#EidAtHome 2020

EidAtHome: Step-by-step guide to offering Eid prayer at home

With the first #StayHome Eid Al Fitr coming up,

How exactly can the Eid prayer be offered at home? We consulted Dr Mohammed Eyada Ayoub Alkobaisi, a Grand Mufti with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, and he offered a helpful step-by-step guide. Dr Alkobaisi said it is done in the same way one would in a musalla (open area) – but without the khutbah (sermon). “There is no khutbah of Eid when praying at home.” The Eid prayer has two rak’ahs (parts), starting with the non-verbal niyah or the intention of the Eid prayer, followed by six or seven extra takbeers other than the opening takbeer (takbeerat-ul-ihram) in the first rak’ah, he said. “After rising and giving (takbeer takbeert-ul-qiyaam) to the second rak’ah, one should say five extra takbeers,” he said. “It is also permissible to perform the Eid Prayer with only three extra takbeers in each rak’ah.”- Alamy Image
Here is the step-by-step guide to performing the Eid prayer at home: The prayer can be offered individually, but if you are praying with your family, an adult male member should be the leader. It can be your father, brother or grandfather. If there is no male family member in the house, a grown-up female can lead the prayer.- Alamy Image
Make the intention in your heart — no need to say it. Start with the opening takbeer (‘Allahu Akbar’).- Alamy Image
Say the opening supplication quietly (optional). Give seven (or six or three) more takbeers after the imam (or the prayer leader), raising your voice and hands out for each.- KT file photo
In between each takbeer, it is optional to say ‘subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar’. Listen to the imam’s recitation of Surat Al Fatihah (Opening Chapter) and an additional Surat.- KT file photo
Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the rukua or bowing position with the imam and complete the first rakat of the Eid prayer as if you are praying the Fajr prayer. Rise to the second rakat saying ‘Allahu Akbar’.- Alamy Image
Give five (or three) more takbeers after the imam, raising your voice and hands out for each. In between each takbeer, it is optional to say ‘subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar’.- Alamy Image
Listen to the imam’s recitation of Surat Al Fatihah (Opening Chapter) and an additional Surat. Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the rukua or bowing position and complete the second rakat of the Eid prayer as if you are praying the Fajr Prayer.- Alamy Image
Listen to the imam’s recitation of Surat Al Fatihah (Opening Chapter) and an additional Surat. Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the rukua or bowing position and complete the second rakat of the Eid prayer as if you are praying the Fajr Prayer.- KT file photo

Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

  1. All is Not Lost!

Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

  1. Understand

Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

  1. 27th Night?

Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

  1. Follow the Sunnah

Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

  1. Prophetic Du’a

Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni” (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

  1. Lots of Du’a

Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

  1. Relax

Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

  1. Don’t Neglect your Family!

Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

  1. Look the Part

The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

  1. Choose a Spot

Whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

  1. Social Media

This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!

  1. Mix it up

If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

  1. Patience is the Key

The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

  1. Most Importantly…

Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem!

Allahumma ballighna laylatal qadr..

tawakkul

A Breath out of a Lifetime and the Mercy of Allah

If we were to compare the time we have in this Dunya (this worldly life) to the Akhira (the hereafter), it is like comparing the time it takes for one breath out of your entire lifetime. If the average human breathes about 20,000 breaths a day….thats 600 million in an average lifetime of 80 years.

Imagine if someone said to you I will give you a choice of living your life as you please and I will give you $1, or you can pray and live your life righteously and I will give your $600 million. SubhanAllah If it was about money, we all know what the choice would be. But Jannah is something worth a billion times more than all the wealth in the world….it’s priceless….yet many of us are not willing to make the small sacrifices to earn it.

When you deeply reflect on this, the time we have in the Dunya is so fleeting and incredibly insignificant, it is beyond belief that we would do anything detrimental during this one breath to sacrifice a lifetime of eternal happiness. Yet we are all have egos and desires that make us sinners in some way or another…bizarrely risking jeopardising an eternity of bliss for the joys of a breath.

Alhamdulillah thankfully Allah is the most merciful of merciful….beyond anything we can comprehend. Not only has He made us Muslim…..eventually guaranteeing us Jannah – eternal happiness – InshaAllah, He has allocated us 10 rewards for each good deed and 1 sin for each bad deed.

That basically means the pass mark for our exam is 10%! Not only that, it is an open book exam (Quran) with all the answers provided, and a teacher to instruct us how to answer (the Prophet Muhammad – saws).

Who sets an exam with such conditions, but one who wants everyone to pass! This is the majesty, grace and mercy of Allah.

We really have no excuses and in these blessed days of Ramadan, the days of Allah’s mercy, forgiveness and being saved from hell fire; we should really be so thankful for the blessing of just being Muslim.

Our deen is not hard but we choose to complicate our lives. Put simply if we made sure we never miss our prayers, do our best to eliminate from our lives what is Haram (forbidden) and make sure we never harm others (as they will have rights over us)….we really don’t need to do more than that (besides fasting, giving charity and performing haj if we can). Anything else we do is an added bonus.

Allah is so incredibly merciful and loves us so much…if only we could comprehend.

May Allah make us of those InshaAllah who will successfully spend our breath for a reward of never ending total bliss in Jannah ya Rabb.

5 Benefits of Reading Quran

As a Muslim, we believe that the Holy Quran is a source of divine blessing and merit, tranquillity, and guidance for all mankind. The Quran is believed to sanctify the heart and home of the Muslim because it’s based on the words of Allah (SWT). In Quran, Allah has laid down solution of every human problem. 

“And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as a guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims.” – Quran 16:89.

