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Ramadan 2009: Centre Schedule

The official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia and national crescent (Hilial) observations meant that the Blessed month of Ramadan began on Saturday 22nd of August 2009. On behalf of the Centre we would like to wish the whole community a Ramadan Kareem and Mubarak.

You and your family are invited to attend the various Masjid programmes taking place during these special days:

Weekend Presentations after Asr Salah & Communal Iftar:

Saturday 29th August
Deriving the Most from the Exalted Month-Ustadh Abu Hafs
Sunday 30th August
Character Building in Ramadan-Kindness & Generosity-Ustadh Dr Imran Alawiye

Saturday 5th September
The Epic Battle of Badr: Its Significance to Muslims-Ustadh Dr Farid Shayal
Sunday 6th September
Character Building in Ramdan-Courage & Forgiveness

Saturday 12th September
Glimpses of the Day of Judgement
Sunday 13th September
Al-Qur'an: Treasure of the Believers-Ustadh Dr Kemal Helbawy

Saturday 19th September
Mohammed (pbuh) & his Companions- Ustad Dr Ibrahim Abdel Khaliq

Study Circles
Daily Qur'an tafsir circles for sisters 10am 12pm. A daily 40 minute summary of the Holy Qur'an to be recited during the evenings Tarweeh prayers will be conveyed in English after Asr Salah, with Ustadh Inam-ul-Haq Haqqani

Taraweeh Salah
Please refer to the Masjid's Ramadan timetable. Taraweeh Salah is lead by the Masjid's respected Imam's Qari Atta-ur-Rahman (Islamic University, Pakistan) and Qari Abdur-Rahman (Medina University, Saudia Arabia)

Itikaf Arrangement
Brothers are requested to contact the Masjid's respected Imam Inayatullah on 07877 481900, to book your place at the Masjid for Itikaf during the last 10 days of Ramadan

Al Kitab Bookshop
The Masjid bookshop will be open from 12-4pm and 6-8pm. The Prophet (pbuh) said that the seeking of Knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim. Visit Al-Kitab for the latest gift ideas, English, Arabic & Urdu books, DVD's, perfumes, Islamic merchandise & clothing.

Iftar Fund
Please donate generously to the Masjid's Iftar fund, By the Grace of Allah (swt), the Centre caters for the Iftar of over 2000 people every week.

Eid Prayer Timings
7.30am, 8.30am, 10am & 11am. All Khutbas are in English

Fitrana is £3 per family member and can be deposited at the Masjid along with your Zakat & Sadaqah.

Please access the following link for the Masjid's Ramadan prayer timetable, for Sehri, Salah, Iftar and Taraweeh timings. Please refer to the clarification below to explain the difference in some timetables between Sehri times.

View and download the enjoyable Ramadan Highway Code poster here:

Clarification on Difference in Sehri Times

The timings of Fajr and `Isha are related to the appearance of twilight - a period of soft, diffused light in the sky when the sun is just below the horizon preceding sunrise (morning twilight or dawn) or following sunset (evening twilight or dusk).

Muslims have been using calculations to work out the time twilight appears each day for Fajr and `Isha by considering the position (angle) of the Sun below the local horizon. When the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon, the sky becomes totally dark and the stars are clearly visible. This is categorised as Astronomical Twilight.

When Muslims asked observatories for data to decide timings for Isha and Fajr, they provided timings for astronomical twilight as this was a classification they used.

However, the time for Fajr prayer commences when the horizon becomes illuminated and that white light proceeds to spread across the horizon, as seen by the human eye, which is after the sun has risen above a decline of 18 degrees.

Moreover, for the calculation of `Isha times, Muslims are not concerned about the onset of total darkness but the disappearance of the redness of sunset*. Despite this, many timetables have their `Isha and Fajr times corresponding to the time when the sun is at a decline of 18 degrees i.e. at Astronomical Twilight.

To discover the correct timings, the brothers in High Wycombe, have been observing the times of Fajr and `Isha by looking at the sky with our own eyes. We have found that timings for `Isha prayer approximate to a sun\'s decline of 12 degrees and for Fajr prayer, an angle of 15 degrees.

Interestingly, our observations showed that the corresponding angles for Fajr and Isha vary depending on the season, with the angles being smaller during the Summer and greater during the Winter. As such we have altered our timetables to reflect our findings.

This means that our Fajr times are slightly later, and our `Isha times earlier, than the times found on timetables based on 18 degrees, such as the Regents Park timetable or the one followed by the Islam Channel.

The later Sehri time can be preferable for those who return from Taraweeh at a later time, have difficulty on waking up for Sahoor and/ or achieve little sleep during summer fasts. No matter what the angle used for Fajr and `Isha, the times of sunrise and sunset (Maghrib) are approximately the same on different calendars.

* According to the majority of scholars, other than the Hanafi School, the time of `Isha commences when the redness of the sunset disappears, i.e. before Astronomical Twilight. (Ibn Rushd, Bidayatu'l-Mujtahid)


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