Category Archives: Ramadan


“Ramadhaan” comes from the root word “Ramidha” (رَمِضَ ) which literally means to be burning or scorching hot.

It has come down to –once again – the final 10 nights of the blessed month of Ramadhan. In this final lap its tribulations are great, our eyes are bloodshot from late nights and our knees are weary from either kneeling or shopping – whichever you prefer. But there is no time to judge for there is still much to do, and few opportunities left to chase

Below are some Ud’iah (sing. Du’a) you could add to your mix of night activities and spice up your witr. These are all commonly used and heard, and references are included where I am able to.

من حديث أبي سعيد الخدري -وهو بإسناد جيد- يقول: “إذا كنز الناس الذهب والفضة، فاكنزوا أنتم هذه الكلمات:

“اللّهُمًّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الثَّبَاتَ عَلَى الْأَمْرِ، وَالعَزِيمَةَ عَلَى الرُّشْدِ، والغَنِيمَةَ مِن كُلِّ بِرٍّ، وَالسَّلَامَةَ مِن كُلِّ إِثْمٍ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ قَلْبًا سَلِيمًا ولِسَانًا صَادِقًا، اللّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِن خَيْرٍ مَا تَعْلَمُ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِن شَرِّ مَا تَعْلَمُ، وَأَسْتَغْفِرُكَ لِمَا تَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ”

The Prophet (Pbuh) mentioned Hadith narrated by Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, “if people treasure gold and silver, then treasure you these words:

‘O Allah, grant me firmness in conduct, and a resolution of consciousness, and to profit from every good action, and to be saved from every sin, O Allah grant me a sound heart and truthful tongue, O Allah grant me that which You know is good and protect me from that which You know is evil, and I seek forgiveness for (my errors) that which You know of, and You are the Knower of the Unseen’

اللَّهُمَّ اسْأَلُكَ نَعِيمًا لا يَنفَذْ واسْأَلُكَ قُرَّةَ عَيْنٍ لَا تَنقَطِعْ وَاَسْأَلُكَ الرِّضَى
بَعدَ القَضَاءِ واسأَلُكَ بَرْدَ الْعَيْشِ بَعْدَ الْمَوْتِ
اللَّهُمَّ اَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ اِلَى وَجْهِكَ الْكَرِيمِ وَالشَّوقِ اِلَى لِقَائِكَ في غَيْرِ
ضَرَّاءً مُضِرَّةً وَلَا فِتْنَة مُضِلَّة اللَّهُمَّ زَيِّنَّا بِزِينَةِ الْاِيمَانِ
وَاجْعَلْنَا هُدَاةً مُهْتَدِينَ

O Allah grant me an inexhaustible comfort, and offspring that will never be cut off, and grant me Your pleasure and a soothing abode after death, and the delight of Your presence, and a longing for our Union, with no distress or harm, and no misleading charms, o Allah decorate us with the decoration of Faith, and make us amongst the guided.

اللَّهُمَّ اِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَن يُحِبُّكَ وَ حُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُقَرِّبُنَا إِلَى حُبِّكَ

O Allah we ask from you Your love, and the love of those who love You, and love for works that bring us closer to Your love.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَعُوذُ بِكَ مِن عَمَلٍ يُخزِينَا وَ مِن صَاحِبٍ يُردِينَا

وَ مِن أَمَلٍ يُلْهِينَا وَ مِن فَقْرٍ يُنْسِينَا وَ مِن غِناً يُطْغِينَا

O Allah we seek refuge in you from works that disgrace us, and companions that destroy us, and ambitions that distract us, and poverty that makes us forget, and riches that make us transgress.

and Allah knows.

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Ramadan



On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (R.A) from the Prophet (PBUH), who said:

“Allah (mighty and sublime is He) says:

‘Fasting is Mine and it is I Who give reward for it. (A man) gives up his sexual passion, his food and his drink for My sake.’ Fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. The change in the breath of the mouth of him who fasts is better in Allah’s estimation than the smell of musk”

[Bukhari, Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I and Ibn Majah]

some recommendations of conduct and etiquette for fasting are (this is an abridged translation from Imam ash-Shafie’s Fiqh al-Manhaji) :

a. taking Sahur (pre-dawn meal) and delaying it – as well as hastening the Iftar (the breaking of fast). the Prophet (pbuh) said, “my Ummah  persists in goodness as long as they hasten the Iftar and delay the sahoor.”

b. abstaining from negative talk – this includes swearing, cursing, lying, backbiting, etc. in accordance to the hadith where the Prophet (pbuh) said,”whoever does not abandon false speech and his acting upon it, Allah has no use for his abandonment of his food and drink’

c. avoiding acts that deliberately (and substantially) depletes the body’s nourishment e.g cupping or any act that requires drawing blood from the body.

d. engaging in more suprerogatory acts. the Prophet (pbuh) was once asked,’o Messenger of Allah! which (type of) charity is preferred?’ the Prophet (pbuh) answered,’charity in Ramadhan’.

also, according to imam Al-Haddad, it is best to begin your mental and physical (e.g schedule arrangements to maximize time for ‘ibadah) preparations some time before the fasting actually starts.

Blessed Rejab to all.



Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Fiqh, Hadith, Qur'an, Ramadan


What we seek;


“Oh Allah,

I seek Your Counsel by Your Knowledge,

And I ask You from Your Immense Favour,

For Verily You are able while I am not,

And verily You know while I do not,

and You are the Knower of the unseen.

Oh Allah,

If You know this affair to be good for me

In my relation to my religion, my life, and end,

Then decree and facilitate it for me,

And bless me with it.

And if You know this affair to be ill for me

Towards my religion, my life, and end,

Then remove it from me and remove me from it,

And decree for me what is good wherever it be,

And decree for me what is good wherever it be,

And decree for me what is good… wherever it be,

And make me satisfied with such.”


This is the English translation of the Dua Al Istikharah ; which means The supplication to seek what is good. This is recited after the Istikharah prayer, which is a non-obligatory prayer that we perform when we are faced with tough decisions, stress, and such. I think many of us are familiar with it (: i obtained this translation from – Mishary recites the Dua so beautifully here.

Don’t stop asking for Allah’s guidance – we need it more than anything.

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Posted by on January 16, 2011 in Arabic, Fiqh, Hadith, Ramadan, Spirituality, Uncategorized