Fear has become toxic. Every day the beliefs of American-Muslims are called into the question. We are so honored to be a recipient of an open letter to the Bay Area Muslim Community from our local Unitarian Universalist Church. Each mosque in Hayward received a copy of the letter of support (below) and the Imams of each masjid are pictured with the letter (read it here).
According to the Fiqh Council of North America, the first of Dhul Hijjah will be on Tuesday, September 15th, and Eid ul Adha will be on Thursday, September 24,insha’Allah. Eid Mubarak!
There will be two Eid prayers at Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Sideeq. The first will be at 8:30 a.m.and the second at 10 a.m.
The Eid al-Adha date is also in accordance with the Hajj authorities announcement of the Day of Arafah (the main day of Hajj) which is on Wednesday, September 23.
It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on the Day of Arafah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah. He said: “It expiates the sins (minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim]
10 Reasons Why We Should Take the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah Seriously
This Friday (10/23) will insha’Allah mark the 10th day of Muharram, the day of `Ashura. The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said about `Ashura:
صيام يوم عاشوراء، إني أحتسب على الله أن يكفر السنة التي قبله
“For fasting the day of `Ashura I hope Allah will expiate [sins] thereby for the year that came before it.” (Muslim)
The reason for fasting `Ashura is because this was the day that Allah saved Musa (`alayhi assalam) and the children of Israel from Pharoah, and the Jews at the time of the Prophet ﷺ would fast this day for this reason too (Bukhari).
Ibn `Abbas also quoted the Prophet ﷺ as saying, “If I live next year, I shall also fast on the 9th day,” (Musnad Ahmad). This is in order to distinguish the Muslim practices from the Jewish ones (Tirmidhi). An-Nawawi also mentioned that one of the reasons for fasting the 9th day is as a precaution because of the possibility of error when sighting the new moon. However, it is still permissible to only fast on the 10th day.
It should not be forced on one to fast it, because the Prophet ﷺ said: “Concerning the day of `Ashura, it is not obligatory upon you to fast on it as I do. Whoever wishes may fast and whoever does not wish to is not obliged to do so,” (Bukhari and Muslim). Although who of us doesn’t want all their minor sins expiated?
Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world. May Allah accept the fasts and du`a’ of all those who choose to fast. Ameen.
Source: Virtual Mosque
Today, is the third day of the month of Shawwāl (the first day of Shawwal is Eid al-Fitr).
Starting today until August 15, many Muslims will pick six days to fast. These six days of fasting together with the Ramadan fasts, are equivalent to fasting “perpetually,” according to Sahih Muslim. The reasoning behind this tradition is that a good deed in Islam is rewarded 10 times, hence fasting 30 days during Ramadan and six days during Shawwāl is equivalent to fasting the whole year in terms of reward. It is a common misconception that the six days of fasting must be undertaken on consecutive days, but there is no hadith that support or stipulate this.
Masjid Abu Bakr Al Siddiq encourages you to choose six days (on the weekends, for example) to fast before Shawwāl‘s end on Aug. 15.
Learn more about the fasting of six days of Shawwāl here and here.
Eid ul-Fitr will be on Friday, July 17, 2015 insha’Allah. Come join us at Masjid Abu Bakr Al Siddiq for prayers. There will be two separate prayers:
First prayer: 8:30 a.m.
Second prayer: 10 a.m.
Fitra: If you have not done so already, please remember to pay the Fitra before the prayer starts. The Fitra is $7.00 per each family member. There is a Fitra box at the masjid. Please also remember to be silent and listen to the Imam’s Khutba after the prayer.
Ibn Abbas R.A reported, the Prophet PBUH made Zakat ul Fitr compulsory so that those who fasted may be purified of their idle deeds and shameful talk (committed during Ramadhan) and so that the poor may be fed. Whoever gives it before Eid Salat will have it accepted as Zakat, while he who gives it after the Salat has given Sadaqah. – Abu Dawood
Aashura is on the 10th day of Muharram, the first Islamic month. It is highly recommended to fast on the 9th and 10th (or the 10th or 11th) of this month. Prior to the fasting of Ramadan becoming necessary, Aashura was an obligatory fast for the Muslims. This day marks a great day in which Allah (swt) saved Musa (Moses) and the Israelites from the persecution of the Pharaoh.
According to Sunni Muslim tradition, Ibn Abbas narrates that Muhammad came to Medina and saw the Jews fasting on the tenth day of Muharram. He asked, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Musa (Moses) fasted on this day.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast.” Read more about this day and the immense merits of fasting on this day.
According to the Fiqh Council of North America, the first of Muharram 1435H will be this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Therefore, the Day of Ashura will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
That means, it is best to fast on either Tuesday (12th) and Wednesday (13th) or Wednesday (13th) and Thursday (14th).
A humble reminder for us to plan our schedules next week so we can take advantage of a the manifold blessings from a fast on these two days.
The first day of Ramadan 1434 A.H. is Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
The Taraweeh prayers will be at 10 p.m. each night until July 24 when the start of Taraweeh prayers begins earlier at 9:45 p.m. until the end of Ramadan. The first night of Taraweeh prayers begins on the eve of Ramadan, at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. Ramadan Timetable.
Eid al-Fitr (the first day of Shawaal) is slated for Thursday, August 8.
Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area sometimes do not appreciate the rich diversity and spectrum of Islamic community available for Muslims who are blessed to be living here. This opportunity is manifest in the wide range of masjids, Islamic schools, frequent lectures and events, community groups and organizations anchored here, and the array of halal grocery and restaurants in the Bay Area.
The One Nation Bay Area Project commissioned Dr. Farid Senzai and Dr. Hatem Bazian to catalogue and provide insight into this social richness.
The May 2012 Report is titled Bay Area Muslim Study Report. A photo of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq Mosque is featured on Page 4. We encourage you to read the report.
The Khutbah sermon starts at 12:30 p.m. The Iqama (Friday prayer) is at 1 p.m.
Prayer Times in Hayward