Clothing Appeal a Great Success!

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Alhamdulilah, all praise be to God, the clothing appeal for the Syrian refugees abroad was a great success!

An appeal was made by the Letterkenny Islamic Association and Donegal Intercultural Platform for clothes, blankets and other items to help the many millions of Syrians of affected by the untold and unimaginable devastation that has affected their country since 2011.  It’s heartbreaking to think that there are some children there who don’t know a life any different 🙁

There were a number of drop off points around the county and the response from the whole community across Donegal from both non-Muslims and Muslims alike has been truly breathtaking!

As you can see from the pictures below, there was a great amount donated that needed not just one but TWO separate collections from both the Letterkenny Islamic Community Centre and Siopa Pobail in Falcarragh.

The room was FULL!

The room in Letterkenny was FULL!

A full van in Letterkenny

A full van in Letterkenny

Aidan and the volunteers after a loading the van

Aidan and the volunteers after a loading the van

A great collection in Falcarragh

Paul and the others after a great collection in Falcarragh

The items donated were collected by Aidan Crawford of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the north of Ireland.  Aidan has been working closely with the charity Syria Appeal in England and, since his presidency of the St. Vincent de Paul society has come to an end, he has set up a new charity called HeartShip which will continue to help Syrians abroad.  God bless Aidan and all those in his organisation who do this great work and keep them safe from harm in this dangerous area of the world.  Amen.

We plan to do regular clothing appeals since this was such a success to keep your eyes pealed if you’d like to donate in the future!

€1,300 Raised for We Care LK Food Bank Through Successful First Charity Fasting Challenge

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Alhamdulilah, all praise be to God, a total of €1,300 was raised for the We Care LK Food Bank!!

Photo Courtesy of Donegal News

Photo Courtesy of Donegal News

The money was raised through a combination of money raised through the Charity Fasting Challenge on Friday the 23rd of June along with money donated by the local Muslim community throughout the month of Ramadan.

During the Charity Fasting Challenge, non-Muslims were invited to fast for one day with Muslims and were invited to break their fast along with the Muslim community at sunset in the Letterkenny Community Centre.  There was food from all over the world and it was a great occasion.

We did it!!

We did it!!

Part of the spread. Delicious!

Part of the spread. Delicious!

A good night's craic!

A good night’s craic!

The money was raised during the month of Ramadan which is one of the most sacred months of the year for Muslims.  During this month, Muslims observe fasting from dawn to dusk for a month.  Whilst fasting, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking (even water), smoking, sexual relations and generally try harder to be a better human being by trying to be more patient and making extra effort to control their temper amongst other things.  A general training of the soul.  This is considered to be part of the tradition of fasting as carried out by Christians and Jews which are considered part of the Abrahamic faiths along with Islam.

Whilst fasting, Muslims feel what it’s like to be truly hungry and appreciate the plight of those who can’t feed themselves or have access to clean water.  This appreciation is supposed to lead to greater donations in charity to those in need.  The local We Care LK Food Bank do great work in supporting those in Letterkenny and across Donegal who need this kind of support regardless of their race, creed or colour.  God bless them for all their hard work.  Amen.

The donation presentation was covered in the Donegal News here.

The Letterkenny Islamic Association are planning to hold this event every year so keep an eye out towards the start of next Ramadan!

Eid Dish Party Sunday the 3rd of September from 3 to 6 pm insha Allah

BismillahIn celebration of Eid ul-Adha, there will be an Eid dish party in the Letterkenny Community Centre insha Allah.

As we’ve done in previous Eid parties, this will be a dish party where everyone is encouraged to bring food and sweets so that we can all share our international tastes.  There’ll be food from Sudan, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, India and lots more countries so don’t miss out on the chance to taste them all! 🙂

Plates, cutlery etc will be provided.

There will be a bouncy castle and play area for children as well and maybe a few other surprises for the kids 😉

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

Venue: Letterkenny Community Centre

Date: Sunday the 3rd of September

Time: 3 – 6 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there insha Allah!!

Eid Mubarak – Friday the 1st of September insha Allah

BismillahAl 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 Friday the 1st of September insha Allah.

May God accept from us and from you.

Eid prayers will start at 8:15 sharp in the Letterkenny Community centre insha Allah.  We will start doing takbeer from 8 insha Allah.

As with other Eid prayers, the whole family is encouraged to come so sisters and children can enjoy the occasion as well.  We ask everyone to please bring prayer mats with them from home as the numbers have gotten very high in recent times.

Eid Mubarak!

Clothing Appeal

Please help the Syrian refugees in camp sites around the world stay warm this winter
Please donate clothes, blankets and other items

In 2016, the United Nations (UN) identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance. The vast majority of whom are currently living in refugee camps in Turkey, Greece and other countries. These places get extremely cold and many often die in the winter time as temperatures drop sharply. As always, the worst affected are children. Heartbreakingly, many have not known a life outside of a campsite.

We are asking for your help to send things they desperately need like clothes, blankets and other items. Please help.

The Letterkenny Islamic Association is working with the Donegal Intercultural Platform and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the north who are transporting clothes to where they are needed.

