Terms to Learn for Ramadan
M. I. Zahid
month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for
mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between
right and wrong). (Al-Baqarah 2:185)
have made a list of terms that are used in regards to fasting
and especially in Ramadan. Ithought it would be a great idea for
us to learn them together.
how Many you Know !
The name of
one of the gates of Heavens (Jannah) through which the people who
often observe fasting will enter on the Day of Judgement.
Three day festival
marking the end of Ramadan. It takes place on the 1st of Shawal,
the 10th month of the Islamic calendar.
for missing or wrongly practicing necessary acts of worship. Fidya
usually takes the form of donating money, foodstuffs, or sacrificing
an animal. Contrast with Kaffara (making amends).
the fast immediately after sunset. Iftar takes place at Maghrib
as soon as the Call to Prayer (Adhan) is called.
Start of the
fasting time. Imsak begins when the first light of dawn becomes
visible, and ends at Fajr when the Adhan is called.
to the religious practice of spending the last ten days of Ramadan
(either wholly or partly) in a mosque so as to devote oneself exclusively
to worship. In this state one may go out of the mosque only for
the absolutely necessary requirements of life.The minimum period
for i'tikaf is twenty-four hours. I'tikaf is not valid if one is
not keeping the fast or if it is done outside the month of Ramadan.
The Night of
Power,' concealed in one of the odd nights in the last ten days
of Ramadan; the night on which the Qur'an was first revealed by
Jibraeel to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and which the Qur'an itself
describes as "better than a thousand months."[Al-Qadr
ninth month of the Islamic (luner) calendar.
The meal taken
before sun rise (what does your mum make?)
The Arabic word
for fast. Plural: Siyam.
did you Go ?
You Can Learn a Few New Words Every Week of Ramadan
DICTIONARY OF ISLAMIC TERMS" by M.A. Qazi, Kazi Publications,
121 Zulqarnain Chambers, Ganpat Road, Lahore, Pakistan.
OF ISLAMIC TERMINOLOGY" by Bassam Sulaiman Abughosh & Waffa
Zaki Shaqra, Ta-Ha Publshers Ltd. 1, Wynne Road, London SW9 0BB,
TEACHINGS" by Khurshid Ahmad.
UNDERSTANDING THE QURAN", Vol. I-III, edited by Zafar Ishaq
Ansari, an English rendering of Tafhimul Quran (Urdu) by A.A. Maududi.
praise and peace be upon His Prophet Muhammad and on his Family,
Companions and his Followers, inwardly and outwardly.