In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
All praise is to Allah, Whom we thank and seek for His help and forgiveness.
We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the burden of our evil deeds.
Whomsoever He guides, will never be misled, and whomsoever He misguides, will never find enlightenment.
I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Allah said, what translated means, “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam” [3:102],

also, “Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations) of the wombs (kinship)! Surely, Allah is Ever an All- Watcher over you.” [4:1]
and, “O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the Truth.” [33:70].

The best of speech is the Book of Allah, and the best of guidance is the guidance sent with Muhammad – peace be upon him. The worst of matters are Bid’ahs (innovations in the religion), every Bid’ah is a Dhalalah [misguidance], and every Dhalalah is in the Hellfire.

As Salaam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu,

I’d like to wish you a blessed Ramadan (For over one billion Muslims throughout the world, Ramadan is a special month of the year. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day. Ramadan was the month in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God and self-control. “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness”  (Qur’an, Sura al-Baqarah, 2:183) ), May Allah accept from us and from you (our deeds). Ameen. Please keep all the Muslims in your prayers and fast Ramadan with belief and truly seeking the reward of Allah the Most High so that He may forgive you your past sins.

I just cleaned the house, prepared dinner, nursed the baby to sleep, and my husband has not brought back the other three children from the swimming pool yet. I’m catching up on my pre-Ramadan reading. You know, how every year you review the fatawa’s and various Ramadan reminders on fasting, praying, invalidators, etc. I’m sitting here in the quiet of my home ready to burst out in tears after reading some beautiful words from Allah and His Messenger.*

Here is a summary that I enjoyed immensely:

With the advent of another Ramadhaan, a mixture of feelings overwhelm the hearts of Muslims all over the world. The hearts are full of hope, based on truthful promises and great tidings, given by Allah and His Messenger (S), of great bounties and endless bliss.

*We have been promised that the past sins will be forgiven for those whose fast is based on belief (Eemaan), sincerity and on truly expecting the reward from Allah (Ihtisaab).

*We also have been promised that the past sins will be forgiven for those who offer night prayers (Qiyaam) during the whole month, and who do that with the same two conditions of Eemaan and Ihtisaab.

*We have further been told that there is one night in this month which is better (in rewards) than a thousand months of worship, and that all the past sins will be forgiven for those who spend it offering Qiyaam with both Eemaan and Ihtisaab.

*We have been told that the devils will be chained down, that the gates of Hell will all be shut and that the gates of Paradise will all be open throughout this month.

*We have been told that Allah will free (from punishment) some of his ‘ibaad (worshipers) on every single night of Ramadan.

*We have been told that Allah answers the du’aa of the fasting person at his iftaar (fast-breaking).

*We have been told that Allah multiplies the rewards of fasting beyond limits or imagination.

*We have been told that the fasting person will be joyous and happy when he meets his Lord.

*We all hope to be among those who offer the fast in the right way, in order to cultivate its glorious fruits.

*We hope to be granted forgiveness of our previous sins, to be able to do much more good and to overcome all our weaknesses.

*We hope to be among those who receive the gifts from the Jannah, whose gates are open.

*We hope to humiliate our enemy (Satan), who is chained down, by rejecting any of his deceitful advice.

*We hope to be among those who shall be granted full atonement of their sins by the end of this month, and among those who will be most happy with their fast when they meet their Lord.

*We hope that all of us, Muslims, will be pleasing to Allah in order to deserve His Mercy and victory.

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Subhanallah, that’s deep! Just in case you did not click on the link for whatever reason to continue reading – allow me just one more quote! You got to read this THEN READ IT AGAIN AND SEND IT TO A FRIEND!!!!!!

Together with hope, we have some concerns in our hearts. There are conditions for the fasting to be acceptable and to give its desired results: Eemaan and Ihtisaab. Are we going to perform our fast with the true belief and the full surrender to Allah, or is it going to be just a hard exercise for us in order to lose some weight? Are we going to fast because Allah imposed it on us or just because we have been used to it from our childhood? Is our intention to please Him or to please our friends and family?

And even when we feel that we do satisfy the conditions for an acceptable fast, we are still concerned that our deeds may not be accepted from us for some deficiency on our side that we may have overlooked. This is the way of the Sahaabah (R) and their true followers, some of whom were reported to have said: “I will not feel quite safe even if I see that one of my feet is already in Jannah – not until both of them are in there.

Successful indeed are those who, during this Ramadan, will fast during the day and pray at night. Those who did not will regret it, and regret it strongly …

Ramadan comes only once a year, therefore, we should host it in the best possible way. However, unlike many of us think and behave, its (Ramadan) treatment is not the tables full of dishes and the useless parties and gatherings but rather the reading of Qur’an, the remembrance of Allah, the prayer at night behind the Imam (the Taraweeh prayer), the Suhour, the du`a at the Iftar, the charity … 

 I am so psyched! I’m still exclusively nursing my son, but I pray that I am able to fast this year…Allahuma aameen! I’m going to really try… bi’ithnillaha! Ramadan is just not the same when you are not fasting. Maybe if I were going to the Masjid to pray, but I can’t even do that regularly with a baby. I’ve fasted while nursing and pregnant before, but not with a baby this age  during a hot 16 hour day! Allahu Musta’aan.

I ask that those who read this pray for me when breaking your fast, since the fasting person’s
supplications are not rejected. Specific request are that Allah forgive all my sins, give me and my family the best of this world and the next, make me more patient and less irritable and that I am able to complete my fast, reading of Quran, and be steadfast in the night prayers this Ramadan with reflection, humility and attentiveness. 

O Allah make us and all Muslims of those who fast and stand in prayer during the month of Ramadan based on belief and truly seeking Your reward so that we are forgiven our past and future sins.

O Allah make us of those who fasted the month, attained full reward, witnessed Layatul-Qadr and attained success by permission of the Lord, Blessed and Most High.

O Allah, verily you are Forgiver, like to forgive, so forgive us.

O Lord, accept from us, verily you are the All-Hearing, All-Seeing, O Living, O Independent, O Owner of all majesty and honor.     

And may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon Muhammad, his family and his Companions.

Let not the day that you fast and the day that you do not fast be equal”

“Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (fasting).” Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.83, Narrated by Abu Huraira..”

*Okay, that was written hours ago. The children have since came home, disrupted my blogging, I’ve fed them, cleaned up again, made them a cake, cleaned up again, and have now put them to bed and have finally finished this entry!