Today, is the third day of the month of Shawwāl (the first day of Shawwal is Eid al-Fitr).
Starting today until August 26, 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. 26.
Learn more about the fasting of six days of Shawwāl here.
First prayer: 8:30 a.m.
Second prayer: 10 a.m.
Fitra: If you haven’t’ done so, please remember to pay the Fitra before the prayer starts. The Fitra is $7.00 per 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.
Alhamdulillah, this Ramadan has allowed us all to strengthen the state of our Iman and our connection to Allah (swt).
The Zakat Al-Fitr this year is $7.00 per person. Please pay your zakat al-fitr at the masjid. We encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Before the end of the month of Ramadan, every adult self-supporting Muslim who has food in excess of his or her needs must pay Zakat-ul-Fitr. He or she must pay for himself or herself and pay on behalf of his or her dependents.
A number of Muslim youth have taken the initiative and taken ownership of a former Catholic Church and began renovations on the property.
This Ramadan, we encourage you to learn more about this important project, which will add a masjid to the Tri-City Area that will have daily prayers, Jumuah service, Islamic school, Quranic Hifz, counseling, community enrichment courses, and more.
With the change in Daylight Savings Times on March 9, we will now begin the March-November schedule for Jum’ah. The Khutbu (Islamic sermon) will now begin at 1:30 p.m. and the congregational prayers start at 1:50 p.m.
As a reminder, the Jum’ah service begins with a sermon in Farsi, then a call to prayer (Azaan), individual customary prayers (Sunnah prayers), community announcements in Farsi, a sermon in Arabic (Khutbah), and ending in two cycles (rakahs) of obligatory (Fard) prayer in congregation.
The Prayer Timetables for 2014 and 2015 are up! Visit the Prayer Times in Hayward page.
Print off each month’s prayer schedule or save a copy to your computer so that you always know the time for your salah.
Also, for those with a smartphone, please consider downloading the Athan app for Apple iOS or the Athan app for Android. Both mobile apps help you stay on top of your prayers by providing timely prayer alerts and useful tools such as finding the Qibla direction and directions to nearby mosques.