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07.06.22

Dhul Hijjah and the Legacy of Sacrifice and Devotion

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Dhul Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic year, is a sacred month when Allah (SWT) grants many blessings to us, especially in the first 10 days. As a time where no deed is more beloved to Allah (SWT) than one done during these blessed 10 days, it is also a time when we beautify our acts of worship towards Allah (SWT) to reap the most rewards from God. 

But it is also in our elevated remembrance of Allah (SWT) that we honour the legacy of Dhul Hijjah and the sacrifice, trust and devotion shown to Allah (SWT) by our Prophet Ibrahim (AS), Ismail (AS) and Hajar (AS). Without the trials they were willing to face for the sake of God, we would not have the rituals of the important events of Hajj and Eid Al-Adha, which are integral to the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.

Hajj and the Story of Hajar (AS)

Hajj, as one of the five pillars of Islam, is a vital aspect of Islam. During the 8th, 9th and 10th days of Dhul Hijjah, the month of the pilgrimage, Muslims from around the world come together to travel to the Ka’aba in Makkah to perform the sacred rituals of Hajj. 

One of the most significant rituals of Hajj is the pacing between the hills of Safa and Marwa. Within the Quran, we are told:

“Behold! Safaa and Marwa are among the symbols of God. So if those who visit the House in the Season or at other times, should compass them round, there is no blame on them. And if any one obeys his own impulse to Good, be sure that God is One Who is Responsive, Knowing.” (Al-Baqarah 2:158)

Decreed as signs and symbols of Allah (SWT), Safa and Marwa are representative of His Divine Protection, Wisdom and Mercy in times we face conditions of material and worldly distress. This is also because the act of pacing between the two hills seven times commemorates the hardship of Hajar (AS), one of the wives of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).

Before Makkah became a thriving city, it was originally a dry and desolate land. It was in this desert where Allah (SWT) asked Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to separate from Hajar (AS) and Ismail (AS) as a test of their trust in His Divine Will. Ibrahim (AS) was initially hesitant to leave his wife and son in the desert, but it was only when Hajar (AS) told him to trust in Allah (SWT) that he agreed to go. 

However, left in the arid desert, Hajar (AS) soon ran out of water and food to sustain herself and the infant Ismail (AS). Desperately, Hajar (AS) paced through the valley between the hills of Safa and Marwa, searching for signs of life, supplicating and calling out to Allah (SWT) for aid. It was through her struggle and devotion to God that the archangel Jibreel, the same angel who sent down Quranic revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), was sent down to aid her. Soon after, water sprung from the ground beneath the feet of Ismail (AS), and the well of Zamzam was gifted to them. 

With the steady supply of water, the previously uninhabitable land gave way to life. And when Ibrahim (AS) came back to Hajar and Ismail (AS), he was graced with the sight of a small, but burgeoning community, founded by his wife. 

For the Makkah we know today, we owe it to Hajar (AS) for not just finding this site but also for her sacrifice, trust and communication with Allah (SWT) that brought the area to life. In her story and the rituals of Hajj, we reflect on the capacity of Hajar (AS) to trust and believe in Allah (SWT) and follow her example in cherishing His mercy, love and care for us. 

Eid Al-Adha and the Story of Ibrahim (AS)

In Islam, we have two celebration festivals: Eid Al-Fitr, which signifies the completion of the holy month of Ramadan, and Eid Al-Adha, which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah. 

On the celebration of Eid Al-Adha, in addition to Eid prayer and sharing happiness with loved ones, Muslims worldwide perform Qurban through the act of sacrificing an animal – sheep, goat, cow or camel – for the sake of Allah (SWT). An act of worship beloved to Allah (SWT) on this day, the reason we perform Qurban on Eid Al-Adha comes from the story of Ibrahim (AS) and his devotion and trust in the Divine Will of Allah (SWT). 

One night, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) dreamt that Allah (SWT) told him to sacrifice Ismail (AS), his beloved son. At first, Ibrahim (AS) believed the dream was Shaytan playing tricks on him and immediately disregarded it. However, when the same dream came to him the following night, Ibrahim (AS) came to realise that the dream was, in fact, a message from Allah (SWT).

Ibrahim (AS) loved his son, Ismail (AS), but he had faith in Allah’s (SWT) plan and Divine Wisdom and did as he was instructed. Likewise, when telling his son about his dream and what Allah (SWT) had commanded him to do, Ismail (AS) reassured his father to follow the wishes of God and perform the sacrifice. In both their devotion and willingness to sacrifice for the sake of God, Allah (SWT) replaced Ismail (AS) with a ram, who was then slaughtered in his place. 

In this story, we see that Eid Al-Adha is not just a celebration, but the remembrance of one of the greatest sacrifices in history. It is a festival where we commemorate and be inspired by the trust and belief Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS) have in the Almighty and His Divine Mercy and Protection. 

Indeed, Prophet Ibrahim, Hajar, and their son Ismail (may peace be upon them all) experienced many struggles and trials in their lives. But Allah (SWT) always came through and showered them with mercy and blessings for their steadfast belief and gratitude towards Him. 

As such, the month of Dhul Hijjah is about honouring this legacy of sacrifice and devotion to Allah (SWT). In this chance to learn from and apply the spiritual journey of Prophet Ibrahim, Hajar and Ismail (may peace be upon them all) in our own lives, we should also take this time to be empathetic and supportive of the struggles of others. Through partaking in good deeds that truly improve our lives and the lives of others, we can be the difference that changes the world for the better in one of the most blessed months of the year.  

