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Fitranah 2021 is £5.00

Fitrana is an obligatory donation made by every member of a household before Eid salah.

This Ramadan, every member in your family needs to pay Fitranah in the amount of £5.00 to feed our impoverished brothers and sisters.

What is Fitrah in Ramadan?

Zakat al-Fitr or Fitranah is a charity taken for the poor a few days before the end of fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Arabic word Fitr means the same as iftar, breaking a fast, and it comes from the same root word as Futoor which means breakfast.

It should be payed before the Eid prayer, please contact our office for more information Tel: 0161 832 5352 or email: office@myf.org.uk

Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.

As you fast from what is ordinarily permissible, you learn to fast from what is prohibited at all times.

The questions about Ramadan are always pretty much the same. First there is interest in how we observe the sacred month, which began this week. Then there is shock at how intense the requirement of fasting is:

“Wait, so you fast all the way from before sunrise to sunset?”

“You can’t even drink water?”

“I could never do that.”

Don’t worry, it doesn’t cause us self-doubt, nor do we get offended. In fact, it’s pretty cool when your friends think you have superhuman abilities.

The reality, though, is that fasting is very doable, and rewarding. There are, of course, those Muslims who should not fast, due to illness or some other temporary condition; they are excused, and they make it up if and when they can. If someone is permanently unable to fast, they are required to feed a poor person for every day missed. 


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But most of us are able to overcome the effects of fasting within the first few days of Ramadan. You may miss your coffee, and fatigue and hunger still happen, but the body does adjust.

One question remains: Why do we fast during the month of Ramadan?

Firstly, it is a requirement in the Quran and pillar of Islam. The Quran states, “Oh you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed on those who came before you so that you may attain God-Consciousness.”

Fasting, in other words, has been the way of prophets and nations before us and is specifically intended to make us more conscious of our Lord. When we become mindful of our physical intake of blessings we otherwise mindlessly consume, we become more mindful of the one who bestowed those blessings upon us.

This has numerous intended benefits. The physical discipline of fasting also helps us to be more mindful of our spiritual consumption as well: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught, for instance, that God has no use for the one who refrains from food but not from false speech, or lying and gossip.

Besides denying ourselves what is prohibited spiritually, fasting helps us live positively as well. Since sin is born out of ingratitude, fasting makes us more aware of our blessings, hence more grateful and driven to good. The end result of Ramadan mentioned in the Quran is that you “complete the term of fasting and glorify your Lord for what He has guided you to, and so that you may be amongst the grateful.”

This is what makes us more conscious of God: We become more conscious of his blessings. When we become more conscious of His blessings upon us, we become more conscious of how we use those blessings ourselves. We in turn become more conscious of those who don’t have regular access to those blessings that we are voluntarily refraining from. We become more intentional about channeling those blessings to those we may have otherwise forgotten.

The great Muslim scholar and sage Imam Ibn Rajab once said, “Some of the pious predecessors were asked, “Why has fasting been instituted? They responded, ‘So that the rich will taste hunger and thus will not forget the hungry.’”

So what may be lost on many of us regarding the fasting of Ramadan is that it’s just as much about filling our souls and transforming our society with goodness as it is about restraining our bodies from food and drink. We live our best selves in Ramadan; we fall in love with it despite its restrictions. 


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What may surprise some is that most Muslims actually enjoy Ramadan so much that they grieve when the month comes to an end. We miss reading the Quran throughout the day and in long nights of prayer, and pushing ourselves to be charitable through it all: charitable with our wealth, with our words and with our spirits to everyone around us.

We come to the realization that true happiness is in feeding the soul and being satisfied with your sustenance, that prayer is better than sleep and that charity is better than consumption.

By Omar Suleiman

New Muslim Group Thursday 2nd May 6:00pm-8:00pm

Pleased to announce that the New Muslim Group meeting will take place Thursday evening at The Myf with Sheikh Imtiaz 6:00pm-8:00pm inshallah.

For those who haven’t attended the group before, it has been a vital support link for many new and old Muslims for as long as we can remember.

It’s a very beneficial course for those who want to learn more and meet people on the same journey. Very relaxed informal friendly atmosphere with a Q & A session and topics discussed with refreshments.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family along.

Open Day Review & Thank You!

