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  1. As-salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, DOUBLE EVERY DROP Wednesday 8th August 2012 Charity Iftar raising funds for people who desperately need water. Confirmed speaker: Shaykh Mumtaz ul Haq! Doors open 6.30pm Al Mirage Restaurant 215 Upper Tooting Road London SW17 7TG Limited seats so HURRY!! Reminders - Dinner - Fundraising £10 Adults £8 Child (under 12) For tickets call: 07951410719 Brothers / 07930873732 Sisters UK Aid will match donations up to £5,000,000 (Five Million Pounds). So here is your chance to double whatever you donate at this iftar! Organised by Southwark Muslim Forum in partnership with Islamic Relief, supported by Islamic Forum of Europe.
  2. As-salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, DOUBLE EVERY DROP Wednesday 8th August 2012 Charity Iftar raising funds for water solutions around the world. Doors open 6.30pm Bina Banqueting Hall 4-8 Upper Tooting Road Tooting Bec London, SW17 7PG Limited seats so HURRY!! Segregated Event. Reminders - Dinner - Fundraising £10 Adults £8 Child (under 12) For tickets call: 07951410719 Brothers / 07930873732 Sisters UK Aid will match donations up to £5,000,000 (Five Million Pounds). So here is your chance to double whatever you donate at this iftar! Organised by Southwark Muslim Forum in partnership with Islamic Relief, supported by Islamic Forum of Europe.
  3. As-salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, DOUBLE EVERY DROP Wednesday 8th August 2012 Charity Iftar raising funds for water solutions around the world. Doors open 6.30pm Bina Banqueting Hall 4-8 Upper Tooting Road Tooting Bec London, SW17 7PG Limited seats so HURRY!! Segregated Event. Reminders - Dinner - Fundraising £10 Adults £8 Child (under 12) For tickets call: 07951410719 Brothers / 07930873732 Sisters UK Aid will match donations up to £5,000,000 (Five Million Pounds). So here is your chance to double whatever you donate at this iftar! Organised by Southwark Muslim Forum in partnership with Islamic Relief, supported by Islamic Forum of Europe.
  4. Should Maghrib prayer be given precedence over food or should food be given precedence over prayer? How should the Muslim break his fast? Because many people are distracted by eating until the time for Maghrib prayer ends, and if you ask them they tell you: There is no prayer in the presence of food. Is it permissible to quote these words as evidence, because the time for Maghrib is short? Now what should I do? Should I break my fast with some dates and then pray Maghrib and after that finish eating, or should I finish eating completely and then pray Maghrib?. Praise be to Allaah. The Sunnah is for the fasting person to hasten to break the fast as soon as he is certain that the sun has set, because of the hadeeths “The people will continue to be fine so long as they hasten to break the fast” and “The most beloved of the slaves of Allah to Allah are those who are quickest to break the fast.” The best way for the one who is fasting is to break his fast with a few dates, then delay eating until after Maghrib prayer, so that he may combine the Sunnah of hastening to break the fast and praying Maghrib at the beginning of its time, in congregation, following the example of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). With regard to the hadeeths, “There is no prayer in the presence of food or when resisting the urge to relieve oneself” and “If ‘Isha’ and dinner come at the same time, start with dinner,” and similar reports, what is meant is if a person is offered food or if he comes to eat, then he should start with the food before praying, so that he can pray without his mind being focused on the food and his prayer then will be offered with proper focus and humility. But he should not ask for food to be brought before praying if that means that he will miss out on offering the prayer at the beginning of its time or praying in congregation. And Allah is the source of strength; may Allah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions. End quote. Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez Aal al-Shaykh, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh Saalih al-fawzaan, Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah – al-Majmoo’ ah al-Thaaniyyah, 9/32 Source: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/129913
