“O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may attain a mindfulness of God” (2:183)
Fasting — or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God — for the sake of some spiritual purpose is markedly counter-cultural in our consumerist society. We fast in this life because we believe in the life to come. We don’t have to get it all here and now, because we have a promise that we will have it all in the coming age. We fast from what we can see and taste, because we have tasted and seen the goodness of the invisible and infinite Lord — and are desperately hungry for more of Him (May He Be Exalted). Listen with your heart as Shaykh Mokhtar Magharoui distills ancient wisdom to re-ignite your Ramadan and your spiritual life.
Ramadhan – the month of mercy, in which the Qur’an was revealed, when good deeds are multipled, the gates of Paradise are open, Shaytan is locked away and Muslims have to fast from dawn to sunset. It is the most anticipated month in the Islamic calendar and these are some of the many reasons why. When such an opportunity to gain extra reward and seek forgiveness is presented, it is wise to be in a position to take full advantage. Ustadh Bilal Assad speaks on how to prepare and equip ourselves mentally, spiritually and emotionally for this most blessed of months.
In this Friday sermon, Imam Siraj Wahhaj reflects on the purpose an benefits of fasting. He reflects on verse 184 from Surat al-Baqara:
وَأَن تَصُومُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
And fasting is better for you, if only you knew.
Imam Siraj encourages everyone to fast the month of Ramadan, and establish the pillars of Islam. He highlights that Allah Most High is in no need of our fast. However, we fast to come to know Allah and for our own benefit.
Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a Khutbah about returning to divine guidance. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, April 27th, 2018.
In this video, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah reminds us of the ultimate purpose of fasting Ramadan: to find Allah Most High. He highlights the many means to attaining consciousness of God in the month of Ramadan, including leaving sin, vice, and everything that busies away from Allah. Amongst these, he puts particular emphasis on fulfilling the obligations due upon us, the most important of which are the five daily prayers.
Ramadan is a month dedicated to strengthening the intimate relationship between Allah and His creation. Join Imam Tahir Anwar, as he shares with us key principles of how to fulfill the purpose of Ramadan. Along with studying the rules of fasting, we will cover practical spiritual exercises proven to reconnect us to Allah through His revelation, the Qur’an.
Among the topics covered, some are:
– Obligation & History of Ramadan
– In Preparation of Fasting
– How to Fast: Intention, Methodology & Exemptions
– Benefits of Ramadan & Setting Goals
– Connecting to the Qu’ran
The month of Ramadan is only weeks away inshallah and the IC wants to help you be ready for it. For the second year, join us each Wednesday night as Imam Khalid Latif presents a different topic each through lecture and interactive exercises tailored to make sure you get the most out of your Ramadan inshallah. Topics will include, but not be limited to,:
-Intention: Confidence vs. Arrogance
-Making and Breaking Habits
-The Fiqh of Fasting
-Understanding Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness and Your Emotions
-How to Build a Relationship with the Qur’an
-Effective Du’aa: being ready for the conversation
-Building a Relationship with Allah and His messenger, salallahu ‘alayhi was’salaam
-Rights upon Yourself: Physically Benefiting from your Fasting
A unique look at how the Islamic tradition articulates itself, irrespective of how it has been practiced by its people. In a strategic and tactful manner, Hamza Yusuf makes clear the whole concept of “islam” by analyzing the profound meaning of the word as it is explained in the Holy Qur’an. He then moves into a descriptive examination of the Islamic teaching by thoroughly explaining the fundamental practices of Islam: prayer, zakat (obligatory alms-giving), fasting, and hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca). These series of lectures have been immensely popular due, in large part, to the atmosphere created by the classroom-style format and the interaction and engagement by the speaker with the non-Muslim audience. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the meanings of “surah” and “ayat”, submitting when death comes, religion as self-deception, development and discipline of children, the four seasons as a metaphor for the cosmology of life, determining the prayer times using the sun, women in the mosque, women in the home, wudu (ablution), why pork is forbidden, want vs. need, envy, obeying the laws of the land in which you live, revolution in Islam, symbols in Islam, and going to extremes in practice.