Alhumdulilah.

Hong Kong masajids and madrasahs have had it’s second week of public Jummah salah abiding to the government’s social distancing and hygiene standards.

This is in Kowloon Masjid,

which once again had arranged two salatul Jummah so that the numbers can be maintained.

✔️ Entrance was through the two main gates only.
✔️ Temperature was checked for every entry.
✔️ Hand sanitizers machines installed at few walls.
✔️ Salah positions clearly marked out in halls.
✔️ Khutbah delivery was limited due to time.
✔️ Exit of the first jammh attendees was through side back gates.
✔️ Entry of the second jammah attendees from front main gates with people lining up along pavement in a single line left and right. All with masks on.

May Allah accept from all managements, imams, volunteers and those who attended with discipline and in an orderly manner.

May Allah continue to safeguard everyone worldwide and open more of His houses doors to the Ummah worldwide with peace and tranquility.

Asad Ghondal,

Chairman of the BC Muslim Association’s Surrey / Delta branch,

Asked The City of Surrey to allow Public Adhans at Surrey Jamea Masjid at 12407 72 Avenue.

Vancouver and neighbouring Burnaby now have Public Adhans for the remainder of Ramadan 2020.

“The area where we it is,
it’s a very dense population with the Muslim community.
We respect the bylaws,
we respect the community diversity,
we always respect the community space.”

His request was for a two minute prayer for ten days, starting May 13th.

The City of Surrey responded :

 

The City of Surrey BC initially agreed to a Single Public Call to Prayer, to be broadcast on the Final Night of Ramadan 2020.

Asad Ghondal wrote back to The City two more times.

Eventually, they agreed to allow broadcasting The Call to Prayer for only Five nights, beginning Monday 18 2020

Listen to the radio interview for the full story.

 

Message posted on facebook

“Asalamualaykum WRB

I hope this message finds all of you well, in the best of health and Islamic spirit.

BCMA is the leading organization for Muslims in BC.

We have always taken a lead in catering to the wants and needs of our community.

In the light of that,

it is with extreme gratitude and honor that I am announcing,

from the initiative taken by the BCMA Surrey/Delta Branch – Surrey Jamea Masjid,

we have gotten the permission to call out the Adhaan for five days,

Alhamdulillah.

We contacted the Mayor’s office on the 6th fast of Ramadan to get permission to broadcast the Adhaan for Maghrib time.

We had taken this step very early even before the approvals in North America.

As there were approvals of Adhaan within North America where the Muslim population was not dense, we thought we should definitely present a stronger case to the city for an approval.

We gathered the support of our community and I have always seen the support of my board of directors and especially that of my President, Br. Iltaf Sahib.

The first person that I contacted in this whole experience was our MP for our locality the Honorable Sukh Dhaliwal.

He has always shown the Muslim community his support and for that,

Alhamudillah, we are grateful.

It was not an easy road but we have gotten what we set out to achieve.

Alhamdulillah, we stood together as a community and our voices were one rather than divided and for that,

I would like to thank each and every one of you that stood with me.

I want to give a special thanks to the Surrey City Council Members that were first to stand with us and give us assurance their support would be with us.

I want to give my sincerest thanks and extreme gratitude to all those that have stood with me.

  • Bilal Cheema
  • Shaukat Khan of Pakistan Canada Association
  • Zeeshan Wahla and Dave Hans of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Consultants
  • Ashiana Khan of Media Waves

Once again,

I want to give my sincerest thanks to Mayor Doug Mccallum and the Surrey City Council Council their support.

We will broadcast the Adhaan for five days, InshaAllah.

I wanted to congratulate everyone that stood with me during this difficult time and showed tremendous amount of support.

May Allah SWT bless each and every one of you. Ameen.

PS: I also wanted to say to those people that were unsure of when the request for Adhaan become a request.

Some people, without taking any names, began to use this to their own agendas for political gains and taking credit for something they — not only did not start, but also didn’t finish.

I want to congratulate those people as well.

JazakAllah Khair,

Muhammad Asad Gondal
Chairman
Surrey Jamea Masjid
BCMA”

 

What is World Iftar Day ?

Crowdsourcing the Ummah to make a Montage Video of Global Ramadan 2020 messages.

Send in your pics and videos by May 15th to take part and be featured on World Iftar Day

Rules for submission:

– send to worldiftarday@gmail.com

Or

tag/Dm on instagram – image must include

  • @worldiftarday
  • #worldiftarday2020
  • Location

And anything else of your choice – can be a clip or image – can either be drawn/ printed/ or digital – faces can be cropped or blurred out if preferred.

On Instagram : You tag #WorldIftarDay or @WorldIftarDay

or I suppose on Twitter too : #WorldIftarDay or @WorldIftarDay

With Photographs or Video of your World Iftar 2020 Message.

