Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakaatuhu,

The Central Jersey Hijri Calendar Committee announced that the Shawwal moon was not sighted and therefore Eid-ul-Fitr will insha’Allah be on Sunday, May 24th.

The crescent moon to commence the month of Shawwal was NOT sighted in Haramain (Makkah and Madina). Further to this, the moon is not sighted anywhere in the eastern corridor of the United States therefore as per HCC policy it has been decided unanimously that we will complete 30 days of Ramadhan In Sha Allah. Accordingly, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday May 24, 2020 (1st of Shawwal 1441h).

Eid Mubarak to you and your family! May Allah SWT make this Eid a blessed one for our community, Muslim ummah and the entire humankind. On this holy and joyous occasion May the blessings of almighty Allah come down on your shoulders and may you enjoy a very Happy Eid this year and in the years to come.

Kullu Am wa Antum Bi Khair
كل عام و انتم بخير

Note: There will be no Eid Salah in the Masjid

Please pay your Fitra (Zakatul Fitr) before Eid Prayers
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Eid Salah Details by Imam Farhan

Assalamuolaikum,

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

We are all looking forward to celebrating Eid this year and we ask Allah to make it our most enjoyable one, ameen. Even with the limitations on physically attending the masjid, MCNJ still hopes to provide spiritually enriching programs for all inshallah.

This year we are, not surprisingly, receiving many questions on what to do about the Eid prayer as MCNJ will not be hosting any Eid ul-Fitr prayers this year. We are permitting the option to pray at home for those who wish to do so and are working with other Central Jersey imams to provide Eid bayans if Allah wills.

In summary, there is a difference of opinion concerning the ruling on the Eid prayer itself:

  • The Hanafis (wajib) and Hanbalis (fard kifayah) hold a stricter position on praying at home
  • The Shafi’is and Malikis hold a more relaxed opinion (sunnah mu’akadah) Saying that, there are many Hanbalis and Hanafis who allow it this year due to the exceptional circumstances.

If one chooses to pray with his family at home then the 4 madhahib generally agree on the timing for the prayer. It is from when the sun has cleared the horizon a spears length (approximately 15 minutes after sunrise) until it reaches its zenith (approximately 15 minutes before Zuhr begins). There is no harm in praying it as soon as the time begins or delaying it if one wishes.

The way to perform the prayer among the majority of schools is as follows:

  • Seven (7) takbirat in the first rakah (8 for the Shafi’is) then recite Fatihahand another surah (dua istiah aer first takbir)
  • Five (5) takbirat in the second rakah then recite Fatihah and another surah

The exception to this is the Hanafi school where they perform 3 extra takbirat aer dua istiah and in the second rakah before going into ruku

The khutbah after the Eid prayer is a sunnah and most madhahib see the Eid prayer to be valid even without it. If one chooses to give a khutbah, it is a single khutbah that should contain a verse and a praise of Allah and send prayer and .)صلى الله عليه وسلم( blessings on our beloved messenger, Muhammad

We hope all of you have a blessed Eid and as a reminder concerning all updates and announcements (including the Eid day announcement) can be accessed via our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/mcnjonline/

Please make sure to like and share our page to get our daily and weekly updates. It is through our social media outlets that we will also be making our Eid Announcement. We also encourage everyone to utilize their personal time to draw nearer to Allah and develop a more loving relationship with our families. We hope to get through this pandemic healthy and rejuvenated so that when we return to the masjid, we will all be better community members and Muslims.

May Allah protect us and our community. Ameen

As a policy, we follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines, please be aware of them:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Your brother in Islam,

Farhan Siddiqi
Imam and Director of Religious Affairs Muslim Community of New Jersey
(732) 738-5100
Email: [email protected]

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