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Sunday, 25 June 2017

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.

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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).

Eid ul-Fitr Prayer Times 2017

The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London has agreed that Eid al-Fitr will be on Sunday 25th June 2017. May Allah accept our fasting and prayers during Ramadan.

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. Some mosques will celebrate eid on Monday so please check!

If you have not done so don't forget to pay the zakat ul fitr before praying the Eid Salat!

London

London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque, NW8 7RG)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer    7:00am        Sh. Khalifa Ezzat
2nd Prayer    8:00am        Sh. Shukri Majouli
3rd Prayer    9:00am        Sh. Kazi Lutfurahman
4th Prayer    10:00am        Sh. Suleiman Kibuka
5th Prayer    11:00am        Sh. Suhaib Hassan
6th Prayer    12:00pm Noon    Sh. Abdussalam Salih
Website: http://www.iccuk.org/

East London Mosque (Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX)
Eid Prayer Times:
7:30AM – Shaykh Abdul Qayum
8:30AM – Shaykh Saud Nafi Al Enezi
9:30AM – Shaykh Musleh Faradhi
10:30AM – Shaykh Shafiur Rahman
11:30AM – Shaykh Abul Hussain Khan (with BSL interpretation)
Website: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/

Brick Lane Jamm Masjid (59 Brick Lane, E1 6QL)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamat: - 08:00
2nd Jamat: - 09:00
3rd Jamat: - 10:00
4th Jamat: - 11:30
Website: http://www.bricklanejammemasjid.co.uk

Holborn Muslim Community Association (33 Brookes Court, Baldwin Gardens, EC1N 7RR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8AM and 9AM

Shah-Jalal Jame Masjid, Drummond Street, London NW1 2LY
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details

Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid (Leyton, E15 2BP)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer - 7:00am - Sh Shaqur Rehman
2nd Prayer - 8:30am - Dr Suhaib Hasan
3rd Prayer - 10:00 am - Sh Abu Abdillah Yunus 
Website: http://www.masjidtawhid.org/

Qur'ani Murkuz Trust (South Woodford, E18 1ED)
Eid Prayer Times:  5am, 7am, 8am and 9am
Website: http://www.qmtrust.org/

Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (West London, W10 5YG)
Eid Prayer Times:
6:30am    Ustaz Saeed Abdelrahman
7:30am    Shaykh Samer Darwish
8:30am    Shaykh Ahmad Elfituri
9:30am    Shaykh Ahmed Dahdouh
Website: http://www.almanaar.org.uk/

Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre (367 Wellington Rd, TW4 5HU)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:30am, 9am , 10am and 11am
Website: http://www.hounslowmasjid.co.uk/

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Brent View Road, NW9 7EL)
1st Prayer:     5:00 am     Sheikh Salim     Arabic / Urdu
2nd Prayer:     6:00 am     Sheikh Yusuf     Arabic / English
3rd Prayer:     7:00 am     Sheikh Shu'ayb     Arabic / English
4th Prayer:     8:30 am     Sheikh Waseem     Arabic / English
Website: http://www.hendonmosque.co.uk/

Finchley Mosque (Islamic Association of North London, N12 0DA)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st 5am    Imam Mohammed Habaik
2nd 8am Imam Oussama Sahmaoui
3rd 9am Imam AbdurRahman
4th* 10am Imam Shokat Patel
* Basement for sisters' use only for the 10 am prayer.
Website: http://www.ianl.org.uk/

Muslim Community and Education Centre (Palmers Green, N13 5JL)
Eid Prayer Times:
06:30am
07:45am
09:00am
10:15am
11:30am
Website: http://www.mcec.org.uk/

Masjid E-Quba (North London, Stamford Hill, N16 6AA)
AWAITING DATE CONFIRMATION
Eid Prayer Times: 5:15am and 6:45am
Website: http://www.masjidequba.org.uk/

Other mosques in Hackney: http://www.masjidequba.org.uk/localmosque.html

Harrow Central Mosque (Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ)
Eid Prayer Times: 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am and 11am
Website: http://www.harrowmosque.org.uk/

