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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah (swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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Beware of FAKE UMW groups that are bound on spreading mischief and lies about Islam. Only trust any YouTube broadcast from “sayfulhasan”.

The contents of fake UMW videos/groups should be enough to show their mischief.

One such fake UMW group in Facebook was created but thankfully deleted by Facebook.

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June 30, 2008 at 6:00 am

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Introduction

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah (swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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All Praise be to Allah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides cannot be misled, and whomsoever He leaves astray cannot be guided. I bear witness that there is no god except Allah alone, with no partner or associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

Allah has blessed His slaves with certain seasons of goodness, in which Hasanat (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied, Sayi’at (bad deeds) are forgiven, people’s status is raised, the hearts of the believers turn to their Master, those who purify themselves attain success and those who corrupt themselves fail. Allah has created His slaves to worship Him.

“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except that they should worship Me (Alone).”
[Al Qur’an – Surah al-Dhaariyaat (051:056)]

A day in the life of an Imam (Anwar al Awlaki) during Ramadaan:

1. One of the greatest acts of worship is fasting, which Allah has made obligatory on His slaves.

“O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).”
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:183)]

2. Allah encourages His slaves to fast.

“…and that you fast is better for you if you know…”
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:183-184)]

3. He guides them to give thanks to Him for having made fasting obligatory on them.

“…and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful…”
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:185)]

4. He has made fasting dear to them, and has made it easy so that people do not find it too hard to give up their habits and what they are used to.

“…for a certain number of days…”
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:184)]

5. He has mercy on them and keeps them away from difficulties and harm.

“…but whoever among you is sick or on a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days…”
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:184)]

No wonder then, that in this month the hearts of the believers turns to their Most Merciful Lord, fearing their Lord above them, and hoping to attain His reward and the great victory (Paradise).

As the status of this act of worship is so high, it is essential to learn the ahkaam (rulings) that have to do with the month of fasting so that the Muslim will know what is obligatory, in order to do it, what is Haram, in order to avoid it, and what is permissible, so that he need not subject himself to hardship by depriving himself of it. This book is a summary of the rulings, etiquette and Sunnah of fasting. May Allah make it of benefit to myself and my Muslim brothers. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

(The compilations of topics concerning rulings are primarily the work of Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid with additions from the lectures of Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. A few other topics have been taken from www.islam4uk.com. Other articles were produced by various UMW admins. Edited by UMW admin and the editing are primarily for the sake of better presentation and simplicity)

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June 29, 2008 at 12:00 am

What Is Siyam?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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Linguistically in Arabic the word Siyam means to abstain from.

From Shariah prospective Siyam means to abstain from factors which break your sawm from dawn until sunset (Al Muftirat) having first made the intention (niyyah) to fast..

The Ummah is agreed that fasting the month of Ramadaan is obligatory, the evidence for which is in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:183)]

The Prophet (saws) said: “Islam is built on five [pillars]…” among which he mentioned fasting in Ramadaan.
[Sahih Bukhari]

Whoever breaks the fast during Ramadaan without a legitimate excuse has committed a serious major sin.

The Prophet (saws) said, describing a dream that he had seen: “… until I was at the mountain, where I heard loud voices. I asked, ‘What are these voices?’ They said, ‘This is the howling of the people of Hellfire.’ Then I was taken [to another place], and I saw people hanging from their hamstrings, with the corners of their mouths torn and dripping with blood. I said, ‘Who are these?’ They said, ‘The people who broke their fast before it was the proper time to do so,’ i.e., before the time of Iftaar.”
[Sahih al Targheeb]

Al-Haafiz al-Dhahabi (r) said, “Among the believers it is well-established that whoever does not fast in Ramadaan without a valid excuse is worse than an adulterer or drunkard; they doubt whether he is even a Muslim at all, and they regard him as a heretic and profligate.”

Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (r) said: “If a person does not fast in Ramadaan knowing that it is Haram but making it Halal for himself to do so, kill him; and if he does it because he is immoral [but believes it is Haram], then punish him for not fasting.”
[Majmoo al Fataawa]

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June 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

What Are the Virtues of Fasting?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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The virtues of fasting are great indeed:

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (r) from the Prophet (saws), who said:
Allah (swt) says: ‘Fasting is Mine and it is I who give reward for it. [A man] gives up his sexual passion, his food and his drink for My sake. Fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. The change in the breath of the mouth of him who fasts is better in Allah’s estimation than the smell of musk.’
[Sahih Bukhari]

1. One of the things reported in the Sahih Ahadith is that Allah (swt) has chosen fasting for Himself, and He will reward it and multiply the reward without measure.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

2. Fasting has no equal and the du’a of the fasting person will not be refused.
[Hadith of Al Bayhaqi]

3. The fasting person has two moments of joy: one when he breaks his fast and one when he meets his Lord and rejoices over his fasting.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

4. Fasting will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgment, and will say, “O Lord, I prevented him from his food and physical desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.”
[Hadith of Ahmad]

5. The smell that comes from the mouth of a fasting person is better with Allah (swt) than the scent of musk.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

6. Fasting is a protection and a strong fortress that keeps a person safe from the Fire.
[Hadith of Ahmad]

7. Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allah (swt), Allah (swt) will remove his face seventy years’ distance from the Fire.
[Hadith of Muslim]

8. Whoever fasts one day seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt), if that is the last day of his life, he will enter Paradise.
[Hadith of Ahmad]

9. In Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyaan, through those who fast will enter, and no one will enter it except them; when they have entered it will be locked, and no one else will enter through it.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

10. Fasting is a pillar of Islam.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

11. The Qur’an was revealed in this month.
[Al Qur’an]

12. In Ramadaan there is a night that is better than a thousand months.
[Al Qur’an]

13. When Ramadaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are put in chains.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

14. Fasting Ramadaan is equivalent to fasting ten months.
[Hadith of Ahmad]

15. Whoever fasts Ramadaan out of faith and with the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.
[Hadith of Bukhari]

16. At the breaking of every fast, Allah (swt) will choose people to free from Hellfire.
[Hadith of Ahmad]

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June 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm

What Are the Benefits of Fasting?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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There is much wisdom and many benefits in fasting, which have to do with the Taqwa mentioned by Allah (swt) in the Ayah:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).
[Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:183)]

The interpretation of this is that if a person refrains from Halal things hoping to earn the pleasure of Allah (swt) and out of fear of His punishment, it will be easier for him to refrain from doing Haram things.

If a person’s stomach is hungry, this will keep many of his other faculties from feeling hunger or desires; but if his stomach is satisfied, his tongue, eye, hand and private parts will start to feel hungry. Fasting leads to the defeat of Shaytaan; it controls desires and protects ones faculties.

When the fasting person feels the pangs of hunger, he experiences how the poor feel, so he has compassion towards them and gives them something to ward off their hunger. Hearing about them is not the same as sharing their suffering, just as a rider does not understand the hardship of walking unless he gets down and walks.

Fasting trains the will to avoid desires and keep away from sin; it helps a person to overcome his own nature and to wean himself away from his habits. It also trains a person to get used to being organized and punctual, which will solve the problem that many people have of being disorganized, if only they realized.

Fasting is also a demonstration of the unity of the Muslims, as the Ummah fasts and breaks its fast at the same time.

Fasting also provides a great opportunity for those who are calling others to Allah (swt). In this month many people come to the mosque who are coming for the first time, or who have not been to the mosque for a long time, and their hearts are open, so we must make the most of this opportunity by preaching in a gentle manner, teaching appropriate lessons and speaking beneficial words, whilst cooperating in righteousness and good deeds. The dai’yah should not be so preoccupied with others that he forgets his own soul and becomes like a wick that lights the way for others while it is itself consumed.

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June 26, 2008 at 5:37 pm

What Should Be Done During This Great Month?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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1. Preparing oneself and ones environment for worship.

