Back to Basics: Convictions of being Muslim

What’s eating the ummah? Ramadan does not equate starving, it is a means feed your soul and ground yourself back to Islam.
There are so many social, moral and psychological issues plaguing the ummah, yet by the mercy of Allah SWT we find ourselves blessed with another Ramadan, a chance to repent, to ground ourselves in deen and aspirations to be better muslims. On a day to day level, as people, we are afflicted with so many challenges. Everyone is at a different point in their imaan actualization. Some individuals are very strong and steadfast. Some individuals are struggling to establish their salah, some are struggling with hijab, and some are finding Ramadan to be a huge challenge and unable to annihilate ones nafs. Sometimes we need to shed our issues and confusion and go back to basics, by internalizing the fundamentals of Islam.

For Ramadan and beyond we need to with conviction, attempt to fulfill the rights of being Muslim.


Fasting is a pillar of faith, but being Muslim is more than just fasting.
The 5 pillars of islam are the fundamentals. These points of obligation cannot be stressed on enough.

  1. Kalimah
  2. Salah
  3. Zakah
  4. Fasting (in Ramadan)
  5. Hajj

Daily we should recite our shahada and pray our 5 salah.
Most people opt to give out their zakah during the month of ramadan.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is obligatory unless one is exempted from it,

Also a large point of focus, for the sisters mostly, is dressing – Muslimahs should dress in accordance to the shariah, and not only cover themselves in ramadan but for the other 11 months as well, Insha-Allah. Alot of sisters struggle with the hijab. This ramadan, put it on with conviction to gain the full blessings of Allah (SWT) and it will be a step in the right direction insha-Allah. Alot of sisters make a cocerted effort to wear the scarf from Ramadan onwards to reap the full blessings of living in obedience to Allah SWT.

In addition to fasting, try to maximize ones ibaadah, control ones anger as well as partake in as many good deeds as possible. There are many guidelines available on

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