Islamic Culture & Education Centre (Clapham Junction, Falcon Rd, SW11 2NY)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:30am, 9am, and 10:30am


Rest of UK

Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (164 Spital, AB24 3JD)
Eid Prayer Times: 9:00AM and 10:30AM (please arrive 30 minutes early before jammat)
Venue: Eid prayers will take place at the Beach Ballroom
Brothers and Sisters are requested to bring Individual Prayer Mats.
Website: http://www.aberdeenmosque.org/

Belfast Islamic Centre (Belfast, BT9 6DN)
Eid Prayer Time: 9:30am and 11am,
Website: http://www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk/

Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12 0XS)
Eid Prayer Times: 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM and 11AM
Website: http://www.centralmosque.org.uk/

Birmingham - Masjid Hamza (Church Road, B13 9AE)
Eid Prayer Times:  
1st prayer  8:00am    Urdu talk will commence at   7:30
2nd prayer 9:00am    English talk will commence at 8:30

Websiite: http://www.masjidehamza.co.uk/

Blackburn - Masjid-e-Anisul Islam (Troy St, BB1 6NY)
Eid Prayer times: 8:45am (Bayan starts at 8:15am)
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
Tel: 01204 535997
Website: http://taiyabahmasjid.co.uk/

Other mosques in Bolton:
http://www.thebcom.org/mosque-directory.html

Cambridge - Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque
Eid Prayer Times: Please come in wuzu and bring your prayer mats.
EID Prayers At Abu Bakr Masjid (1A, Mawson Road, Cambridge CB1 2DZ)
* Morning Prayer at 9.30 am in Kelsey Kerridge Sport Hall
* Late Prayer at 10.30 am in Kelsey Kerridge Sport Hall
* Brothers: Park at level 6,7 and 8 and walk to level 7 for prayers
* Sisters: Park at level 8,9 and 10 and walk to level 9 for prayers
http://www.kelseykerridge.co.uk/
Source: Website: http://www.cambridgemosque.com/

Dundee Central Mosque (DD1 5BZ)
Eid Prayer Times:
First EID salah will be at 08:00am
second EID salah will be at 10:00am.
Website: http://www.dundeecentralmosque.org.uk/

Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (EH8 9BT)
Eid Prayer times:
5:30am
7:00 am
9:30am
Website: http://www.edmosque.org/

Essex - Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre (IG3 8TD )
Eid Prayer times: AWAITING DETAILS
Website: http://www.masjidansar.com/

Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre (EX4 6PG)
Eid Prayer Times:  8:30am and 9:30am
Website: http://www.exetermosque.org.uk/

Glasgow (SUNDAY EID)

Glasgow Central Mosque: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11.30
Madrasa Taleem-ul-Islam (Nithsdale Rd, Pollokshields): 5am, 7am 
Masjid Ibrahim (Paisley Road West, Ibrox): 5.30, 9am, 10.30
Masjid Noor (Forth St, Pollokshields): 8.30, 10.30
Lanarkshire Mosque: 6.30, 8.30, 10.30
BMACC (Speirs Rd, Bearsden): 8am, 9.15
IETC (Craighalbert Way, Cumbernauld): 9.30
East Ren Centre (Langrig Rd, Newton Mearns): 7.30, 9.30
Madrasah Al Farooq (Dixon Ave, Govanhill): 6.30, 7.30, 9.30
SUMSA (students only): 9.30
Dawut-ul-Islam (Oakfield Ave, Hillhead): 10am (sisters welcome)
Andalus (New City Rd, Woodlands): 10.15
Glasgow MenaTrust Centre (Lister St, Townhead): 8.30, 10am
Woodfarm Education Centre (Burns Grove, Thornliebank): 7.30, 9.30
Al-Farooq Education Trust (Auchinairn Rd, Bishopbriggs): 9am
Paisley Muslim Community Centre (Wellmeadow St): 10am
Marhaba Welcome Centre (Balmoral St, Scotstoun): 7am, 9.30
Islamic Academy of Scotland (Maxwell Dr, Pollokshields): 8am, 10am   

