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Eid-ul-Fitr Message – 1433H | 2012
Posted on 19 August 2012

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

رسالة العيد من مجلس العلماء النيوزيلندي

Eid-ul-Fitr Message from Ulama Council of New Zealand

الحمد لله رب العالمين، و الصلاة و السلام على سيد الأنبياء و إمام المرسلين نبينا محمد و على آله و أصحابه أجمعين.

It is with great pleasure that the Ulama Council of New Zealand (UCNZ) extends its warm wishes and greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr. It is a time of joy and happiness, it is a time of celebration and fitr marking the end of the month of fasting, and it is a time of thanksgiving and strengthening the bond of brotherhood.

Worthy of celebration and true joy are those who have put in the due effort in fulfilling the aims and objectives of the blessed month of Ramadhan, who have fasted during its days with care and diligence, stood in prayers during its nights with aspiration and enthusiasm, and recited the Holy Qur’an and reflected on its meaning. May Allah Jalla wa ‘Ala accept our fasting and prayers during the month of Ramadhan.

Eid ul fitr does not herald the end of worship or letting go of the concerns of the Akhirah, on the contrary, it heralds a new beginning of heightened taqwa for the believer who has done so much during Ramadhan and is ready to transform his life as a result. That is truly a cause for joy and celebration. Like all matters in Islam, celebration and joy must be in moderate measure as exemplified by the Prophet SAW and his Companions RAA. Our celebration should be uplifting and meaningful, our joy should enhance our relationship with Allah SWT. The day of Eid is a day to remember Allah SWT and glorify Him.  The Qur’an states: ”verily, in Allah’s remembrance do hearts find solace” (13:28)

In celebrating this occasion we should be conscious and mindful of the realities of this duniya and the ultimate Power of Allah.  Remember the many hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are suffering through wars, persecution, and poverty, and thank Allah SWT for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon us.  We should also ask Allah SWT with a sincere heart to release them from all calamities and suffering, and give them a happy and peaceful life.  And may this Eid bring for them an end to all disaster and sorrow. Ameen.

On this happy occasion The Ulama Council of New Zealand would like to extend their warmest and heartfelt greetings to all Muslims, and congratulate them for having strived to fulfil this honourable obligation of fasting and praying.  And we wish you a very happy and blessed Eid. May this Eid bring joy and elevate your position in the sight of Allah Azza wa Jall.

We beseech Allah SWT to accept all our good deeds, and forgive the shortcomings, (Ameen).

كل عام و أنتم بخير، و عيدكم مبارك

و صلى الله و سلم على نبينا محمد و على آله و صحبه أجمعين

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Invitation for Launch of Ulama Council of New Zealand (UCNZ)
Posted on 6 July 2012

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

By the great mercy and favour of Allah Azza wa Jall the Ulama and the scholars in New Zealand have been blessed with the foresight and the opportunity to organize themselves in order to maintain and enhance the leadership and guidance of the Muslim Community in New Zealand.


The purpose is to create and provide a common platform for all the Ulama in guiding the Muslims of New Zealand as one Community. Among the main objectives are to promote religious and educational advancement, to propagate and uphold Islam, and to educate and develop a true understanding of Islam amongst the New Zealand community.


UCNZ seeks to complement the good efforts by others and cooperate in matters of ‘birr and taqwa’ as per the Quranic injunction. Its formation will enable any directives and guidance from the Ulama to be centralized.


The Ulama Council would like to launch this organization in order to bring it to the attention of the wider Muslim Community. Therefore, we would like to cordially invite you to attend a programme scheduled as follows:


Date: Sunday 15 July 2012
Time: 12.30pm
Place: Masjid Umar
185-187 Stoddard Road
Mt Roskill, Auckland

Lunch will be served.

We will be very grateful for your acceptance of our invitation, and look forward to your presence to honour this historical event.

We beseech help and guidance from Allah Azza wa Jall and look forward to striving towards fulfilling our aims and objectives with your kind cooperation.

If you have any questions or require any clarification on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Mohammed Suleman Patel
Secretary
و صلى الله و سلم على نبينا محمد و على آله و صحبه أجمعين

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Eid-ul-Adha Message from Ulama Council of New Zealand
Posted on 4 November 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

رسالة العيد من مجلس العلماء النيوزيلندي

Eid-ul-Adha Message from Ulama Council of New Zealand

الحمد لله رب العالمين، و الصلاة و السلام على سيد الأنبياء و إمام المرسلين نبينا محمد و على آله و أصحابه أجمعين. و بعد

We thank Allah SWT for His favours and blessings in enabling us to witness and celebrate the great Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Adha. In fact, we are not just marking a day, we are marking a season, and enjoying its blessings in many ways.

This is the season of Hajj when millions of His servants toil through all the challenges of a unique voyage to be guests of Allah and, having followed in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Companions RAA, return as free of sins as a newborn – a once in a lifetime life-changing experience indeed.

