Chronic illness and fasting in Ramadaan

Dr. Raeesa Moolla continues with Chronic illness and fasting in Ramadaan... Diabetes We very often see diabetic patients who are concerned whether they can fast or not. These patients should visit their doctor at least 1 month before Ramadhaan. A glycated hemoglobin test to check for control in the past 2-3 months should be done and these patients should be made aware of the symptoms of low glucose levels and the importance of compliance with … [Read more...]

Possession by Jinn

Jinns are intelligent living beings who have been exposed to divine revelation containing both commands and prohibitions, and are thereby eligible for either a reward or punishment in the next life. Since the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) as also sent to them, it is therefore obligatory for Muslims to treat them as they would any other human being with regard to commanding and prohibiting evil. The occasional possession of … [Read more...]

Improve your Memory

Imaam Bukhari (rahimahullaah) was able to momentarily look at a page of hadeeth once and he would memorise it. Imaam Shafi‘ee (rahimahullaah) had to cover the notes in the margins of the texts he read because if he did not, he would memorise them and it would conflict with what he was trying to memorise. Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) memorised one million ahaadeeth just as well as the layman would memorise Surah Ikhlaas. How did these great … [Read more...]

Du’a for Ramadaan and Seeing New Moon

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Welcome Ramadaan 1434

It is the eve of the first of Ramadaan here in South Africa, 09 July 2013 and our first taraaweeh. Tomorrow will be our first sawm In-shaa-Allah. Emails, blackberry and whatsapp messages are flying across networks tonight, all wishing for a blessed Ramadaan. Indeed we are fortunate to have witnessed yet another glorious month of the Qur-aan. Yet how many of us will actually take full opportunity of this auspicious month? “The month of Ramadaan … [Read more...]


Allah says: "Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, And be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me." [Surah Baqarah/ 02, v:152] Thank you Allah for every little thing you have given us today, yesterday and always. How fortunate are we? Fortunate to have eemaan (faith). Fortunate to be part of the GREATEST ummah of Nabi Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam). Fortunate to be in a country where we can practice our religion freely … [Read more...]

15th Sha’baan 1434 (Nisf min Sha’baan)

It is 22 June 2013. Here in South Africa, Laylat an-Nisf min Sha’baan (Eve of 15th Sha’baan 1434 AH) will fall on 23 June 2013 (Sunday) after Salaat-al Maghrib. Fasting on the 15th Sha’baan FASTING ON THE FIFTEENTH OF SHA’BAAN IS NOT ESTABLISHED FROM HADEETH. Some people believe the misconception that fasting on the fifteenth of Sha’baan is Sunnah. They have been deceived by the Hadeeth of Sayyidunaa ‘Ali (RadhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) that appears in … [Read more...]

Aaminah bint Wahb (Mother of Nabi Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam)

The womb of Aaminah bint Wahb was that womb wherein the noble foetus (of Allah’s Messenger) settled. This seed has been moving from loins of men, generation after generation until Allah in His Divine wisdom decreed that it moved to ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdul Muttalib, the youthful Qurayshi who excelled his contemporaries in greatness and beauty and in whose eyes the light of Prophethood was shining. The birth of the Seal of Prophethood would firmly … [Read more...]

Sha’baan 1434 AH

Ahlann Yaa Sha’baan! Can you feel it in the air? For all of us, so eagerly awaiting the blessed Ramadaan, entering into the month of Sha’baan just makes those nights of ‘ibaadah so much more tangible! Today is the first of Sha’baan 1434 AH, coinciding with the gregorian date of 10 June 2013. By now we should be getting into a routine of nafl (voluntary) fasting and increase in good deeds. For those who have Qadaa fasts, now is a great time to … [Read more...]

al Israa and Mi’raaj (Ascension)

“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsaa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing”. [Surah al-Israa/17, v:01] This verse talks about the most remarkable miracles of Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam), the night journey (Israa). This journey, which is usually known as Mi’raaj which comes from an Arabic word that literally means … [Read more...]