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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Eid ul-Adha Prayer Times 2016

The East London Mosque and London Central Mosque has agreed that The Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah starts on Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 11th September will be the day of Arafat. Eid ul-Adha will be on Monday 12th September 2016.

Sunnah acts on the day of Eid al-Adha
To wake up early in the morning
To clean one's teeth with a miswak or brush
To take a bath
To put on one's best available clothes
To use perfume
Not to eat before the Eid prayer (differs from Eid al-Fitr, when it is Sunnah to eat something sweet, preferably dates, before the Eid prayer)
To recite the Takbeer of Tashreeq in a loud voice while going to the Eid prayer

Below is just some prayer times for Eid Jammat. Please double check the date and time with the mosque in case there are any inaccuracies.

If you have not done so don't forget Quarbani!


London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque, NW8 7RG)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 8:00am
2nd Prayer: 9:00am
3rd Prayer: 10:00am
4th Prayer: 11:00am
Website: http://www.iccuk.org/

East London Mosque (Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jama’ah - 7.00am Shaykh Abdul Qayum
2nd Jama’ah - 8.30am Shaykh Abu Tayeb
3rd Jama’ah - 9.30am Shaykh Musleh Faradhi
4th Jama’ah - 10.30am Shaykh Shafiur Rahman (with BSL Interpretation)
5th Jama’ah - 11.30am Shaykh Fadel Soliman
Website: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/

Brick Lane Jamm Masjid (59 Brick Lane, E1 6QL)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:30am
Website: http://www.bricklanejammemasjid.co.uk

Holborn Muslim Community Association (33 Brookes Court, Baldwin Gardens, EC1N 7RR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:30AM and 9:30 AM
Website: http://holbornmosque.org/

Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid (Leyton, E15 2BP)
Eid Prayer Times:  7:00am, 8:30am and 10am

Qur'ani Murkuz Trust (South Woodford, E18 1ED)
Eid Prayer Times: 
1st Prayer - 6.45am
2nd Prayer - 7.45am
3rd Prayer - 8.45am
4th Prayer -  9.45am

Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (West London, W10 5YG)
Eid Prayer Times:
7am Ustaz Saeed Abdelrahman
8am Shaykh Ahmad Elfituri
9am Shaykh Ahmed Dahdouh

Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre (367 Wellington Rd, TW4 5HU)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jama'ah : 7:30AM
2nd Jama'ah : 9:00AM
3rd Jama'ah : 10:00AM
4th Jama'ah : 11:00AM
Tel: 020 8570 0938

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Brent View Road, NW9 7EL)
1st Prayer:     6:45 am     Sheikh Salim     Arabic / Urdu Translation
2nd Prayer:     7:45 am     Sheikh Yusuf     Arabic / English Translation
3rd Prayer:     8:45 am     Sheikh Shu'ayb     Arabic / English Translation
4th Prayer:     9:45 am     Sheikh Waseem     Arabic / Engligh TranslationWebsite: http://www.hendonmosque.co.uk/

Finchley Mosque (Islamic Association of North London, N12 0DA)
Fajr jammat on Eid day: 5:45am 
Eid Prayer Times: 
1st     6:45am
2nd     7:45am
3rd     9:00am
4th     10:00am

Website: http://www.ianl.org.uk/

Muslim Community and Education Centre (Palmers Green, N13 5JL)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st: 7:30  – Sh. AbdusSalam
2nd: 8:45 – Ajmal Masroor
3rd: 10:00 – Sh. AbdusSubhan
4th: 11:15 – Sh. Mahmoud Attiya

Masjid E-Quba (North London, Stamford Hill, N16 6AA)
Eid Prayer Times:
Fajr is at 6:00
First Eid Namaz is at 6:45
Second Eid Namaz is at 8:00 

Harrow Central Mosque (Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jammat: 7AM (Farsi/ Pasto)
2nd Jammat: 8AM (Bengali)
3rd Jammat: 9: AM (English)
4th Jammat : 10AM (Urdu)
5th Jammat: 11AM (English)

Rest of UK

Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (164 Spital, AB24 3JD)
Eid Prayer Times: 9:00AM and 10:30AM
Venue: Eid prayers will take place at the Beach Leisure Centre, Sea Beach,
Aberdeen AB24 5NR
Brothers and Sisters are requested to bring Individual Prayer Mats.
Please arrive 30 minutes before Jamat
Separate Ladies area