Hajj is based on marking the achievements of Saiyedina Ibraheem ASWS who was put through extraordinary trials and, having made the ultimate sacrifice, passed the test and won the pleasure of Allah.  He sought One True God and found Him, he found light in the darkness and earned titles such as Khaleelullah (Friend of Allah) and Abul-ambiyaa (Father of the Prophets) alaihemussalatu wassalam.

This season marks his extraordinary trials and tribulations leading to the ultimate success.  It marks his search, his methods, his travels, his faith, his trust, his submission, and his ultimate sacrifice.

Allah SWT accepted his ways and granted him what he was looking for.  Today, we mimic him and sacrifice an animal to mark that illuminating moment in the history of the world.  We not only mark the offering as Saiyedina Ibraheem ASWS offered but we also mark the offering as his beloved son and Prophet Saiyedina Ismaaeel ASWS offered – one was willing to take a life and the other was willing to give it.

Today, out of His Mercy, Allah SWT accepts the offering of a life of an animal and then, out of more Mercy, allows us to eat from it and share with our family and friends.

In marking this occasion, Muslims should be aware of the spirit and, where possible, sacrifice an animal themselves in order to experience more closely the spirit of this occasion.  It is unfortunate that many people do not pay much attention to this important Islamic ritual and do not observe the sacrifice while they can efford it.  This way they deprive themselves and their family from the great Sunnah of the Prophet S.A.W. which he has never missed and issued a severe warning against those who neglect it.

من وجد سعة ولم يضحي فلا يقربن مصلانا

Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of Eid prayer.” (Musnad Ahmad).

Instead, many people wrongly attempt to do other good deeds in lieu of udhiya, such as charity, but this is completely wrong.  Just as you can not perform salat in lieu of fasting or zakat in lieu of Hajj, you can not perform other kinds of worship in lieu of udhiya.  Udhiya is a ‘she’aar’ of Islam which means something that forms a part of its identity.

This blessed season marks many things.  There are those who are fortunate enough go on Hajj, those who do not go on Hajj mark udhiya wherever they live, and even those who are so poor that they cannot afford to buy an animal for this can still mark and benefit from the first ten days of this month referred to in the Quran as ‘layaalin Ashr’  by the way of fasting and performing other good deeds.

On this happy occasion The Ulama Council of New Zealand would like to extend their warmest and heartfelt greetings to all Muslims, And wish you a very happy and blessed Eidul Adha.

We beseech Allah SWT to accept our Udhiya, accept the Hajj of all who have gone for it and all our good deeds, and forgive the shortcomings, (Ameen).

و صلى الله و سلم على نبينا محمد و على آله و صحبه أجمعين

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Eid ul Adha Notice 1432 | 2011
Posted on 29 October 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين، و الصلاة و السلام على سيد الأنبياء و إمام المرسلين نبينا محمد و على آله و أصحابه أجمعين.

The Ulama Council of New Zealand (UCNZ) would like to inform the Community that Eid ul Adha is confirmed to be celebrated on Monday – 7th November 2011 inshaAllah.

We beseech Allah SWT to accept all our good deed, and forgive the shortcomings, (Amin).

Kullu Aamin Wa Antum Bikhair, Eid Mubarak.

كل عام و انتم بخير و عيدكم مبارك، أعاده الله علينا بالخير و اليمن و البركات.

و صلى الله و سلم على نبينا محمد و على آله و صحبه أجمعين

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Eid ul Fitr Notice 1432 | 2011
Posted on 29 August 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين، و الصلاة و السلام على سيد الأنبياء و إمام المرسلين نبينا محمد و على آله و أصحابه أجمعين.

The Ulama Council of New Zealand (UCNZ) would like to inform the Community  that there has been no report of sighting of the crescent of Shawwal on 29 Ramadhan, therefore we will complete 30 days of fasting and celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr on Wednesday 31 August inshaAllah.

On this occasion we would like to extend our warmest and heartfelt greetings to all Muslims, and congratulate all Muslims who have strived to fulfil this honourable obligation of fasting and praying during the blessed month of Ramadhan.  And we wish you a very joyous and blessed Eid.

We beseech Allah SWT to accept all our good deed, and forgive the shortcomings, (Amin).

Kullu Aamin Wa Antum Bikhair, Eid Mubarak.

كل عام و انتم بخير و عيدكم مبارك، أعاده الله علينا بالخير و اليمن و البركات.

و صلى الله و سلم على نبينا محمد و على آله و صحبه أجمعين

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Eid-ul-Fitr Message from Ulama Council of New Zealand
Posted on 28 August 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

رسالة العيد من مجلس العلماء النيوزيلندي

Eid-ul-Fitr Message from Ulama Council of New Zealand

الحمد لله رب العالمين، و الصلاة و السلام على سيد الأنبياء و إمام المرسلين نبينا محمد و على آله و أصحابه أجمعين.

