Black Spirituality Religion : Ramadan

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    abdurratln Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan is the Month in which GOD Showed His Mercy to Mankind by Sending Quran to us. We expect the Month of Ramadan to begin within a matter of a few short days. This is the best time of the year for Muslims all over the world.
     
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    What is Ramadan by Sh. Abdurrahman T. L. Nelson

    Ramadan is the 9th month of the Lunar Calender used by Muslims around the world. During Ramadan, Muslims everywhere are required to fast from sun up to sun down every day for the 30-day period of Ramadan. Each day, the fast is broken just before Early Evening Prayer at sun down.

    After Early Evening Prayer, usually a celebration occurs in which a feast is prepared and offered and enjoyed by the Muslims Community. Food is usually plentiful as larger quaintities of food has been donated for that purpose. In addition, large quantities of food is made available to the poor and the needy. Thus, community and charity are always a major part of Ramadan celebration.

    Later, the Late Evening Prayer is observed. This is followed by Recitations of Quran from memory. Each night 1/30th of Quran is Recited until entire Quran has been covered.

    Before Morning Prayer at daybreak, the first meal of the day is eaten and the fast begins. During the fast, a Muslim abstains from all food and drink and sexual activity. Generally, fighting and arguments are also avoided. However, Muslims do fight as a means of self-defense as a last resort.

    It was during the Holy Month of Ramadan that Quran was first revealed to mankind. So, Ramadan is a time to show appreciation for DOD's Mercy Which He Demonstrated to us by Revealing Quran as a Guidance and Wisdom. And, it is a time for us to refresh our familiarization with all aspects of Quran. Thus, Ramadan is a happy occasion for Muslims everywhere.

    I invite everyone to join us this year in celebrating Ramadan. In every community in the USA, there will be a Ramadan activity nearby and available to anyone interested. This is an outstanding opportunity for non-Muslims to get to know about Islam and their Muslim neighbors. And, we would love to share our hospitality with our non-Muslim neighbors and friends. The more, the merrier.
     
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    Matt.9:
    [14] Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
    [15] And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

    Matt.6
    [16] Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
    [17] But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
    [18] That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

     
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    That's watsup!
     
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    Al-Kabah

    3:96: Undoubtedly the first House for the worship of Allah ever built for mankind is the one at Bakka (Makkah), a blessed site and a guidance for all the worlds.

    3:97: In it are clear signs and the Station of Ibrãhïm (Abraham) where he used to worship. Whoever enters it is safe. Performance of Hajj (pilgrimage) to this House is a duty to Allah for all who can afford the journey to it; and the one who disobeys this commandment should know that Allah is Self-sufficient, beyond the need of any from the worlds.3:97: (http://al-quraan.org/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=4_7&products_id=45)

    Note: Pilgrimage is performed after Ramadan.
     
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    On Natonal Unity

    3:104: Let there arise from among you a band of people who should invite to righteousness, enjoin good and forbid evil; such are the ones who shall be successful.

    3:105: Be not like those who became divided into sects and who started to argue against each other after clear revelations had come to them. Those responsible for division and arguments will be sternly punished

    3:106: on the Day when some faces will be brightened with joy and others darkened with gloom. To the dark-faced sinner it will be said: “Did you adopt the way of disbelief after embracing the True Faith? Then taste the punishment for having adopted the way of disbelief."

    3:107: As for the bright-faced ones, they will be in Allah’s Mercy and abide therein forever.

    3:108: These are the Revelations of Allah, We recite them to you in truth; Allah intends no injustice to the worlds.[108] All that is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah and all matters return to Allah for decision (http://al-quraan.org/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=4_7&products_id=43)
     
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    Origin of Islam

    3:64: Say: “O people of the Book! Let us get together on what is common between us and you: that we shall worship none but Allah; that we shall not associate any partners with Him; that we shall not take from among ourselves any lords beside Allah.” If they reject your invitation then tell them: “Bear witness that we are Muslims (who have surrendered to Allah).

    3:65: "O people of the Book! Why do you argue with us about Ibrãhïm, as to whether he was a Jew or a Christian? You know that the Taurãt (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) were revealed long after him? Have you no sense at all?

    3:66: So far you have been arguing about things of which you had some knowledge! Must you now argue about that of which you know nothing at all? Allah knows while you do not.

    3:67: Ibrãhïm was neither a Jew nor a Christian but he was a Muslim, true in faith. He was not one of the Mushrikïn (who set up partners with Allah).

