MR’s Sponsor an Iftar Fund for SBU MSA

Total raised so far: $176.95
JazakumAllah Khair for all those who donated! May Allah (swt) grant you jannah! Ameen!

My MSA provides daily iftars for all the Muslim students on campus. We have people sponsor iftars by donating some money. This year I decided that would help sponsor an iftar. So I am asking all those who have PayPal accounts to donate simply $1.00. That’s all I’m asking for. You can donate more if you want. If 100 people donate $1, then it would be $100.

Blessings of feeding fasters:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever feeds a fasting person has the same reward as him, except that the reward of the fasting person will not be diminished.”
(Related by Ahmad)

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned the virtue of feeding a fasting person at the time of breaking the fast. In one Hadith, it is reported that the angels invoke blessings during the nights of Ramadhan upon a person who feeds a fasting person to break the fast out of his ‘Halaal’ earnings and, on the night of ‘Laylatul Qadr’, Jibraail (alayhis salaam) shakes hands with him. The sign of this is that his heart becomes soft, while tears flow freely from his eyes.

Ramadan Greetings from Imam Zaid Shakir

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Mercy Giving

Ramadan Mubarak!

A Brief Message From Imam Zaid Shakir

The Month of Ramadan is upon us. During this special time, we should all reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. Those of us who live here in the West have been blessed with many material bounties that are unimaginable to many of our coreligionists in the East. The amount of food we enjoy and unfortunately the amount that many of us waste, the expansiveness of most of our homes, our ready ability to own cars, trucks, and vans, our easy access to higher education, our ability to marry at a young age, all of these blessings and many others are incomprehensible to many Muslims in faraway lands struggling to live from day to day.

Perhaps the greatest blessing we enjoy is the blessing of security. This is a great blessing that many people take for granted. The ability to be safe in ones home, to walk the streets without fear of assault, to travel freely down the highways and byways without fear of brigandage or harm to our person or loved ones, the ability to rest comfortably at night without fearing a sudden deadly intrusion, or a violent explosion as a projectile tears through the roof or walls of our dwelling visiting us with hell on earth. This is a great, expansive blessing.

God mentions that security is one of the great blessings He bestowed upon the Quraysh, the people of our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God upon him. He mentions in the Qur’an:

Therefore, let them worship the Lord of this [Sacred] House; he who has fed them, warding off from them hunger; the one who has made them secure from fear. (106:3-4)

This latter blessing, the great blessing of security, the blessing that allows us to enjoy all other blessings, should never be taken for granted, for it can be taken away at any moment, and we could be cast into the throes of terrible tribulation with sudden swiftness. One of the ways to perpetuate the blessing of security and the many other blessings we enjoy is to express our deep thanks for them. That expression of thanks lies in our being good productive citizens, it lies in our faithful devotion to our Lord, and it lies in our demonstrating to people the good of our religion through our actions before we endeavor to do so with our words. It lies in our endeavoring to share our blessings with those who are less fortunate that ourselves.

The details relating to how we do these things are known to all of us and are as numerous as each and every one of our individual lives. Those details are revealed to us by God when we endeavor to be sincere in our service, true in our devotion, honest in our conviction to assist our fellow human beings. Ramadan is an excellent time to start for those of us who have been limping down the road of life oblivious to the blessings we enjoy; lacking any consciousness of the obligations those blessings impose on us. Ramadan focuses our appreciation of the food and other material blessing we enjoy by allowing us to experience at a personal level the reality of deprivation. Ramadan focuses our devotion to God by facilitating heightened levels of devotional acts by couching them in a communal manifestation. Ramadan focuses our sincerity to God, for it is centered around fasting, the one act of worship it is impossible to “show off” with before other human beings, for at the end of the day, God alone knows if we are truly fasting. Ramadan, if we allow it to do so, focuses our spiritual energies by reintroducing the great blessing of the Qur’an into our lives. Finally, Ramadan focuses our attention on the centrality of charity in our lives, by encouraging us to greater levels and acts of charity during this time, a time when our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings of God upon him, the most generous of all people ordinarily, was excessively generous.

