Manners of Ramadan and Fasting in It

A Moment with Our Prophet, Muhammad (S)

By Imam Zijad Delic

Day 210: Manners of Ramadan and Fasting in It

Narrated by Abu Huraira (r) that the Prophet (S) said, “One might fast and he/she gets nothing from his/her fast but hunger. One might pray at night but he/she gets nothing from his/her prayer but fatigue.” (Ibn Majah)

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رُبَّ صَائِمٍ لَيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ إِلَّا الْجُوعُ وَرُبَّ قَائِمٍ لَيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ قِيَامِهِ إِلَّا السَّهَرُ

Source: Ibn Majah

Transliteration: Rubba Saimin, Laisa Lahu Min Siyamihi Illal Ju’u; Wa Rubba Qaimin Laisa Lahu Min Qiyamihi Illas Saharu.”

The month of Ramadan is a month of reflection, contemplation, patience and sacrifice.

Once we bear these things in mind, it means that we should have a period of retreat to review our work through the year, how far every individual was able to observe his/her religious duties.
Was he/she advancing spiritually, ethically, righteously and practically?

Or was he/she retreating and falling in these areas?

In the light of these reflections, we will start this coming month of Ramadan with the resolution that we are going to renew our strong bond of relationship with our Creator (Rabb), through the obedience to His words in the Qur’an, and to the tradition of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (S).

We aim to be a good example in the Canadian society practicing the model of the Prophet (S) — the model that promotes compassion, honesty, integrity, dignity and kindness.

That is how we should, when the month of Ramadan visits us, reflect upon our attitude and our reception of the great month.

The month of Ramadan comes with many blessings to Muslims.

The reports from the Qur’an and Sunnah encourage us to increase in good actions and following in footsteps of the role-model, the Messenger Muhammad (S).

If we would examine the Sunnah of the Messenger (S) we could find a set of recommendations (manners) for observing the Sawm (fasting).

Here are a few of them:

  1. Receiving the news of the arrival of the month of Ramadan with the good intention of fasting with sincere faith and seeking the pleasure of Allah (S).

One should consider it as opening the new chapter and make a firm determination to use the opportunity for the radical change in one’s life equipping himself / herself with all sorts of good deeds.
Doomer is one who comes out of Ramadan without gaining the Mercy of Allah and His forgiveness.

The Messenger of Allah said: “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gate of the Heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the Shaytans are chained.” (Bukhari)

عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي ابْنُ أَبِي أَنَسٍ، مَوْلَى التَّيْمِيِّينَ أَنَّ أَبَاهُ، حَدَّثَهُ أَنَّهُ، سَمِعَ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ إِذَا دَخَلَ شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ السَّمَاءِ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ جَهَنَّمَ، وَسُلْسِلَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ

What is the meaning of the Hadith?

The Hadith may be referring specifically to the Muslim Ummah, that is, the absence of sedition and evil thoughts from the minds of Muslims in the month of Ramadan.

Fasting is a means of self-discipline and recognizing that the Shaytan whispers to us and incites us constantly to commit sins.
But fasting is like a lock against Shaytan, closing up his access points to the inside.

That is why when we look into the Muslim community during Ramadan, evil appears to be very much reduced.

Muslims work to improve themselves during the month of Ramadan.

Their spiritual awareness is so intense that the Shaytan finds it harder to get the better of them.

  1. The pre-down meal – Suhur is one of the blessings during the month of Ramadan.

It is eating and drinking which can be any time from the middle of the night until just before dawn.

It is much better to have it close to dawn without running the risk of eating or drinking after dawn.

All ‘Ulama agree that it is preferred to eat a pre-down meal and that there is no sin upon one who does not do so.

‘Abdullah bin Al Harith (r) narrated that a man from among the Companions of th Prophet (S) said: “I entered upon the Prophet (S) when he was having Sahur. He said: ‘It is a blessing that Allah has given to you, so do not neglect it.” (Nasai)

عَنْ عَبْدِ الْحَمِيدِ، صَاحِبِ الزِّيَادِيِّ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ الْحَارِثِ، يُحَدِّثُ عَنْ رَجُلٍ، مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ دَخَلْتُ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَهُوَ يَتَسَحَّرُ فَقَالَ ‏ “‏ إِنَّهَا بَرَكَةٌ أَعْطَاكُمُ اللَّهُ إِيَّاهَا فَلاَ تَدَعُوهُ

It was reported by Anas ibn Malik (r) that the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (S) has recommended Suhur: “Have Suhur for Suhur is the source of Barakah (blessing).” (Bukhari)

تَسَحَّرُوا فَإِنَّ فِي السُّحُورِ بَرَكَةً

The reason why it is a Barakah is that it strengthens the Saim, makes him / her more energetic, and makes the Sawm easier for him / her. It can be as little as a sip of water.

