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Subhanallah, once again another year has gone by. Where does the year go? Where do the hours and days go? How do the weeks and months slip by? By the time this newsletter will reach you, the first one-third of Ramadan will be over. Have you made the most of the first ten days of Ramadan? What steps have you taken to strengthen your Imam while the Shaitan is locked up?

During Ramadan, I have come to an alarming realization. During the remainder of the year, when my mind wanders during Salah, when I am not as generous as I could be when Muslims ask for help, when I lose my temper, etc. I feel a small sense of relief when I angrily blame the Shaitan for tempting me and quickly and repeatedly ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness. However, have you ever thought about whose fault it is for your actions during Ramadan?

How about the struggle to keep our tempers in check? Have you lost your temper with any person during the past 10 days? And if you answer in the affirmative, do you know what this means? This means that Shaitan has temporarily succeeded. This means that you and I cannot blame the Shaitan for our actions. The decisions that we have made within the last 10 days are a representation of our true self and we will be judged accordingly on the Day of Judgment.

But wait!! It's not too late!! There's still time to repent.Take advantage of the remaining two-thirds of Ramadan to perfect your Salah and your character. This is the month for renewing our commitment and re-establishing our relationship with our Creator. Beg Allah (SWT) for forgiveness and ask Him (SWT) to grant you steadfast Iman, Khushu' (total concentration) during Salah, patience during trials, and characteristic traits that defined our Prophet Muhammed (S). The Messenger of Allah (S) said: "Every action a son of Adam does shall be multiplied-a good action by ten times its value, up to 700 times. Allah (SWT) says: With the exception of fasting, which belongs to Me, and I reward it accordingly. For, one abandons his desire and food for My sake."

However, we must remember that the practices and lessons learned during Ramadan should be instilled in our lives throughout the rest of the year! It would be pointless to end the month and return to our old behavior. Instead, at the end of Ramadan, we should take time to evaluate the changes that we have made and continue to engage in these practices in our everyday lives.

May Allah (SWT) reward you, may He (SWT) grant you and your family everlasting success in this life and the hereafter, and may He (SWT) protect the entire Muslim Ummah from the torments of the grave and from the punishments of the hereafter. Ameen Ya Rabb-al Alameen.

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Vol. XXIV, No. 28
Note from the Editor
Fifa and Your Spirituality
World Heavyweight Champion
Forgiving in Ramadan
Ways to a
Sweet Taraweeh
Why I Embraced Islam
From The Editor's Desk
Involving Children
in Ramadan
California Prayer Locations
Mus'ab Ibn Umair
Cook's Corner
7 Daily Spiritual Habits
The Importance
of Dhikr
Kids' Corner
Just Close Your
Eyes and Imagine
Sayings of the Prophet