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Quarantine Kabout / Ramadan workshop

Looking for a fun way to spend time at home? Do you want to benefit and get a chance to see all your friends at the same time? Then you are in the right place!

Please sign up for our “Quarantine Kahoot” happening on Sunday April 26th, 2020 @ 5:30 PM . Where we will be engaging in an interesting discussion together about Ramadan for the first time in quarantine!

Speaker : Imam Mohsen
Topic : A beautiful story of the Seerah of the Propeht (SAW).
For boys ages 11-13

After this short talk will play Kahoot and have fun!
Valuable prizes (totalling $60) will be awarded to the top three players!

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Calamity and Charity, Emdad Khan

We wonder what’s happenings around us. The invisible micro virus is currently controlling our day to day life all over the world. All the mighty military, politicians, technologists, scientists, engineers, physicians look like they are unable to do something except encourage others to stay locked down at home, maintaining self-isolation and maintain social distance.

Allah (SWT) may test some of us with calamities, even when it is hard and may test some other people with blessings. Many tragic events that happen in our life comes as tests from the Almighty, but difficult to explain. But Allah (SWT) states in the Qur’an:

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your toil but give glad tidings to those who are patient.”

Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 155

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  says in a hadith:

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.”

(Sahih Muslim, 2999).

If not for the trials of this world, we could become arrogant, self-boasting and it will to our doom in this world and in the Hereafter.

By panicking, the calamity does not go away, it makes things worse. Being patient and striving sincerely to overcome the challenges is rewarded by Allah (SWT) that is enough for us and many times greater. The Most Wise and the Most Merciful, Allah (SWT) did not send this calamity in order to destroy us, rather He is checking on us, testing our patience, acceptance, and faith.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ says in another hadith:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi). He added that: “Sadaqa extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire. Sadaqa appeases Allah’s anger and averts evil. And even a smile in your brother’s face is sadaqa.”

The Almighty has guaranteed about our provision, under all circumstances. Even in calamity/crisis, every human being will get the provisions, simply trying in an ethical way and having faith and trust in Allah (SWT).

“Do they not know that Allah extends the provision for whom He wills, and restricts it? Indeed, in this are signs for who have Faith!”

Surah Az-Zumar, Verse 52

The sender of the calamity has also given us a process for our rectification.

Allah (SWT) commands:”

” …therefore Read as much of the Quran as may be easy for you, Establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; And Loan to Allah, a beautiful Loan, and whatever you send forth for yourself, you will find it with Allah. Yes, Better and Greater in reward, and seek His Forgiveness, as He is Forgiver and Most Merciful”.

Surah Al-Muzzammil, Verse 20

In the new emerging world order, by the will of Allah (SWT) we will strive to be good to family, community, country and will be more kind, humble and caring.

As calamity can not pass over charity, let us be more generous to the elderly, parents, needy, orphans, neighbours, strangers, and captives.

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President’s Message

Dear SNMC family,

I miss you all. In fact, the masjid misses you and of course you miss the masjid as well. May Allah make it easy for all of humanity.

It has been about 5 weeks since we last prayed at our masjid. Inshallah our current situation will improve and we’ll be able to return to the masjid soon. For now, it is a test from Allah (SWT). Though we may miss some of the blessings, the most important one is going to the masjid and praying in congregation. However, Allah (SWT) still loves us and Allah has still blessed us with his countless blessings. 

Even though we can’t visit each other nor the masjid, we can still keep in touch. We have a variety of communication channels that we can use to reach out to the masjid and one another. This is the time where we come closer to our families, companions and re-establish a firm connection with Allah (SWT). Let us try to use this time to make dua and ask for repentance.

Our two imams are working hard every day to reach out to the community through video messages to uplift the spirituality of the community. Also, Ramadan is coming up and inshallah our imams will share an overview of the programs to come during the blessed month. In addition to our imams, other respected leaders of the community will also use the SNMC platform to share their spiritual messages with the community.

Please reach out to SNMC for feedback about our current activities, and anything else you’d like to suggest in terms of content and/or schedule. We’ll adjust the programs based on the needs and feedback of the community. If you or anyone you know needs help with anything please contact SNMC, myself or the imams. Inshallah, SNMC will use its resources to help as much as possible.

SNMC contacts:

  • info@snmc.ca
  • board@snmc.ca
  • imam@snmc.ca (to reach both), OR
    Imam.Zijad@snmc.ca / imam.Mohsen@snmc.ca to reach individually
  • zulfiqar.khan@snmc.ca

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Jazakallahkhair, and may Allah (SWT) protect us all.

Br. Zulfiqar Khan
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Call, Listen, Share & Get Refreshed

Many of us feel lonely, isolated, depressed, what is happening? Just pick up phone in the afternoon or evening, call some friends, neighbours, coworkers and listen to some ideas, share the feeling and get refreshed

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Patience

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Patience (Sabr) is a comprehensive virtue in Islam that encompasses perseverance, endurance, forbearance, diligence, and restraint. It is a characteristic of enlightenment that develops in the heart of a believer.

Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ

O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Verily, Allah is with the patient. (Al-Baqarah 2:153)

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). said:

وَمَنْ يَتَصَبَّرْ يُصَبِّرْهُ اللَّهُ وَمَا أُعْطِيَ أَحَدٌ عَطَاءً خَيْرًا وَأَوْسَعَ مِنْ الصَّبْرِ

“Whoever would be patient, then Allah will make him patient. There is no gift that is better and more comprehensive than patience”. (Al-Bukhārī)

Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said:

وَالصَّبْرُ ضِيَاءٌ

“Patience is illumination”. (Sahih Muslim)

According to Ibn Al-Qayyim, in his work ‘Uddat al-Ṣābirīn, patience is divided into 3 components:

  1. Patience in worshiping Allah and adhering to His commands.
  2. Patience in avoiding sins and disobedience.
  3. Patience with the decree of Allah and calamities.