The Messenger of Allah (S) said: “The Suhur is blessed, so do not neglect it even if you only take a sip of water. Verily Allah and the Malaikah pray for those who have Suhur.” (Ahmad)

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ السُّحُورُ أَكْلَةٌ بَرَكَةٌ فَلَا تَدَعُوهُ وَلَوْ أَنْ يَجْرَعَ أَحَدُكُمْ جَرْعَةً مِنْ مَاءٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى الْمُتَسَحِّرِينَ

The Messenger of Allah (S) also said: “The distinction between our fasting and the fasting of the people of the book (Jews and Christians) is in taking the Suhur.” (Nasai)

عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ إِنَّ فَصْلَ مَا بَيْنَ صِيَامِنَا وَصِيَامِ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ أَكْلَةُ السُّحُورِ

  1. Hastening in breaking the Sawm – Iftar in the month of Ramadan.

It is breaking fast with a light meal, preferably dates (if dates are not available then with any kind of fruits) or water, following with Iqamah for the Magrib prayer, and then taking the regular meal.

It was narrated by Abu Dharr (r) that the Prophet (S) said: “The people will always remain in a good state of mind and body (during Sawm) as long as they hurry in the breaking of the Sawm (Iftar) and delay the Suhur.” (Ahmed)

لَا تَزَالُ أُمَّتِي بِخَيْرٍ مَا عَجَّلُوا الْإِفْطَارَ وَأَخَّرُوا السُّحُورَ

It is clear that the purpose of these instructions is to discourage all forms of rigidity and fanaticism, and to teach moderation.

  1. Doing good towards others as much as possible for the rewards promised for them are tremendous indeed.

The Iftar may be taken with the family at home, or friends and relatives may be invited to the Iftar and we will have the reward for it, as narrated by Zayd ibn Khalid (r) that the Messenger of Allah (S) said: “One who feeds a fasting person will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting person’s reward.” (Tirmizi)

مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ لَا يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْئًا

Anas ibn Malik (r) narrated that the Prophet (S) came to the home of Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah (r), who presented him (S) with bread and olive oil. The Prophet (S) ate them and he said: “The fasting have broken their fast with you, the righteous have eaten your food, and the angels send blessings upon you.” (Abu Dawud)

أَفْطَرَ عِنْدَكُمْ الصَّائِمُونَ وَأَكَلَ طَعَامَكُمْ الْأَبْرَارُ وَصَلَّتْ عَلَيْكُمْ الْمَلَائِكَةُ

The Messenger of Allah (S) said: “Whoever offers food for someone to break his fast, his act will earn him Allah’s forgiveness for his sins, and will help to redeem himself from hell fire. He will also reap rewards as the one who has fasted, without reducing from fasting person’s reward. The Companion said: “All of us are not in a position to provide food for another to break his fast.” He replied: “Allah will bestow the same reward on anyone who offers a date or a cup of milk to his brother to break his fast.” (Ibn Khuzaymah)

  1. Making Du’a while breaking Sawm in Ramadan.

While breaking the Sawm, turn towards Allah, offering special supplications for yourselves and for all Muslims generally, for that is the special hour when the supplications are heard by Allah.

It is confirmed that the Messenger of Allah (S) used to recite frequently the following Du’a upon breaking his Sawm: “Gone is the thirst, quenched are the veins, and assured is the reward if Allah wills.” (Abu Dawud)

عن ابن عمر قَالَ قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا أَفْطَرَ قَالَ ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتْ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الْأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

Another Du’a is often recited: “Allahumma laka sumtu wa ‘ala rizqika aftartu – O Allah! For You I have fasted and with Your provisions do I break my fast.” (Abu Dawud)

اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ

Ibn Majah reported from Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-Aas (r) that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “A fasting person, upon breaking his fast, has a supplication that will not be rejected.” (Ibn Majah)

إِنَّ لِلصَّائِمِ عِنْدَ فِطْرِهِ لَدَعْوَةً مَا تُرَدُّ

When Abdullah (r) broke his fast, he would say: “O Allah, I ask of You, by Your mercy that encompasses everything, to forgive me.

