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Virtues of I’thikaf


Reported A’isha, RA, that “the Prophet of Allah SAW used to observe I’thikaf in every Ramadan in its last ten days until he departed from the world”.

It is related on the authority of Abu Huraira RA that “The Prophet of Allah SAW, used to observe I’thikaf every Ramadan in its last ten days.  He observed I’thikaf for twenty days in the year in which he passed away”


Ibn Abbas RA relates that the Messenger of Allah SAW said, "The person performing Itikaaf remains free from sins and he is indeed given the same reward as those who do good deeds (in spite of not having done these deeds).

(Ibn Majah)

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The good and desired actions (specified) for Ramadhaan


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What are the good and desired actions (specified) for the blessed month of Ramadhaan?
The good and desired actions (specified) for Ramadhaan are many, amongst them (are): Taking care in performing that which Allaah has made obligatory in Ramadhaan and (the) other (months) from the salaah (prayer) and the fasting. After that, increasing in the supererogatory (actions) from:
· reading the Qur.aan;
· (performance of) the taraaweeh prayer;
· (performance of) the tahajjud (night) prayer;
· giving charity;
· i'tikaaf (seclusion in the masjid to worship Allaah);
· increasing in (the) remembrance (of Allaah);
· reciting subhaan-Allaah (glory be to Allaah), laa-ilaaha ill-Allaah (there is none truly worthy of worship except Allaah), Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest);
· sitting in the masjid for the purpose of worship;
· protecting the fast from (all) that may invalidate it;
· keeping away from impermissible and disliked speech and actions.
Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 741, Fatwa No. 751;
al-Muntaqaa min Fatawaa ash-Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan - Volume 3, Fatwa No. 156

The meaning of "i'tikaaf" and its ruling
We would like to know what is meant by "i'tikaaf" and it's ruling?
I'tikaaf is for a person to confine himself to the masjid in obedience to Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) so as to separate himself from the people and free himself (from the chores of daily life) to exert himself in worshipping Allaah. This can take place in any masjid, whether it is a masjid in which people gather for the Jumu'ah prayer or not. However, it is better (to perform the i'tikaaf) in a masjid in which the people gather for the Jumu'ah prayer so that one performing i'tikaaf is not forced to leave the masjid (in which he is doing i'tikaaf) to go to another masjid for the Jumu'ah prayer.
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 861, Fatwa No.846
Fiqh al-'Ibaadaat - Page 208

The conditions of i'tikaaf
What are the conditions of i'tikaaf, and is fasting one of them? Is it permissible for the person in i'tikaaf to visit a sick person, answer an invitation, fulfil some of his family's needs, or go to work?
I'tikaaf is prescribed in a masjid in which the congregational prayer is established. If the person in i'tikaaf is from those upon whom Friday prayers are obligatory and the length of his i'tikaaf includes a Friday, then it is better to be in a masjid in which Friday prayers are established. Fasting is not (a) necessary (part of it). The sunnah is that he does not visit the sick during his i'tikaaf and that he does not answer the invitation, nor fulfil the needs of his family. He should not witness the funeral (by following it) and he should not go to work outside the masjid. This is due to what has been authenticated on the authority of 'Aa'ishah (radhi-yallaahu `anhaa) that she said: ((the sunnah for he who is in i'tikaaf is that he does not visit the sick nor witness a funeral, nor touch a woman (his wife), nor have intercourse with her nor leave to fulfil a need except that which is necessary)).
And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa, comprising -
Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head:
Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaaq 'Afeefee;
Shaykh 'Abdullaah Ibn Qu'ood
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 862, Fatwa No.848;
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Fatwa No.6718

Does i'tikaaf have a fixed time or is it restricted to Ramadhaan?
Does i'tikaaf have a fixed time or is it restricted to Ramadhaan, or is it permissible in other than Ramadhaan?
What is prescribed is that it should be in Ramadhaan only. This is because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) did not make i'tikaaf in other than Ramadhaan, except what he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) did in Shawwaal, after having left doing i'tikaaf in Ramadhaan one year, and so did it in Shawwaal. Yet if a person was to make i'tikaaf in other than Ramadhaan it would be permissible, because 'Umar (radhi-yallaahu 'anhu) asked the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) saying: "I vowed to do i'tikaaf for a night or a day in the Masjid al-Haraam." The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: "Fulfil your vow."
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 864, Fatwa No.851;
Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni 'Uthaymeen - Page 208

When a person in i'tikaaf leaves his i'tikaaf
When does a person leave i'tikaaf, is it after sunset on the night prior to `Eed or after Fajr on the day of `Eed?
The person in i'tikaaf leaves i'tikaaf once Ramadhaan finishes and it finishes as the sun sets the night prior to `Eed. He enters i'tikaaf at sunset (prior) to the 20th day of Ramadhaan. This is so as the last ten (nights) of Ramadhaan start from sunset of the night (prior) to the 20th day of Ramadhaan and ends at sunset of the night (prior) to `Eed.
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 872, Fatwa No.859;
Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad as-Saalih al-'Uthaymeen - Volume1, Page 551

Performing i'tikaaf in adjacent rooms within the masjid
Is the caretaker's room or the room in which the Zakaah Committee meet in the masjid acceptable as a place to do i'tikaaf, keeping in mind that the doors to these (two) rooms are within the masjid?
The rooms and the doors leading to them which are within the masjid are regarded as (within) the masjid. However, if the rooms were outside the masjid despite their doors being in the masjid, then they (the rooms) are not regarded as within the masjid.
And with Allaah lies all success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa, comprising -
Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head:
Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaaq 'Afeefee;
Shaykh 'Abdullaah Ibn Qu'ood
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 873, Fatwa No.860
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Fatwa No.6718

Teaching or giving a lecture whilst in the state of i'tikaaf
Is it correct for one who is in the state of i'tikaaf to teach someone or (even) give a lecture?
That which is better is for the one in the state of i'tikaaf to busy himself with specific acts of worship such as dhikr (remembrance of Allaah), prayer, reading the Qur'aan and that which is similar. However, if there is a need to teach someone or to learn, then there is no harm in this as this is (also) from the remembrance of Allaah.
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 876, Fatwa No.863
Fataawa Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen - Volume 1, Pages 549

Father does not allow him to do i'tikaaf for inconvincing reasons
What is the ruling of the person whose father did not allow him to do i'tikaaf for unconvincing reasons?
I'tikaaf is sunnah (recommended) and righteousness to parents is obligatory, and a recommended act does not override an obligation. It does not contradict the obligation in anyway because the obligation takes precedence over it. Allaah the most High said in a hadeeth qudsee: "My servant does not come closer to Me with something more beloved to Me than that which I have obligated upon him." So, if your father orders you not to do i'tikaaf, and mentions reasons that mean you do not do i'tikaaf due to his need of you during that time, then the father is the one to weigh that up not you. This is because the scale you have may be unjust and inaccurate. This is because you desire to do i'tikaaf, so you do not consider these excuses as justifiable whereas your father considers them justifiable. So what I advise you is not to make i'tikaaf. Yes, if your father said not to make i'tikaaf without mentioning any just reason for that, you would not be obliged to obey him in this case, as you are not obliged to follow him in a matter which in disobeying him would not cause any harm to him and in obeying him would cause disadvantage to you.
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 878, Fatwa No.866;
Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad as-Saalih al-'Uthaymeen - Volume 1, Pages 551-552

Leaving the masjid to go and eat or drink whilst in the state of i'tkaaf
Is it permissible for the one in a state of i'tikaaf to leave the Haram (i.e. al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah or al-Masjid an-Nabawee in Madeenah) to go and eat or drink? And is it permissible for him to ascend to the roof of the masjid to listen to the lectures?
Yes, It is permissible for one in the state of i'tikaaf in al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah) or other than it, to leave (the masjid) to go to eat or drink if he is unable to bring these (supplies) to the masjid. This is because this is something which is necessary, just as he would need to leave to answer the call of nature and, likewise, he would have to leave to perform ghusl if he is in the state of janaabah (as in the case of the one who has a wet dream).
As regards ascending to the roof of the masjid, then even this does not affect (his i'tikaaf) because leaving the masjid from any of the (exit) doors, intending by it to return to the masjid by proceeding to the roof are only a matter of a few steps. (So) there is no harm in this.
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 879, Fatwa No.867
al- Fataawa libni-'Uthaymeen - Kitaab -ad'Da'wah - Volume 1, Pages 205-206

A woman performing i'tikaaf at home
Is it permissible for a woman to perform i'tikaaf at the place of prayer in her home?
No. If a woman wishes to perform i'tikaaf, then she should do so in a masjid, so long as there is no danger in that (such as free-mixing and complacency regarding the hijaab, etc). (However), if there is any danger in that, then she should not perform i'tikaaf.
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 891, Fatwa No.877
Fiqh al-'Ibaadaat - Page 209

Specifying a particular day for i'tikaaf
Is it permissible for one who wishes to perform the i'tikaaf to specify a particular day itself for i'tikaaf?
It is not for him to specify a particular day itself within which to regularly perform i'tikaaf, rather, he should take care to perform i'tikaaf in the last ten (days and nights) of Ramadhaan in accordance with (the guidance of) the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).
And with Allaah lies all success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa, comprising -
Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head:
Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaaq 'Afeefee;
Shaykh 'Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan;
Shaykh 'Abdullaah Ibn Qu'ood
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 1, Page 893, Fatwa No.880
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Fatwa No.8701

Don’t Stop Being Kind: The Small Things Are Greater than You Think


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“You’ve become a doormat, Lilly! You let people walk all over you, drain you and use you! And because you have the memory of a tiny goldfish, you never know when enough is really ENOUGH! Think of yourself and stop being such a pushover!”

