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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 2

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 2

On Sunday, February 17, 1991,

Nidal received an invitation to

speak about Islam at a church

in Tulare, a town about 40 miles

from Fresno.

The Gulf War was about a

month old and public aware-

ness of Islam was great. When

Nidal came into town around

11 o’clock in the morning, he

noticed that the whole town

was covered with American

flags and yellow ribbons, and

later he learned that a lot of

young men from Tulare had

been sent to the Gulf.

Most of the congregation in

this church were middle-aged

and were curious to see Nidal

dressed in Arabian dress.

After a few remarks, Nidal was

introduced to the congregation. He started his talk by telling the

meaning of the words, ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim’. He also explained

the principles of Iman and Islam and then he let the congregation

choose the topics they wanted to explore.

The first topic they chose was that of the place, rights, and duties of

women in Islam. He explained that Islam put women in a situation

where they were not to be used, abused, or humiliated unjustly. He

explained that women are given their place in society to function

best as mothers in the family unit.

The second topic was about the life of the Prophet Mohammed

(PBUH) and his lifestyle. Nidal explained about the life of the

Prophet and his teaching. He mentioned the story of Omar (R.A.)

when he opened Jerusalem.

The last topic was about the Gulf War. Here, Nidal explained about

the history of Islam expansion.

At the end of Nidal’s talk, he was asked to pray. He told everybody

to raise their hands and asked The Almighty to give them guidance.


The letter by Nidal was edited without changing the facts to ac-

commodate space.

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Editor,

I have bow living here in San Francisco for two years now and I

have found very few Islamic activities for the families. Unlike other

major city masjids, the Islamic Center of S.F. does not have activities

planned for families. I also do not see women involved very much

in the Masjid. Is there a reason for this? I would love to find out

how I can become involved with some other Muslim sisters to plan

activities for our children.

Thank you!

Wa Alaikum Salem










Sumay al Saleh

Thank you for your letter. This is a very big concern of all Muslim

families and is something that all of us need to work on. Presently

we have a telephone number which will coordinate these activi-

ties, provide locations for prayers, answer questions, and provide

literature about Islam both for Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

The number to call is 415-552-8831.

Dear Editor,

I would like to congratulate you first for a wonderful start in your

bulletin. I would like to suggest in your food section to provide

recipes of different Islamic dishes, from members of different

countries in the world.


M. Tuqan, Richmond

We will start a section with recipes. We request from everybody

to please mail us some recipes, so that we can start this section in

the next issue.















Sighting of the Moon

When the Ramadan Moon is sighted, the following supplication

should be recited,

“The Almighty is The Greatest: O Almighty!

May this moon herald for us peace, faith, and safety; and let

this moon rise as a moon for Islam and for peace. Also, bless

us with the capability for tasks that are liked by You and please

You. Omoon, our Lord and thine Lord is The Almighty.” (Tirmizi,

Ibn Haban).

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle. The time difference

between two consecutive new moons varies from 29 days and 6

hours to 29 days and 20 hours.

During the conjunction period, the moon is completely dark and

not visible due to the overshadow from the earth, since it is in a

straight line with the sun and the earth.

When the moon crosses this line, it is regarded as the birth of a

new moon. The birth of the new moon can occur at any time of

the day or the night.

The visibility of the new moon, however, depends upon a number

of factors such as the angle of separation from the sun; the clarity

and contrast in the atmosphere, etc.

As a general rule, the new moon should be between 22 to 30 hours

at the time of the sunset, before it can become visible.

To obtain a definite answer, please contact the Islamic Center of

San Francisco at the following phone numbers (415) 282-9039,

(415) 641-9596 or one of the Board of Directors.







Web Address:


Editor, Islamic Bulletin

P.O. Box 410186

San Francisco, CA 94141-0186, USA


A Month of Prayer: Develop special interest for prayers during

the holy month of Ramadan. Besides the obligatory prayers, make

arrangements for optional prayers.

Recitation from the Holy Qur’an

Make special arrangements for the recitation of the Holy Qur’an

during this holy month of Ramadan. It is related on the authority

of Abdullah bin ‘Amr that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said:

“The fast and the Qur’an will, both plead on behalf of the

bondsman (who will keep fast in the day and recite or listen

attentively to the recital of the Quran in the night, standing

in the presence of the Lord). The fast will say: ‘My Lord! I had

held him back from food, drink and sexual satisfaction. Accept

my intercession for him today (and treat him with mercy and

forgiveness).’ And the Qur’an will say: ‘I had held him back

from taking rest and sleeping in the night. O God! Accept

my intercession for him today (and treat him with mercy and

forgiveness). The intercession of both the fast and the Qur’an

will be accepted for the bondsman and he will be treated with

exceptional kindness.’” -Baihaqi.

