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The Importance of Fajr Prayer and How to Pray It on Time

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Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra

Question: Assalamualaikum.  I keep missing my Fajir prayer all the time. After I wake up I feel so bad that I have missed it but it keeps happening . Please tell  me the importance of fajir prayer and how I can wake up.

Answer: Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Thank you for your question.

Firstly, I’d like to commend you for your concern and worry regarding your obligatory prayers.  The fajr prayer (before dawn) is a time when many people are heedless and sleeping.  The fact that your heart wants to wake up, yet your body keeps sleeping, and thus you feel regret later that morning, is a gift from Allah Ta’ala.

Allah is keeping you connected to Him through your desire to worship Him and your regret when you falter, but showing you that this connection doesn’t come without effort and yearning on your part.  In the end, every step we are enabled to take towards Him is really only because of His divinely-gifted ability (tawfiq) that He blessed us with.

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Documentary: The Zionist War on Islam & The Next False Flag In London (Video)

info-pictogram1 All this time, the western powers have supposedly been fighting a war against terrorism, but this is far from the Truth. In reality, this global war is an effort to wage a war on all levels, on Islam and Muslims.
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Sister Tayyibah Taylor passed away

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Source: lamppostproductions.com

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May Allah shower our dear sister Tayyibah Taylor with mercy who returned to Allah. She served as the Founder and Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Azizah Magazine. Her pioneering work with this magazine was truly inspirational in our efforts as Muslims in America. Please make du’a for her and May Allah make ease for her family.

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Lebanon sceptical of ‘save water’ effort

Lebanese campaign to save water amid a shortage is unlikely to work without government regulation, experts say.

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More than 80 percent of farmers in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley said they face water shortages this year

By: Sophie Cousins

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com

Beirut, Lebanon – Plastered across billboards, flashing across television screens, and splashed on pamphlets and stickers, a new message is suddenly everywhere you look in Lebanon: “If you love me, save me some water.”

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Marriage has become a business: its become something you showoff

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By: Mazhir Jamil Ya-Sin

Marriage has become a business. Its become something you showoff on Facebook. Its become a competition on whose wedding is the most ‘beautiful’, who can look the most ‘beautiful’ and which couple can look the ‘cutest’ together. All this money and effort is spent on one day but many people forget that marriage is a life time and it is not just about one day.
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The Death of Tom Hurndall

Tom Hurndall was in a coma for nine months after being shot in the head by an Israeli sniper.

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Source: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

It is with great sadness that If Americans Knew shares with you the news of the passing away of Tom Hurndall.

Tom, 22, died Tuesday night in a London hospital due to complications with pneumonia. He had spent the past nine months in a vegetative state after being shot in the head by an Israeli sniper on April 11, 2003, while trying to escort children to safety in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine.

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Seven lights of devotion in Ramadan

Source: Sunnah.org

By: Sunnah.org

There are a number of highly recommendable worshipful practices to be performed during the days of Ramadan, for those who seek closeness to their Lord and His Companionship. Even if in the first part of the month we have missed out on one or more of these acts, we can still make an effort from now to reap their benefits insha Allah.

Don’t Forget or Neglect the Pre-dawn Meal (Suhoor)

It is recommended to partake of a light meal (suhoor)prior to commencing the fast. The fast begins at first light and ends at sunset (maghreb).

“Eat some food before the fast begins, there is blessing in its partaking.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Zaid, the son of Thabit related: “We partook of suhoor (food before the commencement of the fast) during Ramadan with the Messenger of Allah and then stood up for prayer.

He was asked what was the interval of time between the two, so he replied: ‘The time it takes to recite fifty verses (of the Quran).’”

The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, said: “My nation will remain in goodness as long as they break the fast as soon as it is due.” [Muslim]

Joy When Breaking the Fast

The fast is broken at sunset, and it is termed in Arabic iftar. It is a time of happiness and refreshment after experiencing the pangs of hunger and thirst. It is usually broken with dates and in many cultures a light soup with bread or small side dishes. Breaking the fast is followed immediately by the evening obligatory prayer. In many parts of the world, including the US, breaking fast is observed in congregation in mosques and homes.

The Prophet (s) said: “Whosoever fasts experiences two joys. He is joyful when he breaks his fast, and is joyful because of his fasting when he meets his Lord.”

“When evening approaches from this side (east) and the day retreats from this side (west) and the sun has set, the one who is fasting breaks his fast.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

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

Generosity and Good Deeds During the Month of Fasting

Our beloved prophet, Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, spoke on many occasions about the fast of Ramadan.

He informed us of the way in which we should prepare ourselves as well as urging us to do good, to be charitable, and to refrain from ways in which our fast would become invalid.

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Holy Qur’an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare). [Bukhari].

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”
[Bukhari]. “Allah, the Mighty, the Glorified says: ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for himself, but his fasting is for Me and I shall reward him for it.