Reflecting upon the verses of Quran is a form of worship and it is something that will draw us closer to Allah. Even just by reading it, reciting, memorizing, or just possessing a copy of the Quran in our home, will make us more relieved because Quran is a source of rest and relaxation for the heart. Allah will give great rewards too for reading, reciting the Quran, and implementing it in our daily life routine. 

There are so many benefits of reading Quran. Besides religious benefits in the form of rewards, these are the other benefits and blessings of Quran. 

  1. Cleansing Our Heart

Reading Quran affects the heart and purifies it by cleaning it from all the impurities. 

“O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” – Quran 10:57

2. Quran will Act as an Intercessor on the Day of Judgement

The chapter of the Quran will argue on your behalf in the grave.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, 

“Read the Quran, for indeed it will come on the Day of Standing (Judgment) as an intercessor for its companions.” – Narrated by Muslim

3. Each Recited Letter is Ten Rewards

Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, 

“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” – At-Tirmidhi

Therefore, can you imagine how many rewards you can gain for every letter you recite the Quran daily?

4. The Reciters will be in the Company of the Noble and Obedient Angels

Not only will be in the company of those angels, even when we are still trying hard and doing extra effort to learn and recite Quran for pleasing Allah, we will get the double reward. Both in this life and the hereafter.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, 

“Verily the one who recites the Quran beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” – Al-Bukhari and Muslim

5. Rising the Position in Paradise

Our position in Paradise is determined by the amount of Quran we memorize and act upon it in daily life. Allah will reward and honour us greatly for that. We will rise in status in Paradise to a level commensurate with what we memorized of the Book of Allah.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “It will be said to the companion of the Quran: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the dunya! For verily, your position in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!” – Al-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawood

With those benefits, we all want to read Quran regularly, recite it beautifully, learning the rules of tajweed, and learning about its tafseer. Well, it needs time to complete the whole Quran, but surely it’s worth it.

Good News !!!

Good News for Saudi Residents and Fellow Muslims as the Two Holy Mosques (Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Al Nabawi) will be opened for Tawaaf soon & normal prayers and salutations to the Holy Prophets will start soon in the month of Ramadan in the kingdom.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that keeping commitment to relevant procedures, Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Al Nabawi will be opened from 8th Ramadan for believers

The Following Protocol will be applicable in #Ramadan1441 in two holy mosques:

  1. Masjids will remain closed for general Public (only presidency staff & workers are allowed to pray in haramain sharifain mosques)
  2. Taraweeh will be held etween closded dorrs (reduced from 20 to 10 Rakahs)
  3. Iftaar services cancelled in both mosques
  4. Umrah will remain suspended until further notice
  5. itikaf cancelled

There will be some conditions:

1. We have to take our own prayer mat.(no one can enter without mat)

2. You can’t use masjid Quran, if you need you have to bring your own Quran.

3. Should make distance between

4. Washrooms of masjid will be remain closed

5. You should wear your mask.

6. Use sanitizer at the entrance of masjid which will be available

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had closed both Masjid al Haram and Masjid an Nabawiafter the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the region, banning all Umrahs, Prayers, Iftaar, Itekaf and all other things that are linked to the social gatherings.

This is a good time for all the believers during this pandemic to pray in Makkah & Madina and definitely Allah will listen to our prayers and Insha Allah all our hardships will come to an end.

Day 1 Dua Ramadan

If you do not know how to correctly read the Quran in Arabic, then joinQuran Reading Academy for online Quran teaching classes to improve your Quran recitation and understanding skills.

Ramadan is the month of fasting filled with religious and spiritual fervor. Muslims across the globe, refrain themselves from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk. In addition, Muslims perform special prayers and indulge themselves in special Ibadaats including the hugely rewarded deeds to ensure they make the maximum out of this holy month.

Making Dua in this holy month is one of the major deeds Muslims do to invoke Allah and seek His blessings. Therefore, besides the general Ramadan Duas, there are other supplications that Muslims can recite while fasting. In that regard, QuranReading.com has put its efforts in order to compile a list of 30 Ramadan supplications for 30 days of Ramadan for its readers. You can daily consult each Dua to call upon Allah in a unique way now.

Ramadan Dua Day 1:

JazazakAllah khair

Usman Uddin

Ramadan 2020

Ramadan or Ramzan is recognised as the holy month when Muslims worldwide observe fasting from dawn to dusk. It falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar to mark the first revelation of the holy book, Quran, to prophet Muhammad.

As per the Islamic beliefs, God forgives the past sins of the devotees who prays and fasts with faithful intentions.

The word Ramadan in Arabic means extreme dryness and intolerable heat. Ramadan begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon. This year Ramadan is expected to begin from Thursday, April 25 and will conclude on Saturday, May 25 2020.

Ramadan 2020: Importance of fasting

The basic idea of fasting is to practice self-restraint, a period of introspection, communal prayer (salat), charity and reading the Quran.

Observing fast is an act of spiritual purification of the mind and the body.

As per the holy book Quran, fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The other pillars of Islam are a declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and going for Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Ramadan 2020: Time of Fasting

Sawm begins a few hours after the sighting of the moon at sunrise and continues until sunset. Devotees pray five times a day and do not eat or drink during the course of the day. They refrain themselves from sinful acts, such as false speech, insulting, cursing, lying, and fighting, that may negate the reward of fasting.

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” -Quran

They take their meal before dawn and after sunset. The meal which is taken before the sunrise is called Suhur and the meal taken after the sunset is called Iftar.

Devotees with their family and friends end the fast by eating dates before the evening meal Iftar, it’s a traditional way. The Iftar is arranged in a grand manner with the varieties of dishes served on the table.

But this year due to Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, people will maintain the social distancing and celebrate the occasion with family.

After the Holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, Eid al-Fitr takes place. This year, the festival is expected to fall on May 25 or 26.

JazazakAllah khair

Usman Uddin

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