Belfast Islamic Centre (Belfast, BT9 6DN)
Venue: King's Hall
Eid Prayer Time:9:30 AM and 11 AM
Website: http://www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk/

Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12 0XS)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st 7.00am   Sheikh Muhammad Jumma                Arabic
2nd 8.00am  Allama Muhammad Talha Bokhari     Urdu
3rd 9.00am  Maulana Muhammad Asad                   English
4th 10.00am Hafiz Ahmed Ibrahim Patel     Urdu
5th 11.00am Sheikh Muhammad Ismaeel   English

Birmingham - Masjid Hamza (Church Road, B13 9AE)
Eid Prayer Times: 
Urdu talk will begin at 8:00 AM         Jamaat will begin at 8:30 AM
English talk will begin at 9:00 AM     Jamaat will begin at 9:30 AM
Websiite: http://www.masjidehamza.co.uk/

Blackburn - Jamme Masjid Islamic Cultural Centre (BB1 1JP)
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.jaamemasjid.org/

Blackburn - Masjid-e-Anisul Islam (Troy St, BB1 6NY)
Eid Prayer times: Eid Bayaan will take place at 8:00am and Eid Namaaz at 8:30am
Website: http://www.anisulislam.com/

Other mosques in Blackburn: http://www.jaamemasjid.org/localmasjids.html

Bolton - Taiyabah Masjid (BL1 8HD)
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting details
Website: http://www.taiyabahislamiccentre.org.uk/

Other mosques in Bolton:

Cambridge - Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque (Mawson Road, CB1 2DZ)
Eid Prayer Times: Please come in wuzu and bring your prayer mats.
7:30 AM at Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque
8.00 AM at Petersfield Park
9.30 AM at Kelsey Kerridge 
10.30 AM at Kelsey Kerridge


Dundee Central Mosque (DD1 5BZ)
Eid Prayer Times:
First Eid salaah - 8:00am
Second Eid salaah - 10:00am
Tel: 01382 220765
Website: http://www.dundeecentralmosque.org.uk/

Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (EH8 9BT)
Eid Prayer times: 
  • 1st prayer: 7:00 am
  • 2nd prayer: 8:00 am
  • 3rd prayer: 9:30 am
Website: http://www.edmosque.com

Essex - Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre (IG3 8TD )
Eid Prayer times:
1st 7am Ust. Md. Irfan
2nd 8am Ust. Sohail
3rd 9am Ust A. Hakim
Website: http://www.masjidansar.com/

Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre (EX4 6PG)
Eid Prayer Times:   Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.exetermosque.org.uk/


Glasgow - Al-Furqan Mosque (G4 9AJ)
Eid Prayer Times:
7:00AM - English
7:45AM - Urdu
8:30AM - English
9:15AM - English
9:45AM - English
Website: http://www.alfurqanmosque.com/ 

Glasgow - Central Mosque (G5 9TA)
Fajr Jamaat will be at 6.15am.

The Eid prayer times are:
- 7am (preceded by a talk in Urdu)
- 8.45am & 10.30am (each preceded by a talk in English)

Gloucester - Masjid e Noor (GL1 4LY)
Fajr Jammat: 6:15AM
Eid Prayer times: 6:30AM (bayaan) -  Eid Jammat: 7:00AM 

Ipswich Mosque (32-36 Bond Street, IP4 1JB)
(also known as Ipswich & Suffolk Bangladeshi Muslim Community Centre and Mosque)
Eid Prayer times:
1st Eid Prayer at 8:00 am (Gents Only)
2nd Eid Prayer at 9:00 am (*Ladies and Gents)
3rd Eid Prayer at 10:30 am (*Ladies and Gents)
* Ladies Entrance via Upper Orwell Street
T: 01473 226879

Leeds Grand Mosque (LS6 1SN)
Eid Prayer Times:  8:00am   and 9:30am

Leeds Makkah Masjid (LS6 1JY) 
Eid Prayer Times:  
Eid ul-Adha prayer will be held at 10.00am.
The Khutba, sermon, will start around 9:15am.
Praying facilities are available, as always, for sisters.

