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To pay Zakat you need to fulfill two conditions:

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How to Prepare for Ramadan




It is recommended to fast some days in Rajab and Shabaan, as it is the time during which an individual's acts or deeds are presented before the Holy Creator. Fasting will also get the body accustomed to the physical and mental strain of fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

Praying Nawafil and Tahajud

Praying Nawafil and Tahajood will get one used to standing for long periods of time as is the case with Taraweeh prayers. This extra worship draws a believer closer to Allah.

Reading Qur'an

Reading Qur’an is a good practice as it helps the believer come closer to Allah, subhana wa talla, through understanding and implementing His commandments.

Giving Sadaqah

Giving sadaqah has a high reward and helps create positive feelings within the ummah as the poor feel that they are looked after.

Sleeping Earlier

Sleeping earlier will make it easier for the individual to get up before fajr prayer to have suhur, in preparation for the day long fast.

Refraining from Gossip, Slander, Backbiting

Controlling the tongue is important as backbiting is not encouraged in Ramadan or in any other month. (O ye who believe!...And do not speak ill of each other Behind their backs. Would any Of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay ye would abhor it..But fear God: For God is Oft-Returning Most Merciful). Surat Al-Hujurat: Verse 12

Calling and Visiting Relatives

It is important to create positive feelings within the extended family, so taking the time to make a phone call or visiting a relative will be much appreciated.

Read Ahkam El- Sayam

Education of the principles of fasting including what nullifies the fast.

Be Patient

Fasting teaches one patience as anger must be controlled and tempers soothed because Ramadan is a month of mercy.

By Marwa Afifi


Sha'ban is the name of the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is named so because in this month the Arabs used to disperse (tasha'aba) in search of water, or it was said that they dispersed to carry out raids and forays. Others maintain that it is so called because it sha’aba (branches out or emerges) i.e. it appears between the months of Rajab and Ramadan.

Sha'ban is between Rajab and Ramadan, two very important months. Fasting in Sha'ban is a preparatory fast for Ramadan. If an individual begins fasting in Sha'ban he or she will have become used to fasting and will feel strong and energetic when Ramadan comes.

Sha'ban paves the way for Ramadan and deeds performed during this month, such as fasting, reciting from the Holy Qur’an, and giving charity, are lifted to up the Most Exalted, Allah. Habeeb ibn Abi Thaabit used to say, when Sha'baan came, "This is the month of reciters (of the Qur'aan)." When Sha'baan came, 'Amr ibn Qays al-Malaa'i used to close his store and devote his time to reading the Qur’aan.

It is also important to fast in Sha'ban because many people do not pay attention to it, as it is between two important months. People become so preoccupied with those two that they neglect fasting in Sha’ban and according to a hadeeth, it is preferred (mustahab) to do acts of worship during a time where people are negligent.

However, to avoid adding extra days to the fast of Ramadan, fasting on the 'day of doubt' is prohibited. The 'day of doubt' is the day when people are uncertain whether Ramadan, sighting of crescent moon, has commenced or not. "Ammaar said: whoever fasts on this day has disobeyed Abu'l-Qaasim (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)".

Hadith 1:
Abu Hurairah (radiullaho anho) reported the Messenger of Allah,(sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), as saying: 'Rajab is the month of Allah. Shabaan is my month and Ramadan is that of my Ummah. Shabaan removes the sins of man and Ramadan  purifies him completely.'

Hadith 2
The messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: 'Between Rajab and Ramadan is the sacred month of Shabaan. People are unmindful about it, yet the deeds of man are to be presented to Almighty Allah in it. It is for this reason that l desire my deeds to be presented when I am in a state of fasting.

Hadith 3
 The Holy Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) also said: 'Shabaan enjoy superiority over the months as l have superiority over all the Prophets {peace be upon him}.

Hadith 4
The Holy Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa salla) also said: 'when the month of Shabaan approaches you, cleanse your souls to receive the blessed month of  Ramadan. Rectify your intentions, for verily the greatness of Shabaan is like my greatness is over all the Prophets. Take heed Shabaan is my month and anyone who observes one fast in it, my intercession will become lawful for him.'

