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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.

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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).

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!


Please check the following Useful links on this site..
* Preperation for Eid-ul-Fitr
* Zakat-ul-Fitr & Zakat* Note: Above picture was taken from an eCard selected from islamicity


We at Ramadan4u wish Muslims all over the world happiness, prosperity and all things good; now and forever - Eid Mubarak everyone!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Eid ul-Fitr Prayer Times 2016

The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London has agreed that Eid ul-Fitr will be on Wednesday 6th July 2016. 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.

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. Mahmood Abdulhay
3rd Prayer    9:00am        Sh. Kazi Luthfur Rahman
4th Prayer    10:00am        Sh. Suleman Kibuka
5th Prayer    11:00am        Sh. Suhaib Hassan
6th Prayer    12:00pm Noon    Sh. Chokri Majouli

East London Mosque (Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX)
Eid Prayer Times:
7:30AM – Shaykh Abdul Qayum
8:30AM – Shaykh Abu Ahmed
9:30AM – Shaykh Ahmed Rajjab
10:30AM – Shaykh Shafiur Rahman
11:30AM – Shaykh Abul Hussain
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 11:40am
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: 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am


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    5.15 a.m.    Dr Fahim
2nd PRAYER    7.00 a.m.    Mufti Ismail Syed
3rd PRAYER    8.00 a.m.    Dr Saleem Anwar
4th PRAYER    9.15 a.m.    Asst Imam Mahmoud

Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (West London, W10 5YG)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st prayer  @ 06:30     Sheikh Samer Darwish    
2nd prayer @ 07:30     Sheikh Ahmed Alfaytouri     
3rd prayer  @ 08:30      Sheikh Abdallah Alsalayti    
4th prayer  @ 09:30     Sheikh 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

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Brent View Road, NW9 7EL)
1st Prayer:     5:30 am     Sheikh Salim     Arabic / Urdu
2nd Prayer:     7:00 am     Sheikh Yusuf     Arabic / English
3rd Prayer:     8:00 am     Sheikh Shu'ayb     Arabic / English
4th Prayer:     9:00 am     Sheikh Waseem or Hafidh Abdul Mun'em     Arabic / English
Website: http://www.hendonmosque.co.uk/

Finchley Mosque (Islamic Association of North London, N12 0DA)
Eid Prayer Times: 
1st     5:10am
2nd     6:30am
3rd     7:30am
4th     8:30am
A) Fajr Jama'ah on Eid day will be at 4:15am
B) Prayers may start earlier than stated if the Masjid becomes full. This is to relieve congestion inside and outside the Masjid.Website: http://www.ianl.org.uk/

Muslim Community and Education Centre (Palmers Green, N13 5JL)
Eid Prayer Times: 07:00am, 08:15am, 09:30am and 10:45am

Masjid E-Quba (North London, Stamford Hill, N16 6AA)
Eid Prayer Times: 5:30am and 7am

Harrow Central Mosque (Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ)
Eid Prayer Times: 7am, 8am, 9am and 10am

Islamic Culture & Education Centre (Clapham Junction, Falcon Rd, SW11 2NY)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:30am, 9am, and 10:30am
Please note that it is recommended to have wadu before coming to the mosque as they may not have the facilities for wadu ready/ it might be very limited.

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.

Belfast Islamic Centre (Belfast, BT9 6DN)
Eid Prayer Time: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk/

Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12 0XS)
Eid Prayer Times: 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM and 11AM

Birmingham - Masjid Hamza (Church Road, B13 9AE)
Eid Prayer Times: 
1st Jamaah at 8am
Urdu bayan will start at 7:30am

2 nd Jamaah at 9am
English bayan will start at 8:30amWebsiite: 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://www.taiyabahislamiccentre.org.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)
1) Early Morning at 7.30 am
2) Second Paryer at 8.30 am

3) Third Prayer at 9.30 am
4) Fourth Prayer at 10.30 am


Eid Prayers at CQC Community Centre (Radegund Road, Cambridge, CB1 3RH)
First Prayer at 9.30 am
Second Paryer at 10.30 am


Eid Prayer Masjid Al Ikhlas will be at Petersfield open ground
Early Morning Prayer at 8.00 am on Petersfield Common, Opposite the Swimming Pool.
(Town end of Mill Road by the Traffic Lights) https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/petersfield
Please bring your prayer mats, Prayers will be held in the open


Eid Prayers at Omar Farouque Masjid (Kirkwood Rd, Cambridge, CB4 2PF)
First Paryer at 8.30 am
Second Prayer at 9.30 am

Third Prayer at 10.30 am

Eid Prayers for Shah Jalal Islamic Centre  will be at ( St Luke's School, French’s Road, Cambridge, CB4 3JZ)
First Prayer at 9.30 am

Second Paryer at 10.30 am

We request you, please come in wudu. Please park your car at nearby car parks to avoid any traffic and congestion.