Other mosques in Leeds:

Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (LE2 0JN)
Eid Prayer times:
Early Salaah 7:00 AM - Leicester Mosque (Sutherland St)
Main Salaah 9:00 AM - Central Mosque (Conduit St)
Late Salaah 10:00 AM - Leicester Mosque (Sutherland St)
Website: http://www.islamiccentre.org/

Leicester - Masjid Umar (Evington Muslim Centre, LE5 5PF)
Eid Prayer times:
Fajr 4:30am
1st Bayan After Fajr; Eid Jammat 5:10am
2nd Bayan 8:45am; Eid Jammat 9:30am

Liverpool - Al Rahma Mosque (Hatherley Street, L8 2TJ)
Eid prayer times:
Tel: 0151-709 2560
Source: http://www.liverpoolmuslimsociety.org.uk
Website: http://www.alrahma-mosque.com/

Maidenhead Mosque (SL6 8AW)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamaat 8am
2nd Jamaat 9:15am
3rd Jamaat 10:15am

Sisters can attend in the upstairs hall in the 3rd jamaat only.
Brothers are requested to attend earlier jamaats to avoid congestion.

Website: http://www.maidenheadmosque.org/

Manchester Central Mosque (also known as Victoria Park Mosque, M14 5RU)  
Eid Prayer times: 8.00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00 Am
Ladies can participate in the 11:00am prayers.
Website: http://www.manchestermosque.org/

Manchester - Shahjalal Mosque and Islamic Centre (2 Eileen Grove, Rusholme, M14 5WE)
Eid Prayer times: 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am
Website: http://www.shahjalalmosque.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shahjalal.Mosque.Manchester 

Manchester - Makki Masjid (125 Beresford Road, Longsight, Manchester, M13 0TA)
Eid Prayer times: Aaiting Details
Tel: 0161 257 2491
Website: http://www.makkimasjid.org.uk/

Milton Keynes Jamee Masjid (Duncombe Street MK2 2LY)
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting Details

Other mosques in Milton Keynes: http://www.mkmuslims.org/index.php?p=1_24

Milton Keynes Muslim Association
Eid Prayer at Woughton Campus, Rainbow Dr, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5EJ
First Prayer: Start Time: 7:30 am, Finish Time: 8:00 am
Second Prayer: Start Time: 8:15 am, Finish Time: 8.45 am
Please come on time and bring your prayer mats.

Oldham Muslim Centre (Neville Street, OL9 6LD)
Eid Prayer Times:
• 9:30am – Imam Kabir Hossain
• 10:30am – Shaykh Syed Usama al-Mosaddeque
Khutba will be delivered in Arabic, Bengali and English.
All welcome, including women and children!
Website: http://www.oldhammuslimcentre.com/

Newcastle Central (Bilal) Mosque (NE4 6SU)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamat: 08:00 AM
2nd Jamat: 09:30 AM
Website: http://www.newcastlecentralmosque.org.uk/

Nuneaton - Nuneaton Masjid (CV11 5RB) 
Eid Prayer times:
Fajr Salah: 6:00am 
1st Eid Salah: 7:00am 
2nd Eid Salah: 8:30am 
Speech will begin 30mins before Eid Salah Inshāllah
Website: http://www.nmsuk.org/

Reading - Central Jamme Mosque (Waylen Street, Reading, RG1 7UR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM.
Please note that these are the times at which the actual prayers will start.
We advise you to join us half an hour before the prayer starting times to listen to the lecture.
Website: http://www.readingmosque.com/     http://www.bagr.co.uk/

Reading Islamic Centre (South Street RG1 4QU)
Eid Prayer Times:
Venue: Reading Islamic centre 50/52 south street
1st sermon 9am (Urdu)
2nd sermon 10am (English)

Venue: Pakistani community centre London Road
1st sermon 8.15am
2nd sermon 9.00am
3rd sermon 9.45am

Website: http://www.readingislamiccentre.com/

Sheffield Islamic Centre - Madina Masjid Trust (Wolseley Rd, Sheffield, S8 OZU)
Prayer Timetable: 10am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madina-Masjid-Sheffield/163579475567 Website: http://www.madinamasjid.org.uk/

