With the change in Daylight Savings Times on March 13, 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.
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).
From left, Qari Abdul Basir Durani from Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq, Qari Safiullah Samady from Masjid Muhajireen, Maulana Muhammad Ramzan from American Muslim Association, Maulana Mahdi Wahedi from the Fatimiyya Islamic Center, and Maulana Mufti Sayed Yawar Razvi from the Alameda Muslim League.
Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq has completed purchase of a neighboring vacant lot to increase parking space for its congregants. Next month, we will begin grading, paving, and fencing the 10,000 square feet parcel of grassy land, which sits just north of the masjid. We are slated to begin use of the property insha’Allah by mid-February.
He was given the title of As-Siddiq (The Truthful). His support and love for Prophet Muhammad (S) was unmatched. He was the first Khalifa of the muslims. He’s now buried next to our Rasul (S). How did Abu Bakr (R) become one of the most beloved companions?
Learn more about the namesake of this masjid with these two great eBooks on the life and times of Abu Bakr (RA):
“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
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]
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.
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
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.