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Volunteer with MCA

 53 established activities
Over 9 areas identified for establishment
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We currently have a large number of activities at MCA – and there is room for many more to be established. Please find an activity that suits your interests and contact MCA or the lead volunteer on the activity!

The Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor can reach its zenith through the effort of every single member of this masjid. We hope you will join us in this communal effort!

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Ramadan Activities at MCA

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Ramadan Mubarak!

The first day of fasting will be on Thursday, June 18th. Taraweeh prayer will begin on Wednesday, June 17th after Isha at 11.05pm insha Allah.

Listen to a special message from our beloved Imam Moataz Al-Hallak about the activities at our masjid.

Hope to see you all at the masjid InshaAllah. Have a blessed day and make lots of duaa!

Du3aa on Sighting the Crescent:

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 ‘Allaah is the greatest. O Allaah, let the crescent loom above us in safety, faith, peace, and Islaam, and in agreement with all that You love and pleases You. Our Lord and your Lord is Allaah.’

View this du3aa here

Continue reading below for a list of the various activities during Ramadan at our masjid.

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Determining Ramadan and Eid

How does the MCA determine the beginning of Ramadaan and the Day of Eid-ul-Fitr?
The beginning of the blessed month of Ramadaan is determined by one of the following two criteria:
  1. Physical sighting of the crescent moon of Ramadaan or Shawwaal.
    • The physical sighting of the crescent is established by the testimony of one or two trustworthy Muslim witnesses.
  2. The completion of month of Shaaban or Ramadaan.
    • The thirtieth day of any lunar month marks the completion of that particular month.
These very criteria apply to determining the end of Ramadan and the day of Eid.

This position is based on following evidences:

  • Allah says in the Qur’an:
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ

It was the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was [first] sent down as a guidance for humanity and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as the standard by which to discern the true from the false. Hence, whoever of you witnesses the month, shall fast it. [2:185]

  • The Prophet’s (saws) said in the hadith which was related from him by nine of the companions of the Prophet (saws):
صوموا لرؤيته، وأفطروا لرؤيته، فإن غَبِيَ عليكم فأكملوا عدة شعبان ثلاثين‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه وهذا لفظ البخاري‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏  وفي رواية مسلم‏:‏ ‏”‏فإن غم عليكم فصوموا ثلاثين يومًا‏
When you see the crescent moon, fast, and when you see it, break your fast, and if it is obscured from your vision, complete the month to thirty days.”
Recorded by Bukhari, Muslim and others.
  • This is also based on the hadith of Abd-Allah ibn Umar (raa) that Allah’s Messenger (saws) said:
الشَّهْرُ تِسْعٌ وَعِشْرُونَ لَيْلَةً، فَلاَ تَصُومُوا حَتَّى تَرَوْهُ، فَإِنْ غُمَّ عَلَيْكُمْ فَأَكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ ثَلاَثِينَ
The month is twenty-nine nights, so do not fast until you see it, then if it is obscured from your vision, complete the month to thirty.”
Recorded by Bukhari. 
  1. The Prophet’s saying (saws) made the obligation of fasting dependent on the sighting of the crescent moon, not on just its presence, and the consensus of the vast majority of the scholars of this Ummah has converged on this point over the centuries.
  2. The Prophet’s saying (saws) did not bind the issue of fasting to the birth of the crescent moon, but rather to it being seen.
Therefore, we in the MCA follow any established crescent moon sighting by the proper authorities in any Muslim country which follows the aforementioned criteria, or any verifiable reliable sighting of the crescent moon by any Muslim in any part of the world:
  • This position is the stance of the majority of the people of knowledge and the view adopted by the authenticating scholars amongst them.
  • This is also closer to Allah’s objective of harmony and agreement, and a step on the path to unitingtheUmmah and speaking with one voice.
    • If one Muslim sights the crescent moon of Ramadan, all Muslims fast.

Moreover, this position does not stir up regional sensitivities, for whichever Muslim country announces the moon sighting, the Muslim communities will follow them; their decision is to be relied on and acted upon.

We hope this clarifies any questions you may have.
JazakumAllahu Khayran for your patience.

Youth Qiyam – Ramadan 2015

“Who Am I?: The Muslim Identity” Ramadan Qiyam Series 
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In the spirit of the holy month, we present Qiyam Series every Saturday in the month of Ramadan, from after taraweeh until Fajr.

Join us for blessed nights of tahajjud, informal lectures, time for ibadah and, of course, suhoor! All are welcome.

Make sure to mark the following dates in your calendars:

  • June 20th
  • June 27th
  • July 4th
  • July 11th
Brought to you by the MCA Youth Group, led by the male and female youth directors.

Jumuah Prayer

Why does the MCA conduct the first service for the Jumu’ah congregation sometimes before the start of the time of Zuhur?

The answer, in short, is that we do this to accommodate as many people as possible for the Jum’ah service by taking advantage of a valid position in the Hanbali school of jurisprudence (Fiqh) which permits the Jumu’ah prayer before the start of the time of Zuhur.

The crowds of Jumu’ah prayer necessitated having two services – had we had one service we would have certainly made that one service after the start of the Zuhur.

This is the view of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal and Imam Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh. The basis of those who hold this view is a number of authentic hadeeths:

عن رضي الله عنه جابر بن عبد الله قال :كُنَّا نُصَلِّي مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ نَرْجِعُ فَنُرِيحُ نَوَاضِحَنَا. قَالَ حَسَنٌ : فَقُلْتُ لِجَعْفَرٍ : فِي أَيِّ سَاعَةٍ تِلْكَ ؟ قَالَ : زَوَالَ الشَّمْسِ . رواه مسلم (858(

Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allah narrated: We used to pray with the Messenger of Allaah, then we would go back and let our camels used for carrying water rest. Hasan said: I said to Ja’far: At what time was that? He said: When the sun passed its zenith. [Muslim – 858]

وعن سهل رضي الله عنه قال : مَا كُنَّا نَقِيلُ وَلَا نَتَغَدَّى إِلَّا بَعْدَ الْجُمُعَةِ. 

(رواه مسلم (859

Sahl said: We used not to take a nap or eat lunch until after Jumu‘ah. [Muslim – 859]

Imam Shawkaani said: In this hadeeth there is an evidence for those who take the view that it is permissible to pray the Jumu’ah congregation before the sun passes zenith…This is so because [the norm of] eating lunch and taking a nap were [then]  done before the sun passed its zenith.

وعن سلمة بن الأكوع رضي الله عنه قال : ( كُنَّا نُصَلِّي مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْجُمُعَةَ فَنَرْجِعُ وَمَا نَجِدُ لِلْحِيطَانِ فَيْئًا نَسْتَظِلُّ بِهِ ) رواه البخاري (4168) ، ومسلم (860) واللفظ له

Salamah ibn al-Akwa‘  said: We used to pray Jumu’ah with the Messenger of Allaah, then we would go back and we could not find any wall offering shade. [Bukhaari – 4168; Muslim – 860]