Regarding the first aspect of patience, it is to have perseverance in fulfilling the obligations of Islam such as prayer, giving charity, and fasting.

Finally, Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

وَالْعَصْرِ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

By the time, verily mankind is in loss except for those who have faith and perform righteous deeds and enjoin one another to truth and enjoin one another to patience.  (Surat Al-Asr 103:1-3)

Therefore, the virtue of patience is tremendously important for our well-being in this life and in the Hereafter, so we should strive to develop patience within ourselves in all of its aspects.

Success only comes from Allah (SWT), and Allah (SWT) knows best.

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Humble and Arrogant

Humble and Arrogant. As human being, we are familiar in our day to day life in works and community with the persons of these two attributes.

In fact, with the creation of first human being Adam and the cursed devil, the almighty has explained these two attributes. The devil showed his arrogance by disobeying God when asked to prostate Adam (AHS) as he proudly stated his is better as he was created from fire and Adam from soil.  But we observe, when at the deception of devil, prophet Adam and mother Hawa disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit, they instantly admitted and took the owner ship of the misstate. They did not blame each other or the devil, rater both said, oh our Lord, we wronged ourselves, if you do not forgive us or have mercy on us, we will become the losers.

So, one key attribute we will see in our life, when some thing goes wrong, the arrogant will blame others or find excuses not take the ownership, but the humble one will admit and take ownership of the mistake.

 The humble person speaks the truth. Arrogant negotiates a way out on what’s best for himself/herself. Arrogant uses anger, bitterness, or finds a way out from speaking the truth.

Another attribute is listening, Humble person listens other views with deep attention and  gently seeks clarification, but the arrogant will do opposite.

If any one of us has a vision, we will work by persuasion to overcome obstacles to reach the goal, not by arrogant will say, our way or highway, and so on.

The crazy, invisible, micro virus within three months, January to March 2020, has taken over the control of the whole world. The mighty presidents, prime ministers, scientists, engineers, professors, physicians, has not yet find a cure or way to get the control back. This reminds us, when on the day of judgment, the Almighty, God will declare, for whom is the kingdom today. No one will be able to say anything, He again will declare, for God the Irresistible one. So, the Almighty has given us an opportunity to return to Him and work to save the humanity by becoming humble and  be caring to build a just society, country and world. We have the option to be humble like prophet Adam or be cursed and doom ourselves and humanity by being like the devil

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Sha’aban Month

All praises are to Allāh, the Most Kind and the Most Merciful, and may His peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam).

Dear Brothers and sisters in Islam,

The month of Sha’bān is one of the most important months for our ‘Ibādah.

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, one of the great scholars, said:

“The month of Sha’bān is a preparation for the month of Ramadān.”

This is why many scholars from the past would call it the month of the Qur’ān and the month of the reciters, because they would recite a lot of Qur’ān during the month of Sha’bān in order to be ready to read more Qur’ān during the month of Ramadan.

Shaban is one of the seasons of worship that should be utilized in filling our record of good deeds and reward. It is a month in which the Prophet would fast more than he fasted in any other month in acknowledgment of its excellence, as stated by authentic hadiths.

Not only fasting is recommendable in Shaban but all the good deeds are also desirable in this month. The faithful Muslim aspires to have a big share of the various acts of worship in search for the pleasure of Allah to him.

Usamah ibn Zaid (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as Sh`aban.’ He said: ‘That is a month to which people disregard or do not pay much attention, between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.”‘ (An-Nasaa’i)

Subhan Allah! Our deeds are lifted up to Allah in the month of Shaban.

These deeds contain all what one does including the good, the bad, the offensive, the prohibited, the allowable, etc. Our Prophet was keen that the end of his recorded woks before their ascension to Allah to be sealed with an act of worship, namely fasting.

So, my dear respected brothers and sisters, while you are staying at home, try to fast as much as you can in this month. Train your family to fast as much as they can and to read Qur’ān as much as possible.

This is a very good preparation for Ramadān. Take this staying at home as an opportunity to get closer to Allāh and always transform difficulties into opportunities. This is the mentality of the successful people – and we are successful people.

May Allāh remove this calamity before the coming month of Ramadān.

The difference between Sha’bān 1440 and Sha’bān 1441 is that a whole year of your life has passed. A whole year of more than 350 days of actions recorded. The actions of the days are recorded, not neglecting any hour, nor second of each day.

Ibrāhīm al-Nakh’ī used to cry to his wife every Thursday, and she used to cry too and he used to say, “Today our actions will be put forth in front of Allāh”. So how about the actions of the whole year?

Sit down and try to reflect on what you did in the past year and try to remember the actions that will be put forth in front of Allāh.

May Allah give us the utmost love for such a month that meant so much to our beloved Prophet (SAW). May He give us the ability to fast abundantly in this month and committing good deeds and Muslim gain countless blessings from Allah Almighty in addition to receiving pardon and forgiveness. Ameen!

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Imam Zijad Corner

Live-Streaming Discussion:

* Tuesday, March 31th at 8:00 pm – Topic: “Being an Extra-Nice Neighbour in Times of Calamities.” —
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* Sunday, April 5th at 8:00 pm – Topic: “Benefits of True Tawakkul (Reliance) on Allah in Times of Calamities.”–

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Short Talks: 

* Wednesday, April 1st Topic: “Practical Muslims’ Response to Coronavirus Pandemic.” –
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* Saturday noon, April 4th  Topic: 1st “Be Mindful of God and God will Protect you.” –
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* Monday noon, April 6th Topic: “Planning for Ramadan: New Challenges with equally New Responses.” —

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