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Archive for the day “September 24, 2006”

Dua after Iftar

The following two du‛ās should be recited after breaking the fast. (Abū Dāwūd)

Allahumma laka sumtu wa alaa rizqika aftartu

O Allah! For You have I fasted and upon Your sustenance have I broken my fast.

Dhahab az zama’u wab tallatil urooqu wa thabat al ajru Insha Allah

The thirst has vanished, the veins have been wetted and the reward is established – Inshā Allāh

Al Ghazali on Fasting




It should be known that there are three grades of Fasting: ordinary, special and extra-special.

Ordinary Fasting means abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.

Special Fasting means keeping one’s ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet-and all other organs-free from sin.

Extra-special Fasting means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but God, Great and Glorious is He. This kind of Fast is broken by thinking of anything other than God, Great and Glorious is He, and the Hereafter; it is broken by thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious ends, since these constitute provision for the Hereafter and are not of this lower world. Those versed in the spiritual life of the heart have even said that a sin is recorded against one who concerns himself all day with arrangements for breaking his Fast. Such anxiety stems from lack of trust in the bounty of God, Great and Glorious is He, and from lack of certain faith in His promised sustenance.

To this third degree belong the Prophets, the true friends and the intimates of God. It does not lend itself to detailed examination in words, as its true nature is better revealed in action. It consists in utmost dedication to God, Great and Glorious is He, to the neglect of everything other than God, Exalted is He. It is bound up with the significance of His words:

‘Say: “Allah!” then leave them to their idle prattling.’ (Surah al-An’am, 6:91)

(Quli-Ilaahu thumma dharhum fee khawdihim yal’aboon.)

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Spiritual & Medical Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan

By Shahid Athar, M.D.

Muslims all over the world will start this month with fasting from dawn to dusk daily for 30 days as ordained in Quran.

“O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn Taqwa” (Quran 2:183)

The Arabic word Taqwa is translated in many ways including God consciousness, God fearing, piety, and self restraining. Thus we are asked to fast daily for one month from dawn to dusk and avoid food, water, sex and vulgar talk during that period.

But why do we need to fast? Read more…

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