The fast is a shield. When any of you fasts he should forsake swearing and noise.’”

Retreat – ‘Itikaf

Regarding the retreat, it was the practice of the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, to retreat to the Mosque during the last ten days and nights of Ramadan, fasten his cloak around his waist and encourage his family to do the same. His time in the Mosque was spent in worship and not in idle talk.

If it is one’s intention to offer the retreat then there are specific rules to be observed:

  • Once the intention or vow has been taken to observe these days of continuous retreat, the continuity of its observance is broken if he leaves the mosque without a justifiable necessity, such as to attend a funeral.
  • However, the observance is not broken when one leaves to go to the toilet. Those in retreat are permitted to renew their ablutions in their own home, but the restatement of the intent must be renewed unless the intention to spend the ten days in advance has been made. Any form of business to and from the mosque is not permissible.
  • It was the practice of the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, not to leave the mosque except for the call of nature. Neither would he inquire about a sick person except as he passed by without stopping.
  • Sleeping, eating, washing hands in the mosque do not invalidate the retreat, nor yet the emergence of a limb or part of the body from the mosque.
  • Sexual intercourse invalidates the observance of the retreat, but not a non-arousing kiss.

The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, would go into seclusion for (the last) ten days during the month of Ramadan, but the year in which he passed away he went into seclusion for twenty days.
[Bukhari]

Narrated ‘Aisha: “Allah’s Apostle used to practice `Itikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, ‘Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan’”. [Bukhari]

Narrated ‘Aisha (r) (the Mother of the Believers):” Allah’s Apostle used to let his head in (the house) while he was in the mosque and I would comb and oil his hair. When in `Itikaf he used not to enter the house except for a need.” [Bukhari]

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To reach the top of a mountain, a lot of effort and hard work is put in. The same way to get to Allah isn’t easy.

gb copy To reach the top of a mountain, a lot of effort and hard work is put in. The same way to get to Allah isn’t easy.
es copy Para llegar a la cima de una montaña, se pone mucho esfuerzo y trabajo duro pulg La misma manera de llegar a Dios no es fácil.
nl copy Naar de top van een berg te bereiken, is een veel inspanning en harde werk in de zelfde manier om Allah te komen is niet eenvoudig.
fr copy Pour atteindre le sommet d’une montagne, beaucoup d’efforts et de travail acharné est mis dedans la même façon pour se rendre à Allah n’est pas facile.
de copy Um den Gipfel eines Berges zu erreichen, ist eine Menge Mühe und harte Arbeit in. Die gleiche Art und Weise setzen, um zu Allah zu bekommen, ist nicht einfach.
CN67867 為了達到山頂,很多的努力和辛勤工作放在英寸同樣的方式得到真主是不容易的。
Sweden För att nå toppen av ett berg, är en hel del ansträngning och hårt arbete lagt ned Samma sätt att komma till Allah är inte lätt.
rus7897 Чтобы добраться до вершины горы, много усилий и тяжелой работы вставил таким же образом, чтобы добраться до Аллаха не просто.
4523turkey Bir dağın tepesine ulaşmak için çaba ve sert bir sürü iş Allah’a ulaşmak için aynı şekilde içeri alınır kolay değildir.
images Per raggiungere la cima di una montagna, un sacco di fatica e duro lavoro è messo dentro la stessa strada per arrivare ad Allah non è facile.
indonesiaID Untuk mencapai puncak gunung, banyak usaha dan kerja keras dimasukkan masuk cara yang sama untuk mendapatkan Allah tidak mudah.

Bad habits do not leave us unless we make an effort to leave them.

gb copy Bad habits do not leave us unless we make an effort to leave them.
es copy Los malos hábitos no nos dejan a menos que hagamos un esfuerzo para salir de ellas.
nl copy Slechte gewoonten laat ons niet, tenzij we een poging doen om ze te laten.
fr copy Les mauvaises habitudes ne nous laissent pas moins que nous nous efforçons de les quitter.
de copy Schlechte Gewohnheiten lassen uns nicht, wenn wir nicht eine Anstrengung, sie zu verlassen.
CN67867 Huài xíguàn bùyào líkāi wǒmen, chúfēi wǒmen zìjǐ nǔlì gěi tāmen liú xià.
Sweden Dåliga vanor inte lämna oss om vi gör en insats för att lämna dem.
rus7897 Vrednyye privychki ne ostavlyayut nas , yesli my ne prilozhit’ usiliya, chtoby ostavit’ ikh.
4523turkey Biz onları bırakmak için çaba sürece kötü alışkanlıklar bizi bırakmayın.
images Le cattive abitudini non ci lasciano meno che non facciamo uno sforzo per lasciare loro.
indonesiaID Kebiasaan buruk tidak meninggalkan kita kecuali kita berusaha untuk meninggalkan mereka.