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1) Give thanks to Allah for the season of goodness that He has bestowed upon you, and for the great blessings for which He has singled you out. Make the most of this blessed time by filling it with acts of worship and forsaking haram things, so that you may attain a good life in this world and happiness after death.

2) May Allah bless you in this month of fasting. We ask Him to help us to remember Him and worship Him properly. Dear brothers and sisters, the race has begun! Ramadan has come and Paradise has been opened for those who strive. The prize is for the one who strives, so prepare to work hard and say “no one will reach Allah before me”.

3) From Ibn Abbas: “Allah’s Apostle was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the utmost in generosity during the month of Ramadan when Jibreel met with him. Jibreel used to visit him every night of Ramadan to revise (in another narration: to teach him) the Qur’an. Allah’s  Apostle was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong, bountiful wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds).” (al-Bukhari, Muslim)

4) If a fasting person hears the adhaan and knows that this is the call for Fajr prayer, he must stop eating. If the adhan is before the break of dawn, then he does not have to stop eating and it is permissible to eat and drink until it is clear that dawn has come. If it is unknown whether the muezzin calls before or after dawn, then it is better and safer to stop eating at the adhan.

5) “Ramdan is the month in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide for humanity, and also clear (signs) for guidance and Judgment (between right and wrong)….” [al-Baqarah 2:185- interpr. of meaning] The most favored act of worship in this month is recitation of the Qur’an. Occupying oneself with the Qur’an during Ramadan is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and it has been the tradition of Muslims, both scholars and laymen alike.

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