Ramadan explained What is Sawm / Fasting? Before we have a look at what it is and what it means, let’s look at the definitions. Linguistically, it means ‘to abstain.’ When looking at it Islamically, it means ‘to abstain from food and drink and sexual intercourse from dawn until dusk with the intention of fasting.’ […]
Zakah explained What is Zakah? Zakah is the second pillar of Islam. It is an obligation that an individual has to donate a certain portion (2.5%) of their wealth each year to a charitable cause. Linguistically, Zakah means ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’ Both of these two meanings are considered in the word as it purifies the […]
Sadaqah tul Fitr
Sadaqah tul Fitr explained “The charity of those who expend their wealth in the Way of Allah may be likened to a grain of corn, which produces seven ears and each ear yields a hundred grains. Likewise Allah develops manifold the charity of anyone He pleases, for He is All-Embracing, All-Wise.” [2:261] What is Sadqah […]
On the birth of a child, Aqiqah is a ritual which is performed as part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw). It involves the sacrifice of an animal and distributing its meat to the poor as a way of celebration and showing gratitude to Allah (swt) for His blessing.
Qurbani or Udhiya is known in the Arabic language to mean ‘sacrifice.’ In Islamic practise, it is the ritual of sacrificing an animal on the days of Eid for the sake of Allah (swt). Every year, during Eid ul Adha on the 10th – 13th Dhul Hijjah, Muslims will sacrifice an animal on completion of Hajj and to reflect Ibrahim AS’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail AS for the sake of Allah (swt)