Southampton - Abu Bakr Masjid (Argyle Road, SO14 0BQ)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:45am, 9:00 and 10:00am
Website: http://www.abubakrmasjid.net
Southampton Medina Mosque (Compton Walk, SO14 0BH) 
Eid Prayer Times: 8:00am and 9:30am
Website: http://www.medinamosque.org.uk/

Other mosques in Southampton

Stoke On Trent - Markaz At-Tawheed (Rectory Road, ST1 4PW) 
Eid Jama’ah Times: Awaiting Details
T: 01782 204106
– https://www.facebook.com/MarkazTawheed 
  Website: http://www.markaztawheed.co.uk/

Swansea Mosque, St Helens Road,  Swansea, SA1 4AW
Salah will be prayed promptly at the following time
7.30am, First Jamat
8.30am, Second Jamat
9.30, third Jamat
Please ensure you are in the Masjid at least 20 minutes before the start time of prayers
Website: http://www.swanseamosque.org/

Woking: The Shah Jahan Mosque (149 Oriental Road, Woking GU22 7BA)
Eid Prayer times:  8:00am, 9:30am and 10:30am

Wolverhampton Mosque Trust (197 Waterloo Road, WV1 4RA)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:00am and 9:30am

If there are any Eid prayer timetables out there please let me know simply by adding a comment below (no registration required) or email me at info@al-islam.co.uk.
Please ensure you also provide the date the Eid prayer will take place. Jazak'Allah Khair

Happy Eid. May ALLAH (swt) grant all of us happiness and forgiveness.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

According to East London Mosque website: The 1st of Dhū Al-Hijjah 1436 is Saturday 3rd September. The day of Arafat is on Sunday 11th September. Eid ul-Adha will be on Monday 12th September 2016. Eid-ul-Adha is almost here, insha'Allah.

Please check your local mosque for confirmation of dates.

Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah
Taken from yaseen.org

Thanks to Amin Rahman for forwarding this article

Why do they matter?
Even for those not performing the pilgrimage, Hajj, the first ten days of this month are considered very sacred and a time for increased reflection, seeking Allah's forgiveness, doing good and various other forms of worship.

So sacred are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah that Allah swears an oath by them when He says in the Quran: "By the dawn; by the ten nights" [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Swearing an oath by something indicates its importance and great benefit.

What kinds of worship should be performed?
While any good deed done for the sake of Allah according to the way He approves will be rewarded immensely during the first ten days, InshaAllah, some of the more specific actions mentioned in the traditions of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) are fasting and verbal Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah.

In terms of fasting, it is particularly encouraged to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah, known in Arabic as Yawm Arafah. The Prophet used to fast on this day [an Nisai and Abu Dawud]. Fasting on this day will expiate a Muslim's sins for two years.

Abu Qatadah reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: Fasting the Day of Arafah will be credited with Allah by forgiving one's sins of the previous year and the following year.[Muslim]

One of the wives of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: Allah’s Messenger used to fast the (first) nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Ashura, and three days of each month.[Sahih Sunan Abu Dawud #2129]

The day of Arafah is the day when the pilgrims stand in worship on the Mountain of Arafah. It is the best day of the Whole Year.

Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the [minor] sins of two years: a past one and a coming one. And fasting the day of Ashura expiates the sins of the past year. [Muslim]

There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire as He does no the day of Arafah. He comes close (to those standing on Arafah) and then revels before His angels, saying: "What are these people seeking?"[Muslim]

The verbal remembrance of Allah is another meritorious act during these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. "And mention the name of Allah on the appointed days"[12:28].

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) encouraged Muslims to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah), Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) and Takbeer (Allahu-Akbar) during this time.The Takbeer may include the words "Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah; wa Allahu akbar wa Lillahil-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise)," as well as other phrases.Men are encouraged to recite these phrases out loud and women quietly.

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer individually when they heard them.

Good Deeds
Generally, all good deeds are rewarded highly at this blessed time. These actions include praying, reading Quran, making Du'a (supplication), giving in charity and being good to our families, and other voluntary (nafl) righteous deeds of worship. These are amongst the deeds that are multiplied in these days.

Seek Allah's Forgiveness and Repentance
In addition, seeking Allah's forgiveness (istighfar) and Tawbah (repentance) at this time is also encouraged. This means more than just a verbal statement of sorrow for past misdeeds. It also requires a firm resolution to avoid making the same mistakes in the future by giving up bad habits, and behavior while sincerely turning to Allah.

