وَكُلُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللَّهُ حَلَـلاً طَيِّباً وَاتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ الَّذِى أَنتُم بِهِ مُؤْمِنُونَ
“And eat from that which Allah has provided for you, lawful and good, and fear Allah in whom you believe.” (Surah Al -Ma’ida, Verse 88)
It is incumbent upon us to ensure that every single morsel we consume and we give others to consume is Halal. Today, people are very quick to overlook ingredients and are satisfied to only look for ‘gelatine’ and a V sign. However, there are many more ingredients we need to be wary of, e.g. selected E numbers and alcohol. Make effort to check ingredients thoroughly and if unsure then ask at the store, patisserie etc beforehand on what their products contain.
إِذَا دَخَلَ شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ السَّمَاءِ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ جَهَنَّمَ، وَسُلْسِلَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Muslim)
If the devils are chained, the common question which arises is, Why do we experience weakness in our emaan during Ramadan? Well, the answer is simple, it is not due to Shaytaan and his ploys, rather, it is due to our nafs (self). Throughout the year, Shaytaan works so hard to weaken our nafs, that when Ramadan comes, his influence becomes embedded within us whereby he longer needs to be around to affect us.
This month, let us identify the negative side of our nafs and train ourselves to overcome our bad habits.
اللهم إني أسألك الهدى، والتقى، والعفاف، والغنى
“O Allah, I ask you for guidance, piety, chastity and contentment” (Muslim)
The rights of a neighbour are valued greatly in Islam and there is a lot of reward in fulfilling them. Do something nice for your neighbour today; whether they are Muslim or Non-Muslim. E.g. share food during iftar
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.