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Update: Afghan Resettlement Scheme

***We are pausing donations***

We have been co-ordinating with Shropshire Supports Refugees to collect donations for Afghans being resettled in the country as part of the government's Warm Welcome operation. There has been an outpouring of support & donations from local South Shropshire residents for which we thank you for. However due to the overwhelming and kind responses, we are having to pause accepting donations for the time being. So please hold on to your donations until further notice.

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The masjid is open in line with the latest Government guidelines.

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Hadith of the Month

The Prophet SAW said, "Verily, Allah has prescribed excellence in all things." (Muslim).

Jummah Times:

1 :15 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

Notes:

The prayer times are taken from www.moonsighting.com/pray.php using exact co-ordinates of CAIC

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 in the CAIC calendar are taken from the pre-calculated Umm-ul-Qura calendar. See https://www.al-habib.info/islamic-calendar/ummulqura/islamic-calendar-ummulqura-2021-ce.htm

Hijri dates based on local UK moonsighting can be checked here www.wifaqululama.co.uk/1442-2

Hijri dates according to www.moonsighting.com/calendar.html are pre-calculated 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).

7 Habits of Highly Effective Muslims

The Prophet SAW said,

"Verily, Allah has prescribed excellence in all things.

(Bukhari & Muslim).

As Muslims we must always aspire for excellence in everything we do! We must also develop good habits exhibited by our beloved Prophet (pbuh). In doing so, I fundamentally believe that we will be able to draw nearer to Allah Most High.


When we come to think of the word ‘effective’, we must recognise that this is essentially someone who has a positive and constructive effect on themselves and the wider society at large. Principally this is someone who is successful in their pursuit of a desired action and they are able to produce results.


“…And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (Surah Talaaq Verse 3)

As Muslims, this aim or purpose must be in compatibility with the moral and ethical teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. This is exactly why we must also strive to be the best in everything we do. We have to be people of substance, quality and action! Allah commands this from us so trust in Him and know that He will take care of us Insha’Allah.


Below are the seven steps which I feel we can take lessons from:

  1. Be Proactive. I’ve come to learn that we need to be proactive in order to succeed and be effective. As Muslims we have to always be on top of things from our salah, to our Qur’an and even our conduct. We can never be complacent and we should think outside the box.

  2. Begin with the End in Mind. This is essentially about having the goal of aiming for Jannah and working towards it. If we work hard in this dunya by worshipping Allah, demonstrating good character and engaging in good deeds then they can help us achieve our ultimate goal. Think about the end goal and never lose hope in Allah’s mercy and blessings.

  3. Put First Things First. Our primary purpose is our faith and this must always come first so make every effort to ensure this is prioritised. Know that when we put Allah first, He will give us things beyond our expectations. We need be driven by our main purpose of Islam.

  4. Think Win-Win. When we do something for others whether Muslim or non-Muslim, we know that this will mutually benefit everyone. Allah will also help us when we help others so never stop giving and look at things from a positive perspective.

  5. Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood. Sometimes we are quick to judge and jump the gun without knowing the full picture. Our faith calls on us to be just and to listen and understand all sides. We need to be empathetic to others and communicate clearly at all times.

  6. Synergise. We are one collective ummah and we need to celebrate our diversity. We must work together cohesively and be a strong unit. Islam emphasises on the importance of the jama’ah. Let’s value and respect each other too Insha’Allah.

  7. Sharpen the Saw. It is imperative that we renew our faith and iman through constant practice, reflection and improvement of ourselves. We need to ensure that we continue to work hard and keep on bettering ourselves. Strive to be the best version of yourself, keep striving and never give up!


Conclusion: In order to become highly successful and effective Muslims, we need to reflect upon our own life and see how many of these habits are already a part of who we are and how many we’ll need to further develop or acquire. In short, being able to develop these seven practical habits will help us to improve ourselves and work further towards emulating the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and be the best that we can. I pray that Allah azza wa jal enables us to become highly effective Muslims. Ameen

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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.

Islam

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.