observing prayers at the mosque or local community center or school. My religion was a part of my daily routine. Each prayer was observed obligatorily, without question or much understanding. My parents never forced or thrust any requirements to wear hijab or our traditional dress. Yet in me, there was a missing piece – as if my heart and soul knew that there was something a bit more to my faith than routine observation.

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Advice from a Friend

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Advice from a Friend

It’s funny how less than eight months ago, I would cringe at the thought of dressing more modestly. I looked down upon friends of mine that were practicing Muslims, and considered them to be on their way to “extremism,” may Allah forgive me for thinking this. One day, I was making my way through the mall when I bumped into a girl who was wearing the niqab and all black. I paused for a moment, confused as to who this woman who was staring at me was.

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The Ideal Muslimah – January: Make-up Missed Fasts Mission

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The Ideal Muslimah – January: Make-up Missed Fasts Mission

“The Ideal Muslimah” page is conducting their next project, “January: Make-up Missed Fasts Mission.” The project was started because there are so many sisters who neglect making up the fasts they miss due to menstruation. So The Ideal Muslimah is encouraging all sisters to make up these missed fasts. Sadly, there are sisters who have to make up about 45 fasts after they were piled up for years, due to ignorance and negligence. So sisters, please don’t neglect making up for missed fasts in Ramadan. If you need help or encouragement, follow The Ideal Muslimah fanpage on facebook. Barak Allahu feekum.

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