قَالَ ابْنُ أَبِي مُلَيْكَةَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عَمْرٍو يَقُولُ إِذَا أَفْطَرَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي

  1. Abstention from obscene and indecent acts as well as mastering the fine virtues of patience, clemency, serenity.

Fasting is one of the best acts of worship.

It is mandated by Almighty Allah to purify the soul along with the practice of good deeds.

Thus the faster ought to be aware of acts or behaviors that may spoil his/her fast so that he/she will attain the highest benefit physically and spiritually.

Fasting is not only restraining oneself from fast-breakers – food, drink and sex – that restrain only the mouth (stomach) and the private parts.

And Jabir (r) said: “When you fast, then let your hearing, seeing, and tongue fast as well from falsehood and sins, and avoid harming your servants. Rather, you must have dignity and tranquility on the day of your fasting. Do not make days you do not fast and days you fast as if they were the same.” (Muṣannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah)

إذَا صُمْتَ فَلْيَصُمْ سَمْعُكَ وَبَصَرُكَ وَلِسَانُكَ عَنِ الْكَذِبِ وَالْمَآثِمِ وَدَعْ أَذَى الْخَادِمِ وَلْيَكُنْ عَلَيْكَ وَقَارٌ وَسَكِينَةٌ يَوْمَ صِيَامِكَ وَلَا تَجْعَلْ يَوْمَ فِطْرِكَ وَيَوْمَ صِيَامِكَ سَوَاءً

Thus, every limb must be restrained!

The tongue must desist from backbiting, mocking, lying, slandering, yelling, screaming, shouting.

The eyes must restrain themselves from any unlawful look.

The hand must not touch or take what does not belong to it.

The ears must not listen to idle talk.

The nose must fast also by not sniffing and smelling unlawful things.

The feet must fast by not going to the places where sinful acts are propagated.

It was reported by Abu Huraira (r) that the Prophet (S) said: “He who does not refrain from speaking falsehood and acting by it, Allah does not require of him to give up eating and drinking.” (Bukhari)

مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ

It was narrated by Abu Huraira (r) that the Prophet (S) said, “One might fast and he/she gets nothing from his/her fast but hunger. One might pray at night but he/she gets nothing from his/her prayer but fatigue.” (Ibn Majah)

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رُبَّ صَائِمٍ لَيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ إِلَّا الْجُوعُ وَرُبَّ قَائِمٍ لَيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ قِيَامِهِ إِلَّا السَّهَرُ

If someone does wrong to you, meet it with what is superior, more excellent, and remind yourself of the proper Islamic moral and observe the fine quality of a Saim.

Abu Hurayrah (r) reported that the Prophet (S) said: “When one of you awakes in the morning for fasting, then he should not use obscene language or behave ignorantly. If anyone slanders him or tries to argue with him, he should say: Indeed, I am fasting. Indeed, I am fasting.” (Muslim)

إِذَا أَصْبَحَ أَحَدُكُمْ يَوْمًا صَائِمًا فَلَا يَرْفُثْ وَلَا يَجْهَلْ فَإِنْ امْرُؤٌ شَاتَمَهُ أَوْ قَاتَلَهُ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ

All these Ahadith are evidence that the most important thing in the sight of Almighty Allah is not merely physically restraining from the obvious food and drink, but the total commitment of the servant’s body and soul to the letter and spirit of fasting.

The curfew of the body and mind during the state of fasting enables the person who has fasted in the true spirit of Ramadan to have the necessary requirements to withstand the turbulence of life for the next eleven months.

  1. Devoting the time to the reading and studying the Qur’an during both days and nights in the month of Ramadan and implementing these teachings.

Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an.

It is recommended to study the Qur’an during all the times, but it is especially stressed during the month of Ramadan.

It was narrated by ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (r) that the Messenger of Allah (S) said: “In every night of Ramadan Jibril used to visit me and teach me the Qur’an.” (Nasai)

وَكَانَ جِبْرِيلُ يَلْقَاهُ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ فَيُدَارِسُهُ الْقُرْآنَ

  1. Not letting the month of Ramadan be a month of laziness and idleness.

It would be unfair to the spirit of fasting to make the month of Ramadan a source of lagging behind in work, and being unproductive.

It would be unfair to the spirit of fasting that a person sleeps through day and stays awaken through night.

Ramadan is the month of Sabr, during which a believer arms himself with a weapon of will power and determination and applies himself diligently to all sorts of constructive works.

The Messenger of Allah said to the Sahabah: “During the month of Ramadan, Allah will cover you with His Grace, and His Mercy will descend upon you, and all your sins will be dropped, and prayers will receive ready answer. Allah will look upon your endeavors to compete with one another for good works during this month, and he will boast with His angels on account of you. So strive to show good to Allah, for one who does not do so, he is doomed.” (At Tabarani)

  1. Being extra careful in securing Halal food for the month of Ramadan as well as avoid all forms of excess and wastage in food and drink.

Halal food is a requirement throughout the year and in the month of Ramadan which is an excellent opportunity to examine the sources of our living, we must be much more careful.

Abstaining from Halal during the day and breaking the fast with Haram to a Muslim does not make sense.

On the other side fasting for whole day and at the end of the day go ever the limits in taking food and wasting it is not the spirit of Fasting (Ramadan).

  1. Diligence in ‘Ibadah during the last ten days in the month of Ramadan. ‘Aisha (raa) said: “When the last ten days of Ramadan would come, the Messenger (S) would maintain ‘Ibadah during the night, tighten his waist- wrap, and wake up his family (to pray).” (Ibn Majah)

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ إِذَا دَخَلَتِ الْعَشْرُ أَحْيَا اللَّيْلَ وَشَدَّ الْمِئْزَرَ وَأَيْقَظَ أَهْلَهُ

In the address of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (S) on the last day of Sha’ban he has said: “Anyone who comes closer to Allah through a good deed during this month is as if he/she performed an obligatory duty (Faridah) during times other than Ramadan, and he/she who fulfills an obligatory duty in it will be like one who fulfills seventy obligatory duties in another month.” (Ibn Khuzaymah)

The month of Ramadan is the month of deep reflection and the period of annual retreat in which the faithful believers review their dealings and how far they were able to advance spiritually, righteously and socially or they were falling back in these realms!

Practicing established manners in the month of Ramadan would add the value to our Ramadan and thus multiple rewards!

Ya Rabb! Help us welcome the month of Mercy with open hands, ready to practice the Sunan of Rasul (S) related to the month of Ramadan so that we all will be the winners after the month of Ramadan has left us this year!

Allahumma Amin!


2021 Ramadan Updates (Pre-book your spot for Taraweeh)

You MUST pre-book your spot for Isha/ Taraweeh and Jomaa before you can enter the masjid daily.

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Founder’s Corner: Spring, Nature, Ramadan, Zakat: Move forward with Covid-19

Dr Emdad Khan.

Alhamdu Lillah temperatures are getting better, we are feeling warmer, and see bright sunny days forward.

In nature we see visible changes, snow melted, with rain dead earth is revived. Soon we will see plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Ramadan is coming, only a few weeks away. Alhamdu Lillah this year Ramadan also in spring and the long fasting days are gone!

Unfortunately, we see new variants of Covid-19, specially, UK, Brazil and South African variants accounts for more than 50% of new covid-19 cases. Few more changes are visible, it is affecting the younger generation, 50% or more cases are for people under 50.

People have become more tolerant to covid-19, during the second wave and 2nd locked down compared to first wave and first locked down.

Good news, we have four different approved Covid-19 vaccines. We expect by April – May 2021, more and more people will be vaccinated.

Life moves on, WHO is predicting Covid-19 is changing from epidemic to endemic, like other diseases, it is going to stay with us for at least  one more year, Spring 2022.

Still, some  brothers and sisters are worried to come to prayer places. Although they are comfortable to go to groceries and shopping malls.

We have been going to masjids regularly after 1st locked down since mid June 2021. Masjids are following Ottawa health guidelines, 2-meter social distance, face masks, hand sanitization.

Good news: We see Isha prayer at snmc, masjid is full and also in community hall a few lines, on average over 150, at Fajr masjids is also full, on average around 100. We see in Jumah three shifts, masjid, community hall and basement, sisters floor all full, about 1,500 in three shifts.

We request all brothers and sisters to think of attending masjids from now and during Ramadan as well. Masjids are safer than other places.