Oops, I’m sorry you had to hear that! Don’t mind my friend, she’s been a little cranky lately. Believe me, that kind of anger usually stems from an insane amount of pain. Sometimes when people repeatedly get hurt by their loved ones, they end up shielding their hearts, terrified of getting hurt again, and refuse to submit to their compassionate natures. Slowly they become numb. They convince themselves that ‘strength’ is synonymous with ‘not caring’, when in fact it’s the exact opposite. A wise man once said: “Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
I understand why my friend steamed out like that, I actually hugged her instead of getting upset. Plus, she makes the best chocolate desserts in the entire universe, so I really can’t afford to lose her. LOL (Yeah, newsflash: I’m obsessed with chocolates!)
I’m also obsessed with quotes, especially the ones based on Islamic teachings. Squeezing a relevant quote in the middle of a conversation makes me feel smart for some reason, I don’t know! Here’s another life-changing quote by a man named ‘unknown’ (See how smart I am?):
Watch your thoughts for they become words
Watch your words for they become actions
Watch your actions for they become habits
Watch your habits for they become character
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny
This statement is pure psychology; proven, tested, dissected and written about in hundreds of books. I’ll show you how.

The vicious pattern

“How can caring for others give me joy if no one cares about me? This theory is NOT true!”
A disapproving thought quickly turns into doubt or denial. Thoughts turn into words.
“I’ve got my own mess to deal with so get out of my face!”
The negative thought is voiced out with anger to attack or repel others. Words turn into action.
“You need to be selfish to survive in this jungle! Toughen up like the rest of us or you’ll be eaten alive!”
Justifications are given till discouraging yourself and others from helping those in need becomes effortless. Actions become habits.
“Let others figure out how to get by, their problems can’t be our problems!”.
Loss of compassion changes a person. It leads to neglecting our pure and kind inner beings. Habit becomes character.
“A charity event? Man, that’s good publicity! Make sure you take a picture of me hugging the sick kids and those sad wrinkly old people!”
Sometimes, the only time any interest in kindness is shown now is under the spotlight, where it’s time to show off how great and loving we are. Being fake tarnishes genuine bonds of love and leads to a loathsome destiny.
Everything becomes about ‘you’, while you withhold the chance to put a smile on someone else’s face, even if it costs you nothing at all, thinking: “Why should I? I’m not a pushover!”

One thing leads to the other

Denial of truth -> repulsion -> discouraging people from helping others -> suppressing our purity and inner goodness -> showing Off -> selfishness to the point of withholding priceless kindness -> a miserable woeful life.
Interesting theory, isn’t it?
It’s not just the quotes. Take a look at the teachings of all the best-selling self-help books circulating millions of copies around the world. Their authors are celebrated professors, doctors and scientists. They spent years researching, studying and observing before cracking the code: the source of your happiness stems from making others happy. That’s pretty much the gist of it. But 1400 years ago, a blessed Prophet who wasn’t a psychologist or a neurologist or a sociologist or any kind of ‘-ologist’ conveyed the holy words of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), describing the same pattern that defines us till this day:

“Have you seen the one who denies the Recompense? For that is the one who drives away the orphan. And does not encourage the feeding of the poor. So woe to those who pray, [But] who are heedless of their prayer – Those who make show [of their deeds]. And withhold [simple] assistance (small kindesses).” [Qur’an: Chapter 107, Verses 1-7]

The power of small kindnesses

Just like abuse and bullying can have negative long-term effects on society, where those in pain ‘pay it back’ with more hurt and anger, kindness can and will do the opposite of that if you ‘pay it forward’. We all have the humanity and compassion ‘gene’, and I just love the word ‘withhold’ in this Holy chapter because it perfectly describes how we suppress our kind-hearted natures when we deny the reality of this life. We forget we are all connected, and that the joy you spread will eventually find its way back to you. Life is a chain reaction. You and I have the power to conquer poverty, hunger, disease and wars by causing a ripple effect with one small, good selfless deed.
So the next time you pass by a poor homeless woman on the street and avoid eye contact because it’s ‘awkward’, try pausing your busy life for a minute to ask “how can I help?”. We are the slaves of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and we have an important job to do, people! We have got to help one another. And now is the best time to start because guess who’s in town? The holy month of Ramadan! SURPRISE!

Ramadan’s a great time to be kinder

We plant trees to overcome pollution, take vitamins to beat fatigue, vacuum the house to clean the dust; it makes sense to conquer the negative with a positive, and what’s more beautiful than a fresh batch of hope to revive this ummah?Investing in small acts of kindness this Ramadan should be our ultimate goal. It’s effortless, simple and free. You make someone happy, which makes you feel better and makes the world a better place. Win. Win Win. This isn’t just about the mega bonus of Ramadan’s multiplied rewards! (Actually it so is, who are we kidding?)
Here’s a list to get you started:

For your lovely parents

  1. Thank your mom every day for the food she cooked and make yummy noises! (Cooking while you’re fasting is not easy! Trust me). Kiss her hands that have done so much for you.
  2. Ask your dad daily: “What can I do to make your day better?” Help him out with organizing his stuff, clearing his email or even just discussing things he loves to talk about.

