Fidya 2014

Time To Get Your Good Deeds On

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted." [Narrated by Tabarani]

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A Month of Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation

Welcome Ramadan: A Month of Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation 

Alhumdulillah, we have made it to another Ramadan! Allah has given us an one more opportunity to purify ourselves through fasting, prayers, and giving sadaqah during this most blessed month. The Prophet (peace be upon him) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha'ban saying, 

"Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; a month in which Allah has made it compulsory for you to fast by day and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity and a month in which a believer's sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast shall have his sins forgiven and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all." [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
May Allah accept our good deeds and forgive our sins. May Allah bless our families, our communities and our society with true guidance, forbearance, and peace. Ameen!

Ramadan Message from Br. Naeem Baig, Ameer ICNA

Ramadan Message from Br. Naeem Baig, President ICNA

Let me begin by wishing you and your families Ramadhan Mubaarak. May the Barakah of Allah SWT descend on us as individuals, as families, as a Jamaa’ah and as an Ummah. May Allah SWT help Muslims from all over the globe to have a peaceful and blessed Ramadhan.  Let us also hope that by Fasting in The Month of Ramadhan we as a community will exemplify the best of the Muslim character as we interact with the wider society especially when the opinion of Muslims is at an all-time low.RamadanKareem

Ramadhan is about faith, kindness, generosity, perseverance and striving to achieve a higher spiritual reality with our Creator and a deeper consciousness of Allah SWT within ourselves known as Taqwa.

Allah SWT affirms in 2/183:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn.

Read more: Ramadan Message from Br. Naeem Baig, Ameer ICNA

Get Ready for the Blessings; Support ICNA Relief this Ramadan

It has been narrated by Bukhari from Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

Alhumdulillah during Ramadan it is so much easier to perform Ibadat such as making Prayers on time and reading Qur’an. In addition, Ramadan also teaches us to be thankful for what we have and give back to our community more generously. Visit us at www.icnarelief.org  and be a partner in service to your needy neighbors.

Q&A with Imam Ali Suleiman Ali


Q&A with Imam Ali Suleiman Ali PH.D

(All answers taken from Fiqh us-Sunnah)

Question 1:

During the month of Ramadan I will be travelling to another state for work, should I fast during this time?


It is allowed for those who are (not chronically) ill and for travelers to break their fasts during Ramadan, but they must make up the days they missed. Allah says in the Qur’an: whoever is sick or on a journey may break his/her fast and make up fasting on others days and that Allah wants ease not hardship for us” (Surah 2:185)

Question 2:

If I am still eating at the time of Fajr pray what should I do?


If someone has food in his mouth when Fajr (prayer) is beginning, he should spit it out. If he does so, his fast will still be valid. If he continues in this action at that time, he will have broken his fast. Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from Aishah (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Bilal makes the call to prayer while it is still night (before Fajr prayer); therefore, eat and drink until Ibn Umm Maktum makes the call to (Fajr) prayer.”

Question 3:

I am a new Muslimah and I was wondering if I should fast during the month of Ramadan when I am on my menses?


The scholars agree that it is obligatory for menstruating women and women with post-childbirth bleeding to break the fast and to make up the missed days later on. Al Bukhari and Muslim recorded that ‘Aishah (RA) said: “ When we would have our menses during the lifetime of the Prophet (PBUH), we were ordered to make up the days of fasting that we had missed but were not ordered to make up the prayers that we had missed.

Even if such bleeding begins just before the sunset, the fast of that day is rendered void and the day must be made up. There is a consensus of scholars on this point.

Question 4:

If a person becomes ill and vomits while fasting, has their fast been broken?



If one is overcome and vomits unintentionally, he does not have to make up the day later on or perform the acts of expiation. Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever is overcome and vomits is not to make up the day. Whoever vomits intentionally must make up the day.” This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, ad-Daraqutni, and al-Hakim. The latter called it Sahih.

Question 5:

My husband is very particular in the manner which the food is prepared, during the month of Ramadan. Am I allowed to taste the food to make sure it is to his liking?


Ibn ‘Abbas ruling is that: “There is no problem with tasting liquid food or something you wish to purchase.”


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