Eid ul Adha 31st July 2020

Eid Ul Adha is confirmed to be 31st July 2020 In Sha Allah

Fortunately this Eid we are able to perform Eid Namaz at the Masjid.

Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic the Eid prayer will operate in the same manner as the Jumma prayer.

The will be 3 Jamaats for Eid prayer In Sha Allah, the Jamaat times will be as follows:
– 07:30am
– 08:30am
– 09:30am

Please contact brother Gulfraz on +44 7795 006993 to book your Eid prayer slot. The booking system will operate on a first come basis. It is imperative that you book in a timely manner so that the Masjid is able to appropriately plan and organise.

When you attend at the Masjid you will be required to bring your own prayer mat and wear a face mask.

For the safety of our community hugging and hand shaking will be strictly prohibited.

The above is of course difficult as it is our tradition after Eid Namaz nonetheless for your own safety and the wellbeing of the wider community it is imperative that you greet each other without contact.

We look forward to seeing you at the Masjid on Eid. Thank you for your patience and endless co-operation during these difficult times.

Further updates to follow on Swafia Radio; Facebook and www.swafia.org.uk

Re-Opening on 4th July 2020

As the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased by the Government, Jamia Masjid Swafia will reopen subject to strict preventative measures. The Masjid takes the health and well-being of all attendees and the local community extremely seriously and as such the Masjid will re-open on 4th July 2020 subject to the stringent measures.

Jumma prayers will take place however, they will be reduced to the Khutba in Arabic and the Fard prayer only. All attendees are requested to pray their Sunnah and Nafl prayers at home. The Jamaat for all five daily prayers will reconvene, again all attendees are requested to pray non-obligatory prayers at home. 

All attendees are requested to leave straight after Fard prayers. Attendees are requested to maintain the integrity of the Masjid by avoiding congregation outside. Attendees should avoid shaking hands or hugging and follow social distancing guidance within the Masjid. 

The Masjid will follow strict social distancing guidance to protect all attendees and local community in the close vicinity of the Masjid. The Covid-19 safety officers are Brothers Gulfraz Hussain, Arshad Iqbal, Akef Akbar and Hafiz Imran Mahmood who will ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed and will engage with the community to ensure that all issues are dealt with.

A full Covid-19 risk assessment has been prepared and is available within the Masjid. To limit contact during Jumma prayer the Masjid will use all four entrances/exits to limit contact between attendees. All 4 entrances have disabled access and are accessible via wheelchair. 

The wudhu facilities will remain closed and attendees should make wudhu at home. The disabled toilets will be open for disabled attendees only which will be sanitised by a volunteer after each use. 

The capacity of the Masjid has been re-assessed to ensure that attendees are kept one meter apart during prayer. The Masjid will have the capacity to host up to 130 attendees per Jamaat. 

Prayer spaces will be marked one meter+ apart in line with social distancing guidance. Attendees are requested to bring their own prayer mats and place them over the marked prayer spaces. Under no circumstance must any person pray in any other area. Please ensure that your prayer mat is clean and that is no bigger than a traditional prayer mat. 

Attendees must wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times whilst within the Masjid grounds. This will include a face mask and gloves. Attendees must purchase their own PPE and use them within the Masjid. For those who are unable to source their own PPE the Masjid will have these available. It is important to ensure the safety of all attendees and therefore, without the aforementioned PPE entrance will be strictly refused.

Upon attending at the Masjid attendees must place their shoes within a sealed plastic bag and take this bag into the Masjid. Next to each of the marked prayer spaces there will be a fitted box where the shoes can be place within. 

Throughout the Masjid there will be hand sanitiser stations for the use of all attendees. Attendees should make efforts to use upon entering and exiting the Masjid. After each Jamaat the Masjid will be sanitised. 

At each Jumma prayer there will be six volunteers who will direct attendees to maintain social distancing. During general Namaz prayer there will be two volunteers. The volunteers have been appropriately trained and it is imperative that attendees follow their instructions. 

Due to the aforementioned social distancing guidelines the Masjid can accommodate 130 attendees per Jumma Jamaat, therefore the Masjid will host the following 4 Jamaats: 

  1. 1. 13:20
  2. 2. 13:50
  3. 3. 14:20
  4. 4. 14:50

In order to avoid attendees being turned away for Jumma prayer the Masjid will operate a pre-booking system for each Jamaat on a first come first serve basis. 

