Eid Mubarak – Monday the 2nd of May insha Allah

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Al Salam Alaykom wa Rahmat Allah wa barakatu

The Letterkenny Islamic Association wishes all Muslims in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and all around the world a blessed Eid Mubarak on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr which is confirmed for Monday the 2nd of May insha Allah.

May God accept all our deeds during the holy month of Ramadan from us and from you.

Thanks be to God, with the pandemic restrictions lifted, we have been able to enjoy a Ramadan like that of the past.

We remind all that Zakat ul-Fitr/Fitrana needs to be paid before Eid prayer is offered. You may like to donate online to any number of Islamic charity websites. Two such sites are One Ummah and Islamic Relief. Or, if you still can, you could send the money to your other home country. The Irish Council of Imams has agreed that Zakat ul-Fitr should now be increased to €9 per person. You may also like to donate your Zakat ul-fitr via our bank account and we will forward it on to a charity for you. Please put “zakat ulfitr” or similar in the payment reference to help us identify the payments. Details of our account is on our donations page.

There will be Eid prayer on Monday insha Allah. Due to the North West 10k, the venue is different this time.

To accommodate numbers, there will be two prayer sessions. If the hall is full for the first session, please wait until the second session begins. Please cooperate with the ushers. Jazakum Allah khairan.

Session 1:
Hall open and takbeer begins at 8 am. Prayer at 8:20 sharp insha Allah

Session 2:
Takbeer begins at 9 am. Prayer at 9:20 sharp insha Allah.

Venue: The Vestry Hall (Eir Code: F92 TD92)

Jazakum Allah khairan.

Eid Mubarak to one and all.

Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/WLPpLzB1UjerUWFy9

Eid ul-Fitr Sweet Dish Party Monday the 2nd of May from 2 to 5 pm insha Allah

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In celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, there will be an Eid dish party in The Vestry Hall insha Allah.

Slightly different to previous dish parties, this will be a sweet dish party where we encourage each person to bring a sweet dish which we’ll all share together.

IMPORTANT: The venue of the Eid party is different this time! We shall be doing it in The Vestry Hall at town park. See below for details.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is a reschedule of the Eid party. This party is INSTEAD of the party that was originally scheduled for the 8th. There will be NO party on the 8th of May.

It’s rare that we get the opportunity to have the Eid party on the same day as Eid. Let’s celebrate Eid together on the Monday the 2nd insha Allah.

There’ll be sweet dishes from Sudan, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, India and lots more countries so don’t miss out on the chance to taste them all! 😊

There will be entertainment for the children and maybe one or two surprises 😉

It’s always a fun occasion for all the family.  Both adults and children enjoy the occasion. So don’t miss it!!

Venue: The Vestry Hall (Eir Code: F92 TD92)

Date: Monday the 2nd of May

Time: 2 – 5 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there insha Allah!!

Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/WLPpLzB1UjerUWFy9

Fourth Annual Fasting Challenge – Support Your Local Food Bank

It’s back!! After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the charity fasting challenge is back again to help raise money for our local We Care LK Food Bank! Hooray!

Previously, we raised €1,300 and €1,050 for the local We Care LK Food Bank thanks be to God.

This year, we’re looking to raise even more!

We’re currently in the month of Ramadan where Muslims who are physically able are required to fast from daybreak to sunset every day for a month.  This means no food or water during these hours.  But it’s not as hard as you think!

We’re encouraging our non-Muslim friends and neighbours to get involved again this year and take the Fourth Annual Charity Fasting Challenge!  If you think you won’t be able to do it, think again!  People who took part over the last two years told us it wasn’t as hard as they thought it would be.  Of course it was a challenge but they did just fine.

So, the Letterkenny Islamic Association would like to extend an invitation to all non-Muslims to take part in the Fourth Annual Charity Fasting Challenge.

What’s this sponsored fast about?

We’re inviting people to try fasting the way Muslims do for one day during Ramadan on Saturday the 16th of April. All money raised will be given to the We Care LK Food Bank.  A big part of Ramadan is remembering those who may struggle to feed their families and being hungry during the day reminds us of their plight. People below the poverty line often rely on food banks to be able to feed themselves and their children.  Please help them out!

