Don’t make Ramadan an eating contest (video)

As-salaam-u-alaikum,

 

I found the following video on YouTube while I was surfing for another similar one …. anyhoo, which Muslim animation represents you – the red one or the yellow one?

 

 

Click on the following link to if you cannot view the video above:Productive Muslim in Ramadan

 

Till next time,

Ma’a salaamah 🙂

Ramadan Quiz Competition (1432) Rules & Regulations

As-salaam-u-alaikum to all

This Ramadan, I will be conducting a very simple Ramadan Quiz Competition on my blog and 10 winners (5 men and 5 women) will receive a prize (yaaaayyyy). All you have to do is choose the correct answer and email it to me (of course, terms and conditions do apply – scroll below). Anyways, the Ramadan Quiz Questions will be posted …… on the First day of Ramadan and will stay posted throughout Ramadan – sorry, it’s a RAMADAN quiz… it’s supposed to start in Ramadan and end in Ramadan :p – at least that’s what I think

 

Without further ado, I present to you the Ramadan Quiz Rules

 

GENERAL RULES

1. The contest is open to all legal residents of Kuwait, who hold a valid Civil ID.

2. IPCblogger.net reserves the right to cancel this online contest at any time in the event of unanticipated problems, irregularities or fraud including suspected tampering or other interference with the proper working order of the contest or technical corruptions including a virus or other technical problems. If IPCblogger.net decides to cancel this online contest it will publish a notice at the IPCblogger.net web site. If IPCblogger.net suspects that fraud has occurred, it reserves the right to treat any affected entries as invalid.

3. All decisions regarding this online contest and the selection of the winner are final and remain with IPCblogger.net.

4. The contest is not open to employees/staff and volunteers of IPC.

 

ANSWERING RULES

1. All entries must contain Full Name of Participant, Contact Number, Nationality, Civil ID number and Gender.  Any entry missing any of the aforementioned details will be considered invalid.

2. All entries must contain answers to all the quiz questions. Any entry missing even one answer will be considered invalid.

3. All entries must be emailed to saleha_ipcblogger@hotmail.com. Any answer posted in the comment sections will not be accepted.

 

Please note: all entries will receive a confirmation email within 3 days of attempting the quiz. If however you did not receive any confirmation email, please report to saleha_ipcblogger@hotmail.com

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

1. The winners (Five men and five women) of this quiz contest will be randomly selected and announced on this website within the first week of Shawaal.

2. The winners will be contacted via email address and/or phone number used in their submission. If the eligible winner does not respond to the email or phone call within 7 days, he/she will be deemed to be no longer eligible to win the prize, and another entrant will be randomly selected from qualifying entries and the process of contacting a new selected entrant will be repeated.

3. After having been selected as the winner, the winner must collect their prize within two weeks of announcement. If the winner fails to collect their prize, another entrant will be randomly selected from the qualifying entries and the process of contacting a new selected entrant will be repeated.

4. Winners must present their original Civil ID card to receive the prize which will be cross-checked with the Civil ID number provided with the entry.

 

Any question concerning the quiz competition can be asked via saleha_ipcblogger@hotmail.com or posted in the comment section below.

 

Some Common Mistakes in Ramadan

May Allah bless Um Abdullah for sharing this with us.

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1 – Taking Ramadan as a ritual: For many of us Ramadan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of worship. We fast from morning to night like a zombie just because everyone around us is fasting. We forget that it’s a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil….we forget to supplicate, forget to beseech Allah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire. Sure we stay away from food and drink, but that’s about all.

 

2 – Too much stress on food and drink: For some people, the entire month of Ramadan revolves  around food. They spend the ENTIRE day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about food, instead of concentrating on the prayer, Quran and other acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD. So much so that they turn the month of fasting into the month of feasting. Come Iftaar time, their table is a sight to see, with the multitudes and varieties of food, sweets and drinks. They are missing the very purpose of fasting, and thus, increase in their greed and desires instead of learning to control them. It is also a kind of waste & extravagance. “…..and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not those who waste by extravagance” [Surah al-Aa’raf: 31]

 

3 – Spending all day cooking: Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray Ishaa, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud or even read Quran. This is the month of mercy and forgiveness. So turn off that stove and turn on your Imaan!

 

4 – Eating too much: Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and others eat at Iftaar like there is no tomorrow, trying to make up for the food missed. However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then (fill) one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.” (Tirmidhi) Too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy and also makes the heart heedless.

