Ramadaniyat 08: Black & White, Keep it Real, Sweet Tooth, Photos

Narrated ‘Adee bin Hatim (May Allah Be Pleased with him):

When the above Signs were revealed-  “And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appears distinct from the black thread…”– I took two hairstrings, one black and the other white, and kept them under my pillow and went on looking at them throughout the night but could not make anything out of it.  So, the next morning I went to Allah’s Messenger (May Allah’s Blessings and Salutations be upon him) and told him the whole story.

He explained to me, “That sign means the darkness of night and the whiteness of dawn.”

[Bukhari narrated it.]

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Common Mistakes Made During Ramadan

Mistake # 7:  Fasting but not giving up evil

Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam activities, buying lottery tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allaah, to increase our Taqwa.

‘O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)’ [Qur’an, al-Baqarah :183]

The Prophet (s.a.w.w.) said: ‘Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.’ [Bukhaari]

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5 ways to avoid Ramadan weight gain

4. Limit sweets

Sweets are the indulgence of just about every culture during Ramadan. From the special Moroccan halwa, to African American cross cultural pies and cakes. Ramadan is the month that even the “cooking handicapped” practice their skills. We all have a tendency to justify the extra calories with the fact that we fasted most of the day. But the fact remains that it doesn’t matter if you consume the calories throughout the day or all at iftar. A calorie is still a calorie and too many still adds up to stored fat. Okay it’s unrealistic to say do not eat any sweets. In fact it’s okay to enjoy the sweetness of your Muslim sister’s cooking. But have a piece of cake AFTER you have eaten a balanced meal, drunk a large glass of water and prayed Magrib to give your digestive system time to settle and register the food you have eaten. If you still crave the sweets have a small serving then leave the rest for someone else to enjoy. Drinking the water will help fill your stomach and leave less room for over indulgence in sweets. And waiting after salat allows for the 15 to 20 minutes it takes for your stomach to communicate its fullness to your brain.

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SLIDESHOW:  Ramadan Scenes from around the World

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