If you want to fast according to the exact times Muslims in Letterkenny will fast, it’ll be from 4:44 am to 8:37 pm. Obviously, you don’t have to it exactly as we do it! If you want to only do part of the day or drink water throughout the day or whatever, that’s fine! We do encourage people to try it as we do it for the full experience but no pressure! 😉 The important thing is that you’re taking part and raising money for the food bank.

Keep reading for tips on how to prepare for the fast below.

A cheque presented to the food bank by LIA
Photo Courtesy of Donegal News

Ways to Donate/Take Part

Here’s a downloadable sponsorship form so you can get your friends and family to sponsor you and show them you’re up for the challenge! 🙂

You can either open and print or Right Click -> Save as…

Come Break Your Fast With Us

We’d love you to come and break your fast as our guest and sample some delicious ethnic food.  We regret that places are limited so if you’d like to join us, please fill out the Google form at the link below and come along to the Letterkenny Community Centre on Saturday the 16th of April at 8:30 pm.  Just bring yourselves and an empty stomach.  We’ll take care of the rest! 😉

We regret that places are limited so if you’d like to come along, don’t delay!

Breakfast Registration

A spread of delicious food on offer during the breakfast
Part of the spread at a previous breakfast. Delicious!

What’s this Ramadan all about?

Ramadan is one of the holy months in the Islamic calendar.  Sort of like lent but for Muslims.  Muslims fast from dawn to dusk every day for a month.  Whilst fasting, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking (even water), sexual relations and generally try extra hard to be a better person.  That means trying extra hard not to lose their temper, gossip, backbite or anything else.  It’s a form of worship where the idea is to get better at self-restraint (it’s like a workout for the soul) and to feel empathy for and really understand what it’s like for people around the world who may have a lack of food or clean water.

Muslims believe that fasting is a commandment from God.  The same God that Christians and Jews believe in.  Muslims view Islam as a continuation of the message of previous messengers of God who are shared in Islam (e.g. Jesus, Moses, Abraham etc).

For how long do they fast for exactly?

Ramadan starts approximately 10 days earlier each year.  This year, it started on the 2ndof April and will go on till the first week of May.  That means the longest day of fasting this year will be from just after 4 am to just after 9 pm.

What?!!  17 hours without even water?!

Yep!  Though it’s easier than you might think.  People prepare by making sure to drink plenty of water the night before and eat foods that give a slow release of energy and water (like beans and cucumber).  If someone is feeling dangerously faint then they really must and are expected to break their fast.  You’re not supposed to hurt yourself!  

If you are planning on fasting, please be sure to eat a good meal full of protein and carbohydrates late the night before.

Who fasts?

Generally, anybody from the age of puberty onwards fasts.  Those who don’t have to fast include children, people travelling and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

IMPORTANT: Who DEFINITELY shouldn’t fast?

There are certain categories of people who should not fast for medical or other reasons.  These include people who have an illness or a condition that would prevent them from fasting or where fasting would be dangerous for them.  If someone is not feeling well for any reason or is experiencing something that may make it particularly difficult to go without food or water, they shouldn’t fast.

Be safe!

If you are feeling unwell or dangerously faint – please break your fast!  We don’t want anybody getting hurt!  Muslims who are fasting and feel faint are expected to break their fast and the same goes for anyone taking on this challenge.

Good luck and thanks for taking part!

Ramadan Mubarak – from Saturday the 2nd Insha Allah

Bismillah

The Letterkenny Islamic Association would like to wish all Muslim brothers and sisters in Co. Donegal and all around the world a blessed month of Ramadan which will, God willing, start on Saturday the 2nd of April. May God accept the best deeds from us and from you. Ameen.

Timetables

Please find below the Ramadan timetables in PDF format for both Letterkenny and Donegal town. Please use the timetable for the location closest to you.

Here are images of the LIA Ramadan Booklet for those would like a digital version.