We would like to thank Allah SWT for giving us the opportunity to fast and observe other religious obligation during the most blessed month of Ramadhan.  Indeed the month of Ramadhan is the month of mercy, forgiveness, and emancipation from the hellfire.

The nation of Islam is celebrating the end of Ramadhan. While doing that we should note that worshipping Almighty Allah SWT is the most important and essential element of human life.  In fact the whole purpose of its creation lies in it, and the whole life is based upon this basic fact.  Even the concept of Eid and festival in Islam is nothing but a collective worship of Allah SWT.

Islam teaches Muslims how to celebrate the Eid.  Even though fasting is not permitted on the Eid days, yet, the major part of the celebration is not eating or drinking – rather, it is a prayer that brings Muslims together to remember Allah’s bounties and celebrate His Glory and Greatness. That is where the saying of Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz comes from, which explains the real concept of Eid in Islam:

(ليس العيد لمن لبس الجديد إنما العيد لمن خاف يوم الوعيد)

 “Eid is not for those who have worn beautiful new dresses, but the real Eid however is for those who fear the promised Day [i.e. Qeyamah and therefore have been mindful of their duties and responsibilities]”

Celebrating the end of Ramadhan is meant for those who fast and observe night prayers for the sake of Allah; it is meant for those hearts that are brightened by the light of Faith and purified from sins. Muslim’s Eid is an occasion for eliminating malice and hatred; for overpowering satanic feelings and sentiments and for conquering those sentiments that have divided the Muslim nation and damaged their brotherhood. Let us make a real turning point in our relationship with our relatives, neighbors and brethren.

Let us keep this spirit of Eid among us always, and strengthen our bond with our Creator and with each other.  Let us be more united and become more committed to righteousness in our own lives, in the lives of our families and in the society in which we live.

Let us reflect over the saying of our beloved prophet SAW in which he admonished a man:

(اغتنم خمسا قبل خمس: شبابك قبل هرمك، وصحتك قبل سقمك، وغناك قبل فقرك، وفراغك قبل شغلك، وحياتك قبل موتك)

“Take advantage of five (by doing good deeds and making amends for the bad ones) before another five befall you.  Take advantage of your youth before you grow old, your health before you become ill, your wealth before you become poor, your free time before you become occupied, and your life before it is time for you to die” (Musnad Ahmad, Hakim).

We should  also not forget on this auspicious occasion our less fortunate brothers and sister in many parts of the world who are going through hardship and difficult time, and ask Allah SWT with a sincere heart to release them from all calamities and suffering, and give them a happy and peaceful life.  And may this Eid bring for them an end to all disaster and sorrow. Ameen.

Eid is an occasion to rejoice in the bounties of Allah SWT and celebrate the fulfilment of the obligation of fasting.  Congratulate one another, visit one another and enjoy the bounties of Allah SWT but be moderate and value the blessings, and keep up the spirit of obedience to Allah SWT which you have developed over the fasting month of Ramadhan.  For Muslims, the Eid is an occasion to increase in good deeds. Each Eid marks the conclusion of an important worship, and the determination to continue in obedience and submission to Allah SWT.

On this happy occasion The Ulama Council of New Zealand would like to extend their warmest and heartfelt greetings to all Muslims, and congratulate them for having strived to fulfil this honourable obligation of fasting and praying.  And we wish you a very happy and blessed Eid.

We beseech Allah SWT to accept all our good deeds, and forgive the shortcomings, (Ameen).

و صلى الله و سلم على نبينا محمد و على آله و صحبه أجمعين

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Ramadhan Notice (1432 – 2011)
Posted on 31 July 2011


  

With great pleasure we would like to inform the Community that the moon of Ramadhan was sighted on 31 July 2011, therefore Monday 1 August 2011 corresponds with 1 Ramadhan 1432 AH.


The announcement is made after four witnesses came forward in Auckland on Sunday 31 July 2011 and gave their testimony of sighting the moon before Ulama as per the requirements of the process for making such decisions in Islamic Shariah.

We had initially anticipated the possibility of sighting on Monday 1 August 2011 and so made the announcements accordingly.  Our calculation was based on the information at hand at the time and on the basis of the start date of the previous month of Shaban which started on 4 July.  The possibility of a sighting on Sunday 31 July was very remote due to the timing of the birth of the moon.  However, in the event of such testimony we have to follow the due process and hence the announcement.

Any inconvenience or distress caused by this is deeply regretted.

Any person who missed their fast on Monday 1 August due to not knowing about it can make it up by fasting an extra day after eid.

We would like to wish everyone a very blessed Ramadhan.

May Allah SWT accept our fasting and prayers and all the good deeds in this most blessed month of Ramadhan. Ameen.

  

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