Ramadan 1442/2021

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Assalam u 'alikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu

 

Alhamdulillah, as per the announcement from Hilal Council of Canada, the new crescent for Ramadan has been sighted

 

Accordingly, Pickering Islamic Centre declares the 1st of Ramadan to be on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 and the first night of Taraweeh to be on Monday, April 12th, 2021 (tonight).

 

Pickering Islamic Centre management and administration wishes everyone a blessed Ramadan!


Ramadan 1442/2021

Click Here to Download Ramadan Calendar

Ramadan Programs
There will be several programs aired through our live stream channel on a daily and weekly basis. Click Here for details

Daily Iftaar
Iftaar with only Dates and Water will take place on a daily basis. However, entry will be on subject to space availability on a first come first served basis. Due to COVID,   food will neither be served or be allowed in the building.

Salatul Taraweeh
There will be two sets of taraweeh prayers this year.

First set of taraweeh prayers will start right after Isha Salah, as per PIC Ramadan calendar timings.

Second set of Isha salah and taraweeh prayers will start few minutes after the first set is finished. First set might take approximately 90 minutes to end. 

 

Click Here to Register

Additional registration cycles will open up in Ramadan.

Note: Please do a self-screening before registering and if you feel any symptoms after registering, please do not come attend the prayers until you feel better.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

Khatmul Qur'an 
Khatmul Qur’an will be on the 27th night of Ramadan 1442/2021, insha’Allah.
A live telecast of the Khatam-ul-Quran and Dua will be aired.

I’tikaaf
To Be Annouced

Qiyamul Layl
To Be Announced

Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers for the month of Ramadan. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please signup at the Volunteer Page.

Zakah
Zakah (Almsgiving) is the third pillar of Islam. The Arabic word Zakah means to purify (i.e. wealth). The Zakah is to be disbursed to the poor and needy once a year on savings in excess of the nisab threshold at the rate of two and a half percent (2.5% or 1/40). This rate applies to cash, bank savings, all forms of gold and silver, investments and business inventory and stock. (There are other rates for certain types of agriculture and livestock.)

The payment is due at the end of the year once all expenses have been paid. Through the payment of Zakah, the rich share their wealth with the poor and thus the concentration of wealth is checked, and a fair distribution of wealth is ensured. It should be noted that Zakah is an act of worship independent of Ramadan and Muslims should make haste in distributing Zakah to the poor as soon as it becomes due and not defer it to Ramadan. However, there is no harm in deferring the payment of a small portion if one wishes to acquire the blessings of Ramadan. 

 If you have questions regarding Zakah or would like to learn more, please click here to contact our Imam.

Sadaqatul Fitr (Fitra Payment)

Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (saw) made the payment of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr compulsory; to purify the fasting person from sinful speech and indecent acts, and to provide food for the needy.” (Abu Dawud) 

Sadaqatul Fitr is to be paid to the poor at the end of Ramadan before the Eid prayer so as to enable them to partake in the joys of Eid. Sadaqatul Fitr is compulsory on every adult male or female that possesses savings beyond the nisab threshold on Eid. It is to be paid for every member of the family including children and infants. This year, the minimum amount for Sadaqatul Fitr is $5.00 per person. Those wishing to give more are encouraged to do so. 

Ramadan Fundraising

Our Centre was built well over a decade ago and an ever-increasing amount of your donations are spent on its upkeep and maintenance. Recently, racially motivated incidents which took place in various parts of Canada have also compelled us to develop adequate security system both inside and outside the Masjid and in this regard, we have spent well over $250,000 on the following security related infrastructure:

  • Security camera system both inside and outside the building.
  • Video access control system to enhance security.
  • New light poles and upgraded existing light poles with LED lighting for cost effectiveness and enhanced illumination.
  • Fence and gates, including three pedestrian gates. All equipped with access control system
  • New access control with touch less operation for persons with disabilities.

 

Some of the projects which were paused due to Covid-19, we hope to begin work on them with your continued support include:

  • Paving of the north side parking lot, which often becomes unusable after heavy rain and snow.
  • Initial work towards construction of parking deck on the north-east side of the Masjid pending zoning approval.
  • Masjid extension /expansion project pending zoning approval.
  • Ongoing repairs and maintenance of the Centre and replacement of ageing equipment such as heating and air conditioning units.

 

For this Ramadan, our fund-raising target is $250,000.00 and I am confident that with your continued support we will Insha Allah achieve this goal. Please visit our website www.masjid.ca and continue to donate generously. May Allah SWT reward you and your family countless bounties for being part of Pickering Islamic Centre.

WasSalaam

 

Mohammed Ehtesham Rahim

President

 
We look forward for your generous donations through our online portal.

 
 

What is Ramadan

 
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month of fasting for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam; the others are confession of faith, five daily prayers, Zakah (almsgiving) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah). Ramadan begins with the sighting of the new moon, which is determined by the regional hilal (crescent) committee.

Why Muslims Fast?
According to the Qur’an “Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint”. Fasting, which is recognized for its health, spiritual and psychological benefits, is considered by Muslims to improve their moral character and provides an opportunity for a spiritual renewal. Fasting helps one, grow closer to the One God, Allah.

Purpose of Fasting
The real purpose of fasting is not to make us hungry and thirsty, or to deprive us some of our comfort and conveniences but to be conscious of Allah. It is to do one's best to live by His commands and to avoid His prohibitions, fear of Allah, worship of Allah, sincerity in faith, and avoid the disobedience to Allah. Fasting is an invisible act. Only Allah and the person who is fasting know whether he or she is fasting or not. Fasting teaches how to control and discipline our desires. During fasting we learn how to say "no" to things that are otherwise permissible and good but are forbidden during fasting. When one learns how to say "no" to that which is generally permissible, then one can easily control oneself to avoid that which is forbidden. Through fasting we taste—to some extent—the pain and suffering of those who are poor and destitute. Fasting teaches empathy and sympathy, and it takes away some of our selfishness and self-centerdness.

How Muslims Fast
Muslims fast from early dawn to sunset every day throughout the month. The fast requires Muslims to abstain from food, drink, marital relations and ill-conduct during the fast.

Who Fasts
Fasting in Ramadan is compulsory on all Muslims, who are physically and mentally healthy and matured. Those exempted from fasting are the sick, old, pregnant and menstruating women and travelers. Pregnant and menstruating women and travelers make up the missed days by fasting at a later time.

Typical day during the Month
The day of fasting begins with an early morning meal before dawn and ends at sunset. The evening activities include a simple traditional meal of a few dates and water (iftar), the sunset prayer followed by dinner. Muslims would then go to the mosque for congregational prayers in which at least one-thirtieth of the Qur’an is recited. The congregation would have listened to the recitation of the entire Qur’an by the end of the month.

End of Ramadan
Ramadan will conclude on May 13 or 14, 2021 depending on the sighting of the moon. The celebration marking the end of Ramadan is called Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the two major celebrations in Islam.