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Assalamu Alaikum WRWB,

Ramadan Mubarak and Kareem to you and your loved ones.
 
O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those who came before, so you may achieve Taqwa.” [2:183]
 
I would like to, on my behalf and on behalf of IONA, wish you all a very blessed month.
 
Ramadan is a time to reconnect with our Creator through fasting and nightly prayers. The fasting person has two joyous occasions according to the Prophet (SAW), the first occasion is when the believer breaks his/her fast and the second occasion is when he/she meets his/her Lord.
 
Let us embark on this spiritual journey with the purest of intentions, Ibadah solely for the pleasure of Allah (SWT). As we endure long hours of fasting, abstaining from what otherwise be permissible, is a show of resolve and determination. May Allah (SWT) make it easy on us.
 
Aside from fasting, Ramadan is the month of al-Qur’an. “Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was sent down as guidance to humanity.” [2:185] May the Qur’an be our guide throughout the month and companion in the early hours of the morning before the pre-dawn meal. Consider praying two rak’ahs before fajr commences and the pre-dawn meal. Make sure you drink a lot of water to remain hydrated during the long hours of fasting. 
 
Let us, as we fast, remember the poor and the less fortunate ones. Give for the pleasure of Allah (SWT), for the reward of giving in Ramadan is multiplied by many folds. Remember your relatives who are in need among other people and organizations who are worthy of your charity. Please consider a portion of your zakah or donation to IONA for its Dawah work. There are other needs also, we will share with you in the near future, in sha Allah.
 
You may visit our website for online donations, http://www.ionamasjid.org/donate.
 
You may also visit our Ramadan page for the entire Ramadan program at IONA at http://www.ionamasjid.org/ramadan.
 
Please pray for the ummah, particularly for our brothers and sisters in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Burma, and throughout the entire Muslim world and beyond. May Allah help us reform ourselves and families during this blessed month, ameen.
 
Once again, Ramadan Mubarak to you and your families. May Allah (SWT) bless us, increase us in Iman and Taqwa, and accept every single deed of ours during this great and blessed month, ameen.
 
Wassalamu Alaikum WRWB,
 
Mustapha Elturk
Ameer
Islamic Organization of North America, IONA