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  1. Salam my dear brothers and sisters, I just thought I would take this opportunity to share with you a beautiful new Ramadan nasheed. If you like it then share it with family and friends. It's in Arabic but with English translations. I wish you all a happy and blessed ramadan.
  2. (bismillah) Assalamualikum. My husband and I are new to Shia Islam, and we have some questions about fasting. I have looked around this forum at similar posts and only grown more confused, so if someone could please spell out the answers clearly, that would be wonderful. 1. I will be traveling in the Middle East for 10 days this Ramadan. Is it okay if I do not fast those 10 days (and make up the fasts later)? 2. For the rest of Ramadan and beyond, I will be working in New York City. My daily commute is 2 hours by train each way, plus some time on the subway. I read something about 30km being the limit for traveling while fasting, and if that limit is exceeded, fasts become invalid. Is that true? Do I really have to not fast because of my long commute? What are the rules for fasting while traveling? 3. My husband is an Uber driver. His work hours are 10pm-7am. He is constantly driving for all of the shift. Would his fasts be invalid? What should he do if that is the case? We can't just not work for the entirety of Ramadan. 4. Before I became Shia, I had converted to a different denomination of Islam from atheism a few years before, and I could never fast all of Ramadan because my body got too sick to function. After a few weeks I would give up on fasting and instead donate a lot of food to the local soup kitchen. Is that permissible in Shia Islam? Should we just donate food in place of fasting because we have to be traveling constantly during Ramadan? 5. How do prayers work on a plane? I've never had to deal with praying while changing time zones before. Jazakallah khair in advance!
  3. Salam brothers and sisters. we all heard once at least that Ramadan is the best time for duas to get accepted. Is it true ? And if so, is it not selfish ? Because we should do things to get closer to God, and making dua for our own desires (I'am not talking about the ones where we ask God forgiveness and thank Him), is it not considered as selfish ? Thank you very much.
  4. I'm living with my sister's family from the past two months and will be visiting my uncle for 3 days who lives 90 kms from her(during which I know that I can't fast as my roza will be qasr).my question is that when I come back my stay at my sister's will be only for 2 days n then I'll be flying back home. Can I fast on these 2 days?
  5. Hello ShiaChat. I have a question regard fasting in weekends only. I live in Denmark - the fasting hours are long here and i work 37/h per week, and i may not be as strong as my parents are - but last year i fasted, but i slept through the entire day, and i felt that my fast wasnt accepted. So my question is - is it not better to fast in weekends and do a complete fast with praying etc, waking up in proper time and enjoying the fasting day.
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  7. Ramadan is the holiest time in the Islamic year. It memorializes the ninth astral month in the year 610 CE when revelations began from Allah, via the angel Gabriel, to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). These revelations in Arabic were memorized by Muhammad, passed on orally, and later written down as the Qur'an. During this month, Muslims believe that the gates of Heaven are open, the gates of Hell are closed, and devils are chained up in Hell so they cannot tempt believers on Earth. Muslims believe that because this month has been blessed by Allah, any good actions during Ramadan will bring them a greater reward Health Benefits of Ramadan Fasting During this month, almost all Muslims over the age of 12 are expected to "abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures" including smoking, gambling, taking oral medications, etc. The fast extends from the first light of dawn until sunset. 1 This is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam. Since the timing of Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar, it starts about ten or eleven days earlier each year according to the Gregorian Calendar. During the early 2010's, it is occurring during summertime when the days are longest. It is particularly onerous for many individuals. Muslims may opt-out of observing Ramadan for health reasons. The Qur'an states: "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint...Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting ..." Chapter 2, verses 183 and 185.