LIA Ramadan Booklet Front & Back
LIA Ramadan Booklet Inner

Don’t forget there’s also an app – PrayerTimes Ireland – for both Android and iPhone with daily prayer times. You can specify your location (including Letterkenny and Donegal town) and it will display the prayer times for you.
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ie.farend.prayer
Apple iOS: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/prayer-timetable/id1505376171

Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh prayers will start tonight (Friday the 1st of April) directly after isha which is at 9:40 insha Allah. As before, Taraweeh prayers will be conducted at the Letterkenny Community Centre. The same location as for Friday prayers.

Google maps link: https://g.page/LetterkennyCommunityCentre?share

Alhamdulilah, with the situation with Covid better than the last two years, we can have a Ramadan more like the ones we are used to with taraweeh prayers in congregation, iftar at each other’s houses and group iftar parties 😊

Of course, Covid is still here and, as always, we pray to God that He makes this disease pass and helps all of mankind to get through this and with the least suffering. And we pray for all the front line medical staff helping all those who are sick and all those people who are keeping our essential services running. Ameen.

We pray that God accepts our acts of worship from us and from you and that we come out of the end of the month closer to Him insha Allah. Ameen.

We wish you all a blessed and merciful Ramadan insha Allah.

Eid Mubarak – Tuesday the 20th of July insha Allah

Bismillah
EidAdha

Al Salam Alaykom wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatu

The Letterkenny Islamic Association wishes to congratulate all Muslims in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and all around the world on the occasion of Eid ul-Adha which is confirmed for Tuesday the 20th of July insha Allah.

May Allah accept from us and from you.

Sadly, we are unable to hold Eid prayers with as many people as we can fit in the community centre as we have done in the past. Due to social distancing, numbers for Eid prayers will be limited. We shall be holding multiple sessions and registration will be performed via our WhatsApp group. If you are not in our WhatsApp group and would like to be added, please get in touch.

When performing Eid prayers, don’t forget the takbeer!

The words of the takbeer are as follows:

الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله

الله أكبر الله أكبر، و لله الحمد

God is The Greatest, God is The Greatest.  There is no deity except for God.

God is The Greatest, God is The Greatest.  All praise is to God.

You can listen to what it sounds like here:

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak – Thursday the 13th insha Allah

Bismillah

Al Salam Alaykom wa Rahmat Allah wa barakatu

The Letterkenny Islamic Association wishes all Muslims in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and all around the world a blessed Eid Mubarak on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr which is confirmed for Thursday the 13th of May insha Allah.

May God accept all our deeds during the holy month of Ramadan from us and from you.

We’ve had another different Ramadan with the Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, we remember those who have lost loved ones to this virus. We pray for all those who are working on the front lines in the health service, in the shops and all those who are helping to keep our services and our lives going. We pray that God gives them strength and patience to endure. And we pray that God brings about the end of this pandemic soon. Ameen.

We remind all that Zakat ul-Fitr/Fitrana needs to be paid before Eid prayer is offered. You may like to donate online to any number of Islamic charity websites. Three such sites are One Ummah, Islamic Relief and Iqra International. Or, if you still can, you could send the money to your other home country. Zakat ul-Fitr is €7 per person. You may also like to donate your Zakat ul-fitr via our bank account and we will forward it on to a charity for you. Details of our account is on our donations page.

There will be Eid prayer on Thursday in the community centre insha Allah. However, as the prayer will be socially distanced and there will be limited numbers, folks will need to register for their prayer session. Registration will open tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm insha Allah and places will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be via Eventbrite.

Even though this will be a different Eid to the kind we’re used to, let’s make sure to make it a fun and enjoyable one for our children. And let’s remember to have some fun too.

Jazakum Allah khairan.

Eid Mubarak to one and all.

Ramadan Mubarak – from Tuesday insha Allah

Bismillah

The Letterkenny Islamic Association would like to wish all Muslim brothers and sisters in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and all around the world a blessed month of Ramadan which will, God willing, start on Tuesday the 13th of April. May God accept the best deeds from us and from you. Ameen.