Source: Website: http://www.cambridgemosque.com/

Dundee Central Mosque (DD1 5BZ)
Eid Prayer Times: 
On EID day Fajar salah will be 01:45am
First EID salah will be at 08:00am 
Second EID salah will be at 10:15am

Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (EH8 9BT)
Eid Prayer times: 6am, 8am and 9:30am 
Website: http://www.edmosque.com

Essex - Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre (IG3 8TD )
Eid Prayer times: 7am, 8am and 9am

Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre (EX4 6PG)
Eid Prayer Times:  8:30am and 9:30am

Glasgow
  • Glasgow Central Mosque: 5am, 6.45, 8.30, 10.30 (Fajr at 4.15)
  • Madrassa Zia-ul-Quran: 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am (Kenmure St)
  • Jamia Islamia: 7.30, 8.45, 10am (Tantallon Rd)
  • Masjid Al-Furqan: 7am, 7.45, 8.30, 9.15, 9.45 (Carrington St)
  • Madrasa Taleem-ul-Islam: 5am, 7am (Nithsdale Rd)
  • Masjid Noor: 6am, 8am, 10.30 (Forth St)
  • Minhaj-ul-Quran: 8am, 9.30 (Greenhill St)
  • Masjid-e-Khazra: 5.30, 8am, 10.15, 11am (Butterbiggins Rd)
  • Masjid-e-Khazra: 7am, 9am (Albert Rd)
  • Madrassa Al-Arabia Al-Islamia: 8am, 9.30, 10.30 (Paisley Rd West)
  • Zakariyya Masjid: 8.45, 10.15 (Wishaw)
  • Madrassa Tul Medina: 6am, 7am, 10am (Niddrie Rd)
  • Madrasah Al Farooq: 7.30, 9.30 (Dixon Ave)
  • Cumbernauld Mosque: 9.30
  • Iqra Learning Centre: 8am, 9.30 (West Hurtlet Way)
  • BMACC: 8am, 9.15 (Speirs Rd)
  • Woodfarm Education Centre: 7.30, 9.30 (Burns Grove)
  • Andalus: 10.15 (New City Rd)
  • Lanarkshire Mosque: 5am, 8.30, 10.30
  • Marhaba Welcome Centre: 9:30 (Balmoral St)
  • Paisley Muslim Community Centre: 10am (Wellmeadow St)
  • SSACC: 10am (Shawlands)
  • Shia Ansa Ashri Mosque: 9am (Ashley St)
  • Al-Falaah Academy: 7.45 (Calder St)
  • Berkeley Street Musallah: 9am
  • Mena Centre: 8:30, 10am (Lister St)
  • MAB Scotland Centre: 8am, 9.30 (10 Grove Park Place)
  • Islamic Academy of Scotland: 8am, 10am (24 Maxwell Dr)
  • Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre: 8.30 (140 Auchinairn Rd)
  • East Ren Centre: 7am, 9am
  • Dawat ul Islam, 8am, 9.30 (Oakfield Ave)
  • Hamilton Mosque, 9.30
The locations of these mosques and prayer rooms are at http://www.glasgowmuslims.com/mosques/map.
Gloucester - Masjid e Noor (GL1 4LY)
Fajr Jammat: 4:25AM
Eid Prayer times: 7:30AM (bayaan) -  Eid Jammat: 8:00AM 

Ipswich Mosque (32-36 Bond Street, IP4 1JB)
(also known as Ipswich & Suffolk Bangladeshi Muslim Community Centre and Mosque)
Eid Prayer times: 9am and 10:30am
T: 01473 226879

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

Leeds Makkah Masjid (LS6 1JY) 
Eid Prayer Times: 10am

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:
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 Namaz:    4:30AM
1st Jammat:    5:10AM (Bayan after Fajr)
2nd JAmmat:    9:30AM (Bayan 8:45AM)

Liverpool - Al Rahma Mosque (Hatherley Street, L8 2TJ)
Eid prayer times:
1st prayer at 6.30am;
2nd prayer at 7.30am;
and 3rd prayer at 8.30am.
Tel: 0151-709 2560
Source: http://www.liverpoolmuslimsociety.org.uk
Website: http://www.alrahma-mosque.com/


Maidenhead Mosque (SL6 8AW)
Eid Prayer Times: 8am, 9am and 10am
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.