  8. In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful A reminder on rulings regarding Qadha’ (make-up) fasts and offering Fidyah and Kaffarah (expiation for missing fasts) قبل حلول رمضان: أهم أحكام القضاء والفدية والكفارة. إضغط هنا لقراءة التفاصيل Qadha’ Fasting: If one has missed any days of fasting during the month of Ramadhan in the previous year, then it is a recommended precaution to make up those fasts before the next month of Ramadhan. If one has days of fast to make up, but intentionally does not make them up before the next month of Ramadhan, the person is still held religiously liable (to make the days up at a later time) and must offer a Fidyah for each day missed by feeding one poor person (as defined by the religious criteria). Those Unable to Fast: Those incapable of fasting, such as the elderly, those who cannot fast due to illness, and those who go through desperate situations temporarily preventing them from fasting, such as some pregnant women and some nursing mothers, must offer the Fidyah. The Fidyah is feeding one poor person for each day in which fasting was missed during the month of Ramadhan. Fidyah and the Kaffarah: Fidyah: A compensation paid for not being able to fast. It is to feed one poor person for each day. The one who is incapable of fasting, thus, offers thirty meals to the poor. The Kaffarah for delaying the Qadha’ fasting: To feed a poor person for each day, in addition to being obligated to perform the Qadha’ fast. The Kaffarah for intentionally breaking one’s fast during the month of Ramadhan: Either fasting for sixty days, or feeding sixty poor persons, for each day missed. It is permissible to offer the entire Fidyah to a single poor person, but the Kaffarah of feeding sixty persons must be offered to distinct individuals. When it comes to the Fidyah and the Kaffarah, nothing but “feeding” suffices. As for how much food, it is the average amount which we usually feed ourselves and our families. According to Islamic law, it must be the equivalent of at least 1.65 lbs. (750 grams) of wheat, rice or dates. It is permissible to pay money with the condition of delegating to the appropriate entity, or trustworthy person, or the poor person him/herself, so long as one feels assured that the food will be bought and offered. It is not permissible to purchase anything but food with the money. Qadha Fasts (text copied from this link)
  9. Salam 3alaikum I am currently writing my last paper for my religion class. I had to choose a certain holiday or 'ritual' and write about it. In this paper, I chose to write about Ramadan. I also have to interview someone in this regard because I'm not allowed to use myself. The thing is I have to base my interview questions solely on passages from the Quran. I know the reason for why we as Muslims fast, but I can't find all of the places in the Quran where Ramadan and fasting are mentioned. So my question is, do you know which verses in the Quran mention the above? Thank you and Jazakum Allah Khair in advance!
  10. The month of Ramadan is a period of fasting, sacrifice, giving, piousness and self-training with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month and stay with us throughout the year. Indeed, the essence of fasting in Ramadan is spiritual. Nevertheless, this holy month also offers a number of benefits for both the mind and body. In a narration of Abu Nuaim, Prophet Mohammad said, “soomo wa tsahhoo”, which can be translated to mean, “Fast and be healthy.” Even science has proven that Ramadan is a month full of blessings. The International Congress on “Health and Ramadan” which was held in Casablanca in 1994, covered 50 studies on the medical ethics of Ramadan and noted various improvements in the health conditions of those who fast. If any negative effects were seen at all, it was in those who over-indulge in food at iftar or do not sleep well at night. You should also keep in mind that if fasting will be dangerous to your health, such as in Type 1 Diabetics, you are not recommended to fast as your medical condition may worsen. For those of you who can fast, read on to learn about some of the incredible health benefits of fasting on our overall well-being. Provides tranquility of the heart and mind There is intense spiritual meaning to Ramadan for those who fast. Muslims practice generosity by being charitable, family-bonding by gathering around the iftar table, spirituality by praying, and self-control by practicing good manners. All these habits build a feeling of peace, tranquility and self-satisfaction. Improves your blood fat levels A study conducted in 1997 in the Annals of Nutrition Metabolism demonstrated that fasting lowered bad “LDL” cholesterol levels by 8 percent, triglyceride by 30 percent, and increased good “HDL” levels by 14.3 percent thereby protecting your heart from cardiovascular disease. This can be explained by our eating and exercise habits. In Ramadan, people tend to go for healthier options such as dates, nuts, lentil soup, and home cooked meals. Studies have noted that overall saturated fat consumption, usually found in butter, lard, fatty meat, and fast food, is reduced in Ramadan. In addition, the night prayers of “tawarih” may provide an adequate level of physical activity equivalent to moderate physical activity which, for some, may be more than they usually exercise. May help you overcome addictions Addictions can come in all shapes and forms and Ramadan provides an excellent opportunity to ditch them. Because Ramadan teaches you self-restraint for most of the day, you will come to realize that forgoing your addiction all together may not be has hard as you think! Choose one addiction to drop this Ramadan. It could be an addiction to smoking, lying, chocolate, or even gossiping and say your good-byes. Promotes fat breakdown and weight loss Calorie consumption is overall decreased in Ramadan. Of course if you’re binge-eating on Arabic sweets that’s not going to happen. However, if you maintain your usual eating habits, you are very likely to eat less amounts of food and lose weight. This is especially true in Ramadan, when your source of Energy during your fast is mainly fat. Trying to stay lightly active during the day can promote even more fat break-down. Ramadan packages may be the perfect opportunity to re-train yourself and get back on track of eating healthy. When you fast, you learn to control your cravings. As a result, by the end of Ramadan you’ll have stronger will-power and you will have re-gained the strength to say no to tempting food.