Give for the sake of Allah (SWT)

Take advantage of the most rewarding days of the year; give your Qurban and increase your acts of Sadaqah before the ten days are over.

07.05.22

The Significance of the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

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In the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah marks the final month of the year. As a month where we are thankful to have experienced another year, it is also a time most blessed by Allah (SWT). This is especially true for the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, as Muslims around the world increase in worship towards our Creator and prepare for the important events of Hajj and Eid al-Adha during these most sacred days.

Why is Dhul Hijjah Important? 

Within Islam, several verses and ahadith emphasise the importance of Dhul Hijjah and its first 10 days as the holiest days of the year. 

In the Quran, Allah (SWT) swears an oath by these first 10 days by saying: 

“By the dawn and by the ten nights,”  (Al-Fajr 89:1-2)

As the Creator of the universe and beyond, when Allah (SWT) swears an oath by something, it is indicative of how important and of great benefit they are to us as His creations. 

Likewise, on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah, the Day of Arafah, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) received this verse:

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (Quran 5:3)

Much like how Laylatul Qadr during the blessed month of Ramadan is considered the greatest night of the year, the Day of Arafah is considered the greatest day of the year. As it was on this Day of Arafah that Allah (SWT) perfected His religion, completed His favours upon His beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and approved Islam as a way of life. 

In turn, ahadith that signify how blessed the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are include:

“The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhul Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period – salawat (prayers), siyam (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the Hajj (pilgrimage). In no other periods do these great deeds combine.” (Fath al-Bari). 

“There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” (Bukhari) 

As such, many Muslims use the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah to increase their remembrance of Allah (SWT). As a time beyond Ramadan when we have the best opportunity to maximise our blessings and rewards from Allah (SWT), we should make the most of these best 10 days by elevating our good deeds and acts of worship. 

What Should We Do During the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah?

Generally, all good deeds are greatly rewarded during the blessed 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. This is especially true on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah, as “There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah.” (Muslim)

Good deeds include actions such as praying, reading the Quran, making Dua (supplication), seeking Allah’s forgiveness (Istighfar), Tawbah (repentance), giving in charity and being good to our families, and other voluntary (nafl) righteous deeds of worship. On the other hand, there are also specific good deeds mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah that are encouraged for us to carry out during these best 10 days. 

Hajj

The month of Dhul Hijjah is also known as “The Month of the Pilgrimage”. On the 8th, 9th and 10th day of the month, Muslims from all around the world come together in Makkah to fulfil Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, in the hope they will have all their previous sins forgiven upon completion. 

This is because performing Hajj is considered one of the best deeds that one can do during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. Likewise, for the one who sincerely performs and completes Hajj, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.” (Ibn Majah)

Fasting

Fasting in the month of Dhul Hijjah is greatly encouraged during the first nine days. This is especially true for the Day of Arafah, as the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the [minor] sins of two years”  (Muslim)

Dhikr

Dhikr, the verbal remembrance of Allah (SWT), is another virtuous act that is especially beloved to God in these first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. 

In Quran, it is stated: “And mention the name of Allah on the appointed days” (Al-Hajj 12:28)

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also encouraged Muslims to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah), Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) and Takbeer (Allahu-Akbar) during this time. 

He (SAW) said: “There are no days that are greater before Allah in which Good Deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.” (Ahmad)

Sacrifice

The 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah is Eid Al-Adha, a day where we perform Qurban (sacrifice). This ritual of Eid Al-Adha commemorates the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to Allah (SWT). In his willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail (AS) for the sake of Allah (SWT), God intervened and sent a ram to be sacrificed in Ismail’s place.

Thus, on Eid Al-Adha, the festival of the sacrifice, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect this great act of worship. Following the sacrifice, the meat is divided, in which at least one-third of the meat must go to the poor or vulnerable. Donating Qurban is a highly encouraged act for every Muslim who is financially able to do so and can be done so through a certified charity, such as Islamic Relief Australia, with specific Qurban programs. 

As the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are well upon us, we hope that this blessed month marks a time of great joy, reflection and blessings for all. May we take this opportunity to make the most of the rewards Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon us, insha’Allah!

Give for the sake of Allah (SWT)

Take advantage of the most rewarding days of the year; give your Qurban and increase your acts of Sadaqah before the ten days are over.

06.20.22

Celebrating Our Ummah: Crescent Awards

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Is there any reward for goodness except goodness?” (Qur’an 55:60) 

Qur’an 55:60

From the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to the modern era, Muslims have always left their mark on society. In all fields, the achievements brought about by the kindness and dedication of our Ummah to the ethos of Islam have changed the world for the better. And it’s this commitment to the deen and granting brighter futures that drive Islamic Relief Australia to do what we do.

Our life-changing work wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of people like you. That’s why Islamic Relief Australia is proud to support and endorse the Crescent Awards and its celebration of the incredible members of our Ummah today.

Why Islamic Relief is Supporting the Crescent Awards

Administered by Crescent Foundation, the Crescent Awards are a series of awards that showcase and celebrate the inspired contributions and efforts of educators, educational teams, educational leaders and administrators, and Muslim learners across sites of education in Australia.

