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Worship In Ramadan For A Menstruating Woman

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali (Ustadha Umm Ihsan) The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said about menstruation, “Verily this is a matter Allah has written upon the girls of Prophet Adam [peace be upon him].” (Bukhari) Those who claim...

Why Fast? Motivation From Revelation

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. As such, it is a tremendous act of worship, and engaging in it only makes the good qualities of a believer even better. Allah Most High tells us in the...

When do I make the intention for a makeup Ramadan fast?

Question: When do I make the intention for a makeup Ramadan fast? Answer: Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu The intention is the internal resolve to perform an action. Its place is in the heart. The intention for a makeup...

Who must fast Ramadan? Are there exceptions?

Question: Who must fast Ramadan? Are there exceptions? Answer: Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu Fasting the month of Ramadan is obligatory upon: every Muslim, who is mentally sane, and post-pubescent. Reaching Puberty A male...

What are the different types of fasts that I can perform?

Question: What are the different types of fasts that I can perform? Answer: Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu There are several types of fasts that a believer can intend to perform. Check out our courses for more details about...

The Truth About Lying: Is It Sinful Or Not?

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali In an extremely profound narration, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on striving to tell the truth until he is recorded with Allah...

Tips From Pregnant & Nursing Women

Pregnant and nursing women are required to fast Ramadan. A pregnant or nursing woman is only excused from fasting the current month of Ramadan if she fears that fasting will cause harm to her or her baby. Read more about these rulings here. The following is a...

Sa’y Violations & Penalties

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali Performing the sa’y is a mandatory (wājib) rite of the umrah. If the sa’y is omitted, the umrah will be valid but one will owe a penalty of slaughtering a sheep. If it is omitted without an excuse, one is also sinful....

The Sick Person’s Prayer With Pictures

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali The basis is that one performs the prayer as it has been prescribed with its integrals (arkan) and obligatory acts (fara’id). However, there may be genuine cases when one is sick, injured, or in pain and praying...

The Chronic Excuse Rulings: A Complete Breakdown

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali The rulings of the excused person are used by anyone whose ablution (wudu) continues to break due to the reoccurrence of a wudu nullifier for an entire prescribed prayer time. A woman who is experiencing abnormal...

The Nafl Tawaf

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali Similar to how one can perform a voluntary (nafl) prayer, one can also perform a voluntary (nafl) ṭawāf while in Makkah. Scholars note that it is more praiseworthy for a non-resident of Makkah to perform the nafl...

Ten Sunnas Of Eating

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali Allah Most High says: “There is indeed a good model for you in the Messenger of Allah – for the one who has hope in Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah profusely.” [Qur’an 33:21] The Prophet ﷺ is the ultimate...

Umrah Tawaf Violations & Penalties

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali The umrah ṭawāf is a pillar (rukn) of the umrah, meaning that it is obligatory to perform. The details of the ṭawāf were discussed at length in our FREE course: Umra For Women. Obligatory (Fard) Elements of...

What are the sunna acts of drinking?

Question: What are the sunna acts of drinking? Answer: Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu The proper mannerisms of drinking are: To look inside the cup before drinking to make sure it is safe. To hold the cup with the right...

Step-by-Step Ablution (Wudu) Guide

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali The Prophet ﷺ said: “A Muslim does not perform ablution (wuḍūʾ) and perfect it, and offer prayer, except that he will be forgiven (for his sins) during the period from one prayer to the next.” [Bukhari] Perfecting the...

Step-By-Step Umrah Guide

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim Please listen to all of our video lessons for the full details of each step.  1. Prepare one’s body for iḥrām with the sunna acts. take a ghusl, trim nails, brush or comb hair, remove armpit and pubic hair, trim one’s mustache (for men),...

Step-by-Step Prayer Guide For Muslim Women

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim by Naielah Ackbarali Allah Most High says: “Successful indeed are the believers: those who humble themselves in prayer.” [Surat al-Mu’minun, v. 1-2] The word humble (khushu’) means to bring about a state of perfect concentration, such that...