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The Imaan and executive of Masjid Al Ansar will like to extend you and your family Ramadhan Mubarak. As the auspicious month of Ramadan starts, may the crescent of the moon illuminate your path towards enlightenment, and may Allah bless you with peace and grace.

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Administrator Eid Ul Fitr Message


Dearest Brothers & Sisters
“Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Raahmatullah Wa Barakaatuhu -Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan Mubarak”

May the peace and blessing of Allah(SWT) be with us all on this glorious day of Eid.  
May Allah grant us and permit us to show our gratitude to him as we continue to practice our obligations towards him. Eid is a day of celebration, so let us celebrate with families and friends and make this day special and memorable.
 
Masjid Al-Ansar will abide with the State restrictions; accepting only a limited number of members in the mosque at the time of prayers. Eid Salah will begin for first prayer at 8:30 a.m and a second Salah will follow immediately after the first at 9:15 am.
Please pay your Zakat, Sadqatul Fitr($10.00 per member of household), donations and annual membership dues by click here. To cover the monthly operating cost for the masjid, so please donate generously.

May Allah (SWT) grace us with happiness and prosperity in the years ahead. Eid Mubarak!
 
 Jazak Allahu Khairan
Br. Rafeek Munusami
Administrator.

12 May 2021 08:44 PM

Eid Ul Fitr greetings

12 May 2021 02:49 PM

Sadaqah

Sadaqa need to be paid before the Eid Salaat.It's $10 per head in the household.

What is Sadaqa?

Sadaqa (charity) is charity given voluntarily in order to please God.

Sadaqa also describes a voluntary charitable act towards others, whether through generosity, love, compassion or faith. These acts are not necessarily physical or monetary. Simple good deeds such as a smile, or a helping hand, are seen as acts of sadaqa.

Who can give sadaqa?

Anyone can give sadaqa for any amount. Some of the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were incredibly generous in giving sadaqa, often giving away large portions of their wealth and keeping only enough to meet their needs. A good balance for us may be to divide our wealth between that which we need, savings and sadaqa.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) would give charity throughout the year but increase his sadaqa during Ramadan. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most generous of people, and he was most generous during Ramadan,” (Hadith, Bukhari).

Ramadan is therefore a good time to increase one’s sadaqa, pay one’s zakat if it is due or start giving regular charity as the rewards for good deeds are multiplied.

What is sadaqa jariya?

Sadaqa jariya is an important concept within Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them,” (Hadith, Muslim).

Therefore, Muslims are eager to give charity which will continue to have benefit to people after their death and continue to earn them reward.

Any charity which continues to have positive effects on a community in the long-term can be considered a sadaqa jariya. Some examples include:

·        Building homes, schools and hospitals

·        Installing durable water systems

·        Cultivating crops which provides food for years to come

·        Helping a family start a business which continues generating profit for future generations

Essentially, sadaqa jariya is what today’s international development sector calls ‘sustainable development.’ Promoted by Islam over 1,400 years ago, sadaqa jariya encompasses the majority of sustainable development programmes carried out by NGOs today.

What are the benefits of giving sadaqa?

Sadaqa benefits the believer not just in this life but the next.

Sadaqa averts calamity and increases sustenance and blessings in one’s life. Allah says in the Qur’an, “Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned,” (Qur’an, 2: 245).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi). He also said that Allah offers relief on the Day of Judgement for those who give sadaqa: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be their charity,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi).

Ramadan is a time to increase our good deeds and to connect with those who regularly go without food and water. This year, we should also reach out to those at greater risk of the coronavirus pandemic who may not have access to adequate protection and healthcare.

Courtesy of Islamic Relief Worldwide 


What Is the Difference Between Zakat and Sadaqah?

The Short Answer

Zakat is the third of the five pillars of individually obligatory worship Islam is built on. The Muslim, the believer in Islam, fulfills it by paying a set sum in yearly alms (mostly 2.5 percent) out of his or her prescribed forms of surplus wealth to the eight kinds of people whom God has Himself designated in the Quran as either directly deserving or as qualified beneficiaries of its payment.

Sadaqah’ has come to mean ‘voluntary charitable offerings’ in the usage of Muslims, but at the time of the Quran’s revelation and the Prophet Muhammad’s communication of its message, on him be peace, Sadaqah meant Zakat. So, Sadaqah encompasses the meaning of Zakat in God’s Divine Law, the Shari‘ah.

