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“As you struggle with whatever you’re struggling with, understand that the opening will come. The darkest part of the night is just before the dawn. Never despair, never lose hope, be patient, the opening will come, just as it came for the Prophet ﷺ and for his community” ~ Imam Zaid Shakir

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Iphotography at Magrib time, 20 Ramadan 2014

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  • Path to Allah is through struggle. That struggle brings its own reward and bliss.
  • Seeing Allah in al-Janaah is better then anything else in this world.
  • A person who arrogates themselves won’t go much higher but the one who humbles himself before Allah, Allah elevates him.
  • Allah has power over all things; He does whatever He does. Don’t limit the Qudra (power) of Allah. If Allah wants to give you that gift, He will give you that gift. We should have good etiquette with Allah.
  •  Increase the love for the Messenger salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalm through knowledge, Seerah and the Shamail. Learn about his struggles and tribulations, and the knowledge he brought to us. Salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam.
  • A Muslim’s compassion is a form of dhikr.
  • Human have aspects of beasts and angels within themselves. The more we pray, the closer we get to angels.
  • Salah bequeath light to us.
  • Expose yourself with the gentle breezes of Allah; Allah blesses the night with His gentle breezes and in the early hours in the morning. What Allah gives through Gentleness, He doesn’t give through harshness.
  • Allah is good and pure and only accepts that which is good and pure.
  • Fasting has an internal and external reality. It’s a powerful form of Ibadah, and it’s reward is unlimited. Fasting is a manifestation of patience, and the reward for patient people is unlimited.
  • Greatest act of taqwa is fasting. We give up things which are lawful and pure, therefore we cannot manifest insincerity in fasting.
  • The prophet salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam was asked why he fasted on Monday, he salla’Allahu alayhi wasalam replied because it’s the day I was born. So fasting is a mawlid!
  • Always ask Allah for sincerity. Once you have done the act, move on, don’t let shaitan whisper to you.
  • Struggle in the way of your Lord. Hardship brings ease. The one who does not struggle, does not get ease.

~ Imam Zaid Shakir– ‘Forty Foundations of the Religion’ Class, Rihla 2011, Bursa, Turkey (Quotes above are paraphrased)

More gems to follow inshaAllah ta’Ala……

(Photos courtesy- Ibrahim Varachia. Please keep him in your prayers. Please do not re-use or save the photo without permission. )

As the beautiful month of Ramadan approaches, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very blessed month ahead!

May we all be blessed with His gaze on the first night of this month, may He forgive all of our sins, accept all of our fasts and worship, and may this month be a means of gaining nearness to Him and His beloved salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam.  Amin ya Rabb! Please keep me and my loved ones in your blessed prayers.

(Picture by Peter Gould)

Some very useful and beneficial links about Ramadan below:

Moonsighting

The Moon sighting papers from Zaytuna. Very important as it teaches one the basics of usul al-fiqh (legal methodology).

Cesarean Moon Births Part 1

Cesarean Moon Births Part 2

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Moonsighting- audio

Imam Zaid on the Crescentwatch Policy change


Articles:

Inner Dimensions of Fasting by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, trans. from the Ihya’ by Mukhtar Holland

Ramadan Mubarak! A Message From Imam Zaid

Ramadan Address by Habib Ali Jifri

Approaching Ramadan By Imam Zaid Shakir

Chapter from al-Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya

Chapter from al-Imam al-Haddad’s Nasa’ih ad-Diniyyah

Blessings Exclusive to Ramadan

Seeking His gaze in Ramadan by Shaykh Abdulkarim Yahya

Pre-Ramadan reminder :: Sheikh Ibrahim Osi-Efa(You need a Facebook account to access these notes by sister Fadhila Bux)

Fiqh:

The Fiqh Of Fasting In the Hanafi Madhhab

Maliki Fiqh on Ramadan (click on the relevant links)

Shafi`i Fiqh of Ramadan

Audio:

Ramadan advice by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

What do we do in Ramadan Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Ramadan by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Imam Al-Haddad On Fasting By Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed.

Khutba: Ramadan: The Month of Seeking Closeness to Allah by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Video:

Ramadan Advice – Where is Your Heart? by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Ramadan lectures by Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razak

Ramadan and Charity by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Fast of Ramadan & the Furious Shaitan by Imam Zaid Shakir

Ramadan Resolutions by Imam Suhaib Webb

Many thanks to A.Tariq, S.Aslam and S. AlMuslim for their assistance in helping me collate the list above. May Allah reward them in abundance. Please keep them and their families in your blessed du’as also in this month.

Yours in peace,

Sidra

Another Rihla…. another blog to benefit and heal from:

“God is with the broken-hearted. When your heart breaks, it’s a good thing – the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of Allah. The dunya is designed to break your heart, to crush it.” ~ Shaykh Hamza Yusuf 

Rihla 2009 Blog

Make sure to read the captions underneath the pictures!

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward all those who attended and facilitated this amazing programme, especially those who have produced and contributed to this blog so those of us who were unable to attend could benefit insha’Allah ta’ala. May we all continue to benefit from our scholars, and may He ta’ala always protect them, and continue to increase their rank. Amin ya Rabb!

A beautiful thought shared by our beloved teacher Imam Zaid Shakir on the Rihla in 2006:

“Within us all there lies the potential to realize our dream. However, within only a few of us there lies the courage to realize our potential”

~ Imam Zaid Shakir

(8th July, 2006, Madinah)

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