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Beach

 

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Hudhaifa reported:

The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: We have been made to excel (other) people in three (things): Our rows have been made like the rows of the angels and the whole earth has been made a mosque for us, and its dust has been made a purifier for us in case water is not available.

So, from left to right (yes, I admit it, I forgot how to get text/captioning done on picmonkey) are beaches in Barbados, where you can pray in solitude or saffs, and purify in water:): Bathsheba Bay, Carlisle Bay (top & bottom images), Bathsheba again (top), and Little Bay (bottom right and visit HIS CREATION for the symphony of images from this bay)

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Ramadan Note 18 – equality despite diversity

“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you.”

Qur’an 49:13.

“And mankind is naught but a single nation.”

Qur’an 2:213.

References to mankind in the Qur’an means that the Almighty is addressing all of humanity, and not only Muslims. As Muslims we are taught that we are one brotherhood, which is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity. Islam with its universal concept of this brotherhood rejects all artificial marks of distinction. God created us from one man and one woman meaning then that we are all the same, created through the same process. We must understand that God is the One who made human beings into different groups and people. These differences are a sign from God.

“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for those who know.”

Qur’an 30:22. No one can claim any superiority over the other based on race, colour, language or wealth and this is emphasized in the last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) showing high regard of humanity irrespective of colour or race when he iterated:

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a red has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a red except by piety and good action.”

We are reminded that the command to fast during the month of Ramadan was so that we could attain piety. We fast whether we are black, white, yellow, brown, or red, whether we are poor or rich, regardless or our nationality or ethnicity.

Ramadan Note 18 – equality despite diversity

“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you.”

Qur’an 49:13.

“And mankind is naught but a single nation.”

Qur’an 2:213.

References to mankind in the Qur’an means that the Almighty is addressing all of humanity, and not only Muslims. As Muslims we are taught that we are one brotherhood, which is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity. Islam with its universal concept of this brotherhood rejects all artificial marks of distinction. God created us from one man and one woman meaning then that we are all the same, created through the same process. We must understand that God is the One who made human beings into different groups and people. These differences are a sign from God.

“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for those who know.”

Qur’an 30:22. No one can claim any superiority over the other based on race, colour, language or wealth and this is emphasized in the last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) showing high regard of humanity irrespective of colour or race when he iterated:

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a red has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a red except by piety and good action.”

We are reminded that the command to fast during the month of Ramadan was so that we could attain piety. We fast whether we are black, white, yellow, brown, or red, whether we are poor or rich, regardless or our nationality or ethnicity.

Ramadan Note 16 – Jummah – come to Friday prayer

Congregational prayers can be offered anywhere and at any time for any and all of the five daily obligatory prayers. On Fridays, however, Muslims are commanded by the Almighty to attend what is known as the ‘Jummah salaat’:

” O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah (God), and leave off business (and trade): That is best for you if you only knew!”

Qur’an (62:9). It is at this Friday prayer that the weekly sermon is delivered to the congregants.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“The five daily prayers, and praying one Friday prayer and the next, and the fasting of Ramadan, result in the expiation of the sins committed between them, so long as major sins are avoided.”

This does not, however, mean that the Muslims should come to the mosque only on Fridays, neglecting it at other times, nor does it mean that Muslims should indulge in sins at will, thinking that they will be forgiven anyhow. In this Ramadan, there are likely to be five Fridays or days of ‘Jummah’ (Assembly).

Ramadan Note 12 – The Last 10

Last night signalled the start of the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan (which could be nine days and nights by the way). It is the hastening to the end of the blessed month, when the Rasool saws woke his spouses during the nights to pray, when Aishah r.a. reports that the Prophet saws would tighten his waist belt, pray all night, and keep his family awake during the night. The increase in acts of ibaadah is not to be confused with itikaaf – that time of seclusion which the Prophet saws, as he did with the taraweeh, took particular care to ensure was not considered a fard (compulsory) act. Please note that this is only my interpretation – others have interpreted it to mean only that one can leave itikaaf even though one has made the intention to spend the time in itikaf.
Aishah reported:

“When I saw that, I ordered my tent to be set up, and some of the Prophet’s wives followed suit. When he [the Prophet] prayed the morning prayer, he saw all of the tents, and said: “What is this?” They said: “We are seeking obedience (to Allah and His Messenger).” Then he ordered his tent and those of his wives to be taken down, and he delayed his i`tikaf to the first ten days (of Shawwal).”[

Bukhari]

Ramadan Note 9

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Whosoever fasts experiences two joys. He is joyful when he breaks his fast, and is joyful because of his fasting when he meets his Lord.”

There are times when it is said that any supplication is accepted. One time is while in prostration to God and another is at the time of breaking one’s fast. We are blessed with an entire month in which we are allowed to fast. Imagine, 29 or 30 days where we can ask for anything and we are guaranteed to receive it! Are we not of the fortunate? So indeed, take advantage of this month and ask the Almighty for whatever you may desire, for He is Merciful and Kind.

One of several recommended prayers at the time of breaking the fast at sunset is:

“O my Allah, for You, I fast, and with the food You give me I break the fast, and I rely on You.”

Before all meals, Muslims are to recognize that all of their blessings come from God. Similar to the grace said before meals in many cultures and faiths, Muslims throughout the world say the same prayer before meals:

“In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah.

“, but unlike the communal grace, the prayer is said quietly and individually.