TODAY’S HEADLINES …
It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Update! Today you will find more reminders to make up fasts, and to schedule important appointments. Also, a tip on saving money, kitchen organization tips and printables, prayer calendar question, and a khutbah from last year on the merits of Ramadhan.
Count Down — There are about 56 days (a bit under 2 months) until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. It is not too early to start thinking about Ramadhan and planning for it.
Make Ups — Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.
CRAFTY RAMADHAN FAMILY________________________________________________________
How much do you know about the sites of Makkah?
2 New Islamic GeoQuizzes!
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Online Geography Fun
You are given a list of mainly Muslim countries and a map. Drag the country names to their correct locations on the map. Map Game link
More crafts, lessons, activities, and printables on their way, insha’Allah!
Organize the Kitchen Is your kitchen ready for Ramadhaan? If not, here are some tips to help you get going … Continue reading →
Ramadhaan – Merits and Rulings 2 (English)
Shaaykh Mohammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Ali Ibn Ahmad Al-Jarrullah Al-Malki — Bio Data: About Website: www.ilmforall.net/
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/IlmForAll_KnowIslam/
QUESTION & ANSWER_____________________________________________
Question: Fasting and Prayer Calendars May Allah reward you for these blessed instructions, the questioner says, during the month of Ramadan there is a difference of opinion between the Imams of the Masjids concerning the beginning of the time for Fajr; keeping in mind that the masjid has in it calendars for the
athan that are produced by the Scholars of astronomy and relied upon by the Ministry of Endowments and Guidance. But some of the Imams don’t follow these calendars especially when it comes to the Fajr prayer; rather they delay the athan for Fajr by an average of more than fifteen minutes after the time that appears on the calendar. Keeping in mind that the Fajr is not seen due to the following reason, which is the electric lights; so what is your advice for those people?
Answer: No doubt the Scholars of astronomy have knowledge of astronomy, but Allah the Mighty and Majestic says, “eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread” (Chapter 2 verse 187) So as long as Fajr is not clear, the person can eat and drink, but the problem now is for the one who is in the city or a village that has electricity, he will not be able to determine the Fajr when it first enters due to these lights. Therefore the person should use caution, if the time for Fajr is in according to the calendar then they should stop eating and drinking and as for the prayer then they should use caution, meaning they should not rush to make the prayer (when it first comes in according to the calendar) rather they should wait. And all praises belong to Allah; his waiting for the prayer to be certain that it has entered does not equate to delaying the prayer from its early time. Therefore there should be caution, in relation to fasting we say use caution and start fasting according to the calendar and in relation to the prayer we say use caution and delay the prayer until you are sure the Fajr is in.
Fatwa by Shiek Ibn Othaimeen
Translated by Rasheed Barbee