Specifically, for educators and leaders, the Crescent Awards spotlight their outstanding contributions to the lives of Muslim children and young people in Australia. The Awards encourage all educators from across Australia, working in sectors such as early childhood, primary and secondary schools, tertiary education, care services, and Islamic institutions, to be nominated. Similarly, for Muslim learners across diverse educational settings in Australia, the Crescent Awards also acknowledge, showcase, and celebrate their contributions and efforts and also wish for them to be nominated. 

Education is central to Islamic Relief Australia’s work. Through education, young people can break the cycle of poverty and build a better future for themselves and their families.

As one of the sponsors for the Crescent Awards, we at Islamic Relief Australia are honoured to be a part of such an incredible initiative that celebrates the achievements of these outstanding members of our Muslim communities across Australia. As an organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for sustainable development and changing lives for the better, it is our duty to not only uplift the members in our community who have gone above and beyond to reflect this mission, but also give back to the people who make our work possible.

What Makes the Crescent Awards So Important?

With how much education changes the world, it is important for Islamic Relief to be a part of celebrating the educators and learners in our community. 

The aim of the Crescent Awards is to acknowledge the efforts of members within our community who open up opportunities to everyone, no matter race or background. So it is through these awards that we recognise remarkable Muslim educators, learners and schools who are paving the way for a brighter future for Australia’s Muslim community and Australia at large.

Islamic Relief Australia is proud to power the Crescent Awards, an event that celebrates educators, leaders and learners in our Ummah.

Through uplifting and commemorating these exemplar educators, leaders and learners and hearing their stories, we are also reminded of a particular hadith and tradition from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It was narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “those who do not thank people, do not thank God” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi).

As such, to give a voice to these stories and shine a spotlight on the extraordinary service and contribution of these remarkable individuals within our communities is a duty on us as Muslims. And it is our duty as Islamic Relief to support initiatives such as Crescent Awards, which resonates with our aim to see a future where innovation and excellence in education are continued and commemorated.

How Do the Crescent Awards Work?

Within the Crescent Awards, there are four categories where individuals (or groups) can be nominated.   

The Learner Awards recognise Australian Muslim learners from all fields who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating outstanding achievement, performance, contribution, service or effort that has assisted their personal growth and the growth of others. Within the Learner Awards, there are two sub-categories – Primary School and High School – with seven (7) finalists for each. This includes the Sporting Achievement Award, which celebrates both male and female learners in their fields of sporting endeavour. 

The Educator Awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding contributions of educators serving within one or many of the variety of educational settings and learning environments across Australia. This reward recognises the educators and supporters who have gone above and beyond as teachers, Islamically and in education, by being both an inspiration to the students they teach and the communities they support.  

The Educator Team Praxis Awards recognise inspiring teams who have demonstrated significant dedication, commitment and achievement within an Islamic educational setting. These are the teams who meaningfully advance an Islamic vision for education through being proactive and providing innovative ideas which have a positive impact on the holistic development of Muslim learners.

The School Awards showcase and celebrate outstanding contributions of Islamic schools and educational settings in Australia. This reward recognises inspiring Islamic schools and Islamic educational settings, meaningfully enacting a distinct vision for education, with a positive impact on the holistic development of Muslim learners.

In ensuring the incredible achievements of the outstanding students, educators and schools of our community no longer remain overlooked, Islamic Relief wholeheartedly endorses the Crescent Awards and wishes the best of luck to all participants and nominees. 

To learn more about the event and how to get involved, visit the Crescent Awards page, and support our vision to realise and continue celebrating our most essential mentors and dedicated learners of our Australian Muslim community.

04.12.22

The Ultimate Ramadan Checklist: A simple guide to making sure you are ready!

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Are you ready for Ramadan? As the blessed month of Ramadan draws near, many Muslims around the world are rushing to get their Ramadan preparations in order.

The Holy month itself is a marathon that rewards you for doing your best and participating in it from start to finish. As the Prophet (SAW) said, “When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.” (Sahih Muslim).

As such, make this Ramadan a more fulfilling experience by making sure you’re ready to embrace the trials and blessings that lie ahead in the upcoming month. But if you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! Here are some easy to follow Pre-Ramadan preparation tips to help you enter and emerge from Ramadan as a stronger and more confident Muslim.

Get Spiritually Ready for Ramadan

Performing more acts of worship towards Allah (SWT) during Ramadan brings great rewards. Prepare for Ramadan spiritually by spending some time beforehand perfecting your prayer and Quran recitation. Build up your confidence by leading prayer amongst your family and friends. Encourage yourself to learn new surahs to recite during prayer to make your prayers, both obligatory and sunnah, more spiritually fulfilling.

Likewise, make finding recitation time easier on yourself by reading the Qur’an after prayer. Even if it’s looking at the translation and listening to a recitation, any effort to improve your understanding of the Holy Qur’an will surely bring you closer to Allah (SWT).

Plan Your Ramadan with the Community

The month of Ramadan gathers everyone together to draw them closer to Allah (SWT). This Ramadan, take some time before the month starts to get to know your neighbours through participating in local initiatives that support and uplift others. From donation drives to event planning to learning from your elders at the local Masjid and sharing their knowledge with others, there are many ways to give back to your local community and get more involved for Ramadan.

Get on Top of Your Health for Ramadan

As Muslims, it’s important that we look after health and wellbeing, especially during Ramadan, where it helps to be physically and mentally prepared for a month of fasting. Before Ramadan arrives, check up on how your mind and body is feeling and ask if you need to see a health professional. Likewise, if you have a medical condition that requires you to take medication, visit your doctor to help you figure out a schedule that works best for you while fasting.