Glasgow Eid Prayer Times for 26 June
Masjid-e-Khazra (Butterbiggins Rd, Govanhill): 5.30, 8am, 10.45
Masjid-e-Khazra (Albert Rd, Govanhill): 7am, 9am 
Madrasat-ul-Madina (Niddrie Rd, Govanhill): 6am, 8.30, 10.30
Darul Quran Islamic Centre (Paisley Rd, Renfrew): 9am
Markaz Darul Ehsan (Ayr): 9am


Gloucester - Masjid e Noor (GL1 4LY)
Eid Prayer times: 8:00AM (date not confirmed)
Website: http://www.masjidenoor.org.uk/

Ipswich Mosque (32-36 Bond Street, IP4 1JB)
(also known as Ipswich & Suffolk Bangladeshi Muslim Community Centre and Mosque)
1st Jama'at @ 8:00 am
2nd Jama'at @ 9:00 am
3rd Jama'at @ 10:30 am
* Ladies Entrance via Upper Orwell Street Only
Website: http://www.ipswichmosque.org/

Leeds Grand Mosque (LS6 1SN)
Eid Prayer Times:  9:00am
Website: http://www.leedsgrandmosque.com/

Leeds Makkah Masjid (LS6 1JY)
Eid Prayer Times: confirmed for Monday 26th June- 10am
Website: http://www.makkahmasjid.co.uk/

Other mosques in Leeds:
http://www.makkahmasjid.co.uk/wp/index.php/other-mosques-in-leeds/


Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (LE2 0JN)
Eid Prayer times:
Eid-ul-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on Monday 26th June 2017
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:
CHECK DATES
1st Jamat Fajr 4:30am Bayan After Fajr, Namaz 5:10am
**** 2nd Jamat Bayan 8:45am Namaz 9:30am
Website: http://www.masjid-umar.org/

Liverpool - Al Rahma Mosque (Hatherley Street, L8 2TJ)
Eid prayer times:
1st prayer at 7 am;
2nd prayer at 8 am;
and 3rd prayer at 9 am.
Source: http://www.liverpoolmuslimsociety.org.uk
Website: http://www.alrahma-mosque.com/

Maidenhead Mosque (SL6 8AW)
Eid Prayer Times: 8.30am | 9.30am | 10.30am
Website: http://www.maidenheadmosque.org/

Manchester Central Mosque (also known as Victoria Park Mosque, M14 5RU) 
Celebrating Eid on Monday
Website: http://www.manchestermosque.org/

Manchester - Shahjalal Mosque and Islamic Centre (2 Eileen Grove, Rusholme, M14 5WE)
Eid Prayer times:
1st : 8:30 am
2nd : 9:30 am
3rd : 10:30 am
Website: http://www.shahjalalmosque.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shahjalal.Mosque.Manchester

Manchester - Makki Masjid (1 Farrer Road, Longsightm, Manchester, M13 0QX)
Proposed Eid Prayer times: CHECK DATES
8an, am and 10am
Website: http://www.makkimasjid.org.uk/

Milton Keynes Jamee Masjid (Duncombe Street MK2 2LY)
Eid Prayer times: AWAITING DETAILS
Tel: 01908 367758
Website: http://www.mkjameemasjid.org/

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

Milton Keynes Muslim Association
Eid Prayer Times: There will be single Eid Salah and the Salah will take place at our Islamic centre at 9:30 am sharp
Website: http://www.mkmuslims.org/

Oldham Muslim Centre (Neville Street, OL9 6LD)
CHECK DATES
Eid Prayer Times: 9:30 and 10:30
Website: http://oldhammuslimcentre.co.uk

Newcastle Central (Bilal) Mosque (NE4 6SU)
Eid Prayer Times: AWAITING DETAILS
Website: http://www.newcastlecentralmosque.org.uk/

Nuneaton - Nuneaton Masjid (CV11 5RB)
Eid Prayer times:
First Eid Salah - 7.30am
Second Eid Salah - 8.45am
Website: http://www.nmsuk.org/

Reading - Central Jamme Mosque (Waylen Street, Reading, RG1 7UR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM
Website: http://www.readingmosque.com/     http://www.bagr.co.uk/

Reading Islamic Centre (South Street RG1 4QU)
Eid Prayer Times:
Reading Islamic Centre (South Street Masjid)
Serfraz Ahmed Chishti @ 9am
Abu Bakr / Hafiz Ali @ 10am

PCC (London Road)
Hafiz Numan @ 8.30am
Qazi Azmat Ullah @ 9.15am
Hafiz Muhammad Zulqarnain @ 10.00am
Website: http://www.readingislamiccentre.com/

Sheffield Islamic Centre - Madina Masjid Trust (Wolseley Rd, Sheffield, S8 OZU)
Eid Prayer Times:  Eid prayer on MONDAY at 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:  
1st Jamat  7.30
2nd Jamat  8.30
3rd Jamat 10.00

Website: http://www.abubakrmasjid.net

Southampton Medina Mosque (Compton Walk, SO14 0BH)
Eid Prayer Times:  EID on Monday 26th of June 2017
Website: http://www.medinamosque.org.uk/

Stoke On Trent - Markaz At-Tawheed (Rectory Road, ST1 4PW)
Eid Prayer Times:  AWAITING DETAILS
 – https://www.facebook.com/MarkazTawheed
Website: http://www.markaztawheed.co.uk/

Swansea City Mosque (SA1 4DQ)
1st Jamaat    8.00am    Shiekh Abdul Aziz Awajee
2nd Jamaat    9.00am    Shiekh Abdusalam Azadi
Website: http://www.swanseamosque.org/

Woking: The Shah Jahan Mosque (149 Oriental Road, Woking GU22 7BA)
Eid Prayer times:
7:00am - led by Hafiz Akram
8:30am - led by Hafiz Saeed Hashmi
10:00am - led by Shaykh Naveed Arif
Website: http://www.shahjahanmosque.org.uk/

Wolverhampton Mosque Trust (197 Waterloo Road, WV1 4RA)
Eid Prayer times:AWAITING DETAILS
Website: http://www.jamiamasjid.com/

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.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Eid ul-Fitr Announcement 2017

Announcement from The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London:

Eid ul-Fitr Announcement 2017 (taken from East London Mosque)
 

The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London has agreed that Eid al-Fitr will be on Sunday 25th June 2017.

May Allah accept our fasting and prayers during Ramadan.




Coordination Committee members include the following:

1. The Islamic Cultural Centre & London Central Mosque
2. Jamiat Ahle Hadith
3. Jamiat Ulama of Britain
4. East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre
5. Mayfair Mosque
6. Muslim Welfare House
7. Al Muntada Al Islami
8. Finsbury Park Mosque
9. Al Manaar - Cultural Heritage Centre
10. Jamiat e Ulama Britain
11. Markizi Jamiat Ahl-e Hadith
12. Islamic Sharia Council
13. London Muslim Forum
14. Muslim Association of Britain
15. Masjid Al Tawhid
16. Muslim World League
17. Brixton Mosque
18. Islamic Cultural Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland
19. Croydon Islamic Community Trust

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

16 things you can do on the Night of Power

Taken from soundvision.com
Abdul Malik Mujahid

Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Quran as, "better than a thousand months" (97:3). Any action done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.

Allah's Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time." (Muslim). Allah's peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet.

Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, related that the Prophet said: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Bukhari).

The Prophet said: "Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven." (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).

Here are some tips of things we can do on the Night of Power and the time before and after it.

1. Take a vacation for Allah
We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator.

If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This can make it easier to stay awake at night to do extra Ibadah, not having to worry about getting to work the next day.
It will also facilitate doing Itikaf.

2. Do ItikafIt was a practice of the Prophet to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf.

Those in Itikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various forms of zikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra Salat, recitation and study of the Quran. They do not go outside the masjid except in case of emergencies, therefore, they sleep in the masjid. Their families or the masjid administration takes care of their food needs.

Itikaf of a shorter period of time, like one night, a day or a couple of days is encouraged as well.

3. Make this special Dua
Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' "(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

The transliteration of this Dua is "Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"

4. Recite the Quran
Perhaps you can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which you have heard in Tarawih this past Ramadan to recite.

If you attend a class where the recitation of the Quran is taught, this is a great time to put your knowledge into practice.

5. Reflect on the meaning of the Quran
Choose the latest Surah or Surahs you've heard in Tarawih and read their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about their meaning and how it affects you on a personal level.

6. Get your sins wiped out
Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven. [Bukhari and Muslim).

Don't just pray using the shorter Surahs that you know. Try to make your prayers longer, deeper and meaningful. If you are familiar with longer Surahs, read the translation and explanation and then pray reciting these Surahs, carefully reflecting on the meaning while you pray.

Even if you are only familiar with the shorter Surahs, read the translation and explanation beforehand, and then pray reflecting on the message of the Surahs.

This is a good way to develop the habit of concentration, even in regular prayers, where many of us tend to be fidgety and/or easily distracted.

7. Make a personal Dua list.
 Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us.

Once this list is ready, you can do three things:
• Ask Allah to give you those things
• Think about what actions you have taken to get those things
• Develop a work plan to get those things in future.

8. Evaluate yourself.
Ask yourself those questions that need to be asked. Do an evaluation of where you are and where you are going. Let this evaluation lead you to feel happiness for the good you have done and remorse for the bad you have done. This latter feeling should make it easier to seek Allah's sincere forgiveness when making the Dua mentioned in tip number one above.

9. Make long, sincere and deep Duas
One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night.

Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).

That means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor time to ask Allah for anything and everything you want that is Halal. This can be done using the Duas of the Sunnah, but also Dua in your own language, with sincerity and conviction.

10. Memorize a different Dua every night
They don't have to be long. They can be just one line. And be sure to know what they mean generally at least, even if you don't know the exact translation in English.

You can put them on index cards (or and keep them with you during the day, glancing at them during work, while driving, waiting in line, etc.) Then practice them at night in prayer.

11. Have Iftar with the family
If you've spent Iftar time on weekdays in your cubicle at work alone with a couple of dates, now is the last few days you'll have this Ramadan to spend with your family. Use it wisely.

12. Take the family to Tarawih
Have your spouse and kids missed Tarawih most of Ramadan because you weren't there to drive them to the Masjid, which is too far away to walk to? If so, do all of yourselves a favor and bring everyone for Tarawih in these last ten nights.

13. Attend the Dua after the completion of Quran recitationAlmost all Masjids where the Imam aims to finish an entire reading of the Quran in Tarawih prayers in Ramadan will be completing their recitation in these last ten nights. They may try to end on one of the odd nights and read the Dua at the end of a reading of the Quran. Attend this particular night's Tarawih prayer with your family. See if you can attend different Masjids' Tarawih prayers the night they finish reading the Quran.

14. Finish reading a book on the Prophet
Read about the Prophet's life, which can increase your love for him and Islam by seeing how much he struggled for Allah's sake. It may inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights. This community is built on sacrifice.

15. Plan for the next year
Once you've done a self-evaluation, you can plan on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr is a great night to be thinking about this (without taking away from your worship), since you'll Insha Allah, be in a more contemplative state. You may choose to dedicate one night of power for evaluation and one night for planning for the next year.

16. To do list for the Night of Power
Make a to do checklist for each Night of Power. This should define how you would like your night, the one better than a thousand months, to be used. Pick things from this list and define the sequence you would like to do things in. This will help you avoid wasting your time in unproductive chats which common in the festive atmosphere of Masjids at the Night of Power.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power)

Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) 
Article taken from haqislam.org (Original source: Jamiatul Ulama)
Article was forwarded by Nazrul Islam


Crowning Glory

Laylatul Qadr is the crowning glory of the holy month of Ramadhaan. It is associated with the sending down of the Qur'an Majeed, the last Book of Allah on His last Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), for the guidance of mankind. The Qur'an Majeed describes this Night.

