Message from Moutasem Atiya
April 19, 2021
As-Salamu Alaikum wa RahmatulLah!
I pray that you are all well and in high spirits during this beautiful month inshaAllah!
Wishing you a blessed week ahead inshaAllah.
Your brother in faith,
Hadith of the Week
Dua for Ramadan Moon Sighting
It has been narrated that when the Holy Prophet ﷺ would see the new moon of Ramadan, he would turn his face towards the Qibla and say this Dua. May Allah allow us to enter into this month in the best of states, amin!
Qur'an Stories for Kids: Episode 1
Moutasem Atiya takes young hearts on an expedition through some of the stories of the Qur’an. Grow in love and awe of Allah’s book as his stories stir their imagination and ignites their passion for their heritage.
Join us and the Arabic Online Kids students as we celebrate the blessed month of Ramadan! To watch the full event click here.
Why Do We Fast? - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui
Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui succinctly explains why we fast while elucidating on the spiritual benefits to be gained by this noble act of devotion.
10 Benefits of Fasting Ramadan
One of the numerous benefits of Ramadan is earning Allah’s forgiveness. It is important to the point that the Messenger PBUH said: “Cursed is he who witnesses the blessed month but doesn’t earn Allah’s forgiveness”. So repent and brace for Allah’s mercy — it’s in abundance. Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “Whoever observes Saum (Fasting) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Since the goal of Ramadan is to attain piety, then you should brace up with good deeds. Increase your goodness not only in the blessed month but beyond. Ramadan gives you a chance to scale up righteousness and keep it as a habit.
In the famous hadith of Muadh ibn Jabal reported the Prophet ﷺ to have said: “…fasting is a shield…”. Not only does it ward off evils and immoralities from us. It also prevents us from following the footpath of shaytan. So if you find people keeping to bad habit in Ramadan and blaming it on shaytan, remind them of this hadith: “When the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of the heaven are opened; the gates of Hell-fire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Sahih Bukhari)
This is a time for us all to rethink and reform our ways. Remember how Allah favored you to witness the last Ramadan. Some did observe the previous fasting but are companions of the grave today. Think about the numerous sins you’ve committed and determine not to return to them. Express gratitude for all the favors Allah has endowed you with and commit yourself to be a better you in Ramadan and beyond.
Abstaining from eating and drinking enhances the metabolic process of the body. This is done by naturally expelling body toxins and systematically reducing the rate of food consumption. So it’s really not about how much you eat and store, it’s the patience and perseverance that really keeps the body in shape.
Ramadan helps you stay on track. You consciously take into cognizance what you say, eat, do etcetera. Most often, people get to abandon their sinful ways as a result of reformation. This is because the holy month gives room for reflection in order to assess one’s progress as the days count.
This blessed period comes with a big bonus — ransom from hell and admission into paradise. In a beautiful narration, Abu Huraira reported; The Messenger of Allah, ﷺ said: “On the first night of the month of Ramadan, the devils are chained, the jinn are restrained, and the gates of Hellfire are closed and none of its gates are opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and none of its gates are closed. A caller announces: O seeker of good, come near! O seeker of evil, stop short! Allah will save them from the Hellfire and that is during every night of Ramadan.” (Tirmidhi)
8. Bonding with the Qur’an
It is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed and the Angel Jibril used to revise it with Allah’s Apostle. Muslims familiarize themselves with the Qur’an day and night through recitation, memorization, listening and also learning the exegesis. One of the best parts of it is the reward that comes with completing the recitation of the whole Qur’an in the sacred month.
9. Humility and Empathy
We submit to Allah’s injunction by fasting in this holy month. It’s one of the pillars to be established by every faithful Muslim. Through this as well, we are able to express gratitude to Allah for His endless bounties on us. We feel the pains of the poor and this reminds us of the virtue of supporting the needy.
One of the most important gains from Ramadan is the ability to evolve. To transform from a previous you to the new you. The one whom hopefully has gone through a spiritual rebirth that will propel for the rest of the year. Ramadan comes to teach piety so we are expected to keep up with good deeds and abstain from evil as much as we can. If you can achieve this, then count yourself among the lucky ones who gained immensely from the blessed month.
The Heart of Ramadan
Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui wonderfully describes the beauty of fasting the month of Ramadan and how paradise becomes so near to us during these blessed days.
The Family Remembrance Program
The Family Remembrance Program is a one hour gathering where we recite from the Qur’ān, remember Allah and His Beloved ﷺ, listen to beautiful renderings of spiritual songs (with their translation and a brief commentary), learn core Islamic concepts essential for family spiritual growth, and share our reflections and experiences.
To watch this week's gathering click here.
JUMU’A REFLECTION: MUSLIM IN THE MIRROR
Assalaamu‘alaykum all. Jumu’a Mubaraka!
What greater gift than to know my self! Ramadan is a month of my deepest, richest self discovery. How? A hadith teaches that the Shayatin are chained in this month. With the usual criminals in jail, there’s only one culprit: me.
Ramadan is my truest mirror. What I think, feel and want during this month tells me a lot about what lurks within – about who I truly am.
If the reflection in the mirror is less than flattering, then what? Gloom? No. Another gift: The same hadith teaches that the doors to Paradise are wide open. And another gift: The du’a of the fasting person is always accepted.
Let me cup my palms, raise them, and let the downpour of loving-mercy wash me, cleanse me, inside-out.
And with Allah is all success. Let us not forget to read Sura al-Kahf and send abundant salawat on the Beloved ﷺ today.