Monthly Archives: May 2018

Ramadan Note 9 – the beginning, the middle & the end

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) addressed the Muslims on the last day of the month preceding Ramadan and said:

“People, a great blessed month has come upon you, a month containing Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power) which is better than a thousand months. Allah has made fasting during it an obligation, and steadfastly observing its nights in worship a voluntary act. Whoever undertakes an act of obedience to Allah during this month with a righteous deed, it is as if he has performed an obligatory act at other times; and whoever performs an obligatory act during it is as one who performed seventy obligations at other times. It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Paradise. It is the month of goodwill, during which provisions are multiplied. Whoever feeds a fasting person will be compensated with forgiveness of sins and salvation of his soul from Hell. He will also receive a reward equal to that of the person he feeds, without causing him any reduction (in his good deeds).”

(The Companions) said:

“Not all of us can find something to feed a fasting person.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied:

“Allah gives this reward to whoever feeds a fasting person even with just a taste of milk or dates, or a drink of water. Whoever quenches the thirst of a fasting person, Allah the Almighty makes him drink from my pond such that he will never feel thirsty again until he enters Paradise. It is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is emancipation from Hell.”

a backyard taraweeh

‘taraweeh’ comes from the Arabic word ‘rah’ which means to rest which means to relax.  It is the supererogatory prayer prayed individually or in congregation in sets of 2 rakahs during the nights of Ramadan. In Barbados, there are several jamaats where the entire Qur’an is recited by imams during the taraweeh prayer in the month of Ramadan.

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prayed one night in the mosque, and the people followed him in prayer. Then he prayed the next night, and many people came. Then they gathered on the third or fourth night, and the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not come out to them. The next morning he said: “I saw what you did, and nothing kept me from coming out to you except the fact that I feared that it would be made obligatory for you.” And that was in Ramadan. Bukhari (1129) and Muslim (761)

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It is rare for muslimahs in Barbados to attend the taraweeh salaat for a number of reasons. This year, I have not left home to pray taraweeh away from home as yet. Nor has BD. Last Sunday, there were friends in our backyard, and with Allah swt blessings, about 14 muslimahs were able to pray taraweeh salaat in jamaat behind an Imam whose recitation was beautifully delivered.

A potluck iftar in May

Last Sunday, friends and their families gathered to share in a potluck iftar provided by everyone – the ubiquitous dates, aloo pies, bhajiyas, chicken & beef patties, bananas and watermelon, chai, green tea, and water to break the fast. After a Quranic recitation by a family member Haafiz, and a talk by a family member Maulana. And a du’a. And then the du’a:

“The thirst has gone

and the veins are quenched,

and the reward is confirmed,

if Allah wills.”img-20180527-wa0012.jpeg

Followed by congregational maghrib salaat, and dinner by way of chicken biryani, basmati rice, butter chicken, beef curry, lamb chops, corn pie, roti pie (think enchilada like lasagne), waldorf salad, pasta & peas salad, channa chapati, & dhalpuri. Accompanied by a red soft drink, homemade lemonade, coconut water & plain H2O.

Segueing into apple cheesecake, cheescake, chocolate chip bark, vanilla & chocolate ice cream.

“All praise belongs to Allah,

who fed us and quenched our thirst

and made us Muslims”.

And culminating in an unexpected backyard taraweeh led by Maulana.