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I Want To Begin Praying But Haven't In Years, What Do I Do?

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Prayer is the second pillar of Islam. Without a doubt, it is a crucial aspect of our deen. If a person has not prayed in years, but wants to start doing so, how should they go about that? What should they do?

How Should Two People Praying Together Stand In Salah?

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When two people are in jam’ah together, where should the imam be standing and where should the follower stand? A common practice is for the follower to be a little behind the imam. Is this correct?

8 Or 20 For Taraweeh?

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We all agree that Taraweeh – the additional prayers after Isha during the month of Ramadan – is optional. Can we then, as a community, justify creating trouble for each other if some pray more Taraweeh, or less?

Can I Pray Taraweeh Behind A Child?

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A lot of mosques allow students of the Qur'an as young as 10 years old lead Taraweeh prayer in Ramadan. But is this actually allowed? What are the conditions for one to lead salah?

How Should I Be Spending My Last 10 Days Of Ramadan?

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We all want to make the most of the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan. After all, it is during these nights when Laylatul Qadr takes place. Are there any specific acts of worship we should be doing during the last 10 days of Ramadan?

What If I'm Unable To Fast The Entire Month Of Ramadan?

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If I get bad headaches and sickness due to fasting in Ramadan and cannot fast the whole month. What then? Do I make up the fasts later on or am I exempt from fasting?

What Is Laylatul Qadr?

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We all know that during the last 10 days of Ramadan, masjids fill up and people are more active, all in the hopes they might witness Laylatul Qadr. But what is Laylatul Qadr? What does it mean and why is it so significant?

When Is Laylatul Qadr?

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Everyone has a different idea as to what night Laylatul Qadr is on. Some say it's the 27th, others say differently... But how do we know when it is exactly? Will it forever remain a mystery?

Can I Still Eat Suhoor While The Fajr Adhan Is Called?

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I haven't finished my meal or glass of water but the adhan for fajr has been called. Is my fast broken if I continue to eat or drink while the adhan is going on?

When Do I Make Up Fasts & Pay Fidyah Or Kaffarah?

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Due to sickness or other reasons, we might have missed some days of fasting in Ramadan. When is the best time to make up those fasts, and when do we have to pay fidyah or kaffrah, the amounts paid in place of making up fasts?

How Do I Give Zakat On My Wealth?

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Muslims are required to pay zakat on their wealth, but what are the rulings on doing so? How do we give zakat on our wealth?

Is The 27th Night Laylatul Qadr?

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Mosques are always packed on the 27th night of Ramadan, because of the popular opinion that Laylatul Qadr is on that night. But is that true?

How Do I Know My Istikhara Has Been Answered?

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Istikhara is done to know if you should do something after you have taken a firm decision about something - like a job/ marriage / purchasing a home. If your istikhara is done correctly, your answer is already given. Istikhara helps you confirm with Allah if your decision is correct or wrong for you.is done to know if you should do something after you have taken a firm decision about something - like a job/ marriage / purchasing a home. If your istikhara is done correctly, your answer is already given. Istikhara helps you confirm with Allah if your decision is correct or wrong for you. 

The Fiqh of Fasting Ramadan

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Linguistically speaking, fasting means abstention from something. In an Islamic context, it means intentional abstention from eating and drinking, as well as all that invalidates fasting, from the break of dawn until sunset with the intention of worshipping Allah.

The spiritual concept of fasting

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The spiritual concept of fasting1-Fasting is a means of expressing one’s gratitude for Allah’s blessings. It stops a person from eating, drinking and sex, which are some of Allah’s great blessings. To refrain from them for a considerable time is to show one’s appreciation of these blessings. 2-Fasting is a means to maintain a God-fearing attitude. 3-Fasting overcomes desire. When man eats a full meal, he thinks of satisfying other desires. 4-Fasting encourages people to be compassionate and kind to those who are in need. 5-Fasting puts the rich and the poor on the same level, as they will all bear the same pain of hunger. This increases one’s reward. 6-Fasting helps to overcome the temptation presented by Satan, who exploits human desires to lead people away from Allah’s path, and such desires are always stronger when one eats and drinks. 7-Fasting helps man to disregard the fleeting pleasures of this life and to look for the lasting happiness in the life to come.

Itikaf

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Itikaf means committing oneself to something, but in Islamic contexts it refers to the staying in seclusion in a mosque, by a Muslim who knows what he is doing, for  the worship of Allah.Islam recommends Muslims to practise this Sunnah and stay in the mosque in the last 10 nights of Ramadan when they should devote more of their time to worship. The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) practice in these 10 nights was to devote all his time to worship, staying up every night, eager to be attending to his worship on the Night of Decree which falls in one of these 10 nights.

Fasting and its effect in life

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Fasting and its effect in life1-It is a commitment to obeying Allah and, as such, it helps to refrain from sin. 2-It provides good training to tolerate hardship with a cheerful manner. 3-It reminds us of Allah’s favours, as He has given us good food and drink and allowed us sex with our spouses. When we refrain from these during the day, we better appreciate Allah’s blessings. 4-It serves as a reminder of the need of our poor brethren. 5-Man fulfils the meaning of servitude to Allah through fasting. 6-Fasting helps anyone who is addicted to something forbidden to overcome his addiction.

Exemptions from fasting

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Exemptions from fasting 1- Illness and old age. 2-Travel 3-Menstruation. 4-Pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The Night of Power

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The Night of Power is a night of great significance, including: 1- It is the night when the Qur’an was bestowed. 2-On this night Allah determines everything that takes place in the year ahead. 3-It is a blessed night. 4-Worship on this night is better rewarded than worship over one thousand months. 5-The angel Gabriel and other angels descend with blessings, goodness and forgiveness on that night. 6-The Night of Decree is a night of peace.

Values to be observed by fasting people

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Values to be observed by fasting people 1-Every Muslim must avoid telling lies, backbiting and cursing at all times, but this is even more strongly required in Ramadan. 2-Desisting from lewdness and foul language, as well as from answering those who use such language. 3-A Muslim must protect himself and his body against committing any sin at all times, but this is more emphasized in Ramadan.

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