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RAMADAN 1434 HIJRAH (2013 C.E.)
Schedule and Events


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O you who believe, Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you. That you may (learn) self-restraint. Al-Qur'an 2:183

Greetings to all for the blessed month of Ramadan. We have planned a number of special events during this month. We have arranged for a Hafiz Qur'an who will lead the Isha and Tarawih prayers. Iftaar/Dinner will be served on Saturdays. See the details below.

In this special Ramadan page we have included a schedule for Suhoor and Iftaar, information about the ongoing activities, information about the Tarawih prayers, and a brief summary of rules about fasting and Zakat al-Fitr. We will be updating this page whenever new information is available. Thanks for visiting the ICB web pages.

Index
1. Suhoor and Iftaar Schedule
2. Tarawih prayers
3. Saturday Iftaar
4. Some rules and regulations about fasting
5. Zakat al-Fitr and Zakat al-Maal

SUHOOR AND IFTAAR SCHEDULE

DayRamadan Jul/AugFajrSunrise
Dhuhr  AsrMaghribIsha
  Tue1Jul 93:375:1712:51  4:548:2410:06
  Wed2Jul 103:385:1812:51  4:548:2410:05
  Thu3Jul 113:395:1812:52  4:548:2310:04
  Fri4Jul 123:405:1912:52  4:548:2310:03
  Sat5Jul 133:415:2012:52  4:548:2210:02
  Sun6Jul 143:425:2112:52  4:538:2110:01
  Mon7Jul 153:445:2212:52  4:538:2110:00
  Tue8Jul 163:455:2312:52  4:538:209:59
  Wed9Jul 173:465:2312:52  4:538:199:58
  Thu10Jul 183:485:2412:52  4:538:199:57
  Fri11Jul 193:495:2512:52  4:538:189:56
  Sat12Jul 203:505:2612:52  4:538:179:54
  Sun13Jul 213:525:2712:52  4:528:169:53
  Mon14Jul 223:535:2812:52  4:528:159:52
  Tue15Jul 233:545:2912:52  4:528:159:51
  Wed16Jul 243:565:3012:52  4:528:149:49
  Thu17Jul 253:575:3112:52  4:528:139:48
  Fri18Jul 263:595:3212:52  4:518:129:46
  Sat19Jul 274:005:3312:52  4:518:119:45
  Sun20Jul 284:015:3412:52  4:518:109:43
  Mon21Jul 294:035:3512:52  4:508:099:42
  Tue22Jul 304:045:3612:52  4:508:079:40
  Wed23Jul 314:065:3712:52  4:498:069:39
  Thu24Aug 014:075:3812:52  4:498:059:37
  Fri25Aug 024:095:3912:52  4:498:049:36
  Sat26Aug 034:105:4012:52  4:488:039:34
  Sun27Aug 044:125:4112:52  4:488:029:32
  Mon28Aug 054:135:4212:52  4:478:009:31
  Tue29Aug 064:155:4312:52  4:477:599:29
  Wed30Aug 074:165:4412:52  4:467:589:27
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  1. Fajr means both Fajr Athan (Azan) and Imsak (starting fast) and Maghrib means both Maghrib Athan (Azan) and Iftar (breaking fast).
  2. The schedule was created via the IslamicFinder.com website for Wayland, MA area (Calculation Method = North America; Juristic Method Standard).
  3. Visit IslamicFinder.com website to get calendar for your area.

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TARAWIH PRAYERS
The center has invited brother Ahmed Nur to lead Tarawih prayers. He is originally from Somalia and became a hafiz at the age 15. He works and lives in Boston. A short Tafsir about the portion of the Qura'n read during the Tarawih prayers is presented every evening.

ISHA AND TARAWIH TIME:
  • Jul 08 - Jul 14: Isha at 10:15 PM followed by Tarawih.
  • Jul 15 - Jul 28: Isha at 10:00 PM followed by Tarawih.
  • Jul 29 - Aug 06: Isha at 9:45 PM followed by Tarawih.
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    SATURDAY IFTAAR
    Iftaar/Dinner is served on the following Saturdays:
    • July 13, 2013
    • July 20, 2013
    • July 27, 2013
    • August 3, 2013
    The food for Saturday Iftaar is catered and the cost is sponsored by the members of the community and the Center. You may sign up using the sheets posted at the Center or online at ICB IFTAR SPONSORSHIP FORM. Please email any questions, comments and/or suggestions to iftaar@icbwayland.org

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED In order for us to make appropriate arrangements for Iftaar/Dinner and to prevent overcrowding, you are expected to register to attend the Saturday Iftaars. We will accept registration on a first come/first serve basis, and close it when we reach our capacity. There are two methods:
    1. Email iftaar@icbwayland.org the date you plan to attend, along your full name, contact information and the number of adults and children (with ages) that will attend.
    2. OR Register online at ICB-Iftaar-Registration
    The program for the evening is as follows:
    1. Iftaar (breaking of the fast)
    2. Maghrib Prayers
    3. Dinner
    4. Isha
    5. Tarawih

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    SOME RULES AND REGULATIONS ABOUT FASTING

    Fasting in Ramadan is obligatory on every sane adult Muslim male/female. It was first required of Muslims to fast during the second year of Hijrah. The way to fast is to abstain from eating, drinking, and intimate marital relations from dawn to sunset. Children over eight years are to be encouraged to fast gradually so that they get used to fasting. One must have the intention (niyah) during the night to fast the following day of Ramadan. It is however sufficient to have the intention to fast during Ramadan at the beginning of the month.

