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Sadaqatul Fitr for the UK is £1.00 per head 1436

What is Sadaqatul Fitr? (Zakât ul fitr)
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Ibn Abbâs RA has narrated that Rasûlullâh SAW prescribed Sadaqatul Fitr as an obligatory duty in order to purify those who fast from useless and obscene activities and to provide food for the poor. (Abû Dawûd) 


Sadaqatul Fitr has been stipulated by Rasûlullâh SAW in authentic Ahâdîth. The Sahâbah RA and later the Jurists adapted the stipulations according to the needs of the time. 


Abdullah Ibn Umar RA is reported to have said; Rasûlullâh SAW instructed us to give Sadaqatul Fitr; 1 Sa’ (a measure used at the time of Rasûlullâh SAW) of dates or 1 Sa’ of Barley. Abdullâh Ibn Umar RA mentions that the Sahabâh RA later gave 2 Mud (½ Sa’) of wheat in place of dates and barley. (Bukhari 1511 and Muslim 7232) 


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Monthly Calendar Ramadhan 1436‏

Attached Calendar for the Month of Ramadhan 1436.


Despite the efforts of Many people around the Country, none were able to sight the Hilal and all reported negative sighting from the UK. However we have received news of  actual sighting (Muhaqaq Ru’ayat e Basri) from the Ministry of Awqaf in Morocco in writing. Therefore we had 29 days of Sha’ban and 1st day of Ramadhan will be on Thursday 18th June 2015 in accordance to the SUNNAH BASED CALENDAR Insha Allah.


Saudi Arabia had 30 days of Sha’ban and have also commenced the Month of Ramadhan from Thursday 18th June based on the PRE CALCULATED UMM UL QURA CALENDAR. All 9 official committees in Saudi Arabia reported negative sighting on Tuesday and also Wednesday evening.  

 

Ramadan 2015 / 1436AH Announcement

Many people made the effort to sight the moon of Ramadhan throughout the UK. All reported negative sighting.

However we have received positive sighting from Morocco and have received a fax detailing the sighting, hence the Wifaq ul Ulama hereby announces that the first day of Ramadhan 1436AH will be on Thursday 18th of June 2015, InshaAllah. First Taraweeh will be on Wednesday (tonight) inshallah

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) 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; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to... fast by day, and voluntary prayers 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 obligativons 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]

   

Welcoming & Preparation for Ramadhan By Mufti Taqi Uthmani

Please find attached a PDF of an important article by Mufti Taqi Uthmani. See below to read online

Preparation for Ramadhan before Ramadhan

Shaykh (Mufti) Taqi Usmani (HA) 
Mufti, Darul-uloom Karachi (Tweet, 11th of June 2015)

No Muslim is unaware of the sanctity of this (blessed) month. Allah (SWT) has made this month a means and opportunity to have the sins forgiven and to have their ranks elevated for the entire Ummah. Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) used to observe the moon for Rajab and pray:
Oh Allah! Grant us Barakah (Blessing) during (the months of) Rajab and Sha’ban, and allow us to reach Ramadhan.

This prayer is to beseech an increase in our age so that we may reach Ramadhan. The blessed month is about to be approached and the blessings of Allah (SWT) are about to rain down upon us. In order for us to partake from these blessings we need to make preparations. We need to be conscious and aware of each and every month, to value it and to realise its importance. Heedlessness, carelessness and procrastination does nothing but defer today to tomorrow and tomorrow to day after. It is of critical importance that we prepare for Ramadhan before it arrives.

This is a month of fasting and its nights have Taraweeh designated as Sunnah Moa’kiddah by Shariah. In reality, this entire month is designated to give all Muslims a new lease of life. For 11 months we remain preoccupied with our affairs of these months and Ghaflah (heedlessness) may creep into our spiritual state weakening our connection with Allah (SWT). This (blessed) month was granted for those who have gone a little distant from Allah (SWT) to come closer and to have an increase in their connection with Allah (SWT).

Ramadhan: A Training Course


This month is also of vital importance because it is like a training course which is mandated upon every Muslim. It is a month to train and spiritually rejuvenate. It is a month to attract the Blessings of Allah (SWT) towards us. It is a month to strengthen our bond with Allah (SWT). It is a month to form habits to stay away from sins.
Primary purpose of Fasting 

Fasting is a major act of worship but its purpose is to inculcate habits to subdue base desires of the Nafs. 

