Posts Tagged ‘Ramadan’

Eid-ul-Fitr 2013 in London

// August 8th, 2013 // 2 Comments » // Photos

Square Cookies!

// September 13th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // Photos

I finally got round to baking some ‘Īd treats this morning. Kinda went a bit wonky in my haste. At least they taste better than they look, māshā’Allāh! Same recipe as here, but this time I used dark chocolate.

Eid-ul-Fitr Salat in the Park, 2010

// September 10th, 2010 // No Comments » // Photos

‘Īd Mubarak! I didn't have much time to take (or post) the number of pics that I usually do. But I quite like this one, cuz it captures some nice little moments, māshā’Allāh. Have a look through and see what you see! =)

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Taraweeh in the Basement: A Haiku

// August 27th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // Blog

Above and around,
thuds resound, as knees meet ground.
“Allahu Akbar”.

Tips for Ramadan Taraweeh (Tarawih) Prayers

// August 29th, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Blog

My latest contribution for a list of simple tips for a more productive Taraweeh experience, inshā’Allāh. Please visit the site and add your own! :)

Hamza Yusuf Video: Eid Al-Fitr ’08 Khutbah

// October 14th, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Jazakallah khair brother Yusuf (not Hamza Yusuf; though thanks to him too!). I really needed this.

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Ramadan Entry – Losing Track!

// October 7th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

I forgot to mention my follow-up entry to Ramadan: The Ultimate Sin-O-Meter, titled: Ramadan Sin-O-Meter: The Results. Check it out!

A Tentative “Eid Mubarak”!

// September 29th, 2008 // 24 Comments » // Blog

Tentative, because I haven't received the usual flurry of text messages and phone calls that normally arrives at this time (i.e., approximately one hour after Maghrib, the night before ‘Īd). I do know they have pronounced the end of Ramadan in Saudi (my uncle called and informed us, from whichever one of the two Holy Cities he happens to be in, alhamdulillah).

Anyway, while I wait for the moon dust to settle, I'll leave you with this fantastic text message my friend sent me about ten minutes ago (edited restoring 'txt spk' to 'real speak'):

Mubarak. It has been formally and unanimously agreed upon by all the religious bodies, jamiat, Imam, radio stations, Dewsbury [a town in England], Saudi, Morocco, Madina, along with all the biggest governing bodies – and not to mention Islam and 'S' Channel – that tomorrow, inshā’Allāh, will definitely be….





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The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

// September 20th, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Blog

They are here… Well, for most of us. Some lazy North Americans are still in yesterday… catch up already!

I will be attempting a life of severely reduced net access during this time, as part of my own lesser version of i'tikaaf. I would say, “no net access”, except that I expect some errands to pop up during the course of the week.

I'm a little nervous. Not about leaving the internet – I'm not that bad (famous last words).

I have no excuse to mess up this Ramadan. I have no job, no spouse, no kids, no real responsibilities to distract me greatly, or tire me out.

It's just me, my nafs… and my Creator.

And as I wrote on Facebook yesterday, I'd really like a break from my nafs.

If I fail this Ramadan… what does that say about me? “Loser” is not the word.

Please God, don't let me fail. Don't let any of us fail. They have excuses; I have none. Please ya Allāh: make up for our inadequacies with Your Perfection. Allow us to reap the full benefits of Laylatul Qadr. Don't let us be “Ramadan Muslims”. Let this be the beginning of the journey to You; not the end. Let us only get better and better. We are so far from being amongst your Awliyah, but if we don't even pray for this status, how will we ever hope to achieve it?

Oh Allāh you are the Forgiver. You love to forgive. Forgive us.

āmīn, ya Rabbul 'Alameen.

I won't be answering comments till '‘Īd. May Allāh bless you all, and grant you the best Ramadan ever. Āmīn.

Picture credit: marcopesavento

Boycott Israeli Dates

// September 10th, 2008 // 10 Comments » // Blog

I was shocked to learn that Israel is a major producer and exporter of dates to the European market!

They are grown in the Jordan Valley, West Bank, and are the most profitable crop of the illegal Israeli settlers, who exploit the desperate poverty of their Palestinian workers – including children – with appalling working conditions. One company, Carmel Agrexco, even boasted about producing an early crop in time for Ramadan!

Imagine: to be proud that Muslims are breaking their fast with such blood-soaked dates. A product of illegal, oppressive apartheid!

How very, very, very sad… and sick.

Watch the videos below to learn more:

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Information from the Inminds Campaign Website:

What else can we do?


– Post this information onto your websites, blogs and forward onto your contacts.
– If you spot these brands in your local shops, complain to the owner (download sample letter of complaint, produced by Inminds) – ESPECIALLY IF THE SHOP IS MUSLIM-OWNED!
– If you spot these brands in someone's house, POLITELY point out their origin. Most Muslims don't know about this (I didn't), and would not have bought these dates if they had known. So please be polite.
– Remember our Palestinian brothers and sisters in your dua, when placing a date in your mouth this Ramadan.

Hat-tip to bro Tariq for making me aware of this.

P.S., I know this may seem like just another average Muslim-lead boycott – and oh how we Muslims do love our boycotts – but in this case, it is clear that this is the most direct means of action we can take. It targets the offending companies that are mistreating their workers, as well as the illegal Israeli settlers. Plus, do you really want to be buying dates that were grown on stolen land? Stolen at gun point. It's just not right, is it?