Let us translate that heightened focus on God, and our appreciation for His blessings into heightened levels of servitude to Him and to our fellow human beings. If we can do that as an entire community, with ample conviction, God will continue to shower His blessings down upon us and to He will bless us to be secure in our lives and property, just as He has blessed us to be secure from material want. Such blessings are commensurate with “the best community raised up to serve humanity (3:110).” However, for the manifestation of those blessings to be real, our service to God and to our fellow humans has to be real. So let us proceed through this blessed month with consciousness, willing devotion, and sincerity. By doing so we will express our appreciation to our Lord, and work to perpetuate the many blessings He has bestowed upon us.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Your Brother in Islam

Imam Zaid Shakir

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak!

InshaAllah I have started fasting today, Sunday Sept. 24.  May Allah (swt) allow us to take full advantage of this month.  May Allah (swt) increase us in iman.  May Allah (swt) allow us to read the Qur’an more and understand it.  May Allah (swt) make our studies easy for us.  May Allah (swt) make it easy for us to obey our parents.  May Allah (swt) protect the Muslims around the world.  May Allah (swt) make it easy for us to attend the masjid every night for taraweeh.


Don’t forget to check out my Online Qur’an Reading competition for Ramadan.  Check out the current standings here.

Saturday vs. Sunday (and Monday)

Ok let’s so who started on what day:

Those who said the 1st day of Ramadan is Saturday Sept. 23, 2006:

  • In North America:
    • ISNA
  • Around the World:
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Palestine
    • Lebanon
    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
    • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    • Bahrain
    • Yemen
    • Somalia
    • Add your country here? Leave a comment.

Those who said the 1st day of Ramadan is Sunday Sept. 24, 2006:

  • In North America:
    • ICNA
    • Zaytuna
    • Hilal Committee of Canada
  • Around the World:
    • Egypt
    • Jordan
    • Oman
    • Turkey
    • Syria
    • Algeria
    • Tunis
    • Add your country here? Leave a comment.

Oh yeah those who started on Monday Sept. 25, 2006:

  • In North America:
    • Darul Uloom, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Around the World:
    • India
    • Pakistan
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • Add your country here? Leave a comment.

The United States General is Lebanese!

abizaid.jpgSo I was reading this article, General says U.S. may increase troops in Iraq, and it was talking about how John ABIZAID was saying that the number of US soldiers in Iraq may increase. His last name jumped out on me, because it looked Arabic. I asked Shaykh Wikipedia who narrated from Shaykh Google and I found out that this guy’s parents are from Lebanon.

I can’t believe the General of the United States army is Lebanese and he watched Israel destory his parent’s country. I really want to know what he thinks about the Israeli war on Lebanon.

Canadian Intelligence not so Intelligent

TORONTO, Sept. 18 – Canadian intelligence officials passed false warnings and bad information to American agents about a Muslim Canadian citizen, after which U.S. authorities secretly whisked him to Syria, where he was tortured, a judicial report found Monday.

Source: Canadian was falsely accused, panel says
Muslim held by U.S. was sent to Syria for interrogation

What’s really sad about the article is that, the man was tortured and beaten in Syria for months in a jail cell. He was absolutely innocent. I hope this guy sues for millions of dollars!

Arar, now 36, was detained by U.S. authorities as he changed planes in New York on Sept. 26, 2002. He was held for questioning for 12 days, then flown by jet to Jordan and driven to Syria. He was beaten, forced to confess to having trained in Afghanistan — where he never has been — and then kept in a coffin-size dungeon for 10 months before he was released, the Canadian inquiry commission found.

I guess if you can’t torture them in the U.S. you find a country that you can do it. Imagine how many others are being hurt by illegal and unjust methods. They basically force you to say things you didn’t commit.

From Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon them all)

I was shocked to read a comment from a non-Muslim saying “How many sermons have you listened to chastising Christ and Moses? A few I’ll bet.” I don’t blame him at all for saying this statement. Why? Many non-Muslims don’t realize that we respect the Messengers of God from the past from Adam (peace be upon him) to Muhammad (peace be upon him) and everyone between them (peace be upon them all). It is forbidden to mock, disrespect or ridicule any of them.