For your precious grandparents

Umm, hello! Call and visit them! Make them feel special before they’re gone. Make them feel wanted and relevant by asking them to tell you stories – because there’s nothing they want more!

For your spouse and children

  1. Hide a note with a funny joke, compliment or piece of advice in your kids’ backpacks or clothes.
  2. Text your husband or wife saying ‘I Love You’ or how much you appreciate what they do.
  3. A minimum of three hugs a day for each member of the family (I’m serious! Sometimes all we need is a warm embrace).
  4. Be kind to your children whenever they nag about being hungry or tired. It’s the best time to teach them patience!
  5. Ask if your spouse needs any help in the kitchen or would like a nice warm foot massage after a tiring day at work. Keep your love alive.

For relatives, neighbors and friends:

  1. Send flowers (or yummy dessert) to a distant relative with a card saying “Just a little something to make you smile”. Invite them for iftar or share some specially made delicacies with them.
  2. Offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn or wash their cars.
  3. Go out of your way to restore ties of kinship this Ramadan.
  4. Tell your friends how much they mean to you and make dua for them.
  5. Volunteer to offer drinks and dates at a nearby masjid during taraweeh for the people. Make a flask of tea or coffee for the late night prayers (Qiyam al Layl) for the ones who come to the mosque!

For co-workers and other workers:

  1. Bring homemade cookies to share at work (with chocolate chips please!) Don’t worry, we will save them till after iftar!
  2. Praise clerks, assistants and workers and thank them for their hard work. Try doing this everyday!
  3. Leave a nice comment on articles you enjoyed (Uhmm Hint Hint).

For absolute strangers:

  1. Greet people with a smile (it’s a sunnah too!).
  2. Give up your seat for the elderly or a pregnant woman or just anyone who looks like they need to sit down!
  3. Hand out balloons to kids on the street. Distribute packs of dates and water (and additionally any delicacy if you wish) along your street to those who pass by.

For God’s beautiful creations:

  1. Leave a bowl of water outside for the birds (that’s when I had to explain to my son why animals don’t fast).
  2. Make tasbih (glorifying Allah) outdoors. Trees, insects, even the mountains and soil will join and bloom.

For those in dire need of small kindnesses:

  1. Leave a couple of colors and coloring books in the waiting room of a public hospital.
  2. Do some fun story-telling at an orphanage and bring them toys or snacks.
  3. Share a meal with a homeless person and sit with them on the ground.
  4. Listen to someone who is sad or lonely.
The ideas are endless. Just doing one simple act of kindness a day without expecting anything in return can truly change the world, and is beyond joyful and fulfilling. It’s in fact the number one reason behind success, inner peace and sound sleep! Helping others feel better is simply the meaning of happiness because:
“Is there any reward for good other than good?” [Qur’an: Chapter 55, Verse 60]
So believe in your Lord’s promise, have compassion, pray from the heart and invest in those simple acts of kindness during this blessed Holy month. And if that makes you a pushover, well, consider yourself the luckiest person on Earth for being one!
Share with us more small kindnesses that we can engage in daily during Ramadan and after!

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7 Tips to Maximize the Impact of Your Zakat



7 Tips to Maximize the Impact of Your Zakat | ProductiveMuslim

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Zakat is an obligation, a pillar of Islam, and an effective system of providing spiritual, social and economic benefits within a community. But when we pay zakat, do we feel the true extent of its power? Do we relate to it in the same way that we relate to prayer, fasting and hajj?
Arguably, when we do pay our zakat, we don’t quite appreciate the magnitude of what we are doing or give it sufficient thought and attention.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your zakat this year and in years to come In sha Allah:

1. Remember: zakat is for your own self!

We often only think of zakat in terms of its benefit for others. But don’t forget about zakat’s impact on you, the zakat payer! The word zakat comes from an Arabic root word that means both purification and growth and when Allah sub??nahu wa ta'?la (glorified and exalted be He)commands His Prophet ?allall?hu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of All?h be upon him) to collect zakat in the Qur’an, He sub??nahu wa ta'?la (glorified and exalted be He) mentions its purifying quality, both externally and internally.
“Take, from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase…” [Qur’an: Chapter 9, Verse 103]
When you pay your zakat, try to feel your soul being cleansed of miserliness and greed, and be confident that as a result of paying your zakat properly, your wealth too will be purified and blessed by Allah sub??nahu wa ta'?la (glorified and exalted be He).

