Ramadan of love (Friday Khutbah)

Friday Khutbah, June 27, 2014 at the Kanata Muslim Association

For many Muslims, Ramadan is about rituals — the ritual of fasting, the ritual of night prayers and the ritual of reciting Qur’an. Yet, there is a lot more to Ramadan than just rituals. We take a look at transforming Ramadan from a month of rituals to a month of love.

Ramadan of love (Runs 23:05 ~ 8.3 MB)

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Train to gain in Ramadan (Friday Khutbah)

Friday Khutbah, June 13, 2014 at the Kanata Muslim Association

No true athlete arrives at a game or competition without physical, and often even mental, training. With Ramadan just two weeks away, what preparations should believers be making? What’s the significance of Sha’ban, the month leading up to Ramadan? We discuss practical tips to seize the moment and get into shape for the blessed month.

Train to gain in Ramadan (Runs 22:14 ~ 10.1 MB)

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Ramadan: A time for fasting, and feeding others (Kingston Whig-Standard)

By Sikander Hashmi

For many of Kingston’s Muslims, today’s lunch will be their last for the next 30 days.

Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, begins tonight. For healthy Muslim adults, that means absolutely no food, drink or sex between dawn and sunset. The pre-dawn meal (called suhoor) will be taken before 4 a.m. and the fast-breaking meal (iftar) will be at sunset, just before 9 p.m. Since Ramadan is also the month of the Qur’an, special nightly prayers will be offered during which a portion of the Qur’an will be recited from memory. This way, recitation of the entire book will be completed by the end of the month.

With Ramadan occurring in the summer months nowadays, staying healthy and hydrated is a top concern for many Canadian Muslims. Those who are unable to fast – due to illness or infirmity, for example – are exempt and can make up fasts later when the days are shorter. If that’s not possible, they can feed the needy as expiation.

But even many Muslims who are able to fast are increasingly thinking about feeding others during the holy month. Ramadan is not just about fasting. It’s also the month of charity, patience and mercy.

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