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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. With Ramadan Umrah Packages 2017 UK, the act of Umrah is done to purify the soul from the past sins hence, Umrah can be done more than once in your life. As the prophet says, An Umrah to another Umrah will be done for the expiations of the sins. Performing the Umrah also saves one from being poor as this is done totally for the sake of Allah and pilgrims spend their hard-earned money. Just like Hajj, the performance of Umrah can be counted among the finest deeds one can do. It is believed that Allah adores those who excel in following His teachings and move in life on His paths to please Him alone. In the sacred month of Ramadan, the blessings of conducting Umrah is equal to those who are performing Hajj. On numerous occasions, the holy Prophet told his devout followers that when they perform Umrah in the holy months of Ramadan, it is counted as conducting Hajj. For more information visit this blog: https://umrahpackages2017.wordpress.com/
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. Salam alaykom. I sincerely hope you can help me as I can't find a clear answer even from my marji'. I have intended to travel to my parents for 10 days during Ramadan so that my fast can be accepted and not void. However, I would need to go back on day 10. When during the day can I go back so that my 10th day fasting remains valid and not void? Some say before thuhur some say after thuhur? As the rule is different for the 10 day traveller as opposed to 1 day. jazakallakom khair.
  17. Fasting is a special kind of worship that must lead in piety and God-wariness as Holy Quran said in verse 183 of second chapter. So if one cannot reach to this level, in fact he could not accomplish the main goal and in such a condition, his fasting has no favorable usefulness and efficacy. There is a tradition in which we can find out this issue well: Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: “Abandon quarrelling and troubling your servant. Let the dignity of those who fast be on you. Once the Prophet heard a woman who was fasting reviling her maid. The Prophet brought her some food and asked her to eat it. She said that she was fasting. The Prophet said: “How could you be fasting when you have reviled your maid? Fasting is not just abstaining from food and drink.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.131)
  18. There is a very terrible misunderstanding among some Muslims that accordingly they think if they just do some special worship acts like prayer and fasting, that is enough and after that they can do every wrong deeds! Probably you saw such people who, for example, they watch vulgar and nasty videos, they commit usury, they bother their neighbors, they do not respecting the rights of family members and et cetera, and yet they think they are real Muslims and they expect their actions be accepted entirely by Allah (SWT)! Actually it is not what Islam expect us because Islamic teachings are related cases that if we perform them together, In that case our deeds will be accepted entirely and we gain very good results, otherwise it is only a dream! In this regard there is a noticeable narration from Imam Ali (A.S) which wonder us seriously: “There are many who fast and gain nothing from their fasting other than suffering from thirst and hunger. Many stay up at night in prayer and gain nothing but sleeplessness and fatigue….” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.123)
  19. In normal circumstances, all can claim to be the best. For, in such conditions there is nothing as a true criterion for investigating. Like all life states, the same thing is going on in the relationship between Lord and His servants. As you see, there are many people who claim they submit to Allah (SWT) and call themselves Muslims, but Are they really sincere in their claims? Although Allah (SWT) is omniscient and knows everything but it must become clear for servants as well. For, God legislated a religious order to ascertain people sincerity and fasting in holy month of Ramadan is a very important criterion in this regard. In Imam Ali’s wise sayings we read: “Fasting is a trial of people’s sincerity.” (Nahjul Balaghah, Wise saying no.252)
  20. There are many benefits of Ramadan fasting, I have just prepared a list of some of them: 01. Taqwa: i. Fear of Allah ii. Practicing the Revelation of Allah iii. Prepare yourself for life after death iv. Self-Discipline v. Self-Control vi. Self-Evaluation 02. Protection: i. Avoiding Immorality ii. Avoiding Anger iii. Avoiding all makrooh/mashbooh/haram iv. Avoiding stupidity 04. Doors of heaven are open 05. Doors of hell are closed 06. Devils are chained down 07. Fasting with Iman (faith) and expectation: Such type of intention leads to forgiveness by Allah (SWT) to the individual's sins. 08. Door of Rayyan: There is in Paradise a door called Al-Rayyan. It is for the fasting Muslims. Only those who fasted the month of Ramadhan are the ones to enjoy the bliss of Paradise inside that area. 09. Rejoices: There are two types of rejoices for the Muslims who fast. These are: i. When breaking fast ii. When meeting Allah (SWT) on the day of Judgment 10. Mouth Smell: The smell of the mouth of the fasting Muslim will be better than the smell of musk during the day of Judgement. (Bad Breath) 11. Glad-Tidings: These glad-tidings are given to the well-wishers while the ill-wishers are to be stopped during fasting. 