Assalamo Alikom Wrahmato Allah Wbrakatoh

On Saturday the 27th October in heart of City of Manchester, the Muslim Youth Foundation (MYF) opened its doors and welcomed people from all backgrounds and faiths & non faiths to participate in the annual Community Open Day between 12 to 6pm.

On the day, the MYF organised many activities which included some of the following:

  • Free light refreshment table
  • Muslim Cultural Clothing table
  • Free Calligraphy design table
  • Free Henna design table
  • Free Face Painting and Children’s activity Table
  • Free Try A Scarf table with free gift bags for visitors
  • Free Information table with free gift bags for visitors
  • Moroccan themed tent activity
  • Islamic Exhibition in the lecture hall
  • Free Guided Tour of the Mosque

The list above required detailed planning and organising and on the day we blessed with 30+ volunteers to support all the key projects in making this year’s Open Day successful.

Therefore, on behalf of the MYF Trustees and Management Team – we would like to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude towards Allah (SWT) for allowing us all the opportunity to serve Him and provide an opportunity for our guests to visit us observe and learn something about Islam.

To this end, on the day a brother and a sister decided to accept Islam of their own free will and determination after visiting and asking many questions. We ask Allah (SWT) to preserve and protect them and us ameen.

Jazak Allah khair to all the volunteers who helped out on the open day & to all the volunteers who attended the preparation meetings in the week before the open day.

In addition, the volunteers who helped set up for the open day on the day before the open day (Friday) . This help was critical for the success of the open day, Alhamdulillah. I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you / Jazak Allah Khair” to these volunteers as the open day could not have taken place without this magnificent & crucial help. Everybody worked very hard & a tremendous amount was achieved in just a couple of days, Alhamdulillah for them.

Also, in the background there are many silent brothers and sisters who make a big contribution but remain anonymous JazakAllah Khairan.

Finally, we ask Allah (SWT) to reward the volunteers with the best of both worlds but reserving the best reward for the day the volunteers meet Him – ameen.
JazakAllah khairan BarakAllah Feekum.

Tafseer of Quran Class 6th Nov 2018

Tafseer of The Holy Quran Class Tuesday 6th Nov 2018.

Hosted by our respected Sheikh Abu Sundos!

The class is of benefit to beginners as well as those who have more knowledge.

It is a very insightful class that is open to everybody to attend and is highly recommend!!

New Muslim Group Meeting 1st Nov

Assalamu’alaikum,

The MYF New Muslims Group meeting is on Thursday 1st November 6:00pm – 8:00pm by Shiekh Imtiaz.

Our ongoing group meetings are friendly and open for everyone to attend. We discuss topics and also have a Q & A session.

Very beneficial for new muslims and all reverts.

Please make sure you attend this social/educational meeting and invite others as well.

Sincerely
The Myf Team

New Muslim Group meeting Oct 4th 6:00pm-8:00pm

Pleased to announce that the New Muslim Group meeting will take place Thursday evening at The Myf with Sheikh Imtiiaz inshallah.

For those who haven’t attended the group before, it has been a vital support link for many new and old Muslims for as long as we can remember.

It’s a very beneficial course for those who want to learn more and meet people on the same journey. Very relaxed informal friendly atmosphere with a Q & A session and topics discussed with refreshments.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family along.

THU, SEP 6th AT 6 PM New Muslim Group Meeting

Pleased to announce that the New Muslim Group meeting will take place Thursday evening at The Myf with Sheikh Imtiiaz inshallah.

For those who haven’t attended the group before, it has been a vital support link for many new and old Muslims for as long as we can remember.

It’s a very beneficial course for those who want to learn more and meet people on the same journey. Very relaxed informal friendly atmosphere with a Q & A session and topics discussed with refreshments.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family along.

New Muslim Group Meeting 2nd August 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Pleased to announce that the New Muslim Group meeting will take place Thursday evening at The Myf with Sheikh Imtiiaz inshallah.

7:00pm – 9:00pm

For those who haven’t attended the group before, it has been a vital support link for many new and old Muslims for as long as we can remember.

It’s a very beneficial course for those who want to learn more and meet people on the same journey. Very relaxed informal friendly atmosphere with a Q & A session and topics discussed with refreshments.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family along