  11. Hello, So here is my story I was born and raised in France and I never practiced islam before last ramadan. I started reading the quran because I was home for the summer, class was over and did not have a job. As I had a lot of free time I started praying and I was pushed to pray because eventhough I wasn't practicing before I was raised a believer and I knew about Allah. Since I wasn't in a place I wanted in life I started making duas. One year later I feel like nothing has changed and I'm still (if not more) depressed about my life I'm not sure where I'm going I feel like it's just a mess and what I wanted my prayers to bring me was guidance. So today I feel like all my duas and prayers were useless and it's quite hard for me to keep up praying and reading surats and hadiths everyday because inside im very sad and at the beginning I thought Islam would be the cure for my depression. Today Im still doing all this thing but I don't understand why because I am afraid I have become hopeless I guess I'm praying just to have nothing to lose in the end I don't think I'm bad person I even tried to help people as much as I can I really tried to make everything work for me like adding zakat, paying people food, fasting.. What do you suggest me to do ? What would you do at my place? I feel like I need a miracle
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  13. Ramadhan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Fasting is prescribed in this month. It is a month in which the holy Qur’an was revealed [2:185]. … شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ According to some traditions ‘the Scriptures’ of Ibrahim, the Torah of Moses and the Psalms of David (peace be upon his pure progeny and all the previous prophets) were all revealed in the month of Ramadhan. It is the month of consolation, the one wherein Allah increases the sustenance of the believers... Allah will decrease the hardship of the reckoning of whoever decreases the hardship of his slave during it. It is a month the beginning of which is mercy, the middle of which is forgiveness, and the end of which is acceptance and emancipation from the fire. Ramadan is the most precious month in the Islamic calendar (Hijri) and it is obligatory for the Muslims to fast in the month of Ramadan. Here are some interesting and quick points that shows the importance of Ramadan in Islam. Allah has made fasting this month the fourth Pillar of Islam Allah revealed the Quran in this month Allah has made Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Decree/Power) in this month, which is better than a thousand months Allah has made fasting Ramadan and spending its nights in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward a means of forgiveness of sins In this month, Allah opens the gates of Paradise and closes the gates of Hell, and chains up the devils Every night Allah has people whom He redeems from the Fire Fasting Ramadan is a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadan, so long as one avoids major sins Fasting in Ramadan is equivalent to fasting ten months Whoever prays Qiyaam in Ramadan with the Imaam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer Umra’h in Ramadhaan is equivalent to Hajj It is Sunnah to observe I’tikaaf (retreat for the purpose of worship) in Ramadan It is Mustahabb in the sense of being strongly recommended in Ramadan to study the Quran together and to read it to a great deal It is Mustahabb in Ramadan to offer Iftaar to those who are fasting. for more info visit: http://orbitislam.com/importance-of-ramadan/ https://www.al-islam.org/fast-month-ramadhan-philosophy-and-ahkam-yasin-t-al-jibouri/significance-month-ramadhan-and-its-fast https://www.al-islam.org/fasting-and-ramadhan-sheikh-mansour-leghaei/ramadhan-awareness
  14. Assalamu'alaikum! Dear members, as you can see this is my first post on this forum. I have come here because, being a Sunni Muslim, I was a bit troubled by the variation in the Sehr/Iftar timings of Hanafi and Jafari schools of thoughts (these are the two main madhabs followed in my country). There was a consistent variation of 10 minutes between them. The Shias always closed their Sehri 10 minutes prior to the Sunnis and began their Iftar 10 minutes after them. Why is that? What is the jurisprudence behind this? Jazak'Allah
  15. A Muslim Greatest fear is his/her sins because h/she knows well with many sins it is not possible to achieve perfection and in such a condition, fire of the Hell is waiting for him/her. Hence, A Muslim is happy when the auspicious month of Ramadan comes, because according to a priceless saying of Prophet Mohammad: “He who fasts during the fasting month for the sake of Allah, all his sins will be forgiven.” (Tafsir-i-Maraqy, vol. 2, p. 69) And it is the best news for a Muslim with such a concern, because h/she knows after this Holy month, he will be pure and sinless and it guarantees his/her eternal happiness.
