Ramadan


Ramadan

Amin Whalen

Our Guide Sidi Muhammad (may Allah sanctify his secret) says:

This holy month is very, very special. Every moment is a deep prayer for you — when you sleep, when you eat, when you walk.

It is a time for deep praying, from beginning to end. So open your heart. Open your heart completely and be in the deep sincerity and trust Allah.

We invite you to take the opportunity each Ramadan to retreat from the world for one, two, ten days or all month.

Our program of prayers, Qur’an recitations, meditations, special Ramadan wirds and other practices will soothe your soul, uplift your spirit, deepen your iman (faith) and increase your gnosis, inshallah.

Here at the beautiful International Peace Center on the rolling 150 acres of the Farm of Peace, retreat offers an opportunity to seek the full blessings of the holy month of Ramadan in the company of fellow seekers and away from the distractions of daily life.

2017 Ramadan

Ramadan Karim!  Starting June 15 the last 10-day s teachings will begin at 1:30 and at 5:30 pm. The theme is Freedom and teachers are Salima and Rida. At 6:30pm we will have Quran reading followed by Iftar and tashbeeh and tarawih prayers. Please bring a pot-luck dish to share. Call 717-573-4722 for more information.

More About Ramadan

Ramadan MoonRamadan is a holy time to draw nearer to Allah, and there are many practices that are included during this month. Fasting and paying zakat (an annual charitable donation for the poor) are obligatory for all Muslims who are able to do so.  Special prayers, such as tarweeh and witr, are added after the evening prayers and recommended to perform in community.  It is customary to listen to /read the entire Qur’an, a thirtieth of the book each day.

If you are fasting, finish eating and drinking several minutes before fajr comes in, inshallah (using World Muslim League times is recommended by Sidi).
It is a blessing to participate with others as much as possible. Try to break fast with brothers and sisters, eat in community, host evening dinners and prayers, and help with the end of the month celebration and feast (Eid).
  
During the day, try to be polite, and stay away from negative thoughts and words as much as possible.  Keeping up with the five daily prayers (salat) helps us with this intention.
The last ten days of the month is a time of retreat. Many evenings are spent in remembrance. Lailat-l-Qadr, the Night of Power, falls during this time.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.  Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, Ramadan moves through the years.  The fast of Ramadan was patterned after the Jewish tradition of fasting, and is a practice that many of the prophets taught.

The Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, first received the revelation of the Qur’an during the month of Ramadan.

The month of Ramadan is referred to as the quiet month of Allah and of the worshipful servant.  It was given this name because it washes away sins. Ramadan is like water (ar-ramad means “rain”) that comes to wash away sins from the physical body, allowing our hearts to feel purified.

The five Arabic letters in the word Ramadan have special meaning:
ra – Allah’s good pleasure
mim – Allah’s considerate and favorable disposition
dad – Allah’s assurance of spiritual reward
alif – Allah’s intimate affection and nearness
nun – Allah’s radiant light.

This means that Ramadan is the month of considerate behavior, giving of assurance, sharing of intimate affection, shedding of light, bestowal of benefits, and generous respect for the righteous.