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Salah Names, Rakat and Time

Name Rakat Time
Fajr 04
02 Sunnah | 02 Farz
From dawn before sunrise.
Zuhar 12
04 Sunah | 04 Farz
02 Sunnah | 02 Nawafil
Between the declining of sun & Asr.
Asr 08
04 Sunnah | 04 Farz
(Late afternoon) Immediately after the last time limit    of Zuhar until just before the sunset.
Maghrib 07
03 Farz | 02 Sunnah
02 Nawafil
(Evening) Soon after sunset until the disappearance of the twilight.
Isha 17
04 Sunnah | 04 Farz
02 Sunnah | 02 Nawafil
03 Witar | 02 Nawafil
After the disappearance of the twilight until midnight.
Juma 14
04 Sunnah | 02 Farz
04 Sunnah| 02 Sunnah
02 Nawafil
Between the declining of sun & Asr. Juma can’t be offered individually. If you happen to miss Juma prayer, then you should offer Zuhar.


The Six Kalimas of Islam

1- First Kalima (Tayyab):

Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Muhammadur-Rasoolu-llaah 

There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah


2- Second Kalima (Shahadat):  Ash-hadu Al-laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wahdahoo Laa Shareeka Lahoo Wa-Ash-hadu Anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhoo Wa Rasooluhu.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger


3- Third Kalima (Tamjeed):  Subhaana-llaahi Walhamdu Lillaahi Walaaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wallaahu Akbar. Walaa Hawla Walaa Quwwata Illaa Billaahi-l ‘Aliyyil ‘Azeem.

Glory be to Allah and all praise be to Allah, there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and Allah is the Greatest. There is no might or power except from Allah, the Exalted, the Great One.


4- Fourth Kalima (Touheed):  Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wahdahoo Laa Shareeka-lahoo Lahu-l Mulku Walahu-l Hamdu Yuhyee Wayumeetu Wahuwa Hayyu-l Laa Yamootu Abadan Abada. Dhu-l Jalaali Wal Ikraam. Biyadihil Khair. Wahuwa Alaa Kulli Shai-’in Qadeer.

There is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is alone and has no partner. To Him belongs the Kingdom and for Him is all praise. He gives life and causes death. In His hand is all good and He has power over everything


5- Fifth Kalima (Astaghfar): 

Astaghfiru-llaaha Rabbi Min Kulli Dhambin Adhnabtuhoo ‘Amadan Aw Khata-an Sirran Aw ‘Alaaniyata-wn Wa-atoobu Ilaihi Min-adh Dhambi-l Ladhee A’lamu Wamina-dh Dhambi-l Ladhi Laaa A’lamu Innaka Anta ‘Allaamu-l Ghuyoobi Wasattaaru-l ‘Uyoobi Wa Ghaffaaru-dh Dhunubi Walaa Hawla Walaa Quwwata Illaa Billaahi-l ‘Aliyyil ‘Azeem. I seek forgiveness from Allah, who is my Creator and Cheriser, from every sin I committed knowingly or unknowingly, secretly or openly. I also seek His forgiveness for all sins which I am aware of or am not aware of. Certainly You (O Allah!), are the Knower of the hidden and the Concealer of mistakes and the Forgiver of sins. And there is no power and no strength except from Allah, the Most High, the Most Great.


6- Sixth Kalima (Radd-e-Kufar): 

Allaa-humma Inneee A’udhu-bika Min An Ushrika Bika Shay-awn Wa-ana A’lamu Bihee Wa- astaghfiruka Limaa Laaa A’lamu Bihee Tubtu ‘Anhu Wata-barraatu Mina-l Kufri Wash-shirki Wal-kidhbi Wal-gheebati Wal-bid’ati Wan-nameemati Wal-fawahishi Wal-buhtaani Wal-m’aasi Kulli-haa Wa-Aslamtu Wa-aqoolu Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Muhammadu-r Rasoolu-llah.O Allah! I seek refuge in You from that I should ascribe any partner with You knowingly. I seek Your forgiveness for the sin of which I have no knowledge. I repent from it. And becoming disgusted of disbelief and idolatry, lying and backbiting, innovation and slander, lewdness and abomination and all other acts of disobedience, I submit to Your will. I believe and I declare that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.


SOUTH BRUNSWICK: The Noor-Ul-Iman High School hosted its 20th Commencement Ceremony

The Noor-Ul-Iman High School hosted its 20th Commencement Ceremony Sunday, June 16 at Pierre’s Restaurant.The Noor-Ul-Imam Islamic school was founded by Sister Saffiya Turan, in her home, according to Admissions Committee Spokeswoman, Sister Sufia Azmat.

