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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Muslim Jesus

The Muslim Jesus
TV Documentary - shown on Sunday 19 August 2007 on ITV1, UK

Islam and Christianity have been portrayed as mortal enemies for 1400 years. Locked in combat until the end of time when finally on the day of judgement God will announce the winner. This so called 'clash of civilisations' has defined Christian and Muslim relations from the wars of the crusades to the current 'war on terror'.

But there is another story. It’s a story that revolves around one man. The man whom a billion Muslims and 1.2 billion Christians call the Messiah but who is seen by both in very different ways – Jesus.

The Muslim Jesus uses the Quran and other Islamic texts to explore the differing ways in which Christian and Muslim faiths both acknowledge Jesus. Scholars, teachers, parents, rappers, poets and historians come together for the one hour special narrated by Melvin Bragg.  Full text - Click here

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The Story of Jesus, Son of Mary

The Story of Jesus, Son of Mary

Taken from islamonline.net
By Marwa Elnaggar


In relating the story of Jesus, the Qur’an describes how Mary, the mother of Jesus, was approached by an angel from God, bringing her tidings she had never imagined: that she will give birth to a son, a Messiah, who will be of the righteous and will be a prophet of God, calling the Children of Israel (the Israelites) to the straight path of God.

[(And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah).

He will speak unto mankind in his cradle and in his manhood, and he is of the righteous.] (Aal `Imran 3:45-46)

Naturally, for Mary, this news was both strange and seemingly impossible.

[She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.

And He will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel.] (Aal `Imran 3:47-48)

The very nature of Jesus is so special, that God compares the uniqueness of his creation to that of the first man and prophet, Adam.

[Lo! The likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is.] (Aal `Imran 3:59)

Jesus and His Miracles

Jesus became one of the greatest prophets of God, and was sent to the Children of Israel in order to confirm the teachings of his predecessor, the Prophet Moses. His birth was a miracle, and, like all prophets of God, he was granted several miracles. He approached his people, telling them:

[Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah's leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's leave. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you, if ye are to be believers.

And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.] (Aal `Imran 3:49-51)

Jesus’s Followers

The Qur’an continues the story of Jesus by relating several incidents of his life and his disciples.

[But when Jesus became conscious of their disbelief, he cried: Who will be my helpers in the cause of Allah? The disciples said: We will be Allah's helpers. We believe in Allah, and bear thou witness that we have surrendered (unto Him).

Our Lord! We believe in that which Thou hast revealed and we follow him whom Thou hast sent. Enroll us among those who witness (to the truth).] (Aal `Imran 3:52-53)

In another incident, after which an entire surah of the Qur’an is named, the disciples of Jesus asked him for another miracle.

[Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Jesus said: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”

They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”

Jesus the son of Mary said: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us—for the first and the last of us—a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”] (Al-Ma’idah 5:112-114)

God sent them the table they had asked for, but not without a warning.

[Allah said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.”] (Al-Ma’idah 5:115)

The End of the Story?

The story of Jesus never really ends in the Qur’an, as we are told that Jesus was not killed, but that rather, God raised his beloved prophet up to him.

[Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute.

As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

As to those who believe and work righteousness, Allah will pay them (in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who do wrong.] (Aal `Imran 3:53-55)

The Qur’an also points out that Jesus was neither killed nor crucified. Speaking of the Children of Israel, Allah faults their accusations against Mary as well as their claim that they killed Jesus.

[That they rejected Faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge;

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger - they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! Those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.

Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.] (An-Nisaa’ 4:156-158)

The Qur’an confirms that Jesus was raised up by God, and the Prophet Muhammad reassured us that Jesus will be sent down to earth once again before the Day of Judgment. In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet Muhammad said: “By the One in Whose hand is my self, definitely the son of Maryam will soon descend among you as a just judge, and he will break the cross, kill the pig, and abolish the jizyah (tribute), and wealth will be so abundant that no one will accept it, until a single prostration will be better than the world and everything in it.” (Al-Bukhari)

The Islamic and Christian views of Jesus: a comparison

The Islamic and Christian views of Jesus: a comparison
Taken from soundvision.com

The person of Jesus or Isa in Arabic (peace be upon him) is of great significance in both Islam and Christianity. However, there are differences in terms of beliefs about the nature and life occurrences of this noble Messenger.

Source of information about Jesus in Islam
Most of the Islamic information about Jesus is actually found in the Quran.

The Quran was revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and memorized and written down in his lifetime. Today, anyone who calls him or herself a Muslim believes in the complete authenticity of the Quran as the original revealed guidance from God.

