Category Archives: Holidays

‘Martin L. King’

Q: Asalaamu Alaykum Imam,

Martin L. King is a very well known activist. In remembrance to him a few friends (muslims and non-muslims) and I every year observe this day by enjoying in community service to betterment our community and ourselves.
But please do not get me wrong I am a firm believer that people should take part in community service when ever they can not just on a specific day.
Now my question is as the following is taking part in this national holiday a bidah?
May Allah subhan’ah waj’tala make us into great peaceful activist to betterment our society and our selves.
Jazakallahu khair.

Time: Friday January 7, 2011 at 11:28 am Continue reading

Christmas parties — one ‘sheik’ says yes to them!

Q: what is your opinion on Christmas parties and that type of party that resembles them. Our local sheik said it is okay in America if our intention is to show the good side of islam. Also the shiek said so long as we do not drink or eat pork. Can i have your opinion. Continue reading

Thanks for what when you got no job?!

Q: I am told that to celebrate thanking is ok bcuz we celebrating the past years harvest. So if this is my intention can I do it? Can I have friends over to celebrate as Dawah? (text from 480 area code) Continue reading

eid ul adha announcement

Based on reports of confirmed sighting of Dhul Hijja crescent in several places across the U.S.A., the Hilal Committee of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake has established that the first day of Dhul Hijja is Monday, November 8.  Accordingly, the Islamic Society has decided that Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 17, Insha-Allah.  Eid-ul- Adha prayer will be held at: Based on the policy of sighting the moon established by our Society, the following has been decided:

Khadeeja Islamic Center (1019 West Parkway Ave, West Valley City) according to the following schedule: Wednesday, November 17, at 9:00 AM sharp. Continue reading

sajdah sahw for making less takbeers in eid salah

Q: The imaam made sajdah sahw for making less takbeers in eid salah. I was taught that one does not make sajdah sahw for eid prayers. Does making sajdah sahw depend on imaam? Continue reading

Eid Announcement (1431) 2010

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake has accepted the evidence of the moon being sighted in Florida, Trinidad, and multiple sightings around the United States for  the beginning of Shawwal. Thus, Ramadaan for the year 1431 is now a memory. We hope you had a wonderfully blessed Ramadaan, and pray that you will enjoy a blessed and joyful Eid on Friday, September 10, 2010, inshaAllah.

Please arrive for Eid Salaah in a timely fashion, so that you may secure a parking space with as little trouble as possible.

Eid Program:
The Eid prayer is at 9.00 A.M. at Salt Palace (Room 255). As you are aware, first is the talk, followed by prayer, followed by a brief Arabic sermon. It would be wise for you to plan to arrive 45 minutes before the program begins, so as to give yourselves time for finding parking and reserving a prayer spot.

Sadaqatul Fitr:
Please do remember that your sadaqatul fitr needs to be given before the Eid salaah begins.

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EID AL FITR 1431 (2010)

The following is a statement that has been made by the authorities of ISOGSL on their web site:

Data from the astronomical calculations suggest that the astronomical Eid-al-Fitr moon will be born on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.  However, astronomers predict that this moon may not be visible on September 8 anywhere except some Polynesian Islands.  Astronomers also predict that on Thursday, September 9, the Eid-al-Fitr crescent can be “easily” sighted in North America and most other countries.  Based on these astronomical data, Eid-al-Fitr is most likely to be celebrated on Friday, September 10, insha Allah. Continue reading

Sunnah of Eid-ul-Fitr (recommendations)

Before the day of Eid

  • In advance, give Sadaqat ul-fitr for the Eid ul-fitr (and a bit more, if it is possible for you to do so.) The poor do have a legitimate right to their charity, and a right to enjoy their Eid as best as possible.
  • For Eid ul-fitr, Eid eat a date or something sweet prior to going to the Eid salaah

Can you look nice, please?
Beyond the cosmetics and beautiful clothing we all take pride in wearing on the day of Eid, there are other details that might skip our notice. Some of them include: Continue reading

Norooz party: ‘I actually had a very good time!’


As Salamu Aleikum Imam,

Last year I went to a Norooz party and it was a very secular event to say the least. There was loud music, crazy dancing, and men and women were dressed to impress, to say the least. In fact, some of the girls dressed very revealing, and at one point a girl bent over and all I saw was skin.

My question is such parties permissible? I actually had a very good time and I want to go party again!

Yours truly,

Float like a butterfly sting like a bee

Time: Sunday March 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

Q: Can one celebrate nawrooz just cuz family Is doing it. It is just a get together to get men and women together for a good evening? Would this still be unislamic?

Time: Sunday March 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

Q: Would eating norooz food be haram? Why can a Muslim celebrate norooz but not New Years of American calendar? I am not living in Afghanistan and Iran. Do I make sense? (text)

Q: as salaamu alaikum

I have heard that Nowruz (which is Persian New Year) is bidah to celebrate according to some scholars? Could explain to us why this celebration is an act of bidah, if Persians are following a different calender than Hijri?

Time: Sunday March 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm Continue reading

itikhalf… bath… jummah

Q. Can a person in itikaf have a jummah bath with the intention that it is sunnah? Or is it better not to have the Friday bath? Would the itikaf sunnah override the sunnah of a jummah bath.

A: One should not leave the masjid just for the bath. If one chooses, they can have a quick shower after visiting the toilet as a way of cleaning the body from possible drops of urine, or for added cleanliness as a result of defecation, etc.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.