The slaughtering of a sacrificial animal (Adhiyah) is also legislated for the Day of Sacrifice (10th) and the Days of Tashriq (11th, 12th and 13th).

The tenth of Dhul-Hijjah is Eid ul-Adha or the day of an-Nahr (slaughtering). It marks the conclusion of the major rites of Hajj, and commemorates Allah’s bounty on Prophet Ibrahim (alayhis salam), when He gave him a ram to sacrifice as ransom for his son.

It is repoted that Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) slaughtered (sacrificed) two horned rams, black and white in colour, and said Takbeer (Allahu Akbar), and placed his foot on their sides (while slaughtering them). [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

'The day of al-Fitr [Eid ul-Fitr], the day of an-Nahr, and the days of Tashreeq are Eid days for us Muslims. They are days of eating and drinking.' [Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, sahih al-Jami' #8192]

The people asked, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing [Sahih al-Bukhar].

Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) has said about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah: There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days."

What is Qurbani?

According to East London Mosque: The 1st of Dhū Al-Hijjah 1436 is Saturday 3rd September. The day of Arafat is on Sunday 11th September. Eid ul-Adha will be on Monday 12th September 2016.

Eid-ul-Adha is almost here

So if you have not done this already then it's is time to start preparing for Quarbani......

What is Qurbani?

Taken from Hidaya Foundation, USA

Qurbani during Eid-ul Adha is an act to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice as mentioned in the Quraan.

And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what you think!" He said: "O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Insha' Allah (if Allah will), you shall find me of As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)." Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead. And We called out to him: "O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!" Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinun (good-doers).Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice (i.e. a ram). And We left for him (a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times. (Sura Saffat, verses 102-108.)

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught Muslims the way of remembering the act of Ibrahim. He stayed 10 years in Madina and performed sacrifice at Eid-ul-Adha. (Tirmidhi)

Qurbani in Islamic terms means the slaughtering of an animal with the intention of getting close to Allah (SWT) by giving some or all of the meat to the poor and destitute. Animals that can be sacrificed are goats, cows and camels. They are sacrificed on the day of Eid-ul-Adha and also on the three days after (the 11, 12 and 13th of Dhulhijjah).

Benefits of Qurbani
Doing charity to the poor by contributing and distributing the meat to them and the destitute. These acts would spread happiness and cheers amongst them especially during the festival of Eid-ul-Adha where Muslims are in the spirit of festivities.

Who should give Qurbani
Person who possesses Nisab (zakatable asset) should give Qurbani. It is not obligatory (fard) but is highly recommended (wajib)*, according to the Hanafi school of thought. However, Qurbani is a Sunnah act according to the Shafi, Hanbali, Maliki, and Jafari schools of thought.

*Wajib, in the Hanafi school, is an obligation which is almost Fard, except that there is some (margin of uncertainty, which may occur in the form of counter-evidence, which suggests non-obligatory nature of the deed), and the scholars have therefore refrained from pronouncing a decisive verdict of "fard" on it. Nevertheless, for purposes of action, a wajib is treated like a fard, in that it should not be deliberately discarded, and it must be made up if it was missed for some reason. For this reason, 'wajib' of the Hanafi school is also known as "fard `amali" (i.e. an 'action fard') as opposed to fard i`tiqadi ('belief fard'), the normal fard, which one is required not only to act upon, but also to believe with full certainty and conviction that it is without doubt a duty.

Requirements of Qurbani
The animals to be slaughtered must be a goat, sheep, cattle (cow, ox, water buffalo), or camel. Goats and sheep have to be at least one year old. For cows the age must be at least two years old. Camels must be at least five years old. Goats and sheep count as one share per animal. Cattle and camels count as seven shares per animal.

They must be free from any form of handicap such as blind, sick, limp and undernourished. It also must be free of any defects such as a cut-off ear, tail, broken teeth,or broken horn. However, the goat/sheep can be used if only a few teeth are broken and most teeth are still intact. In addition, if its horn is broken midway and not from the root, it is persmissible to use such an animal. Injuries sustained during the qurbani do not invalidate the qurbani.

The animals must be slaughtered in the appropriate humane ways. It has to be done by a Muslim adhering to the Islamic way of slaughtering the animal.

