Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and is fardh ‘ayn (obligatory on every individual). With Ramadan so near, every Muslim must take spiritual and academic preparation for it.
Preparing for Ramadan
For every act of worship undertaken by a Muslim, there is always an additional obligation: seeking enough knowledge about it so that it is performed correctly. This is known as obligatory knowledge. Just as fasting is fardh ‘ayn, so too is seeking knowledge about it fardh ‘ayn. A fact often not understood or under-emphasised by many Muslims.
This course will help us fulfil this obligation effectively. This course is designed to cover all of the necessary knowledge needed to discharge this once in a year opportunity to train ourselves correctly as well as maximise reward from Allah (swt).
- Objectives of Ramadan
- Uniqueness of Ramadan
- Ideal Spiritual Retreat: How to spend the Ramadan day
- Ramadan Resolutions: Letting the impact of go beyond Ramadan
- Eid: The first collective test of Ramadan resolutions
- Types of Fasts
- Conditions, essentials, sunnahs and etiquettes of Fasts
- Reprehensible acts and nullifiers of fasts
- Making up for missed fasts and their types
- The fiqh of I’tikaf
- Eid al-Fitr
- Other miscellaneous matters
Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad
Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad was brought up in East London. He is hafiz of the Qur’an which he memorised partly in his own locality and then completed at the famous Darul Uloom in Dewsbury (Institute of Islamic Education). He then continued at the same institute and studied Arabic language, Tajweed, Fiqh and other subjects in the early years of the traditional Darul Uloom curriculum. He then moved to Al-Jamia al-Islamia in Nottingham to continue his advanced studies with shuyukh like Shaykh Fazlur Raheem, Shaykh Abdul Haq (both students of the great Shaykh Hussain Ahmad Madani) among others, from whom he studied, advanced Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulumul hadith, Hadith and Tafsir. To complete his Darul Uloom studies he travelled to Bangladesh in 1997 to study hadith texts and receive ijaza under the late Shaykh Abdul Aziz Doyamiri and the late Shaykh Nuruddin Goharpuri (Allah have mercy on them both) and other shuyukh, where he also came first in his graduation class. Shaykh Shams also holds a Masters in Islamic studies from the University of London.
Since graduation, the Shaykh initially focussed his work on improving maktab education for children. To this end he worked with Safar Academy in North London and the Burdett Estate masjid in East London where he was also Imam and Khateeb. In September 2000, the Shaykh helped found the Mazahirul Uloom Secondary school where he was appointed as the Vice-Principal. In December 2002, along with other respected Ulama Shaykh Shams founded Ebrahim College and is currently serving as Director and Principal and lectures on various Islamic sciences.
The Shaykh is a well-known speaker on a wide range of topics. His works on Arabic Language and Grammar and Islamic creed and theology are taught at Ebrahim College and will soon be published. He has also edited the translation of Ibn Rajab Hanbali’s Jami’ al-Uloom wa al-Hikam, published by Turath Publishing, and is currently working on the translations of Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi, and the Qawaid fi Uloom al-Hadith and the Qawaid fi Usul al-Fiqh, of Shaykh Zafar Ahmad Uthmani. These will also be published by Turath Publishing inshaAllah.