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Day 1: Food – 30 Deeds 30 Days

To support you on your spiritual development, we have set up the “30 Deeds, 30 Days” series. Each day of Ramadan, we will explore one simple deed that could impact our lives. Each day, a new installment of this series will go live.

Ramadan is the month where we reach new heights by discovering how much we could go without. The Prophet Muhammad would prefer to go without food even when it was available. He did have favourite foods that he enjoyed, but food was simply not a priority for him. Sadly, we tend to ignore this teaching, making Ramadan a month of feasting. food

This Ramadan, why not take your spiritual growth to a new level? After iftar, try not to eat a large meal, but just what you need. Eat about half the food you normally would, and see what happens!


Bring new life to this Ramadan by enrolling in a FREE On-Demand course.

 

Host an Iftar and #GiveLight: Calling All Students and Supporters

Ramadan Kareem
Assalaamu Alaikum Dear Student,
From all of us at SeekersHub, we’d like to wish you and your family all the best in this blessed month of Ramadan. May Allah accept all your prayers, fasting, charity and supplication.
As a SeekersHub student, you have experienced first-hand the benefit of our online courses, answers service and all other resources that SeekersHub offers.
This Ramadan we are calling on you to support our #GiveLight campaign in one of three ways outlined below.
Through #GiveLight, we aim to build capacity to extend our services to millions of Muslims around the world and provide ongoing support to deserving scholars and students of knowledge, who will continue to spread prophetic guidance. Make the most of this blessed month by helping us through one of the following:

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Host an Iftar

This Ramadan, make your iftars about more than feeding your guests and give them the opportunity to earn great reward for contributing to the good.
We are asking you to host an iftar on behalf of SeekersHub and collect donations that’ll support our #GiveLight campaign. It’s very simple:

  1. Sign up to host an iftar
  2. We provide you with a complete package for the fundraising component
  3. Invite your guests
  4. We follow up with you after your Iftar
  5. If you can commit to this, please email [email protected] as soon as possible to sign up.

 

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Sponsor an Iftar

Don’t have the time or venue to host an iftar? That’s okay. Contribute to one of our community sponsored iftars that take place every Friday and Saturday at SeekersHub Toronto and invite your guests while we take care of the rest. It’s that simple!

  1. You tell us which date you want to sponsor an iftar at SeekersHub Toronto
  2. Invite all of your guests
  3. We take care of the catering, organizing, day of logistics and give your guests exposure to the beauty that is SeekersHub.
  4. You can sponsor an iftar even if you’re not here in Toronto. In either case, please email [email protected] to determine next steps and how best you can contribute.

 

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Sponsor the 27th Night Program

Contribute to the 27th night program as we host up to 700 people at an external venue in Toronto. The evening will consist of beneficial talks by visiting scholars, iftar, tarawih and qiyaam prayers, as well as suhoor.
It’s our biggest event of the year and we need sponsors like you to make it extra special. Gain tremendous reward for assisting with this in whatever way you can. Email [email protected] to make your contribution today.
Contribute directly to #GiveLight by becoming a monthly donor or giving your zakat.

Cook Food For Others (30 Days, 30 Deeds), by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Cook Food For Others, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

30 Days, 30 Deeds
Sacred Acts to Transform the Heart

Every night, our scholars in residence explore one simple deed that could have far reaching spiritual impact on our lives – and the lives of others. Every day we’ll make the intention to put that teaching into practice. Whether it’s forgiving someone who’s wronged us or share a meal with a neighbour, these powerful lessons will remind us of the great gift the Prophet ﷺ‎  gave us: the best of character.

Daily at 8:10 pm EST. Attend in person at SeekersHub Toronto or watch live. 

 

Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

When the Call to Prayer is Given and Food is on the Table What Should I Do?

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally
Question: Assalamu ‘alaikum,
When the call to prayer is given and food is on the table should we eat first and then pray? This has bothered me a lot during Ramadan because my mother would have food prepared at maghreb time. I follow the Shafi’i school.
Answer: Assalamu ‘Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
Praying the prescribed daily prayers, like Maghrib, in congregation for men is a communal obligation (fard kifaya) and sunna for an individual. Doing so in a masjid is preferred; the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is reported to have said, ‘Whoever makes wudu at home, then walks to one of the houses of Allah to perform an obligatory prayer, one out of every two steps he takes would remove a sin, the other raising his rank’ (Muslim).
The status of the congregational prayer as a Sunna may be dropped for various reasons. One such reason given, as in the narration you have mentioned, is that food has become available while a person is in real need of it, such that one cannot focus properly on the prayer. In this case, it is recommended that a person eat first in a manner that will then allow him to pray in a focused manner. Your situation, alhamdulillah, appears to be different, in that praying in congregation in the mosque does not appear to cause you hardship, because you are able to break your fast in a light manner, then return, guilt-free, after the prayer’s completion.
In summary, while congregational prayer in the masjid is not obligatory for an individual, it remains a highly recommended act that should not be taken lightly, more so if one is blessed to be in close proximity to it.
May Allah reward you for your fasting and prayers, and grant us the ability to remain steadfast in His way.
Source: al-Hawashi al-Madaniyyah
wassalam,
Shuaib Ally
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Missing Iftar: Is My Fast Valid?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas

Question: If I came home, just before iftar, and went to sleep and didnt wake up until my family were having suhoor, what do I do in this situation? Do I have to make up the last fast, or do I go ahead to eat for the next fast?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

Performing iftar is not a condition for the validity of one’s fast. The validity of a fast only rests on abstaining from food, drink, sexual intercourse and oter aspects that break the fast from the time Fajr enters until Maghrib.

As such, your fast will be valid in the scenario described above.

However, the iftar is a sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spcifically recommended hastening to break the fast when Maghrib enters.

Sahl ibn Sa`d (Allah be well-pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “People will continue to be in a good condition as long as they hasten to break the fast.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

As such, a person should avoid sleeping at such a time because not only is there a fear of missing out on this recommended sunna, but also the possibility of missing one’s prayers, which is a more serious matter.

May Allah grant you and us success.

Wassalam

Salman

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani