Muharram being the first month of the Islamic New Year holds great importance in Islam.
It is one of the four sacred months in the Islamic calendar. Muharram in its literal sense means “forbidden”. Similar to the other sacred months, waging war during this month is forbidden.“The year is of twelve months, out of which four months are sacred: Three are in succession Dhul-Qa’ da, Dhul-Hijja and Muharram, and (the fourth is) Rajab…” (Bukhari 3197)
But a lot of Muslims are still confused about what is Ashura in Islam? Ashura holds special significance due to which Muhammad (PBUH) used to fast on this day. Earlier on it was obligatory to fast on the 10th of Muharram. However later, fasting was made obligatory in Ramadan only.
Narrated by Aisha (RA): “The people used to fast on ‘Ashura (the tenth day of the month of Muharram) before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And on that day the Ka’ba used to be covered with a cover. When Allah made the fasting of the month of Ramadan compulsory, Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of ‘Ashura’) may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so.”(Bukhari 1592)
But why did he fast on this day? On this day, Prophet Musa (AS) performed the miracle with the help of Allah (SWT) whereby he was able to save his people from the Pharaoh by dividing the sea into two parts creating a pathway for his people to safely cross the sea, while the Pharaoh’s army drowned. Hence, the Jews used to fast on Ashura i.e. the 10th of Muharram. The Prophet (PBUH) himself fasted on this day and also ordered the Muslims to do so as he said that: “I am closer to Moses than they.” (Bukhari 3397) The Companions observed that Jews and Christians also consider the day as special, fasting on the day. So Prophet (PBUH) announced that from next year they will fast on the 9th of Muharram so as to distinguish themselves from the Jews and Christians. Unfortunately, Prophet (PBUH) did not live to see the next year. Therefore, Muslims consider the 9th and 10th of Muharram, Ashura, as significant days in the Islamic calendar and observe fast on these days.
According to a tradition, when the Prophet (PBUH) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Ashura (10th of Muharram), he said: “It expiates the sins of the preceding year.” (Muslim 6: 2603)
Similar to the regular New Year, one should make resolutions at the start of the Islamic New Year to improve oneself. You can set small goals for yourself to become a better person. These goals can be both spiritual and social. You can strengthen your relationship with Allah (SWT) through regular Dhikr and Duas. You can help others out through participating in a social cause. It does not need to be a big social project. Allah (SWT) rewards every good deed. It might be small in your eyes but it might inspire someone else to do a good deed, thereby creating a ripple effect of goodness. Thus, a tiny good deed might be of way more magnitude than you deem it to be. Verily Allah (SWT) knows the best!
“The most excellent fast after Ramadan is in Allah’s month; al-Muharram, and the most excellent prayer after what is prescribed is prayer during the night.” (Muslim 6: 2661)
Eid ul-Adha will be Tuesday 21st August
1st Prayer 8:00am
2nd Prayer 10:30am
Asalaamualikum Brothers & Sisters,
We are pleased to announce that the start of Ramadan is the 17th May, which has been confirmed! Taraweeh will commence every evening after Esha Jammat starting from the 16th of May.
Please feel free to pickup an Myf timetable from the office which will have all the info. you require.
(( Duaa Request for Sheikh Imtiaz ))
Our beloved Sheikh who is a regular speaker at various groups; meetings; open days and Khateeb of Jumaa salah at the MYF has been ill for the past 2 months with his condition worsening.
This is a humble request to the community who love this humble slave of Allah to remember him in your duaas in the last part of the night or at recommended times when duaa is more likely to be accepted.
Allah (SWT) gives us a beneficial reminder in the Qudsi Hadith below.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I fell ill and you visited Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you visited him not? …..
In the absence of visiting him at his home (which is currently difficult) then the minimum we can do is make a sincere duaa for you ill brother in Islam.
We ask Allah (SWT) who is the Curer of illnesses to cure Sheikh Imtiaz of his illness and gain a full recovery so that he can be returned back to the his family and the community that we can benefit ameen.
Here at the Myf we always endeavour to build bridges with the community and our recent open day event was a testament to that. Wonderful day with wonderful people & many new faces!
We are blessed to have such a fantastic group of volunteers who give up there free time to promote & support our events.
Bookmark our page and website to keep up to date with future events! We look forward to seeing you all again.
Here are just a few pics of the Open Day event.
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ABU BAKR AS-SIDDIQ RA
(Life: 573AD – 634AD)
(Caliphate: 632AD – 634AD)
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آية الكرسي /Ayatul Kursi / Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255
Reading the Holy Quran is a great way to overcome turmoil, anxiety and distress, and to relieve us. There is one particular Ayah in particular that Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam spoke of, that is said to give its reader great benefits in this life and the afterlife – Ayatul Kursi (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255), also known as the Verse of the Throne.
The narrations (hadith) that speak of the virtues, and benefits, of Ayatul Kursi are numerous. Read more ›