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Ruling on Friday Prayers through Broadcasting

Ruling on Praying Jumu’ah Prayer Through Broadcasting

All praise is due to Allah (ﷻ) and may His peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (ﷺ).

To proceed, we have received many questions regarding the broadcasting of the Jumu’ah (Friday) prayers while the members of the community are in their homes listening to the sermon and then following the Imam in the prayer.

Hence, here is the answer to the above enquiry:

It is not permissible according to any valid Madhhabs (schools of Fiqh) for the gap between the rows of the prayer to be miles long, with tens of buildings and roads as dividers between them. While the scholars agree on overlooking a customarily small gap, they disagree concerning the effect of a wall, road, river, and the likes of which would cause separation.

The valid Madhhabs do agree that very long distances (as people staying home) cannot be overlooked for this would nullify the Friday prayer. This has always been the practice of the Muslims before us; it is the Fatwaa given by the four followed Madhhabs, and is an opinion closer to the practical consensus of the Muslims.

Furthermore, to have individuals or groups praying in homes while following the Imam VIA live-broadcast is a matter in contradiction with the objective of the Legislator, Allah (ﷻ), which is to have people gather in one place during Friday services and congregational prayers.

In addition to this, it is possible that the livestream cuts out or lags in such a way that the people see the Imam bowing or prostrating later than he actually did.

Another problem of allowing people to follow through broadcasting is that it may lead people in continuing to pray the Friday prayer at home even after this current pandemic (coronavirus) passes, which would lead to the loss of reverence for Jumu’ah, and therefore the above-mentioned objective of the Legislator to have the Muslims gather in once place would not be achieved.

That being said, there is no problem with the Imam in giving the sermon inside the mosque for a small number of people in accordance with what health authorities allow, even if there are only three other congregants, as well as broadcasting this VIA the Internet (etc.) to other community members for the benefit. However, when it is time to pray, those in their homes would pray the Dhuhr prayer with four Raka’as respectively.

May Allah (ﷻ) guide us to beneficial knowledge and righteous actions. Peace and blessings be upon Muhammad (ﷺ) as well as to his family, his companions, and to those who follow him until the Last Day.

Drs. Zijad Delić and Mohsen El-Nadi, Imams of South Nepean Muslim Community (SNMC)

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Dua’a for protection

Dua’as for protection against diseases

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min sharri maa khalaqa.   

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates from the Prophet (PBUH):

“Whoever recites in the evening three times; (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created),’ nothing will harm him until he moves on from that place” (narrated by Muslim, 2708).

بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. 

Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-‘ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem.

Uthman bin Affaan said that he heard the Prophet [sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam] say:

“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.” (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)

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Founder’s Corner: Dr. Emdad Khan

The Almighty declares:, ” Do they not know that God extends the provision for whom He wills, and restricts it ? 

 Indeed , in this are signs for the community who have Faith! (39.52)

Even in calamity or crisis, every one of human being will get the provisions, we simply try in a ethical way and have our faith and trust in God.

أَوَلَمۡ يَعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَبۡسُطُ ٱلرِّزۡقَ لِمَن يَشَآءُ وَيَقۡدِرُ‌ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكَ لَأَيَـٰتٍ۬ لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يُؤۡمِنُونَ (39.52)

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Imam Zijad’s Corner: Importance of Life and Health in Islam

Imam Zijad’s Corner:    Importance of Life and Health in IslamAs we read through the texts of Islam, we find that our faith promotes a set of values in all its teachings, rulings, laws and guidance. Behind all teachings, rulings, laws and guidance, Muslim classical and modern scholars found reasons, purposes and wisdom and thus draw our attention to their objectives.

These objectives are explicitly mentioned in the two main sources of our faith – The Qur’an and the Sunnah. These sources are implicitly understood through deep examination of the texts by great Muslim scholars such as Imam Al Ghazali, Imam Ash Shatibi, Imam Ibn Ashur, etc.

These objectives are:

1.      Nurturing and developing the righteous and caring individuals

2.      Establishing the healthy society of the righteous and caring individuals and

3.      Attaining real benefits for individuals and the society (Maslaha) by preserving:

·         Religion

·         Life

·         Intellect

·         Progeny and

·         Property

One of these objectives is preservation of life since it is the sacred gift/blessing of God. For that reason Muslims are commanded to take care of it, preserve it and are not allowed to harming it in any way, physically or symbolically. Any action against the sacredness of life is prohibited in Islam (Haram).