We are in the month of Shaban and what is our own plan for fasting, sadaqa for needy and orphans and learning and teaching the Quran.

Let us have a plan and strategy in each:  Praying at masjid, Fasting, Spring, Quran, Supporting needy and orphans.

Zakat means to grow and purify. So, let us give the 2.5% of our own hard-earned wealth to needy and orphans to purify our own wealth, protect from calamities and get reward from Allah swt.

Let us split our zakat into three parts: a) own relatives, b) local needy and c) orphans and needy. If we donate for needy and orphan’s education, it serves double purpose, purifies our wealth, and also becomes sadqa -e-jaria.

May Allah swt give us barakah in each and every thing we do and also put sincerity in our action. Ameen




Excellence of the Month of Ramadan & Its Siyam

A Moment with Our Prophet, Muhammad (S)

By Imam Zijad Delic

Day 208: Excellence of the Month of Ramadan & Its Siyam

A Moment with Our Prophet, Muhammad (S) — By Imam Zijad Delic

Narrated by Abu Huraira (r) that the Prophet (S) said: “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the (Hell) Fire are closed, and the devils are chained.”

عَنِ هُرَيْرَةَ رضى الله عنه قَالَ, قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم‏ إِذَا دَخَلَ رَمَضَانُ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ جَهَنَّمَ، وَسُلْسِلَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ

Source: Bukhari

Transliteration: “Idha Dakhala Ramadanu Futtihat Abwabul Jannati Wa Gulliqat Abwabu Jahannama Wa Sulsilatish Shayatin.”

We are blessed that we have this opportunity to welcoming a “noble” month, and a “grand” season of this year – the month of Ramadan!

It is the blessed season of fasting, mercy, forgiveness, self-evaluation, self-discipline and great opportunities for all those who aspire to be dear and near to the Creator.

The Creator increases the value of any good deed during these blessed days by giving extra rewards for any good action.

He opens the doors of good for whosoever turns to them.
Yes, the month of Ramadan is the month of goodness and blessings and the month of individual and communal growth.

It is the month in which Qur’an was sent down, as a guide to humanity and clear Sign for guidance and judgment between right and wrong.

News of this month’s greatness and preference is widespread and evidenced in many sources of our Din and particularly in the verses of the Qur’an and statements of the Prophet Muhammad (S).

The word ‘Ramadan’ is derived from the Arabic root ‘ramida or ramad’ denoting intense scorching heat and dryness especially the ground.

Thus, the word Ramadan is so called to indicate the heating sensation in the stomach as a result of thirst.

The other opinion says that it is called so because the hearts and souls are more readily receptive to the admonition and remembrance of Allah during the month of Ramadan, as the sand and stones are receptive to the sun’s heat.

The relationship between the heat and its properties is miraculously similar to that of Ramadan.

While the heat represents the matter that helps shape, form, and mold virtually every matter-from metal to plastics, to plants and living cells – Ramadan undoubtedly helps a true believer remold, reshape, reform, and renew his/her physical and spiritual disposition and behavior.

In short, it means ‘to burn’.

Just as the fire burns the dint of gold and makes it pure and shiny, in the same way the virtuous deeds and the prayers offered during the month of Ramadan cleans the Muslims from his/her sins and brings him/her nearer to Allah, and makes him/her dearer to the Creator.

Ramadan is not mere abstention from eating, drinking and the fulfillment of the lawful desires.

It is a term which makes the true believers stop, think, reflect and act.

It upsets their schedules, cuts deep into their daily habits and affects their neat and well-arranged lifestyles, precisely in order to help them dig deeper into their own selves.

It makes believers to ask themselves a question about their identity-who they are?

It brings to their minds the questions such as: What are we? Are we mere lumps of flesh, or mere desires, and cravings to fulfill them?

Is a human being a mere one-dimensional being totally abandoned to the cares and concerns of his/her body only?

A Saim gets to understand that a human being is a body, mind, and soul, all in one, and all must be well coordinated.

We are not humans mainly because of our bodies, but most importantly because of our souls.

Ramadan is a great chance to take care of both – our souls as well as our bodies!

It is the month where we can challenge ourselves and better ourselves!

It summons us into a new realization that a human being’s happiness, as often we think, is not in pure material gratification but in the development of a new human being, the one who is in a state of peace with himself/herself, with his Creator, with the universe and nature around him/her and with the fellow human beings and other species he/she shares the planet with.