2. Get up to date before you calculate

Before you start your calculation process for this year, pause for a moment and consider whether you are definitely up to date with your zakat for all previous years. Remember that at the very least, zakat became a potential obligation on each of us from the age of puberty, when we also became accountable for our other core acts of worship.
Might you have had some money saved in your name during your teenage years on which zakat was never paid? Or perhaps you were a university student and mistakenly assumed that having a student loan meant that you didn’t have to pay zakat. Maybe you’ve only recently considered your zakat obligation seriously and haven’t realised that you do need to make up for previous years.
Making up for Zakat that we may have forgotten or neglected to pay remains an obligation and debt upon us – it doesn’t just go away! So make sure that before you complete your obligation this year, you travel back in time to ensure that you’re up to date. If you’re struggling with this, as many people do, don’t hesitate to ask for help by emaling the National Zakat Foundation at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

3. Get your sums right!

The accurate calculation of zakat is absolutely important. Today, when assets are more complex than ever before, it’s critical that we pay close attention to where our wealth is stored and what the zakat treatment should be. Have you considered the possibility of having to pay zakat on your pension, for example? Or on a second property that you own? Or on inheritance that you may have received? How do you value your gold accurately?
Make sure that you’re not one of those who are either overwhelmed by these questions or too lazy to understand them properly. Take your time to consider your zakat calculation carefully, ask for help where needed and take advantage of available resources.
One such resource is available at, a step-by-step guide to help you get your sums right.
Even though it can be complicated at times, remember that this is a test from Allah sub??nahu wa ta'?la (glorified and exalted be He) to assess your level of concern for fulfilling the third pillar with excellence.

4. Don’t overlook your own locality

It often comes as a surprise to many people that the local distribution of zakat was always a key component of how it was administered. Binding the hearts of payers and recipients within the same community is one of the wisdoms of zakat and so it is important that you don’t overlook potential eligible recipients within your own town, city or country before you give your zakat for international distribution.
No matter where you live and no matter how prosperous your country, local eligible recipients will always be present and it is undoubtedly the responsibility of zakat payers in a locality to meet the needs of recipients within the same locality, especially if these have gone unmet (even if temporarily) by the government or family members.
None of this means that we should be blind to the extreme plight of millions around the world and to the fact that they too warrant our support. Perhaps a solution lies in simply splitting our zakat contributions or paying our zakat locally and sadaqah elsewhere. But let us not forget that were the full payment of zakat and the principle of local distribution respected by all Muslims around the world, much of the poverty that we witness today would cease to be a reality.

5. …or your relatives

Our Prophet ?allall?hu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of All?h be upon him) taught us that there are two rewards for supporting our relatives in need, one of giving charity and the other of strengthening the ties of kinship:
“Charity given to the poor is charity, and that given to a relative is two things: charity and upholding the ties of kinship.” [Ibn Majah]
Although Zakat cannot be given to direct ascendants or descendants, nor indeed to one’s wife, other family members can and should be supported if they are eligible. This is one key way of maximizing the impact of your Zakat because of the doubling of its reward.

6. Maximize impact!

When paying one’s zakat, it is advisable to give consideration to exactly what the impact of one’s payment will be. Will one’s zakat be used for emergency relief, the provision of basic essentials, education, training or supporting enterprise for example? Will the impact be relatively short-term but urgent or relatively long-term and potentially transforming?
Note that one of the purposes of zakat is to transform deserving recipients into payers of zakat, if not immediately then one day in sha Allah. Islam doesn’t encourage a culture of dependency after all, even though the safety net for those who find themselves in a difficult situation is always there.
So it is worth thinking about how far your zakat actually goes, both in economic and spiritual terms. If we are rewarded for all the good deeds that our actions enable, then enabling someone to become self-sustainable because of a strategic use of zakat funds can mean a lot of benefit back to the one who originally supported that individual. Think of all the subsequent spending and charity by the one who has been lifted out of poverty, the reward of which will fall equally in the account of the supporter as well as the supported!
If we are entrusting, as most of us do, organisations and charities to administer zakat for us, it is worth understanding more about exactly the kinds of zakatable projects they are engaged in so that we factor in the considerations above when selecting charities.

7. Remember Zakat-al-Fitr

Unlike zakat itself, zakat-al-Fitr is payable on behalf of every member of a household, even an unborn child! Its purpose is distinct from that of the pillar of zakat, or Zakat-ul-Mal, as explained in the following hadith where Ibn `Abbas said:
‘The Messenger of Allah ?allall?hu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of All?h be upon him) enjoined Zakat-ul-fitr on the one who fasts (i.e. fasted during the month of Ramadan) to purify him from any indecent act or speech and for the purpose of providing food for the needy. It is accepted as zakat for the person who pays it before the Eid prayer and it is Sadaqah (i.e. voluntary charity) for the person who pays it after the Eid prayer.’ [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah]
An interesting point to note here is that scholars advise for this specific form of charity to be paid and distributed in the same area as one’s own physical location on the day of Eid itself. This is so that the impact on the needy in one’s own vicinity on the day of ‘Eid is catered for. This is something to be borne in mind if one is celebrating ‘Eid abroad!
So that’s it, seven simple tips and reminders to make sure that you make the most of your zakat for this Ramadan and the ones to come. May Allah accept our zakat payments and thereby purify our souls, our wealth and our communities.
Have you calculated and decided what to do with your zakat yet? Let us know how these tips have helped and how you’re planning to maximize the impact of your zakat!