Time of Qurbani
The time for Qurbani starts from sunrise after the performance of the Eidul Adha prayers which falls on the 10th of Zhulhijjah till the sunsets on the 12th of Zhulhijjah. The best time is to perform the acts of Qurbani immediately after the completion of the Eid-ul-Adha prayers.

It was reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: The first thing that we do on the day of Eid is to perform the prayers. Then we go home and carry out our Qurbani.Thus whoever does those acts has conformed to our sunnah. And for those who slaughtered before it, then the meat is for the family members and not as an act of Qurbani. (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 2, Book 15, Number 82)

Distribution of the Qurbani meat It is preferable that the meat from Qurbani be divided in three equal parts: one for the home, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor and needy. The meat from qurbani can be distributed to the poor, rich, Muslim or non-Muslim.

Prophetic Qurbani (taken from an e-mail I receievd from Muslim hands & Penny Appeal) 

‘Say, [O Muhammad], "If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful”’. (Qur’an 3:31)  

The Prophet (saw) said:
“There are no days on which righteous deeds
are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” 

The rewards for doing good deeds in these days are increased and fasting on these days, especially on the 9th day, is also recommended.  One good deed, which is obligatory for Muslims, is to give a sacrifice of an animal (Qurbani) and give the meat as a gift to the poor before the days of Eid.
This Eid al-Adha our goal is to feed one million hungry people across the world, but we can only achieve this with your generous support. One way we can ensure this is by following the blessed practice of the Prophet (ﷺ) himself and offering a Prophetic Qurbani.  

The Prophet (ﷺ) not only sacrificed in his own name, but also on behalf of those in his Ummah who could not afford to offer their own Qurbani. This act of generosity reveals the true spirit of Eid al-Adha and the opportunity it gives us to share our blessings with our brothers and sisters around the world. As the Prophet (ﷺ) himself said, 'Charity does not decrease wealth'. 

Additional Information

(1) Concept of Animal Sacrifice in Islam - Islam Online 20/03/2005
My non-Muslim friends try to pick fault in Islam, saying that Muslims are no different to idol worshippers, who also offer sacrifices to their gods. Please clarify this point. Answer: Click Here!

“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).” [Bukhari]

(2) Donate Quarbani online: Muslim Aid

(3) Donate Quarbani online: Muslim Hands

(4) Donate Penny Appeal online: Penny Appeal

Eid al-Adha 2016 Announcement

Announcement from East London Mosque

We would like to announce it will be Eid al-Adha on Monday 12th September 2016. The Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah starts on Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 11th September will be the day of Arafah.

A very warm Eid Mubarak to members of our congregation and the Muslim community from the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Fasting Six Days of the Month of Shawwal

The month of Ramadan has ended but did you know that you can fast 6 additional days in the month of Shawwal

Q: What is the significance of fasting in the month of Shawwal?
Taken from islamonline.net

Answered by Mufti: Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi,
President of the Fiqh Council of North America (29/Oct/2006)

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Fasting six days of the month of Shawwal is mentioned in a Prophetic hadith. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said:

"Whosoever fasted in Ramadan and then followed up with six fasting days of Shawwal, it is like fasting every day." (Muslim)

The meaning is that the reward is like the reward of a person who is always in fast every day of his/her life. [Note: some scholars may interpret this as like fasting for the whole year rather than whole lifetime]

It is highly recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal, but it is not obligatory.

Those who want to fast can fast after `Eid Al-Fitr any six days during Shawwal.

It is not required to fast six days continuously without any interruption. One can fast according to convenience any time during the month.


In additon to the above - just to let you know that you can use normal prayer timestables to indicate the start of fasting (make it ten minutes before Fajr to be safe) and when to break the fast (when it is time for Magrib).

What After Ramadan?

Taken from islaam.com
Adapted from "Wa maadha ba`da Ramadaan",
by Dar Al-Watan (120)

AlHamdulillahi wa kafaa, was-Salatu was-salamu `alaa `ibaadihi-lladheena Stafaa

We leave the blessed month of Ramadan, its beautiful days and its fragrant nights. We leave the month of the Qur'an, taqwa, patience, jihad, mercy, forgiveness and freedom from hellfire…

Have we fulfilled the requirements of taqwa and graduated from the Ramadan school with the diploma of the god-fearing?

