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Sha’ban 1435 AH Volume 1, Issue 8

Gungahlin Mosque Address: 140 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin, ACT 2912 Postal Address: CMC Inc, PO Box 273, Gungahlin, ACT 2912

Bank Account details Bank Name: ANZ Account Name: Canberra Muslim Community Inc BSB: 012950 Account No: 109547085

Dear Brother/Sister Sha’ban 1435 AH: The hilal for the month of Sha’ban has not been sighted anywhere in Australia on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Therefore the month of Sha’ban will start on Saturday, 31 May 2014, InshaAllah

Iqamah times at the Gungahlin Mosque:

Ramadhan has almost arrived. We’re one month away from Ramadhan. Sha'ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha'ban. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha'ban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Some of these can be read on Page 4. Alhamdulillah, by the grace and blessings of Allah , we have received early BA approval for the Gungahlin Mosque. This will enable us to start the construction of the Gungahlin Mosque, InshaAllah. Construction team is meeting the builders on Tuesday to plan the start of construction. We should be able to start the construction very soon now, InshaAllah. More from construction team on page 3.

Fajr: 6:15 am Dhuhr: 1:00 pm Asr: 3:30 pm Maghrib: sunset

Fundraising team is planning to organise fundraising dinner before the start of Ramadhan, InshaAllah. Preparations for that have been started. You’ll soon get the notification with more, InshaAllah. More from fundraising team on page 2.

Isha: 8:00 pm Jumma: 1:00 pm

Alhamdulillah, by the grace and blessings of Allah , we were able to collect $805 for the Thar Relief program. CMC passed the cheque of $805 to Charity Australia International. We would like to thank you all those who contributed towards this cause.

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Project Update Bank Balance: (The Noble Quran 17: 78)

Allah

said to his

Propeht : Perform salaat from the midday till the darkness of the night (i.e. Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers) and recite the Quran in the early dawn (i.e. Fajr, the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is witnessed (by angels).

Main Account (012950 – 109547085): Balance of the main account as on 29/05/2014: $317,612.52 Balance as on 30/04/2014: $314,967.48 Expenses in May 2014: $7,072 Rent Account (012950 – 495322182): Balance of the main account as on 29/05/2014: $3,010.56 Balance as on 30/04/2014: $2950.56 Expenses in May 2014: $1,890

Fundraising Subcommittee update: Upcoming fundraising events: 1. Fundraising dinner in Canberra before Ramadhan, InshaAllah. Information to be sent out soon, InshaAllah. 2. Friday fund collection in Canberra and interstate (Ongoing). 3. Door knocking activity in Canberra (Ongoing). Volunteers are welcome to help us to raise funds for the house of Allah .

Shabaan is the eight month of the Islamic calendar

For feedback or specific questions with regards to fundraising activity please email fundraising@cmc-au.org Monir Hossain Coordinator, Fundraising Subcommittee

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Construction Subcommittee Update: The Gungahlin Mosque Building Approval (BA) process is currently in progress. We have received the early BA approval from the certifier on the 23 May 2014. This will enable us to start the Earthworks and Civil components of the construction.

Abu Hurairah narrates that Rasulullah

Tenders for the construction stage have also gone out with the closing dates for the tenders on 29 May 2014. The committee in liaison with the ABACM will be reviewing the tender packages next week and deciding on the contractors for the construction.

said, "Indeed Allah does not look at your faces and possessions, but He looks at your hearts and your deeds."

The construction committee will keep all members updated once the tender selection process has completed and contractors decided. The status update will also provide members with the start date of the construction.

[Muslim].

If there are any CMC members or if CMC members know any trades person interested in tendering for the above work, please contact the construction committee via email (below). For feedback or specific questions with regards to construction activity please email construction@cmc-au.org.

Mohammed Khan (Haroon) Coordinator, Construction Subcommittee

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Sha'ban: Merits, Do's, and Dont's 1. The blessed companion Anas, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was asked, "Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasts of Ramadan?" He replied, "Fasts of Shaban in honor of Ramadan." Sha'ban consists of a night which is termed in Shariah as "Laylatulbara'ah" (The night of freedom from Fire). This is the night occurring between 14th and 15th day of Sha'ban

2. The blessed companion Usama ibn Zaid, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that he asked Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam: "Messenger of Allah, I have seen you fasting in the month of Sha'ban so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month." Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: "That (Sha'ban) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting." 3. Ummul Mu'mineen 'Aishah, Radi-Allahu anha, says, "Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast the whole of Sha'ban. I said to him, 'Messenger of Allah, is Sha'ban your most favorite month for fasting?' He said, 'In this month Allah prescribes the list of the persons dying this year. Therefore, I like that my death comes when I am in a state of fasting." 4. In another Tradition she says, "Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, would sometimes begin to fast continuously until we thought he would not stop fasting, and sometimes he used to stop fasting until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, fasting a complete month, except the month of Ramadan, and I have never seen him fasting in a month more frequently than he did in Sha'ban." 5. In another report she says, "I never saw the Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, fasting in a month so profusely as he did in the month of Sha'ban. He used to fast in that month leaving only a few days, rather, he used to fast almost the whole of the month." 6. Ummul-Mu'mineen Umm Salamah, Radi-Allahu anha, says: "I have never seen the Messenger of Allah fasting for two months continuously except in the months of Sha'ban and Ramadan." These reports indicate that fasting in the month of Sha'ban, though not obligatory, is so meritorious that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did not like to miss it.

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But it should be kept in mind that the fasts of Sha'ban are for those persons only who are capable of keeping them without causing deficiency in the obligatory fasts of Ramadan. Therefore, if one fears that after fasting in Sha'ban, he will lose strength or freshness for the fasts of Ramadan and will not be able to fast in it with freshness, he should not fast in Sha'ban, because the fasts of Ramadan, being obligatory, are more important than the optional fasts of Sha'ban. That is why Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself has forbidden the Muslims from fasting one or two days immediately before the commencement of Ramadan. The blessed Companion Abu Hurairah, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said, "Do not fast after the first half of the month of Sha'ban is gone."

15 of Sha’ban will correspond to Saturday, 14 June 2014, InshaAllah.

According to another report Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has said: "Do not precede the month of Ramadan with one or two fasts." The essence of the above-quoted ahadith is that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself used to fast most of the month of Sha'ban, because he had no fear of developing weakness or weariness before the commencement of Ramadan. As for others, he ordered them not to fast after the 15th of Sha'ban for the fear that they would lose their strength and freshness before Ramadan starts, and would not be able to welcome the month of Ramadan with enthusiasm. To read more about the month of Sha’ban, please refer to the source of this article. (Source: Sha'ban: Merits, Do's, and Dont's by Mufti Taqi Usmani http://www.albalagh.net/general/shaban.shtml)

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