Submitted photo The class of 2013 gets ready to graduate at Pierre’s of South Brunswick June 16.
The school is a non-public, non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education and is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, according to Ms. Azmat.Located in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, there are more than 500 students currently enrolled in this pre K-12 grade school located on the premises of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route 1, according to Sister Azmat.

Introduction of the twelve graduates, eight girls and four boys, was given by the High School Division Head, Sister Saffiya Turan.

Head of School, Janet Nazif, said in her opening remarks regarding the beaming graduates, “Smile is a charity.”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation also recognized four top students at the school.

Out of 1.5 million students, according to the opening remarks by Sister Nazif, the top 3.3 percent of college bound students are awarded National Merit scholarships for exceptional academic promise.

The commended students were awarded to Hira Majid, Tasneem Maner, Roana Fatiha Rahman, and Amjad Shaikh.

According to Sister Naif, The Department of Education recognizes a GPA of 3.5 and scoring 85 percent, and above, for both the verbal and math scores of the SATs with the President’s Award signed by U.S. President Barrack Obama.

Of the graduates, Muzadalifa Ayub, Hira Majid, Tasneem Maner, Roana Fatiha Rahman, Amjad Shaikh, and Ameena Soliman were awarded that honor.

”There was a tie for Salutatorian because this is such a talented group,” said Sister Nazif, prior to Salutatorians, Amjad Shaikh and Tasneem Maner taking the podium after the Valedictorian speaker, Rozana Fatiha Rahman.

”We will also be giving character awards because our mission as an early school values character on an equal footing with academics,” said Sister Nazif. “Our mission says it all: ‘Children of good character are the building blocks of a successful community.’ Character is right up there first, even before the academics.”

The service award went to Mahdi Anayetullah, The Effort Award to Dahlia Feitar, Kindness Award to Amjad Shaikh, Citizenship Award to Ruqayyah Totten, and The Effort Award to Hasan Usmani.

In closing, High School Division Head, Sister Turan, took the podium,

”I do this because I love you. Throughout the years it has given me just that. Love is the reason. It heals. It soothes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” she said. “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this unforgettable experience. I will always remember you. I will always thank you for the memories that will always live in my heart forever. You are all jewels in my treasure chest.”

By Jennifer Larkin

Reward for Reading the Whole Qur’an

Reciting the Qur’an is one of the best good deeds a Muslim can do. Also, it is a great means of spiritually recharging and lifting up the heart.

Hence, a good practicing Muslim should recite as much of the Qur’an as he/she can.

Responding to you question, Dr. Mohammad Qatanani, Professor in the Islamic American University and Imam of the Islamic Centre of Passaic County in New Jersey, stated,

Reciting the Qur’an is the best act of worship after the obligations. Indeed, the Qur’an will be a witness either for or against you according to your relationship with it.

`Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others.” (Al-Bukhari)

A Muslim will be rewarded for each and every letter he/she reads. In an authentic hadith it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever reads a letter from the Allah’s Book, he will be rewarded for it. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “alif, laam, meem” is one letter, but “alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” (At-Tirmithi)

So, you should increase your recitation of the Qur’an as much as you can to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.

A Muslim’s status is raised by the Qur’an; the more he recites it, following its commandments and making it a part of his or her life, the more Allah will elevate his or her status in this life and in the Hereafter.

Imam Muslim mentioned in his book a story where some men came to question `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab during his Caliphate about the leadership of Makkah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makkah?” He said, “Ibn Abzaa.” They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?” Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.” They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)!?” He answered them, “Verily he is a reader of Allah’s Book and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it?”

In another hadith, `Aaishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have been reward twice.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

It is also stated in the hadith narrated by `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn al-`Aas (may Allah be pleased with them both), in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever recites ten ayahs (verses) in qiyam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred ayahs (verses) in qiyam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand ayahs (verses) in qiyam will be recorded as one of the muqantereen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Reported by Abu Dawuud and Ibn Hibbaan)

The Prophet also said, “The Qur’an is an intercessor (something given permission to intercede) and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise, and whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” (At-Tabarani from`Abdullaah ibn Mas`ud)

Our Mother `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) understood from the former Hadiths that the position of a Muslim in Paradise (al-jannah) will be based on his position and relationship with the Qur’an; since the ranks of Paradise have the same number of the verses of the Qur’an.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “It will be said to the man or the woman of the Qur’an, ‘Recite and beautify your recitation as you used to do in your life, your position will be with the last ayah you recite.” (Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi)

In another authentic Hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about the best action, he replied, “The reader who lives within the confines of the Qur’an and travels between its covers.” (At-Termidhi and Al-Hakim)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Holy Quran Park to open next September in Dubai

The Dubai Municipality has announced a new theme park project called Holy Quran Park to be located in Al Khawaneej.

