Monthly Archives: June 2016

Outside the mosque – Ramadan


Youngest finished rehearsal near enough to maghrib for me to take him to masjid to break his fast there (for the first time in Barbados). 2016-06-24 18.12.49

Once again, I remained…outside of the mosque.


Tandoori chicken – another Ramadan bite

Our friend A telephoned yesterday to say that she was providing us with dinner. These are the pic’k’s: onions, tandoori chicken with fries sprinkled, and thin rotis (Gujrati cuisine). The eggplant in the composite photo was courtesy of our home (Trini cusine). The cucumber pickle was courtesy of our helper’s St. Vincent roots. By the way, this was spicy spicy spicy – burned the outside of the lips – but a meal you couldn’t stop until you finished every bite. Alhamdulillah for good and thoughtful friends.

Ana sawm – a Ramadan reply to irascibility

Two of the most popular hadith on the control of anger are:

Rasool s.a.w.s said:

“I know a word, the saying of which will cause him to relax, if he does say it. If he says: ‘I seek Refuge with Allah from Satan’ then all his anger will go away.” [Al-Bukhari; Vol. 4, No. 502]


Abu Dharr narrated: The Apostle of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said to us: “When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise he should lie down.” [Abu Daud; Book 41, No. 4764]

Despite all of the many benefits of fasting in the month of Ramadan, I find myself irascible at times with others.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said

Fasting is a shield; so when one of you is fasting he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice in anger. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: “I am fasting!” (Muslim)

YoungerBrother says that the arabic for ‘I am fasting’ referred to in the hadith is “Ana sawm”.


Vegan franks – another Ramadan bite

This Ramadan, we’ve found ourselves eating lots of different foods. Five different palates in my household, and five different tastes.

This morning for sehri, Youngest, BakerDaughter & Number One Son ate (ewwww), hot dogs. The toppings are horseradish mustard, cheese, sweet relish & ketchup.

I saw ewwww because I really cannot abide the sight or the smell. Although I know it’s vegan. At school, I would remove myself from the vicinity of anyone eating hot dogs. The smell would make me quite nauseous. Having disgusting children who actually like the stuff, I forced myself to cook them. The scent still sets me off though. Thankfully, BH does NOT like them either. (And I have acclimatised myself to his like for corned beef).

Plug into Salah


Asalamualaykum readers, we hope your Ramadan is going well. Today’s post is regarding a very important topic, without it the believer doesn’t really taste the sweetness of faith. May we all be amongst those who perfect their Salah/prayer. Ameen


Today I come to you with a very simple act…… an action which we do every day……

I noticed many of us go to Rukuu or Sujoud and raise up so fast, some don’t even take the time to say “Subhana Rabi Al Adheem” 3 times…and say it only once!!!!

Well, I have good news for you today…… I have news that will make you from today onwards go to Rukuu or Sujoud with a different feeling and different timing.

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
( إن العبد إذا قام يصلي أتي بذنوبه كلها ، فوضعت على رأسه وعاتقيه ، فكلما ركع أو سجد تساقطت عنه(

The Prophet…

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The vomiting fasting footballer – the Rule

Yes, we’re still writing about Number One Son. And Youngest, who is not yet considered mature, is fasting too. And practised football while fasting last Friday.

NOS practised Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday and Friday would have been just before iftar. Saturday was in the hot hours of the morning to just about midday. So he vomited when he got home. “Mum, did this break my fast?”

For years, I’ve ‘known’ of this rule – fast is broken if vomiting more than a mouthful. Didn’t make sense to me. But here goes….

The Rule

The intestinal tract running from the throat through stomach and ending with the end of the intestine is the critical tract. Entry of anything (other than the air one usually breathes) through the mouth, nose, a perforated eardrum, or the anus, breaks the fast.

At age 45+ all is made clear to me by the communication of this simple, logical explanation. (This was explained at the Sisters’ talk given on Sunday last).

The spewing of the vomitus doesn’t break the fast. What might break the fast is whether any of the vomit was swallowed (yes, it sounds gross). There are two schools of thought on that, and depends on volition or not, and amount.


Fasting and football – Qadha & Kaffarah

So, Number One Son has oodles of football practice before jetting off to play in some international tournament. Oooh, goodie, says you. Well, yes. But, 1. he is muslim, 2. he is considered mature although under the age of majority. And? you say.

Well, you remember that it is Ramadan, don’t you. So what? say you.

Fasting during this month is compulsory for him. Unless he was ill, or traveling (more than 48 miles although that criteria differs from my personal view, and away for less than 14 days). Football practice does not fall under either exempted head. I see, you say, slowly. I can see that you are a tad befuddled. Does that mean that he cannot practise? No, it means that his fast is his priority and all other things are secondary. Uh huh, you say.

Okay, to fast or not to fast is never a question. Unless ill, or traveling, or insane, or pregnant, or breastfeeding, or too old, or too young. Or your work is too hard.

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous [Qur’an 2:183]

[Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] – then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] – a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess – it is better for him. But to fast is best for you, if you only knew. [Qur’an 2:184]

The question is really, how can you play football and fast. This question isn’t new. It came up in the last Olympics – visit fasting in olympics.

And lest we forget the sanctions – if you unintentionally break the fast, you must make it up after Ramadan (as in fast for a day). But if you break or miss the fast intentionally, then that ‘ransom’ is to fast for 60 consecutive days, or, feed a poor person per day for 60 days or feed 60 poor persons in a day.

He fasts. As he is commanded to.

What? You’re hungry? Another Ramadan bite

You fast from dawn to dusk in a single month of the year in obedience of your Lord’s command. Do you hunger?

Others fast too during this month. For longer than dawn to dusk. And for many more months than just Ramadan. Visit this World Food Programme page .

Are you still hungry now?

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 552

“(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'” – The Holy Quran, 76:8-9