We Love Ramadan

Ramadan disrupts all our routines and gently imposes its own schedule… We wake up in the middle of the night and try to eat something, our eyes barely open. Drowsiness takes over in the middle of the day, and we succumb to naps at random places and times. Our dinner time depends not on the clock, but on the sunset.

read more 26.06.2015, Friday

Fasting as a Celebration

We know the importance of fasting as an act of worship because it’s a command from Allah (s.w.t), and it’s one of the five pillars of Islam according to the Hadith Jibreel, which is a sound narration from the Prophet (s.a.w). We are also aware of its value in the eyes of God…

read more 25.06.2015, Thursday

Kids' Iftaars

Like all our behavior, acts of worship have a close association with our habits. In other words, our habits determine our behavior, and most of us give as much space to worship in our lives as our habits permit us. People of consciousness and willpower who are aware of this condition know how much of a personal effort is required in the struggle to positively rebuild themselves.

read more 24.06.2015, Wednesday

The Purpose of Fasting: Accustoming to Self to God-consciousness

Verse 183 in Surah Baqara prescribes fasting for all believers, and at the end of this verse Allah (s.w.t) explains the wisdom behind this command. In the words of Quran commentator Elmalılı Hamdi Yazır: “Fasting has been prescribed on us as it has been prescribed on those before us, so that we may shield ourselves from all sorts of danger and reach the rank of God-consciousness by attaining the faculty of mastering our lower selves and our desires.”

read more 23.06.2015, Tuesday

Keeping Away From the Haraam is not Sufficient

The need for the fasting person to try to keep away from all sorts of haraam is self-evident. We will not be able to experience the worldly and spiritual pleasure of our acts of worship unless what we eat and what we drink, as well as what we speak and what we listen to, are distant from the stains of haraam.

read more 22.06.2015, Monday

Hunger

Our only knowledge of desperate hunger comes from the war and famine stories told by family elders and the novels we read. The deprivations suffered in various parts of the world do not affect those that are well-off and comfortable in the slightest.

read more 21.06.2015, Sunday

Moving Lips and Rustling Pages

One of the fundamentals of Ramadan is the muqabala,* which is a celebration of a sunnah that our Prophet (s.a.w) and Jibreel (a.s.) repeated every Ramadan. Mushafs, which would normally not be carried out in the open any other time, are pressed under the arms, people put on their skull caps and headscarves, and run to the mosques where muqabalas are taking place. 

read more 20.06.2015, Saturday

The Opportunity of Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan the devils are chained, temptations of the self fade, and raw instincts become weak. Eating, drinking, and sexual activity are abandoned, and one keeps oneself on guard even against a single bad word that may slip out of the mouth, hoping to keep the reward of fasting undiminished.

read more 19.06.2015, Friday

The Miraculous Nighttime Meal

Ramadan is a time during which I feel my faith in Allah (S.w.t) and my respect for Him most deeply as His slave. I am amazed by the act of fasting, which is an act of worship that has no visibility whatsoever, and the authenticity of which can thus only be known by Allah (s.w.t).

read more 18.06.2015, Thursday

Are We Ready for Ramadan?

We live in the time where months and years seem to be devoid of blessing; that is, a week passes like a day, a month like a week and a year like a month. It seems like just the other day when we last bid farewell to the month of Ramadan. And yet here it is again. 

read more 18.06.2015, Thursday