Construction of the new public park has begun, meaning visitors should be able to experience the miracles of the Holy Quran by next September.

(Supplied Photo)The 60-hectare park, designed in the Islamic perspective and estimated to cost about Dh27 million depending on the final design, will introduce visitors to the miracles and stories of the Quran in an air-conditioned tunnel.

Other facilities will include children’s play areas, an outside theatre, fountains, a lake, running-cycling-and-walking tracks, a palm oasis and an Islamic garden.  The garden, along with a glass building, will showcase all plants mentioned in the holy book, including fig, pomegranate, olive, corn, leek, garlic, onion, lentil, barley, wheat, ginger, pumpkin, watermelon, tamarind, ceder, vineyards, bananas, cucumbers, and basil, in a bid to encourage people to think about why the plants are mentioned.

General projects department director Mohammed Noor Mashroom said the initial site preparation works, tracks and service buildings had been completed. The second stage will start next month and end in July next year, while the third stage, starting in August 2014, was expected to be completed in September next year.


Entries for Dubai International Holy Quran Award

20 March 2013

The Dubai International Holy Quran Award has invited entries for participation in the seventh session of the Most Beautiful Recitation Contest, which is part of the 11-category award.

Head of the organising committee Ibrahim Bu Melha, who is also adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said the five-category tuneful recitation competition is aimed to discover, sponsor and qualify Quran talents and tuneful voices.

The application forms are available online at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award website, or may be collected in person from the award head office in Al Twar shopping centre of Al Qusais area-2. The deadline for submitting applications is April 18.

Initial tests are slated to start on May 5 while final tests will be held from May 18 to 22.


International Quran Reading Competition

The International Quran Reading Competition or Tilawah Al-Quran is the international Islamic Quran reading event that is held annually since 1961 in Malaysia.


Tunku Abdul Rahman (first Malaysian premier) was a founder of the International Quran Reading Competition. The program was started on 9 March 1961 at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur and 7 countries took part in this competition including Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Sarawak and Malaya. On 1985 the competition was moved to the Putra World Trade Centre.

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament in TX, USA

The walls of the University Center Houston Room rang Sunday with dozens of high school chants, high-decibel cheers and even a rendition of “Whose House?” that could put any Cougar to shame.

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament featured more than 30 different competitions this year, including math olympics, photography and scrapbooking. Participating high school students were also treated to a variety of academic workshops and activities. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament featured more than 30 different competitions this year, including math olympics, photography and scrapbooking. Participating high school students were also treated to a variety of academic workshops and activities. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar


The UH Muslim Student Association helped host the 2013 Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament Texas Regionals on campus this weekend, bringing about 700 young students from 29 high schools across Texas and from one in Oklahoma.

“It’s like an academic decathlon that’s devoted to building leaders out of our youth and teaching them ethics and values,” said UH alumnus Bilal Siddiqui, judges chair of the event. “We want the kids to venture out and explore their passions.”

The tournament featured more than 30 competitions — in categories ranging from Quran recitations to Muslim rap — and dozens of workshops and educational activities to keep the students entertained during their down time.

MIST was founded as a local project 12 years ago and began in the halls of the C.T. Bauer College of Business by an 18-year-old student. Since then, the competition has reached the international level with 12 locations in North America, stretching as far as Toronto.

“It continues expanding,” said computer information systems junior Javeria Pirzada, who was appointed as MIST Texas Regionals director this year.

“UH will always be the main root for MIST, though.”

According to several volunteers, the annual tournament is 90 percent run by college students.

When it came time for the afternoon Dhuhr prayer on the final day of competing, the hyped high schoolers managed to quiet down long enough to follow UH accounting graduate student Hamzah Ghia in his lyrical recitation the Quran.

“One of the pillars of Islam is prayer,” Ghia said. “It’s mandatory.”

Also mandatory in the Muslim religion is the separation of men and women, which was upheld throughout the weekend. Although brought together in the same room, boys and girls were assigned to opposite sides during the finals, workshops and in prayer.

“The separation is to cut off at the root anything that might lead to adultery,” said biology sophomore Ammar Khan, “Guys” Head of Security.