  5. :sl: Ramadan health guide: a guide to healthy fasting Document type: Guidance Author: Communities in Action Published date: 13 September 2007 Primary audience: Public, Health and social care professionals Product number: 283570 Gateway reference: 8763 Pages: 30 Copyright holder: Crown This booklet is aimed at helping to understand the health issues related to fasting, to help people make more informed choices, minimise complications and maximise the benefit of the fast. The booklet gives a guide through the physiological changes that occur during fasting, gives examples of beneficial and harmful foods during fasting, discusses potential medical problems and remedies, suggests a diet plan, and responds to the most frequently asked questions about fasting in general and medical issues in particular. The booklet also contains a section for doctors and medical professionals, to enable them to provide more informed services. Download Ramadan health guide (PDF, 2113K) <<<<<<<<< Please, Click on It Source: http://www.dh.gov.uk
  6. Ramadan Food: When And What To Eat Ramadan (in Arabic: رمضان, Ramadān) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. During the whole month, faithful observers of Islam fast from sunrise (Sahour) to sunset (Iftar). During the fast, no food or drink is consumed, and thoughts must be kept pure. Followers of Islam believe that fasting helps the Muslim learn patience, modesty, and spirituality. Meals are served before sunrise and after sunset, and eaten with family or with the local community. The elderly, sick, and mentally ill are exempt from the fasting. Also exempt are pregnant women, women during the period of their menstruation, and women nursing their newborns. In some Muslim communities, people who miss the fasting portion of Ramadan are expected to compensate by feeding the poor and unfortunate during the suhoor and iftar meals. In 2009, Ramadan ends on September 20th. The Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, so it retrogresses about two weeks backwards every year. In 2010, Ramadan will be closer to the middle of the summer. The fast is strictly observed, even in higher latitudes. Muslims living in Northern Europe or Canada have to fast longer than Muslims living in the Middle East due to daylight hours being longer. During Ramadan, two main meals are served; the suhoor, which is served before dawn, and the iftar, which is served after sunset. Since the suhoor is intended to last one throughout the day, it tends to be a heavy and hearty meal. Suhoor ends when the sun rises and the fajr, or morning prayer, begins. At the end of the day, when the sun sets, the maghrib prayer starts, and the day's fast is broken with the iftar meal. Many Muslims break their fast by eating dates before beginning the iftar meal. Muslims can continue eating and drinking throughout the night until the next day's suhoor. At the end of the Ramadan month, Muslims celebrate the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, called Eid al-Fitr. Both of the suhoor and iftar meals contain fresh fruit, vegetables, halal meats, breads, cheeses, and sweets. Remember that the Muslim world is large and is not only in the Middle East; there are Muslims worldwide in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The types of food served vary by region. The meals are served either at home with family, or in the community Masjids, or other designated places within the Muslim community. Some foods that may be served at a Ramadan suhoor or iftar: Dates, pistachios, other nuts, and dried fruits Fresh seasonal fruits Fresh seasonal vegetables Chabbakia - a dessert made of fried dough flavored with orange blossom water and coated with sesame seeds and honey. (Morocco) Paomo - a bread & mutton soup (China) Ramazan Kebabi - a dish made with lamb, onions, yogurt, and pita bread. (Turkey) Sherbet - the world's first soft drink, developed in the Ottoman Empire. Sherbets are made from fruit juices, extracts of flowers, or herbs, and combined with water and sugar. (Turkey) Chapatis - unleavened flatbread that is rolled up with vegetables and meats. (India and Pakistan) Lavash - a soft, thin crackerbread. (Armenia, Azerbaijan) Fattoush - a salad made of vegetables and pita bread. (Lebanon and Arab countries) Tabbouleh - a salad made with fresh tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and bulgur wheat. (Middle East) Khyar Bi Laban - cucumber and yogurt salad (Middle East) Chorba - lamb stew with tomatoes and chickpeas (Morocco) Fasulia - stew with green beans and meat (North Africa and the Middle East) Bamia - a stew made with meat and okra (North Africa and the Middle East) Mujadarra - a dish made with rice and lentils (Middle East) Konafah - a pastry made with phyllo dough and cheese (Middle East) Qatayef - a type of Arabic pancake filled with sweet cheese and nuts (Saudi Arabia, Palestine) Ful medammes - fava beans cooked with garlic and spread on bread (North Africa) Kolak - a fruit dessert made with palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf. Fruits such as jackfruit or banana are added, or mung beans. (Indonesia) Haleem - a porridge made of meat, wheat, and lentils. (India) Paneer cheese (Persia and India) Jalebi - deep-fried dough batter soaked in syrup. (Pakistan) Shabi kebab - fried patties of ground meat and chickpeas. (India and Pakistan) More: • Allrecipes has a good list of Ramadan recipes here. • More Ramadan recipes, via AsiaRecipe. • The Boston Globe's Big Picture Blog has wonderful photos of Ramadan food and activities here. If you are currently traveling in a Muslim country or live in a Muslim neighborhood, please recognize that right now is a holy time for Muslims and they are fasting during daylight hours. If you need to purchase food or drink during fasting hours, please be respectful and carry them in a non-see-through bag back to your home or hotel room where you can consume them in privacy. Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about Ramadan and meeting Muslims in person, many Masjids and Islamic cultural centers have community outreach programs where they invite non-Muslims to enjoy an iftar meal with the other members of the Masjid. Be sure to check beforehand what the dress code is, as women may need to cover their arms and/or head. Here is a primer on Muslim etiquette. I am attending a Ramadan Open House Iftar meal in San Francisco this weekend. I discovered it by doing a Google search for "Ramadan Iftar Outreach San Francisco." As-Salāmu `Alaykum - "May peace be upon you." (Images: Premshree Pillai, Hamed Saber, Binnur's Turkish Cookbook, Raja Islam, Ghadeer Alqattan, Vit Hassan, and Amazon - thanks!) Adapted from: http://www.thekitchn.com/ramadan-when-its-ok-to-eat-and-94989
  7. Time Has Come: Tips For Women in Ramadan Tips and Advice By Rasha Dewedar Freelance Writer-Egypt Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:00 Ramadan Mubarak! While Sha'ban is approaching its end, Muslims all over the world start counting down for Ramadan with unprecedented motivation and high hopes to do many things; to get the maximum of this holy month. However, good intentions are not enough! Muslim women like everyone else have high expectations for the blessed month, as well as more loads and duties. Achieving what you want in Ramadan is strongly related to time management and realistic plans. Women have more duties in Ramadan, especially if they are working, however, they still have several opportunities for getting rewards, which makes it even more important for them to arrange and coordinate diversity of activities only in one month. Charity is a widely open door in which women can participate by different ways. Cooking food for needy people, collecting money from relatives and friends for charitable reasons, among other activities. Women have also a very important and crucial role in helping their children understand what Ramadan is all about, and in organizing activities and entertaining activities relevant to the holy month. Ramadan is considered an excellent opportunity for kids to live 30 days in a comprehensive experience that includes fasting, praying, playing, and helping others either physically or financially. Time management is not only how you manage your time in Ramadan, but extends to how you manage to decrease your tasks and duties during the holy month. Everyone has different priorities, abilities, and circumstances, nevertheless, you can tailor the following tips to your life style. Pray that Allah grants you Baraka in your time. Don't go to one of the extremes; don't put very high expectations that you are unlikely to make, be always sure you are not a superwoman (no one actually is). You are not helpless as well, you can achieve a lot if you put realistic plan that goes along with your abilities, responsibilities, and circumstances. Make it simple, don't overwhelm yourself with lists of food items you should prepare everyday on Iftar, just make sure meals are nutritious and have all necessary elements. Get your kitchen prepared; prepare different ingredients for meals before Ramadan, so that in Ramadan, you just do the final steps. For example, prepare in your fridge a good amount of onions, garlic, and tomato sauce. Get meat and chicken washed and spiced. Prepare some homemade drinks like hibiscus, and leave them in the fridge. Keep your home organized; this way you can get things easier and save time of searching for items. Set your priorities; Put your plan starting with basic tasks followed by less important to 'you'. Don't schedule what you think less prior, just focus on more important things and get them done efficiently. Put a schedule to your appointments and visits; avoid unnecessary outings, and put definite dates and times if you can. Make it clear to your family and friends that Ramadan is a very special time to you and that you'd rather give more time to prayers and related activities and you can postpone gatherings and errands and do it afterwards. Be smart when you invite; inviting