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Friday, 1 September 2017

A Convert’s Letter to Born Muslims Before Eid

An excellent reminder for us all...

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Dear Muslims (born into Muslim families),

Do me a favour...especially those of you who consider yourselves active in da'wah...if you have a revert friend please invite them over on Eid.

Eid is the loneliest and most depressing day for many reverts and many of us don't have any Muslim family to celebrate or share our joy with.

Walking back to our car after Eid prayer is the worst.

On the long walk back to our cars we witness Muslim families posing for pictures, smiling from ear to ear and spreading glad tidings amongst themselves. While reverts don't have any Muslim family to celebrate with, oftentimes we are alone before, during and after Eid prayer.

Families and congregants speak to each other in their mother tongues, forgetting that we, the revert, don't speak or share their language and don't understand what they are saying. Making us feel like outsiders in our own community.

Others shriek with joy as they bump into old friends and extended family members. They embrace warmly and make oaths to reconnect. While we know no one. Many of our previous friends and family members stopped speaking to us since our conversion.

Children are running around wildly with balloons, candy and money. We know in that very moment we are witnessing a precious childhood memory in the making. For a second we share their joy and think to ourselves how lucky this kid is to have such a wonderful experience. At the same time, we can't help but wonder if our (future) children will ever experience the same joy.

We watch other families frantically rush off to partake in their traditions such as Eid breakfast, gift swapping or house hopping from party to party. While we sit in our cars, with our hands on the steering wheel wondering what we can do by ourselves for the remainder of the day...

Unfortunately, the aforementioned is the reality for many reverts on Eid. With a community as large as we have, NO ONE should be lonely on a day that should be full of congregational-communion, love, laughter and breaking of bread.

Born Muslims, do me a favor and call your revert friend and invite them over on Eid.

It means more to us than you'll ever know 🙂

JazzakumAllahuKhayran

Eid on Friday

Due to Eid being on a Friday, brothers have three options:

– Praying one of the Eid prayers and Jumuah as normal
– Praying one of the Eid prayers, and praying Zuhr (4 Raka’ah) instead of Jumuah
– If Eid prayer is missed, Jumuah is compulsory.

Eid ul-Adha Prayer Times 2017

The East London Mosque and London Central Mosque has agreed that The Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah starts on Wednesday 23rd August and Thursday 31st August will be the day of Arafat. Eid ul-Adha will be on Fiday 1st September 2017.

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

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

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

London

London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque, NW8 7RG)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 7:00am
2nd Prayer: 8:00am
3rd Prayer: 9:00am
4th Prayer: 10:00am
5th Prayer: 11:00am
Website: http://www.iccuk.org/

East London Mosque (Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 7:00am
2nd Prayer: 8:00am
3rd Prayer: 9:00am
4th Prayer: 10:00am
5th Prayer: 11:00am
Website: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/

Brick Lane Jamm Masjid (59 Brick Lane, E1 6QL)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamat: 8am
2nd Jamat: 9am
3rd Jamat 10am
4th Jamat: 11:30am
Website: http://www.bricklanejammemasjid.co.uk

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

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


Qur'ani Murkuz Trust (South Woodford, E18 1ED)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details

Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (West London, W10 5YG)
Eid Prayer Times:
7am
8am
9am

Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre (367 Wellington Rd, TW4 5HU)
Eid Prayer Times:
1. 7.30am -   Hafiz Akber Ali
2. 9.00am -   Imam Rafique Ahmed Misbahi
3. 10.00am - Imam Jafar Bilal Barakati
4. 11.00am - Imam Asif AliTel: 020 8570 0938

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Brent View Road, NW9 7EL)
1st Prayer: 6:45 am Sheikh Yusuf Arabic / English
2nd Prayer: 7:30 am Sheikh Shu'ayb Arabic / English
3rd Prayer: 8:15 am Sheikh Shamsur-Rahman Arabic / English
4th Prayer: 9:15 am Sh Muhammed al Badry Arabic
http://www.hendonmosque.co.uk/
Finchley Mosque (Islamic Association of North London, N12 0DA)
Fajr Jama'ah on Eid day will be at 5:30am
Eid Prayer Times:
1st     6:30am     Imam Oussama
2nd     7:30am     Imam Shokat
3rd     8:30am     Imam Elyas
4th*     9:30am     Imam Hamid
5th*     10:30am     Imam Dr. Sufi