That’s it.

Tag your photo or video #WorldIftarDay in ANY LANGUAGE (!)

They will do the rest.

World Iftar Day will edit your submissions into a montage that will be released on Day 25 of Ramadan 2020 / Monday May 18 2020.

Submission Deadline is : Saturday May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Here’s a sneak peak at a number of . . .

 

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Alhamdulillah!

All praise to Allah (swt) Who Has bestowed upon us His mercy.

As you may be aware the BC government announced its plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

After consulting relevant authorities and following the new regulations,

The management board of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) – Vancouver Centre is pleased to announce the reopening of the Centre for the Jumuaa, Isha and Taraweeh nightly Ramadan congregational prayer starting Saturday May 16th, 2020/Ramadan 23rd, 1441 insha’Allah.”

Booking Salat Attendance at MAC Centre

“Giving the limited attendance numbers suggested by BC government,

We ask our Muslim community for help to smooth entrance and attendance of salat at MAC Centre.

Please book your attendance by visiting main page of

www.macvancouver.ca

or clicking the link

http://www.macvancouver.ca/entrybooking/ .

Bring your booking ticket when arriving at MAC centre.

The attendance is limited to healthy adult men and women from 15 to 60 year old.

No children or youth below 15 years or seniors above 60 years will be allowed.”

Ishaa and Taraweeh Prayer

“Dr Muhtaz Mansurey

We are blessed to have Dr Muhtaz Mansurey with us for the rest of Ramadan.

We ask Allah to accept his good deeds for joining us in a short notice.”

“My brother Eesa died last night in his sleep (21st night),
he taught me many lessons on brotherhood and this deen.
A loving husband and a father.
No health issues barely 30 yrs old.
But if it’s our time it’s our time.
May Allah grant him Jannah ❤️”

JF Inspires

Masjid al-Salaam and Education Centre made a request to Burnaby City Council for permission to broadcast the evening Call to Prayer over loudspeakers during Ramadan 2020.

On April 29 2020,

Imam Yahya Momla wrote to Council that the Adhān would take on new meaning this year if they’re approved to broadcast it.

 

Call to Prayer – Permission from the City of Burnaby

“The Islamic call to prayer is called adhān, which means “to inform.”

The call summons Muslims for obligatory prayer and its objective is to bring people together.

Ramadan – the month of fasting began on April 24.

Ramadan is a month where Muslims spend their time in prayer, self-reflection and fasting from sunrise to sunset.

We are seeking the Council’s permission to allow Masjid Al-Salaam to broadcast the adhān through loudspeakers at sunset (3 minutes after sunset to be precise) during the month of Ramadan.

The duration of this adhān is approximately 3 minutes.

This is a show of unity and solidarity with the City and British Columbia that we will overcome the COVID-19 challenge and these difficult times together.

The Adhān is also our unique way of paying homage to the courage, sacrifice, and bravery of our first responders.

This practice is being adopted in other parts of Canada (Ontario and Alberta) and around the world.

We would like to emphasize that in view of the Provincial Health Officer and City’s direction,

the mosque is closed for the public.

However,

the adhān will be live on the Masjid’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel,

so that people can watch and listen to it from home.”

 

This request was received by Council in the Monday May 11 2020 public meeting.

Staff recommended City Council approve the request as long as the call to prayer complies with Burnaby’s noise by-law.

Alhumdulillah.

Burnaby’s First Public Adhān was broadcast via loudspeakers on Night 21, the first of the five possible Laylatul Qadr, Night of Power, in Ramadan 2020.

 

First public adhan (call to prayer) in Burnaby, BC – Masjid Al Salaam

May 13, 2020

Masjid Al Salaam and Education center is hosting the city’s first public adhan during Magreb prayer.

The Muadhhin (caller) is Brother Mahdi.”

First public adhan (call to prayer) in Burnaby, BC – Masjid Al Salaam

First public adhan (call to prayer) in Burnaby, BC – Masjid Al SalaamMay 13, 2020 Masjid Al Salaam and Education center is hosting the city's first public adhan during Magreb prayer. The Muadhhin (caller) is Brother Mahdi.

Posted by Masjid al Salaam and Education Centre on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 

Adhan was called by the Muezzin standing in Masjid Al Salaam’s Noble Courtyard, essentially a public square inside this Islamic Centre.

Tonight’s Muezzin, Brother Mahdi, is a friend of mine, SubhanAllah.

 

Previously . . .

On Day 28 in Ramadan 2016,

While doing 30 Masjids Canada,

I had sat in this same Noble Courtyard to record a podcast interview with Sharif Senbel, The Architect of this Ecological Masjid.

In Ramadan 2018,

I returned to Masjid Al-Salaam on Day 26 to spend Night 27 for Laylatul Qadr and Khatam Al Qur’an.