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Lailutul Qadr

Aishah (radhiya Allahu Ta’ala anha), that she said: with as little food as possible. The reality of
“O Messenger of Allāh! What if I knew which night miracles is that you first break your own bad
Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” He habits, than Allāh will break His natural laws
said ‘Say: for you!

.‫لله َّم إنَّ َك َع ُف ٌّو تُ ِح ُّب ال َْع ْف َو فَ ْاع ُف َعنِّ ْي‬

ُ َ‫ا‬ • It is scientifically proven, study after study,
that fasting is a beneficial to the body. Most
Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun of the common diseases today are in one way
tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’ ” or another linked to heavy consumption.
O Allāh You are The One Who pardons greatly,
• While rinsing your nose and mouth in wudhu
and loves to pardon, so pardon me.
(ablution) be careful not to ingest any water.
• Start a fast-a-thon at your MSA. Visit
Fasting Secrets
• Fasting is special because unlike other deeds,
Allāh SWT has said: “Fasting is for Me.” • Take Ramadan as an opportunity to change
(Bukhārī) your eating habits. Learn about “Fair Trade”
and “Organic Foods”.
• Drinking plenty of water before the fast makes
it easier to endure. • There are approximately 2 billion Muslims in
the world—if even half were to consistently
• Jabir on the authority of Anas related that the fast and then give their uneaten meals to the
Messenger of Allāh (saws) said: “There are five hungry—hunger could be eliminated, as we
things that break the fast: telling lies, backbiting, know it.
telling tales, false oaths, covetousness and lustful
eyes.” • Believe it or not, there are hungry Muslims
in your community. Talk to your local masjid
• Nur is increased by fasting—the hadith speak of about starting a mini Food Bank: a simple box
this and you can see for yourself how true it is. with a sign on it informing people to donate
food here and allowing starving Muslims to take
• The ascetics of the past were avid fasters and from it. Maintain it, replenish it and you’ll be
there is no doubt that it is a secret of the Awliya surprised how many less fortunate will benefit.
that many have forgotten.
• Take a vacation for Allāh! Spend the last 10
• Need a miracle? Try this: Fasting at least 3 days days of Ramadan doing I’tikāf (private worship)
before the “miracle day” and breaking your fast in the masjid
Before Eating Beginning the Fast ‘Abdullāh Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Aas related that the
(Suhoor/Sehri) Messenger of Allāh (S) said: “Indeed the fasting
.ِ‫) بِ ْس ِم اهلل‬i( person has at the time of breaking fast, a supplication
.‫َو بِ َص ْو ِم َغ ٍد نَّ َويْ ُت ِم ْن َش ْه ِر َر َم َضا َن‬ which is not rejected.” Ibn Abī Mulaykah said: I
heard Abdullāh Ibn ‘Umar say when he broke fast:
ِ ‫) بِس ِم اهللِ فِي أَولِهِ و‬ii(
.‫آخ ِر ِه‬ َ َّ ْ ‫ُك بِ َر ْح َمتِ َك الَّتِي‬ َ ‫لله َّم إنِّ ْي أَ ْسأَل‬
Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu
min shahri Ramadān ُ َ‫ا‬
.‫َو ِس َع ْت ُك َّل َش ْي ٍء أَ ْن تَ ْغ ِف َرلِي‬
‘When you are about to eat, you should say:
I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the
(i) Bismillāh month of Ramadan.
‘In the Name of Allāh.’ (Abū Dāwūd) Allāhumma innī as’aluka birahmatika al-lati
wasi’at kulla shay’in an taghfira lī
…and if you forget to say it before starting,
then you should say (when you remember): Breaking the Fast O Allāh, I ask You by Your mercy which envelops
(Iftaar) all things, that You forgive me.
(ii) Bismillāhi fi awwalihi wa ākhirihi
‫ َوثَبَ َت‬،‫وق‬ ِ ‫ َوابْتَل‬،ُ‫الظمأ‬
ُ ‫َّت ال ُْع ُر‬ َ َّ ‫َذ َه َب‬
‘In the Name of Allāh in it’s beginning and end.’
Breaking fast
After Eating
.ُ‫األَ ْج ُر إِ ْن َش َاء اهلل‬ at someone’s home
ِ ‫أَْف َطر ِعن َد ُكم‬
‫ْح ْم ُد لهلِ ِ ال َِّذي أ َْط َع َمنِي َه َذا َو َر َزقَنِ ِيه‬
Dhahabadh-dhama’u wab-tallatil ‘urūqi,
َ ‫الصائ ُمو َن َوأَ َك َل ط‬
‫َع َام ُك ُم‬ َّ ْ ْ َ
َ ‫ال‬ wa thabatal arju inshā’Allāh
.‫َّت َعلَيْ ُك ُم ال َْمآلئِ َك ُة‬
ْ ‫ َو َصل‬،‫األَبْ َر ُار‬
.‫ِم ْن َغيْ ِر َح ْو ٍل ِمنِّي َوالَ قُ َّو ٍة‬ The thirst has gone and the veins are quenched,
and reward is confirmed, if Allāh wills. Aftara ‘indakumus sā’imūna,
Alhamdulillāhil adhī at’amanī hādha wa razaqanīhi (Abū Dāwūd) wa akala ta’āmakumul-abrāru,
min ghayri hawlin minnī walā quwatti
‫َك ُص ْم ُت َوبِ َك‬
wasallat ‘alaikumul malā’ikat
َ ‫لله َّم إنِّ ْي ل‬
ُ َ‫ا‬
‘All praise is for Allāh who fed me this and
.‫أَ َمنْ ُت َو َعلَى ِر ْزقِ َك أَْف َط ْر ُت‬
‘May the fasting break their fast in your home,
provided it for me without any might nor power and may the dutiful and pious eat your food, and
from myself.’ may the angels send prayers upon you.’
Allāhumma innī laka sumtu wa bika amantu (Abū Dāwūd, Ibn Majah, an Nasā’ī)
wa ‘alā rizqika aftartu

O Allāh, I fasted for You and I believe in You [and

I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with
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