News & Islam News Ramadan Announcement 2017/1438AH East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre would like to welcome in Ramadan 2017/1438AH. Ramadan Karim! We pray everyone has a beneficial and rewarding Ramadan, insha'Allah. The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London have agreed that 1st Ramadan 1438 will be on Saturday 27th May 2017. You can download a copy of the Ramadan Timetable via this link. The tarawih salah will commence from today, Friday 26th May 2017, starting at 11.00PM. See here for details of this year's Huffaz. 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. Tahajjud Due to time constraints, it is not possible to have additional Tahajjud prayers this year. I’tikaf Itikaf Application forms for Itikaf are available from the Mosque reception or online here. Places will be decided by a random draw of all the applicants. Closing date for applications is Saturday 3rd June 2017. Eid prayers We will be holding five Eid prayers this year: 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. 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. Noise Reduction During Ramadan In this blessed month, we politely remind our congregation and worshippers, who alhamdulillah travel from afar to pray at the East London Mosque, that we become extra mindful of our neighbours who live in the residential areas nearby. We should keep our noise levels absolutely to a minimum.