Ramadan 2017 Day #05


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #05 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Teach someone Something Good

 “Indeed, Allah, the angels, the denizens of the heavens and the earth, the ants in their burrows, and the fish in the sea pray for blessings to come upon those who teach good to people.” [Related by At-Tirmidhi]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Lamb Shoulder Meat

Abu Ubayd reports: “I cooked something for the Prophet in a saucepan. Since he liked the shoulder, I handed it to him. He then said to me: ‘Give me the shoulder.’ I said: ‘Messenger of God, how many shoulders does a lamb have?’ He said: ‘By Him who holds my soul in His hand, had you complied, you would have given me as many shoulders as I would have asked for.’” [Related by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Saad]

Charity Spotlight: East London Mosque

The East London Mosque Trust has rich a history spanning over 100 years. It is London’s oldest Mosque in the heart of the East End. Our vision is to see a world of God consciousness, respect, dignity and justice. Our mission is to Serve, Educate and Inspire.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/donate-now

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 5

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Ramadan 2017 Day #04


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #04 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Give some Charity

‘Those who spend their wealth night and day, secretly and openly,- they have their reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.’  [Qur’an 2:274]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Honey

Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing).” But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.” [Bukhari]

Charity Spotlight: Human Aid UK

Human Aid UK promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities from all walks of life. We currently have work undergoing in various regions internationally including Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the United Kingdom.

We commit to making every effort to ensure that people affected by conflict have access to at least the minimum requirements for life with dignity and security, including adequate water, sanitation, food, nutrition, shelter and healthcare.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.human-aid.org/donation/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 4

 

Ramadan 2017 Day #03


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #03 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Pray your obligatory prayers in Congregation

“Offering the prayer in congregation carries 27 times greater reward than offering it alone individually.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Grapes

‘Then We produce for you therewith gardens of date-palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you and whereof ye eat. ‘ [Qur’an 23:19]

Charity Spotlight: Helping Humanity

Helping Humanity is a charitable organisation established in July 2009, based in London. Our fight is to eradicate the cause of poverty by working together with communities.

Our vision is driven by passion and motivation with Islamic ethos at heart to eliminate illitracy through education, generate sustainable employment, promote healthy living, relieve poverty and provide sanctuary to orphans.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helpinghumanity

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 3

Ramadan 2017 Day #02


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #02 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Pray all of your obligatory prayers and pray them on time

“So perform the prayer. Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” [Qur’an 4:103]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Cucumber

‘The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) used to eat qiththa (cucumber) with rutab (fresh dates)’. [Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Ummah Welfare Trust

Ummah Welfare Trust is a UK-based international relief and development charity established in 2001. Inspired by the Islamic teachings of empathy, generosity and selflessness, the trust aims to alleviate poverty and suffering across the world.

The rights of those who are neglected and oppressed are fulfilled by providing sustainable development solutions relating to shelter, education, health, and spiritual wellbeing.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://donate.uwt.org/Account/Index.aspx

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 2

Ramadan 2017 Day #01


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #01 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Recite abundant Qur’an

“Recite the Qur’an. It will appear on the Day of Rising as an intercessor for its people.” [Muslim]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Dates

“Break your fast with a date, or with water because it is pure.” [Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Bangladesh Regeneration Trust (BRT UK)

Bangladesh Regeneration Trust UK (“BRTUK”) is a UK registered charity established to carry out various forms of regeneration work within Bangladesh.

BRTUK provides a platform for young second, third and fourth generation Bangladeshis to support various social development initiatives, primarily within Sylhet but extending to other parts of Bangladesh as well.

BRTUK focuses efforts on the three key areas of development:

  • Promoting education
  • Creating livelihood schemes
  • Supporting healthcare

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1002166

Lessons from the Qu’ran: Juz 1

The Sermon of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the last Jumu’ah of Sha’ban


The Sermon of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the last Jumu’ah of Sha’ban

On the authority of Salman al Farsi (May Allah be pleased with him) it is narrated that during the last Jumu’ah of the month of Sha’ban the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) delivered a Khutba (sermon) in which he said:

‘O people there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made Fasting compulsory by day, and has made Sunnah the Taraweeh by night. Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such a person shall be the reward like the one who had performed a Fardh (Obligatory act) in any other time. And whoever performs a Fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy Faraa-idh in any other time.

This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (Paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq (sustenance) is increased. Whosoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast at sunset, for the feeder there shall be forgiveness of sins and freedom from the fire of Jahannum (hellfire), and for such a feeder shall be the same reward as the one who Fasted (who he fed) without that persons reward being decreased in the least.”

Thereupon we said, “O Messenger of Allah, not all of us possess the means whereby we can give a fasting person to break his fast.” (They were at the time under the impression that Rasullulah (peace and blessings be upon him) referred to a full meal). The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: “Allah grants the same reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk (for Iftar).”

“This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s mercy (i.e. the first 10 days), the middle of which brings His forgiveness and the last of which brings freedom from the fire of Hell.”

“Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (or those under his authority) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Hell.”

“And in this month four things you should continue to perform in great number, two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be those without which you cannot do. Those which shall be to please your Lord, are that you should in great quantity bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite the Kalimah Tayyibah Laa ilaha illallah) and make much Istighfaar (repentance, beg Allah’s forgiveness with Astagfirullah). And as for those without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah, entrance into Paradise and ask refuge in Him from the Hellfire.”

“And whoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver to drink from My fountain, such a drink where after that a person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah.”

[Ibn Khuzaimah in his Saheeh]

Source: Adapted from the article on https://dailyreminders.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/the-sermon-of-rasullulahsaw-on-the-last-jumuah-of-shaban/

 

Getting the best out of Ramadan 2017


Assalamu Alaykum,

With the advent of Ramadan just around the corner, I just wanted to remind you of some of the articles on our blog that may be of benefit to help and motivate each one of us to do better this Ramadan, insha Allah.

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2017/05/05/30-days-30-deeds-ramadan-challenge/

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2012/07/18/ten-tips-for-getting-the-best-out-of-ramadan/

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2015/07/13/ramadan-a-time-for-devotion/

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2017/01/04/diy-make-your-own-box-of-good-deeds/

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2016/02/15/%e2%80%8e25-ways-to-enter-jannah-paradise/

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2017/04/10/times-and-situations-when-dua-is-accepted/

Please do share with your contacts if you find the above posts to be of benefit.

JazakAllahu Khair

Abu Zaynah

30 Days, 30 Deeds – Ramadan Challenge


islamopedia_41.pngThis Ramadan we at Islamopedia and the Wednesday Circle challenge you to complete 30 different good deeds for each day of the holy month. The idea being to encourage and instil new deeds in our lives that we can carry forward even after Ramadan is finished. And to make it even easier, we have done the hard work for you and made a list of 30 deeds that you can complete in this month.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

wednesday_circle_whiteThe task is simple. Each day in Ramadan, take one deed from the list below and complete it. Once complete make a note of it so you don’t forget which deed you have done. The next day take another deed and so on until the end of the month. By the end of the month you should have a list of 30 deeds that you have completed in the month that you may not have otherwise done. Keep the list to hand and carry on doing those same deeds in the months after Ramadan as well insha Allah.

Simple as that.

Feel free to share with us how you get on to encourage the goodness and also encourage others to take part by sharing this challenge with friends and family.

Feel free to add to the list of good deeds or suggest your own deeds as well. Continue reading 30 Days, 30 Deeds – Ramadan Challenge