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RAMADAN KAREEM!

Ramadan - the most blessed month in a Muslim's life. In this special month, Muslims are reminded of our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters who are suffering with poverty, starvation, war, sickness, and oppression. There are so many people throughout the world who do not have even the minimal amount of food to eat, shelter to live. Let's be reminded to thank Allah (SWT) for our countless blessings that He (SWT) has given us. We are especially thankful for another opportunity to be given life and health and experience another Ramadan. During this peaceful month, we should find time to engage in more prayer, Quran recitation, dhikr, and du'a; while simultaneously letting go of some of our bad habits. For example, if you are quick to get angry, perhaps now is the perfect time to learn ways to control this anger. With the shaytaan locked up, it just seems so much easier to do. Ramadan is a time to do everything we can to get closer to Allah. Let's make a change today! After all, we do not know if we will live to see the next Ramadan, or for that matter the next day.

While driving on Interstate 580, we noticed a huge fire engulfing an area. To our shock and horror, we see an entire area on fire. The horizon is black, and it is broken by red puffs of clouds, almost like lit torches. With the sound of fire engines in the distance, my thoughts jump to the Day of Judgment and Hellfire. I just sit there thinking of Hellfire. What a HORRIBLE place to be - forever and ever. My kids say how 'scary' the fire looks. How scary indeed - especially for those who will not be shown Allah's mercy. This is a great reminder for us. My dear friends and readers, let us be mindful of the fact that death can be very near. That special night, Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months. So let's put our worldly affairs aside and really make the most of this month. Let's seek Allah's Forgiveness and His Mercy and Insh'Allah we will be far removed from the torment of the Hellfire.

This issue of the Islamic Bulletin is full of inspiring stories! Somehow, my favorites tend to be the stories of the sahaba - it's nice to learn about their sufferings and hardships and then realize that we got it pretty easy compared to them! There is the love story between Zainab (RA) and her husband, Let's Make a Change, Day of Judgment, A Muslim flight attendant's story, and a wonderful article on how to avoid missing Fajr. Also in this issue is our usual section Why I Embraced Islam - this time the spotlight is on Hamza Perez, a Puerto Rican rapper who accepted Islam. There is also an article, Islamic Beliefs and Practices, by the late Awad Elgarguri. We ask our Readers to join us in making dua' for Brother Awad and that Allah (SWT) grant him the highest level of Jannah. Ameen!

Also in this issue you will find a pull-out, mini poster in the middle section. We sincerely hope that "Supplication After Obligatory Prayers" is beneficial to our readers. Concisely listed, this sheet tells you exactly what to say after your salat. There is the Arabic, the transliteration, and the meaning in English. If you need further help with the pronunciation of certain dua'as, please click here, where you will be able to listen to the audio version of the supplications. You can also download a larger-sized print version.

The Islamic Bulletin invites you to visit our new and improved website. We took great pains to bring you a free, one-stop center for all your Islamic needs. The following list some of our features which we hope will benefit you -and others- as we hope our readers will print and share the resources.

Hajj Guide – Like no other manual before it, this "cheat sheet" puts Hajj at your fingertips. Its conciseness permits Hajjis to actually fit it in the palm of their hand-no more bulky books to carry around the Kabah. Not making Hajj? InshAllah, you can still get the blessings by giving this pocket-size guide to someone who is. Give to family, friends, and hand them out in your local masjid. It is currently available in 16 languages. You may download a copy in Word or PDF. You have a choice of Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, and Urdu, as well as the various sizes.

May Allah (SWT) accept our fasting, our prayers, and our supplications. May He (SWT) guide us to the right path and help us become better Muslims. And may He (SWT) grant us the highest level of Jannah. Ameen!

- The Islamic Bulletin Staff

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The Islamic Bulletin
P.O. Box 410186, San Francisco, CA 94141-0186

September 2009
Ramadan 1430
Note from the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Everyday Dua'a
Islamic World News
How I Embraced Islam
Let's Make A Change
A Sad Passing
Islamic Beliefs
and Practices
Common Mistakes
In Ramadan
Istikhara...
Feeling Confused?
Day Of Judgment
How Not To Miss Fajr
You Can Do It
A Love Story
Cook's Corner
Women in Islam
The Qur'an & Science
Kids' Corner
Parent's Corner
A Request
Beauty Tips for Sisters
Who Is Your Best Friend?
How to Concentrate
In Your Prayers