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Zakat-ul-Fitr before Eid  

Every Muslim is required to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr at the conclusion of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to God for having enabled him to observe fasts.

One of the main purpose of Zakat al-Fitr is to provide those who fasted with the means of making up for any errors during the month of fasting. Zakat al-Fitr also gives the poor the  means to celebrate the festival of breaking the fast (Eid al-Fitr) along with the rest of the Muslims.

Zakat-ul-Fitr is part of the fast of Ramadan and is characterized by the following elements:

  • It must be given before Eid prayers, unless one has a valid reason for a delay.

  • It should be given on behalf of every member of the household, whether male or female, adult or minor.

If you would like to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr for the month of Ramadan. Click Here.

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Fatherhood in Islam  
It is important for Muslims to have a discussion about fatherhood while keeping in mind the ever-fragile state of Muslim families. We need to re-assess the language we use and the ontological assumptions we make when we speak about the role of the father because often, the problem doesn't just lie with the crisis but the way we deal with it. 

Muslims naturally feel inclined to place the mother at the centre of the process of raising children, unwittingly ignoring the father's role. Islamic tradition does stress the role of the mother. For example, when asked who a Muslim should love most, the Prophet Muhammad said, "Your mother, your mother, your mother and then your father." It is also said that paradise lies at the feet of the mother. As a result, we tend to focus on the father as an individual, not as someone who should and can play a central role within his family.

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Paradox of a god-eat-god-world  
Here is a paradox for a modern age which seeks to do away with the Divine, to remove it from their frame of reference and erase it from the public sphere: "Those who have no belief set up rivals to their Lord" (Qur'an 6:1). But how can those who disbelieve in God set up rivals to their God?

When we do away with God, when we eliminate connection with the unified domain of Spirit, we make this whole lower world, this vast ever-shifting multiplicity into a plurality of rivals to the Divine. In the absence of one God, entire pantheons of conflicting, battling, rival gods appear in the form of an endless abundance of systems and ideologies. A ceaseless, multitudinous, up-swelling of mini-idolatries, each of which have their moment of existence, their small or vast group of adherents and worshipers, their limited moment in the sun before they are displaced by other gods more recently born.

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The Chosen One by Maher Zain  

In a time of darkness and greed
It is your light that we need
You came to teach us how to live
Muhammad Rasul Allah

You were so caring and kind
your soul was full of light
You are the best of mankind
Muhammad Rasul Allah



Knowledge is not what is memorized -

Knowledge is what benefits.

Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafii was a jurist, who lived from 767 CE to 820 CE. His teachings led to the foundation of the Shafi'i school of fiqh. More commonly referred to as Imam al-Shafi'i.



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