  16. Imagine you, God forbidden, became sick and referred to a doctor and h/she prescribed various drugs for you. What is your reaction? Will you protest the doctor for prescribing bitter taste drugs for you? What will be your reaction if someone do this? Surely you must say him/her your respond is not rational because a doctor studied and has been taught for several years and those bitter drugs described for you, are the result of his/her studies. And this behavior also is accepted by all wise people. This point can help us to be convinced regarding to Divine Commandments. If someone asks us why you do some difficult worship, our answer is this: trusting in a doctor is an accepted action while the doctor is not without mistakes while Allah the almighty is the Omniscient. So we trust Him when he says: “…and to fast is better for you, should you know.” (Holy Quran, 2:184)
  17. Salam, I am a follower of Ayatollah Saanei living in the UK. I'm having trouble finding out when it is he has declared Ramadan to begin (in the UK) this year. If anyone can let me know or point me in the correct direction I will be very grateful. Also, I find it rather difficult to stay up to date with his fatwas as his website is barely ever updated. If anyone can let me know how I can stay up to date with his rulings, it will be very helpful Thank you
  18. No one can deny the difficulty of fasting. One has to refrain eating, drinking and et cetera during a day and it becomes more difficult when Ramadan gets coincident with the summer. But what we must pay attention to is that no significant action will be found in which you do not need to bear difficulty. There is a famous term that says “no pain no gain.” As an example we can look at soccer players. In a soccer match, players have to run for 90 minutes to gain their goal and sometimes they have to play under rain or snow or under the sun. In addition, soccer players have to exercise every day to get ready for the match. This is not the only example and if you look around you can find many examples. So if for worldly cases we need to bear hardness, what will be if we confront with a matter which is related to eternal life? Fasting will be easy and tolerable if we pay attention to hereafter and our eternal fate.
  19. If we look at worship actions by itself, perhaps we say they are boring and they make us tired, especially some worship that are difficult. For example when we are told that we must fast for one month in Ramadan, maybe it does not give us a good sense. But it is only the one side of a coin and such a problem will be solved by looking other side. When a Muslim is ordered to do a special worship, it means h/she is addressed by Allah the almighty. In other term, h/she deserved to be an addressee of God and it is a very high position in which no difficulty will be sensed. Now if we only want to talk about fasting we refer to verse 183 of second chapter in Holy Quran in which Allah SWT ordered to fast in Ramadan and this verse is started with “O' you who have Faith!” (یا ایها الذین آمنوا) And Imam Sadigh (the sixth Imam of Shia Muslims) says: "The pleasure found in (the phrase: ' O' you who have Faith! ' is so that) it has removed the tiredness of this worship and effort." (Majma'-al-Bayan, vol. 2, p. 27)
  20. Sacred religion of Islam as the last and the most complete religion has come to fulfill all human needs including material and spiritual. Therefore, Islamic teachings and orders pay attention to all human dimensions. In Holy month of Ramadan in which it is obligatory to fast, physical healing and benefits are considered as well. In a Hadith from Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) read: “Fast, you’ll be healthy” (Nahj-al feṣāḥa, p.547, n.1854) By review in some medical comments we see even non-Muslim scientists and doctors believe in physical benefits of fasting. For example the three fathers of Western Medicine; (Hippocrates, Galen & Paracelsus) prescribed fasting as the greatest remedy and the physician within. Life Magazine in its September 1996 issue considered fasting: the healing revolution. Also Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his book called “Fasting and Eating for Health” notes: “Fasting has been repeatedly observed to alleviate neuroses, anxiety and depression.” (p.19) There are many cases like them and no enough time to mention all, although the words of infallible Islam leaders are sufficient for us and we're proud of them.
  21. One of the important characteristics of Ramadan is related to Divine Books. All Divine Books revelations occurred during the fasting month of Ramadan and it is also another evidence for greatness and virtue of this month. According to many Hadiths, the Torah was revealed to Moses on the 6th of Ramadan, Gospel was revealed to Jesus on the 12th of Ramadan, Psalms of David revealed to him on the 18th of Ramadan and the Holy Qur’an in the Night of Qadr (most probably 23rd of Ramadan). (Al-Kafi; Vol.2, p.628, Vol.4, pp 157, 159, 193) One noticeable point in this regard is that in other months apart from Ramadan, none of Divine Books has not been revealed and it implies that other months had not sufficient spirituality for this grate events. Such issues encourage us to cherish this holy month more and use this great opportunity.