'Aa'ishah (radiullaho anha) said: "The Messenger of Allaah, (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha'baan." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 1833; Muslim, no. 1956).According to a report narrated by Muslim (no. 1957), "He used to fast all of Sha’baan, he used to fast all but a little of Sha'baan."

Shab-e Baraat-The night of Acquittal:
Commentators of the Holy Quran are unanimous that the night which the Qur’an calls 'the blessed night' is the fifteenth night of Sha'ban. On this glorious evening, the decent of the Qur'an began from the Divine Tablet to the worldly heaven.

Some hadith regarding 'the blessed night' are:

Hadith 1
Mother of the believers Aisha {radiullaho anha} states that the  Messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: 'Verily Almighty Allah pervades the worldly heaven with a special glance of compassion and forgives more followers of my ummah than all the hair of the sheep of Bani Kalb.'

Hadith 2
Abu Baker Al Sideeq (radiullaho anho) says that the Messenger  of Allah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: 'Spend the Night of Baraat in offering nafl Prayers and observe the fast on the fifteenth day. Without doubt it is a night full of blessings and excellence. Allah Almighty proclaims on the night 'Is there anyone who is desirous of peace and security that l may grant him peace and safety? Is there anyone who seeks sustenance that l may grant him sustenance? Is there anyone who seeks this and this, that l may grant him that? This proclamation and beneficence continue until the break of dawn.'

Hadith 3
In another Hadith it is reported that 'the hearts of believers who keep alive the two nights of Eid and the fifteen nights of Shabaan, ie by engaging in  Zikar of Allah, will not experience death on that day when every heart will be dead.

Hadith 4
It is reported by Ayesha, (radiu Allahu anha) that the messanger of Allah (sala Allahu alhi wasallam) said:"oh Ayesha! Do you know what happens on this night? i.e the night of Baraat. She answered "please inform me what takes place on this night. The master of both worlds replied:" on this night Almight Allah records all the names of those who are to be born in the coming year,and those who would be dying in it, the deeds of man are raised to Him on this night and the sustenace of man descends in it.

By Marwa Afifi

About Ramadan

Salmaan Faarsi (radhiy Allahu anhu) said: "O people, there comes upon you now a great month, a most blessed month, in which lies a night greater in worth than a thousand months."

The sacred month of Ramadan has come to visit us once again. The Qur’an reminds us that the purpose of Ramadan is to increase our Taqwa (Allah consciousness) through increased acts of worship.

The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alhi wasallam), has informed us that life is but a fleeting moment and therefore it should be rightfully spent in the obedience of Allah. This state of obedience should regulate all our affairs every single day of our lives.

The Creator of the Universe tells us in the Holy Qur’an that he who will stand in front of Allah on Judgment Day with a pure heart will be successful. The attainment of this elevated status can only be achieved by instilling Taqwa in our hearts.

Prophet Muhammed (salla Allahu alhi wasallam), said regarding the Day of Judgment, that a person’s judgment begins the moment he or she enters the grave. As the body is being carried to its grave, the Ruh (soul) of the dead person is suspended above the body and it is at this point, that the final destination will be known. The Ruh that has led a life of obedience to Allah will request that those carrying it to the grave rush as it longs for the pleasure of the Hereafter. And the Ruh that has lead a life of disobedience will cry out and beg to return to the world.  

We should use Ramadan as a golden opportunity to fill our hearts with Taqwa and carry it throughout every day of our lives so that we may attain the satisfaction of our Holy Creator.

By Marwa Afifi

Uplifting Our Moral Character

During the sacred month of Ramadan, believers strive to purify body and soul and increase their taqwa, god-consciousness. This purification of body and soul harmonizes between the inner and outer spheres of an individual.

Muslims aim to improve their body by reducing food intake and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Over indulgence in food is discouraged and eating enough to silence the pain of hunger is encouraged. Muslims should be active, tending to all their commitments and never falling short of any duty.

On a moral level, believers strive to attain the most virtuous characteristics and apply them to their daily situations. They try to show compassion and mercy to others, exercise patience, and control their anger. In essence, Muslims are trying to improve their moral character and cultivate good habits.