So here is a list of all the Prophets that Islam respects and loves:

  1. Adam آدم
  2. Idris (Enoch) ادريس
  3. Nuh (Noah) نوح
  4. Hud (Eber) هود
  5. Saleh (Shelah) صالح
  6. Ibrahim (Abraham) إبراهيم
  7. Lut (Lot) لوط
  8. Ismail (Ishmael) اسماعيل
  9. Ishaq (Isaac) اسحاق
  10. Yaqub (Jacob) يعقوب
  11. Yusuf (Joseph) يوسف
  12. Ayub (Job) أيوب
  13. Shoaib (Jethro) شعيب
  14. Musa (Moses) موسى
  15. Harun (Aaron) هارون
  16. Dhul-Kifl (most likely Ezekiel) ذو الكفل
  17. Dawood (David) داوود
  18. Sulayman (Solomon) سليمان
  19. Ilyas (Elijah) إلياس
  20. Al-Yasa (Elisha) اليسع
  21. Yunus (Jonah) يونس
  22. Zakariya (Zacharias) زكريا
  23. Yahya (John the Baptist) يحيى
  24. Isa (Jesus) عيسى
  25. Muhammad محمّد

Peace be upon them all.

As you can see there are 25 named Prophets from the Qur’an, but in Islam we believe that there are many more that we don’t know about. In fact there are over hundreds of thousands of Messengers of God that were sent down to guide the people of the past, we just don’t know exactly who. Famous people of the past like Confucius, Buddha, Zoraster and others could have been Messengers of God, but no one knows for sure.

Why do Muslims emphasize so much about Muhammad (peace be upon him)? Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the last and final messenger. That’s why. It’s a core beilef of the declaration of faith or the shahada: “There is no god but Allah and Muhamamd is his messenger”.

MR’s Online Qur’an Reading Contest Ramadan 2006/1427

UPDATES: Contest is over. Here are the results.

Ramadan will start in a week, inshaAllah. As in my previous post, I asked those who view my site if it was a good idea to start this contest and I only received positive comments, alhamdulillah. So I’m officially starting this contest which will begin on the 1st day of Ramadan 2006/1427 and end on the last day of Ramadan 2006/1427.

How do I join?

Simply comment with an anonymous name, nickname, your name, or whatever name you would like to go by. This name will be publicly desplayed a long with everyone else. If you have a website, blog or an organization you would like to represent or promote along with your name, just include that also.

Confused? Here is an example:

MR –

(Note: Please enter a valid email address when you comment. Also make sure it is one that you check frequently.)

How does it work?

Very simple. You read the Qur’an. Keep track of the number of ayat (verses) you recite daily. Contact me and let me know how much you have done by emailing me, IMing me (if you have my screename) or calling me (if you have my number).

Who wins? And what’s the prize?

Everoyne wins, because everyone is rewarded with blessings from Allah! That is the prize.


  • Anyone can join.
  • You can use anonymous names or your real names.
  • I will not reveal anyones real identity.
  • Contest officially begins on the first day of Ramadan, whatever day that you start.
  • No lying. If you lie, you got some serious issues with yourself.
  • Recitation in prayer doesn’t count. You must actually read from the Qur’an during your free time when your not praying salah.
  • You must read the Qur’an in Arabic only. (English doesn’t count towards the contest, but you should still read the English).
  • You must calculate the number of ayat including Surah al-Fatiha which is 7 ayat.
  • Only include the number of ayat you read from the front to the back. (Example: Do not include the number of ayat if you read Surah Yaseen every day or Surah Kahf every Friday. They do not count.)
  • Holding the Qur’an in Taraweeh salah and following the Hafiz does not count.
  • You must recite out loud or enough so that your lips are moving and your ears can hear. No silent reading or reading from you mind.
  • I have the right to change the rules anytime I feel like to.

So join already! Here is a list of people that have joined already.