guests to Iftar no doubt has a great thawab, and spread happiness to both you and your guests, and it can be a great load as well, unless you have a good plan for it. Cook simple meals that do not need much time or effort. Prepare some or most of the dishes one day before if you can, so you don't have all the work on the same day. Get someone to help you with preparing, lifting, and washing the dishes if feasible, and if you have kids, let them help you as well. Dish parties are an excellent choice in this case, where everyone gets a dish and you all share cooking and you also share thawab. Make a checklist in which you put basic duties as well as extra activities, and make one for each child, this will act as a good reminder as well as an alert if you put too much or too less tasks. Don't say tomorrow, if you have a task, do it immediately, this will even give you a push to do more. Take some rest; enough sleeping hours are very important for you to be able to complete the whole month with the same pace. Eat well; healthy food will give you the energy to work, pray, and do all your duties. Avoid eating junk food and food with big amount of fats as much as you can, this kind of diet will make you more sleepy and lazy in addition to its health hazards. After managing your time a way or another, help others to do the same, especially family members. Exercise; many people think Ramadan is absolutely the wrong time to exercise, this is not true. You can have few minutes of stretching or any kind of work outs that makes your body stronger and make you feel better. For Working Women: Needless to say that working women have a harder job that need more care and control. The good news however, is that working women are mostly used to time management, checklists, and arranging tasks beforehand. Working efficiently is an important gate to Paradise, so be always sure that you are doing a great job which will essentially reflect on your psychology in a positive way. Set your schedule carefully, according to your working hours so that you have adequate time to sleep, work, and good time to spend with your family. Make use of the time of breaks and transportation in reading Qur'an and Dhikr. Help your Muslim colleagues make the most of the holy month by exchanging information, and encouraging each other. Get your family involved; you can get the help of your family members in household responsibilities. You should always know that time management is not a tool for more duties to accomplish. It's rather a system that helps you having a clear vision of what you want to do, identify your responsibilities, feel productive, which will finally grant you control over your life with a sense of empowerment. Source: http://www.onislam.n...in-ramadan.html
  8. Reverts Living with Non-Muslim Parents Managing Ramadan with Your Non-Muslim Family By Amal Stapley Founder of SuperMuslimah Project- The UK Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:00 Living with your non-Muslim family as a new Muslim poses many different challenges and in my experience, Ramadan is one of the biggest challenges. The challenges of course vary from family to family, but can be particularly challenging if they aren’t open to your new-found faith or to certain aspects of it. As in any household, there are always compromises to be made, but when the family members have different beliefs and ways of life, the balance is a very fine one that can easily be tipped one way or the other. It sometimes feels as if you are walking on a bit of a tightrope trying to please everyone, and yet keep true to Islam. New Muslims and Non-Muslim Families - How to Tell Your Parents About Your Conversion - About to Convert, Concerned About My Family - New Muslims and Family Problems - Help for New Muslims, What After Taking Shahadah? - Challenges Facing a New Muslim During most of the year, minor adjustments and compromises can be made, as a new Muslim tries to keep within the bounds set by God, but still maintaining the family ties. The timing of activities, such as praying can be adjusted to fit into the family routine, Islamic activities can happen outside the house and friends not invited round to avoid arguments and clashes. But when it comes to Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, it’s not as easy to make compromises, as the timings for fasting are strictly prescribed and the prohibitions are absolute (other than due to the lawful exceptions). And God’s commands have to take priority over family wishes: {But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them but accompany them in [this] world with appropriate kindness…} (Luqman 31: 15) So how can you manage to do that in Ramadan? It’s impossible to give one standard answer to that question, but the following are some ideas that I have