riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fasting

Assalamu Alaykum


Ramadan mubarak everyone!



"O People ! Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah. A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. A month which with Allah is the best of months. Its days, the best of days, its nights, the best of nights, and its hours, the best of hours. It is the month which invites you to be the guests of Allah and invites you to be one of those near to Him. Each breath you take glorifies him; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted and your supplications are answered. So, ask Allah, your Lord; to give you a sound body and an enlightened heart so you may be able to fast and recite his book, for only he is unhappy who is devoid of Allah's forgiveness during this great month." - Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.



2:183

ياأيها الذين آمنو كتب عليكم الصيام كما كتب على الذين من قبلكم لعلكم تتقون


O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa.


Ya Allah! Help us attain Taqwa this blessed month, and make us of those who are always in a state of Taqwa! Ya Rabb!



"Fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. " - Prophet Muhamamd (may God bless him and his family, and grant them peace)

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