Even if you don’t have any outstanding medical conditions, it’s still important to take the steps you need to take to ensure you’ll be able to stay healthy throughout Ramadan as well as after it. Fasting has many benefits which can help you reach goals such as losing weight, decreasing stress levels and preventing further health conditions. By preparing early and allowing your body to get ready for fasting before Ramadan, you’ll get a head start on your health goals and be better at maintaining them for the rest of the year.

Get Rid of Negativity Before Ramadan

As Muslims, it’s important to be mindful that our words and actions do not hurt others. As said by the Prophet (SAW): “Do not say anything on your tongue except what is right, and do not stretch out your hand except to do good” (Shuab Al-Iman).

This is especially true during Ramadan, as, while we fast, we don’t just abstain from eating and drinking, but also from anger and hurtful acts. As such, before Ramadan would be an ideal time to monitor and figure out strategies to help manage the stressors in our life.

Do as Much as You Can Before Ramadan

Regardless of how you’re getting ready for Ramadan, having a checklist to go over things means you’re already taking the steps to help make Ramadan less stressful. While preparing for Ramadan can get overwhelming, having the tools in place to overcome the month’s hardest obstacles gives us a chance to improve our productivity and keep these helpful habits even after Ramadan ends.

So take the time you have left before Ramadan and make the most of it by being reorganising your schedule, maintaining a good character and staying on top of your health. As the month of blessings as well as trials, have trust in Allah (SWT) to keep you steadfast in your preparations for Ramadan and see these efforts bring you rewards in this life and the hereafter.

Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.

03.24.22

Taraweeh Medley: Eleven Sydney Mosques YOU need to visit during Ramadan

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During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims perform special prayers called Taraweeh after every evenings last daily prayer (Isha).

But what is Taraweeh? The word “Taraweeh” means “to rest and relax” in Arabic. It is called as such as it is seen as a special form of Islamic meditation. At Taraweeh time, Muslims line up to observe a number of optional rakaats during prayer and listen to and reflect on the recitation of the Quran. 

In turn, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim) 

Therefore, performing Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan is seen as a great act of worship. Likewise, while Taraweeh can be performed both at home and in the mosque, praying taraweeh in congregation at mosques grants more rewards for us from Allah (SWT). 

So, for this Ramadan, make Taraweeh time more fulfilling and exciting by exploring the many great mosques Sydney has to offer. With how many mosques there are in Sydney, here is a list of the eleven mosques you need to pray Taraweeh at during the blessed month. 

Lakemba Mosque

65-67 Wangee Rd, Lakemba NSW 2195, Australia

02 9750 6833

Also known as Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque, Lakemba Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Sydney. Built in 1972, the mosque is located in the heart of Western Sydney in Lakemba, and is run by the Lebanese Muslims Association (LMA). 

As the local area is dominated by a diverse Muslim population, the mosque also offers many programs that cater towards brothers and sisters of all ages. During Ramadan, visitors of this Sydney mosque can also look forward to the Ramadan Nights’ food stalls on Haldon St for a delicious bite to eat!

Auburn Gallipoli Mosque

15-19 North Parade, Auburn, NSW 2144, Australia

02 9646 5972

Built in the style of Classical Ottoman architecture, Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn also services a diverse population of Muslims in another integral suburb of Western Sydney. Officially opened in 1999, the mosque is a common hub for Muslims all across Sydney to gather for congregation prayers of all occassions, including Taraweeh and Eid. 

For both Muslims and non-Muslims, the mosque is also a great place to stroll around and just appreciate the beauty of its architecture. Visitors can likewise dine-in at the variety of cultural restaurants available nearby and around the mosque.

Penshurst Mosque

445-447 Forest Road, Penshurst, Australia

02 9580 3390

Built in 1989 by the Bosnian-Australian community, the Penshurst Mosque has been fulfilling the needs of Muslims within the area for over 30 years. This beautiful Mosque also offers open days for Muslims and Non-Muslims to visit and explore the history of Muslims in Sydney and celebrate the diversity of our Muslim communities.

Masjid Al Noor

1 Ferndell St, South Granville NSW 2142

0455 777 557

Built in 2010 in South Granville, this mosque is led by Sheikh Omar El Banna. This mosque offers daily, Friday and Eid prayers and has rapidly been growing in popularity through its many events and facilities available for local Muslims. During Ramadan, visitors are welcome to grab a bite to eat at the BBQs and food trucks located right outside the Mosque. Likewise, for visitors looking to increase their knowledge of the deen, Masjid Al Noor also offers Islamic courses all-year-round.

Guildford Mosque 

64 Mountford Avenue, Guildford, NSW 2161, Australia

02 8034 7875

Initially built as a church, Guildford Mosque was purchased in 2010 by the Islamic Community and converted into a Mosque. This Mosque is open for daily, Friday and Eid prayers. It likewise services local Muslims through top-notch facilities such as a community hall, large car park and a youth room.

UMA Mosque 

19 Enterprise Ave, Padstow NSW 2211

0416 000 862

The United Muslims of Australia (UMA) is an organisation that strives to bring the Australian Muslim community together. Located in Padstow and led by Sheikh Shady Suleiman, its UMA Centre provides an ever-expanding mosque for Muslim communities to use and increase their knowledge in the deen. 

In addition to a mosque, the UMA Centre also offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a cafe, classrooms, offices, gym, a function hall and more, including plans to build Australia’s First Islamic University. 

