Category Archives: Ramadan

Evaluating Ramadans That We’ve Passed Through – Reflection of Ramadan


Evaluating Ramadans That We’ve Passed Through

Illustration: English test

We’re going to make a question, please each of us find the answer individually.

How long have we learned english?

Some of us may answer, since junior to senior high school, we’ve learned it. Thus, we’ve learned it for six years approximately. Not to mention if we continue our study to college, we’ll surely find an english subject.
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Ruling of Zakat Investment in Zakat Distributor Foundation

Calculating Zakat of Gold

Ruling of Zakat Investment in Zakat Distributor Foundation

Among things that are questioned is regarding zakat that is paid to social foundation, to be distributed to the poor, is the foundation allowed to invest it?

The answer is no, it is not allowed. In shari’a the zakat payer is ordered to distribute his zakat to the poor. Therefore, zakat payer is not allowed to invest it since it is contrary to Allah’s order to him. Likewise, representation of zakat payer, that is the social foundation that is trusted to distribute the zakat to the rightful. The foundation is obliged to distribute it immediately.

Beside that, what so-called investment sometimes causes some loss and no one can guarantee that it will always yield profit. For sure, if any loss happened, then the one suffering from it is the poor as its rightful owner.

This is the explanation given by Sheikh Dr Saad Syatsri in the second virtual lecture of the Minah Seminar held byJamiah al Ma’rifah al ‘Alamiyyah 1433 H

Author: Ustadz Aris Munandar, MPi

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Let’s Do Charity!

Let's Do Charity

Let’s Do Charity!

Umar Ibn Khattab ever refused to receive his salary to give it to the poor. Then the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- ordered him to take his salary and after that spend it on charity. This message contains a million meanings about the way of charity and pay the zakat well.
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Rulings regarding People who Perform Worshipping Activities only on Ramadan

Rulings regarding People who Perform Worshipping Activities only on Ramadan


It is too bad that some people, on Ramadan, continuously perform the five compulsory prayers, the night prayer, and Qur’an recitation; but after it has passed, they will leave all or half of the righteous activities that they used to do. What is the ruling regarding their deeds? Are their righteous deeds performed on Ramadan accepted? What is your advice to such people?


Performing the righteous deeds on the month of Ramadan with vengeance is indeed a good thing, because Ramadan possesses some excellences and it is a grand time for the muslims. And a Muslim is required to be serious in performing good deeds throughout his age, during his life, in every month of it. Because age is a truly precious chance, whereas men will surely come to a place where they will desperately need the righteous deeds. That is because the reward on the Hereafter depends on the deed.

Thus, a muslim is required to use his lifetime in the world to perform righteous deeds and and spend his days and his whole time in goodness and virtues. As with Ramadan, he is required to make best of it with extra efforts.

Whereas people who underestimate the compulsory prayers, who, when the Ramadan came, perform the compulsory prayers and maintain it with vengeance, but when Ramadan has passed, they once again left the compulsory prayers and underestimated it, their prayers on Ramadan would not be accepted.

It was said to some scholar of predecessors, “There are some people who worship very seriously on the month of Ramadan, but if the Ramadan has passed, they would leave the deeds.”

They commented, “(They are) the worst of men, since they recognize Allah only on Ramadan.”

The deeds of these people would not be accepted, if they abandon the compulsory prayers. Whereas if they only left the voluntary prayers, then they are not considered guilty and it is expected that their righteous deeds in Ramadan will be accepted. And Allah know best.

Reference: “Al Muntaqa min Fatawa Syaikh Shalih Al Fauzan, 3/158-159”

Regarding the Dispute in Deciding the Feast Day of Islam

Regarding the Dispute in Deciding the Feast Day of Islam


Lajnah Da’imah Lil Buhuts Ilmiah Wal Ifta of Saudi Arabia was asked,

How is the dispute about the Eid (the feast day) of the muslims, that is the Eid al Fithr and Eid al Adha, being regarded in Islam? For information, this might cause them to fast  on the day fasting is forbidden, that is the Eid, or break their fast on the day they should fast. We wish to get complete explanation concerning this important matter, that we might use as our reason in front of Allah later. If there is a difference in it, it might be two to three days. Supposed that Islam disregard any difference in it, then what is the best way to unite the Eid of the muslims?


The scholars have agreed that the place where one could see the new crescent (hilal) is different form one country to another (Which means that it is highly likely that each country might see the new crescent at different times, -ed). And this fact is acknowledged by everybody’s mind and senses. But the scholars differed in whether or not that difference in place might be accounted in determining the beginning and the end of Ramadan fast. There are two opinions in this matter:

First: Some Imam in jurisprudence said that the difference in place is accounted in determining the beginning and the end of the fast. (Which means that every country may decide the Eid based on their own seeing of the crescent).

Second: Some of them said it is not. (Which means that if a person has seen the crescent, in any given country, then the morrow is the Eid for the whole muslim in this world).

And each group used argumentation from the Qur’an, sunnah, and analogy, and sometimes both groups were using the same indication, because there was similarity in their reasoning, for example in interpreting the verse:

“So those of you who live to see that month should fast it,” (Qs. Al-Baqarah/The Cow: 185)

And Allah’s decree:

“People question you concerning the phases of the moon. Say: “They are signs to determine time” (Qs. Al-Baqarah/The Cow: 189)

And the saying of the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- : which means:

“Fast (you) because of seeing it, and break your fast because of seeing it.”

It happened because of their different understanding in interpreting the indication and forming their opinion based on it.

In conclusion: The matter that was asked is among the matters of personal interpretation (ijtihad). Therefore, the past and present scholars have differed in it. And it is alright for the residents of any given country, if they didn’t see the crescent on the night of the thirty of Sha’ban, to adapt the claim of seeing the crescent from another country which doesn’t share the same place of seeing with them, if it has truly been seen.

But if they were still differing, then they should take the decision of their government. Because the decision of the government by choosing one out of two opinions would diminish the feud. In this case, the residents must take and obey it. And if the government is not a muslim government, they should take the decision issued by the Islamic Center Forum of their country, to maintain the unity in performing the Ramadan fast and the Eid prayer.

May Allah give us His guidance, peace and prayer of Allah be upon the Prophet, his family, and his companions.

Signed by:

Vice Chairman:  Abdur Razzaq Afifi.

Members : Abdullah Ibn Ghudayyan, Abdullah Ibn Mani.

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