*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.


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.

Swafia Coronavirus Update

In light of the continuing Coronavirus pandemic and stricter UK government advice on social distancing we have to decided to move to the next stage to protect everyone’s health.

We will suspend all gatherings at Jamia Masjid Swafia including for the Five Daily Salah/Namaz and Jumma until further notice starting Monday 23 March. The Imam Sahib will do the Adhan on Swafia Azaan Radio at the correct time and you should offer your Namaz at home.

We should all do Dua to Allah swt that this temporary measure will be able to end soon with the minimum loss of life. We will make further announcements when the situation improves.

In the meantime please continue to protect our elderly and vulnerable people by following government guidelines. Younger people should minimise contact with others and keep washing your hands, to prevent the spread to the vulnerable.   If you have any symptoms such as dry cough, high temperature, difficult breathing you should self isolate and contact NHS 111 for further advice.

We thank you for your continued cooperation at this difficult time.

Jamia Masjid Swafia Coronavirus Announcement

The management Committee for Jamia Masjid Swafia have made the difficult decision to implement some serious measures to protect all members of our Community and to minimise the spreading of Coronavirus (Covid-19).


(1) is highly contagious and can be easily spread person to person or by touching contaminated surfaces

(2) has no current cure

(3) if it infects elderly people or someone with underlying health problems it could end their life

To minimise the chances of spreading the virus and protecting everyone’s health especially the more vulnerable in our community Jamia Masjid Swafia is taking the following measures until further notice from Wednesday 18 March 2020 :

(1) Jumma Friday Namaz / Prayers will be reduced to just the essential short Khutbha in Arabic and Farz (Fard) Namaz. We request all namazees pray their Sunnats and Nafils at home. There will be no talk before or Salat o Salam afterwards. We request everyone leaves straight after the Dua and doesn’t shake hands for Salaam.

(2) Wudu (ablution) and toilet facilities at the masjid will be closed. Everyone should do Wudu at home before coming to the masjid,

(3) The five daily namaz / prayers will be reduced to just the Farz (Fard) for jamaat. You should pray Sunnat and Nafils at home.

(4) We request as in line with government guidance, the most vulnerable, those who are above 60 or those with health problems protect themselves, and should for the time being, pray their namaz at home and not in the masjid.

(5) If you have any of the symptoms for Coronavirus, a high temperature fever, continuous dry coughing or breathing problems you should NOT come to the masjid. You should self isolate at home for at least 7 days following government guidelines and protect your family as well.

(6) All children’s Islamic Classes at the masjid are suspended until further notice.

(7) All other masjid activities including Ghiyarvi programmes are suspended. (The Ladies Ghiyravi programme for this Saturday 21 March is cancelled.)

The talk / Zikr programme after Isha on Mondays and Thursdays are suspended.

(8) No phooris or gatherings for the deceased or khatams will take place at the masjid.

(9) If someone passes away and a Janazah (funeral) is required at the masjid please contact us in the normal way.

(10) Any namazee can bring their own “Musallah” or prayer mat for use in the masjid if they wish but please ensure it is clean and not too big, only for your use.

(11) Please follow other guidelines such as regularly washing your hands with soap when returning home.

Muslims have a unique relationship with their local masjid and the changes may seem harsh to you but are needed to protect everyone. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during what are unprecedented and unique circumstances.

The decisions have been made by consulting Islamic scholars. The same difficult decisions are being made by masjids across the UK and the world.

We hope you will join us in continuing to do Dua to Allah Subhana Wa Talah that this difficult period will pass soon with minimum harm to everyone in the world and our community in particular. And that we can return to our normal blessed life soon.

The situation is changing all the time and we may have to make further changes so please continue to listen to Swafia Azaan Radio, look out for messages or see www.swafia.org.uk

Message on behalf of Jamia Masjid Swafia Committee