The essential purpose behind fasting in the month of Ramadan is to improve human being’s character, the good in him/her.

Good human being in a society is a guarantee for the good and prosperous society.

Through the many verses of the Qur’an and the traditions of the Messenger (S), we are reminded again and again on the great potentials Ramadan offers for human being’s growth and development.

We should remember that Ramadan’s blessings and possibilities are too valuable to be overlooked.

They immediately relate to our own destiny as humans, they decide our fate, our success and failure in life.

We have to use this opportunity before the death will come.

There is no guarantee that we will have this opportunity next year.

How many have passed on, who deceived themselves into saying: ‘Not this Ramadan, but the next one,” and yet that next one never did arrive for them.

Therefore, we cannot afford to lose this opportunity, or refuse to cling to the hand that is stretched out from heaven to save us from drawing except at our own peril.

Almighty Allah and the Prophet (S), have spoken at length on the blessings of the great month of Ramadan.

All the verses which are sometimes orders, sometimes advises and exhorts are for only one purpose: to help us come forward vigorously with firm determination to utilize its many blessings for gaining true success and prosperity.

All Ayat and Ahadith which we will mention intend to save us from utter frustration, the dire consequences of a life lived without heeding the call of Allah, a life which is not infused with higher spiritual goals, a life totally abandoned to the cares and concerns of the body.

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those nations before you, so that you may become ‘’Muttaqin’ (learn self-discipline, self-restraint, and self-control).

You should fast for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or embarking on a journey, the prescribed number should be made up later, day for day. And for those who would fast with hardship, a ransom of feeding a needy person is acceptable. But he who will give more, of his/her own free will, will bring lots of good to himself/herself. And it is beneficial for you to fast if you only knew.

Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, as a guidance for humanity, with sure signs of guidance, and criterion, setting the truth plain from error.

He/she who is present therein must fast. But whoever is ailing, or traveling, he/she should fast the same number of days later.

Allah loves ease for you; He does not love hardship for you.

He wants you all to complete the fixed days of fasting and to glorify Allah for guiding you to the right way.

All this is in order that you may render thanks to Him (for His blessings).

When My servants ask you about Me (O Muhammad (S)), tell them I am near, ready to answer the prayer of him/her who prays to me. So let them heed My call, and cherish faith in Me, so that they may find proper guidance.” (Al Baqarah 183-186)

The numerous traditions of the Prophet (S) exalt the blessings of Ramadan and fasting in it.

He (S) once said: “It is the month which contains a night, which is more excellent than a thousand month.” “Ramadan is the month of Sabr and the reward for Sabr is Jannah. It is the month of sharing.” (Ibn Khuzaymah, Bayhaqi)

Anas ibn Malik narrated tat the Prophet (S) said when the month of Ramadan began: “Verily, this month has presented itself to you. There is a night within it that is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of it has been deprived of all good. None is deprived of its good but that he is truly deprived.” (Ibn Majah)

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ دَخَلَ رَمَضَانُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ هَذَا الشَّهْرَ قَدْ حَضَرَكُمْ وَفِيهِ لَيْلَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ مَنْ حُرِمَهَا فَقَدْ حُرِمَ الْخَيْرَ كُلَّهُ وَلَا يُحْرَمُ خَيْرَهَا إِلَّا مَحْرُومٌ

He (S) encouraged: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan while cherishing faith and hoping or seeking his reward from Allah, then all his/her past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ

He (S) also said: “Almighty Allah said: ‘All the actions a son of Adam performs is his, except Siyam, for it is Mine, and I am to decide its rewards. Siyam is a shield. So if a person is fasting, he should not engage in foolish behavior or shouting or yelling. If someone rebukes him or fights with him, he should not retaliate but answer him saying: ‘I am fasting.’ I swear by the One in Whose Hands is my soul! The breath of a person who is fasting is sweeter to Allah than the smell of the musk. A person who is fasting has two great joys: When he breaks his fast (Iftar), he is happy, and the other time when he meets his Lord (on the Day of Judgment), he would be pleased because of his fasting.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ الصِّيَامُ جُنَّةٌ، فَلاَ يَرْفُثْ وَلاَ يَجْهَلْ، وَإِنِ امْرُؤٌ قَاتَلَهُ أَوْ شَاتَمَهُ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ‏.‏ مَرَّتَيْنِ، وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَخُلُوفُ فَمِ الصَّائِمِ أَطْيَبُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى مِنْ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ، يَتْرُكُ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ وَشَهْوَتَهُ مِنْ أَجْلِي، الصِّيَامُ لِي، وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ، وَالْحَسَنَةُ بِعَشْرِ أَمْثَالِهَا

Among the points this insightful Hadith revealed is that the fasting is Allah’s.