What do Zakat and Sadaqah mean linguistically?

The literal, or denotative, definition of the word ‘Zakat’ (sometimes spelled ‘Zakah’) is “increase,” as in growth (nama). The word also connotes “betterment” (tahsun), “righteousness” (salah), “praise” (hamd), “blessings” (barakah), “purification” (taharah), or “commendation” (madh). Scholars cite its use in Arabic poetry before Islam. Its usage as the Zakat of almsgiving comes early in the Quran’s revelation, occurring eight times in the Surahs (divinely revealed divisions of the Quran) sent down to the Prophet, on him be peace, during the first phase of his call in Makkah.

Sadaqah’ stems from the root sidq, which means ‘truthfulness’ in the sense that someone’s action attests to a belief he or she claims to hold. So sidq’s derivatives in language (like sadaqah) imply deeds that “confirm” or “support” something, or “donating” a possession — acts that prove one’s faith in or conviction about something. The great Andalusian jurist Ibn Al-‘Arabi (d. 1146) shows how Sadaqah’s sense in language expresses itself in its meaning of “charity”— including its meaning of “Zakat” — as it occurs 12 times in the surahs of the Quran revealed after the Prophet, on him be peace, migrated to Madinah:

The meaning of sadaqah derives from the root sidq because sadaqah implicates giving away goods and funds for the sake of God, demonstrating one’s faithfulness and manifesting into reality one’s belief in the Resurrection and the Afterlife. (Qardawi, Fiqh az-Zakat, xlvi)

Indeed, the Prophet himself, on him be peace, said: “Sadaqah is a proof” (Muslim).

Why Is the Word ‘Zakat’ Used for Almsgiving?

By naming His obligatory almsgiving ‘Zakat’ in the Quran, God infuses this worship’s spiritual reality with this word’s several linguistic connotations:

  1. He promises the divine blessing of ‘growth’ in the material wealth of any who pay from their money and property the annual charity He has obliged, giving ‘increase,’ as well, to the one who receives or benefits from its payment. This growth also occurs spiritually and mentally in the persons who pay Zakat and those who receive it.

  2. The Zakat-Charity likewise “purifies” both the soul of its giver from sin and his or her material wealth.

  3. The word ‘zakâ’ connotes ‘sweetening,’ implying that wealth on which Zakat has not been duly paid remains bitter, spoils, and causes one’s wealth to rot in this life and the Hereafter.

What Distinguishes Zakat from Sadaqah in Detail

Seven distinctions set Zakat apart from sadaqah in terms of individual, voluntary charitable giving.

  1. Obligation: The Quran and the Sunnah (or statements, actions, and approvals) of the Prophet, on him be peace, explicitly make Zakat an obligatory act of worship, like the Testification that there is no God but the One God, and Muhammad is His Messenger; or the Five Daily Salah-Prayers, or Fasting the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, or making the Hajj-Pilgrimage to Makkah.


  2. Designation: Zakat is an annual compulsory charity payment not a tax. It is a divine investment from the true Owner of all wealth, God, that becomes totally possessed by the individual He invests it in as part of his or her property. This then comes due to its rightful owners (the eight designees of the Divine Investor) at maturity.


  3. Occasion: Zakat is due on its holder’s wealth after it passes, or its threshold amount reaches, exactly one Islamic lunar year in his or her possession. This span is termed a hawl. One’s different forms of Zakatable wealth may have different hawl terms.


  4. Amount: Zakat is generally 2.5 percent of one’s surplus wealth, rising to 5 percent of irrigated crops, 10 percent from naturally watered produce, and 20 percent of discovered treasures, windfalls, or natural resources. These percentage differences account for the Zakat payer’s varied investment in gaining their yields.


  5. Categorization: Zakat does not blanket all the property or wealth one accumulates to alms payment. It singles out 9 categories of wealth in specific threshold quantities from which its holders must pay Zakat’s designated amounts:

    1. I.    Livestock: (Each kind with specific threshold quantities and due alms)

    2. ii.   Gold and Silver (Possessions & Currency (including Digital Currency)

    3. iii.   Business Goods (Trade & Merchandise)

    4. iv.  Agricultural Produce (Crops & Farmland)

    5. v.   Animal Products (Honey, Silk, Etc.)

    6. vi.  Minerals and Sea Products (Troves & Extraction)

    7. vii.  Improvements (Buildings & Assets)

    8. viii Earnings (Income)

    9. ix   Financial Instruments (Shares, Bonds, Investment Plans, etc.)


  6.  Locality: Zakat is local, distributed from the wealthy of a locality to the deserving of that same locality, until need and entitlement is satisfied in the region of its collection. If a Zakat payer lives in one place but accumulates Zakatable wealth from another, it is paid out in the area the payer resides. Zakat authorities may transport Zakat for three reasons: (i) To give to a payer’s kin (who hold priority), (ii) after local Zakat collections have satisfied local needs, and (iii) when urgency requires saving the stricken of other regions.


  7. Distribution: The Prophet, on him be peace, said: “God permitted not even a prophet to assess zakat[-worthiness]. Rather, He Himself ruled on it and permitted it in eight cases. Therefore, if you belong to any of these, I shall most surely give you your right” (Abu Dawud).

    1. I.    The poor (direly in need whom humility prevents from asking)

    2. ii.   The needy (driven to beg)

    3. iii.   Zakat-workers (who administer its collection and distribution)

    4. iv.  Hearts to Be Reconciled (Muslims or others under duress regarding Islam)

    5. v.   Those in bondage (captive or enslaved)

    6. vi.  The Debt-Ridden (see Can Zakat Be Used to Pay Debt?)

    7. vii.  In the Cause of God (see Can Zakat Be Given for a Mosque?)

    8. viii The Wayfarer (the stranded, travelers in need, the homeless, displaced, and foundlings)

What of Sadaqah as Voluntary Charity?

Sadaqah, as a person’s freewill offering for the sake of God, is utterly crucial both in the world — for our relations, neighbors, and fellows in humanity — and for the everlasting disposition of our own souls in the coming Afterlife. For this reason, Islam in the repeated, explicit exhortations of its Revelation — the divine speech of the Quran and the words, actions, and sanctions of the Prophet, on him be peace — places an emphasis on voluntary charity that is without parallel.

What Rules Govern Sadaqah as Voluntary Charity?

 Consistent with the matchless urgency for sadaqah-charity, Islam imposes almost no restrictions on its giving, except that it must come from lawful gain and be given for rightful ends intending only to please God.

The Muslim Obligation to Eliminate World Poverty

Islam does not merely encourage Muslims to deal with poverty in the world. It charges the believers to cure it. Thus it gives them the ways and means to do it. At the top of this list is the establishment of Zakat. Muslims cannot execute this duty of eradicating poverty without first fully institutionalizing Zakat among themselves. It is the system that actually positions Muslims as a Community to achieve the ordained end of raising all the poor out of needfulness.

Sadaqah as an Equal Sign Between Ending Poverty and Attaining Faith

Zakat as a pillar of worship gives the Muslim Community a global-local mechanism absolutely essential to fulfilling its larger obligation of uplifting the world’s poor. Yet the Quran and the Prophet, on him be peace, have told us with no ambiguity that it is only through our concerted activation of sadaqah as a community (in sadaqah’s sense of our individual freewill offerings from what we possess — even if what we can give appears small or insufficient to us) that we can accomplish this assignment from God to the Muslim community.

To this end, we should be mindful that God has thoroughly entwined our responsibility as Muslims to alleviate poverty on the earth with our personal aspirations to pure faith. We cannot realize the latter — namely truehearted belief in the one and only God — without striving against our individual souls in the former — which is to say overcoming our human weakness to acquire and covet material things by giving freely in charity from the dearest of what we possess. (Remember the meaning of sadaqah as proving one’s faith by action?)

In the expression of the Quran: Never shall you attain the virtue of true faith until you spend in charity from that which you love. And anything you spend, indeed, God is all-knowing of it (Surat Al ‘Imran, 3:91).

The Quran sums up perfectly the marriage of genuine faith to something more than right utterance and proper posturing and positioning. Rather, correct beliefs in conjunction with gifting others from all the very best of what God has given us — this is what bears out authentic righteousness in faith. God tethers belief to worship to the deeds that prove it, repeatedly calling to our attention in the Quran the near-inseparable link of steadfastly instituting the five daily Prayers and unfailingly paying the Zakat-Charity.

Righteousness in the sight of God is not the mere turning of your faces toward the East or the West. Rather, true righteousness dwells in one who believes in God, and in the coming Judgment of the Last Day, and in the angels, and in every revealed Book, and in all the prophets; and dwells in one, who — despite his love for it — gives of his wealth in charity to close relatives and orphans, and to the indigent and the wayfarer, and to beggars, and for the emancipation of slaves; and dwells in one who establishes the Prayer and gives the Zakat-Charity; and dwells in all those who fulfill their covenant when they make a covenant, as well as in those who are patient during periods of affliction and harm and times of conflict. These are the ones who have been truehearted, and it is such as those who are God-fearing.

So it is our sadaqah that actualizes our faith and puts our worship to work in the world.

Courtesy of zakat.org



06 May 2021 01:14 PM

Importance of Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Decree)

Importance of Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Decree)

 Author: Bava

The night of Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power / Decree) in Ramadan is of great significance. Holy Quran was sent down in this night. Angels descend in this night. This night is better than a thousand months. Whatever good deeds you do in this night, it’s like you did it for 1000 months or 83 years! Authentic hadiths say Laylat-al-Qadr happens in the last 10 days of Ramadan (in an odd night). There is strong scholarly opinion that it is mostly on 25th, 27th or 29th night of the Ramadan. Don’t miss it!

RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES DURING LAILATUL QADR

§  I’tikaf in the Masjid

§  Pray Tahajjud

§  Recite the Quran

§  Special Dua recommended by our Prophet
اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni
O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me

§  More duas / supplications!

§  Recite more Quran!

§  Repeat all these again and again like you may not get another Ramadan or Lailatul Qadr !

LAYLAT-AL QADR IN THE QURAN

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.”
[Quran 97:1-5]

“Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. On that night is made distinct every precise matter – [Every] matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send [a messenger] As mercy from your Lord. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing.”
[Quran 44:3-6]

LAILATUL QADR IN THE HADITHS

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
He who observed the fasts of Ramadan with faith and seeking reward (from Allah), all his previous sins would be forgiven, and he who observed prayer on Lailat-ul- Qadr with faith and seeking reward (from Allah), all his previous sins would be forgiven.
[Sahih Muslim Book 6, Hadith 209]

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) and Ibn Numair reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
Look for Lailat-ul-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan.
[Sahih Muslim Book 13, Hadith 282]

Salim reported on the authority of his father that a person saw Lailat-ul- Qadr on the 27th (of Ramadan). Thereupon Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said:
I see that your dreams agree regarding the last ten (nights of Ramadan). So seek it on an odd number (of these ten nights).
[Sahih Muslim Book 13, Hadith 269]

Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
Seek it (Lailat-ul-Qadr) in the last (ten nights). If one among you shows slackness and weakness (in the earlier part of Ramadan), it should not be allowed to prevail upon him in the last week.
[Sahih Muslim Book 13, Hadith 271]

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”
[
At-Tirmidhi]

 

05 May 2021 09:53 PM

Administrator Message

Our Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

“Assalamu-Alikum-Wa-Rahmatullah Wa-Barakatahu”

 During these challenging times we all face in our community with the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused the loss of life and spreading human suffering in ways that is affecting us socially and economically. We pray that Allah continue to keep us healthy, safe, and steadfast in following our religious beliefs and practices in guiding us.

               InshaAllah, we will once again be able to utilize our Mosque the way we had done in the past. The mosque will be open this Ramadan to limited capacity by adhering to CDC and state guidelines. We will open for Jumaah, Zuhr, Isha and Taraweeh  salaah with specific guidelines to be followed, it will be first come first served and you must bring along your prayer mat no exceptions.  The gate will be closed at the time of the Fardh salaat. Zuhr—1:10 ;Isha –9:30PM and Jummah –1:15PM

               Instructions and guidelines will be posted at the masjid and on the website. Please continue to check on the website for further instructions.

              We do humbly request our brothers and sisters to continue supporting the masjid and donate generously as you did in the past. Donations can be made at https://services.madinaapps.com/donation/clients/myalansar

 and    May Allah (SWT) reward you and your family for your generosity.                     

“Walikum Salaam”

Your Brother in Islam

Rafeek Munusami

Administrator of Masjid Al-Ansar Inc.

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