Source of information about Jesus in Christianity
Christians take their information about Jesus from the Bible, which includes the Old and New Testaments.

These contain four biblical narratives covering the life and death of Jesus. They have been written, according to tradition, respectively by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are placed at the beginning of the New Testament and comprise close to half of it.

Encyclopedia Britannica notes that none of the sources of his life and work can be traced to Jesus himself; he did not leave a single known written word. Also, there are no contemporary accounts written of his life and death. What can be established about the historical Jesus depends almost without exception on Christian traditions, especially on the material used in the composition of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, which reflect the outlook of the later church and its faith in Jesus.

Below are the views of Islam and Christianity based on primary source texts and core beliefs.

ISLAM

1. Do Muslims believe he was a Messenger of One God? YES
Belief in all of the Prophets and Messengers of God is a fundamental article of faith in Islam. Thus, believing in Prophets Adam, Jesus, Moses, and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them) is a requirement for anyone who calls him or herself a Muslim. A person claiming to be a Muslim who, for instance, denies the Messengership of Jesus, is not considered a Muslim.

The Quran says in reference to the status of Jesus as a Messenger:

"The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a Messenger before whom many Messengers have passed away; and his mother adhered wholly to truthfulness, and they both ate food (as other mortals do). See how We make Our signs clear to them; and see where they are turning away!" (Quran 5:75).

2. Do Muslims believe he was born of a Virgin Mother? YES
Like Christians, Muslims believe Mary, Maria in Spanish, or Maryam as she is called in Arabic, was a chaste, virgin woman, who miraculously gave birth to Jesus.

"Relate in the Book the story of Mary, when she withdrew from her family, to a place in the East. She screened herself from them; then We sent to her Our spirit (angel Gabriel) and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. She said: I seek refuge from you in God Most Gracious (come not near) if you do fear God. He said: Nay, I am only a Messenger from your Lord, to announce to you the gift of a pure son. She said: How shall I have a son, when no man has ever touched me, and I am not unchaste? He said: So it will be, your Lord says: ‘That is easy for Me; and We wish to appoint him as a sign unto men and a Mercy from Us': It was a matter so decreed" (Quran 19:16-21).

3. Do Muslims believe Jesus had a miraculous birth? YES
The Quran says: "She (Mary) said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.' He (God) said: ‘So (it will be) for God creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: ‘Be!'- and it is" (3:47).

It should also be noted about his birth that: "Verily, the likeness of Jesus in God's Sight is the likeness of Adam. He (God) created him from dust, then (He) said to him: ‘Be!'-and he was" (Quran 3:59).

4. Do Muslims believe Jesus spoke in the cradle? YES
"Then she (Mary) pointed to him. They said: ‘How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?' He (Jesus) said: ‘Verily! I am a slave of God, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; " (19:29-30).

5. Do Muslims believe he performed miracles? YES
Muslims, like Christians believe Jesus performed miracles. But these were performed by the will and permission of God, Who has power and control over all things.

"Then will God say: ‘O Jesus the son of Mary! recount My favor to you and to your mother. Behold! I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit (the angel Gabriel) so that you did speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I taught you the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel. And behold: you make out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and you breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by My leave, and you heal those born blind, and the lepers by My leave. And behold! you bring forth the dead by My leave. And behold! I did restrain the children of Israel from (violence to you) when you did show them the Clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them said: ‘This is nothing but evident magic' (5:110).

6. Do Muslims believe in the Trinity? NO
 Muslims believe in the Absolute Oneness of God, Who is a Supreme Being free of human limitations, needs and wants. He has no partners in His Divinity. He is the Creator of everything and is completely separate from His creation.

God says in the Quran regarding the Trinity: "People of the Book (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, and attribute to God nothing except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His command that He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and in His Messengers, and do not say: ‘God is a Trinity.' Give up this assertion; it would be better for you. God is indeed just One God. Far be it from His glory that He should have a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth. God is sufficient for a guardian" (Quran 4:171).

7. Do Muslims believe that Jesus was the son of God? NO
"Say: "God is Unique! God, the Source [of everything]. He has not fathered anyone nor was He fathered, and there is nothing comparable to Him!" (Quran 112:1-4).

The Quran also states: "Such was Jesus, the son of Mary; it is a statement of truth, about which they vainly dispute. It is not befitting to the majesty of God, that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! When He determines a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be' and it is" (Quran 19:34-35).

8. Do Muslims believe Jesus was killed on the cross then resurrected? NO
"“They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did.” (Quran 4:156) “God lifted him up to His presence. God is Almighty, All-Wise” (Quran 4:157) .

