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What you need to know about voluntary fasting

By: C. Mofty Source: The first thing to understand is the difference between what is known as fard and what is known as nafl.  Fard is obligatory, it is what Allah requires us to do, and leaving it is a sin and we will be held accountable for it.  An example is two rakah of Fajr prayer and the fasts of Ramadan. Nafl literally means extra.  Nafl worship is voluntary, it is not required from a Muslim, rather it is up to the individual to offer it.  It is optional and voluntary.  The Muslim is not sinful for neglecting nafl, but is rewarded for doing it.  Therefore, nafl worship is recommended.  Examples of nafl fasts will be covered in this lesson. Many times a new Muslim is anxious...

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Being prepared for the big arrival: Ramadan!

By: Source: Many people don’t understand or misunderstand the true essence of fasting, and they make it an occasion for eating and drinking, making special sweets and staying up late at night and watching shows on TV. They make preparations for that long before Ramadan; they look through aisles of grocery stores and skim through the satellite TV guide to plan their meals and accompanying TV shows! In reality Ramadan is the month of fasting, a month of training and recharging, a month to be filled with worship; not a month of feasting and reclining! Here are some practical tips on the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadan...

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Salatul Istikhara – The Prayer of Seeking Counsel

By: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Source: The Istikhara Prayer or the Prayer of Seeking Counsel or Guidance is a very simple prayer of seeking guidance or direction in any matter. One prays two rakats at any time that is not disliked, after which one recites the supplication of istikhara. It is best to recite it before sleeping, though in no way necessary. Like other duas, it is recommended that one face the qibla. It is recommended to open the dua of istikhara, with praise of Allah and sending blessings on the Prophet ﷺ and to close it in this manner, too. It is disliked to ‘hasten’ in seeking the answer to one’s istikhara, like other duas, because the Prophet ﷺ said, “Your prayers...

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