Attendees are requested to contact brother Gulfraz on 07795006993 to book their Jumma place. It is imperative that your place is booked as the Masjid must maintain organisation to prevent breaches of social distancing. 

All attendees of the Masjid are requested to have patience and to work alongside the Masjid to ensure that it is a safe place for all by following the aforementioned guidance. We have a responsibility to each other; a small breach of the guidance could put fellow Jamaati’s at serious risk. 

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are generally feeling unwell you are urged to avoid the Masjid. If any attendee feels unwell whilst at the Masjid, please inform a volunteer without delay. If you are deemed vulnerable as per the NHS guidance or have ongoing health issues it would be advised not to attend at congregational prayers, despite the preventative measures there is always a risk. 

Children’s Islamic classes will remain suspended until further notice. Other Masjid activities and gatherings such as Ghiyarvi programme, Phooris, Khatams etc will also remain suspended. 

Further updates will appear on www.swafia.org.uk Facebook and on Swafia Azaan Radio.

*Jamia Masjid Swafia Covid-19 Update*

 

  • As the government have eased lockdown restrictions they have now allowed all places of worship to open for individual prayer on 15th June.

As Muslims the reason we pray in the Masjid is to gain the benefit of congregational prayer. Since congregational prayers are not yet allowed, the Masjid will not open on the 15th June.

The Masjid has not taken this decision lightly and takes the health and well-being of all attendees and the local community very seriously.

The Masjid is currently working towards re-opening on 4th July 2020 subject to government guidance.

In due course detailed guidance will be released along with consent forms for all Namazi’s. A full Covid-19 risk assessment is currently being prepared to ensure the safety of all Namazi’s.

Children’s Islamic classes will remain suspended until further notice. Other Masjid activities and gatherings such as Ghiyarvi programme, Phooris, Khatams etc will also remain suspended.

We appreciate your patience during the lockdown period and your further co-operation as the Masjid begins to re-open.

Further updates will appear on www.swafia.org.uk Facebook and on Swafia Azaan Radio.

Eid Ul Fitir Confirmation

It has been confirmed that the new moon for Shawwal has been sighted in many places around the world, so we will In Shah Allah be celebrating Eid ul Fitir, tomorrow, Sunday 24th May 2020.

The masjid is still CLOSED due to Coronavirus situation so NO Eid prayers will be offered at the masjid. As indicated in our earlier post you should NOT offer Eid prayers at home. Instead you can offer 4 rakaats Chasht Nafil in sets of 2 and optionally 2 Nafils for Shukrana (Thanks to Allah swt) for this happy occasion.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed EID MUBARAK from all at Jamia Masjid Swafia. Please remember all at Swafia and all Muslims in your Duas.

Swafia Eid ul Fitir 2020

Likely Eid Day

The first day of Eid ul Fitir will more likely be celebrated on Sunday 24 April.  For confirmation please listen to your Swafia Azaan Radio after Maghrib on Saturday 23 April. We will also try to update www.swafia.org.uk or send out a message.

Fitrana

Due to Coronovirus restrictions the masjid will remain closed with NO Eid ul Fitir prayers (Namaz).  This means we will not be collecting Fitrana this year.  You should make your arrangements to send your Fitrana before Eid day to those deserving of it, all those to whom Zakat can be donated. Fitrana is payable at a rate of £5 for each person in your house.

Can I offer Eid ul Fitir Prayers at home ?

Eid prayers are main congregrational prayers which should be offered with the rest of the community.  The sunnah is that they take place in an open ground with everyone from that community present.

Eid prayers can not be offered at home alone or in small groups as their conditions are not met.  Eid prayers are not fardh but optional, you are rewarded if you offer them but not punished if you don’t.

Instead you can offer the optional nafli Chasht prayer of 4 rakats or units alone at home in sets of 2 rakats.  Chasht can be offered anytime between about 15 mins after sunrise to about 11:00 am.  Additionally as Eid is an occasion of celebration you can offer Shukarana Nafil 2 rakats for Thanking Allah swt for Eid and all the good in our lives.

(Refer to Fatwa Alamghiri volume 1 page 150 and Dar Mukhtar volume 3, page 67)

Please watch the video below by Mufti Sahib for details in Urdu.

 

Swafia Ramadan Appeal

As you know the blessed month of Ramadan is about to finish. In the last few days of Ramadan it is essential that we make our last efforts to gain as much sawab (rewards) as we possibly can, when each good deed is multplied by 70 times, and giving towards the masjid is undoubtedly a very noble way of gaining sawab.

