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Friday, 1 September 2017

A Convert’s Letter to Born Muslims Before Eid

An excellent reminder for us all...

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 🙂


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 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:

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
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/

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:

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



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/

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

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

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/


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/ 

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:

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:
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/

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/

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/

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: Awaiting Details

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

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
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.