Morality is perfected on three levels: individual, communal, cosmic. On an individual level, a Muslim strives to adopt honesty, justness and compassion with him or herself. Being honest is important as it separates truth from falsehood and gives the Muslim a clear direction and or focus in life.

On a communal level, a Muslim strives to positively interact with other members of society, treating them with kindness and sincerity. A positive contribution should also be made to benefit the general public.

On the cosmic level, encompassing the earth, the heavens, and the Almighty Creator, the Muslim attempts to increase his God-consciousness and his or her understanding that he or she is accountable for every action. This creates a love/fear relationship which drives a Muslim to obey Allah through love of Allah, and never to invoke Allah's wrath, for fear of Allah.

Moral Perfection

Fasting encourages not only fasting from food but also from malicious and idle talk, slandering and backbiting. Muslims are encouraged to engage in intellectual, contemplative, and peaceful conversation. They are encouraged to look at their characters and aim to improve them.

Character is the essence of one's being or one's inner reality. It evolves from one's consciousness and is sustained and further developed through consistency and determination. Habits become part of a character through repetition and consistency.

Aristotle said: “You are what you repeatedly do.” Hence, habits become conditioned responses, formed through repetition, that eventually become unconscious behavior.

On the same token, Shakespeare said, “first we make our habits then our habits make us.” Thinking in a specific pattern creates a mental path which affects our attitude and behavior.

Our thoughts, following a specific mental path, affect our attitude which affects our actions. Our actions are determined by our habits, repeated forms of action, which affect our character. And our character determines our destiny.

The pursuance of taqwa (piety) and an enhanced understanding of Islam should be reflected through one's moral character. Good habits should be cultivated and bad habits should be changed.

Good habits, rearing good results, are profitable to the Muslim in this world and in the Hereafter. Good habits will also positively affect the individual, his or her family, and society as a whole, because his or her virtuous characteristics will guide him or her to do what is right.

Bad habits, on the other hand, should be forsaken as they yield bad results. It harms a Muslim to adopt these habits both in this world and the next, because no one can benefit from such actions: not the individual, nor his family, nor the society.

Islam defines good habits, virtues, and bad habits, vices, as two forces in eternal opposition. Virtues are cultivated through conformity to Islamic ideals and principles whereas vices are cultivated through opposition to Islamic rules. Good character emanates from virtues and bad character emanates from vices.

Improving character can be achieved through overcoming bad habits. In the words of Roman orator, Cicero, " consuetudo consuetudine vincitur = habit is overcome/ conquered by habit.

Ramadan is an ideal period for filtering out bad habits and developing a virtuous character. Such a character, as referred to by Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alahi wa sallam, serves as a shield against evil and wrongfulness.

As Muslims, we should all strive to nurture noble qualities and forsake bad qualities. We should learn to be more considerate, generous, patient, and compassionate. We should refrain from cursing, yelling, gossiping and being arrogant, and many other evils that we recognize all too easily.

As we undertake the physical and spiritual responsibility of fasting, we should reflect on the words of our beloved Prophet, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam. He referred to Ramadan as a blessed month in which Allah as made fasting obligatory on those who are able; whosoever denies himself of the benefits of that month denies himself many virtues.

Essay by Marwa Afifi

Small Acts That Merit Great Reward

Ramadan creates a spiritual ambience in the homes and hearts of Muslims all around the world. They physically and spiritually strive towards the pleasure of Allah, subhana wa talla, and there are many rewards awaiting them. A closer look at the ahadith of the Prophet Muhammed, salla Allahu alahi wa sallam, will tell us of the rewards and blessings coming our way.

Act Reward

The Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam said: 'Whoever says at daybreak: "There is no God save Allah alone, He has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and the praise and He has power over all things"

That individual will have ... ten good deeds will be written for him, ten misdeeds will be erased, and he will be elevated ten levels. He will be protected from Satan until evening, and if he says it in the evening, he would have the same rewards until morning' (Ahmad, Abu Daud, Ibn Majah - sahih).

The Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam also said: 'Whoever says in the morning or in the evening: "O Allah! You are my Lord. There is no God beside You. You created me and I am Your slave and I have taken a covenant to You and promised You what I am able to do. I seek refuge with You from the evil of what I have done, I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin. Forgive me because none forgives sins except You."

If a servant died during the day or night after having said this prayer, he will enter Paradise ' (Ahmad, Abu Daud, Al Nisa'e, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, Al Hakim - sahih; Al Bukhari transmits another version of this hadith).

Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam said: 'Whoever says at morning or evening: "Glory and praise be Allah the Great" one hundred times

No one will come forward on the Day of Judgement with something better than him; except someone who said the same as him and added to it' (Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Daud, Al Tirmidhi).

'Whoever says: "Glory and praise be to Allah the Great"

A date tree will be planted for him in Paradise ' (Al Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban, Al Hakim - sahih).

Whoever says: "Glory and praise be to Allah" one hundred times in a single day

His sins will be erased even if they are like the waves of the sea' (Bukhari and Muslim).

If someone implements ten verses of the Qur'an

He/She will not be considerate amongst the negligent on the Day of Judgment. (Abu Daud, Ibn Hibban - sahih).

If someone implements one hundred verses of the Qur'an

He/She will be considered among the obedient on the Day of Judgment(Abu Daud, Ibn Hibban - sahih.

If someone implements one thousand verses of the Qur'an

He/She will be amongst the extremely rich on the Day of Judgement (Abu Daud, Ibn Hibban - sahih).

Whoever says in the evening: "In the name of Allah with whose name there can be no harm in the earth or in the heavens and He is the Hearer the Knower" three times

He/She will not be afflicted with a sudden calamity before morning. (Abu Daud, Ibn Hibban, Al Hakim - sahih).

'Whoever says: "I seek refuge with the perfect words of Allah from the evil that He created" three times in the evening

He/She will not be harmed by the bite of a serpent during that night' (Al Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban, Al Hakim - sahih).

'Whoever says upon leaving his house: "In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah, there is no movement and no power except with Allah"

It will be said to him: "You have been contented and you took precaution", Satan will turn away from him' (Al Tirmidhi, Abu Daud, Ibn Hibban, Ibn al Sunni - sahih).

'Whoever says when he hears the caller to prayer: "And I bear witness that there is no God save Allah, He is alone and has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. I am pleased with Allah as Lord, Muhammad as Prophet and Islam as religion"

All his sins will be forgiven' (Muslim and the other five).

'Whoever recites the Surah al Ikhlas ten times

Allah will build for him a house in the Paradise ' (Ahmad - sahih).

'Whoever recites the Surah al Kahf on a Friday,

A light will be created for him/her until the next Friday' (Al Hakim and Al Bayhaqi - sahih).

'Whoever recites the verse of the Throne after every compulsory prayer

Will not be forbidden entrance to Paradise ' (Ibn Hibban and Al Nisa'e - sahih).

'Whoever recites Surah al Ikhlas

It is as if he read one-third of the Qur'an (Ahmad, Al Nisa'e, Al Tirmidhi - sahih).

By Marwa Afifi

The Night of Power

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to you what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand: Peace!...This until the rise of morn! (97:1-5)

Laylut Al Qadr, or the Night of Power falls on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. We strive arduously throughout the last ten days hoping that one of the nights will coincide with the Night of Power.

Laylut Al Qadr, is embraced not only for its mathematical power but also for its divine revelation. It commemorates the night during which Allah, subhana wa talla, revealed a full surah, Soorat Al- Qadr [97:1-5] and the 3 rd to the 6 th verses of Soorat Al-Dukhan, salla Allahu Alahi wa sallam.

The soorah, Soorat Al- Qadr, was revealed in Mecca and its central theme is honoring the revelation of the Holy Qur'an. The night is so full of holiness that even the angels in the heavens see it as worthy of witnessing.

It is reported by Abi Hatim, Al Wahidi, and Mujahid, that the Messenger, salla Allahu alahi wa sallam, spoke of a man amongst the Israelites who devoted a thousand years of his life to the worship of Allah.

