Question: I recently heard on Islamic radio that we can fast the six days of Shawwal with two niyyah (intentions):
- Making up the days we didn’t fast during the month of Ramadan (for women) and
- Fasting the six days of Shawwal (like a simultaneous fast).
I read on a scholar’s website that we cannot fast the six days of Shawwal before actually finishing the fasting of the month of Ramadan, i.e. – the way I understood it – the concept of two niyyah does not apply. Any suggestions?
Answer: The correct opinion is that one cannot combine intentions because each act is a separate act of worship. The contention that one must fast the days of Ramadan first, while respected, is not the strongest based on the dalil (evidence):
- Many of the companions would delay their Ramadan fasts until the month of Sh’aban. We can assume that before that time they observed other fasts.
- The obligation to make up the days of Ramadan is for the entire year (as held by most jurists) and according to many, for one’s entire lifetime. There is no explicit proof that one must make the days up in a year’s time save an implicit narration of `Ayesha radiallahu ‘anha (may Allah be pleased with her): “It happens that I have to make up days of Ramadan and I will not make up (these days) but in Sh’aban.” (Imam Muslim)
What does this mean?
- Do not combine intentions.
- Fast the six days first.
And Allah knows best.
As far as determining the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) is concerned, it has been reported to be during one of the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. This will correspond with the night of the 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th or 26th of July, 2014. It has been emphasized that it is most likely to be the 27th night.
As far as the signs of Lailatul-Qadr are concerned:
- The sun rises early in the morning without rays.
- Rain may fall either during the night or during the day of that night.
- During night the sky will be lightly foggy.
- The sky will be slightly lighted without reflections and without rays.
- The angels and Gabriel all descend down onto earth for many purposes.
If you are interested in living the Night of Power, let me remind you of some of the things that you might have to do.
- Try to observe it during the last ten days of Ramadan, at the time of sunrise, during the days and the nights.
- On the nights one may spend the time collectively and/or individually observing the following activities:
- Recitation of the Our’an.
- Prayers-Nafl after Taraweeh.
- Remembrance of Allah or zikr
- Supplication or Du’a for you and for others.
- Pondering and contemplating into the universe, the creation of the Heavens and the Earth: “…and they contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heaven and the earth….”(3:191)
- Reading books of Hadeeth so as to enjoy the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
- Reading Tafseer of Qur’an.
- Giving charity to others if you can afford it.
- Trying to explain Islam, if you know something about it, to those next to you so they will benefit from you.
الشهد ان لا اله الّا الله
Ash hadu Allah ilaha illallah
أسألك الجنّة وأعوذ بك من النّار
As’aluk aljannata Wa a’udhubika minan naar
اللهمّ إنّك عفوّ تحبّ العفو فاعف عنّى
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul’afwa fa’fua’anni
I testify that there is no god but Allah,
I beg forgiveness of Allah,
Grant me paradise,
and I seek refuge in Allah from the punishment of hell.
O Allah, You love forgiving, so please forgive me
11th of Ramadaan, 1434
At a Jumuah lecture yesterday, the moulana giving the English lecture provided a framework for Muslims to easily increase their good deeds. He provided the example of an employee who was given the good news by his employer that his remuneration on the pay day in that particular month will be increased 70 times. In order for the employee to have to attain this salary he did not have to do anything extra. Imagine earning 6 years of salary in one month. If this was offered to us in this material world we would jump at this opportunity and without prompting would offer the employer extra services.
The month of Ramadaan provides us with this opportunity. Given the fact that each fara’id is multiplied seventy times and that sunnah act is equivalent to a fara’id, how can we allow this opportunity to go by.
Its VERY easy to Earn 500 good deeds a day in Ramadaan.
If you were to manage 500 good deeds every day of Ramadan, you would receive (70 times 500 = 35000) multiplied by 30 days……….1,050,000 deeds! One million fifty thousand deeds!
Just say Subhanallah 100 times, Alhamdullilah 100 times, Allahu Akbar 100 times, La ilaha il Allah 100 times and Astaghfar allah 100 times.
Imagine how much we can earn by doing MUCH more than this!
Assalamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters
The noble month of Ramadaan is upon us. In South Africa, the 1st Taraweeh Salaah will insha-Allah take place tomorrow night, the 9th of July, 2013. Ramadaan is known as a month where Muslims all over the world, exert themselves in the path of Allah more than any other months. One of the aims of a Muslim is seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness. I have attached a link to a publication by Sheikh Abdur-Razzaaq ibn Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad. This lecture details the virtues and benefits of seeking forgiveness providing examples from the noble Quraan.
I hope that this will prove a benefit to each and everyone that makes the effort to read this document, Ameen.
All Praise is due to Allah, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds, for being kind and generous to us in securing the land for the Mosque, and may the finest blessings of Allah be upon our master, Muhammad (SAW), upon his family and friends.
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