By Dr. Mubarak Ali
7.4 HOW TO KEEP FAST
According to the Shari’ah, there are two essential components to Siyam: the neyyah, and abstinence. With regard to the neyyah, it must be emphasized that, like Salat, there is no verbal neyyah for keeping the fast as intention is a condition of the heart. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
I grew up as a Christian knowing from the media that the religion of Islam was a terrorist, barbaric, evil and dirty religion. It oppressed women by making them cover their hair and wear an outer garment and making them prisoners in their homes with no rights.
When I met a Muslim while in college I was so surprised and shocked. He was gentle, intelligent, sincere with impeccable dress and cleanliness.
By: Zamzam Bayian
Sometimes for one reason or another, we develop a keen desire to know the future. This keen desire may change to anxiety when we have problems in our life. Consequently, we look for a door of hope that will be opened for us in the future, changing our bitter circumstances to happiness.
Sometimes, this desire takes the form of focusing on our dreams and trying to know their interpretations to give us a "why" to live, and endure our problems patiently.