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ
وَمَآ أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ
لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ ٱلْمَلاَئِكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
سَلاَمٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ


"We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the Angels and the Spirit (Jibraeel) by Allah's permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn!" (Surah 97)
The Night of Power is the night of spiritual bliss. Our Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said concerning Ramadhaan:

"Verily this month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better than a thousand Months. Whosoever is deprived of it, is deprived of all good; and none is deprived of its good except a totally unfortunate person". (Ibn Majah)
"Whosoever stands up (in prayer) at the Night of Power out of faith and hopeful of reward, all his past sins will be forgiven."(Targhib)

Better than a thousand months
A thousand months are equivalent to 83 years and 4 months. Fortunate is the person who spends this night in prayer. The man or woman, who prays for the whole night during this Night, will deserve blessings and reward for the period as if he or she had been praying for eighty three years and four months consecutively. Since the Night of Power is better than one thousand months no one can actually measure the extent as to how much better it is.

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The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Laylatul Qadr has been bestowed by Allah to my Ummah (People). It was not given to any people before this." (Dur-Mansoor).

How manifest and replete the special bounties and mercies of Allah Ta'ala are upon this Ummat is quite really beyond imagination. It will therefore be extremely foolish to allow ourselves to be deprived of these great blessings at the expense of sheer laziness and a few hours of extra sleep.

Which Night is it?
Although there are different reports in different traditions regarding the exact night, it is almost unanimous that the blessed night occurs in one of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan and more probably in one of the last ten odd nights i.e. 2lst, 23rd, 25th 27th or 29th night.

The popular opinion is, however, in favour of the 27th Night of Ramadhaan but that is not absolutely certain. The traditions indicate that it is to be sought in one of the last ten nights and preferably in the last three odd nights. It was therefore the practice of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his companions to make I'tikaaf in the Mosque for the whole time offering Divine service during the last ten days of Ramadhaan.

Hazrath Aisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) reported that the Apostle of Allah said: "Search for the Blessed Night in the odd (nights) from the last ten (nights) of Ramadhaan" (Bukhari).

Hazrath Aisha has narrated another saying:
"I asked: O Messenger of Allah! Tell me if I were to find a Night of Power, what should I recite therein?" Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) advised her to recite:

Al-laa-hum-ma in-na-ka 'afoow-wan tu-hib-bul-'af wa fa-fu 'an-ni.
O Allah! You are Forgiving, You love forgiveness, so forgive me. (Bukhari).

Special attention should therefore be given to the excessive recitation of this dua on the blessed night. Furthermore one may engage in lengthy rakaats of Tahajjud salaat, Tilaawat of the Qur'an� Dua, Zikr, etc.

The worship and the vigil of the Night of Power are a treat to the soul. The heart tends to melt into tears of heartfelt gratitude. The body is in a state of angelic ecstasy The soul strives to reach nearer to Almighty Allah. In this holy month of Ramadhaan let us strive to seek the Night of Power and its bliss. May Allah reward us with His bountiful blessings. Aameen.

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Further reading:
(1) 16 things you can do on the Night of Power
(2) Nawafil (Optional Prayers) for Laitatul Qadr - Leicester Central Mosque

Last 10 days of Ramadan!!!

Assalamualikum,

I hope the month of Ramadan is treating you well.

1. Last 10 days of Ramadan
As you are aware we are in the last 10 days of Ramadan. It is not uncommon to find brothers and sisters taking the month of Ramadan or the last 10 days of Ramadan off as holiday. Take a vacation for Allah - We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator. I did this last year and it was the best 10 days I spent.

