Knowledge Zone

This space is where you will feed your brain by learning new facts, duas and stories. We have also included a few riddles to get your brain working... So, do you think you’re up for our challenge?

  • The term Ramadan came from the Arabic word ramida which means scorching heat.
  • On the ninth month in 610 CE, it was believed that prophet Muhammad saw received the first verses of the Quran on Laylat al-Qadr also known as the Night of Power. For Muslims, it is considered the holiest night of the year.
  • It is a month of fasting or sawm, one of the Five Pillars of Islam along with shahada, salat, zakat, and hajj.
  • Ramadan is also characterized as a month of generosity. Rewards are multiplied during this blessed month. It is a month where we can cleanse and purify our soul and get even closer to our Creator.
  • Ramadan is concluded by Eid ul Fitr or the largest festivity ending Ramadan. Muslims wear their best clothes, give gifts, visit mosques, eat a lot, and spend time with their family during this day. It is considered a day of gratitude for surpassing the spiritual month.

Riddle #1

Leave me and you will never find the treasure, Use me and you will attain Allah's pleasure. What am I?

Riddle #2

If you have got me, you have got power; BUT the devil will try to increase the 'pride' within you using 'me' every second, minute, hour... I will take you to heaven if you act upon me well.. BUT if you misuse me, I'm also dangerous enough to take you to hell. What am I?

Riddle #3

When you use me wrongly you can't undo your mistake, so please control me for Allah's sake. So use me well or at least try, now tell me who am I?

Riddle #4

I am a security against the fire of hell for those who act upon me with sincerity and abstain from anything which nullifies me. Who am I?

Riddle #5

What is Haraam, but when swallowed loved by Allah?

رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِير

Rabbi irhamhuma kama rabbayanee sagheera

“My Lord! Be merciful to them as they raised me when I was young.”

The King and Ministers with Three Bags

Once a king called three of his most important ministers and gave each one of them a bag. He then told them to go around and fill up the bags with fruits. This would test the sincerity of his ministers.

The first minister took the order of the king seriously and worked hard to collect the best fruits he could find and filled up his bag.

The second minister took the order of the king lightly and filled up his bag with a mixture of good and rotten fruits.

The third minister did the total opposite of both ministers. He filled up the bag with just dry leaves and dirt. His intention was to fool the king by just giving the impression that he had done his job filling the bag. He didn't have a single fruit in his bag.

All three ministers came back to the court of the king with their bags. Without inquiring what they had collected, the king ordered that each minister must be sent to a separate jail for three months. The food they will be eating is what they had each collected in their bags.

The first minister was happy as he had plenty of good quality food to live on. He wasn't worried at all.

The second minister was worried as half of his food was rotten and wouldn't last him for the entire duration of his imprisonment.

The third minister was terrified as he had no food at all. He was neglectful and lazy in carrying out the command of the king.

Moral of the story:

Each one of us is like one of the ministers above. We have all been given a book which we need to fill with good deeds for use in the hereafter. Some of us will be sincere and will collect plenty of good deeds. Others will live like the remaining two ministers who will have a mixture of good and bad deeds while some will totally neglect their duty and waste their life by committing sins day and night. On the day of judgment, we will be responsible for what we have done. Let's be like the first minister who took things seriously and had nothing to worry about in the end.

The Answers 1. Quran 2. Knowledge3. Tongue4. Fasting 5. Pride

By: The Soul Journal Team

Some of the information on this page was taken from islamcan.com