Taraweeh prayers

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) led his companions in prayer (Taraweeh) for several nights, and then on the third or fourth night he did not come out to them. When morning came He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Nothing prevented me from

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Recitation of the Qur’an

Ibn Abaas (radi Allahu anhu) said, “The (Angel) Jibreel used to meet the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) every night in Ramadan and study the Qur’an with him.” [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim] Commentary: Reading Qur’an during Ramadan is one

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Breaking the fast with fresh dates, dried dates or water

Anas ibn Maalik (radi Allahu anhu) said, The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would break his fast with fresh dates before praying. If there were no fresh dates, he would eat a few dried dates. If there were no dried dates, he would drink a few sips

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Being Quick in Breaking One’s Fast

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast.” [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim] Commentary: Another narration includes the additional phrase, “… because the Jews and

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Eating Suhoor

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing.” and “Verily that which separates (i.e. distinguishes) between our fast and the fasting of the People of the Book (i.e. Jews and Christians) is the eating

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There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month…

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said “There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained

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Ramadan: A Time to have your previous Sins forgiven

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan with faith and hoping (i.e. with anticipation) for its reward shall have all of his previous sins forgiven for him.” [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim] Commentary: The

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Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah said: ‘Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…’” [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim] Commentary: Because all deeds are for

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Ramadan: One of the Pillars of Islam

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Islam is built upon five [pillars]: testifying that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing the prayers, giving the Zakat, making the

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