Using toothpaste whilst Fasting

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Question: Salaams. I was asking is my fast valid if I brushed using toothpaste at fajr time? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum Wa-Rahmatullāhi Wa-Barakātuh. Brushing teeth in itself will not nullify the fast as nothing is ingested but tasted. Accordingly, it will be makrooh to use toothpaste and should be avoided. One should use a miswāk instead. If any of the toothpaste is … [Read more...]

Is there Qadha for Tarawih Salah?

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Question: Kal Tarawih ki namaz miss ho gayi. Kya Fajr ke baad qaza kar sakta hoon Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum Wa-Rahmatullāhi Wa-Barakātuh. Tarawih ki namaz ka waqt Isha padhne ke baad se Fajr tak hai.[1] Agar Tarawih ki namaz chut jai to us ki koi qaza nahi hai.[2] English: The time for Tarawih Salah is from after performing Isha until Fajr. If Tarawih Salah is … [Read more...]

Can I read 8 rakats taraweeh?

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Question: Can I read 8 rakats taraweeh? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum Wa-Rahmatullāhi Wa-Barakātuh. Twenty Raka’ats of Tarawih is a Sunna Muakkada, and leaving a Sunna Muakkada without a valid reason is prohibited. Therefore, you cannot perform eight or less than twenty Raka’ats, except for a valid reason in Shariah. And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best. Khalil … [Read more...]

BALANCED COOKING AND IBAADAT IN RAMADHAAN

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"0 Allah, for You I have fasted and with Your provisions do I break my fast" The blessed month of Ramadhan is fast approaching and many of us are busy making preparations to make this a special time for our families. Ramadhan is a time for voluntary acts of worship, sharing with those who are less fortunate, and reflecting on the message that Allah has given to us. Overall, the goal of this month is to develop ourselves spiritually and to become … [Read more...]

A COMMUNAL SPIRIT: STRIVING FOR ALLAH’S REWARD

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The one image etched in Ramadan's mind from his childhood days is that of all the villagers of Alsawati, men and children, coming together for Salatul maglirib and bringing food with them for iftar. After salah, they would all sit in clusters of four to five people in the Masjid's courtyard having iftar together. The women would gather at neighbors' homes. "Everyone would bring food. It was like a potluck iftar. That is an image I can never … [Read more...]

JOYS OF RAMADHAAN

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In the depths of each night of Ramadhaan, Adam Esse would take his rounds in the streets of his small village called Sinujiif in Somalia, exhorting the sleepers to wake for suhur. Beating a drum-like iron container with a big stick, the young Esse would repeatedly chant, "Suhur Yaa Mu'mineen" Conjuring up those images years later, his voice became hoarse with emotion, 'I really miss it. Even if I used to miss one member of a house, they'd ask the … [Read more...]