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බොදු බල සේනාව නයා ලකුණින් මැතිවරණයට


භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ මැතිවරණයකට තරඟ නොකළ යුතුය යන ස්ථාවරය තුළ සිටියත් බොහෝ දෙනාගේ ඉල්ලීම මත එය නැවත සලකා බලමින් සිටින බව බොදු බල සේනාවේ මහ ලේකම් ගලගොඩ අත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි පවසති.

උන් වහන්සේ ඒ බව කියා සිටියේ නයා ලකුණින් මැතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වීම සඳහා බොදු ජන පෙරමුණ නමින් පිහිටුවා ගත් නව දේශපාලන පක්ෂය ගැන බීබීසීයට පැහැදිලි කරමින්.

සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ට අමතරව වෙනත් ආගමිකයන් හෝ වෙනත් ජාතීන්ට ද මෙම පක්ෂයෙන් මැතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් විය හැකි බවයි ගලගොඩ අත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි පවසන්නේ.

‘බුද්ධිමත් මිනිසුන්’

‘බොදු කියන වචනයෙන් අපි අදහස් කළේ ‘බුද්ධිමත් මිනිසුන්’ කියන එකයි. ඉතින් බුද්ධිමත් දෙමළ මිනිස්සුන්ට බුද්ධිමත් මුස්ලිම් මිනිහෙකුට වුනත් අපේ අනන්‍යතාවන් පිළි අරගෙන ඕන කෙනෙකුට තරඟ කරන්න පුළුවන්. කිසිම බාධාවක් නැහැ.’ උන් වහන්සේ පැවසුහ.

සම්පුර්ණ සාකච්ඡාවේ හඬ පටය අමුණා ඇත.

ඉදිරි මැතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වීමට තීරණය කලේ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ඉදිරි ගමන ශක්තිමත් කිරීම සඳහා නොවේදැයි බීබීසීය විමසු විට උන් වහන්සේ කියා සිටියේ කිසිදු පක්ෂයක් සමඟ සන්ධාන ගත නොවන අතර තම පක්ෂය ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ ජාතික මට්ටමේ න්‍යායපත්‍රයක් මත බවයි.


No plans to come back into power: CBK


Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said she had no intentions to come back into power or grab power.

Addressing journalists during a visit to Kandy, where the former President took part in religious ceremonies to mark her 70th birthday and to pay her respects to the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters, she said was not greedy to grab power or come back into power like others.

“Those who are making every effort to come into power are those who have 'robbed ' the country and are trying to come into power so that they could cover up those illegal acts,” she told the media.

She said she was in power for 12 years and she stepped down on her own will. She added that she had not 'robbed ' the monies of the people and insisted that she gracefully left the office. She said she had not 'killed ' anyone abused her power to get anything.

She declined to respond to a question whether nominations would be given to the former President. Replying to another question, she said it was not at all important to speak about Wimal Weerawansa and said she nor her party would take serious note of him. (L.B.Senaratne and J.A.L.Jayasinghe) -


BBS to contest election as BJP under Cobra symbol?


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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) would contest the upcoming general elections under the name Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP), BJP Leader and BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today. He said the BBS would remain as it is but for upcoming elections it would affiliate itself with the Eksath Maha Sabha Pakshaya (EMSP) which is a registered political party. The EMSP would in future be called the Bodu Jana Peramuna or the BJP with a new symbol and new officials. The Thera told the Daily Mirror that new officials have been appointed to the BJP and was waiting the Elections Commissioner’s approval for its Cobra symbol. “We have requested the Elections Commissioner to reserve the Cobra symbol for our newly formed party and looking forward to his approval,” he said. He said the Elections Commissioner had earlier refused to register any new political party in keeping with election regulations and that was why they had affiliate with the EMSP. (Piyumi Fonseka)


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Let us make use of the Holy Month of Ramadhaan in the Best Manner


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Published on 18.06.2015 Hijiri date 29.08.1436

Allahu Ta’ala has elevated the month of Ramadhaan by revealing the holy Quran in this month. This is a month of of Dua and patience. As Muslims we should be eager to do our Ibaadath with anxiety and calmness under the guidance of the Ulama.

We should make much more Dua for our needs and the welfare of the Ummah, especially for the unity and coexistence in the country.

The following are some important guidelines to be followed during the month of Ramadhaan:

  • Avoiding the wastage of time, by giving lot of attention to Ibaadath and by indulging in the night worships.
  • Al Quran was revealed in this holy month, and therefore, it should be recited as much as possible, making efforts to understand and practice it in life.
  • In the subjects of differences in opinion, follow the guidelines given by the Ulama without conflicting one another.
  • Identifying the poor and the needy and making arrangements for Sahar and Ifthaar, while making sure to avoid wastages.
  • Youngsters should make sure to return to their residences soon after performing prayers at the Masjids, and should strictly avoid creating nuisance or disturbance to the others. The parents should pay high attention in this regard.
  • Conducting Prayers and Bayans without causing any hindrances to others by restricting the loudspeaker volumes to Masjid boundaries.
  • Making sure that the volumes of the radios are not high such that it would disturb the neighbors, during the times of Sahar.
  • Sharing food prepared at home with the neighbors, Muslims and Non-Muslims, and involving in similar activities.
  • Women attending Masjids should pay attention to the Shari’ah disciplines, and the males should provide them with the most appropriate arrangements.
  • Causing no hindrances to others while parking vehicles near the Masjids.
  • The branches of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, Trustees of Masjids and the Muslim Community should cooperate in implementing the above mentioned disciplines.

