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10 Aug Fajr Sunrise Zuhr Asr Maghrib Isha
Start 3:57 5:42 1:14 6:17 8:39 9:43
Jama'at 5:15 - 1:30 7:15 - 10:00

NEW Eid al-Adha 1443 AH on Saturday 9th July 2022

We confirm that Eid al-Adha will be on Saturday 9th July 2022. Eid Jamaat will be held at 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 10:30 AM. Please note that these are the times at which the actual prayers will start. Please remember that social distancing rules of the masjid apply. Make wudhu at home, bring a prayer mat, a bag for your shoes to take with you into the prayer hall, and keep at least 1 metre away from others at all times. It is Wajib (required) to listen to the Khutbah of Eid prayer (immediately after prayer) and must be listened to in perfect peace and silence.

First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said, "one fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the "Laylat al-Qadr" (The Night of Power).

Every Muslim should avail of this wonderful opportunity by performing during this period as much Ibadah (acts of worship) to Allah as he or she can.

The 9th day of Dhul Hijjah

The 9th day of Dhul Hijjah is called 'Yawm al-Arafah' (The Day of 'Arafah). This is the date when the Hujjaj (Haji pilgrims, plural of Haajj) assemble on the plain of 'Arafat, six miles away from Makkah al-Mukarramah, where they perform the most essential part of the prescribed duties of Hajj, namely, the Wuqoof of 'Arafat (the stay in 'Arafat).

The Fast of Yawm al-Arafah

For those not performing Hajj, it is Mustahab (recommended) to fast on this day. The fast of "Yawm al-Arafah" has been emphasised by the Holy Prophet (SAW) as a Mustahab (recommended) act. According to a Hadith, the fast of this day expiates sins for the year before and after (reported by Muslim).

IMPORTANT Takbeer of Tashreeq

It is Waajib (necessary) for adult Muslim men to recite the Takbeer of Tashreeq audibly after every Fardh (compulsory) prayer from the Fajr of 9th Dhul Hijjah (day before Eid) to the Asr of 13th Dhul Hijjah (i.e. total of twenty three Fardh prayers, 3 days after Eid). It is Mustahaab (recommended) for women and travellers, unless they are praying behind an Imaam for whom it is Wajib; in which case it is Wajib for them too.

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Laa Ilaaha IlAllah WAllahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Wa Lillaahil Hamd

Sunnah acts on the day of Eid al-Adha

  1. To wake up early in the morning
  2. To clean one's teeth with a miswak or brush
  3. To take a bath
  4. To put on one's best available clothes
  5. To use perfume
  6. Not to eat before the Eid prayer (differs from Eid al-Fitr, when it is Sunnah to eat something sweet, preferably dates, before the Eid prayer)
  7. To recite the Takbeer of Tashreeq in a loud voice (for men) while going to the Eid prayer

The Eid Prayer

The Eid prayer has two raka'at performed in the normal way, with the addition of six Takbeers; three of them in the beginning of the first raka'ah, and three of them just before ruku' in the second raka'ah. The detailed way of performing the Eid prayer is as follows:

The Imaam will begin the prayer without Adhan or Iqamah. He will begin the prayer by reciting Takbeer of Tahreemah (Allahu Akbar). You should raise your hands up to the ears, and after reciting the Takbeer, you should set your hands according to your School of Thought. The Imaam and you should recite Thana' (Subhanakallahumma...). After the completion of Thana', the Imaam will recite Takbeer three times. At the first two calls of Takbeer you should raise your hands up to the ears, and after reciting Takbeer in a low voice, should let your hands drop. After the third Takbeer, you should set them according to your School of Thought. After these three Takbeers, the Imaam will complete the first raka'at in the normal way like for Jumu'ah prayer, starting with Surah Fatiha.

After rising for the second raka'ah, the Imaam will begin the recitations as normal. When the Imaam finishes his recitation, he will recite three Takbeers once again, but this time it will be just before bowing down for ruku'. At each Takbeer you should again raise your hands up to the ears, and after saying Takbeer, let them drop. After these three Takbeers have been called and completed, the Imaam will say another Takbeer for bowing down into the ruku' position. At this Takbeer you do not need to raise your hands; just bow down for your ruku' with Takbeer. The Imaam will complete the rest of the prayer in the normal way like for Jumu'ah prayer.

Immediately after the prayer, the Imaam will deliver the Khutbah. It is Wajib (required) to listen to the Khutbah of Eid prayer and must be listened to in perfect peace and silence.

REOPENING Masjid reopening for Jama'at

In accordance with the latest advice from the UK Government and the guidance from the Muslim Council of Britain, in sha Allah, the masjid will be re-opening on Friday 4th December 2020, and as previously, opening the doors 10 minutes before the scheduled jama'at times. For Friday Jumu'ah prayers, the masjid will open 30 minutes before the first Jama'at, which are currently 1:30pm and 2:00pm. NOTE: There will be no toilets or wudhu facilities. Please ensure to very strictly follow these guidelines:

COVID masjid reopening guidelines

NEW Prayer Time Countdown

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A reminder about the power of dua

Saad Nomani - Surah Hashr (verses 15-24)

Masjid Re-development Progress: 65% Complete

Central Jamme Masjid We are currently undergoing a major re-development project. The estimated cost for the projected development is £750,000. However, we are still urgently in need of additional funds (approximately 180,000 + 70,000 Qardan Hasana remaining) to cover the cost of the development.

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