[2:183] O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may be God-fearing.

The primary purpose for the obligation of fasting is to inculcate and develop Taqwa. What is Taqwa? It is to crush and oppose the (emerging) desire to do wrong, the urge to commit wrong and the inclination towards sin while being conscious of the Grandeur, Majesty & Splendour of Allah (SWT). (For example, the heart is developing the desire to cast one’s gaze towards something which is impermissible but the person while being (conscious) of the fact that he is a Servant of Allah (SWT), he will now become aware that each and every action of his is being watched by Allah (SWT), that he will have to answer for each and every action (tomorrow) so this awareness makes him turn away from casting his gaze in a sinful manner). Similarly, the heart may be developing a desire to commit backbiting or to lie but the person strongly resists, desists and turns away from these sins while being fully conscious of the Grandeur, Majesty & Splendour of Allah (SWT). 

Fasting is meant to develop Taqwa (through self-restraint). A believer when he makes intention for fasting refrains from eating or drinking until sunset no matter how enticing the smell of delicious food is to him. He refrains from lawful conjugational relationship with his wife. No Muslim will give in to these desires because he is fasting. In hot weather while going through thirst a Muslim will refrain from drinking cold water even though there is nobody to catch or see him only due to the Fear of Allah (SWT).

This powerful force which is preventing him from indulging in these actions is indeed Fear and recognition of the Grandeur of Allah (SWT).  It has been explained that fasting has been made compulsory for you to inculcate and develop Taqwa in you so that in your (normal routine) you develop the ability to resist sins and (base) desires. 

But in order to take advantage of this training course we must be prepare for it before it arrives. 


Correct way to Welcome Ramadhan

Shaykh (Mufti) Taqi Usmani (HA)
Mufti, Darul-uloom Karachi (Tweet, 10th of June 2015)


It is unfortunate that we have mixed and traditions with acts of worship. Certain acts have become vogue (fashion) which weaken the soul of the acts of the worship. In the Islamic world certain formalities and programs are conducted to mark the coming of Ramadhan. Speeches, Nasheeds, meals etc are arranged in these gatherings in many parts of the Islamic world. 

I first witnessed these “Ramadhan Welcome” gatherings in Egypt and a massive program was held in Egypt under this pretext. 

It is praiseworthy in its spirit to prepare to welcome this month. Shaykh (Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) has stated in his Book of Khutbahs that this month should be welcomed with desire, yearning and passion. It is commendable but it should be watched that this welcoming in itself doesn’t become a custom. My (esteemed) father used to say that Laylatul Qad’r was ordained for the servant to devote himself to the worship of his Master but when it became ritualised fireworks etc were added to it (as customs). Gatherings are held in it, elaborate meals are prepared, Qawwali (singing) is arranged and Shaytaan makes the entire night go by in these rituals instead of (acts of) worship. When Shaytaan wants to destroy worship, he engages the masses in these rituals.

These ritualistic customs are now creeping into “Welcome Ramadhan” gatherings. It is my apprehension that this will take the form of Bid’aa (innovation) in the future. 

The real welcoming of Ramadhan is for a believer to mentally prepare himself to submit to Allah (SWT). For a believer to ponder upon the (blessed) opportunities which this month provides. To think about our purpose and to realign our goals and objectives to it. Mentally, we should be preparing to make changes during this month to submit to Allah (SWT).

 Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) used to observe the moon for Rajab and pray:

Oh Allah! Grant us Barakah (Blessing) during (the months of) Rajab and Sha’ban, and allow us to reach Ramadhan.

He (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was eager before the start of the month. He (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was desirous to avail this blessed month. He (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) yearned to reach this month.

Similarly, it is important and critical for Muslims to cast an eye on the importance of this month and start preparing.
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2015 20:40
 

English Translation Shaykh (Mufti) Zaynul-Islam Qasmi (HA) of Darul-uloom Deoband against the validity of Saudi Sighting

Please find attached the ENGLISH TRANSLATION of Shaykh (Mufti) Zaynul-Islam Qasmi (HA) of Darul-uloom Deoband latest Urdu Fatwa stating the invalidity of Saudi sighing for India, published in January 2015 Nidaa-e-Shahi

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

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