tried while living with my family or that others have tried. Show Understanding for Their Point of View It can be very easy in the early flushes of your new faith to be so enthusiastic about it that you forget how strange some of the rituals of Islam seem to other people. They don’t have the same belief as you and therefore find it very difficult to understand why you have to fast for a whole month and be so strict about it. They can’t understand your motivation for doing it and everything about fasting may seem to clash with their own understandings of life and how it should be lived.If you are facing this type of challenge, one of the best ways to explain about Ramadan I have found is to research the health benefits of fasting. Although this is not our main motivation for fasting, explaining it from a scientific perspective may help your family to accept it better. Booklets like the “Ramadan Health Guide” produced by the National Health Service can be a great help with this, as it’s produced by a trusted scientific organization. Being Gently Firm Some of my biggest challenges with my family have been when they have tried to tell me what God does or doesn’t want from me or when they have tried to impose their interpretation on me of how I should practice my faith. Looking back, I can see how my practice of Islam may have been confusing, as over the years, when I have learned more and grown into Islam, I have gradually adopted slightly different practices. This may have made it seem as if it is possible to pick and choose what I practice and make it seem as if I could be persuaded to change what I had planned. But in the end, as I will be the one standing in front of God accounting for my life; I will be the one who has to justify my actions based on my best understanding of my faith. So I have therefore had to gently stand firm for what I have understood to be the best thing for me to do and used the "broken record" technique; simply repeating my position and not succumbing to persuasion. This hasn’t always been easy to do at the time and has resulted in some emotional conversations, but in the end, when it became clear that I was standing firm, it was accepted, even though that may have been done grudgingly. And maybe I gained some respect for holding onto my beliefs along the way, even though they weren’t necessarily agreed with. Drink Plenty and Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet My father used to find Ramadan so stressful that he once suggested that I should move out for the month One of the things that non-Muslims find most difficult to understand is the fact that not only we do not eat during the daylight hours in Ramadan, but we also don’t drink anything. Contemporary medical advice encourages people to drink water regularly to keep hydrated, so when your parents see you not drinking, they naturally get worried that you are harming yourself. So make sure that you do drink plenty during the night, and let them know that you are. Also make sure to eat a healthy balanced diet and take a short nap if you need to, to show them that you are being responsible about your fasting. Spend Quality Time with Your Family If your family normally eats together, it will be strange for them to know that you are in the house and not eating with them. It may be even more uncomfortable for you to sit with them but not eat. The ideal would of course be if they would be willing to change their mealtimes to eat with you, but if that doesn’t happen, there are several things you could do. You could try to make up for missing mealtimes by finding as much quality time to spend with them at other times during the day as you can. You could help to prepare the dinner and clear away after it or better still, cook meals for them! Look out for other ways that you could show your appreciation for this being a difficult time for them. Make It Easy for Your Parents My father used to find Ramadan so stressful that he once suggested that I should move out for the month, so they didn’t have to deal with it. It didn’t actually come to that, but instead I try to make it easier and more natural by taking as many opportunities as I can to go out and have Iftar with friends; this makes me not eating with them on those days seem more normal. When I bring back food for them, it also lets them know that I was thinking of them while I was out. If you are able to go away for some time in Ramadan, it may also help to relieve some of the stress and maybe going to I’tikaf (retreat) might benefit you all! Whatever you decide to do, you will need to do it with respect, as you are living in parents’ house and this can be a powerful tool for daw’ah. May Allah help you to find the best way to please Him and also your family! Source: http://www.onislam.n...lim-family.html