The Days of Dhul Hijjah

The life of a Muslim is very special as it is full of opportunities to get closer to Allah ﷻ‎ by performing the various forms of worship that Allah ﷻ loves.  These forms of worship turn the life of a Muslim into a life of righteous action, speech and continuous activity for the benefit and goodness of everyone.  This means that the life of Mu’mins should be devoted to worship, obedience, righteous deeds and absolute connection with Allah ﷻ in every part of their life, and in all their affairs.  They do not need to go to the mosque, in particular, to approach Allah ﷻ, as He is with them all the time, as He said in the Qur’an (Surah Qaf: 16):  “…and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.”

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Sha’baan – To follow or not to follow

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Why the 15th of Sha’ban is in the evening of Saturday the 20th April 2019

Confusion has arisen all over the UK with regards to the 15th of Sha’ban. Some claim it is tonight (Friday 19th April) while others assert that it is in the evening of Saturday the 20th of April.

This is therefore an attempt to investigate both claims and to further see the cause of such disagreement, as well as a comprehensive look at the whole Saudi moon sighting debate and whether Muslims in the UK should be following Saudi Arabia or not.
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Persistent Twilight

What is Persistent Twilight? A Very Brief Explanation

As the sun sets below the horizon, the sky turns a deep red colour. This colouring is because the Sun’s rays can still reach the sky above it. After a while, the Sun will descend further, by a certain angle, below the horizon until none of its rays will be able to reach the sky. It is at this point we get complete darkness.
In northern parts of the world, the Sun does not descend by an angle sufficiently below the horizon for the sky to turn completely dark. The Sun’s rays will continue to reach and illuminate the sky for the whole night. It is this phenomenon that is termed Persistent Twilight. Continue reading “Persistent Twilight”

Does Maghrib Begin at Sunset?

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The Arabic noun Maghrib comes from the root gharaba, “to depart, to set, to go away,” and the noun formed from this root literally means “the place of the sunset.” It is thus apparent that Maghrib means actual sunset or sundown, as understood universally, i.e, the time of departure or declension of the sun from the horizon when it is no longer visible.
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The Best of Condiments is Vinegar

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The Prophet ﷺ was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him.
Jabir narrated, “The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, took me one day with him to his house. He was served some bread. He asked: ‘Is there any dip?’ They replied ‘No, only some vinegar.’ He said, ‘Vinegar is a good dip.’ Jabir used to say, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Allah’s Prophet”. Naf’a said, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Jabir.” Continue reading “The Best of Condiments is Vinegar”

When Does Fajr Begin?

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Muslims here in the UK are facing an issue that seems to have no apparent solution. Every year during Ramadan people are dumbfounded and confused by the discrepancies between multiple timetables published by the mosques and organisations in the UK. One community is enjoying their Suhoor while a nearby second has already prayed their Fajr Salah which had started as early as 01:15am. What are our Imams doing? Continue reading “When Does Fajr Begin?”