Posted on January 19th, 2022 · Filed under MYF News
Salamu’Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are a charity and we rely on your ongoing donations to help support and run The MYF. Alhamdulilah we are well established and thank everyone for there ongoing support. MashAllah The MYF has been a beacon of light in the city centre for decades now and I’m sure your aware that we’ve all been through difficult times during the pandemic.
With that in mind we would like to renew our plea with sincerity to carry on supporting us with your donations and duwa!
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “On every joint of man, there is charity, on everyday when the sun rises: doing justice between two men is charity, and assisting a man to ride an animal or to load his luggage on it is charity; and a good word is charity, every step which one takes towards (the mosque for) Salat is charity, and removing harmful things from the way is charity”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
You can easily make donations online via our PayPal link on the right column of our website or you can scan the PayPal QR code on the left column on our website directly underneath prayers times to easily make a donation. Also you can visit our main reception desk and speak to one of our staff to give donations. Khair
As a Mosque in the heart of Manchester, we unequivocally condemn the actions of the Israeli “militarised” police forces and soldiers within the sacred compound of Masjid Al Aqsa.
All places of worship, regardless of faith, are safe sanctuaries for the sole purpose of private and collective worship. It is unacceptable that they become a place of violent conflict, disorder and bloodshed. The images which were tantamount to a an illegal military assault under international law via the use of aggressive guns and grenades are totally inconsistent with all accepted moral, civil, ethical and legal international law.
Masjid Al Aqsa is one of the most sacred sites in the Muslim world and it was even more heart breaking to see the images and videos which were circulated in the last few nights during the blessed holy month of Ramadan.
We whole heartedly condemn the relentless bombing of Israeli fighter jets targeting civilian neighbourhoods in Gaza as Palestinians celebrate Eid al-Fitr. 84 civilians have died, including 17 children. More than 480 civilians have been wounded, and the figures are rising as the bombardment continues.
We call on our government, Prime Minister, our MPs, our congregations, and all our brethren in monotheistic faith, to openly voice their concerns about the distressing situation in Jerusalem – such that there is no further repeat in the future of such horrific events.
Given the disturbing scenes in Sheikh Jarrah over the past few days, we wish to emphasise that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law still applies. The occupying power must respect and cannot confiscate private property in occupied territory, and must respect the laws in force in the country.
Israel cannot impose its own set of laws in occupied territory, including East Jerusalem, to illegally evict Palestinians from their homes. We urge world leaders to stop Israel from demolishing and evicting Palestinians from their neighbourhoods, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law.
The Myf will begin Tahajjud prayer from 12:00am this evening and it will be approx. 45 mins. Please be aware we have limited spaces & we ask that everybody adheres to COVID guideline rules. Let‘s make the most of these blessed last 10 nights of Ramadan inshallah khair.
What is Tahajjud prayer?
The Tahajjud is prayed after Isha (the obligatory nightly prayer) and before Fajr (the obligatory morning prayer). If possible, it is most desirable to perform the Tahajjud between midnight and Fajr, preferably in the last third of the night.
In accordance with COVID guideline rules please follow these precautions
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Ramadan is just a few days away and in some time we all would get this holy month of Ramadan which is indeed being awaited by many Muslims across the globe.
Ramadan and Happiness
Ramadan comes in hot summer days for the past several months and thus it gets quite tough for many people because to hold thirst is not easier for many people. But those who want to stay in the practice of fasting just because they want to realize the blessings they have been given by Almighty Allah.
For example if we want our dream car or any dress which we really like or anything else which is out of our reach but we want that thing desperately, then we start saving money for that thing. In the process of saving money we sacrifice so many things because we want to get that greater happiness which we really desire and that happiness is really important for us than those small things which we have missed during saving money. Now just imagine that if you get that thing after patience then how blessed you will feel and you will actually feel the worth of that thing. Similarly, in Ramadan when Muslims fast then they realize the actual importance of so many things which Allah Almighty has given to all of us.
During fasting, there are few things that are prohibited including eating, drinking, engaging in sexual activities, smoking, and any such thing which would become a cause of fast-breaking in the process of fasting. Fasting all through Ramadan entails abstaining from all food and drink from sunup to sundown, comprising water and chewing gum. Muslims are advised to eat a meal referred as seher before dawn.
What Quran says about fasting?
Allah says in Surah Al-Baqarah in following consecutive verses:
“O you who have believed, prescribed for you is the Fast, as it was prescribed for (the ones) who were before you, that possibly you would be pious” [2:183].
“For days few in number; however, should any one of you be sick or on a journey, then (he should fast) a number of other days (equal to the missed ones); and those who have the strength, (still, they do not opt for fasting,) on them there is a fidyah (compensation), that is, the feeding of a poor person. Then whoever does good voluntarily, that is better for him. However, fast is better for you, if you only knew” [2:184].
The above two verses are stating the importance of fasting that fasting is not only concerned with rewards or punishments but fasting makes a person pious and empathic.
How we are blessed in the Ramadan?
Ramadan is coming and we all are preparing for this month and thus we should be aware of that how we are blessed by having this holy month? We are blessed in so many ways, for example one of the greatest moments which we get daily in the month of Ramadan is the moment right after the Maghrib adhan We have the strongest connection with Allah in this moment and we should pray and speak our hearts out in this moment because prayers get accepted fast at this moment. Another happiness which we get at this moment is having a meal after the patience of a long day; thus, the happiness is indefinable in words that Muslims feel when they see the table full of meal. Moreover, the time of suhoor is another blessed moment because we break our sleep and wake up to eat and worship Allah. Hence in this moment also Allah is the closest to Muslim and the time of seher is the most beautiful time for even good mental health.
Every person can take advantages through this month as they wish. Therefore, we all need to take benefits as much as we could because we have ample of opportunities in the month of Ramadan.
As-salamu alaykum(Peace be upon you) brothers & sisters, Alhamdulilah all 16 major masjid’s in & Around Manchester have agreed to adopt a unified Ramadan timetable this year. Please save a copy from below or print it. Khair