5 – Sleeping all day: Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) sleeping away their fast. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month? These people also are missing the purpose of fasting and are slaves to their desires of comfort and ease. They cannot bear to be awake and face a little hunger or exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing but, negligence on his part.

 

6 – Wasting time: The month of Ramadan is a precious, precious time. Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching TV, movies or even listening to music. Subhaan Allaah! Trying to obey Allah by DISOBEYING Him!

 

7 – Fasting but not giving up evil: Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in Haram, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allah. “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious” [Surah al-Baqarah: 183]  The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, and ignorance, Allah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.” (Bukhari)

 

8 – Skipping Suhoor: The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing.”(Bukhari, Muslim). And he (pbuh) said: “The thing that differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is eating suhoor.” (Muslim)

 

9 – Missing the golden chance of having your Dua accepted: The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Three supplications are not rejected: the supplication of a father, the supplication of a fasting person, and the supplication of a traveler.” (Al-Bayhaqi). Instead of sitting down and supplicating at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying samosas, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and glasses, etc. Think about it….Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your supplications.

 

10 – Fasting but not praying: The fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr as the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer.” (Muslim)

 

11 : Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th: Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Seek Lailat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

 

I’m Back

 

As-salaam-u-alaikum

It’s been quite some time since I posted something – approximately one WHOLE MONTH (sorry !!!) – it’s just that the spam comments had been irritating me … a lot … but now the problem’s fixed and I’M BACK !!!

 

Ramadan is coming and we all are preparing for it in one way or the other – mothers are busy buying food supplies for Iftar and fathers are busy buying gifts for children, girls are busy shopping for Iftar parties and boys … well they are busy shopping too [ i think boys shop more than the girls nowadays 😉 ]

Anyways, every one seems to be preparing for Ramadan – the “Festive” Month, the month of “Food & Drinks & Parties”. But who amongst us is ACTUALLY preparing for Ramadan – the Holy Month, the Month of Fasting, the Month in which the revelation started, the Blessed Month, the Month which has the greatest night of all (Laylatul-Qadr – the Night of Decree) ???

 

A Scholar was once asked: “How can we prepare for Ramadan? What are the best deeds in this blessed month?”

The summary of the Scholar’s reply can be found below

1 –Sincere repentance : Even though it is obligatory at all times, the approach of the blessed month makes it even more important to hasten to repent from sins, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind. Allah says in Surah an-Nur, verse 31: “And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” It was narrated in Sahih Muslim that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “O people, repent to Allah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.”

2 –Dua (supplication) : It was narrated that the Companions of the Prophet would start praying for Ramadan 6 months before it began, and they would spend the 5 months after Ramadan praying to Allah to accept it (their deeds during Ramadan) from them. The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadan and to help him (the Muslim) to obey Allah during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

3 – Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month : The arrival of Ramadan is one of the great blessings that Allah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is also the month of the Quran. Allah says in Surah Yunus, verse 58: “Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Quran); therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than that (the wealth) which they amass”

4 – Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts : It it narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that Aisha (the wife of the Prophet, may Allah have mercy on her) said: “I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha’baan.”

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadan.

6 – Hastening to complete any tasksthat may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship – and this also includes shopping for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr – yaaayyyy !!! As long as one shops with the right intention (in this case: shopping before Ramadan so that we can use that time in Ramadan for doing acts of worship), one can be rewarded for shopping too.

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

8 – Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the imam of the mosque to read to the people / give lectures from during Ramadan.

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha’baan in preparation for fasting Ramadan : It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that Aisha (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “… And I never saw the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha’baan.” Some scholars say that the reason for this is to prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action. Please note: It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Do not anticipate Ramadaan by fasting one or two days before it begins, but if a man habitually fasts (like: Mondays & Thursdays, 13-15 of every lunar month, etc …), then let him fast.”

10 – Last but not the least: Reading Quran

The above was the scholar’s reply to the questioner. One thing which I would like to add is to give in charity during Ramadan. It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that : the Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Holy Qur’an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast rain-bearing wind.

The following is a hadith from Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim which encourages Muslims to spend in Charity. To encourage & remind yourself about charity, I would suggest that you save this as your wallpaper or print it & paste it in a place where you can see it everyday (for me, its my cupboard door 😀 )

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