    3:68: Surely the people nearest to Ibrãhïm are those who follow him, which are this Prophet (Muhammad) and those who believe with him; Allah is the Protector of only those who are the believers.

    3:69: Some of the People of the Book want to mislead you; but they mislead none except themselves, though they do not realize it.

    3:70: O People of the Book! Why do you deny the revelations of Allah when you know that they are true?

    3:71: O People of the Book! Why do you confound the truth with falsehood and knowingly conceal the truth?[71]
     
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    Quran Revealed in Ramadan

    2:185: It is the month of Ramadhãn in which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance for mankind with clear teachings showing the Right Way and a criterion of truth and falsehood. Therefore, anyone of you who witnesses that month should fast therein, and whoever is ill or upon a journey shall fast a similar number of days later on. Allah intends your well-being and does not want to put you to hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period so that you should glorify His Greatness and render thanks to Him for giving you guidance.
     
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    Inroduction to Quran

    During this Holy Month of Ramadan, I will attempt to share an outline of 1/30th of Quran each day until we cover entire Quran. This will not be easy as there is a huge amount of material to cover in addition to my own religious duties for Ramadan. But, I will do my best, With GOD's Help.

    To this end, I will rely heavily upon the works provided by The Institute of Islmaic Knowledge of Houston, Texas. (http://al-quraan.org/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=4_6&products_id=25) I thank IIK for making this outstanding work available to us all.
     
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    1st 1/30th of Quran (Juz #1)

    I. Al-Fãtiha


    A. Introduction
    1.

    This Sürah is known as Sab‘a Mathani (Seven Oft-Repeated Verses).
    2.

    It is also called Umm-ul-Kitãb (Mother of the Book), foundation and essence of the Qur’an.
    3.

    It is a mandatory part of each Islamic Prayer (Salah), recited at least seventeen times daily in the five obligatory prayers.
    4.

    This Prayer is taught by Allah (Almighty God) Himself to mankind, as a favor, to let them know the format of a Prayer which is acceptable to Him.
    B.

    This Prayer is for all those who want to study His Message. It is placed at the very beginning to teach the reader that if he sincerely wants to benefit from Al-Qur’an, he should offer this prayer to the Rabb of the Universe. Al-Fãtiha teaches that the best thing for a man is to pray for “guidance towards the Right Way” and to study Al-Qur’an with the mental attitude of a seeker of truth, and to recognize that the Rabb of the Universe is the source of all knowledge. They should, therefore, begin the study of Al-Qur’an with a prayer to Allah for guidance.
    C.

    It is important to know that the real relation between Al-Fãtiha and Al- Qur’an is not that of an introduction to a book but that of a prayer and its answer. Al-Fãtiha is the prayer from the devotee and the rest of Al-Qur’an is the answer from Allah. The devotee prays to Allah to show the “Right Way” and in answer to his prayer Allah places the whole of Al-Qur’an before him , as if to say:

    "Here is the Guidance that you have asked for."

    1.

    Supplication to Allah taught by Allah Himself

    II. Al-Baqarah 2:1-141

    A.

    Al-Qur'an is free from all doubts
    1.

    It is a guide for the God-conscious
    B.

    Warning is of no avail for those who reject faith
    C.

    Hypocrites and consequences of hypocrisy
    1.

    Examples of their deeds
    D.

    Envy of Jews and Christians
    E.

    Open-ended credit account for the Hereafter
    F.

    The Jews' and Christians' false claim to inherit paradise
    G.

    Religious prejudice of the Jews and the Christians
    H.

    Order not to prevent people from coming to the Masãjid
    I.

    All directions belong to Allah
    J.

    The accusation against Allah of having a son
    K.

    The Qur'an is the knowledge of truth
    L.

    Jews and Christians will never be pleased with you
    M.

    Accountability on the Day of Judgment
    N.

    Ibrãhïm was made the Leader of mankind
    O.

    Importance of the Ka‘bah
    P.

    Prayer of Ibrãhïm for the city of Makkah
    Q.

    Ibrãhïm and Isma‘il pray for the appointment of a Prophet from the City of Makkah
    R.

    Islam: the religion of Ibrãhïm
    S.

    Ibrãhïm's advice to his sons
    T.

    The order of Allah to believe in all the Prophets without discrimination
    U.

    Baptism is from Allah
    V.

    Ibrãhïm and his sons were neither Jews nor Christians
    (http://al-quraan.org/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=4_6&products_id=25)
     
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