News & Islam News Ramadan 2014/1435 Announcement East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre would like to welcome in Ramadan 2014/1435AH. We pray everyone has a blissful and rewarding Ramadan, insha'Allah. The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London has agreed that 1st Ramadan 1435 will be on Sunday 29th June 2014. You can download a copy of the Ramadan Timetable via this link. The tarawih salah will commence from Saturday 28th June 2014, starting at 11.10PM and Qur'an will be recited by the following huffaz: Shaykh Abderrahim El-kaouch (Morocco) Shaykh Ahmed Ragab (Eygpt) Shaykh Abdul Aziz Drkic (Bosnia) Shaykh Harun Bukenya (Uganda) Imam Abu Tayeb (London) Iftar We offer Iftar (breaking of the fast) every evening in the LMC – but it can be very busy, with over 500 people attending. We welcome donations and sponsors, just call 020 7650 3000 to say you’d like to help. (£2 per Iftar meal.) Tarawih & Tahajjud Every night we have up to 5,000 people filling the Mosque and Centre for the Tarawih prayers – the optional special prayers in Ramadan when night falls. For the first few days we often run out of space, so please come early. For the last 10 nights of Ramadan we like to offer the opportunity for additional voluntary prayers, in congregation in the last third of the night. Many people find this creates a wonderful spiritual atmosphere of worship. These prayers will begin at 1.30 am – they are also very busy, especially on the 27th night of Ramadan. I’tikaf Application forms for I’tikaf are available from the Mosque reception. Places will be decided by a random draw of all the applicants. Eid prayers We will be holding six Eid prayers this year, insha’Allah: 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. Zakatul Fitr Originally this was the giving of a certain amount of food to the needy, but nowadays most people give money to pay for the food. This has been set at £5, and should be paid for each and every member of the family, including children. Zakatul Fitr can be paid from the beginning of Ramadan; we advise people to do so as early as possible, to make it easier to reach the needy recipients in time. The latest it can be given is just before the Eid prayer, but delaying it this long means there’s no time to get food to the needy for Eid day. Remember, in the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), people gave food directly to the needy, so there was no delay. The East London Mosque will collect your Zakatul Fitr, or you can use one of the many registered Muslim charities.