Feed My Starving Children: October 10 – 14

In just a few weeks the Feed My Starving Children mobile pack event will be held in Ithaca. Volunteers from all the different religious  congregations in Ithaca come together and make food packages for children that are shipped to many parts of the world where conditions have become difficult through natural or man-made disasters. The meals packed are halal.

This year we have reserved shifts for 10 workers on four of the days when the event is scheduled. Our next step is to assign volunteers for the places we have reserved. The shifts will be on Thursday, October 11 from 7-9pm; on Friday, October 12 from 8-10pm; on Saturday, October 13 from 7-9pm; and on Sunday October 14 from 4-6pm.

This year the packing will he hosted by the St. Catherine of Siena Church, where the sisters in our community recently had a table at their Peace Festival, and got to meet many people.

Children are welcome to work (with adult supervision as described below), many congregations see this as an opportunity to introduce their children to the values of service and charity, and nation wide over half of the volunteers are under 18 years of age. We will work together to prepare heat-sealed packages of food, alongside many other people, inshaa’Allah.

Please let us know if you (and your children, if they are old enough) can volunteer to pack on one or more of the shifts. We can sign you up for the shift(s) you choose on a first come basis. We will list the names of all volunteers for each shift and email addresses for the adults. (No email addresses will be listed for children, optional for adults.)  Please respond promptly if you want to participate.

Here are the guidelines for children who wish to participate, keep them in mind so that we have an adequate number of adults to supervise at each shift:

  • For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed in our packing area (sorry, no excuses)
  • Grades K-21 student to 1 adult
  • Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
  • Grades 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
  • Grades 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult

Thank you for your service for this good cause, and to help in representing local Muslims among the members of the other congregations we have been getting to know. I will plan to send out more information soon.

On one shift each worker packs about $50 worth of food, and together for all the 40 work slots our Muslim community will pack about $2,000 worth of food. If you are unable to come to work a shift you can still contribute toward the collective effort by donating to cover the cost of the food we will pack. We will set up a group so that our donations can be counted together as a community, a donation link will be shared soon, inshaa’Allah.

Muharram: In Light of Quran and Hadith

We announce the start of the Islamic new year, 1440 After Hijrah (AH)! According to the methodology followed by the Hilal Committee of Metropolitan Toronto & Vicinity (local moon sighting) and the methodology followed by the Fiqh Council of North America (calculations), the first day of Muharram was Tuesday, September 11. Therefore, the 10th of Muharram (Day of ‘Ashura) will be on Thursday, September 20. Please try to make an effort to fast on this day. Also, in order to not imitate people of other faiths who also fasted on ‘Ashura, the Prophet (SAW) has advised us to also fast a day before or after this day.

Read on for more details on the significance and rewards…

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Day of Arafat

The day of Arafat (9th of Dhul Hijjah) will be on Monday (8/20). It is a very blessed day that should not be neglected.

1. Fasting on this day is an expiation for two years.

It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafat. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” (Muslim)

2.  It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allah’s favor was completed.

On the authority of ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, that a Jewish man said to him: “O Commander of the Faithful! There is a verse in your Scripture, were it revealed to us Jews we would have taken it as a holiday.” ‘Umar asked, “Which verse?” The man said,

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor unto you, and I am pleased to have Islam as your religion. (Quran 5:3)

‘Umar said, “I know the day and place this [verse] was revealed. It was revealed as the Messenger of Allah, peace upon him, was standing on the Mount of Arafa on the Day of Jumu’ah.” (al-Bukhari and Muslim)

3. It is a day by which Allah swore an oath.

وَشَاهِدٍ وَمَشْهُودٍ

And [by] the witness and what is witnessed (Quran 85:3)

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The promised day is the Day of Resurrection, the witnessed day is the Day of ‘Arafat, and the witnessing day is Friday.” (al-Tirmidhi)

4. It is the day of forgiveness of sins and freedom from the Fire

‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafat. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’” (Muslim)

Source: http://islamqa.info/en/7284

Eid Al-Adha

Eid Al-Adha (10th of Dhul Hijjah) is Tuesday (8/21). Eid prayers will be in the One World Room of Anabel Taylor Hall with takbeerat starting at 6:45am and prayer starting at 7am sharp.

Parking will be free outside of Anabel Taylor Hall until 7:30am.

Recommended Acts for Eid Day

  1. Awaken earlier than usual.
  2. Brush the teeth with Miswaak.
  3. Have a Ghusl (bath).
  4. Dress in one’s best clothes, not necessarily new.
  5. Use Itr (perfume).
  6. Avoid eating before Eid prayer.
  7. To walk to the place of Eid prayer (if it is within walking distance).
  8. Recite the Takbeer aloud on the way to the place of Eid prayer:
    Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allah, Allahu akbar, wa Lillah il-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise).
  9. Use different routes to and from the place of Eid prayer.

Udhiyah/Qurbani (Sacrifice) Information

The following farms have animals available for sacrifice. The cost will be between $2.00-$2.50 per live pound. Expect to pay between $150 to $200 for a younger lamb and closer to $250 for an older lamb or sheep. All cutting knives for slaughtering and cleaning the animal should be brought with you.

The following farm will have many lambs about 8-9 months as well as an indoor slaughter facility. There are also goat and cows, but they may not be old enough for the sacrifice.

  • Witmer’s Live Animal Market – 6146 Broadway Rd, Auburn, NY 13021 – No need to reserve ahead of time but for questions contact Lamar at (315) 246-1154.

Pictures of animals can be found here:

https://ithaca.craigslist.org/grd/d/lamb-sheep-goat-beef/6664836807.html

For the following farms, please call ahead:

  • Farm with about 10 lamb at least 6 months – 1184 Slaterville Rd, Dryden, NY – Contact Hicham for reservation at (607) 339-7979.
  • Farm with 3-4 rams (male sheep) almost 2 years old – Ellis Hollow Farm, 832 Ringwood Rd, Ithaca, NY – Call Nancy (607) 539-7902 or text (607) 351-0113
  • Farm with 2 ewes (female sheep) about 16 months old – 4041 County Route 2, Burdett, NY 14818 – Contact Jeromy (607) 351-6772 at least 3-4 days in advance

Note about ages of animals

When sacrificing an animal for udhiyah, there are certain conditions that must be met. One of the conditions is that the animal must be a certain age, which is six months for a sheep and the age at which the animal is considered to be an adult for any other animal, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Do not sacrifice anything but an adult animal, unless it is difficult for you, in which case you may slaughter a six-month old lamb (jadh’ah).” Narrated by Muslim.

A mature animal means one that is considered to be an adult:

  • In the case of camels it means one that is five years old.
  • For cattle, it means one that is two years old.
  • For goat and sheep it means one that is a year old.

While it may be permissible to sacrifice a six-month old lamb, some scholars mention that the size of the lamb should be like that of the one year old sheep.

So it is not correct to sacrifice a camel, cow or goat that has not yet reached maturity, or a sheep that is less than six months old.

Source: https://islamqa.info/en/36755