Fasting Tips for Ramadan( New Muslims and People observing their first Ramadan)

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 Fasting Tips for Ramadan

I was talking with a friend of mine who is a revert about the challenges a new Muslim faces in fasting their first Ramadan .We were discussing  how lack of enough information on Ramadan ,on the purpose of fasting in Ramadan and about the mis – planning of meals in Ramadan discourage some Reverts to abandon fasting after 4-5 days of fasts . She advised me to write a One page reminder for People fasting their first Ramadan .

So, Let Me first congratulate all the reverts who are observing their first Ramadan. Below I am writing some quick tips that can help you if you are a new Muslim .Please Note that is a detailed list.If you are not able to do Some things ,Don’t worry.Try to do as much as possible.

Know the Purpose of Fasting

Before we begin .Let us purify our intention and understand why are we doing the fast . Just like before doing any important work you need to know the importance,the merits of the work ,what good can it bring to you etc ,You need to know why are you obliged to fast . When you understand the purpose and the virtues of fasting ,it will naturally incline you to give your best effort to complete the fasts of Ramadan .Do you know that  One Month  of Ramadan is better than 10 general  months . Do read about the merits and Virtues of Ramadan. This will give you a power boost to your intention of fasting

Things to avoid when fasting

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When fasting, it’s important to remember that it is not only the intake of
food that should be monitored. All our senses must be guarded as well:

  1. Keep off unlawful things and objects
  2.  Abstain from hearing unlawful gossip, lies, false statements etc
  3.  No lies or useless tales, no spreading rumours, gossiping and no
  4.  No inflicting or injuring others, keep off haram things like cigarettes
  5. Be clean and pure in your heart, hatred, anger, envy or jealousy
  6. Not going to forbidden places, bars, cinemas or any other place that
    has any element of haram in it

Things to do while Fasting and in Ramadan.

tips for fasting

  1. Pray your Salah in time.
  2. Try to Read Quran with translation.
  3. Try to Complete Quran : (Listening/or Reading )Download the Quran Reading Chart to complete Quran in 30 Days
  4. Give Sadaqa- the Voluntary Charity from your Wealth
  5. Give Zakat and Sadqatul Fitr
  6. Read some Islamic Books or listen to some Islamic lectures
  7. Remind yourself of the thawab of Ramadan and concentrate in building your connection with Allah swt .
  8. Make Abundant dua . You may Download this Dua list  or you may Read from the Dhikr Challenge
  9. Lower your Gaze and Dress Modestly
  10. Do a Family Halaqa in home.This means gather all your family member together and take turn in reading a book or the more knowledgeble one can give a short talk or read from the book.This immensely benefits because the kids get to learn a lots.
  11. Try to make use of time before suhur .Those who weep in solitude in the early hours of the morning before
    fajr (during Tahajjud or Qiyam-ul-Layl) is most beloved by Allah
  12. Read Nafl prayers like tahajjud and Ishrak
  13. Stand in Qiyaam .Read Taraweeh .It is sunnah.
  14. Complete as many optional sunnahs as you possibly can because
    this will bring you closer to Allah SWT. For example, use the
    Miswak – a highly stressed but almost forgotten sunnah!
  15. If you can do itikaf during the last 10 night ,it is very virtuous for you and your community.Perform I’tikaf! It is one of the most beloved of Sunnah’s during Ramadan
    and an action that the Prophet SAW never abandoned during his lifetime.
    I’tikaf is a spiritual retreat in seclusion from the dunya and is usually
    performed during the last ten days of Ramadan. A person “making i’tikaf”
    will spend the evening and night in the mosque, devoting his or her time to
    worship and reading the Qur’an

Fasting Tips for Suhur:

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  1. Do not miss Suhur . It helps you get energy for the whole day and has lots of Barakah in it .
  2. If you can’t eat much at suhoor, eat some dates as this is from the
  3. Milk is a great way to quench your thirst and prevent dehydration
  4. For fasts which are longer than 12 hours, always ensure you drink
    plenty of water at suhoor time
  5. Avoid the feeling of severe hunger pangs early on during the day by
    AVOIDING refined carbs such as white bread or anything with sugar
    or white flour in it – instead, eat wholegrains and ALWAYS include a
    portion of protein such as eggs, fish, chicken or meat
  6.  Keep thirst at bay with a cooling yogurt – especially good if you live in
    a hot climate

Tips For Making Longer Fasts More Bearable:

  1.  Busy yourself in the remembrance of Allah!
  2.  Rush to perform good deeds that keep you bus
  3. Do not lie or backbite
  4. Spend time during Ramadan doing things you wouldn’t normally do such as visiting the sick, or doing salat-ul-tasbeeh
  5. Take time out to visit friends and family you haven’t seen in a long time
  6. Listen to beneficial lectures, seminars and webinars
  7. Whatever you do, don’t just sit around – make a point of reading,learning and doing as many good deeds as possible so you busy yourtime and don’t think about the hunger or the thirst
  8. Avoid doing heavy work which is tiring and can make you thirsty
  9. This is the month of Mercy and contemplation, so avoid un-necessary stress on yourself and only do those things that bring you closer to Allah and your family
  10. Keeping away from the sun and staying indoors if possible would help you from getting drained during summers. Also, rescheduling your urgent activities of the day to before or after the fast would be a better idea .

Fasting Tips for Iftar

fasting tips

  1. Do not Over eat in Iftar . Eat light in Iftar . You can have a heavy meal at dinner.
  2. Do not eat much Oily things in Iftar
  3. Do not open your Iftar with cold drinks or fuzzy drinks.Fruit Juice,Energy drinks and fruit smoothie are the best .
  4. Include plenty of fruits , Salad and curd in your diet
  5. You may buy Frozen Samosas and ready to eat meals for a quick Iftar.
  6. Feed  Iftar to a  fasting Person , even if it is with a single date
  7. Drink at least eight glasses of water during the non-fasting hours.
  8. Walk everyday for at least half an hour to one hour in order to burn the extra calories.

Make dua during the recommended hours

tips for fasting

The times when Dua’s are most accepted are:
1. The third portion of the night shortly before suhoor ends
2. Whilst fasting
3. Between Asr and Maghrib
4. Just before fast opens
5. On Jumma before and after khutba
6. Between Adhan and Iqamah
7. After Qur’an recitation
8. The Night of Qadr
9. Whilst it is raining

Any good deed that a Muslim starts during his lifetime, and that is of renewed benefit and ongoing use for the Muslims, will continue to benefit him and augment his record of good deeds, even after his departure – as long as its benefits continue to reach others.So, Please share this message !

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Pakistani Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi,ex aetheist to quit acting for Allah and to Spread Islam.

In a video shared by him on Twitter, Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke about his journey – how he became an atheist when he was 14-15 years old and how science “brought him back” being a theist when he went to the US.

“I want to spend the rest of my life talking about God,” Abbasi said in the video-sharing that his decision is based on 10 years research.

Abbasi, who recently married Naimal Khawar, said that now he will try to shape his life in accordance with Islam and will try to spread across the message through various platforms.

“Being an ‘ex-atheist’, I want to share the answers I have received about God with people. I don’t want to debate or convince people, I just want to share,” he said and added that if he will make any movie or show, then it will be about Islam.

Read –What Allah says to the disbelievers

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Man involved in Babri Masjid demolition now builds mosques to wash away guilt

Do you know that Kar sevak from Haryana who was part of Babri Masjid demolition, now preaches Islam, builds masjids ?He has built 90 Mosque so far.

Aamir, a former Shiv Sena leader from Panipat, Haryana often recalls the fateful day of December 6, 1992, that marked the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Aamir said that along with his friend Mohammed Umar, formerly Yogendra Pal, he had vowed to construct the Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya demolishing the masjid. Today, the two are fulfilling their pledge to renovate 100 mosques, in an attempt to purge themselves of their sins.

On December 1, 1992, Aamir reached Ayodhya to join thousands of kar sevaks coming from across the country. On December 6 that year, according to Aamir, he was the first man to climb the middle dome.

“We feared that the army might have been deployed in large number. But on ground there was hardly any security, that gave us a boost and we were mentally prepared to demolish the masjid that day,” said Mohammed Aamir.

Aamir along with many other kar sevaks from Sonipat and Panipat demolished the dome with spades and pickaxes.

“When I reached my home town Panipat after that I was given a hero’s welcome by the people,” Aamir said.

“But at home, my family’s reaction shocked me. My secular family denounced my actions. I had participated in the kar seva because I felt strongly about it, but I realized later that I was wrong.”

Mohammed Aamir, born a Rajput, said, “I realized that I had taken law in my hands and violated the constitution of India. Guilty, I embraced Islam.”

Ref :India Today.

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#Hijabisanidentity- Hijab walk to Stop the discrimination and marginalization of Muslim women and girls.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right in the Ghanaian legal system. To be specific Article 21 (c) of the 1992 Constitution states: “All persons shall have the right to freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.”

Unfortunately, most Muslim women and girls living in Ghana have dealt with individuals who exert their biases and bigotry into institutional cultures. Thus, making it impossible for Muslim women to wear the hijab as part of their religious freedoms stipulated in the 1992 constitution.

The #Hijabisanidentity campaign pushes for the right of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab to be free to do so without intimidation from any individual or institution.

Why do Muslim Woman Wear Hijab.

Recently, an invigilator of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) asked a candidate to remove her hijab before sitting her exams. This latest move sparked a recent social media campaign by Islam advocates dubbed: #Hijabisanidentity

They believe the successful campaign which culminated in a massive demonstration in some regions – North, Ashanti and Accra – will help shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions about the female Muslim identity. On Saturday October 12, Ghanaian Muslim women marched for their right to wear the hijab. The #Hijabisanidentity campaign is still on.

Stop policing Women’s bodies!

My hijab, my CHOICE My choice, my right

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Sinéad O’Connor Performs in Hijab.Says : ‘I have been a Muslim all my life and I didn’t realise it’

Dublin: Singer Sinead O’Connor stepped out in a traditional hijab with her son after converting to Islam in October.

The 52-year-old wore a bright red abaya and matching hijab when she appeared on “The Late Late Show” in Dublin on Friday night, reports ” the sun”

Earlier in the day, she arrived at the studio with her son, 15-year-old Shane Lunny, who looks exactly like his mom.

Sinead was dressed more casually in blue trousers, a matching belted shirt, and a navy cardigan. She complete the look with a dark blue headscarf. Shane carried his mother’s red abaya to the venue.

Shane apart, Sinead is also mother to 32-year-old Jake, 23-year-old Roisin and 12-year-old Yeshua.

In October last year, Sinead announced that she had converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada Davitt.

Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.

The singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.

The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.

”The singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.

Ref :”The Sun”

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Archeologists finds the World’s Oldest Rural Mosque in Israel

 Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land,

world's oldest rural mosque

The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.

There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.

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Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.

“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.

“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”

Source : Arab news

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