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Ramadan Day 28 – attend the Jummah prayer

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A Ramadan Minute

Assalaamu alaikum

Another Ramadan is upon us.

Ramadan Mubarak to all.

May we each be blessed with the ability to engage in additional acts of worship and rendering of good deeds.

May we be blessed to be grateful for what we have and blessed to share with others who may have less.

May we smile at our brother and sister.

And our children.

May we be kinder, more compassionate, less thoughtless.

May we be more attuned to our Creator.

And to His revelation.

Mellie and Mandela

On practically every school outing during my early years, we visited the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens in Port of Spain. This summer, I was able to revisit with BH, children, Nieces and YoungerBrother in tow. Pictured here are the Emperor Valley Zoo’s latest acquisition, 7 year old Mellie and Mandela (so much for originality). And again, we praise Allah swt:

“And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered.” (Qur’an, 6:38)”

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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 15 – whence revelation?

The last of Almighty God’s Scriptures, the Holy Qur’an was sent down in the month of Ramadan. Yet the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) took place over the course of 23 years. Is this a paradox? No. The Qur’an was revealed in two stages. In Stage One the Qur’an was brought by the Angel Gabriel from the Preserved Tablet (in the Seventh Heaven) down to the First Heaven (sky) and placed in the ‘Place of Power or Honor’. Two verses in the Qur’an indicate that it was revealed in a single blessed night in the month of Ramadan that is called the ‘Night of Power, or Decree’. Stage Two of revelation lasted for about 23 years in which the Qur’an was sent down in response to the development of events and in accordance with the sequence needed to complete the delivery of the Message to the illiterate Prophet Muhammad.

“ (It is) a Quran which We have divided (into parts from time to time), in order that you (O Muhammad) might recite it to people at intervals: We have revealed it by stages (in 23 years).”

Quran 17:106

Ramadan Note 8 – the REAL Ramadan Companion

There really is an app for that! In time for this Ramadan, Google launched its ‘My Ramadan Companion’ app, which shows the sunrise and sunset times in our location, shares recipes, alarms that check if you’re really awake, and other content under the headings All, Food, Entertainment and Planning. Its catchphrase is “we help you take care of the little things, so you can focus on the big things.” See

The real Ramadan Companion is the Qur’an (the Scripture) and the lifestyle of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of God an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in God and the Last Day and [who] remembers God often”

Qur’an 33:21.

The Qur’an which is the revelation of Almighty God to the last Prophet enjoins us to fast during this month. In addition to fasting during this month, Prophet Muhammad engaged prolifically in reciting the Qur’an, retreated into seclusion for the last 10 days of Ramadan, was even more generous in this month, and prayed and supplicated even more than usual. Can we do any less?

Ramadan Note 7

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) addressed the Muslims on the last day of Sha’ban (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.”