2. Hastening to repent and turn back to Allah.

3. Rejoicing at the onset of the month.

4. Fasting properly.

5. Having the right frame of mind and fearing Allah when praying Taraaweeh.

6. Not feeling tired during the middle ten days of the month

7. Seeking Laylat al-Qadr

8. Reading the entire Qur’an time after time

9. Trying to weep and trying to understand what you are reading.

10. Umrah during Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj.

11. Charity given during this virtuous time is multiplied.

12. I’tikaaf (retreat in the mosque for worship) is confirmed (as part of the Sunnah).

13. There is nothing wrong with congratulating one another at the beginning of the month. The Prophet (saws) used to tell his Companions the good news of the onset of Ramadaan, and urge them to make the most of it.

Abu Hurairah (r) said: “The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, ‘There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month. Allah has made it obligatory on you to fast (this month). During it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained up. In it there is a night that is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is deprived indeed.’”
[An Nasa’i]

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June 25, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Who Is Obliged To Fast?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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1. Fasting is an obligation on every adult, sane, settled [i.e., not travelling] Muslim who is able to fast and has nothing such as haidh [menstruation] or nifaas [post-natal bleeding] to prevent him or her from doing so.

A person is deemed to have reached adulthood when any one of the following three things occurs:
i) Emission of semen, whether in a wet dream or otherwise.
ii) Growth of coarse pubic hair around the private parts;
iii) Attainment of fifteen years of age.

In the case of females, there is a fourth, namely menstruation; when a girl reaches menarche (starts her periods) she is obliged to fast even if she has not yet reached the age of ten.

2. Children should be instructed to fast at the age of seven, if they are able to, and some scholars said that a child may be smacked at the age of ten if he does not fast, just as in the case of Salaat.

The child will be rewarded for fasting, and the parents will be rewarded for bringing him up properly and guiding him to do good.

Narrated by Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh (r):
The prophet (saws) sent a messenger to the village of the Ansar in the morning of the day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) to announce: ‘Whoever has eaten something should not eat but complete the fast, and whoever is observing the fast should complete it.’ She further said, “Since then we used to fast on that day regularly and also make our boys fast. We used to make toys of wool for the boys and if anyone of them cried for food, he was given those toys till it was the time of the breaking of the fast.
[Sahih Bukhari]

Some people do not think it is important to tell their children to fast; indeed, a child may be enthusiastic about fasting and may be capable of doing it, but his father or mother may tell him not to fast, out of so-called “pity” for him. They do not realize that true pity and compassion consist of making him get used to fasting.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ
O ye who believe! save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is Men and Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do (precisely) what they are commanded.
[Al Qur’an – Surah At Tahrim (066:006)]

Extra attention must be paid to the matter of a girl’s fasting when she has just reached maturity, because she may fast when she has her period, out of shyness, and then not make up the fast later.

3. If a kaafir becomes Muslim, or a child reaches puberty, or an insane person comes to his senses during the day, they should refrain from eating for the rest of the day, because they are now among those who are obliged to fast, but they do not have to make up for the days of Ramadaan that they have missed, because at that time they were not among those who are obliged to fast.

4. The insane are not responsible for their deeds (their deeds are not being recorded), but if a person is insane at times and sane at other times, he must fast during his periods of sanity, and is excused during his periods of insanity. If he becomes insane during the day, this does not invalidate his fast, just as is the case if someone becomes unconscious because of illness or some other reason, because he had the intention of fasting when he was sane. A similar case is the ruling governing epileptics.

5. If someone dies during Ramadaan, there is no “debt” on him or his heirs with regard to the remaining days of the month.

6. If someone does not know that it is Fard (obligatory) to fast Ramadaan, or that it is Haram to eat or have sexual intercourse during the day in this month, then according to the majority of scholars, this excuse is acceptable, as is also the case for a new revert to Islam, a Muslim living in Daar al-Harb (non-Muslim lands) and a Muslim who grew up among the kuffaar. But a person, who grew up among the Muslims and was able to ask questions and find out, has no excuse.

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June 24, 2008 at 5:50 pm