السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته COMMON MISCONCEPTION "Duas BEFORE suhoor/iftaar" We have been taught and reminded of some duas (many of us paste it in our house and read it out loud), about beginning the fast and before breaking the fast. " Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri ramadan" and "Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizqi ka iftartu" These duas are attributed to having been said by the Prophet SAW, but have been declared daeef jiddan (very weak). There is no dua for suhoor/sehri. Just the neeyah (intention) of fasting suffices with Allah. Likewise there is NO specific dua before iftaar!! DUA BEFORE BREAKING FAST!! Just say, "Bismillah" before having the date DUA AFTER BREAKING FAST!! Say this after having the date and sip of water/sherbet/drink... ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ ، وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ ، وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللهُ dhahabadh-dhama'u wab-tallatil 'uruuqi, wa thabatal ajru, in shaa Allah The thirst has vanished and the veins are moistened and the reward is certain, if Allah wills. (Ref: Sunan Abu Daud, Kitaab As Saum, Hadith 2350)This may shock many of you and your family members but this is the correct and most authentic way. Allah azza wa jal and HIS Rasool SAW know the best. THINGS TO BE AVOIDED DURING RAMADAN 1. Don't sleep during the day and pray all night. By doing this you are converting the day into night and the night into day, which is not the purpose of fasting. 2. Avoid being lazy and inactive during the day. 3. Don't waste time playing games during the day. Rather, please Allah by increasing in your worship of him. 4. Avoid having Iftar parties. Ramadan wasn't meant to be a food extravaganza. 5. Dont ask your wife to spend Ramadan in the Kitchen. Eat something light and quick - she isn't Biryani woman. 6. Spend the last 10 days worshipping Allah rather than trying to prepare for Eid! A day that is better than a thousand months is in these last 10 days. You can't afford to miss this. 7. Dont stay awake the full night. Your body has a right over you, and when it wants rest, then rest. 8. Avoid excessive socialising after Taraweeh 9. Avoid shopping a lot in Ramadhaan. 10. Dont eat the full night. 11. Dont loiter around at night rather than worshipping Allah. 12. Eid doesnt require loads of preparation. Dont fall into this trap! Keep it simple, and it will be blessed. May the Almighty Allah accept our fast, prayer, duaas and all our good actions…Allahumma ameen!