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  • Contents

    From the Chairman and Editorial Team

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    Ramadan 03Shaykh Abdul Qayum writes about how to obtain benefit from Ramadan

    Ramadan Timetable 2014/1435

    Ramadan FAQs

    News 08Muslim footballers visit the Mosque

    Fighting for Freedom with Nelson Mandela

    Fundraising update

    Dinner with local businesses

    Ramadan Arrangements

    Features 10The Maryam Centre: the exciting first year!

    What has your donation grown into?

    Articles 20A familys core task is to look after its vulnerable members

    Have yourself a Green Ramadan

    Editorial BoardMuhammed Habibur RahmanDr Muhammad Abdul BariDilowar KhanShaykh Abdul QayumShaynul KhanSalman Farsi

    Marketing & SalesJuber HussainTozommul Ali

    Contributing WritersDr Muhammad Abdul BariSarah Javaid

    Views expressed by contributors are the authors own and do not necessarily reflect those of editorial team.

    T: +44 (0)20 7650 3000E: [email protected] magazine has been produced by the East London Mosque Trust.

    Copyright 2014 ELMT. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any written material or illustration in any form for any purpose is strictly forbidden .

    The East London Mosque Trust Ltd is a charity (1122613) and a company limited by guarantee (468317) registered in England & Wales

    Registered Office: 82-92 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JQ

    Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh and Ramadan Mubarak!How quickly another year has passed.

    Seems like just the other day when we hurriedly prepared the ground floor of the Maryam Centre just in time for last Ramadan. We praise Allah (SWT) for granting us another blessed month of Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation from the hell-fire. We pray that we are all in the highest of iman and the best of health and that Allah gives us the tawfiq to seek the endless blessings and bounties of this blessed month through our siyam, qiyam, tilawah and sadaqa. Ramadan is also a month of training and we urge you to observe it, together, with your families. Bring them with you to the Masjid, motivate them to the understanding of the Quran and developing their amal and akhlaq. InshaAllah, this collective spiritual journey will have benefits beyond our expectations. May Allah give us tawfiq and accept all our efforts.

    In this Ramadan issue of our newsletter, we discuss about fasting in the month of the Ramadan and the wonderful opportunity Allah (SWT) gives for drawing close to Him and seeking His good pleasure. We also give you an update about the Maryam Centre, our finances and fundraising initiatives and the ways in which our Masjid and Centres are being utilised.

    In the Ramadan section, Sheikh Abdul Qayum describes how we can truly benefit from Ramadan this year and how we can use this as an opportunity to refresh ourselves both physically and spiritually. Furthermore, the Ramadan arrangements and the huffaz are also detailed in that section. We have planned ahead and additionally invited renowned huffaz from Medina, Egypt and Bosnia.

    Completion of the work of the Maryam Centre has transformed the East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre. We are delighted to be able to report significant increase in numbers as well as usage which has made a huge difference particularly for our sisters. We have held many large events and received numerous important

    guests and Islamic personalities who have been truly impressed and could not keep themselves away from sharing their delight of what this community has accomplished. That said, we must remind you that we still have a debt in Qard-Hasana of 3.5 million, and to lighten that burden we have continued our fundraising efforts, which needs to be increased during the month of Ramadan. We are sure youll want to make your Masjid debt free and not only will you come forward with your own generous donations but will actively encourage other to do the same.

    The Mosques Fundraising Month last March was hugely popular that saw many members of the community sign up to a standing order. The Mosque still remains in debt and we hope this Ramadan, we can alleviate some of those stresses through continued fundraising efforts, to pay back the Qard-e-Hasanah loans from our generous supporters.

    Our special feature on the Maryam Centre details how the centre has developed and functions within the community. It has been a year since we opened the new centre, and Alhamdullilah, it has preformed very well. We will encourage you to look up the brilliant info-graphics spread across the centre pages to see how we have been utilizing your generous contributions to this House of Allah. The graphic is also printed in real life across a wall at the back entrance of the London Muslim Centre.

    Weve seen some very prominent guests visit the mosque and centre over the course of the year, and you can read all about it in the news section. We leave you with our prayers, for the Ummah and everyone that has contributed to the Mosque and Centres positive works, and we ask you to do the same.

    JazakAllah khayran.

  • Ramadan

    How to Benefit from Ramadanby Shaykh Abdul Qayum

    For those of us who are blessed to see Ramadan again this year, we need to plan how we obtain as much benefit as possible. Ramadan acts as a renewal for the believers, providing an opportunity every year to refresh to turn away from immorality and to ask for forgiveness from Allah.

    There are so many blessings of Ramadan, here well highlight just some of them.

    Allah says in the Qur'an (2:183): "O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous."

    Fasting helps us to increase in taqwa (God consciousness). We should be aware of Allah, our Creator, at all times. A life devoid of the remembrance of Allah can lead to ignorance and heedlessness, which in turn leads to evil and immorality. Taqwa brings us to righteousness and from that can only stem all that is good.

    Modern life is extremely distracting, we are constantly driven by demands for more and people are now even more distracted by television, smart phones and the internet. Time is precious, so we need to make the most out of it, to earn good deeds for the reward in the Akhirah (afterlife), insha'Allah.

    The time in Ramadan is even more so. Allah mentions in Quran (103): By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss...

    Many of our sisters get so preoccupied in Ramadan, cooking up the most lavish dishes for Iftar, that they barely have enough time for Ibadah. Families need to agree that Ramadan is about fasting not feasting, in order to get maximum benefit.

    Ramadan is the time to repent and ask for Gods blessings. Many young people attend the Tarawih, but leave after 8 rakah, and then enjoy with friends, whilst instead they should utilise this time to read Quran or complete rest of the salah with imam. This way they stay away from potentially disturbing others and are in the remembrance of Allah. Imam Mlik ibn Anas, a great scholar of Islam would stop his dars (Islamic sermon) to devote more time to the reading of Quran.

    We can use Ramadan as an opportunity to also help adhere to an Islamic dress code, wearing clothing that is modest. Women that attend the mosque in Ramadan for prayer, should make sure they adhere to Islamic dress codes and maintain hijab. Furthermore, I urge young people to take note that free mixing is forbidden in Islam, and it is good practise to steer clear of situations that promote men and women mixing.

    Fasting instils self-discipline, control and restraint. We are creatures of desire (the Nafs), constantly wanting and

    consuming, but fasting puts a momentary stop to that for a while. Ramadan is the time to take a step back and evaluate how we have been living our lives. This form of self-evaluation during Ramadan can

    indeed make us into better human beings.Narrated by Ibn Abbas: I heard Allahs Apostle saying, If the

    son of Adam had money equal to a valley, then he will wish for another similar to it, for nothing can satisfy the eye of Adams son except dust. And Allah forgives him who repents to Him.

    Also narrated by Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet said, "There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good." During Ramadan we need to avoid excessive consumption of food; as we fast and feel the pangs of hunger, the mind fills with

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