He said that some devout Muslims cannot speak to the opposite sex at all, but the limitations often varied.

“You really just have to set your own limits,” Khan said.

Students participating in the event said it has helped them become more comfortable in social settings, improved their academic performances and has made them excited for life after grade school.

Stephen F. Austin High School senior Zain Battla, 17, said he has already been accepted to the UH Honors College, and he plans to study business.

“I’m more social, more outgoing, and I’m excited to meet new people,” said Battla, who participated in the rap competition.

“MIST has changed me.”


Youngest Qur’an Hafiz Fascinates Nigerians

CAIRO – A three-year-old girl is amazing Nigeria after memorizing the whole Qur’an, becoming one of the youngest Muslims in the world to learn the Noble Book by heart.

“Honestly, I can’t say much but I am very grateful to Allah for this,” Sayyada Maimunatu Sheikh Dahiru, the girl’s mother, told Sunday Tribuneon February 10.

Qur'an, memorization, Nigeria, girl, youngest

“This is indeed a blessing from Allah. I’m grateful to Allah for this.”

Her daughter, Rukkayatu Fatahu Umar, has completed the memorization of the Noble Qur’an at the age of three year and eight months.
The young Muslim girl began memorizing the Noble Book at an Islamic school founded by prominent Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi.

“We were using a big parlor, which was divided into classes for the learning of the Qur’an,” Maimunatu, who teaches at the school, said.

“At that time, I always carried her on my back while teaching. From there, she started reciting along with the students and before long, she had memorized some verses.

“That was how she started attending memorization class.  Right now, she has completed memorizing the whole Qur’an,” the proud mother said.

The Noble Qur’an is consisted of 114 Surah (chapters) of varying lengths.

Going to the school between 7a.m. and 6p.m. daily, the young girl found little time to play with her peers.

“It is not as if she does not play with her mates. She does, especially with those who are memorizing the Qur’an like her,” Maimunatu said.

“This makes it easier for them, as their focus and attention are directed towards achieving the same goal, which is memorizing the Qur’an.”


The Muslim girl does not believe she has completed the memorization of the Qur’an as this young age.

“I thank Allah,” she said.

The young Muslim girl is now preparing to go to school soon, breaking a family tradition of sending girls to study at the age of ten.

“My husband has, however, said that the world is changing now, and that there is civilization all over the place,” the mother, who herself memorized the whole Qur’an at the age of 12, said.

“As such, our daughter will have the opportunity of going to a proper school whenever she reaches the age of six.”

The Muslim mother has paid tribute to her father for offering her child the chance to memorize the Qur’an at this young age.

“I’m also grateful that I have a father like Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who planted my feet, like other people, on the path of Islam,” she said.

“May Allah grant him longevity of life so that he will continue to serve Allah and be useful to Islam and humanity in general.”

Teaching children the glorious Qur’an and the Islamic principles is the responsibility of their parents from an early age which is the best period for implanting Islamic ethics.

Memorizing the Holy Qur’an is one of the most important ways to preserve Allah’s message.

The others are to publish and distribute the book, or the text on the Internet and to recite the parts that one knows to other people.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) said: “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”

Oldest pieces of the Quran discovered

The oldest excerpts from the Quran have been discovered in the cellars of the Yemeni capital Sanaa’s Great Mosque, daily Bugün has reported, adding that former Turkish Religious Affairs Director Tayyar Altıkulaç has gone to examine the pieces.

The Quran pieces have been found in the cellars of Sanaa’s Great Mosque.

“Workers saw the Quran pieces when they opened the cellar. Why do we call them pieces? Because in the early periods of Islam, there were not too many Qurans and people used to read it by cutting it into pieces. These pieces were worn down as they were transferred from person to person. After the development of writing, Qurans increased in number and these pieces were gathered and kept in a place.
When the door of the cellar was opened, snakes came out. The cellar has a window and water came in from there. This is why some of these pieces decomposed and got dirty,” said Altıkulaç, underlining the importance of the discovery.

According to the daily, the pieces of the holy book were discovered during restoration works that started on the mosque after a collapse in the structure.

Some of the pieces have previously been sold at London auction houses by former governors, he said.

“The Quran pieces need restoration at the moment. They have been kept randomly in 20 sacks.”

He said the pieces were under the responsibility of the Yemeni Culture Ministry and that they should be handled one by one and restored.

“Some of the Quran pieces are from the companions of the Prophet Muhammed and some date back to second and third centuries. They are very important sources for the academic world,” he said.