The Companions were amazed yet saddened because they knew that they could not attain such a level of devotion. So Allah, subhana wa talla, through His mercy, informed them of the Night of Power which is equivalent to a thousand months.

The word power, Al-Qadr , has several implications and meanings, which help deliver a better understanding of the word, hence the night. Qadr means having power over something just as the Creator has power over his creation.

It also means excellence and high esteem because this Night is highly esteemed. Qadr also means to maintain, appoint, assign, or decree an order. On this night, Allah, subhana wa talla informs the angels of His commands and orders for the universe.

The concept of Al Qada Wa Qadar, the fifth article of faith, relates to this topic and means that Allah has decreed or preordained all that a human being will do with his free will.

Qadr also implies measurement in that, all the events in the world will coincide with what Allah has decreed in exact measurement. Allah, subhana wa talla, says in his Holy Book: "Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure." (Al-Qur`an, 54:49)

This is also the night of honor and prestige which a faithful servant is rewarded with. All his or her good deeds will be multiplied through the mercy of Allah.

Yet the night remains concealed from us, in good wisdom, for the following reasons: Allah conceals many things not just Laylut Al Qadr. He conceals his pleasure from us when we perform good deeds so that we continue to strive in the way of Allah. He conceals His wrath from us when we commit sins so that we may try to abstain from them. He conceals the time of His acceptance of our supplication so that we strive in all our supplications and the time of death is also hidden so that we become more conscious of him and double our efforts all the time.

Allah, subhana wa tallah, has concealed the date of the Night of Power so that believers continue to strive relentlessly throughout the month, seeking the pleasure of thier Lord.

Although we can not determine the exact date, there is evidence that the nigh falls on the last ten days of Ramadan, specifically on the odd numbered nights. As reported by Bukhari, the Messenger of Allah, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam said: "Seek it on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."

In yet another hadith by Ibn Umar, radiua Allahu anhu, some of the companions saw the night in a dream occurring in the last seven nights. Responding to this, the Messenger of Allah, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, told them, "I see your dreams coincide on the last seven, whoever wants to seek it should do so in the last seven." (Agreed upon)

In Muslim's report, the Prophet, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, said, "Seek the night in the last ten days, and if any of you is weak, or can't observe it, he should not miss the remaining seven days." In Hadith by Ubayy bin Ka'ab, radiua Allahu anhu, he said: "By Allah, I know which night it is. It is the night the Messenger commanded us to observe, the night of the 27th." (Ahmed/Tirmidhi)

The variation of the dates, as indicated by various ahadith, leads us to conclude that no one knows for sure what night is the Night of Power. The night also seems to shift from one year to the next. It may occur on the 27 th in one year, followed by the 29 th in the subsequent year, etc. "Seek it on the twenty-ninth; it may be on the twenty-seventh, or on the twenty-fifth," reports Al-Bukhari.

Its strongly recommended to seek the night and spend it in sincere devotion to the Most High. A believer should strive through performing sunnah prayers (Tahajud), reciting the Holy Qur'an and invoking supplications. Charitable acts have multiplied wieght and morality should be at its peak.

In a hadith related by Abu Hurairah, radiua Allahu anhu, the Messenger of Allah, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, said: "He who spends the night in prayer on the Night of Power, as a sign of His faith, and seeking rewards from Allah, his previous sins will be forgiven." (Bukhari/Muslim) This hadith indicates that whether a person is aware of the night or not, Allah will forgive him his past sins.

Supplications for Laylut Al Qadr

O Allah! Forgive us of sins that would hinder our supplications O Allah! Forgive us of sins that would suppress hope O Allah! Forgive all sins that we have committed and every error that we have erred O Allah! Accept our apologies and have pity on our intense sufferings and set us free from my heavy fetters (of evil deeds) O Allah! You are aware of my weakness to bear even a minor affliction of this world and its consequence and adversity affecting the denizen of this earth, although such afflictions are momentary, short-lived and transient How then can I bear the retributions and the punishments of the Hereafter which are enormous and of intensive sufferings, of prolonged period and perpetual duration, and which shall never be alleviated for those who deserve the same as those retributions will be the result of Your wrath; and Your punishment which neither the heavens nor the earth can withstand and bear! My Lord! How can I, a weak, insignificant, humble, poor and destitute creature of Yours be able to bear them? O' my God! My Lord! My King! And Master! Which of the matters shall I complain to You and for which of them shall I bewail and weep? Shall I bewail for the pains and pangs of the punishment and their intensity or for the length of sufferings and their duration?

