Take the Charity Fasting Challenge and Help Local Food Bank!!

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

We’re raising money for the local We Care LK Food Bank through a sponsored fast to coincide with the month of Ramadan.  So we’re encouraging everyone to give it a go and help them out!

Ways to Donate/Take Part

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

Charity Fasting Challenge Sponsorship Form

What’s this sponsored fast about?

We’re encouraging people to try fasting the way Muslims do for one day during Ramadan on Friday the 23rd of June.  All money raised will be given to the We Care LK Food Bank.  People below the poverty line often rely on these food banks to be able to feed themselves and their children.  Please help them out!

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.  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 Friday the 23rd of June at 10 pm.  Just bring yourselves and an empty stomach.  We’ll take care of the rest!  There’ll even be a bouncy castle so bring the kids!

Breakfast Registration

What’s this Ramadan all about?

Ramadan is one of the holy months in the Islamic calendar.  Kinda 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 in the last week of May and will go on till the last week of June.  That means the longest day of fasting this year will be from just before 3 am to just after 10 pm.

What?!!  19 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!  Some scholars say that fasting a smaller number of hours in countries where the day is so long is fine and some people choose to follow this opinion.

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!

Letterkenny Islamic Association Condemns Attack on Finsbury Park Mosque

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque during the early hours of Monday morning whilst worshippers were leaving the mosque after having prayed taraweeh prayers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.

This is clearly a terrorist attack and it’s positive that the authorities are viewing it as that.

This attack clearly shows how we all need to stick together against this kind of behaviour whether Muslims are the perpetrators or the victims.

The Letterkenny Islamic Association are very grateful for the heart warming messages of support received.


Letterkenny Islamic Association Condemns London Attacks

The incidents in London last night have left us shocked, disgusted, heartbroken and utterly devastated.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.

The people who carry out these attacks have nothing to do with Islam. Their actions are completely opposed to the principles of Islam. They follow a twisted ideology a million miles away from the peaceful religion taught and practised by the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims who continue to live peacefully and harmoniously with those around them.

Ramadan Mubarak – from Saturday insha Allah



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 insha Allah start on Saturday the 27th of May.  May Allah accept the best deeds from us and from you.  Ameen.

Letterkenny Ramadan Timetable 2017 (courtesy of islaminireland.com)

Handy timetable cards will be handed on during Friday prayers this week.  They will also be made available for download on this site.

Taraweeh prayers will start Friday evening at 11:15 PM in the community building at the Letterkenny Community Centre insha Allah.

Please see the map to the Letterkenny Community Centre below.

The community building is the building directly to the right of the main building.  Please see below photograph.

community building

Eid Dish Party – Sunday 18th of September from 2:30 – 4:30 pm

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 as face painting.

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 18th of September

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there insha Allah!!

Eid Mubarak – Monday the 12th of September 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-Adha which is confirmed for Monday the 12th of September insha Allah.

Eid prayers will be in the Letterkenny Community Centre at 8:15 am insha Allah.  Try and be there from 8 to perform takbir together.

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

Please try your best to bring along your own prayer mats.

Eid Mubarak!

AGM Sunday 19th October at 2 pm

salamThe AGM of the Letterkenny Islamic Association will take place this weekend.

Date: Sunday the 19th of October

Time: 2 pm

Location: Masjid

A review of the year’s activities will take place including a financial review of the year as well as a look ahead to the coming year.

Everyone is welcome to come and we urge all those who are interested in the activities of the masjid to attend.

Jazak Allah kheir.

Eid Mubarak – Eid Prayer in Aura Leisure Centre

BismillahAl Salam Alaykom wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatu

Eid Mubarak!!  The Letterkenny Islamic Association would like to wish all Muslim brothers and sisters all over County Donegal and the world a blessed Eid ul-Adha insha Allah.

Please note that Eid prayers this time around will be held in Aura Leisure Centre and NOT in the Letterkenny Community Centre as usual.

Prayers will be from 8:15 (4th of October 2014)

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

Aura Leisure Centre is a 1 minute drive from Letterkenny on the road to Glenties.  With the old Dunnes Stores on your left and Tin Tai Chinese Restaurant and Black’s newsagent on your right, drive for about 1 km.  The entrance to Aura leisure centre is on your left before the first roundabout.

Details of the location can be found in the map below.

Please bring your own prayers mats with you.  Jazak Allah kheir.

Social Gathering and FUN for the Kids on 21st of April – All Welcome!!



The Letterkenny Islamic Association is organising a social gathering with fun for kids on the 21st of April between 2pm and 6 pm insha Allah.

It will be in the hall next to the Poppyseed Bakery (formerly The Vestry) in the St. Conal’s campus.  Please see Google Maps below.

Everyone is encouraged to bring some food.


  • Bouncy Castle
  • Henna Corner
  • Nasheed
  • Quran Recitation
  • Islamic Quiz for kids

See you there insha Allah!!!