Certainly, there is only one reason why a believer will put himself/herself through this month-long physical exercise, and it is to seek the pleasure of Allah, the Merciful and Forgiving.

The Siyam is the single most important device to test the Iman (Faith) of the believer and the depth of his/her sincerity and commitment to the faith.

There are 3 ways that Allah rewards His servants in this month.
The first way is that Allah made these actions obligatory on us.
The second way is that Allah gave the believers the Tawfiq (ability) to do these righteous acts that many others have neglected.

Had it not been for Allah’s Tawfiq then they would not have done these acts, so to Allah is all praise and graciousness.

The third way is that the reward is multiplied by ten to 700 times to many more times.

So, the grace and rewards are from Allah and all praise is due to Him, the Lord of all the worlds.

Seeking the rewards of Ramadan is a huge blessing and whoever tries to seek them by doing what is required and staying away from heedlessness and forgetfulness on Allah, will come closer to their Lord and enter the realm of His Rida (pleasure).

Ya Allah! Help us recognize the excellence of Ramadan’s blessings so that all of us could benefit by living some of them during this blessed month of Ramadan and continue living the spirit of Ramadan even when the month of Ramadan is over!

Allahumma Amin!

than a Fard prayer so one can imagine the immense rewards that are available in Ramadan for every voluntary prayer we pray.

The Prophet (S) said: “Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he/she is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he/she is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Ibn Khuzaymah, Bayhaqi)

So, to seize the opportunity of Ramadan and its blessings in full, we should do our voluntary prayers more often before the month of Ramadan and when we enter it, regular or extra prayers during this blessed month, will not be a burden but an enjoyable spiritual act.

  1. Repenting Sincerely and Making Du’as Frequently

Ramadan is the month where we can gain mercy and forgiveness from Allah for our mistakes and shortcomings.

We should know that Allah is most merciful and most forgiving and loves to forgive.

Many of us do not spend as much time as we should by doing Istigfar and Du’a.

Even if we do so, we rush our Du’a and often our hearts and minds are not present as we supplicate to Him.

Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an: ” When My servants ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about Me, (tell them of Muhammad (S)) that I am truly near. I respond to the prayer of every supplicant when they call upon Me. So let them respond ˹with obedience˺ to Me and believe in Me, perhaps they will be guided ˹to the Right Path.’” (Qur’an 2:186)

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْ لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُواْ بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

Thus, we should get into habit of asking from Allah to forgive us and accept our Du’as now so that in Ramadan we continue doing it daily.

One who enters the month of Ramadan and does not get out of Ramadan with the forgiveness of Allah, is indeed in a great loss!

  1. Controlling the Tongue and Improving Character & Manners Consistently

Ramadan is a time of behavioral modification!

It is the time when we must control our whims and desires (nafs) as well as our tongues.

It was narrated by Abu Huraira (r) that the Prophet (S) said: “Verily, fasting is not only from eating and drinking. Rather, fasting is from vanity and obscenity. If someone abuses you or acts foolishly against you, then say: Indeed, I am fasting.” (Ibn Hibban)

إِنَّ الصِّيَامَ لَيْسَ مِنَ الأَكْلِ وَالشُّرْبِ فَقَطْ إِنَّمَا الصِّيَامُ مِنَ اللَّغُوِ وَالرَّفَثِ فَإِنْ سَابَّكَ أَحَدٌ أَوْ جَهِلَ عَلَيْكَ فَقُلْ إِنِّي صَائِمٌ

Abu Huraira (r) also narrated that the Prophet (S) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and evil deeds while fasting, then Allah is not in need of his/her leaving food and drink.” (Bukhari)

مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ

Jabir (r) said: “When you fast, then let your hearing, seeing, and tongue fast as well from falsehood and sins, and avoid harming your servants. Rather, you must have dignity and tranquility on the day of your fasting. Do not make days you do not fast and days you fast as if they were the same.” (Muṣannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah)