Consequently, Islam obliges Muslims to take care of themselves both spiritually and physically. Islam thus stresses that our health and well-being, as well as health and well-being of other human brothers and sisters, are each and everyone’s responsibility.

Contributions to saving life of a person is greatly acknowledged by the Creator who said:  “And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.” (Qur’an, 5:32)

One of the objectives of Islam and its laws is preservation of life because life is a sacred gift of God and Muslims are commanded to preserve it. Harming it in any way, physically or symbolically, is prohibited (Haram).

Health is a necessary condition for the preservation of life. It is only healthy humans that could establish healthy societies and implement ethical and just system for all.

Al Ghazali points out: “A proper understanding and implementation of religion, from the standpoint of knowledge and worship, can only be arrived at through physical health and life preservation.”

Health is indeed important in human life as we were taught by our Messenger Muhammad (S):

“Second to faith, no one has been ever given a greater blessing than health.” (Tirmizi)

“To God-fearing (people), health is better than wealth.” (Ibn Majah, Al Hakim, Ahmed)

“Whoever of you gets up in the morning feeling physically healthy, enjoying security and having his/her food for the day, is like one who has the world under his/her fingerprints.” (Ibn Majah)

As Muslims, we are all responsible for our health and will be questioned “How did we spend our lives and in what pursuit we used our health?” (Tirmizi)

Why? Because health is a blessing of God bestowed upon us and we are asked to “seize it before we become sick.” (Al Bayhaqi) But unfortunately, “many of us become careless about it” (Bukhari), as stated by Messenger Muhammad (S).

From an Islamic standpoint, the responsibility to take care of health and its protection is a duty on each one of us by:

a) caring about our bodies (“Your body has right on you,” as our Messenger Muhammad (S), taught us) and

b) protecting ourselves and others from infectious viruses and diseases in the present and the future [la darada wa la dirar].

So, Islam gave us set of instructions regarding health and our well- being by first appreciating the gift of health, taking care of it and protecting it from any harm.

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SNMC Youth – Virtual Activities

Please register for updates on Virtual Events held by SNMC Youth!For everyone! Please register at: https://bit.ly/2IOCLpF
Target age and gender groups for activities will be specified with the activity links.

Our next upcoming virtual event is:
Online Wednesday 5 pm halaqa targeted to the youth
The speaker is: Imam MohsenThe topic is: Time Is Life (How to optimize our time over March Break)
Time: 5-6 pm TOMORROW (Wednesday March 18th)Location: Virtual!Attendees can join through the following link: https://bit.ly/3a9z0XX

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SNMC PROGRAMS – LIVE STREAMING

‏اَلسَلامُ عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ اَللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ‎
DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK SNMC BUILDING (3020 WOODROFE AVE) IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

When the Bani Israeel were helpless, Allah commanded them to turn their homes into mosques and establish prayer.

وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰ وَأَخِيهِ أَن تَبَوَّآ لِقَوْمِكُمَا بِمِصْرَ بُيُوتًا وَاجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ قِبْلَةً وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ – 10:87

“And We inspired Moses and his brother, ‘Settle your people in Egypt in houses and make your houses [facing the] qiblah and establish prayer and give good tidings to the believers.'”

With attendance in congregational prayer becoming difficult, discouraged or impossible due to this trial and calamity we are facing, let us continue the spirit by establishing prayers in congregation in our homes.

May Allah forgive us and protect us

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, SNMC building might be closed but إِنْ شَاءَ ٱللّٰهُ‎ we’ll try to provide the services to the community and will keep the community connected with the masjid. The imams and the board members will be available to answer any questions that you might have.

Here are the emails:
General inquiries from SNMC: info@snmc.ca
Questions to imams: imam@snmc.ca
Questions to board: board@snmc.ca

For uptodate information and youtube videos please subscribe to the following chanels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SNMC.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/snmcca
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/SnmcTube

Spiritual reminders and lectures:

Daily reminders:
Our two imams will upload daily reminers to the community on the YouTube. Please subscibe to the YouTube channel so that you can be notified of the new vidoes as as soon as they are uploaded.