Today, on Jummah tul Wida, try to make your best efforts to give towards the masjid generously like you have been doing all Ramadan.

You can use your phone or Internet banking to pay directly into the Jamia Masjid Swafia account.

Sort code – 05-09-64
Account number – 12113131

Use your name as a reference so we know who is donating.

If you are on Facebook you can donate using any credit or bank card or through Paypal. Please visit our Facebook page post on 18th May “Asking for donations” with the appeal in Urdu. Click on the big blue DONATE button completing your details.

Please watch the videos below for further details about the importance of supporting our masjid at this difficult time.

Appeal in English

Appeal In Urdu


May Allah swt accept all our efforts in this blessed month and at this difficult time and keep us all safe.

Swafia Ramadan 2020 Announcement

The new moon for Ramadan has not been reliably sighted so Shaban will complete 30 days.  The first fast for Ramadan will be on Saturday 25 April 2020.  The first Travhee will be on the night of Friday 24 April.

The masjid will remain closed for all activities due to the Covid-19 Coronoavirus restrictions.  You should continue to offer all your Namaz prayers including Travhee at home.  Please note you should not follow any live radio broadcast or streamed Namaz as if in Jamaat, you need to offer your own.

Ramadan is a very special time when we make greater efforts to do good deeds and offer ibadaats.  In this unique situation we should use the time to offer extra Nafli prayers as well as the Fardh, read more of the Quran-e-Pak with translation for better understanding.    Continue to do Dua to Allah swt for your familees, friends, the ummah and the world and that this difficult period passes very soon so we can return to our masjid soon.

For details of how to download a copy of the Ramadan Timetable or obtain a printed copy see the previous post.

We can only open the masjid if the Coronavirus situation improves and government guidance starts relaxing about social distancing measures.  Please follow the website or listen to Swafia Azaan Radio for any changes.

 

 

Swafia Ramadan Timetable 2020 / 1441 AH

As many people are asking for the Jamia Masjid Swafia Ramadan Timetable we have sent out an electronic copy.   A copy is attached below which you can download and save to your device.

The large A3 copies of the timetable are now ready.  You can collect a copy from Manchester Superstore on Park Lodge Lane.  If you or a neighbour can not collect for some reason please send a message direct to Brother Gulfraz and we will try to drop one through your letter box.

The first fast is likely to be start on Saturday 25 April 2020. Please listen to Swafia Azaan Radio or look out for messages at about Maghrib time on Thursday and Friday night before for confirmation.

The masjid is currently still closed for ALL activities due to Coronavirus restrictions. These restrictions are likley to last maybe most of the month of Ramadan and beyond. We wil NOT be able to open the masjid for public use until the situation improves and Government guidance relaxes social distancing guidelines. Please continue to follow updates for any changes.

Please continue to follow guidelines to protect your familees. Continue to do Dua to Allah swt for your familees, the ummah and the world that current difficulties will pass soon and that we will be able to keep our masjids active during Ramadan. Ameen.

Please note the Swafia website is currently only working intermittantly so please try later if it does not load properly.

 

Swafia Ramadan 1441 / 2020 Timetable
Swafia Ramadan 1441 / 2020 Timetable

Shabe Barat and Ghiyarvi Sharif for April

The mosque is closed due to Coronavirus restrictions but we will still be holding the monthly Ghiyarvi Sharif for Shabe Barat.  No members of the public can attend but we will try to livestream the programme on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/masjidswafia/ so you can watch at home and also listen live on Swafia Azaan Radio.  The programme will take place after Maghrib at 8:00pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

Mufti Fiaz Maqsood Madni Sahib will recite from the Quran,  read Naat, give a short speech about the great importance of this night and what nafils and other ibadaats we can do in the home.  There will be Zikar, Durood-o-Salam ending with a special Dua.

The hadiths tell us that we should offer Nafli Namaaz, recite the Quran, perform Zikar,  read Salaam, and make Dua on the night of 15th of Shaban (that is the night between the 14th and 15th day) and fast during the day on the 15th.  On this Shab-e-Barat, we are told that doors of mercy and forgiveness are thrown open by Allah (subhan wa tallah).  We are told we can be pardoned if we sincerely repent for our sins and seek forgiveness from Allah (swt).

We are told that we should offer the Salat-ul-Tasbih namaz every day if we can, but at least once in a life time as Allah (swt) will forgive our sins if we do.

Read details of how to offer Salat ul Tasbih in the home by yourself.

Some details of the programme below.