12. Ramadhan -to- Ramadhan: Whoever fasts two consecutive months of Ramadhan with good intention will receive forgiveness for the mistakes committed throughout the year. 13. Multiplication of Rewards: Doing good = 10x, 70x, 700x or more during the month of Ramadhan. 14. Feeding Others: Whoever invites others to break the fast, and whoever takes care of the hungry, needy, during the last ten days of Ramadhan will receive equal rewards to the fasting person(s). 15. Blessing of Iftar: Dua is accepted by Allah (SWT) at Iftar time. 16. Blessings of Sahoor (The late night meal): This meal time gives the opportunity for: i. Night Prayers ii. Zikr, Remembrance, Contemplation iii. Recitation of Holy Quran iv. Fajr Salat in Jamaat v. Dua of Fajr
  21. We often heard that Ramadan is full of forgiveness and people sins will be forgiven in this month. Although this is an undeniable reality but we are rarely talked regarding to conditions of Allah forgiveness. Like every important Achievement in our life which do not achieved without condition, Allah forgiveness also need some important conditions. Imam Baqir(A.S) said: God’s Prophet told Jabir ibn Abdullah: O Jabir! This is the month of Ramadan. Whoever fasts during its days, stands in prayer in its nights, keeps his stomach and his private parts away from what is unlawful, and restrains his tongue shall leave all his sins behind as he leaves this month.” Jabir said: “O Prophet of God! How beautiful are these words.” The Prophet said: “O Jabir! And how difficult are these conditions.” (Bihar al-anwar v.96, p.371)
  22. Ramadan as the best and most blessed month has different important aspects that we must try our best to know them and say them to others. One thing which always questioned is that why should we starve and avoid eating and drinking in Ramadan and what is the philosophy of that? Although the main reason of all worship acts in Islam is submission to Allah (SWT), because we believe in Lord Wisdom, but sometimes some points are mentioned about some philosophies of worship. For example about the obligatory of fasting It is quoted upon the authority of Imam Sadiq (A.S): God made fasting obligatory so that the rich and the poor are made equal. If there were no fasting, the rich would never experience the feeling of hunger that would make them have mercy on the poor, for whenever the rich desire something they are able to acquire it. Thus God desired to place His servants on the same level, and that the rich experience hunger and pain so that they have compassion for the weak and have mercy on the hungry.” (Al-Mahajjah al-Bayda, v.2, p.124)
  23. When a Muslim fasts, he/she actually obeys Allah command and for this reason, he/she becomes beloved before Lord. And when one gets like this, nothing else can eliminate his popularity. In other term, to obey Allah (SWT) is like an elixir that transforms evil into good. There is an interesting tradition in this regard in which Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: Almighty God revealed to Moses: What has prevented you from supplicating to Me? He said: The bad smell of my mouth since I am fasting. God the Almighty revealed: “O Moses! The odour of the mouth of one who is fasting is more agreeable to Me than the fragrance of musk.” (Mir’atul Uqool, v.16, p.203)
  24. What is the goal of fasting? Have you ever thought why it is obligatory to fast in every Ramadan? Is there any point in Holy Quran in this regard? When we recite verse 183 from second chapter we find out what the goal of fasting is. “O you who have faith! Prescribed for you is fasting as it was prescribed for those who were before you, so that you may be Godwary.” As you see, being “Godwary” is the main point in fasting as a goal. The state of being Godwary is very effective in man from the point of training. When a person is Godwary, he not only avoids committing disgrace actions, but also performs his duties. So in each Ramadan, Muslims try to strengthen this trait in themselves to perform duties and avoid sins. It is clear that the road of perfection and happiness will not reach to destination without these factors.
  25. Muslims are required to fast a month (Ramadan) in every year. We should stop eating, drinking and some other actions during the day and we are allowed to eat, drink, etc. again at evening. If one ask that why we should do so, what might be our answer? I want to put this question forward, so that every body can share his/her idea and we finally be able to have different reasons for fasting. In this way, we'll be able to fast in a more meaningful way and to improve our understanding about fasting.
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