Familiarity with Fasting

Don’t forget the 6 fasts of Shawwal.

In Shaykh's Company

“We need to get used to fasting and develop an appreciation for it. There was a time when one would see people with the signs on their faces that they had been fasting and spending long hours of the night standing in salāh. However these attributes are no longer visible. Indifference is widespread today; people do not give importance to these things any more.

We should make ourselves accustomed to fasting outside of Ramaḍhān. To do this, first start observing the masnūn fasts that fall on special occasions throughout the year, e.g. the six fast of Shawwāl, the fasts of Muharram and the fasts of Dhū-al-Ḥijjah.

Thereafter, start fasting on ayyām-al-bīḍ, i.e the 13th, 14th and 15th of every Islamic month, which was a sunnah of Rasūlullāh sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The next stage is to fast on every Monday and Thursday which is also a sunnah of Rasūlullāh sallallahu alayhi…

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Eid 1434

Eid 1434

Message from Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafidhahullah)


While we celebrate Eid, we cannot forget the plight and suffering of the Ummah in Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen,  Mali, Chechnya, Burma, and the Rohingya Muslims.

We have a tendency to attribute the blame for the plight of the Ummah to the enemies of Islam and external forces. Such an attitude is incorrect. Islam has always been subjected to external interference. This will continue. Our focus should be on our weakness and repairing that.


Our downfall as an Ummah is disunity. We have become selfish and self-centered and our concern is to protect our interests and position. We would even use the enemies of Islam against our own people to safeguard our power base. Had there been unity in the Ummah, we would never have witnessed an occupied Palestine or bloodshed in Syria or a coup in Egypt, or systematic attacks in Burma.


 Allah tells us in the Quran: “and do not dispute, you will become weak and your wind (power) will go away”.


The reality is while we may be apparently celebrating Eid; the enemies of Allah are rejoicing at our internal disputes and they are in fact celebrating Eid.


While we recognize the need for unity in the political front, we also need to unite in our communities and families. There is no point in emphasizing on unity in the political front when we remain disunited in our families and communities. A united community gives rise to a united nation. In unity lies our pride and strength.


The Darul Iftaa wishes all Muslims a very happy Eid Mubarak.


This post was directly taken from http://www.daruliftaa.net/~dar60/index.php/news-events/press-release/490-message


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For Ummrah. And Itikaaf I suggest the following: (Courtesy Imam Al Homsi)

1- One hour of silent Dhikr every morning

2- One Juzu a day in Arabic.

3- Two juzu a day in English or Urdu (My take: Listen to it on Ipod)

4- Doing all the nawafel, 2 Ishraaq, 8 Duha (after Ishraq), 8 Awwabin (after Magrib, 8 Qiyamul layl (after Isha), 8 Tahajjud (before Fajr)

5- One monetary charity a day (my suggestion: one after each fard prayer)

6- One physical charity a day

7- Reading a whole book in Islamic Studies or spiritualities.(I perused sections of The Life of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH in urdu)

8- Listening to a whole set of audio lectures.(my take: Use Ipod)

9- list of duaas from the Quran or the hadeeth (I liked Munajaat-e- Maqbool or Accepted Whispers).

10- list of people that you make duaa for inshaa Allah (Keep with…

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The Last Stretch

Checking in one more time before the end of Ramadan. 

I knew this was going to happen. I could feel it from the first day of Ramadan that these days would go by so fast and that before I knew it they would be done. 

I used to remember in the past when I was a kid I used to dread Ramadan or at least not be as excited at the very least hence the days would be like years on their own. If only they felt like that now. 

As the final ten days of Ramadan come upon us I just wanted to remind myself about this guest that is about to leave and to take advantage of it’s many fruits and gems that it holds for us. That we should all strive extra in these last ten blessed days and nights of Ramadan and that even ifwe have been slippin’ with our goals we still have time to renew our intentions and to renew our fervor in rushing towards righteousness. 

My teachers mention that these 30 days are but a few days. In reality they are a life stimulation. That these 30 days represent your whole life which in comparison to the hereafter are but a few days. And that the day of Eid is the day you meet Allah (God) aza wa jal (aka death). That if we can just make our lives like the days of Ramadan in which we struggle just a little bit against our lower self’s then our death will be more joyous then the days of Eid of this world. 

It comes in a authentic narration about scene on the day of judgement. The people will ask each other how many years did we live on the earth? Some will say like this, others will say like that. One  good at estimating time would reply to them that we just there for a few days. Meaning your entire life of 40, 50, 60, 70+ years will be only but a faint memory of a few days and nights. How happy will be that man or women who comes on that day knowing that he/she spent those few days and nights in the obedience and love of his Creator, Allah (God). 

So treat these swift approaching yet also swift exiting days of Ramadan the same.

I personally will be joining the select few who get the honor and blessing to make the Sunnah Itikaaf in the masjid for the next 10 days and nights approximately. It will be like a spiritual seclusion where one is completely cut off from the world physically, mentally, and spiritually. In order so that person can re-connect with His Lord, Most High. In order re-prioritize the important matters in his/her life. And last but not least to gain the forgiveness and pardon of His Lord, Most Great for these are days in which Allah will free many souls from the fire. 

Please pray that Allah accepts my khalwa (spiritual seclusion) aka Itikaaf for His sake only and that I come back gaining His Forgiveness, Pardon, Mercy, Love, Pleasure, and Ma’rifah. 

Until then, Enjoy the rest of your Ramadan. 

Peace from the West Coast. 

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The Philosophy of Instagram

Quite thought provoking.

Anthony J. Palmer


It’s a new trend in social media. We spend as much time debating the philosophy of our apps and web tools as we do using them. But I can’t help it. Our growing desire to capture every moment of our lives is a topic of deep philosophical fascination.

Nathan Jurgenson, writing in Cyborgology, argues that our love of the “faux-vintage photo” is part of a “larger trend whereby social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past.”  If our social media is a binary tension between the inner scribe and poet, he writes, Instagram channels more of the latter.

This is largely because a digital photo that looks like a 1960s Polaroid imparts instant importance.

“By making our digital photos appear physical,” he writes, “we are attempting to purchase the cachet and importance that physicality imparts.”

He writes:

Perhaps the answer is because the physical…

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Spiritual Seclusion in Islam

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What “She” Learned about” Lipstick from “Her” 5 year old

A very insightful article about the challenge of a Women’s 5 year old asking her if she could wear make up after seeing her mother wear it herself. The conversation takes a hypocritical turn but then comes back a wholesome conversation on beauty, attractiveness, and modesty. It comes in the perspective of a practicing Muslim mother wanting to teach her daughter values and morals in a world that is growing rapidly naked thus losing all sense of moral and values to say at the very least. As a single brother, who isn’t married I find such articles as great insight into Muslim parenting and definitely something I would want my wife to mimic in upbringing our children insha’Allah (God Willingly). 

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