Istiqamah: How To Remain Steadfast After Ramadan

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THE word istiqamah comes from the Arabic root word قام (qaama) which means to rise, to stand upright. The word مستقيم (mustaqeem) is derived from the same root.

From the perspective of Shari’ah, it means “to remain consistent on the path you are in, no matter what happens.

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Creative Ways To Instil The Value Of Ramadan In Kids

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‘We are what we do repeatedly.’

ANY habit that becomes an inseparable token of our lives is never the result of a day’s work. Instead it is a consequence of endless time and targeted energy. An addictive pattern that we are currently adhering to, can be easily traced back to our toddler days or definitely to a long period of time in our past.

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Muslim Battles During Ramadan

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1. Battle Of Badr - 2H

On the 17th of Ramadan two years after Hijrah, Allah established the truth of Islam through the epic battle between the polytheists of Quraish and the Muslims.

Three hundred odd Muslims, through the strength of faith and help from heaven, defeated a well-equipped army of Makkah that was three times their size. Many chiefs of the Quraish were slain and the battle proved a decisive victory in the favor of Muslims. It also sent a strong indication about on whose side Allah was with.

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When You Can’t Fast: Women in Ramadan

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“We set out with the sole intention of performing Hajj and when we reached Sarif, my menses began. The Messenger of Allah  came to me while I was crying and asked, 'What is the matter with you? Has your menses started?' I replied, 'Yes.' He said, 'This is something which Allah has destined for the daughter of Adam” - Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) [Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 294]

Little did she know when she was sobbing and perhaps assuming that it was not good for her that the result of her incident would serve as guidance for many, many daughters of Adam to come. What the Prophet  replied is enough for us to know that menses is neither a fault, nor is it worth of any anguish.

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The Many Virtues Of Fasting And Ramadan

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O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.  [Surah Baqarah, 2: 183]

In this verse the Creator states that He had enjoined fasting in some form upon the followers of earlier prophets. And He mentions the purpose behind it: "that you may become righteous." So fasting is a means to attain righteousness, piety and consciousness of Allah (taqwá).

In a hadith qudsi, Prophet Muhammad  disclosed that Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, has said, "Fasting is for Me, and I [alone] reward for it." [Bukhari]

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What 'Team Ramadan' – Non-Muslims Who Tried 18-hr Fasting – Had to Say

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SHORTLY after arriving back in London for the last two weeks of Ramadan, one of my sisters informed me of her colleagues and boss who wanted to fast for a day to experience what she and the other Muslim in the office were physically and mentally going through. I was astonished at their timing because this year's Ramadan (2014) meant that abstaining from food and drink was a lengthy 18 hour affair - something even Muslims were struggling to cope with. Nonetheless, I was eager to follow and record their genuine efforts. 

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