Tafseer, Friday night and other lectures:
Some lectures will be streamed live so that you can watch listen to the imam live. For some live programs questions can be sent to the imam through text message. Schedule of these lectures is as follows:

Tuesday March 17, 2020 after maghreb (7:30 pm): Manners with Allah
Topic: Importance of Du’a in Muslim’s.
LIVE STREAMING – by Imam Zijad

Wednesday March 18, 2020 (5:00-6:00pm): Girls 10+ program:
Topic: Time is the Life & Every Moment Count
LIVE STREAMING by Imam Dr. Mohsen

March 20, 2020 after maghreb (7:30 pm) SNMC Friday Night Lecture/Discussion
Topic: Calamities and Trials
LIVE STREAMING – by Imam Mohsen

March 21, 2020 after maghreb (7:30 pm):
Topic: Advices for Difficult Time
LIVE STREAMING – by Imam Mohsen

March 22nd after magrib (7:30 pm): Family relationship
Topic: Importance of Family in Islam.
LIVE STREAMING – by Imam Zijad

Assistance to the needy and people in isolation:
SNMC is working with UMOOG to establish response team to assist needy and people in isolation. Information will be shared with the community through SNMC media outlets.

Instructions on how to Join Girls Halaqa?
Ensure you have either:
Google Chrome browser or
The new Microsoft Edge browser or
The Microsoft Teams App for Desktop or
The Microsoft Teams App for Mobile
Click on the link (https://bit.ly/3a9z0XX)

Follow the instructions on the screen.
We highly recommend enabling video (so joining the meeting while wearing a scarf if you usually wear one) to help keep the meeting interactive!

For detailed instructions, please see see the following videos:
Joining through Google Chrome: TeamsMeeting_joinThroughGoogleChrome.mov
Joining through Microsoft Teams Desktop App: TeamsMeeting_joinThroughTeamsDesktopApp.mov

If you have any issues at any time, send us an email at youthg14plus@snmc.ca and we will try to help you out immediately.

If we or you run into any issues, please be patient with us as we are learning and trying to improve in sha Allah.

Hope to see you at 5pm tomorrow for our halaqa in sha’ Allah!

SNMC Youth committee

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Important Community Announcement

Assalamo-alaikum, Dear SNMC community members,

It’s extremely difficult to disinfect and dry any surfaces including carpets at SNMC for regular prayers on regular basis.

Therefore, elderly (65+) , children, persons with underlying medical conditions requiring medications such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, cancers, hepatitis, HIV etc; persons with symptoms such as cough, cold, flu, sore throat, runny nose, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting etc. should pray at home. If you show any of the above symptoms or if you use medications to suppress immune system or if you have been in contact with any possible COVID-19 case or if you travelled in the last 14 days please don’t come to masjid.

For others, you may be apparently healthy and not showing any symptoms but maybe carrying the virus, therefore, you must take all possible precautions to make sure that you don’t transmit it to others (if God forbid you are carrying the virus). Make sure that you make ablution at home and bring clean prayer mat with yourself, please keep the distance, don’t shake hands, come on time and leave immediately after the prayer.

Please note that as a precaution SNMC management and imams advise the community to pray at home.

Friday night programs and other lectures will be streamed live so that people can watch and listen to these programs from their homes.

Any further changes would be communicated to the community through diffent media outlets of SNMC.

Jazakallah khair

SNMC management.

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Programs at SNMC Suspended

Assalamo-alaikum,

Please  note  that  all  programs  at  SNMC  have  been suspended at  SNMC  except  regular  prayers. This  includes  SNMC  sponsored  programs  as  well  as  private  programs  and  gatherings.

SNMC Management 

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ILEAD 2020 Postponed

Assalamu Alaykum,
The I.LEAD team would like to officially announce the status of the upcoming I.LEAD conference that was initially scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, 2020. In light of the circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the conference has been postponed until further notice for the health and safety of our guests, speakers, volunteers, and the wider Canadian community.

As I.LEAD is a large scale community conference, we are acting proactively to follow the recommendations of health advisory boards to prevent further risk of exposure of the virus.
We appreciate the trust our guests place in us and will be issuing a full refund for all tickets. For online tickets, you will receive your refund in your account within the next 3 weeks.
If you bought the physical tickets, please contact the organization you purchased from for the refund. For further inquiries you can email us at info@ileadcanada.ca

We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this situation and look forward to your ongoing support in the future. We plan to return even stronger with a more exciting program insha’Allah! Until then, may Allah protect our communities and keep us united in this challenging time.
With regards,

The I.LEAD team

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Managing Diabetes in Ramadan