Let us spend this holy month of Ramadhaan in the best way possible.

May Allah accept our prayers, and bless this country with unity, development of coexistence and good understanding.

Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama



Virtues of Fasting as Mentioned in the Qur'an and Sunnah


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The Reward for Fasting is Immense

"Every action of the son of Adam is given manifold reward, each good deed receiving ten times its like, up to seven hundred times. Allah the Most High said,'Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I will give recompense for it, he leaves off his desires and his food for Me.' For the fasting person there are two times of joy; a time when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of musk." (Al-Bukhari)

Also, Sahl ibn Sa'ad reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:

"Indeed there is a gate of Paradise called ar-Rayyan. On the day of Resurrection those who fast will enter through it; no one enters it except for them, and when they have entered, it is closed so that no one enters it, so when the last of them enters it, it is closed, and whoever enters it drinks, and whoever drinks never becomes thirsty." (Ibn Khuzaymah. Sahih)


Fasting is a Shield Against the Fire

"Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the Fire." (Ahmad. Sahih)


Fasting is a Means for One's Sins to be Forgiven

"He who fasts Ramadhan, due to iman and hoping for reward (from Allah) then his past sins are forgiven." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)


The Supplication of the Fasting Person is Answered

"There are in the month of Ramadhan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim an supplication which he can make and will be granted." (Al-Bazzar and Ahmad. Sahih)


Fasting is an Expiation for Various Sins

"Perform the Pilgrimage and the Lesser Pilgrimage for Allah ... but whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head must pay a ransom, either by fasting or by charity ... " [Al-Qur'an 2:196]

"Never may a believer kill a believer unless by mistake ... and those who find this beyond their means must fast two consecutive months. Such is the penance imposed by Allah; and Allah is Knowing, Wise." (Al-Qur'an 4:92)

And more (5:89, 5:95 and 58:3-4).


Fasting is a Shield Against One's Base Desires

"O youths, whoever amongst you is able to marry then let him do so, since it restrains the eyes and protects the private parts, and he who is unable, then let him fast because it is a shield for him." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)


Once we realise the greatness of fasting and what achievement it leads to, we must put all our efforts in performing fasting in the best manner possible. And since fasting is worship, it must be done solely for Allah's sake, and no intention is accepted, other than pleasing Allah and seeking His Face with all one's sincerity. Without a correct intention, no deed is of any value in the Hereafter. We Muslims must constantly verify our intentions and consider why we perform fasting. Do we do so merely because it is the practice of our parents and friends, or do we do so because it is part of our tradition, or perhaps because we simply want to conform to our environment in order to avoid any problems? A Muslim who realises that only that which is with Allah remains, and that He is the only One who grants and withholds, would not be of those to which the Prophet, upon whom be peace, alluded to in the hadith:

"On the Day of Judgement, a caller will cry out, 'Whoever performed a deed for someone other than Allah may seek his reward from that for which he performed the deed.' " (Sahih al-Jami')



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First anniversary of senseless carnage on Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town Muslims Election of President Maithripala Sirisena averted an Aluthgama type attack on Muslims to mark the anniversary of 1915-Sinhala Muslim riots?


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aluthgama-crisisBy Latheef Farook

Today, Monday June 15, marks the first anniversary of the unwanted and senseless racist pogrom on innocent and helpless Muslims at Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala which ended up in the political funeral of the Rajapaksa brothers who were accused of being behind these calculated atrocities.

Killing of Muslims, looting of their belongings and the destruction of their properties were meticulously planned and executed to military precision in all these three places.

However, the island’s mainstream media, increasingly under Sinhala racist influence and the anti Muslim Israeli lobby, observed a news blackout and tried to cover up the shameful carnage. The local media only woke up to the reality after seeing the wide coverage to the mayhem in the international media.

Realizing the adverse publicity and the growing wide spread  criticism by mainstream fair minded Sinhalese intellectuals, professionals and Buddhist monks, the Rajapaksa government began a program to rebuild the burnt, destroyed and damaged property. This includes places of worship.

However the wound remains deep as the perpetrators escaped scot free and the looted belongings to the value, some estimate at billions of rupees, have disappeared forever. Those racist elements which instigated these atrocities have once again begun to carry out their hate Muslim campaign.

Now a year after the carnage the unanswered question is why did the Rajapaksa government unleash a wave of violence against Muslims targeting their religious, cultural and economic life, aimed at eliminating them as a community, culminating in the Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town  carnage?