  22. It is an interesting issue and question whether all people fasting are at the same level or not. Great scholars mentioned three ranks for fasting and with this ranking we find out all fasting are not at the same level. The first rank for fasting is just avoiding from eating and drinking. Most of the people are like this. I mean most of the people do during fasting what they want except eating and drinking. The second rank for fasting implies the additional restraining of our ears, eyes, hands, feet and other organs. Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: “When you fast your hearing, your sight, your hair, your skin and other organs should also fast.” The next and third state of fasting is whole-hearted fasting. In this level, all thoughts and imaginations that make us far from God, must be abandoned and this form of fasting is broken when we start to think about worldly affairs. Of course, this rank belongs only to Prophets, Imams and true pious and sincere people. It is a great opportunity in auspicious month of Ramadan that put us among those who accept their fasting and bestow generous reward.
  23. On 14 Ramadan, 67 AH Mukhtar al-Thaqafi (RA) decided to leave his palace. He said to his companions: ''The siege will weaken us more and more! Let's go out and die martyrs!'' Only seventeen persons obeyed Mukhtar. They went out to fight the big army that surrounded his palace. Mukhtar was sixty-seven years old. He fought bravely and died a martyr for Islam. Mukhtar was an early Shia Islamic revolutionary based in Kufa, Iraq who led an abortive rebellion against the Umayyad Caliphs in vengeance for the death of Husayn ibn ‘Ali at the Battle of Karbala and the expulsion of Ibn Al-Zubayr’s governor in Kufa. Mus'ab cheated the persons who stayed in the palace. He promised not to harm them if they came out. When they opened the gates of the palace, he ordered his soldiers to kill them all. He executed seven thousand people on one day. The Kufians had never seen such a horrible massacre before. Mus'ab ordered his soldiers to arrest Mukhtar ’s wife. Her name was Umra. Her father’s name was al-Numan bin Bashher al-Ansary. She was a believing woman. Mus'ab asked her to disown her husband. She said: ‘’I won’t disown him. He fasted in the day. He said his prayers at night. He sacrificed himself for Allah and His Apostle. He took revenge on Imam Husayn’s killers.’’ Mus'ab said with threat: ‘’I’ll kill you!’’ The believing woman said: ‘’To die a martyr for Allah is better than this world. I’ll die and enter paradise! I prefer Imam Ali to everything!’’ Mus'ab decided to kill her. In the dark, a person took her to a place between Hira and Kufa. In that desert, the person beheaded her. She died a martyr for Imam Husayn’s aims. Mukhtar and his wife passed away. They wrote a bright page in the history of Jihad. The page has illuminated the way for generations.
  24. It would be very sweet for a Muslim when he/she be able to know about the reality of worship acts. I mean by the reality of worship, the philosophies, effects and consequences which is hidden behind a worship acts. Of course for a True Muslim, it is enough that knows this order is legislated from Allah the Almighty and its origin is Holy Quran and Sinless leaders Hadiths, but yet enjoying from learning God's instructions philosophy is not deniable. In Ramadan days in which all Muslim fast, it is good of we refer to Islamic teachings for learning more about this great worship. I think such things encourage us for continuing strongly. For this reason, I would like to mention a priceless Hadith which is narrated from God’s Prophet: “Fasting is a shield: that is, it is a covering against the calamities of this world and a protective barrier against the punishment of the Hereafter.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.131)
  25. By studying in Islamic teachings, we can claim Ramadan is a great and unique opportunity for a very long step towards perfection and what we are not able to gain at other times. You have right to ask: what is your reason? And I reply: when we put two Hadiths of Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) next to each other, we can prove and conclude such a thing. From one hand we read in a Hadith of Prophet (SAWW): “If Satans were not hovering around the hearts of the descendants of Adam, men could look at the kingdom of the heavens.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.125) It is clear that Satan is mentioned as a barrier in this tradition. From other hand, there is another Hadith in which holy Prophet (SAWW) said: “When the month of Ramadan starts …the devils are chained.” (Al Kafi, v.4, p.67) By looking carefully in these two traditions, one finds out that in Holy month of Ramadan the main barrier to reach perfection removed and a real servant can gain the true happiness and God's nearness easily.
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