CHRISTIANITY

1. Do Christians believe Jesus was a human being and Messenger of God? YES & NO
With the exception of Unitarian Christians, who like all the early followers of Jesus, still do not believe in the Trinity, most Christians now believe in the Divinity of Jesus, which is connected to the belief in Trinity. They say he is the second member of the Triune God, the Son of the first part of the Triune God, and at the same time "fully" God in every respect.

2. Do Christians believe he was born of a Virgin Mother? YES
A chaste and pious human woman who gave birth to Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, the Son of God, and at the same time "fully" God Almighty in every respect.

Christians believe however, that while she was a virgin, she was married to a man named Joseph (Bible: Matthew:1:18). According to Matthew 1:25, Joseph "kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus".

3. Do Christians believe he had a miraculous birth? YES"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit" (Bible: Matthew 1:18)

4. Do Christians believe he performed miracles? YES
"And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness, while thou stretches out thy hand to heal, and sign and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus (Bible: Acts 4:30).

Christians believe that Jesus performed these miracles because he was the Son of God as well as the incarnation of God.

5. Do Christians believe in the Trinity? YES
With the exception of the Unitarian Christians, who do not believe in the Divinity of Christ, the Trinity, according to the Catholic encyclopedia, is the term used for the central doctrine of the Christian religion. The belief is that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons or beings are distinct from each another, while being similar in character: uncreated and omnipotent.

The First Vatican Council has explained the meaning to be attributed to the term mystery in theology. It lays down that a mystery is a truth which we are not merely incapable of discovering apart from Divine Revelation, but which, even when revealed, remains "hidden by the veil of faith and enveloped, so to speak, by a kind of darkness" (Const., "De fide. cath.", iv).

The First Vatican Council further defined that the Christian Faith contains mysteries strictly so called (can. 4). All theologians admit that the doctrine of the Trinity is of the number of these.

The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that of all revealed truths, this is the most impenetrable to reason.

6. Do Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God? YES
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (Bible: John 3:16).

However, it is interesting to note that the term "son of God" is used in other parts of the Bible to refer to Adam (Bible: Luke 3:38), Israel (Bible: Exodus 4:22) and David (Bible: Psalms 2:7) as well. The creatures of God are usually referred to in the Bible as children of God.

The role of Paul of Tarsus in shaping this belief and the belief in Trinity
The notion of Jesus as son of God is something that was established under the influence of Paul of Tarsus (originally named Saul), who had been an enemy of Jesus, but later changed course and joined the disciples after the departure of Jesus.

Later, however, he initiated a number of changes into early Christian teachings, in contradiction, for instance, to disciples like Barnabas, who believed in the Oneness of God and who had actually lived and met with Jesus.

Paul is considered by a number of Christian scholars to be the father of Christianity due to his additions of the following ideas:
that Jesus is the son of God,
the concept of Atonement,
the renunciation of the Law of the Torah.

Paul did these things in hopes of winning over the Gentiles (non-Jewish people). His letters are another of the primary sources of information on Jesus according to the Christian tradition.

The original followers of Prophet Jesus opposed these blatant misrepresentations of the message of Jesus. They struggled to reject the notion of the Divinity of Jesus for close to 200 years.

One person who was an original follower of Jesus was Barnabas. He was a Jew born in Cyrus and a successful preacher of the teachings of Jesus. Because of his closeness to Jesus, he was an important member of the small group of disciples in Jerusalem who had had gathered together following the disappearance of Jesus.

The question of Jesus's nature, origin and relationship with God was not raised amongst Barnabas and the small group of disciples. Jesus was considered a man miraculously endowed by God. Nothing in the words of Jesus or the events in his life led them to modify this view.

The Gospel of Barnabas was accepted as a Canonical Gospel in the Churches of Alexandria till 325 CE Iranaeus (130-200) wrote in support of pure monotheism and opposed Paul for injecting into Christianity doctrines of the pagan Roman religion and Platonic philosophy. He quoted extensively from the Gospel of Barnabas in support of his views. This indicates that the Gospel of Barnabas was in circulation in the first and second centuries of Christianity.

In 325 (CE), a council of Christian leaders met at Nicaea and made Paul's beliefs officially part of Christian doctrine. It also ordered that all original Gospels in Hebrew script which contradicted Paul's beliefs should be destroyed. An edict was issued that anyone in possession of these Gospels would be put to death.

The Gospel of Barnabas has miraculously survived though.

7. Do Christians believe he was killed on the cross? YES
This is a core Christian belief and it relates to the concept of atonement. According to this belief, Jesus died to save mankind from sin. However, this is not stated explicitly in the four gospels which form the primary source texts of Christianity. It is found, however, in Romans 6:8,9.