Have we fought our souls and desires and defeated them, or have we been overtaken by our customs and blind imitations?

Have we performed our actions in a way that fulfills the conditions for receiving mercy, forgiveness and release from the Fire?

Many questions and numerous thoughts come to the heart of the sincere Muslim, who asks and answers with truthfulness.

What Have We Gained From Ramadan?

Ramadan is a school of iman and a 'stop to recharge one's spiritual batteries' - to acquire one's provision for the rest of the year...

For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadan?

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allah 'azza wa jall. “Verily, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Ar-Ra`d, 11]

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against you soul, then praise and thank Allah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.

Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it... Have you seen one who sewed a shirt or thawb, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason. What would people say about such a person?! Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when the night comes, he throws away all that he earned, dirham by dirham. What would people say about such a person?!

This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favored with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allah he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allah only in Ramadan!

My dear ones,

falling short in one's commitment to Islam after Ramadan is manifested in many ways, including:

  • Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled mosques for Taraweeh prayers, thus going to the masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.
  • Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.
This is not thankfulness for blessings and favors, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one's actions, rather this is opposition to favors and absence of thankfulness.
These are from signs of one's deeds not being accepted – and Allah's refuge is sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of `eid, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allah may not accept his fasting, just as the Salaf would continue asking for acceptance of their actions in Ramadan for six months after it.
From signs that one's deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allah `azza wa jall. “And remember when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]…” [Ibrahim, 7] Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said.
“And worship your Lord until there comes you to the certainty [i.e. death].” [al-Hijr, 99]
The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allah, firm upon His Sharee`ah, steadfast upon His Deen, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Sharee`ah of Allah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him. Allah ta`ala said, “So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah].” [Hud, 112] And, “So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” [Fussilat, 6] And the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said, “Say 'I believe in Allah', then be steadfast.” [Muslim]
  • If the fasting in Ramadan has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting, such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days in the middle of the month, the days of `Aashoora and `Arafat, and others.
  • If standing in prayer at night during Ramadan has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year. “They used to sleep but little of the night.” [Adh-Dhaariyaat, 17]
  • If the charity in Ramadan and zakat ul-fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakat, and also there are many other open doors to charity, voluntary actions and jihad.
  • Reading of the Qur'an and contemplating it is not only for Ramadan, rather it is for all times.
Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brother and sister – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.
And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.
Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of Allah at all times, for you do not know when you'll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin. “O Allah, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Deen.”

I ask Allah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadan be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord… Ameen

It's the day of Eidul Fitr

It's the day of Eidul FitrPoem extracted from http://www.islam4kids.com/

All blessed and good thanks to Allaah!
That all our fasts are done!
And praised be Allaah Whom we worship
He - Most Great, the One!

So now our Day of ‘Eid is here
A time to have some fun!
With smiles and laughter, visits too
While children play and run!

Now in the morning, eat some dates
Our Prophet taught us how
It’s a Sunnah telling others
We’re not fasting now.

And wear your nicest clothes this day
It’s also Sunnah, see
And show the world that we are Muslims
Which we love to be!

Then time to go out for the Prayer
Please leave the car behind!
It’s better walking to the Prayer
And more reward we find!

So off we head to the Musalla
Gathering to pray
There we’ll see our Muslim brothers
Sisters too that day.

We hear the verses of Qur’aan
And glorify Allaah
What joy for every Muslims’ heart!
All praise is for Allaah!

Then time to hear the khutbah speech
And more reminders here
Advising us to love Allaah
- To hope in Him and fear.

Then off we trek back home again
With family and friends
And taste more good and yummy food
Before the ‘Eid day ends.

So what a blessing from Allaah!
His ‘Eid and guidance too
Without Allaah’s perfect Grace
We’d not know what to do!

But Allaah sent a mercy to us
That’s His Messenger, see
Through him Allaah showed the way
Upon that we must be.

That way is only al-Islaam
Just like our Prophet taught
So let’s be strong upon that way
-The Sunnah that he brought.

And let’s have Taqwaa from our fasts
That’s the goal you see
Obey Allaah just as He loves
You and also me!

So great, big thanks go to Allaah
Who guided us indeed!
And last of all I’d like to say…

Have a lovely EID!

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