We are asking for your help to donate whatever you can for this worthy cause. To respect the dignity of the refugees, we ask that you only donate items that you would use yourself (i.e. no torn, dirty or worn out items).
Please Donate

● Clothes
● Blankets
● Cuddly toys
● Over the counter medication
● Toiletries
● Nappies
● Shoes
● Socks
● NEW underwear
Please drop off your clothes, blankets and other items to any one of the following collection points by the 11th of August:
Letterkenny Islamic Community Centre 2 Meadowbank Park, Long lane Saturdays (11am- 1pm).
Siopa Pobail, Main street Falcaragh, Monday to Saturday (10am – 5pm).
The Exchange, Ardaravan, Buncrana, Monday to Friday (9am – 1.30pm).
Thrift shop (Next to Donegal Women’s centre), Port road, Letterkenny, Monday to Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
You can contact 0860841433 (Intercultural Platform) for information and advice
This is a joint initiative of the Letterkenny Islamic Association (info@islaminletterkenny.com) and The Donegal Intercultural Platform (donegalip@gmail.com)

Eid Dish Party Sunday the 2nd of July from 5 to 7 pm insha Allah

BismillahIn celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, there will be an Eid dish party in the Letterkenny Community Centre insha Allah.

As we’ve done in previous Eid parties, this will be a dish party where everyone is encouraged to bring food and sweets so that we can all share our international tastes.  There’ll be food from Sudan, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, India and lots more countries so don’t miss out on the chance to taste them all! 🙂

Plates, cutlery etc will be provided.

There will be a bouncy castle and play area for children as well and maybe a few other surprises for the kids 😉

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

Venue: Letterkenny Community Centre

Date: Sunday the 2nd of July

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there insha Allah!!

Dr. Arshad Aziz Burial in Dublin Monday insha Allah

Al Salam Alaykom

Dr. Arshad Aziz will be buried in Dublin tomorrow (Monday) insha Allah. There will be another janaza prayer after thuhr at 12:45 in Dublin Mosque. From there, we will go to the burial grounds insha Allah.

Dublin Mosque
163 South Circular Road

Google Maps link to Dublin Mosque

We shall leave Letterkenny General Hospital at 7:30 insha Allah if anyone wishes to join.

Janaza Prayer for Dr. Arshad Aziz


Al Salam Alaykom Wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatu

إن لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Dr. Arshad Aziz passed away this morning. We ask Allah to grant him His mercy and give patience to his family.

Janaza prayer will take place at 4 pm at the community centre insha Allah.

Please pass on this message to others. Jazak Allah khairan.

Reminder – LIA AGM Sunday the 9th of October after Thuhr insha Allah

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REMINDER – This is a reminder in addition to regular announcements and flyers handed out during Friday prayers over the last few weeks

The Annual General Meeting of the Letterkenny Islamic Association which represents Muslim communities in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas will take place this Sunday

Date: Sunday the 9th October

Time: Directly after Thuhr prayer (which takes place at 1:45)

Venue: Letterkenny Masjid – 2 Long Lane.

The AGM of the Letterkenny Islamic Association was postponed from the summer due to low turnout.

New Date and Time:

The Agenda for the AGM is as follows:

  • A summary of the previous year’s activities (including a presentation of the annual accounts)
  • The election of new directors and the appointment of a new secretary
  • Selection of new secretary
  • A discussion of the Eir incident
  • A discussion on a new Imam
  • A discussion on activities to build/buy for a new Masjid

The current directors are: Dr. Numan Khan, Munir Ahmad and Tawfiq Azzenoud

All three directors are retiring from their positions and will not be running for re-election.

The current secretary, Amir Gamil, will also not be running for re-selection as secretary.

The current chairman is Dr. Raashid Rahmani. A new chairman will be elected.

The gentlemen above are not abandoning the masjid. All will continue to strive for the masjid for the sake of Allah. Some by continuing as part of the committee (if selected by the directors) and others by duaa. The intention of the above is to have renewed motivation and new faces.

We are all part of the community and we all have a responsibility to it.

We would like to see good engagement from all parts of the Muslim community in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas. All nationalities should take part.

The intention is to have a new board of directors that has:

One member from the Sudanese community.

One member from the Pakistani community.

Other members from the other communities (India, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria etc).

We are all Muslims and nationality should not and does not matter. However, in order to make sure that everyone feels properly represented, we would like to see engagement from all communities.

If you are interested in running for election as director or you would like to nominate someone, please send an email. The position of director is of course open to brothers and sisters.

Eid Mubarak – Wednesday the 6th of July insha Allah

BismillahAl Salam Alaykom wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatu

The Letterkenny Islamic Association wishes to congratulate all Muslims around the world on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr which is confirmed for Wednesday the 6th of July insha Allah.

Eid prayers will be in the Letterkenny Community centre at 8:15 am insha Allah.

As with other Eid prayers, the whole family is encouraged to come so sisters and children can enjoy the occasion as well.

Zakat ul-Fitr is €7 per person payable by the head of the household.  Please remember to pay this before praying Eid prayers.  There will be a box provided in the hall if you don’t manage to pay this before then.

Please try and bring your own prayer mat.

Eid Mubarak!