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Masjid Activities during Covid-19.

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Craven Arms Mosque has now re-opened, we are opening in stages, those who are from Craven Arms will attend at first and then others will follow.

Hadith of the Month

On the authority of Abu Qatadah (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saw), was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’, and he said, “It expiates [wipes out] the minor sins of the past year" (Muslim)

August 2020 Salah Timetable

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Craven Arms Mosque has now re-opened, we are opening in stages, those who are from Craven Arms will attend at first and then others will follow.

All masjid activities are currently suspended

Jummah Times:

1 PM: English Speech - 1:30 PM: Arabic Sermon

(Please arrive in time for the Arabic sermon as listening to it is compulsory)

Salah is forbidden at the following times:

  1. Sunrise: From sunrise till 15 minutes after sunrise
  2. Zawal: From 10 minutes before Zuhr time till Zuhr time.
  3. Sunset: From 5 minutes before Magrib till Magrib time


To see your local salah Timetable, visit www.moonsighting.com

To learn how salah times are calculated www.moonsighting.com/how-we.html

Asr start time is based on Shafi time whilst Asr Jamat time is in Hanafi time

Hijri dates (moonsighting.com/calendar.html) are calculations based on FCNA (Fiqh Council of North America) criteria assumed to reflect the possibility of moon sighting (i.e. after new moon conjunction, somewhere in the globe, the angle between the sun and the moon should be at least 8 deg and moon should be at least 5 deg above the horizon).


The meaning of ’Ashura: ’Ashura is derived from the word ’Asharah, which means ten in Arabic. ’Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram.

Muharram, the month of Allah in which ’Ashura appears is sacred: ‘Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them…’ (Qur’an, 9:36)

The covering (Kiswah) of the Ka‘bah used to be changed on ’Ashura: ’On the authority of ’Aishah (ra) who said, “The people used to fast on ’Ashura before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And on that day the Ka‘bah used to be covered with a cover. When Allah made the fasting of the month of Ramadan compulsory, Allah’s Messenger (saw) said, ’Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of ‘Ashura’) may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so”’. (Bukhari)

Fasting on ’Ashura wipes out the sins of the past year: ’On the authority of Abu Qatadah (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saw), was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’, and he said, “It expiates [wipes out the minor sins of] the past year”’. (Muslim)

’Ashura is an immense day of repentance: ‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “If you will fast after the month of Ramadan, then fast al-Muharram, for indeed it is Allah’s month in which there is a day that Allah accepted the repentance of a people, and in which He accepts the repentance of other people”’ (Tirmidhi).

Fast beyond the day of ’Ashura: ’On the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with both of them) who said that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “If I remain [alive] till the following year, I will most certainly fast the ninth [alongside the 10th al-Muharram]”’ (Muslim).

’On the authority of Ibn ’Abbas (may Allah be pleased with both of them) that the Prophet (saw) said, “Fast the Day of ‘Ashura’ and be different from the Jews by fasting a day before it or a day after it.” (Ahmad)

Be generous to your family on ’Ashura: ’The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “One who generously spends on his family on the day of ‘Ashura’, Allah will be generous on him for the entire year”’ (Baihaqi).

Allah (swt) saved Musa (as) and the Children of Israel on ’Ashura: ’On the authority of Ibn ’Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) who said, “The Prophet (saw) came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’. He said, ‘What is this?’ They said, ‘This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Musa [as] fasted on this day’. He said, ‘We have more right to Musa [as] than you’, so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day”’. (Bukhari)

Nuh’s (as) ark landed on Mount Judiyy (modern day Turkey) on ’Ashura: ‘In a narration reported by Imam Ahmad (rh), it was on this day that the Ark of Nuh (as) came to rest on Mount Judiyy’. (Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

Eid Mubarak!

We at Craven Arms Islamic Centre wish everyone a very happy Eid Mubarak.

Preparing for Ramadhan

  1. Fast Voluntarily. Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I said, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Shabaan.’ He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.'” (Narrated by al-Nasaai)
  2. Recite and Reflect Upon the Qur'an, excessively. Aishah (ra) related that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Indeed the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Muslim)
  3. Follow the Sunnah and Pray Extra Prayers. “Say, [Oh Muhammad], If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 3:31)
  4. Repent and Make Dua'a. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “All the children of Adam constantly err, but the best of those who constantly err are those who constantly repent.” (Tirmidhi)
  5. Give Charity, especially in these times as the Prophet said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
  6. Improve Your Character. The Prophet (pbuh) used to say: “The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” (al-Bukhari)
  7. Eat Healthy and Moderately: “Eat of the good things which We have provided for you.” (Quran 2:172) “Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth.” (Quran 2:168)

Craven Arms Muslim youth group Fundraiser

Craven Arms Muslim youth group raised a whopping £741 for People in Motion by serving Asian street food at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on 07th March 2020. The day was an amazing success with overwhelming local support and community spirit.

People in Motion is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that sends aid and volunteers to people and places in need.

Since September 2015, People in Motion have been actively involved in sending aid throughout Europe for distribution to refugees travelling in search of a safer life.

To see more of their work, please visit: http://peopleinmotion.org.uk/

Craven Arms Islamic Centre Supports Read Easy

Read Easy Shropshire Hills helps local people who want to improve their reading. We cover the towns of Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Clun, Craven Arms, Knighton and Ludlow as well as all areas in-between.

As a new group we require funds to cover the cost of teaching materials and reading books which are provided free of charge to our readers. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Read Easy Shropshire Hills, or you would like to support our cause by providing a donation, please contact us.

Glass Facts

  1. Beginning in the 8th century, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Muslim Spain produced vast amounts of glassware either by blowing liquid glass into moulds or by cutting it from crystal.
  2. Glassmakers in the Muslim world were skilled in using both blown and wheel-turned techniques.
  3. Credit for making glass out of crystals goes to Abbas Ibn Firnas, a Cordobian scholar who created a crystal industry using rocks mined near Badajos, Spain.
  4. By 13th and 14th Century glassware from Syria was in great demand around the world


Islam shares the same Abrahamic heritage as Judaism and Christianity and, therefore, espouses many similar beliefs and practices. Among them are belief in angels, prophets and scriptures and practices such as prayer, fasting and charity. Adherents are called “Muslims” and number over 1.7 billion. They pray to Allah, the same God Jesus worshipped. Jesus called God “Eloi” (Mark 15:34). But the difference is in language only. Hispanics call God “Dios”. French call God “Dieu”. Arab Jews and Christians call God “Allah”. But they're all the same God. Muslims believe God revealed the same general message to all true prophets but that message was changed over time. To correct these changes, God revealed His will a final time in the Qur'an and promised to preserve it.