إذَا صُمْتَ فَلْيَصُمْ سَمْعُكَ وَبَصَرُكَ وَلِسَانُكَ عَنِ الْكَذِبِ وَالْمَآثِمِ وَدَعْ أَذَى الْخَادِمِ وَلْيَكُنْ عَلَيْكَ وَقَارٌ وَسَكِينَةٌ يَوْمَ صِيَامِكَ وَلَا تَجْعَلْ يَوْمَ فِطْرِكَ وَيَوْمَ صِيَامِكَ سَوَاءً

Abu Darda (r) narrated that the Prophet (S) said: “Nothing is heavier on the scale of the believer on the Day of Resurrection than good character. Verily, Allah hates the vulgar, obscene person.” (Tirmizi)

عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَا شَيْءٌ أَثْقَلُ فِي مِيزَانِ الْمُؤْمِنِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مِنْ خُلُقٍ حَسَنٍ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَيُبْغِضُ الْفَاحِشَ

These are just several of the voluntary actions that we could do before the month of Ramadan to prepare ourselves for this great month of opportunities.

Some others could be added to the list of good deeds which we could do before the month of Ramadan to prepare ourselves for it, such as being generous and charitable, eating moderately, reviving some Sunan in our lives, etc.

Ya Rabb! Guide us to plan for the month of Ramadan before it starts! Enlighten us with knowledge of what the Prophet (S) and the companions (r) did to prepare and strengthen our resolve to make this Ramadan the best Ramadan in our lives, the lives of our families and the community!

Allahumma Amin!



SNMC Community’s Contribution to Sadqa Food Bank Ramadan Basket

Jazakoum Allah khair SNMC community for your generous contribution towards Sadaqa food bank Ramadan basket. Alhumdullilah 114 baskets were sent to Sadaqa food bank which includes SNMC donation of 52 baskets.


SNMC YOUTH: Seeds of Love

The SNMC YOUTH are happy to invite you to an exciting series of talks. *Seeds of Love* throughout Ramadan with the goal of planting seeds of love for Allah and our Prophet SAW. Please join us to gain knowledge and reward. Possibility of winning a prize just for attending.

Saturday, April 17, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Topic: Seed of love for the prophet SAW

Guest Speaker: Br. Sam Kandar

All ages

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Sunday, April 18, 2:00PM-3:30PM

Topic: Finding love through the 99 names of Allah

Guest Speaker: Imam. Zijad

Age 5-10

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Saturday April 24, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Topic: What’s your idol?

Guest Speaker: Sr. Aisha Sherazi

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Sunday April 25, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Topic: When the Prophet (asws) got angry!

Guest Speaker: Br. Ahmed Khalil

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Sunday May 9, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Topic: Seed of love for Allah

Guest Speaker: Br. Abdirahman Hussein

All ages

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SNMC YOUTH: Ramadan Dua Challenge

The SNMC YOUTH are happy to invite you to the Ramadan Dua Challenge. All winners will be awarded with prizes.

Age 5-6 required to memorize and comprehensive 5 duas

Age 6-7 required to memorize and comprehensive 12 duas

Age 8-10 required to memorize and comprehensive 20 duas

Please find the duas using this link:

Date: Sunday May 2

Time: 2:00PM-3:30PM

Age: 5-10

Location: Virtually

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Praying at SNMC during Current Lockdown Period

(Effective from Sat 3rd Apr 2021, until Ramadan month start)

1) Daily Prayers – at reduced (15%) capacity, no booking needed (but QR code is needed), first come first serve.

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SNMC GEMS: The Crescent Countdown Begins

Get excited, it’s Ramadan soon! Come and learn with the SNMC GEMS on how to prepare for, and make the most out of this holy month in a fun and engaging way. Games, crafts, and so much more in this first-ever Ramadan Ready event. Please join us to learn new skills while having FUN! The Crescent Countdown begins…

Date: Sunday, April 4th, 2021 (2 pm- 4 pm)
Age: Girls 11y to 17y old (Pearls and Rubies)

Location: Virtual!
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Fees (for craft supplies): $5. If siblings: $7 for two; $10 for three and $15 for four.

Payment is mandatory to finalize the registration.

The Registration for this event is now open and will close on Sunday, March 28th at 11:59 pm (or before if the event reaches capacity)!
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