    Ramadan has a greater meaning than fasting alone. It involves a moral and social code, and a commitment to charitable deeds. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said that whoever fasts but indulges in falsehood, let him/her know that his/her giving up of food and drink shall not benefit him/her in front of Allah. Ramadan is therefore a period of meditation and prayer during which Muslims tend to withdraw a little from their usual daily affairs and spend long periods in the mosque. These devotions are in addition to the five daily prayers which Muslims observe throughout the year.

    Although, the fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory, however under certain circumstances a fast may be postponed. For example;

    • During sickness
    • If traveling for more than 60 miles
    • Women who are pregnant or breast feeding children
    • During their monthly period, women are not only exempted, but also forbidden to fast. The same applies to women during their period of post-natal discharge.
    All days missed due to any of the above reasons are to be made up when the cause of exemption is over. One can complete those number of fasts on any days except the days of Eid (the fasting on Eid days is forbidden).

    Full exemption from Fasting is granted by Allah to those who are permanently incapacitated by reason of old age or an incurable disease or uninterrupted hard labor. They are required to feed a poor person for one day for each day they cannot fast, if they can afford. They can also pay the cost of the food (fidyah) in charity instead.

    Fasting is invalidated if a person while fasting, deliberately eats, drinks, vomits, or lets an object pass through the throat. Fasting so invalidated should be made up after Ramadan. However, the Kaffarah (atonement) for breaking the fast by intimate marital relations is serious. The Kaffarah in that case is to fast for 60 consecutive days or if unable to do so than to feed sixty poor people for each day. Fasting remains valid if the act of breaking the fast occurs through compulsion or forgetting completely about the fast.

    While fasting, it is permissible to use eye drops, wear contact lenses, receive injections, have a blood test, take a shower, swim (though it is better to avoid diving as that may cause water to go in the throat), use miswak or brush with toothpaste, rinse the mouth or nostrils with water (taking care not to swallow it), and apply perfume or cosmetics.

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    ZAKAT AL-FITR and ZAKAT AL-MAAL

    Muslims are urged to be always charitable, but in Ramadan they are urged to be more so. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) used to give away much during the month of Ramadan. Muslims may also pay Zakat al-Maal (2.5%) of their savings for a period of one full year during Ramadan.

    However, a special mandatory charity, Zakat al-Fitr, must be paid by the head of the family on behalf of every dependent member during the month of Ramadan or before the Eid al-Fitr prayers. Dependents include all children even the one born during the month of Ramadan before the Eid prayers. It is also to be paid on behalf of helpers and/or parents who are financially supported by the head of the family. A companion of prophet Muhammed (PBUH), Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree said, "In the Prophet's time, we used to give it (Zakat al-Fitr) as a Sa'a of food, dried dates, barley, raisins or dried cheese". [Bukhari - Arabic/English vol. 2, p. 340, no. 582]. According to the majority of scholars One Sa'a is approximately between 2.6 Kg to 3 Kg. The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once said that the reward for ones fast remains suspended between heavens until Zakat al-Fitr is paid. Zakat al-Fitr is estimated to be $10 per person but one may give more.

    PAY ZAKAT AL-FITR AND ZAKAT AL-MAAL ONLINE

    You may donate your Zakat al-Maal to the Center.
    It is important to recognize that the consensus legal opinion states that it is entirely permissible with using Zakat al-Maal for the purpose of financing a multipurpose Islamic Center in a non-Muslim country, as this is “fi-Sabil-Allah” (al-Taubah 9:60). A number of 20th century jurists including Muhammd ‘abduh, Rashid Rida, Maulana Mawdudi, Amin Ahsan Islahi, Yusuf al-Qaradawi as well as local Muslim leaders support this opinion. Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, past President of ISNA, has specifically answered the question of using Zakat al-Maal funds for supporting multipurpose Islamic Centers. He quotes many other sources also, such as Sheikh Qardawi, and others. You may read his complete answer HERE.

    The Islamic Center of Boston has projects and programs that include space for prayers, Sunday school for education of children and an extensive outreach program to educate non-Muslims about Islam. It includes visits to the Center, providing speakers to visit their institutions, scholarships for local high school students and annual open house etc.

    We recognize that the economic uncertainty we are facing requires us to be prudent with all our expenditures. By relying upon our Zakat, we can help finance the various activites at the center, knowing our donations are directly benefiting the understanding of Islam in our community.

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