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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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Du’a of the Week

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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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Imam Mohsen Corner

Live-Streaming Discussion:

* Friday, 3rd April at 7:00 pmJoin us for Dua’as & Dhikr night with Imam Mohsen (Before Maghrib -Sunset)

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* Saturday, 4th April 8:15 pm – Topic: “Relieve us with it, O Bilal!”

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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)