The Holy Qur’an and other Divine books were revealed during

this month. Hadrat Ibrahim, (Prophet Abraham) (A.S.) was blessed

with Divine Scriptures, Hadrat Dawood, (Prophet David) (A.S.) was

awarded with the Zabur, Hadrat Isa (Prophet Jesus) (A.S.) received

the Bible during this auspicious month.

Listen to the Qur’an during Tarawih

It was the practice of the Holy Prophet (saw) to listen to the whole

text of the Holy Qur’an during this month.

Tarawih Prayers

Offer the Tarawih prayers with full devotion, concentration and

interest. Do not rush through these prayers as a matter of routine,

but offer the same with reverence as a regular Salat. Offer them,

so that it may strengthen your relationship with The Almighty

and the same may have good effect on your life. If The Almighty

grants you the aptitude, make preparation for Tahajjud (late night)

prayers also.

The Islamic Center of San Francisco will be conducting the Tarawih

prayers under the auspices of Imam Ismail Ashraff. Approximately

1 1/4 Siparahs (parts) (Juz in Arabic) will be recited every night.

The completion of the Qur’an will be, God-willing, on the 27th

night of Ramadan. The Tarawih prayers will be conducted after

the Isha Salat.

Help the Poor

Offer Sadaqah and alms to the poor. Attend to the needs of the

infirm, the indigent, the widows and the orphans. Arrange for the

Sahri and Iftar for the poor. The Holy Prophet (saw) has desig-

nated this month as the month of sympathy, largess, and charity.

Sympathy means material and moral sympathy, politeness and

consideration, and monetary help. Hazrat Ibn Abbas (R.A.A.) says

that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was the most generous person

among all the men, particularly during the month of Ramadhan,

he (S. A. W.) used to be extraordinarily benevolent and generous

when he met Gabriel.

And during this month Angel Gabriel used to visit him every night

and recite the Holy Quran to him. At this time the normal generosity

of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) used to be very much increased, faster

than the rain bearing wind. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Laila-tul-Qadr (Night of Glory)

Arrange to offer as many Nafls as possible during the Lailat-ul-Qadr,

and recite the Holy Qur’an as the importance of this night lies

in the fact that it was on this very night that the Divine message


The Holy Qur’an, in Surah Al-Qadr (The Night of Power) says:

“We have indeed revealed This (Message) In the Night of

Power. And what do you know (about the significance and

importance) of this night? The Glorious Night is better than

a thousand months. On this night the angels and Jibrail (Ga-

briel) descended (embark upon their allotted mission) by the

command of their Sustainer. That (Night) is all peace until the

dawn.” (Qur’an 97:1-5)

I’tikaf in Ramadan

The tradition has it that the Holy Prophet (saw) observed I’tikaf (i.e.

prayers in seclusion) during Ramadan, and therefore, we should

follow the same practice. According to Hadrat Ayesha (ra), “When

the last ten days of Ramadan arrived, the Holy Prophet (saw) used

to awake as much as possible and offer prayers. He also made

arrangements to wake up his wives and prayed with all devotion

to The Almighty.”

Zakat al-Fitr

Zakat al-Fitr should be given on behalf of adult, minor, male or

female Muslims. It consists of a Sa’a (measure of about 2.5 kgs)

of rice, wheat, dates or similar things of food or its equivalence in

cash of $3 dollars and 50 cents or $4 dollars. Give it voluntarily

and without any hesitation, on Eid-day, or a day or two before to

enable the needy and the poor to arrange for their requirements

so that they may celebrate and enjoy the Eid festivities along with

the others.

The Holy Prophet (saw) has highly recommended the Zakat al-

Fitr so that it may expiate for the irregularities committed during

Ramadan, and may help for the sustenance of the poor and the

indigent. (Abu Daud)

Abbreviations Used:

PBUH; A.S.; S.A.W. - Peace be upon him

R.A.A.- The Almighty was pleased with him/them

R.A.- The Almighty was pleased with her




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