Therefore (my Lord!) If You will subject me to the penalties (of hell) in company of Your enemies and cast me with those who merited my punishments and tear me apart from Your friends and those who will be near to You, then my God, my Lord and my Master, though I may patiently bear Your punishments, how can I calmly accept being kept away from You?

I reckon that though I may patiently endure the scorching fire of the hell, yet how can I resign myself to the denial of Your pity and clemency? How can I remain in the fire while I have hopes of Your forgiveness?

So, my Lord! I look earnestly towards You and towards You, my Lord!

I have stretched forth my hands therefore, by Your honor, respond to my supplication and let me attain my prayers and, by Your bounty, frustrate not my hopes and protect me from the evils of my enemies and O' My Lord! have mercy on me whose only asset is hope and whose only weapon is lamentation.

Ameen ... Ya Rabb ... Ameen ... Ameen ...

By Marwa Afifi

Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh prayers are part of the physical and spiritual exercise Muslims perform during the month of Ramadan. They are daily nightly prayers that are observed after Isha'a prayers and are carried out in congregation. The leader of the congregation recites the entire Qur'an throughout the month because it is mustahab, preferred according to the consensus of Muslim scholars. It gives the listeners a chance to hear the Holy Qur'an in its entirety and gives them a chance to reflect over its meanings.

The Messenger of Allah, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, said: "Whoever observes night prayer in Ramadan as an expression of his faith and to seek reward from Allah, his previous sins will be blotted out." (Muslim)
The origin of the word, Taraweeh, lies in the Arabic root, raaha, which means to rest and or relax. Taraweeh has been so named because after every four raka'ats, the early Muslims would often relax for a few minutes and then continue praying until the completion of the Taraweeh. The practice of performing Taraweeh prayers in the mosque was established by our beloved Prophet Mohammed, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam. He did not continually observe the Taraweeh prayers for fear that it would be made compulsory on all Muslims to do so throughout the Holy month of Ramadan. According to the compilations of Bukhari and Muslim, Aisha, radiu Allahu anha, has been reported as saying:

"The Messenger of Allah, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, observed Taraweeh prayer in the mosque one night and people prayed with him. He repeated so the following night and the number of participants grew. The companions congregated the third and fourth night, but the Messenger did not show up. In the morning he told them, "I saw what you did last night, but nothing prevented me from joining you except my fear that it might be made mandatory on you in Ramadan."

Taraweeh prayers consist of various numbers of raka'ats, ranging from 11 to 39. Aisha, radiu Allahu anha, was asked about the prayer of the Prophet, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam? She replied: "He prayed in Ramadan as well as other times eleven raka'ats." (Muslim/Bukhari). When the Prophet, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, was asked about Taraweeh prayers, he said "It may be done in two raka'ats, and if anyone fears the appearance of morning, he should pray one rak'ah as a witr for what he has already prayed." (Bukhari/Muslim)

Muslims are encouraged to perform the Taraweeh prayers to increase their level of spirituality. Also, the sense of unity amongst Muslims strengthens as they meet daily in the mosque for the performance of the prayers.

Both men and women alike are encouraged to perform Taraweeh prayers in the mosque. Prophet Mohammed, sala Allahu alahi wa sallam, said: "Prevent not the women servants of Allah, from going to the masjid of Allah."

Muslims are often moved upon hearing the recitation of the Qur'an however, it is not recommended that they cry in a loud voice. Light weeping is acceptable but loud cries may detract others from focusing during their prayer.

There are many spiritual rewards to performing the Taraweeh prayer so we should participate in them this Ramadan and actively seek the pleasure of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, Allah.

By Marwa Afifi

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