Please find below the Ramadan timetables for both Letterkenny and Donegal town. Please use the timetable for the location closest to you.

Don’t forget there’s also an app for both Android and iPhone with daily prayer times. You can specify your location and it will display the prayer times for you.
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ie.farend.prayer
Apple iOS: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/prayer-timetable/id1505376171

Unfortunately, Covid is still here and this means that, like last year, our experience of Ramadan is different to what we’re used to.

As always, we pray to God that He makes this disease pass and helps all of mankind to get through this and with the least suffering. And we pray for all the front line medical staff helping all those who are sick and all those people who are keeping our essential services running. Ameen.

We urge everyone to please follow the guidelines as laid out by the HSE and the government regarding social distancing over the holy month of Ramadan. Even though we can’t pray taraweeh in congregation, we can still pray with our families thank God. And we can have iftar with our families. But we urge people not to go to each other’s houses and to keep with social distancing God willing.

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

Ramadan is the month of Quran, worship and charity giving. We can still do these things thank God.

If it becomes possible to pray taraweeh later in the month, we shall post an update.

We wish you all a blessed and merciful Ramadan insha Allah.

No Friday Prayers Yet

Bismillah

Al Salam Alaykom wa rahmat Allah wa barakatu

Sadly, we are not in a position to start Friday prayers just yet. Some details need to be arranged with the community centre before we can resume. And our centre is of course not big enough.

The centre is open for fajr prayer and we shall be expanding it to other prayers soon God willing.

We shall be in touch again regarding Friday prayers as soon as is possible God willing.

Thank you for your patience and jazakum Allah khairan.

Centre Open for Fajr Prayer

Bismillah

As the country enters phase 3 of lockdown restrictions lifting, places of worship may now re-open.

Therefore, we are re-opening our centre. Initially ONLY for the fajr prayer.

Please note the following:

  • Please perform wudu at home. Wudu may not be performed in the masjid
  • Please sanitise hands upon entry. Hand sanitiser gel will be made available
  • Please bring your own prayer mat. We ask that if you have forgotten to bring one or were not aware, that you please return home
  • Please wear a face mask to help prevent the spread to others
  • Please don’t come if having ANY symptoms (cough, fever etc.) Please check your temperature before leaving home. If you are showing symptoms, you will be respectfully asked to leave. Please help us avoid any embarrassing situations
  • No children below the age of 12
  • 2 metre social distancing to be observed in the masjid. Please keep your distance whilst praying
  • We kindly suggest our respected senior members pray at home for their own safety

We kindly ask that all attending the masjid following the above instructions and to help us fight this virus.

As mentioned, this is ONLY for fajr for now. We will re-open for other prayers depending on how things go.

May God keeps us safe from this disease and all evils. Ameen.

Eid Mubarak – Sunday the 24th insha Allah

Bismillah

Al Salam Alaykom wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatu

The Letterkenny Islamic Association wishes all Muslims in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and all around the world a blessed Eid Mubarak on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr which is confirmed for Sunday the 24th of May insha Allah.

May God accept all our deeds during the holy month of Ramadan from us and from you.

Sadly, we will not be able to have Eid prayer together like we normally do and this is something we all shall miss. Just like we missed the taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. But alhamdulilah, we can still pray the Eid prayer and celebrate Eid with our families and even with 1 or 2 of our friends outside as long as we keep to social distancing.

We remember those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic and pray to God for them and their families as well as pray for those who are working on the front lines to help our health service and keep our essential services running.

We remind all that Zakat ul-Fitr/Fitrana of course still needs to be paid before Eid prayer is offered. You may like to donate online to any number of Islamic charity websites. Three such sites are One Ummah, Islamic Relief and Iqra International. Or, if you still can, you could send the money to your other home country. Zakat ul-Fitr is €7 per person.

This might be a different Eid and while we can’t celebrate like we normally can, please remember to have fun and make sure that our children especially feel the fun of Eid. They need it. And we do too.

Jazakum Allah khairan.

Eid Mubarak to one and all.