Did the Island’s Muslims who are as blue blooded citizens of this country as the others are, do any crime?  Did the Muslims attack any Temple, Sinhalese businesses or oppose the Rajapaksa government in any way?

Instead as the most peaceful of all the three major communities in the country the Muslims, as stated by former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva, only wanted to live in peace and harmony with all communities Those Muslims in the north and east were keen to return to their homes and rebuild their lives shattered during decades of ethnic war caused by the racist politics of the two major political parties-United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.


Of course corrupt Muslim politicians shamelessly remained with the Rajapaksa government while  jet setting wheeler dealer moulavis and discredited  civil society   leaders  were  more keen to please Rajapaksa brothers, perhaps for personal benefits at the expense of the community, than  attending to the sufferings and grievances of Muslims.,


In unleashing this carnage the defeated President Rajapaksa government and the racist elements that carried out the hate campaign against Muslims have conveniently forgotten the role played by the Muslim community in opposing the LTTE call for a separate Elam      to protect the territorial integrity of the country and the price they paid for such a stand.

What they also failed to understand is that if not for firm Muslim opposition to Elam call, the country would have been divided long ago as it was not militarily equipped, at the early stage, to meet the challenges posed by separatists backed by India.

Now the question is whose agenda was this hate Muslim campaign poisoning the Sinhalese minds against Muslims to the detriment of all communities and the country?

Perhaps the agenda of defeated Rajapaksa government’s new found friend Israel- the international pariah which destabilized the entire Middle East, time and again kicked out by Sri Lankan governments in the past only to return likemidnight thieves.

However Muslims were aware that destructive racist elements always saying that “we will take care of the Tamils first and deal with Muslims later”. Perhaps they got that opportunity in the aftermath of the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009 with the patronage of Rajapaksa government and, as I always suspect, the support of the Israelis who have stealthily entered the country with the support of Rajapaksa government and managed to penetrate many key areas.

Dealing with local politicians is simple for Israelis, whose only agenda has been against Islam and Muslims as, by and large, most local politicians and even media personnel are ignorant of Israel’s crime records and their indifference towards injustice towards Muslims here and abroad.

This is the reason why the Muslims voted for President Maithripala Sirisena in the 8 January 2015 presidential elections .Muslims feared an island wide attacks on Muslims this year especially in the context of   provincial counselor Udaya Gammanpila openly stating that an attack on Muslims is inevitable in 2015 to mark the anniversary of 1915 Sinhala Muslim riots.

This fear was further strengthened by the Rajapaksa government allowing Myanmar’s controversial Buddhist monk Asin Wirathu, once described by TIME magazine as the “Face of Buddhist Terror”, who has been carrying on a relentless campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, to enter the country and giving a reception usually given to a head of state and signing an agreement with anti Muslim racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena.

In view of these developments many knowledgeable Muslims believe that the election of President Maithripala Sirisena averted an island wide Aluthgama type attack on Muslims by racist elements to mark the 1915 Sinhala-Muslim riots this year.

It was under such circumstance Muslims observe the first anniversary of the Aluthgama carnage.

Meanwhile a book titled “Mayhem during Curfew “on Aluthgama, Bruwala and Dharga Town atrocities was released recently. This book contains a collection of selected articles, appeared both in the local and the international media, on the attacks on Muslims of Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala. The local media dismissed the pogrom and thus the need to put the record straight for posterity.





Ramadan to begin on Friday as new moon not sighted


Since the new moon was not sighted in any part of the country today, the Colombo Grand Mosque has decided that Ramazan fast will commence from Friday (June 19).

The holy month of Ramadan was expected to begin on Thursday (18) for Muslims in Sri Lanka.

Muslims all over the world will observe a month of fasting and prayers during Ramadan to commemorate the time when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed on the night of “Laylat Al Qadr”.

Fasting during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is considered to be one of the Five Pillars of Islam.




Ramazan fasting on Friday


The Ramazan fasting will start from Friday 19th June since the new moon was not cited today, the Colombo Grand Mosque announced.


A Letter to the UN on the Rohingya Muslims in Burma


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Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein,
United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10,



Your Excellency,

We, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the supreme body of the Islamic theologians in Sri Lanka, established in 1924, are very much concerned about the problems faced by the Rohingya Muslims in Burma.

It is very much disturbing and pathetic to notice that these Rohinya Muslims have been treated in a very inhuman manner by the Burmese Government officials and the Buddhist Extremists in that country. These innocent people who have been subject to annihilation by most heinous atrocities are struggling for their lives and fleeing to escape out of the country seeking asylum.

Very sadly we have not seen any constructive steps taken by any source so far to solve this most inhuman and flagrant violations of basic human rights perpetrated so openly with impunity. As human beings it is our duty to help these innocent victims and we very fervently request Your Excellency to intervene in this most inhuman violation of human rights and to redress their right to live as human beings.

Thanking you,


Ash-Sheikh Mufti M.I.M Rizwe                                Ash-Sheikh M. M. A. Mubarak

President                                                                     General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama                                  All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama


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