For the 9:30am and 10:30am prayers the Basement will also be reserved for the Sisters (additional space).
Prayers may start earlier than stated if the Masjid becomes full 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:
1st: 7:30
2nd: 8:45
3rd: 10:00
4th: 11:00

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

Harrow Central Mosque (Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ)
Eid Prayer Times:
No.    Prayer        Time        Imam
1    First Prayer    7:00 am        Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said [English]
2    Second Prayer    8:00 am        Maulana Mustakim Ali [Bengali/English]
3    Third Prayer    9:00 am        Allama Shafiudin [English]
4    Fourth Prayer    10:00 am    Imam Hafiz Akram [Urdu/English]
5    Fifth Prayer    11:00 am    Qari Kashmir Khan Hamat [Pashtu/Persian]

Rest of UK

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

Belfast Islamic Centre (Belfast, BT9 6DN)
Venue: S13 building (old B&Q) on the Boucher Road (BT12 6HR)
Eid Prayer Time: Arrival at 9am, prayer at 10am.
Website: http://www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk/

Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12 0XS)
Eid Prayer Times:
  1. 7am      Arabic                led by Sheikh M. Jumma
  2. 8am     Urdu                   led Hafiz Muhammad Ismail
  3. 9am     English               led by Allama Muhammad Asad
  4. 10am   Urdu                   led by Hafiz Ahmad Ibrahim Patel
  5. 11am    English              led by Sheikh Qari Muhammad Ismail Al-Rashid

Birmingham - Masjid Hamza (Church Road, B13 9AE)
Eid Prayer Times: 
Urdu talk will begin at 7:30 AM         Jamaat will begin at 8:00 AM
English talk will begin at 8:30 AM     Jamaat will begin at 9:00 AM
Websiite: http://www.masjidehamza.co.uk/
https://en-gb.facebook.com/Masjid-Hamza-192742457586863/ 

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

Blackburn - Masjid-e-Anisul Islam (Troy St, BB1 6NY)
Eid Prayer times: 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: 8:30am
Website: http://taiyabahmasjid.co.uk

Other mosques in Bolton:
http://www.thebcom.org/mosque-directory.html
http://www.thebcom.org/news/772-eid-ul-adha-2017-salat-times.html
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIawHQuV4AEtTqn.jpg

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

http://www.kelseykerridge.co.uk/

Dundee Central Mosque (DD1 5BZ)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Eid Salaah - 8am
2nd Eid Salaah - 10am
Tel: 01382 220765
Website: http://www.dundeecentralmosque.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/DundeeCentralMosque/

Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (EH8 9BT)
Eid Prayer times:
7:00am
8:00am
9:30am
Website: http://www.edmosque.org
https://en-gb.facebook.com/EdinburghCentralMosque

Essex - Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre (IG3 8TD )
Eid Prayer times:
1st: 7am
2nd: 8am
3rd: 9am
Website: http://www.masjidansar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MasjidAnsarUK/?fref=ts

Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre (EX4 6PG)
Eid Prayer Times:    
1st Jammah at 8:30am
2nd Jammah at 9:30am

Website: http://www.exetermosque.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exeter-Mosque/221488877861309

Glasgow

Glasgow - Al-Furqan Mosque (G4 9AJ)
Eid Prayer Times:
8:00 - Urdu 
9:00 - English
10:00 - English
Prayer facilities for brothers & sisters.
Website: http://www.alfurqanmosque.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/alfurqanmosque

Glasgow - Central Mosque (G5 9TA)
Fajr Jamaat at GCM will be at 6am.
The Eid prayer times are as follows:
- 6.45am (preceded by a talk in Urdu)
- 8.30am & 10.15am (each preceded by a talk in English and Urdu)

Gloucester - Masjid e Noor (GL1 4LY)
Fajr Jammat: 5:55AM
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:
1st Eid Prayer at 8:00 am
2nd Eid Prayer at 9:00 am
3rd Eid Prayer at 10:30 am (** Ladies Entrance via Upper Orwell Street)
T: 01473 226879

Leeds Grand Mosque (LS6 1SN)
Eid Prayer Times:  7:30 am and 9:30 am

Leeds Makkah Masjid (LS6 1JY) 
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting details

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:
 1st Jamat Fajr 4:30am 
Bayan After Fajr, Namaz 5:10am **** 2nd Jamat Bayan 8:45am Namaz 9:30am

Liverpool - Al Rahma Mosque (Hatherley Street, L8 2TJ)
Eid prayer times:
1ST PRAYER AT 7AM.
2ND PRAYER AT 8AM.
3RD PRAYER AT 9AM.
4TH PRAYER AT 10AM (IF REQUIRED).
Tel: 0151-709 2560
Source: http://www.liverpoolmuslimsociety.org.uk
Website: http://www.alrahma-mosque.com/


