‘Eid Poems: Ramadan Is Over… « Ecstatic Exchange / Poetry of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore

Eid Poems: Ramadan Is Over… « Ecstatic Exchange / Poetry of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore Ramadan is over, and I’ll miss its strange intensity. Dry mountains suddenly flower purged of their pent-up poisons. The air is the same, an airplane growling through it overhead. Underfoot the same earth slowly spins, but with this month of time […]

The Significance of Eid – Faraz Rabbani

      Islam has two major holidays, Eid al-Fitr (Post-Fasting Festival) and Eid al-Adha. The word Eid itself is an Arabic word, whose root connotation is “that which comes back, time after time, and rejoicing.” Its particular usage in Islam, for the two major holidays, is because these two days are meant to be days […]

Ramadan Over? – Poem by Aaron Sellars

Ramadan Over? – Aaron Sellars Ramadan’s only over For the moon and it’s phase And the one chained to the world It’s obedient slave But never for the soul Seeking refinement of ways With a tongue that shouts of blessings A heart filled with praise So set sail with its wind Towards mercy’s flag raised […]

Which of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan Isn’t Laylatul Qadr?

Which of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan Isn’t Laylatul Qadr? Despite knowing that the Blessed Night of Power falls somewhere in the last ten days of Ramadan, the question continues to pop up: Which night is Laylatul Qadr? But before we ask such a question it would help to step back and look deep […]

Creating Ramadan Traditions

When I reflect on my childhood memories of celebrating the blessed month of Ramadan while growing up in Southern California in the 1980’s, different images flash through my mind… Ammi playing the Holy Qur’an on the house intercom system at sahoor time. Scrambled eggs and shaami kabaabs frying before the sun came up. Abbu sitting in the upstairs hallway […]

Readying the Ruh for Ramadan by Hina Khan- Mukhtar

The Ramadan moon is only a few nights away from being sighted, insha’Allah, and I am in the midst of last-minute preparations. The bulk of my worldly to-do list has been completed and I am finally beginning to feel at ease. The children were fascinated this past month to see all of the tasks that […]

Toronto Seminar this Saturday – With a Performance by Nader Khan

Join us for a SeekersSeminar this Saturday 24th July, in preparation for Ramadan With: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Shaykh Zahir Bacchus Shaykh Yusuf Badat Ustadha Shireen Ahmed Mutfi Umer Esmail and, a special performance by: Nasheed artist Nader Khan Date: Saturday 24th July 2010 Time: 11 – 7 Venue: The Multi Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina […]

Pursuit of Islamic Knowledge by Ustadh Faraz Khan

Ramadan, Eid and the Pursuit of Islamic Knowledge By Ustadh Faraz Khan, of Risala Foundation (Houston, TX) With the conclusion of another Ramadan, it is fitting to remind ourselves of the essence of the joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Say: for the Grace of God and for His Mercy – so for that let them […]

Muslims Having Christmas Trees

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible for muslims to have a Christmas tree in their house? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, The Christmas tree is amongst things that would be a unique distinguishing characteristic of other religions or traditions and therefore it should be avoided. [Ibn Abidin, Nashr al-Urf; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; […]

Giving & Recieving Christmas Gifts

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible to receive Christmas-presents from one’s non-muslim family members, neighbors co-workers and the like? What about giving them? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, There is nothing wrong with accepting such presents, as they are not religious acts in themselves, but social customs. Keeping family ties, being good to […]