Christians believe Jesus was spat on, cut, humiliated, kicked, striped and finally hung up on the cross to endure a slow and painful death.

According, to Christian belief, the original sin of Adam and Eve of eating from the forbidden tree was so great that God could not forgive it by simply willing it, rather it was necessary to erase it with the blood of a sinless, innocent Jesus.

Resurrection
The four Gospels and the Epistles of St. Paul are the main sources of Christianity which discuss the Resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion. According to St. Matthew, Jesus appeared to the holy women, and again on a mountain in Galilee. Mark's Gospel tells a different story: Jesus was seen by Mary Magdalene, by the two disciples at Emmaus, and the Eleven before his Ascension into heaven.

Luke's Gospel says Jesus walked with the disciples to Emmaus, appeared to Peter and to the assembled disciples in Jerusalem. In John's Gospel, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, to the ten Apostles on Easter Sunday, to the Eleven a week later, and to seven disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.

Another account of the resurrection by St. Paul is found in Bible: Corinthians 15: 3-8.

According to Christian belief, Resurrection is a manifestation of God's justice, Who exalted Christ to a life of glory, as Christ had humbled himself unto death (Phil., 2: 8-9). This event also completes the mystery of Christian salvation and redemption. The death of Jesus frees believers from sin, and with his resurrection, he restores to them the most important privileges lost by sin (Bible: Romans 4:25).

More importantly, the belief in the resurrection of Jesus indicates Christian acknowledgment of Christ as the immortal God, the cause of believers' own resurrection (Bible: I Corinthians 4: 21; Phil., 3:20-21), as well as the model and the support of a new life of grace (Bible: Romans 4: 4-6; 9-11).

Further Reading:

Friday, 3 October 2014

Eid-ul-Adha Prayer Times 2014


The East London Mosque has declared Friday 3rd October 2014 will be the day of Arafah and so Eid ul-Adha will be on Saturday 4th October 2014. 


Eid Mubaarak - taqabbal Allaah minnaa wa minkum! May Allaah accept our good deeds and yours. We ask Allaah 'azza wa jall to accept our good deeds from the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, which many scholars regard to be the best 10 days of the year.

(Note: Unless stated all the mosques listed below will celebrate Eid on Saturday 4th October 2014. All information here has been collated for you by myself and other kind brothers/ sisters in good faith, please double check with the mosque in case there are any inaccuracies).

London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque, NW8 7RG)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 8:00am - Sh. Khalifa Ezzat
2nd Prayer: 9:00am - Sh. Fawzi Seddiqi
3rd Prayer: 10:00am - Sh. Suhayb Hassan
4th Prayer: 11:00am - Sh. Abdussalam M. Saleh
5th Prayer: 12:00am - Sh. Wasim

East London Mosque (Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamaat - 8am: Shaykh Abdul Qayum
2nd Jamaat - 9am: Imam Abu Tayeb
3rd Jamaat - 10am: Imam Abul Hussain Khan
4th Jamaat - 11am: Imam Shafiur Rahman
5th Jamaat - 12pm: Imam Hussain Ibrahim
Website: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/

Holborn Muslim Community Association (33 Brookes Court, Baldwin Gardens, EC1N 7RR)
Eid Prayer Times: 9AM and 10 AM

Limehouse Mosque & Bangladeshi Cultural Centre (Stock Place, Westferry, E14 8AE)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:30AM, 8:30Am and 10AM
Tel:  0207 719 8066 

Westferry Community Organisation (2 The Quarterdeck, E14 8SJ)
Eid Prayer Times: 8AM, 9AM and 10AM

Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid (Leyton, E15 2BP)
Eid Prayer Times:  
8:00 am : Ustadh Alomgir Ali
9:00 am : Ustadh Abu Abdillah Yunus
9:45 am : Ustadh Abu Haneefah Sohail


Qur'ani Murkuz Trust (South Woodford, E18 1ED)
Eid Prayer Times:
First Jummah Prayer
1ST PRAYER      7.30 a.m.
2nd PRAYER      8.30 a.m. 
3rd PRAYER      9.30 a.m.
4th PRAYER      10.30 a.m.

Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (West London, W10 5YG)
Eid Prayer Times: Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details

Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre (367 Wellington Rd, TW4 5HU)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:30AM, 8:45AM, 10:0AM and 11:00AM

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Brent View Road, NW9 7EL)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 7:30 am Sheikh Salim Arabic / Urdu
2nd Prayer: 8:30 am Sheikh Yusuf Arabic / English
3rd Prayer: 9:30 am Sheikh Mohammed al Badry Arabic / English
4th Prayer: 10:30 am Sh. Shamsur Rehman Arabic / Urdu

Finchley Mosque (Islamic Association of North London, N12 0DA)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamaah - 7.30 am
2nd Jamaah - 8.30 am
3rd Jamaah - 9.30 am
4th Jamaah - 10.30 am
Website: http://www.ianl.org.uk/

Muslim Community and Education Centre (Palmers Green, N13 5JL)
Eid Prayer Times
07:30AM – Sh Mahmoud Attiya
08:45AM – Br Ajmal Masroor
10:00AM – Imam Abdussalam
11:15AM – Sh Salah Al Ansari

Masjid E-Quba (North London, Stamford Hill, N16 6AA)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details 

Harrow Central Mosque (Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ)

Rest of UK

Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (164 Spital, AB24 3JD)
Eid Prayer Times: 9:00AM
Venue: Eid prayers will take place at the Beach Ballroom, The Esplanade, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB24 5NR
Brothers and Sisters are requested to bring Individual Prayer Mats.

Belfast Islamic Centre (Belfast, BT9 6DN)
Eid Prayer Time: 9:30 AM (Arrival & Takbir), Eid Prayer will start at 10:30AM
Venue:
Shankill Leisure Centre
100 Shankill Road
Belfast BT13 2BD
02890 918750
Website: http://www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk/

Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12 0XS)
Eid Prayer Times:
8.00 am - Sheikh Mohamed Juma - Arabic Jama’at
9.00 am - Sheikh Muhammad Ismail - Englsih Jama’at
10.00 am - Hafiz Ahmad Ibrahim Patel - Urdu Jama’at
11.00 am - Allama Suleyman Ibn Yusuf - English Jama’at
12.00 noon - Maulana Talha Bokhari / Muhammad Ismail - Urdu Jama’at

Birmingham - Masjid Hamza (Church Road, B13 9AE)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st  Jama’ah: 8:30AM
2nd Jama’ah: 9:30AM

Blackburn - Jamme Masjid Islamic Cultural Centre (BB1 1JP)
Eid Prayer times: SUNDAY - time not known please check
Website: http://www.jaamemasjid.org/

Blackburn - Masjid-e-Anisul Islam (Troy St, BB1 6NY)
Eid Prayer times: Eid  Salaah: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.anisulislam.com/

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

Bolton - Taiyabah Masjid (BL1 8HD)
Eid Prayer times: Bayaan will commence at 8:30am. Salaah and Khutbah will follow at 9:00am.
Cambridge - Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque (Mawson Road, CB1 2DZ)
Eid Prayer Times: 9:30AM and 10:30AM
Venue: Kelsey Kerridge sports hall - Queen ann Terrice, CB1 1NA
Please bring your own prayer mat!

Dundee Central Mosque (DD1 5BZ)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details
Tel: 01382 220765

Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (EH8 9BT)
Eid Prayer times: 7:45AM, 9:00AM and 10:30AM 
Website: http://www.edmosque.com

Essex - Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre (IG3 8TD )
Eid Prayer times:
1st Salat: 7.30am
2nd Salat: 8.30am
3rd Salat: 9.30am
4th Salat: 10.30am
(Facilities for brothers and sisters at all jamaats)

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

Glasgow

Glasgow - Al-Furqan Mosque (G4 9AJ)
Eid Prayer Times:
7:45 am (Urdu speech) - Brothers and Sisters can attend.
8:45 am (English speech) - Brothers and Sisters can attend.
9:45 am (English speech) - Brothers and Sisters can attend.
10:45 am (Arabic speech)- Brothers and Sisters can attend.

Glasgow - Central Mosque (G5 9TA)
Proposed Eid Prayer Times: 7.45AM, 9.15AM and 10.30AM
Fajr will be at 7am. 

Other mosques in Glasgow:
Eid will be on Saturday OR Sunday, depending on your local masjid:

Saturday
Madrasa Taleem-ul-Islam, Nithsdale Rd, Pollokshields  7.45, 9.15
Masjid-e-Khazra Butterbiggins Rd, Govanhill 8.30, 9.30 (sisters in all)
Masjid-e-Khazra Albert Rd, Govanhill 9.00, 10.00
Zia ul-Quran, Kenmure St, Pollokshields 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 (sisters in all)
Madrasah al-Farooq, Dixon Ave, Govanhill 8.00 (Urdu), 9.30 (English)
Woodfarm Education Centre, Burns Grove, Thornliebank 8.30, 10.00 (sisters in all)
Islamic Academy of Scotland, Maxwell Dr, Pollokshields 8.00, 9.30
BMACC, Spiers Rd, Bearsden 8.00, 9.30 (sisters in all)
Jamia Islamia, Tantallon Rd, Shawlands 8.30, 9.30, 10.30 (sisters in all)
Andalus, New City Rd, Maryhill 10.15
East Ren Centre, Langrig Rd, Newton Mearns 8.00, 9.30
Masjid Noor, Forth St, Pollokshields 8.00, 10.00, 11.30
Dawat ul-Islam, Oakfield Ave, Hillhead 10.00 (sisters included)
Madrassa Al-Arabia Al-Islamia, Paisley Rd West 8.00, 9.30
Minhaj ul-Quran, Greenhill Rd, Rutherglen 8.30 10.00
Lanarkshire Mosque, Clydesdale St, Bellshill 9.00, 10.30
Paisley Mosque, Wellmeadow St, Paisley 10.00
Ayrshire Central Mosque, Hill St, Kilmarnock 7.45, 10.00

Sunday
Madni Masjid, Langside Rd, Govanhill 7.45 (Fajr 7am)
Zia ul-Quran, Kenmure St, Pollokshields, 9.00 (also see Saturday list)


Gloucester - Masjid e Noor (GL1 4LY)
Eid Prayer times: 7:05AM (bayaan in English) -  Eid Jammat: 7:40AM
Fajr Jammat: 6:45AM

Ipswich Mosque (32-36 Bond Street, IP4 1JB)
(also known as Ipswich & Suffolk Bangladeshi Muslim Community Centre and Mosque)
Eid Prayer times: 
1st Jama'at at 9:00AM (*Ladies and Gents)
2nd Jama'at at 10:30AM (*Ladies and Gents)
* Ladies Entrance via Upper Orwell Street  

Leeds Grand Mosque (LS6 1SN)
Eid Prayer Times:  8am and 9.30am

Leeds Makkah Masjid (LS6 1JY) 
Eid Prayer Times: SUNDAY 05 OCTOBER 2014
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.

Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (LE2 0JN)
Eid Prayer times:
Early Salaah 7:30 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: Awaiting Details

Maidenhead Mosque (SL6 8AW)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:00AM, 9:00AM and 10:00AM.
Sisters can join the 10:00AM jamaat using the upstairs hall
Website: http://www.maidenheadmosque.org/

Manchester Central Mosque (also known as Victoria Park Mosque, M14 5RU)   
Eid Prayer times: SUNDAY 05 OCTOBER 2014
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: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.shahjalalmosque.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shahjalal.mosque 

Manchester - Makki Masjid (1 Farrer Road, Longsightm, Manchester, M13 0QX)
Proposed Eid Prayer times:
 Urdu 8:15
English 9:15
Urdu/English 10:15

Milton Keynes Jamee Masjid (Duncombe Street MK2 2LY)
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting information - Please come back later
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 
Time: 8:30am (Takbeers). 8:30am (Prayers) 
Location: Woughton Leisure Centre 
Prayer space for men and women 
Oldham Muslim Centre (Neville Street, OL9 6LD)
Eid Prayer Times:Awaiting Details
Tel: 0161 628 8896

Newcastle Central (Bilal) Mosque (NE4 6SU)
Eid Prayer Times: awaiting Details

Nuneaton - Nuneaton Masjid (CV11 5RB) 
Eid Prayer times:Fajr Salah - 6:45am
1st Eid Salah - 7:30am - Speech (in English) - 7:00am
2nd Eid Salah - 8:30am  - Speech (in Urdu) - 8:00am

Reading - Central Jamme Mosque (Waylen Street, Reading, RG1 7UR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:30AM, 9:30AM and 10:30AM

Reading Islamic Centre (South Street RG1 4QU)
Eid Prayer Times: Sunday 5th October 2014
Reading Islamic Centre: Imam Sher Afzal - 9:00am | Ustadh Abu Bakr - 9:45am
PCC Reading: Imam Yasir - 8:30am | Imam Nouman - 9:15am | Mufti Haroon Rashid - 10:00am
Northumberland Community Centre (Whitley): Imam Azeem Shah - 9:15am

Swansea Mosque, St Helens Road,  Swansea, SA1 4AW
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am Please attend the Eid prayers, with all your family members. Dedicated sisters prayer will be available for all the three Eid Jamat's.

Woking: The Shah Jahan Mosque (149 Oriental Road, Woking GU22 7BA)
Eid Prayer times: Sunday 5th October 2014

First Jamaat : 8.00am
Second  Jamaat : 10.00am
Website: http://www.shahjahanmosque.org.uk/

Wolverhampton Mosque Trust (197 Waterloo Road, WV1 4RA)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details
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.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Common Mistakes Made During Ramadan

As-salamu `alaykum.