Manchester - Shahjalal Mosque and Islamic Centre (2 Eileen Grove, Rusholme, M14 5WE)
Eid Prayer times:
1st Jamaat : 8:30 am
2nd Jamaat : 9:30 am
Last Jamaat : 10:30 am
There will be speeches 20 minutes before every Jama'at.
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: 8:00am (Urdu), 9:00am (English) and 10:00am (Arabic)

Milton Keynes Jamee Masjid (Duncombe Street MK2 2LY)
Eid Prayer times: 8AM and 9AM
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: Awaiting details

Oldham Muslim Centre (Neville Street, OL9 6LD)
Eid Prayer Times: 9:30am and 10:30am

Newcastle Central (Bilal) Mosque (NE4 6SU)
Eid Prayer Times: 8am and 9:30am

Nuneaton - Nuneaton Masjid (CV11 5RB) 
Eid Prayer times:
Fajr Salaah will take place at 4:20am
First Eid Salah will take place at 7:30am
Second Eid Salah will take place at 8:45am

Reading - Central Jamme Mosque (Waylen Street, Reading, RG1 7UR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM.
Please note that there are 3 jamaats and 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. It is Wajib (required) to listen to the Khutbah of Eid prayer (immediately after prayer) and must be listened to in perfect peace and silence.
Website: http://www.readingmosque.com/     http://www.bagr.co.uk/

Reading Islamic Centre (South Street RG1 4QU)
Eid Prayer Times:  Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.readingislamiccentre.com/

Sheffield Islamic Centre - Madina Masjid Trust (Wolseley Rd, Sheffield, S8 OZU)
Eid Prayer Times:  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: 8:30am, and 10:00am
Website: http://www.abubakrmasjid.net
 
Southampton Medina Mosque (Compton Walk, SO14 0BH) 
Eid Prayer Times:  8:00 and 09:30
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 Mosque
Eid Salah will be held at the St Helens Rugby/Cricket Ground, SWANSEA

Please be at the location for 9:00am, the Eid Salah will be held exactly at 9:30am. There will not be a second Jamaat.
Please bring with you Prayer Mats, and a bag for your shoes. Please make Wudhu at home and be at the prayer field by 9:00am.
CAR PARKING: Recreational Ground, Mumbles Rd, SA2 0AT, £3.50 applies.
https://www.swanseamosque.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/eid_2016.jpg

Woking: The Shah Jahan Mosque (149 Oriental Road, Woking GU22 7BA)
Eid Prayer times:  Awaiting Details

Wolverhampton Mosque Trust (197 Waterloo Road, WV1 4RA)
Eid Prayer times:
Eidul – Fitr FIRST JAMA’AT
Men ONLY Upstairs, 7:30 A.M.
Eid Speech will start: 07:00 a.m. (Kurdish, Urdu, languages)

Eidul – Fitr SECOND JAMA’AT
BOTH Men & Women
Men Downstairs with Women Upstairs, 9:30 A.M.
Eid Speech will start: 08:45 a.m. (English and Urdu languages)


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.

Eid ul-Fitr Announcement 2016

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

The Day of Eid will be 1 Shawwal 1437 will be onWednesday 6th July 2016

We are pleased to announce to the whole Muslim Community in the U.K that Wednesday 6th of July 2016 is the Eid ul-Fitr Day and the 1st of Shawwal 1437 Hijri.

We congratulate all Muslims in the world and want to take this opportunity to ask Allah to accept your deeds and wish everyone blessed life with happiness., peace and prosperity. 

May Allah (SWT) 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

Thursday, 30 June 2016

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.

Exclusive
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

Saturday, 25 June 2016

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.