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Vision or dream after having istikharah prayer?

berdoaQuestion:
I was told that if a person makes Istikharah he is bound to experience some vision or dream. I have made Istikharah so many times and yet I never had any vision or dream. Does it mean that something is wrong with my Istikharah?

Answer:
Istikharah is to seek the right decision by invoking the power and knowledge of Allah. Human beings are weak. Our faculties of knowledge and power are limited. Allah possesses complete knowledge and has power over all things. He knows what is beneficial for us and what is detrimental to us. Therefore, as believers we ought to turn to Him always for direction and inspiration in our life. We should have firm conviction that if we sincerely turn to Allah, He will surely grant us help.

Two Intentions (Niyyah) in Shawwal Fasting

fitrSix days fasting in Shawwal is a recommended fasting and every Muslim should observe the fasting to get a reward from Allah. But for someone who missed several days in Ramadan fasting then they must make up for it, usually they do this in Shawwal month.

People often asking if someone has a fast of Ramadan to makeup, can he make it up on six days of Shawwal with two intentions (niyyah); to get the reward of fasting six days of Shawwal and making up his missed fasts of Ramadan?

Ramadan Fasting + Six Days of Shawwal Fasting= Entire Year Fasting

fitrAfter fasting for 30 days in Ramadan, Muslim then celebrate Eid ul-Fitr. Its on first day of the month of Shawwal.

In Shawwal month there is a recommended fasting that we can observe.

Abu Ayyub Al-Ansaree (Allah be pleased with him) narated that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said,

Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.
[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah]

Du'a (supplication) when someone get married

muslimweddingQuestion:
What is the du'a (supplication) one should say when they get married?

Answer:
Marriage is a great moment in one’s life. It is, therefore, important for the couple to turn to Allah in humble supplication in this crucial juncture of their life in order to receive His blessings; only thus they can hope to make their union a source of bliss for them as well as a great provision for their journey to Allah. Turning to Allah at every step of marriage is therefore the key to a blissful marital life: At the time of marriage contract those who solemnize marriage may offer the following supplication:

Allaahumma bariklahumaa wa ijma’ baynahumaa fee khayrin

(O Allah, bless them in their union and unite them on all that is good and beneficial).

'Eid Al-Fitr, Happiness for All Muslim Ummah and Sunnah Acts on That Day

fitrThe month of Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid Al-Fitr. `Eid Al-Fitr is the day of benefits and blessings for all fasting Muslims, as they are promised great reward by Almighty Allah for their good observance of fasting. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims express their gratitude to Allah, Who has enabled them to observe fasting and, at the same time, granted them abundant provision during this blessed month. 

Everyone rises early for the 'Eid Al-Fitr prayer. Afterwards, families visit each other and exchange good wishes. The handshakes and hugs after the prayer are a wonderful mark of love toward others. Eid gives everyone a feeling of brotherliness, and all bad feelings toward fellow Muslims should be wiped clean so we can all start fresh. `Eid Al-Fitr, therefore, is a day of joy, acts of worship, thanksgiving to Allah, cooperation, solidarity, brotherhood, unity, and spiritual provision.

Tips to Get Concentrate When Performing Salat

berdoaSalat is the ritual prayer practiced by Muslims in supplication to Allah. Salat or salaah, is performed five times day, at sunrise (Fajr), noon (Dhuhr), afternoon (Asr), sunset (Maghrib) and nightfall (Isha'a). Salaah is obligatory for all Muslims once they have reached puberty.

The purpose of salat is primarily to act as an individual's communication with God. It enables one to stand in front of God, thank and praise Him, and ask for Him to show one the "right path" (as mentioned in surah al-Fatihah which is recited in every prayer).

But how to gain proper concentration in Salat?

'Purifying' your fasting in Ramadan with Zakat-ul-Fitr (Zakat Fitrah)

ramadhanZakat-ul-Fitr is a special charity of the month of Ramadan. This charity should be given during the month of Ramadan anytime before the `Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. Because it can be given until the `Eid-ul-Fitr time, it is called Zakat-ul-Fitr. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) urged Muslims to pay this charity in the month of Ramadan.
Zakat-ul-Fitr is obligatory upon every (capable) Muslim, whether male or female. The head of the household must pay this amount on behalf of his/her own self and on behalf of their spouse, children and even servants.
Zakat-ul-Fitr is also known as Zakat Puasa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and much of South East Asia), Zakat Ramadan, and Zakat Fitrah, as it is to be performed at the end of the month of Ramadhan and as Eid ul-Fitr approaches.