Fasting & Ramadan

Why do Muslims fast? What is the Holy Month of Ramadan, and why is it so holy? What is its significance in Islam. Do Muslims fast to remember the poor, or are the roots much deeper and even more important than that? The questions, answers and facts about fasting, and Ramadan, answered in these articles.

Laylatul Qadr - Odd Nights Ramadhan 2015 UK

Bismillah hir Rahmanir Raheem - in the Name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.

"The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months." [al-Quran 97:3]

So we have entered the last 10 days of Ramadhan, by the Grace of Allah (swt).

In the odd nights during this time we all strive to try and catch Laylatul Qadr, here are the dates for the odd nights for the brothers in the UK.

Tues 7th July - 21st Night of Ramadhan
Thurs 9th July - 23rd Night of Ramadhan...read more

Ramadhan 2012 (1433AH) Is Here!

Salam alaykum brothers and sisters across the globe. Brothers and sisters in the UK have joyfully started their Ramdhan with their first night of Taraweeh yesterday night (Thursday 19th July).

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all brothers and sisters across the globe in this honourable Ummah of Muhammad (sallahu alayhi wassalam) an eventful Ramadhan full of good blessings and mercy from Allah.

May Allah forgive our sins and grant us the highest of paradise, ameen....read more

Eid al-Fitr Will Be on Friday

Eid al-Fitr 1431 AH (2010) will be on Friday.

Saudi Arabia, Egpyt, and Lebanon have all announced that Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday and that Thursday will be the last day of fasting for the Muslims of the world.

Furthermore there is an announcement on the East London Mosque website that Eid for Londoners, and the rest of the UK, will be on Friday, inshAllah.

For brothers and sisters wishing to go to Eid prayers at the East London Mosque, their times are 8:00am, 9:00am,...read more

Mistakes Made By Those Who Fast

Many of those who fast make mistakes because they do not understand Allah's religion, including matters relating to fasting. They, accordingly, do not know what are the things that invalidate, impair or harm the fast. Neither have they any knowledge of the things they ought to do while fasting, what is allowed, what is obligatory and what is forbidden. The Prophet (pbuh) said: 'Whoever Allah wishes good, He grants understanding in religion.' Thus, it appears that the one who does...read more

How Does the Tongue Fast?

The tongue has a special fast. It is well known to those believers who turn away from all that is frivolous. The fasting of the tongue is a permanent feature of both Ramadan and out of Ramadan, though in Ramadan the tongue is disciplined and curbed. The Prophet (pbuh) said: 'Control this' and pointed to his tongue. In response Mu'adh said: 'Even if we start to speak about which we should. O Messenger of Allah?' The Prophet (pbuh) replied: 'Your mother would grieve of...read more

Why Was Fasting Ordained?

To Allah the Almighty there are certain secrets in His laws, insights and His rulings and objective are things which minds percieve and others that confoud human understanding.
With regard to fasting, Allah declared in surah Baqara, v. 183

O you who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God

Quran [2:183]

يَا أَيُّهَا...read more

The Reasons for Fasting and Its Benefits

Fasting was made obligatory for every Ummah

The second ‘Ibadah made obligatory for you by Allah, is fasting. Fasting means abstinence during the day from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse. Like Salah this ‘Ibadah has remained obligatory in the Shari’ahs of all the Prophets from the beginning. All the past Ummahs used to observe fasts in the same way as the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (saw). However, in regard to rules of fasting, the number of fasts and the periods...read more


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