News & Islam News Ramadan Announcement 2018/1439AH The East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre is pleased to announce that 1 Ramadan 1439 will be on Thursday 17 May 2018, as agreed by the Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques in London. You can download a copy of the Ramadan Timetable via this link. The Tarawih prayers will commence from Wednesday 16th May 2018, starting at 10.45pm. See our new Ramadan Magazine 2018 for details of the 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), or donate via our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elmiftarfund Tarawih Every night thousands of people fill 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. Itikaf Itikaf details and application forms are available from the Mosque reception. Places are limited and will be decided by a random draw of all the applicants. Closing date for applications is Saturday 19th May 2018, with the draw on the following Friday. Eid prayers We will be holding five Eid prayers this year: 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. Zakat al 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. Zakat al Fitr can be paid from the beginning of Ramadan; we advise people to do so as early as possible, ideally before the 20th of Ramadan (6th June) 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 Zakat al 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 to be mindful of our neighbours who live in the residential areas nearby. We should keep our noise levels absolutely to a minimum.