Maidenhead Mosque (SL6 8AW)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaitng Details
Website: http://www.maidenheadmosque.org/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maidenhead-Mosque/168982593129558 

Manchester Central Mosque (also known as Victoria Park Mosque, M14 5RU)  
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting details

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

Manchester - Makki Masjid (125 Beresford Road, Longsight, Manchester, M13 0TA)
Eid Prayer times:
1st Prayer - 8am - in Urdu         By Maulana Qasim Munir
2nd Prayer - 9am - in English   By Br Abdul Nasir
3rd Prayer - 10am - in Arabic   By Br Jamaan az-Zafari
Tel: 0161 257 2491
Website: http://www.makkimasjid.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/MakkiMasjidManchester/

Milton Keynes Jamee Masjid (Duncombe Street MK2 2LY)
Eid Prayer times: 8am and 9:30am

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

Milton Keynes Muslim Association (Rubys garden, Coffee Hall MK6 5HA)
Only a single Eid Prayer. 
Door open at 6:30 am. Prayer will start at 7:30 am Sharp and finish by 8 am
Please bring prayer mat (Musallah) and a bag to keep your slippers/shoes

Oldham Muslim Centre (Neville Street, OL9 6LD)
Eid Prayer Times:
• 7:00am
• 10:00a
Khutba will be delivered in Arabic, Bengali and English.
All welcome, including women and children!
Website: http://www.oldhammuslimcentre.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OldhamMuslimCentre/

Newcastle Central (Bilal) Mosque (NE4 6SU)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.newcastlecentralmosque.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/newcastlecentralmosque

Nuneaton - Nuneaton Masjid (CV11 5RB) 
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details
https://twitter.com/nuneatonmasjid

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

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

Venue: Pakistani community centre London Road
1st sermon 9am
2nd sermon 10am
https://www.facebook.com/ReadingIslamicCentre

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

Southampton - Abu Bakr Masjid (Argyle Road, SO14 0BQ)
Eid Prayer Times: first Jamat will be at 7:30, the second at 8:30 and the third at 10am.
Website: http://www.abubakrmasjid.net
https://www.facebook.com/Abu-Bakr-Jamia-Masjid-554217887934560/
 
Southampton Medina Mosque (Compton Walk, SO14 0BH) 
Eid Prayer Times: 1st Jamath 8am; 2nd Jamath 9:30am
Website: http://www.medinamosque.org.uk/

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

Swansea Mosque, St Helens Road,  Swansea, SA1 4AW
Salah will be prayed promptly at the following time
1st Prayer Starts at 08:00 am
2nd Prayer Starts at   09.00 am
Please ensure you are in the Masjid at least 20 minutes before the start time of prayers
Website: http://www.swanseamosque.org/

Woking: The Shah Jahan Mosque (149 Oriental Road, Woking GU22 7BA)
Eid Prayer times: 
  • 7:00am - Hafiz Muhammad Akram
  • 8:30am - Imam Saeed Hashmi
  • 10:00am - Shaykh Naveed Arif

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

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

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

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

According to East London Mosque website: The 1st of Dhū Al-Hijjah 1438 is Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The day of Arafat is on Thursday 31st August. Eid ul-Adha will be on Friday 1st September 2017. Eid-ul-Adha is almost here, insha'Allah.

Please check your local mosque for confirmation of dates.

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

Thanks to Amin Rahman for forwarding this article


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is Qurbani?

According to East London Mosque: The 1st of Dhū Al-Hijjah 1438 is Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The day of Arafat is on Thursday 31st August. Eid ul-Adha will be on Friday 1st September 2017.

Eid-ul-Adha is almost here

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

What is Qurbani?

Taken from Hidaya Foundation, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Additional Information

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

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

(2) Donate Quarbani online: Muslim Aid

(3) Donate Quarbani online: Muslim Hands

(4) Donate Penny Appeal online: Penny Appeal

Eid ul-Adha Announcement 2017

Message from East London Mosque:

We would like to announce it will be Eid ul-Adha on Friday 1st September 2017. Thursday 31st August will be the day of Arafah. The 1st of the Islamic calendar month of Dhul Hijjah starts tomorrow Wed 23rd August
A very warm Eid Mubarak to members of our congregation and the Muslim community from the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre.

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.

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

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.