Please take few minutes to read this article as it highlights where we as muslim are not taking this beautiful opportunity to make the most out of Ramadan. Unfortunately I have misplaced the source of the article.

Common Mistakes Made During Ramadan

Most Muslims who fast Ramadan focus on the benefits and rewards of it. But in doing so, we often make mistakes that instead of adding to our experience actually detract from it. Mistakes that can make us commercialize Ramadan as so many other religions have commercialized their sacred days. Insh'Allah the following serves as a reminder to myself first and to all Muslims. May Allah help us to spend our time wisely this Ramadan and help us to avoid these mistakes. ameen

Taking Ramadaan as a ritual

For many of us Ramadaan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of Ibaadah. We fast from morning to night like a zombie just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that its a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil.. we forget to make dua, forget to beseech Allaah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire. Sure we stay away from food and drink but that's about all.

Although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'Jibreel said to me, 'May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person to who Ramadaan comes and his sins are not forgiven,' and I said, 'Ameen'. Then he said, 'May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person who lives to see his parents grow old, one or both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (by not serving them) and I said, 'Ameen'. Then he said, 'May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person in whose presence you are mentioned and he does not send blessings upon you,' and I said, 'Ameen.'' (Tirmidhi, Ahmad, others. Saheeh by al-Albaani)

Too much stress on food and drink

For some people, the entire month of Ramadaan revolves around food. They spend the ENTIRE day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food, instead of concentrating on Salaah, Quraan and other acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD. So much so that they turn the month of 'fasting' into the month of 'feasting'. Come Iftaar time, their table is a sight to see, with the multitudes and varieties of food, sweets and drinks. They are missing the very purpose of fasting, and thus, increase in their greed and desires instead of learning to control them. It is also a kind of waste & extravagance.

'...and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance) ' [al-Araaf :31]

Spending all day cooking

Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray Ishaa, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud or even read Quraan. This is the month of mercy and forgiveness. So turn off that stove and turn on your Imaan!

Eating too much

Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and some people eat at Iftaar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to 'make up for the food missed.' However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.' (Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah. saheeh by al-Albaani).

Too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy and also makes the heart heedless.

It was said to Imam Ahmad: Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full? He said, I do not think so.

Sleeping all day

Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) 'sleeping away their fast'. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month? These people also are missing the purpose of fasting and are slaves to their desires of comfort and ease. They cannot 'bear' to be awake and face a little hunger or exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing but, negligence on his part.

Wasting time

The month of Ramadaan is a precious, precious time, so much so that Allaah calls this month 'Ayyamum Ma'doodaat' (A fixed number of days). Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allaah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching TV, movies or even listening to music. Subhaan Allaah! Trying to obey Allaah by DISOBEYING him!

Fasting but not giving up evil

Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allaah.

'O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)' [al-Baqarah 2:183]

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.' (Bukhaari)


Smoking

Smoking is forbidden in Islam whether during Ramadaan or outside of it, as it is one of al-Khabaa'ith (evil things). And this includes ALL kinds of 'smoking material' eg.cigars, cigarettes, pipes,'Sheesha' , hookah etc.

'he allows them as lawful At Tayyibaat (all good and lawful things), and prohibits them as unlawful Al Khabaa'ith (all evil and unlawful things) [al-A'raaf :157]

It is harmful, not only to the one smoking, but also to the ones around him. It is also a means of wasting ones wealth.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'There should be no harming or reciprocating harm.' This is especially true during fasting and it invalidates the fast. (Fatwa -Ibn 'Uthaymeen)

Skipping Suhoor

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing.'(Bukhaari, Muslim). And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'The thing that differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is eating suhoor.' (Muslim)

Stopping Suhoor at 'Imsaak'

Some people stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr to observe 'Imsaak'.

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen said: This is a kind of bidah (innovation) which has no basis in the Sunnah. Rather the Sunnah is to do the opposite. 
 
Allaah allows us to eat until dawn: 'and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)' [al-Baqarah 2:187]

And the Prophet (pbuh) said: '..eat and drink until you hear the adhaan of Ibn Umm Maktoom, for he does not give the adhaan until dawn comes.'

This 'imsaak' which some of the people do is an addition to what Allaah has prescribed, so it is false. It is a kind of extremism in religion, and the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

'Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed.' (Muslim)

Not fasting if they missed Suhoor

Some people are too scared to fast if they miss Suhoor. However, this is a kind of cowardice and love of ease. What is the big deal if you missed a few morsels of food? It's not like you will die. Remember, obedience to Allaah overcomes everything.

