Qiyam Intensive: Shower of Mercy

Last week the Young Sisters of MUNA had its first Ramadan Qiyam. The theme was Allah’s mercy, in accordance to the first ten nights of Ramadan.

Allah says people should seek out His Mercy by asking for Forgiveness for sins.

Allah swt said in an authentic hadith narrated by Muhammad sallahu wa alayhi wa sallam, “O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it.”

Qiyams, which are informal gatherings for Muslims to worship together during the night, are held especially during Ramadan to help focus and motivate one another to maximize on faith-building.

A sample Qiyam may include personal time to read Quran (Islam’s holy book), lectures, time for prayer, ending with the sahoor, or pre-dawn meal before fasting. Some Qiyams offer time for sleeping in the morning, while others, people leave after the morning prayer, Fajr.

Although people are fasting, Ramadan is known as the “month of Quran”, when Islam was completely revealed to Prophet Muhammad from Allah through Angel Gibrael after 23 years in oral form.

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, starting with sahoor, and ending with iftar, a post-dusk meal. While fasting Muslims must abstain from food, drink, committing sins, and intercourse.

There are about 6 million Muslims in the U.S. according to the Council on American Islamic Relations, a non-profit civil rights advocacy group for Muslims in North America.

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