Archive for September, 2010

Ramadhan Projects 2010

September 20, 2010

The start of Ramadhan signals an increase in activity over here at Deen. Last year we managed to organise a number of different projects and alhamdulillah this year we again kept ourselves busy. Here is a brief summary of what’s been going on this Ramadhan.

Ramadhan Packs and Food Drive

Alhamdulillah we managed to continue some of last years projects with the distribution of 17 Ramadhan packs to Asylum Seekers in Sheffield  as well as a food drive for M25 Housing & Support Group. Jazakum’Allah khayr to the YM’s for their support!

Cards to Aafia

As Muslims we should always remember the plight of our brothers and sisters around the world, in particular the case of Aafia Siddiqui who is currently imprisoned in the USA. A number of postcards (from JFAC) were send to her, with Eid greetings and messages of support. A shout out to JFAC for their great work.

* Sister Aafia is due to be sentenced on 23rd September. Please, please remember her in your duas.

Young Muslimahs Iftar

The Young Muslimahs annual Iftar, a chance for all the girls to get together and open their fast.  They also wrote postcards for sister Aafia, with some very heartfelt messages!

Pakistan Floods Appeal Fundraising

We’ve all seen the devastating affects of the floods in Pakistan. Alhamdulillah many Deen members were involved in various fundraising efforts, from spontaneous bake sales and car boots, to fundraising at the masjid. In total we managed to raise almost £1,000!

Also jazakum’Allah khayr to all those who volunteered/contributed to/attended the fundraiser organised by CVS. A massive £2,500 was raised!

* Remember that the people of Pakistan are still in dire need; therefore please continue to donate generously!

A big jazakum’Allah khayr to all those who have supported our work. May Allah accept it from you and us!

Ramadhan Writing Competition Winner

September 20, 2010

The writing (turned poetry) competition was a tough one to judge. However someone had to claim the top spot. The winning entry…

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Eid Mubarak!

September 11, 2010

تقبل الله منا ومنكم

Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum

May Allah accept it from you and us.

May He allow us to continue with all the ibadah and fasting (don’t forget to fast the six days of Shawwal) and may He allow us to live and experience many more Ramadhans to come.

Eid Mubarak to all.

RAS 09 – The Night of Power

September 3, 2010

The last ten nights of Ramadan are here, so we need to act now if we want to seek out Laylatul-Qadr – one single night that is better than a thousand months!

Your Previous Sins are Forgiven

There are many virtues of Laylatul-Qadr, not only is this single night better than a thousand months of worship but it is also a night when sins are forgiven.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said:  “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]

Staying up at Night

When the last ten nights came the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would stay up at night and increase his worship.

A’isha said: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would pray and sleep during the twenty days [of Ramadan], then during the ten [last nights] he would stay awake and tighten his belt. [Ahmad]

Dua of Laylatul-Qadr

A’isha said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), if I know which night is Laylatul-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, Say:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni

O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me

[Tirmidhi]

Other recommended acts include; making lots of dua to Allah, making dhikr, reciting Qur’an, waking up others.

Action Points

  • Make the intention to stay awake during the last ten nights. Not just the 27th night as is common, but at the very least all the odd numbered nights.
  • Implement the various sunnan of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) – wake someone up, recite the Qur’an, pray qiyam.
  • Learn the above dua and recite it as much as you can during the last ten nights. Don’t forget to also make other duas for yourself and others.