Saying the intention to fast 'out loud' or saying a specific dua to start fasting

The intention is an action of the heart. We should resolve in our heart that we are going to fast tomorrow. That is all we need. It is not prescribed by the Shari'ah for us to say out loud, 'I intend to fast', 'I will fast tomorrow' or other phrases that have been innovated by some people. Also, there is no specific dua to be recited at the time of starting the fast in the correct Sunnah. Whatever 'dua' you may see on some papers or Ramadaan calendars, etc. is a Bid'ah.

Delaying breaking fast

Some people wait until the adhaan finishes or even several minutes after that, just to be 'on the safe side'. However, the Sunnah is to hasten to break the fast, which means breaking fast whenever the adhaan starts, right after the sun has set.

Aa'ishah (RA) said: This is what the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to do. (Muslim)

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast.' (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Determine to the best of your ability, the accuracy of your clock, calendar, etc. and then have tawakkul on Allaah and break your fast exactly on time.

Eating continuously until the time for Maghrib is up Some people put so much food in their plates when breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert, drinking tea, etc., until they miss Maghrib. That is obviously not right. The Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) was that once he broke his fast with some dates, them he would hasten to the prayer. Once you are done with the prayer, you can always go back and eat some more if you wish.

Missing the golden chance of having your Dua accepted

The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.' (al-Bayhaqi, saheeh by al-Albaani).

Instead of sitting down and making Dua at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying samosas, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and glasses, etc. Think about it..Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your Duas.

Fasting but not praying

The fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer.'(Muslim)

In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted; rather, they are all annulled.

'Whoever does not pray 'Asr, his good deeds will be annulled.' (Bukhaari)

Fasting and not wearing Hijaab

Not wearing the Hijaab is a major sin as it is obligatory for Muslim women.

(See Surah Nur, Surah Ahzaab). So fasting and not wearing hijaab certainly takes away enormously from the rewards of fasting, even if does not invalidate it.

Not fasting because of exams or work

Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by the Shariah to not fast. You can do your studying and revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day. Also remember that pleasing and obeying Allaah is much more important than 'good grades'. Besides, if you will fulfil your obligation to fast, even if you have to study, Allaah will make it easy for you and help you in everything you do.

'Whosoever fears Allah, He will appoint for him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect, Allah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust in Him.' (Surah at-Talaaq 2-3)

Mixing fasting and dieting

DO NOT make the mistake of fasting with the intention to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us make (esp. sisters). Fasting is an act of worship and can only be for the sake of Allah alone. Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may become a form of (minor) Shirk.

Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th

Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'Seek Lailat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.' (Bukhaari, Muslim).
Wasting the last part of Ramadaan preparing for Eid

Some people waste the entire last 10 days of Ramadaan preparing for Eid, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting Ibadah and Lailatul Qadr. although, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadaan in worship (Ahmad, Muslim) and not in shopping. Buy whatever you need for Eid before Ramadaan so that you can utilize the time in Ramadaan to the max.

Aa'ishah (RA) said: 'When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)) would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.' (Bukhaari and Muslim).

Iftaar parties

Although inviting each other for breaking fast is something good and encouraged, some people go to extremes with lavish 'Iftaar parties' with all sorts of disobedience to Allaah, from flirting, mixing of the sexes and hijaab-less women, to show-off and extravagance, to heedlessness to Salaah, and Taraweeh to even music and dancing.

It's not too late to rectify ones mistake and do good for the sake of Allah.

[15:49] Inform My servants that I am the Forgiver, Most Merciful.

RAMADAN MUBARAK

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The meaning of life

The Meaning of life

We spend so much time living life, yet not enough time thinking about what are we doing alive. Ponder over the meaning of life, the purpose of our existence, who is responsible for our creation and what happens when we leave. If you don't want to think about where you came from, at least think about where you are going to go when it's all over.



It's never too late to change and start afresh.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Ramadan Mubarak!

as-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah

Ramadan Mubarak!

We are pleased to announce to the whole Muslim Community in the U.K that Sunday 29th June 2014 is the 1st of Ramadan 1435 Hijri.

We congratulate all Muslims in the world and want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. May Allah accept our fasting and good deeds in shaa Allah.

Source: London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque)



Narrated Abu Hurayrah (ra): Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah said, ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it.’ Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hands my soul is’ The unpleasant smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting.”
- Saheeh al-Bukhari

(the above was taken from a newsletter from masjid Tawhid)