A Ramadan Mubarak message

Ramadan Mubarak! May you all be blessed during this blessed month.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said concerning Ramadan: “The first part of Ramadan is mercy, its middle days are forgiveness, and its latter part is liberation from Hell.” (Ibn Khuzaymah, al-Sahih, vol. 3, no. 191)

Mercy is a favour from Allah which He places in the hearts of whomsoever He wills. Verily, Allah will have mercy on His servants who are merciful. Therefore, take advantage of your fasting. During Ramadan the fasting person is naturally among the most merciful people. That is because he has tasted hunger, experienced thirst and endured hardship. His soul is therefore, enveloped with mercy, care and gentleness for Muslims.

Allah is the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful. Attain Allah’s mercy in the month of mercy by showing it to your family, friends, neighbours and the entire community.

Obama backs NY mosque project

President Barack Obama backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural centre near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York — a project opposed by U.S. conservatives and many New Yorkers.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said at an event on Friday attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said.

Earlier this month a New York city agency cleared the way for construction of the center, which will include a prayer room, two blocks from the site of the Sept 11 attacks, popularly known as “Ground Zero.”

“This is America and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable,” said Obama, who has made improving ties between the United States and the Muslim world a cornerstone of his foreign policy.

Obama was speaking during an Iftar dinner he hosted at the White House. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

He said the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution had established the freedom of religion “and that right has been upheld ever since.”

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Ramadhan Mubarak: Cleansing the soul

Ramadhan Mubarak to all Muslims, on occasion of the month of Ramadhan which begins tomorrow. The following is an interesting article regarding the holy month which is informative for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.