Following the announcement of the UK government’s decision to move London and surrounding areas into Tier 4 Restrictions, the Board of Trustees have made the very difficult decision to close the masjid from Wednesday 23rd December 2020.
⚠️ All congregational prayers including Jumaa prayers will stop until further notice.
We all know the importance of reading the Qur’an. The benefits we receive from reading the Qur’an and when we try to implement what the Qur’an says into our day-to-day lives – all have a very positive impact on our lives.
But despite knowing this, how many of us take our time to just ‘read’ the Qur’an? How many of us take time to learn how to read the Qur’an with the correct techniques? We live in a society where we work according to time; however, but have we thought that one day that time will come to an end and only our actions will be our alarm clock on the Day of Judgement.
“لوُسَّرلاَو َهللَّا اوُعيِطَأ ْلُق
“Say follow Allah (swt) and his messenger (saw)” 1.
Qur’an, 3.v 58
Allah has clearly instructed us to:
Follow him, which relates to his words “The Qur’an”
Follow our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) through the Sunnah and Hadith
The Qur’an is the final message Allah (SWT) has sent to humankind, it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) through Angel Jibraeel (as). Verses were revealed according to the events that happened in the life of the Prophet (saw) or when Allah (SWT) wanted.
We should recite the Qur’an not because it is a burden for us; instead, it is a duty upon every Muslim to learn, understand, reflect and build a relationship with Him through his glorious words. Then we can further spread this knowledge with the correct intention.
What is the importance of reading the Qur’an?
The Prophet (saw) said “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others” (Sahih Bukhari)
To build a relationship with Allah (SWT) by reading his messages and guidance in the Qur’an
The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgement, the Prophet (saw) said: “The Qur’an is evidence for you or against you” (Sahih Muslim)
The reward is great: Whoever reads a letter from the Qur’an, he will have a reward. That reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)
Time: You are using your time wisely and productively, rather than being on social media or WhatsApp
Overall, we have to understand the Qur’an is the greatest blessing we have in our life, we have taken it for granted and neglected the words of Allah (SWT) due to our busy schedule. Let us engage with Allah (SWT) through his words and build a love and understanding not just for ourselves but also for our children and the future youth.
The first word revealed to our beloved Prophet (saw) was “IQRA”- Read. We need to read the Qur’an, which is the base of our journey of the Qur’an; thereafter, we need to understand and reflect upon the explanation of verses and chapters. May Allah (SWT) make it easy for us to read the Qur’an, Ameen
About the Author
Haseeb ul Haq is Principal of the Saturday School and Hifdh Class Coordinator. He is graduate in BA Islamic studies from SOAS University of London and a MA in Islamic Law. During the week he also works in the Education Sector
In light of recent announcements from the government regarding education and learning and restrictions as a result of COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart to announce that we will be moving our learning towards online via Microsoft Teams effective from this Saturday 9th January 2021.
The teaching will be delivered via Microsoft Teams which you should be able to access online.
We are looking for an experienced UK (ideally London) based Imam/Hafiz of Quran to lead Tarawih prayers throughout the month of Ramadan. Full Job Description here Job description: Being the 2nd Imam for Ramadan Prayers; Second Ten Rakaats of Taraweh with one support Imam for the 1st 10 Rakaats, and lead Tahajjud prayers in the last ten nights only, lead full 20 Rakaats if only needed and if asked by management.
Alhamdulillah Allah has enabled us to see another year and we should be grateful to him. We all know people who were with us at the beginning of 2020 but did not make it to the end of the year. Likewise, there will be people who will be with us at the beginning of 2021, but only Allah knows if they will be with us at the end of 2021. Life is short and temporary, so we must make the most of our existence by striving towards the path that will enable us to gain paradise’s sweetness.
MCEC was delighted to work with Global One 2015 and in collaboration with Ponders End Mosque, Edmonton Islamic Centre, and Rumi Mosque to deliver food packs to 120 vulnerable families from the BAME community from August 2020 to October 2020.
With the hard work of Global One to secure funds through the London Community Fund, an additional 60 households were supported because of the generosity of the BAME faith community through our mosque network. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in donating additional food items. This generosity meant we were able to support double the number of families and provide many more items than initially intended.
With the high death rates, grief, trauma and fear that the COVID-19 pandemic has created in our communities, this project has been a light amid darkness with the whole community coming forward to support in whatever way they can.
“When you are going through such difficult situation, you can’t think beyond the next day or the day after, you are going through so many emotional ups and down- by giving that one month’s supply- I knew that at least I didn’t have to worry about food.”
Beneficiary who was coping with death of partner
The repercussion of COVID 19 and the lockdown on our beneficiaries was varied. We helped families who were having to cope with bereavement and a loss of income; the elderly and vulnerable who were self-isolating female-headed households that were struggling to do their grocery shopping because their children were home due to school closures.
Due to the pandemic and lockdown, families were less able to turn to people outside of their household for help. Through this grant and our project, we were able to contribute in a way that could ease some of the burden and provide support in a discreet and dignified manner.