Ramadan 1438 AH / 2017

Ramadan Mubarak to all from everyone at Jamia Masjid Swafia.

It has been confirmed that First day of Ramadan started on the evening of Friday 26th May, 2017.  The first fast is on Saturday 27th of May with the first Travhee prayers (namaz/salah) being offered on Friday night.

Two Isha / Travhee Jamaats at Jamia Masjid Swafia

As in previous years we will offer two jamaats for the convenience of everybody in Wakefield.

First Jamaat at 11:00 pm with the complete recitation of the Quran-e-Pak during Ramadan

Second Jamaat at 12:30 am with shorter surahs for those who can’t attend the main jamaat due to work, will finish with plenty of time for you to eat before Sehri.

There will be a short Quranic or Islamic talk after the main Travhee jamaat highlighting some of the topics that were recited.  Please remind those who can’t attend the jamaat that they can still benefit from this talk as it is broadcast live on Swafia Azaan Radio.  (Contact the masjid if you need a radio).

Wakefield Ramadan Timetable

You can collect a printed copy of the timetable from the masjid that details all the times for namaz including jamaat at the mosque, and fasting times for Wakefield.

We have a larger A3 poster you can put on the wall and a smaller A6 card one for your pocket.

Click on the thumbnails below for a larger version of each one that you can print yourself or save to your desktop or wallpaper on your mobile.

Larger Poster Wakefield Ramadan Timetable

Pocket Sized Wakefield Ramadan Timetable

Gain The Benefits of Ramdaan

We should work hard to gain the great benefits of Ramdan where Nafli prayers have the value of Fard prayers in normal times and Fard prayers have 70 times the value from other times. We should ask for forgiveness for ourselves and everybody else.  We should do dhikr and give charity and read and try to understand the Quran-e-Pak to gain the benefits of this blessed month.

We should make a special effort to offer all our namaz with the jamaat at the mosque.

Preparing for Ramadan – the timetables are ready

With just over a week to go before the start of the holy month of Ramadan make sure you are ready by picking up your copy of the printed Jamia Masjid Swafia Ramadan Timetable from the mosque after Jumma Friday Prayers on Friday 19th May. 

We have a large A3 poster you could put on your wall and a small A6 card one you keep with you at all times in your pocket or bag.  This way you can try to ensure to gain the maximum benefits by offering as many prayers/namaz as possible with jamaat at the masjid.

Shabe Barat and Ghiyarvi Shareef

In the evening on Thursday 11th May after Maghrib (at 9.02 pm) will be the monthly Ghiyarvi Shareef and Shab-e-Barat programme.  There will be a short talk after Maghrib namaz. After which the Salat-ul-Tasbih namaz will be offered with jamaat before Isha. We will end with the salaam and the congregrational Dua.
The hadiths tell us that we should offer Nafli Namaaz, recite the Quran, perform Zikir,  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.

So we invite all our older male students along with their older brothers, fathers and uncles to benefit from this very special night.

Read details of how to offer Salat ul Tasbih with the jamaat or by yourself if you can not attend.

Salat ul Tasbih

REMINDER : Please remember to donate towards Jamia Masjid Swafia in the last few days of Ramadan when the rewards are greatly multipled.  Please remember the masjid and all those in our local community who normally attend and are connected with the masjid in your Duas at this difficult time.


This page provides details about how you should offer the Salat ul Tasbih namaaz (Salat or prayers).

Background to Salat ul Tasbih

The hadiths tell us that our beloved Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) told his uncle if you  offer this Nafli namaaz “Allah (swt) will forgive your sins: of the future and of the past; new and old; those you have forgotten and those you did knowingly; big and small; hidden and revealed.”  He (pbuh) said you should offer this Namaaz every day if possible, if not, every Friday, if not, once a month, if not, once a year, if not, at least once in a life time.

When Can You Offer Salat ul Tasbih

Salat ul Tasbih can be offered any of the allowed times, when other Namaazes can be offered.  It is offered in four rakats with the appropriate niyat, the intention.  It can be offered individually or with others in a jamaat lead by the Imam.

One of the best times to offer it is on the night of 15th of Shaban, Shabe Barat.  On this special night we believe the doors of mercy and forgiveness are thrown open by Allah (swt), we can be forgiven if we sincerely repent for our sins. So why not make that special Dua after offering this special Nafli Namaz.

Usually on this night the Imam Sahib will lead the jamaat for Salat ul Tasbih at Jamia Masjid Swafia.  If you can not attend the jamaat, instructions are provided below so you can still offer Salat ul Tasbih by yourself.

The Tasbih That Should Be Read

The Tasbih that needs to be recited a total of 300 times during the four rakats is the first half of the Third Kalima Tamjeed.

“Subhaan Allahi Wal Hamdulillahi Wa Laa ilaha illal Laahu Wallahu Akbar”

Tasbih in Arabic

Translated as

“Glory be to Allah. All Praise is due to Allah.  There is no God except Allah.  Allah is the greatest.”

The Tasbih needs to be read by everybody, even when in jamaat.  The Imam Sahib will usually read it in a louder voice the first time at each point to remind everyone. Those behind the Imam Sahib should then read it quietly the required 15 or 10 times.

