Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed, not just for the Barakah attached to reciting it, although this is without measure. The primary reason is for us to understand and live by its word. Allah says in several places in Quran: why will you not seek to understand the Quran? And why will you not reflect on the Quran? During this month all of us all of us hasten to recite a complete Khattam of the Quran, but how many of us understand what we are reciting. Is it time to move a little further, and seek to understand what we are reading? Tradition points one way, and it is hard to shift. We do not have to reject those of previous generations, let us take what is good and build on it. So, in addition to reciting the Quran, take an English translation, and as you recite, read what it means, so that we may truly live the Quran. Do, however remember the benefits of reciting, they are absolutely without measure.
Islam being a way of life, means all Muslims must stay abreast of happenings locally and globally. We have to align ourselves with both the lunar and solar calendar. We have to follow the strong current to find the way we need to go.
It’s the holy month of Ramadan, the first thing we think of abstaining from is food and drink. This is not of course the only abstinence, but the one we focus on. When deprived of food and drink for any length of time, the body goes into de-tox. All harmful substances are purged, yet the body continues to function. How merciful is our body, that without the needed sustenance, blood continues to flow, lungs continue to take in air, and all other functions work perfectly. Should we not be grateful for the amazing piece of engineering that is our body? Along comes the time of breaking the fast, and what do we do. We consume foods that are harmful to the body, to the digestion. Into this perfect body, which has served us so wonderfully as we fast, we pour into it all kinds of fats and sugar. Traditionally we consume samoosas, pies, pancakes and doughnuts. The fact that this has always been so, does not mean it is the right thing to do. How about rewarding the body, and not our senses?
How about rewarding this magnificent body with good nourishing foods? This could be very hard for us to change. Perhaps we are ready for a mind shift towards a healthier and more rewarding Ramadan.
The Boorhaanol Movement deeply mourns the passing on of its Imam, Hafith Dr Saleh Adams. Above all, the Imam will best be remembered for the continuous search for knowledge that he embarked upon, be it in the memorization of the Holy Quran, the knowledge of the Deen-ul-Islam or the scientific advances at university. His association with the Boorhaanol mosque started as a child and he served the mosque in various, capacities with great distinction. He will be fondly remembered by the mureeds for the many years that he led the Jamaah in taraweegh prayers, during which time he served as the assistant Imam to the late Imam Manie Bassier. His hifz made him a member of the esteemed Jam-aitul Qurra for many years and his presence at community Ghatams are indelibly etched on the community’s collective memory.
Adventure Camp for Muslim Ladies
Date: 8–10 July 2011
‘Oh Allah, grant unto us spouses & offspring who will be a comfort to our eyes
& give us the grace to lead the righteous Insha’Allah!’ [Q25:74]
Primary Objective of Camp
For participants to experience: ‘How the mind limits us and how the heart (sincerity) liberates us’.
In a prospective study carried out over four months at the University of Malaya - two months before, the month of Ramadan and one month after. Eighty-three subjects were given headache diaries over this time and at the end of each month the severity of headache was quantified using the Chronic Pain Grade. They found that the pain intensity increased in 48% of the subjects. They concluded that fasting over Ramadan was a significant precipitating factor for headache.
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