If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This can make it easier to stay awake at night to do extra Ibadah, not having to worry about getting to work the next day. It will also facilitate doing Itikaf. It was a practice of the Prophet (pbuh) to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf. Allah's Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time." (Muslim). Allah's peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet.

2. Laylatus Qadr
Although there are different reports in different traditions regarding the exact night, it is almost unanimous that the blessed night occurs in one of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan and more probably in one of the last ten odd nights i.e. 2lst, 23rd, 25th 27th or 29th night. The popular opinion is, however, in favour of the 27th Night of Ramadhaan but that is not absolutely certain.

Hazrath Aisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) reported that the Apostle of Allah said: "Search for the Blessed Night in the odd (nights) from the last ten (nights) of Ramadhaan" (Bukhari).

Hazrath Aisha has narrated another saying:"I asked: O Messenger of Allah! Tell me if I were to find a Night of Power, what should I recite therein?" Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) advised her to recite:

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
O Allah! You are Forgiving, You love forgiveness, so forgive me. (Bukhari).

Special attention should therefore be given to the excessive recitation of this dua on the blessed night. Furthermore one may engage in lengthy rakaats of Tahajjud salaat, Tilaawat of the Qur'an, Dua, Zikr, etc.

Surah Al-Qadr (97) - To Listen (Click Here!)

Bismi Allahi arrahmani arraheem

1: Transliteration: Inna anzalnahu fee laylatialqadr
Muhsin Khan: Verily! We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree)

2: Transliteration: Wama adraka ma laylatualqadr
Muhsin Khan: And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?

3: Transliteration: Laylatu alqadri khayrun min alfi shahr
Muhsin Khan: The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, (i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
4: Transliteration: Tanazzalu almala-ikatu warroohufeeha bi-ithni rabbihim min kulli amr
Muhsin Khan: Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah's Permission with all Decrees,

5: Transliteration: Salamun hiya hatta matlaAAialfajr
Muhsin Khan: Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.
It is best to utilise the last 10 days as much as possible. More information about the Night of Power can be found below...(please read these two articles)

- Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power)

-
16 things you can do on the Night of Power

3. Holy Qur'an
Ramadan has a special relationship with the Qur'ân, of course: "The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Qur'ân was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it." (Soorah al-Baqarah 2:185)

Ibn 'Abbaas( R.A) narrates "That the Messenger of Allah(SAW) was the most generous person, and he would be at his most generous in Ramadan because Jibreel would come to him every night and he would rehearse the Qur'ân with him." (Bukhari)

This Ahaadeeth contains recommendation of the following: * Studying the Qur'ân in Ramadhaan * Coming together for this purpose * Checking (one's memory/knowledge of) the Qur'ân with someone who has preserved it better * Increasing recitation of the Qur'ân in Ramadan * Appreciating that the night time is the best time to recite, when other preoccupations decrease and it is easier to concentrate, as in (Soorah Al-Muzzammil 73:6).

Further, Fatimah(Ra) narrated from her father(SAW), who told her that Jibreel would rehearse the Qur'ân with him (in Ramadan) once every year, and he did so twice in the year of his death. (Bukhari 6/485)

There are various website you can read, listen and learn to read about the Holy Qur'an. One of the best websites is ...

http://www.quranexplorer.com/Quran/Default.aspx

For those who want to start learning Arabic again - this site is a good start...
http://www.searchtruth.com/arabic/lessons/unit1_writing.php

I have put many other links on the blogsite (right hand side) - so do check it out.


If you have found any of this information useful please make Dua for myself and my family, and all those who contributed to this article, as well as those who contribute to this blogsite and the Ummah in general.

Monday, 5 June 2017

The most hated persons to Allah (SWT)

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallaahu-anhumaa):

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The most hated persons to Allah (SWT) are three:

(1) A person who deviates from the right conduct, i.e., an evil doer, in the Haram (sanctuaries of Mecca and Medina);

(2) a person who seeks that the traditions of the Pre-lslamic Period of Ignorance, should remain in Islam

(3) and a person who seeks to shed somebody’s blood without any right.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth Number 21, Vol 9]