When To Read The Tasbih

  1. In the first rakat after reading Sana (“Subhana Kallahumma ..”) recite the above Tasbih 15 times.
  2. Then recite “Aouzobilla ..”, “Bismillah ..”, Surah Fatiha and any other Surah.  Then you must recite the Tasbih 10 times.
  3. You go to the Ruku saying Takbir (“Allah Hu Akbar”), after reciting “Subhaana Rabbiyal Azeem” a minumum of 3 times you again recite the Tasbih 10 times while remaining in the Ruku position.
  4. You rise from the Ruku saying “Samee Allahu Liman Hamidah Rabbana Lakal Hamdh” and recite the Tasbih 10 times while standing.
  5. After saying Takbir and doing the first Sajdah, you remain in the Sajdah position after reciting “Subhaana Rabbiyal A’la” a minimum of 3 times to recite the Tasbih for another 10 times.
  6. After saying Takbir and going to the sitting position you recite the Tasbih 10 times.
  7. After saying the Takbir and doing the second sajdah you remain in the sajdah position to the recite the last 10 times for the first rakat.  You will have now recited the Tasbih a total of 75 times in the first rakat.
  8. You say the Takbir and stand up for the second rakat to recite the Tasbih 15 times before reciting Surah Fatiha.
  9. You continue with the rest of the rakat reciting the extra Tasbih in the same places as the first rakat.
  10. At the end of the second sajdah of the second rakat, you remain seated to recite “Attahiyto”, Durood and Dua.
  11. You get up for the third rakat without saying Salaam and continue as you did for the first rakat starting with Sana.
  12. You complete the fourth rakat as you did the second.  You compete the namaaz by reciting “Attahiyto”, Durood, Dua and Salaam.
  13. Over the four rakaats you will have recited the Tasbih a minimum of the required 300 times.

Don’t count loudly, or on fingers, or on Tasbih beads as that will invalidate your Namaaz.  You can count by pressing your fingers gently.

If you missed reciting the Tasbih in one of the positions but then you remember you can recite extra in the same position in the next rakat to ensure you have recited it a total of 300 times.

If you missed a Wajib part of the Namaaz you can do Sajdah Sahaw without having to recite the Tasbih if you already recited the correct amount.  If you missed reciting the Tasbih in any of the positions, but you remember later then you can recite them in Sajdah Sahaw.

Jumma (Friday) Prayer Times are changing for Summer

The new times will be :

First Jamaat    : 1.30 pm  

Second Jamaat :   2.30 pm 
From Friday 31st March 2017 the time for Jumma Namaz will change for both jamaats as shown above. 
The jamaat will stand at the above times. To listen to and benefit from the talk and khutbha please arrive about 20 minutes before this time. 

Bari Ghiyarvi Shareef

The annual main or Bari Ghiyarvi Shareef will be held on Sunday 22nd January 2017 from Maghrib to Isha starting at 4:30 pm 

The main talk will be given by specially invited guest speaker Allama Qari Abid Chishti Sahib. 

Naat Sharif will be read by Sohail Sabar Sahib.   

Support will be provided by the Ulema of our masjid. 

Please attend this special occasion where we try to remember and continue the tradition of Ghouse Azam, with your friends and and sons, to gain the rewards of this spiritual gathering and to  learn about Islam and refresh your faith.  

The programme will end with a communal dua and the serving of food.

For those who can not attend the event will be broadcast live on the Jamia Masjid Swafia Azaan Radio system.

Bari Ghiyarvi Sharif

Jamia Masjid Swafia – Bari Ghiyarvi Shareef


The annual Bari Ghiyarvi Shareef will be on
Sunday 7th February 2016 from Zhur to Asar starting at 1:00 pm

The main talk will be given by specially invited guest speaker Allama Qari Abid Hussain Chishti Sahib. An English talk will be delivered by Hafiz Muhammed Jibran Qadri Sahib.

Naat Sharif will be read by Ismael Hussain Sahib.  

Support will be provided by the Ulema of our

Please attend this special occasion where we try to remember and continue the tradition of Ghouse Azam, with your friends and and sons, to gain the rewards of this spiritual gathering and to  learn about Islam and refresh your faith. 

The programme will end with a communal dua and the serving of food.

Welcome to Swafia Mosque

Welcome to www.swafia.org.uk the web site for Jamia Masjid Swafia serving the public in particular the Muslims of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England.

Front view of Swafia Mosque showing entrance to right above which is the sign. Abive this is a dome shape in brick with Islamic declaration of faith. Further higher is a green dome topped with a crescent moon. A creseent moon tops the taller thinner minaret on the right.

You will be able to find out a lot more about Swafia Mosque and its activities.  It serves the local community in many ways as a centre of focus for worship, learning and as place to gather for special occasions.

It provides a place for worship for the five daily congregational prayers or Salah in Arabic or Namaz in Urdu.  The main congregational Friday or Jumma prayers are attended by up to 200 people.

Jamia Masjid Swafia Jumma Prayer times are changing

From Friday 22nd January the time for both Jumma Namaz jamaats will change by 30 mins.

First Jamaat at 1:00 pm usually Urdu talk

Second Jamaat at 2:00 pm usually English talk

Please note the Jamaat will stand at above times you should arrive about 20 mins before to listen to, and benefit from talk and khutba. The time change is necessary due to the later Zhur beginning time as the days get longer.

For the young Muslims of Wakefield we hold daily Islamic classes attended by nearly 300 children.

We have regular monthly Ghiyarvi gatherings in which especially invited outside speakers give talks about Islam and its practice.

There are similar regular gatherings organised by local Muslim women.