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Zakaah al-Fitr

Meaning Zakaah al-Fitr is often referred to as Sadaqah al-Fitr. The word Fitr means the same as Iftaar, breaking a fast and it comes from the same root word as Futoor which means breakfast. Thus, Islaamically, Zakaah al-Fitr is the name given to charity which is distributed at the end of the fast of Ramadaan. […]

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Salaah at-Taraaweeh (The Night Prayer) & I’tikaaf

Taraaweeh literally means “rest pauses.” This name was given in later generations to the night prayer during Ramadaan because of the pause observed after every four rak’ahs (units of prayer). The name was not used by the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) neither did he pray twenty rak’ahs. In fact, he called it Salaatul-Layl and […]

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Salaah at-Taraaweeh (The Night Prayer) & I’tikaaf

Taraaweeh literally means “rest pauses.” This name was given in later generations to the night prayer during Ramadaan because of the pause observed after every four rak’ahs (units of prayer). The name was not used by the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) neither did he pray twenty rak’ahs. In fact, he called it Salaatul-Layl and […]

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The Main Theme of the Qur’aan

Not only is the Qur’aan unique among books today in its origin and purity, but it is also unique in the way it presents its subject matter. It is not a book in the usual sense of the word wherein there is an introduction, explanation of the subject, followed by a conclusion. Neither is it […]

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Prophetic Reflections on Ramadaan

A collection of Ahadeeth compiled and translated by Dr. Bilal. A detailed explanation of the Ahadeeth will be put up soon Insha Allaah. 1. Aboo Umaamah said: I came to Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and asked, “Instruct me to do something which will put me in paradise,” and he replied,“You should fast for […]

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Why do Muslims Fast?

Most of us who are fighting the battle of the bulge have experimented with some form of fasting, like an all fruit fast, a water fast or an sugar-free fast, you name it. But what many may find rather strange and intriguing is a whole nation of people; be it man or woman, old or […]

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Qur’aan: Definition of the Term

The word “Qur’aan,” a verbal noun, is equivalent in meaning to “qiraa’ah,” as both come from the verb “qara’a” which means “to read.” That is, Qur’aan literally means “a reading or reciting.”[1] However, the term “Qur’aan” has been historically used specifically to refer to the book which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wa […]

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Ramadaan and Fasting

The word Ramadaan comes from the noun Ramad, which refers to “the heat of the stones arising from the intense heat of the sun.” The ninth month was named Ramadaan because when the Arabs changed the names of the months from the ancient language, they named them according to the seasons in which they happen […]

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