Redfern Mosque

Redfern Islamic Society, 328-330 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

02 9698 4149

Open since 1977, Redfern Mosque serves as one of the first Mosques in Australia. Conveniently located close to the CBD, the mosque offers daily and Friday Prayers to both local Muslims and Muslims commuting to the CBD. Regularly maintained by the Islamic community of Redfern, the mosque also offers events that cater to Muslims working and studying in the CBD. 

Markaz Imam Ahmad

230 Macquarie St, Liverpool NSW 2170

02 8712 9219

Liverpool Mosque, also known as Markaz Imam Ahmad Mosque (MIA), offers daily, Friday and Eid Prayers and weekly reminders. The mosque also provides lessons in Qu’ran, Arabic and Madrasah classes led by renowned Mashayekh such as Ustadh Muhammad Al-Bizry, Sheikh Abu Ishaaq and Sheikh Arshad Khan. Visitors hungry after praying can also treat themselves at Blazin Grills located next door to the Mosque.

Tempe Mosque

45 Station St, Tempe NSW 2044

02 9591 1593

Managed by the local Indonesian community, Tempe Mosque offers facilities that cater to brothers and sisters of all ages. In addition to daily, Friday and Eid prayers, the mosque also offers classes on weekends to sisters and kids to learn Qur’an and enhance their knowledge of Islam. 

Blacktown Mosque

15 Fourth Ave, Blacktown NSW 2148

02 9831 2436

Blacktown mosque, also known as Osman Mosque, is managed by the local Afghan community. In addition to prayer facilities, the mosque also offers classes for brothers and sisters of all ages. 

Rooty Hill Mosque

33 Headcorn St, Mount Druitt NSW 2770

02 9675 6246

Located in Mt Druitt, Rooty Hill Mosque is maintained by the local Pakistani and Indian community. In addition to prayer facilities, the mosque often holds events catered to brothers and sisters of all ages and aims to provide everyone with a welcome atmosphere and sense of belonging. 

From South to West to even the CBD, there is no shortage of Sydney mosques available for you to visit. But no matter where you go in Sydney for your Taraweeh prayers, the most important part of each night in Ramadan is the rewards you receive from pleasing Allah (SWT) through this great act of worship. So wherever we may pray Taraweeh during this special month, may Allah (SWT) accept all our good deeds and grant us a blessed Ramadan. 

Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.

03.24.22

Fasting, not Feasting: How to Make the Most of the Health Benefits of Ramadan

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The month of Ramadan is a special time of reflection, self-improvement, kindness and spirituality. It is likewise the time where we honour one of the key pillars of Islam: fasting. 

As Muslims, fasting is one of our primary duties in Ramadan, as those of us who are able and old enough are required to fast daily from dawn until sunset. Fasting, in turn, has lasting positive effects on our physical health and spiritual wellbeing, as we draw closer to Allah (SWT) through practising patience and performing more acts of worship. 

However, even as Muslims, many of us are not immune to being swept up by our daily routines. It can be hard for us to balance out our obligations while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. This is especially true during Ramadan, as being required to eat and drink or abstain from eating and drinking at unusual times can make us forget to have healthy meal plans or exercise plans while fasting. The benefits of fasting during Ramadan are numerous but we can complement our fasting with other activities to achieve even more.

As such, to help us get through the blessed month as more organised and healthier Muslims, here is a guide on how to stay healthy during Ramadan, without burning yourself out.

Have a Healthy Meal Plan for Suhoor

Much like breakfast, Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, is the most important meal of your day during Ramadan. While skipping Suhoor may sound appealing to get in some extra sleep, it’s not ideal. Skipping Suhoor will prolong the fasting period, which means your body will need to rely on only your previous meal to provide you with all the nutrients and energy until Iftar, the time you break your fast. As a result, you are more likely to feel dehydrated and tired during the day, encouraging overeating during Iftar, which can cause unhealthy weight gain.

Therefore, Suhoor should be a wholesome meal providing you with enough energy to last until Iftar and choose the right foods to keep you energised through fasting.This includes having complex carbohydrates such as fruit and vegetables, beans, chickpeas and lentils, as well as low fat dairy products and healthy unsaturated fats like avocado, unsalted nuts, salmon, olives and olive oil. Having a Ramadan healthy meal plan goes a long way in helping you keep more satisfied and energised during the blessed month. 

Also Have a Healthy Meal Plan for Iftar

Similar to how you shouldn’t skip Suhoor, overeating when it is time to break the fast can harm your body. Iftar should be a well-balanced, nutritious meal – not a feast! Take it easy with the amount of heavy, creamy and fried foods you have, as well as salty and sugary dishes. In fact, just breaking your fast with three dates and water already gives your body an instant energy boost ahead of your main meal. Light soup is also a great choice to start your main Iftar meal as it helps you hydrate.

If you do want a heartier Iftar meal, try and incorporate plenty of vegetables, whole grains and lean meats when you break your fast. These foods provide vital vitamins and nutrients, energy and fibre and a good portion of healthy protein. As with Suhoor, having a Ramadan healthy meal plan goes a long way in helping you feel more satisfied and energised during the blessed month. Likewise, take your time while eating and keep an eye on portion control as well, as these habits will help aid digestion and prevent unhealthy weight gain. 

