Ramadan Mubarak • رمضان مبارك

Ramadan Mubarak to all of my Muslim readers.
Wishing a blessed month. May God accept your fasting and prayers.
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الحمدلله


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First Iftar Invitation

First Iftar (Breakfast) Invitation

I recently went to visit my friend B’s family here in Riyadh. I spend some time with her younger sister, mother and aunt. All who are very kind and welcoming. I regret not going to visit them sooner and I promised that I would visit more often after I return from my upcoming trip.
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When I arrived it was near to the time for the Maghrib Athan (when we break our fast) and they began bringing out sweets, dates, coffee, tea, water and juices.

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I was served endless cups of arabic coffee while having conversation with her sister in English and her aunt in Arabic. Well, she spoke Arabic and I understood, haha.
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After a while we went to the dining room to sit for the meal. There were soups, a potato dish, sambas, french fries, fish, foul and bread. Everything was delicious.

I know I usually say this, but it is not the delicious food or hot coffee that makes these times beautiful memories, it is the conversation and sitting with truly kind and inviting individuals.

الحمد لله‎


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Umrah عمرة

Umrah  عمرة

Umrah is a non-mandatory pilgrimage to Makkah, which can be performed at any time of the year.

Umrah is comprised of a series of acts related to events that happened to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and his second wife Hajer raḥimahā Allāh (may Allāh have mercy upon her). It is also meant to provide a sense of solidarity between Muslims.

The pilgrimage is full of prayer to and remembrance of God subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) .

Thursday, July 3 we left Riyadh for Makkah to do Umrah.

This was one of the best trips of my life.
It was beautiful, 
it was fulfilling, 
it was refreshing,
and it strengthened my faith.

In sha Allah ان شاء الله our Umrah is accepted.

I will make a second post with more details about the trip later on.

الحمد لله‎


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Ramadan Kareem – رمضان كريم

Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him) Reported: God’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

 . عن ابي هريرة رضي الله عنه ان رسول الله صل الله عليه وسلم قال : اذا جاء رمضان فتحت ابواب الجنة ، وغلقت ابواب النار ، وصفدت الشياطين
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رمضان كريم 
Ramadan Kareem

As we enter Ramadan I would like to wish you all a blessed and successful month.
May God accept all of your prayers, fasting, and good deeds.
May God give you peace, happiness and prosperity.
May God protect you and guide you.

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Ramadan Mubarak
Congratulations for the holy month of Ramadan
May God be upon you in protection and in faith.
and May God accept from us our deeds.
Every year may you become closer to God.

الحمد لله‎


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Ramadan رمضان

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ramadan رمضان

Abu Hurairah, (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)(x)

The holy month of Ramadan is almost here!
اللهم سلمنا لرمضان وسلم رمضان لنا وتسلمه منا متقبلا
Oh Allah, safeguard us for Ramadan, safeguard Ramadan for us and accept it from us.

The Islamic calendar is a type of lunar calendar with 12 months in 1 year.Each month is measured by the amount of time it takes for the moon to go through its phases: new moon, half moon, full moon, and back to its initial phase. A new month begins with the sighting of the crescent moon.

Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. It lasts 29 to 30 days and ends with the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The reason that Ramadan is considered the most important month in the Islamic calendar is because it is the month that the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad. During Ramadan, muslims fulfill one of the 5 requirements of Islam: fasting.
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Fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. It includes abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sex. Time during the fast is spent in prayer, reading or reciting the Quran, remembrance of God and solidarity through charitable deeds. Not to mention living  normal everyday life like going to work or taking care of family. Aspects of fasting -Sincere love for God. -Hope to please God and seek His Grace. -Devotion, dedication and closeness to God. -A sound conscience: being faithful to the fast in public and in private. -Patience and selflessness: feeling the pain of deprivation, but enduring. -Moderation, willpower and discipline. -Adaptability: being able to change the entire course of daily life. -Social belonging, unity and equality before God.
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Suhoor is the meal before the first prayer  of the day when fasting begins. Iftar is the meal just after the fourth prayer of the day when fasting ends. Before the prayer it is common to break the fast by eating dates.
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“Throughout it all, we maintain an ambiance of joy and gratitude for all that God has blessed us withand reflect on those in this world who have been given much less.”  (x)

الحمد لله‎


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