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Ramandan: Tips to Making The Most of the Holy Month

*Pray! (the obligatory and voluntary prayers)

*Try to pray on time and extra

*Read the Quran

          -Just 4 pages (about 6 minutes) after every prayer and the Quran can be completed in 30 days

*Listen to it in the car instead of music

*Avoid sins (even the simple ones like listening to music, swearing, lying, ect.)

           -This should be year round…but we all make mistakes

*Pay zakat

*Remember to make dua.

            -‘Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: when a fasting person breaks fast, the just ruler and the one who is oppressed.’[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

*Say “astagfirullah” as much as possible.

           -Whoever says “SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi” a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea. [Sahih al-Bukhari; #7:168, Sahih Muslim; #4:2071]

*Volunteer in the community

          -like a soup kitchen (great for the sisters when they can’t fast)

*If you have wronged someone, ask forgiveness from both Allah and the person who you hurt.

*Whoever fasts in Ramadan in good faith with hopes to gain Allah’s blessing will have all his past sins forgiven (Al-Bukhari)

*Take time and reflect on your daily actions and pick something that you could improve, not just during Ramadan, but the rest of the year.

           -Worship Allah, not just during Ramadan

*Spend some time reading Hadith

*Strive for His forgiveness and mercy. With all of your heart, commit to becoming closer to Allah. He put you on this Earth, and He will take you away. Without Him you are nothing.

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When you walk into the Smithsonian’s “Art of the Qur'an” exhibition, you’re met with a book that weighs 150 pounds. The tome, which dates back to the late-1500s, has giant pages that are covered in gold and black Arabic script.

“Somebody spent a lot of time, probably years, to complete this manuscript,” says curator Massumeh Farhad. “… The size tells you a great deal about it. I mean, clearly this was not a manuscript that could have been taken out every day for private reading. This was a manuscript that was intended for public display.”

That manuscript is among more than 50 centuries-old Qurans on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibition isn’t about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied the book, letter by letter. Some of their names are listed (one manuscript was written by a vizier, or prime minister, of the Ottoman Empire), but most of the creators are unknown.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books’ Dedicated Artists

Photos: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR