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Friday night Iftars

Asalaamu alaykum jazakallah khayrun to all the sisters and brothers who attended our iftar. We had about 30-40 people, much more then we anticipated alhamdulillah!We did have some teething problems! Timings and things, but alhamdulillah we learn so we can do better next time!Due to the success of this event we are planning to continue doing this event on Friday nights during Ramadan. InshaAllah one of the nights will be a “bring your Non Muslim friend/neighbour night” In which we will be inviting Non Muslim members of our community to share iftar with us.Many sisters also offered sadaqah and zakaat for the madrassa alhamdulillah, May Allah accept it from them and reward them!If you would be interested in attending, or know any sisters or brothers who may benefit from attending, please get in touch! jzk Naila

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Surah Al Qadr

Surah Al Qadr

Its theme is to acquaint man with the value, worth and importance of the Quran. It is a glorious Book and its revelation for mankind is full of blessings.

–          Entire Surah is for the honour of one night, demonstrating the importance and how tremendous this one night is.

–          This Surah commemorates the 1st revelation, . Its being placed just after Surah Al-Alaq in the arrangement of the Quran by itself explains that the Holy Book, the revelation of which began with the first five verses of Surah Al-Alaq. was sent down in a destiny making night.



Qadr – The word Qadr originates meaning amount, a measurement.

a)      measure of the rank of someone, ie) He has great amount  with Allah

= Great value, worth

Qadr – Destiny, the way everything is measured out, ie) How much I live, how much I work


Therefore Laylatul Qadr means the Night of Destiny and Great worth.

And Surah Al Qadr means the Surah of Destiny and Great Worth

1)      Inna anzalnahu fee laylatialqadr

Indeed we sent it down in the night of power.


Inna acts as emphasis, meaning doubt it not

Verb is in the form of “we”, this is the we of tremendousness, so it can be seen as “tremendous sending down”


It is referring to Quran, the effect of starting with a pronoun with no reference points is to emphasise and praise,


Suggests there can be no doubt to what the surah is referring to, and what this tremendous matter is that was sent down.


This has the effect that the Quran is known, present and magnified in our hearts.


“We have sent it down”

Clarifies That is, it is not a composition of Muhammad (upon whom be Allah’s peace and blessing) himself, but Allah says We Ourself have revealed it.


AL Qadr = THE power, essence of great worth, ALL the worth.


“night of destiny” has multiple meanings.

First, that it is the night during which destinies are decided


The revelation of this Book in this night is not merely the revelation of a book but an event which will change the destiny of not only the Quraish, or of Arabia, but of, the entire world


2)      Wama adraka ma laylatualqadr?

And what will explain to you what the night of power is?



=what can possible explain to you the true essence of the night?

=emphasised question,

= increase impact, shows the listener that reality is beyond comprehension

=Highlights that only Allah can answer this question and tell us, none of creation knows.

Adra is in past tense, suggesting the answer will come


These two verses build up suspense and intrigue, the listener will be wanting to know more.


3)      Laylatu alqadri khayrun min alfi shahr

The night of Great Worth is better then a thousand months,


Repition of “laylatul qadr”

=great anticipation, awe and emphasis,

=noun where a pronoun is expected, oppossite to verse 1 which has a pronoun where a noun is expected.

1000 months is 83 years, which is a whole lifetime, Laylatul Qadr is better then a whole life time! If you worship in this night, it is as if you have worshipped your entire life!


Allah has given us specific places and times as He SWT wants us to give importance to this, and wants us to search them out.


Allah magnified this night, therefore we should magnify it.


Allah has hidden this night from us

-Great matters require hardwork and determination to obtain

– The people who find it will be those who are determined to.

-In His wisdom, as a mercy to us, Allah SWT has given us avidness, desire and exertion,

May Allah bless us with these things.


Laylatul Qadr can be said to be similar to

–          Blessed hour on Fridat

–          Supreme name

–          The most exalted prayer

–          Our final hour (death)

As we don’t know when it causes us to struggle and strive to gain ajr or avoid disadvantage.


4)      Tanazzalu almala-ikatu warroohufeeha bi-ithni rabbihim min kulli amr

In it the angels and the spirit descend by the leave of their Lord, for every command.


Tannazzul – implies multitude, one after another

The spirit – Jibreel, Source of knowledge, through him revelation comes down. He has a special rank



With the leave

– implies the Angles are ready and waiting to come, they want to come, as soon as the permission of Allah is given they leave.

–          The earth is blessed they want to come down.

–          Angels love believers and believers love angels.

–          Angels love dhikr, believers love dhikr

The angles come with the commands for the next year.

5)      Salamun hiya hatta matlaAAialfajr

Peace it is, till the rising of dawn

–          Salaam = pure well being, goodness, freedom from bad/pain

The word peace is first, instead of there is peace until dawn, “peace it is” this emphasises that this is the night of pure peace, the essence of peace.

NOT peaceful as an adjective, ie “the night is peaceful”

Instead emphasis; “the night is Peace”

–          Hatta =until the last moment, all the way, every moment.


The night that evil will not touch those in ibadah and angels will be praying for believers.


Ramadan Begins


Ramadaan Announcement

The High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia has announced “that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha’baan (1434 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):

Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days.” [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tomorrow (Tuesday 9 July 2013) after the ‘Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Wednesday 10 July 2013, inshaa.-Allaah

Channel 4 Broadcast call to prayer

It has been widely circulated that the adhaan on channel 4 will be broadcast from an ahmadiyya mosque. Yet again Muslims dont seek daleel and believe anything they here. I contacted channel four and this is what they had to say. Dear Naila,Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries regarding 4RAMADAN: Call To Prayer.Thank you for your email.  However, we would like to confirm that the Call to Prayer was not filmed in a mosque, but rather will feature scenes in and around London.We hope the above sets your mind at ease.Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.Regards,Noah SinclairChannel 4 Viewer EnquiriesThe confusion came from a picture of a mosque used in an article, which channel four has requested be changed.The adhaan will be read by Hassen Rassol who has saidAssalaamualaykum,Re: Channel4 Adhan,I, Hassen Rasool would like to clarify that that Channel4 Adhan has NOTHING to do with the Ahmedias.The New Statement used a photo of the Ahmedias mosque in their article which created all this confusion.I have personally asked Channel4 to ask The New Statesman to change the image ASAP.If you need any more clarification contact Justine 02073068427CheersHassen RaooolHere is Hassen doing adhaanShare this:

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Muslim Community Building – Chicago


Watch Muslim Community Building in Chicago on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

No, no proselytizing, everything is done through our actions, we want to show as Muslims we are compassionate, we are merciful, that is part of the Prophetic model, we wanna show that wherever we are we can serve and we can serve to the best of our ability.

“They make a tremendous difference… They have made it a better community, and the little that they do turns in to a lot” The first time I met him he said “man, can I come inside?”

He went in to the synagogue, then a few months later he called

“Ramadan is coming up, and I was hoping you wouldn’t mind hosting the Muslims in our community for iftar”

I said“I don’t see why not”

“A lot of people say you always say Islam is peace, but we don’t see that – well this makes them see that.”

Ya Allah let us be the change, let us take these role models, and be influences for good within our communities.

This is the type of organisation NILC aims to be, making a real sustained difference to the people within our community. Supporting them, encouraging them, being the catalyst for change for the better.

Help us do this by attending our events, volunteering or donating!