Stay hydrated

While fasting, it’s natural to get a little dehydrated and be more tired than usual. To help with this, make sure to add fluids, especially water, to your Ramadan healthy meal plan. Drinking as much water as possible between Iftar and Suhoor reduces your risk of dehydration during fasting. In turn, avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and cola, because caffeine can make your body more dehydrated, and fizzy drinks with sugar will add calories to your diet.

If you prefer to have a variety, take light tea without milk or sugar while also drinking water. You can also add lemon slices or fresh mint with your tea to help detox and aid digestion. In turn, fluids aren’t the only way to increase your water intake. You can also eat hydrating foods! Try adding watermelon to your Suhoor meal or eat it as a sweet treat after Iftar. If you prefer something savoury, adding cucumber and tomato to your meals also helps.

Build Your Ramadan Exercise Plan

Fasting can make you feel more tired than usual. However, this doesn’t mean you should use Ramadan as your excuse to not keep up with your fitness goals! There are many health benefits to doing physical activity during Ramadan. It helps give you an energy boost, reduce fatigue, and is a good opportunity to lose weight if needed. But you shouldn’t exercise too hard either as it can hurt your body, especially if you’re not used to it. 

As such, make the effort to exercise moderately in ways you can handle, especially during Suhoor or a few hours after Iftar, which is when you have the most energy. If you’re not in the mood for a workout, you also take short easy walks while heading to class or doing errands. A few stretches can also go a long way in keeping your energy up during the day. 

Pick up healthy habits (while dropping unhealthy ones!)

If you have any unhealthy habits, Ramadan is the best time for you to try and shed them. While fasting encourages us to keep track of our eating habits, it also allows us to have more self-control over other desires and addictions, and keep our negative emotions in check. 

Within the 29 or 30 days of Ramadan, it can be worthwhile to make goals to set aside your unhealthy habits while fasting. Eventually, you can work towards keeping off those habits before and after fasting hours as well, and start maintaining healthy habits. Experiment with what you can handle and don’t be afraid to push your boundaries little by little. Trust how your body feels and find what works for you.

Keep Doing Your Best 

There is no one way to stay healthy during Ramadan. Every person is different and your ways of eating, exercise and keeping track of your habits should be modelled to work for you. If you’re having trouble with fasting and these tips don’t work for you, you can talk to a health professional about it to get more specific advice based on your situation. The most important thing is to keep trying – Ramadan is the month of forgiveness and improving ourselves after all. 

So go ahead and make this Ramadan a healthy and happy one. Enjoy spending time with others, exercise goodwill, and be patient with yourself. May Allah (SWT) grant us a blessed Ramadan and keep us steadfast in our preparations and our fast during the holy month. 

Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.

03.24.22

Doing the best you can: The Significance of Ramadan and Setting Realistic Goals

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Ramadan is a blessed time for all Muslims to draw closer to Allah (SWT). As a special month which was revealed by Allah (SWT), Ramadan serves as both a test and reward for the believers. 

Practically, Ramadan is a month to increase your of Islamic knowledge and test your limits – both physically and mentally – to please Allah (SWT). Through working towards bettering ourselves as Muslims, Allah (SWT) gives back to us generously in return through blessings for this life and the hereafter. 

During this Ramadan, be ambitious by setting realistic goals. To aid you on this journey, here are some tips to help make this Ramadan the best you can possibly achieve. 

Making Achievable Realistic Goals

The first thing to figure out even before Ramadan begins is finding those specific and practical Ramadan goals to set. Whether this means reading one chapter of the Quran each day or spending that extra bit of time in the masjid, aspire to set clear goals you want to achieve during this blessed month. 

While your motivation throughout the month will of course face its high points and low points, you can power through the worst of it by breaking down your goals into smaller steps. Through this approach, you have a better understanding of what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it. 

If breaking down and getting through the bigger tasks seems overwhelming, you can also make a “Plan B” Ramadan schedule that is less intensive and helps you focus on the goals that require less effort. This can be as simple as helping your mother prepare food for Iftar or Suhoor or reading a short Surah. 

In any case, planning your goals before Ramadan starts goes a long way in making even the smallest of your good deeds count during this blessed month. Some of the key areas to cover in your goal setting for Ramadan include: 

  • Your goals in relation to the Quran
  • Your goals in relation to daily remembrances
  • Your goals in relation to good daily habits as a Muslim 
  • Your goals in relation to praying in congregation (if you are a male)
  • Your goals in relation to family relations
  • Your goals in relation to Islamic knowledge and its acquisition 
  • Your goals regarding your deep relationship with Allah. 

Recite Quran each day

Reading the Quran daily during Ramadan is critical, as it is the month of the Quran. 

In fact, it was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was revealed. Scholars of old used to put their books and other distractions aside just to focus on the Quran in this great month.

Taking small steps in relation to the recitation and memorisation of the Quran can not only bring you great rewards from Allah (SWT) but also develop your interest of wanting to read more Quran beyond Ramadan.

In turn, there are even greater rewards waiting for those who make the ongoing effort to learn how to recite the Quran, and much more for those becoming knowledgeable in its presence. As the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

“Whoever reads one letter from the Book of Allah will earn one reward thereby. One reward is equal to ten rewards. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Meem is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” [Tirmidhi]

Studying Tafseer

Do you ever think about the meaning behind certain surahs we recite in our daily lives? 

To be able to learn the meaning and significance of the verses in the Quran is a great gift. As such, you should put at least some effort into learning the meaning and reasoning behind the beautiful words of Allah (SWT). 

