The first day of the month of Holy Ramadhan has been confirmed to be Sunday, June 29, 2014
Dua Abu Hamza Ath-Thamali
Preparing for Laylatul Qadr! It is important that we first understand the significance of LAYLATUL QADR in order that we know what sort of 'ingredients' are required for our preparation to reach the Ultimate Goal which is earning the pleasure of Allah (swt). . .
Shahru ramadānal-ladhī unzila fihil-qur'ānu hudan linnāsi wabayyinātin minal-hudā wal-furqān The month of Ramadān is that in which the Qur'ān was revealed, as guidance to mankind and with clear proofs of the guidance and the Criterion
Muslims around the world are preparing for the month of Ramadān. Different circumstances make the experience of the holy month a unique experience for each community. Many Muslims, especially the followers of the Ahlul Bayt (a), are going through severe hardships and the intense period of worship and supplications by the entire ummah is a great boost in providing comfort, hope and relief.
For all believers, regardless of circumstances, the month is an opportunity to strengthen the connection with the Divine. It is a chance to take time off from the continuous worldly pursuits that so occupy our lives and revive the spiritual self. It is important to take care that the month does not become all about food and drink and the other physical aspects associated with fasting. It is very easy to do that, and the Holy Prophet (s) had warned Muslims about it, saying that many people get nothing out of their fasts except hunger and thirst.
To prepare for the holy month is to prepare for a much anticipated guest. Imam Zaynul 'Ābidīn (a) says: Peace be upon you, object of seeking before your time (of arrival), and object of sorrow before your passing (away) (Sahifa Sajjadiyya, Du'ā 45, passage 38)! Believers look forward to the holy time knowing that these are the nights and days when God looks down on them with great mercy and love.
A beautiful Hadith of Imam Ali al-Ridhā (a) tells us exactly what to do to welcome the holy month:
O Aba Salt, surely most of Sha'bān has passed, and this is the last Friday of it. So make up for what you have missed from the days that have passed by making the most of the remaining days. Be inclined towards that which concerns you and leave that which does not concern you. Increase your supplication, and seeking forgiveness, and recitation of the Qur'ān. Repent to Allāh from your sins so that the month of Ramadān comes to you and you are cleansed for Allāh. Let there not be anything entrusted to you except that you have fulfilled it. Remove any dislike of a believer that harbors in your heart. Stop any sin that you may be committing. Be God conscious and rely on Him in all your hidden and open matters. Whoever renders his trust in Allāh, He suffices him. Indeed Allāh achieves His purpose. Certainly Allāh has set a measure for everything (Q 65:2-3). Say often in the remaining of this month: "Allāhumma in lam takun qad ghafarta lana fima madha min sha'bana, faghfir lana fima baqiya minhu" (O Allāh, if you have not forgiven us in what has passed from the month of Sha'bān, then forgive us in what remains of it). For surely Allāh - the Blessed and Exalted - frees the neck of the people from the fire in this month due to the sanctity of the month of Ramadān. (Shahrullah, H. 232)
May we be blessed to pass the remaining days and moments in the month of Sha'bān in reciting the above supplication, and in preparing for the month of Allāh. Let us not forget to pray and assist, where possible, the grief-stricken people of Iraq, for Is He not the One: Who answers the call of the distressed [person] when he invokes Him and removes his distress (Q 27:62)!
Adopted from: The Academy for Learning Islam Sources: Aytaullah Nasir Makarim Shirazi (ed), Tafsir-e Namuneh; Muhammadi Rayshahri, Shahrullah fil-ktab wal-sunnah.
Islamize your iDevice!
By Basim Ali
Do you own an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad? Well, you might as well use it for a more Islamically constructive purpose, if you do (no point in it being an 'iDevice' if you use it like any other device now, is there?).
Being an iPhone user myself for several months now, I've come across some incredibly useful Islamic apps. So I thought of making a list of all the English, Islamic (most of them Shia) apps I've come across and use regularly, for everyone to benefit from (don't worry, I've only included the ones which are free!).
Listen The Holy Qur'ān ( Koran ) - Arabic Recitation of All Suras and their English Translation http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/listen-the-holy-Qur'ān-koran/id386882944?mt=8 - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad - Requires iOS 3.0 + This is a collection of audio recitations of the Holy Qur'an. Each verse is first recited in Arabic followed by its translation in English. (note: you may find more than one version of this app; they are either the exact same app or just in a different language)
alQibla http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alqibla/id322401779?mt=8 - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad - Requires iOS 3.0 + I would say this is one of my personal favorites. Why? It offers Adhan alerts (Imami timings) AND gives you the Qibla direction. From what I've experienced, the timings as well as the direction of the Qibla it shows are extremely accurate (as long as you're connected to the internet).
Shia Companion https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/shia-companion/id889716236?mt=8 - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad - Requires 7.0 or later From the makers of iSistani, this Ramadhan sees the launch of a revolutionary Shia Muslim oriented iOS mobile/tablet application. Bringing together features which have never been developed in an app previously. Features include: Over 6400 lines of prayers and supplications, Ramadhan Du'as, Qibla compass, Adhaan and Quran audio notifications, Free lite version and much much more...
Shia Isna Asheri Toolkit http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/96711/ - For BlackBerry PlayBook - BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. Shia Isna Asheri Toolkit is compilation of various islamic Duas/Supplications, Qur'ān Surahs, Ziaraat, Namaz/Salaat index & method, Taqeebat, Important Dates, Imam & Masoomeen(as) Info and other features. Most of the sections have Arabic text, English translation, Description/Background & Transliteration, plus you have the option to play the audio simultaneously while reading the Arabic text or translation.
iSistani https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/isistani/id535650702?mt=8 - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad - Requires iOS 7.0 or later. iSistani is a revolutionary and unique application which allows you to browse the rulings of Ayatullah Sistani, search multiple law manuals in one go, add notes to each law and bookmark the ones you want to refer to later on. This is a milestone in ensuring we are able to keep up with Islamic Laws and much more.
These would be pretty much all of the ones I could find. You can also find some good Shia podcasts in iTunes library. Also, there are loads of free apps available with Halal food guides. I haven't really used any of these, and don't really know how reliable they are, so if you choose to use any of them please make sure they're dependable, first. Additionally, to read (and save) pdf files like e-books use the iBooks ( http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8 ) app.
Finally, another tip I'd like to share is that if you have a JailBroken iPhone, you might want to get this 'Package' or app called 'MxTube'. Just go to 'Cydia' ? Search ? type in 'MxTube' ? download it. This app is one designed to download YouTube videos so that you can view them when you're not connected to the Internet. Now you can download all the Qur'an, duas, lectures, etc. you want from YouTube directly.
Source: IQRA Online
Prayer Timing Saturday July 26th, 2014 28 Ramadhan 1435
Words of Wisdom
28 Ramadhan 1435
O Allah, on this day, grant me a share in its nawafil (recommended prayers), honor me by attending to my problems, make closer the means to approach You, from all the means, O One who is not preoccupied by the requests of the beseechers.