There are many resources online that can help you understand the meaning behind important ayats in the Quran. By diving deeper into the many resources our beautiful religion provides for us, we take one more step towards improving ourselves and our deen as Muslims. 

Reading more Islamic literature

Reading and gaining Islamic knoledge is a critical path to becoming a better Muslim. It opens up the treasures of Islamic knowledge which otherwise remain closed to us. 

There are many “must read” books which give us an insight into Islamic history and how to perfect our practice of Islam. 

Today, books come in many forms, so you don’t have to purchase the physical copy to read an Islamic book. If you prefer, read through an E-book or listen to an audiobook version of Islamic books.

Adjusting your habits

For many, Ramadan can be a sudden change from your normal routine. But this can also mean an opportunity to improve your lifestyle for the better. 

Many of us enjoy staying in our comfort zone, spending time playing games with our friends or streaming the latest TV series. 

But for this Ramadan, take this opportunity to do tasks that can benefit yourself and others around you in the long run. 

Maybe help prepare the table for Iftar and Suhoor, teach your siblings how to read the Qur’an or spend some more time in your local Masjid giving back to the community.

Whatever the case, adjusting your daily habits to be more in line with what Islam demands is a thing best done in this month with the extra motivation and the fact that Shaytan is locked up.

Tying it all up

The blessed month of Ramadan is a time where Muslims grow and reflect. Following the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions, Ramadan should be a time for us to focus solely on connecting with Allah (SWT) and work on how we practice Islam.

Today, we have many convenient resources that can help us get closer to Allah and more cognisant of our religion. 

But we must also remember that our spiritual journey is our own and shouldn’t be compared with others. We should allow ourselves to keep focusing on our development and growth as Muslims. So these goals should be yours alone, and based on your spiritual needs as a Muslim given where you are today.

May Allah (SWT) accept all your fasting, worship and good deeds during the blessed month Ramadan.

Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.

03.24.22

The Importance of Ramadan for Muslims: A Time for Spirituality, Family & Community

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As Ramadan 2022 draws near, Muslims around the world are once again blessed with an opportunity to reflect on their spirituality and their faith.  

In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, avoiding eating, drinking and other pleasurable desires. But why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Through fasting, we take the time to get closer to Allah (SWT) through improving our ibadah (worship) and increasing our dhikr (remembrance of God). 

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), during this blessed month, said:

“When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

As such, Ramadan marks the perfect time for us to get in touch with our spirituality, family and community and strengthen our will as Muslims.

So what do you do in Ramadan to achieve this? Here are some ways to help you gain a well-rounded and fulfilling Ramadan experience.

The Spiritual Importance of Ramadan

Ramadan is a spiritual time for Muslims. As a month which symbolises dedication, reflection and discipline, Ramadan allows us to shield ourselves from sin through fasting. As said by the Prophet (PBUH): 

“Fasting is a shield. So the fasting person should avoid obscene speech and should not behave foolishly and ignorantly, and if somebody fights with him or insults him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.”

In addition to fasting, extra attention is also given to more acts of worship. These acts can come in the form of prayer, dhikr, reciting Qur’an, giving charity, and asking for forgiveness from Allah (SWT). Through performing such actions which are pleasing to Allah (SWT), we become closer to our Creator and are given more rewards during this blessed month. 

The Importance of Family During Ramadan

Ramadan marks a time where Muslims gather together, especially in the presence of family. In turn, being able to come together during Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (breaking fast meal) gives us the much needed time to connect and bond with our families. 

From helping our parents prepare food during meal times to to reciting Qur’an with our younger siblings, there are many activities which we can do to draw closer to our families. Other great activities which are great for family bonding include praying together, reading Islamic Books together, and visiting local Mosques and attending community Iftar events together.

As the most blessed time for Muslims to learn and grow together, Ramadan is the best month to create the most cherishable and unforgettable memories with our families. Likewise, reinstating family traditions during Ramadan can not only bring the family closer together, but also bring everyone closer to Allah (SWT). 

The Importance of Community During Ramadan

Ramadan is most definitely a time which brings the community together, both to each other and to Allah (SWT). 

As fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, the importance of fasting during the month of Ramadan creates a sense of unity among Muslims, regardless of age, background and circumstance. 

From grand community Iftars, local street food stalls, and gathering for taraweeh in local Mosques, Ramadan is when our communities engage in activities that get everyone involved – in one way or another!

Similarly, Ramadan is also a time where we work together to fulfil another pillar of Islam: Zakat. Since the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the Muslim community has always valued giving charity to those in need. 

As Ramadan is a time filled with the most opportunities to gain blessings from Allah (SWT), many of us choose to give our Zakat or Sadaqah (charity) during this blessed month. 

Towards the last ten nights of Ramadan especially, many Muslims gather together to try and observe Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power). As Laylatul Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year, it is the most ideal time for us to pray more and give more charity together as a community. 

Following Ramadan’s end, all members of the community gather together to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr – a joyous time of gift-giving, feasting (in moderation) and spending time with our loved ones.

Marked as a blessed time of reflection and increased rewards, Ramadan holds a great importance in the lives of all Muslims. 

Through coming together and elevating our acts of worship for the sake of Allah (SWT), Ramadan is truly a period where our spirituality, ties with our family and community bonds strengthens us and allows us to become the best version of ourselves. 

Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.

03.18.22

The Power of Zakat

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Together, we’ve faced another year of COVID-19 destroying families, the worsening crisis in Afghanistan, and ongoing instability and poverty around the globe. However, thanks to your generous donations, we were empowered to help over 16 million people around the world last year. The Zakat you gave played a huge role in helping us reach more people than ever before. This is the power of Zakaat.

The Power of Zakat: Zakat could end global poverty

This Ramadan we want to impress upon everyone the importance of Zakat. Zakat could have the power to end global poverty – this is the power of Zakat.

According to the UN, the amount needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals – to end extreme poverty and hunger globally – is approximately $300 billion.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent to bring Islam to the entire world. So if we imagine that everyone around the globe gave 2.5% of their wealth to those in need, the annual amount would be trillions of dollars. Imagine what could be done with that!

Yes – Zakat could have the power to end poverty. If everyone around the world gave 2.5% of their wealth as Zakat we could end poverty together, SubhanAllah!

Of course, ending poverty isn’t simple. Conflict, inequality, water shortages, climate change, lack of education, poor public infrastructure and basic human greed all create and shape poverty.

Allah has shown us the way – all we need to do is follow. That is the power of Zakat.

Islam has ended poverty before!

There are few leaders who have left a mark on society the way that ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz did. He is considered one of the finest leaders in Muslim history, an authority in Islamic law (mujtahid) who had memorised the Qur’an (hafiz), and who used his leadership to serve people.

“O people, obey me as long as I obey Allah; and if I disobey Allah, you are not duty-bound to obey me.”

Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz said on becoming the khalifa in 717 AD

He organised the collection of Zakat and distributed it to the needy. He was so successful that, when the treasury later sought those who were poor and eligible to receive Zakat, they simply couldn’t find anyone in any of the lands he ruled over!

After less than two and a half years in power, the great khalifa was poisoned by one of his servants, who had been hired by his opponents. Learning what had happened, ‘Umar asked the servant how much he was paid for the assassination, ordered him to return the fee to the treasury as ill-gotten money, forgave him and allowed him to leave freely.

Even the Emperor of Rome, when hearing of his death, remarked: “A virtuous person has passed away. I would hardly be surprised if I saw an ascetic who renounced the world and gave himself to praying to God. But I am certainly surprised to see a person who had all the pleasures of the world at his feet, but still shut his eyes against them and lived a life of piety and renunciation.”

Islam has given us the answers to all our struggles, from the smallest to the greatest, including global poverty – Alhamdulillah.

Your Zakat is in safe hands

Fulfilling an Amanah (trust)

Islamic Relief’s global Zakat activities are in accordance with the teachings of Islam, enabling Islamic Relief to fulfil its Amanah in the best way possible.

The Power of Zakat. Fulfilling an Amanah (trust).

Maximum Impact

Our teams across the globe take extra care to ensure that any Zakat received has maximum impact and is used in the most efficient way possible to reduce suffering and poverty.

The Power of Zakat. Maximum Impact.

Clear Guidance

We work with scholars to ensure clear guidance on how Zakat should be fundraised, allocated, distributed, and monitored.

The Power of Zakat. Clear Guidance.

Transparency

To ensure our Zakat activities are conducted in the most transparent and Islamically compliant manner possible, we ensure internal and external reporting on Zakat projects. We also publish information on how Zakat has been spent in our Annual Report.

The Power of Zakat. Transparency.

We are serious about Zakat, because we are accountable to you, all those who have a right to receive it, and – most importantly – to Allah.

Our Zakat fund is shari’ah compliant. As with everything we do, we strive to be both purposeful and true. We are working closely with qualified scholars to ensure that our Zakat policy is in strict accordance with what Allah has ruled. Your obligatory Zakat is an Amanah (trust), and when you entrust us to distribute it carefully and correctly, we take that trust seriously.

Our distributions around the world are carefully designed to harness the power of Zakat: we want to not only help vulnerable people today, but also to help them escape poverty for good. Our rigorous governance makes sure that, from the moment you donate to the moment it is handed over to those who have a right to receive it, your Zakat is in safe hands, distributed only to those who are eligible under the eight categories stipulated in the Qur’an.

With your Zakat, we can bring relief and hope to people in desperate need.

Don’t forget to use our Zakat Calculator today to calculate Zakat.

Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat

The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.

02.16.22

When is Ramadan 2022 in Australia?

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Alhamdulillah! The blessed month of Ramadan is almost here! For Muslims across the globe, the holy month of Ramadan is a sacred time for worshipping Allah (SWT).  

It is an opportunity for new beginnings; for spiritual renewal and reflection, increased devotion, and celebration of the mercy and love of Allah (SWT).  

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, in which healthy adult Muslims are required to fast each day from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month. 

As the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Saturday 2 April and end on Sunday 1 May 2022, depending on the sighting of the moon. 

The Night of Power – Laylatul Qadr 

The month of Ramadan contains the most blessed of nights, also known as Laylatul Qadr, which Allah SWT describes as: 

“What will make you realise what the Night of Power is like? 

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. 

Angels and the Spirit descend upon it with their Lord´s permission with every command; 

There is peace that night until the coming of dawn.” [Quran: 97:1-5] 

Ramadan

Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little. [Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated by A’isha (ra) in Sahih Bukhari, vol. 8, hadith 471]

When is Eid al-Fitr? 

Eid al-fitr marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. 

This year Eid al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on the evening of Sunday 1 May 2022. However, the exact date is subject to the sighting of the moon of Shawwal (the 10th month of the Islamic Calendar).

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