Cemetery Fundraising

Bismehe Ta’ala

Kullun nafsun Zaiqatul maut (Holy Quran Chapter 29, verse 57)

Surely every soul will taste death. That is by the Command of Allah (swt). Yet, how prepared are we about meeting this eventuality? We all know someone whom we lost in recent years. Some of them gave us ample time to realize their end days were coming while others left us without much notice. We mourned for them, prayed for their soul by asking for Allah’s maghfirah and rahma (forgiveness and mercy), and buried them with dignity and respect so deserving of the deceased. Yet, when it comes to our own death, many of us are neither prepared nor have plans in place about where we want to be buried. We leave this very important task to our loved ones to bear. Many of our loved ones get buried in graveyards that belong to other faiths. We request these cemeteries to allow us an area, away from the grave sites of non-Muslims, to bury our loved ones. At times, it is not possible to find such a place but many times, it is very difficult and challenging. To add this responsibility on the loved ones who are already grieving is not only unwarranted but definitely avoidable.

And unfortunately, our Shi’a mu’mineen have often times faced even greater resistance from other Muslim organizations to bury their loved ones. Alhumdu lillah, Az-Zahra community is now blessed to have a place of our own. Here, we will bury our loved ones with the greatest respect they deserve. It should be noted that the challenges to get the cemetery were not without significant personal effort and persistence on the part of the Board of Trustees. Alhumdu lillah, thanks to their foresight and patience, our cemetery is located within the Center’s premises. Being in our “backyard” provides the relatives the opportunity to visit the grave site, make du’a and ask for the soul’s “maghfirah” without having to go too far.

But getting approval for the cemetery was only the first step. There are a few items that still need to be completed to receive the final approval from the county. Remember, these are OUR challenges and responsibilities and we need to pull up our bootstraps to complete the process quickly. The board invites each and every one to check our pocketbooks and donate generously to meet these expenses. You may pay for one or many of the items listed below. These are all tax deductible donations – they will help reduce your taxes in this World and hopefully increase your rewards in the Hereafter, insha’Allah. There is no better time than in the Holy Month of Ramadan to be generous. Please take advantage of this worthy cause and pledge whatever you can afford.

Immediate Expense:
• Attorney and surveyor’s fees (approx. $12,500)
• Privacy perimeter fence ($3,500 – $4,500)
• Entrance gate (unknown at this time)
• Trees, shrubbery, and other landscaping related costs (unknown)
• Kaffan (shroud); kafoor, and other necessary items in stock (unknown)

To meet the county’s landscaping requirements, we request individuals not to purchase trees/shrubs themselves. They need to be approved by the county’s representative before we can plant them.

Longterm costs:
• Bathhouse to wash the body (Ghuslkhana)
• Excating/digging equipment
• Shed to store equipment and tools

Please contact any of the BOT members to enlist your help and to make a pledge. Please ask for a receipt when you donate for this project. We will also send the receipt at the end of the year as we had done in the past. Your donation is needed right now to pay the immediate expense to complete the process.

Jazakumullah Khair

Program Schedule for Ramadhan

Program Schedule | Moon Sighting Info | Prayer Timings for Ramadhan

Program Schedule:

Salaam Alaykum,

Following is the program schedule for the Az-Zahra Center during the month of Ramadhan:

Sat, July 4
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:07 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
   
Sun, July 5
[18th Ramadhan]
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:07 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
10:00 PM   Aamal-e-Shab-e-Qadr of 19th
   
Mon, July 6
[19th Ramadhan]
08:00 PM   Majlis-e-Shahadat Imam Ali (a.s.)
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:06 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
   
Tue, July 7
[20th Ramadhan]
08:00 PM   Majlis-e-Shahadat Imam Ali (a.s.)
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:06 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
10:00 PM   Aamal-e-Shab-e-Qadr of 21st
   
Wed, July 8
[21st Ramadhan]
08:00 PM   Majlis-e-Shahadat Imam Ali (a.s.)
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:06 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
   
Thu, July 9
[22nd Ramadhan]
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:05 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
10:00 PM   Aamal-e-Shab-e-Qadr of 23rd
   
Fri, July 10 &
Sat, July 11
08:15 PM   Speech by Sheikh Ali Moughania
09:0x PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
   
Thu, July 16
09:02 PM   Maghribain Prayers and Iftar
09:30 PM   Dinner (Pot Luck)
10:00 PM   Dua-e-Kumail
   

Moon Sighting Info:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadan, 1436

Prayer Timings:

    Day   Date   Imsaak*   Fajr   Sunrise   Dhuhr   Sunset   Maghrib
01   Thu   18-Jun   3:53 am   4:09 am   5:53 am   1:20 pm   8:48 pm   9:07 pm
02   Fri   19-Jun   3:53 am   4:10 am   5:53 am   1:20 pm   8:48 pm   9:08 pm
03   Sat   20-Jun   3:53 am   4:10 am   5:53 am   1:21 pm   8:48 pm   9:08 pm
04   Sun   21-Jun   3:53 am   4:10 am   5:53 am   1:21 pm   8:49 pm   9:08 pm
05   Mon   22-Jun   3:53 am   4:10 am   5:53 am   1:21 pm   8:49 pm   9:08 pm
06   Tue   23-Jun   3:54 am   4:10 am   5:54 am   1:21 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
07   Wed   24-Jun   3:54 am   4:11 am   5:54 am   1:22 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
08   Thu   25-Jun   3:54 am   4:11 am   5:54 am   1:22 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
09   Fri   26-Jun   3:55 am   4:12 am   5:55 am   1:22 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
10   Sat   27-Jun   3:55 am   4:12 am   5:55 am   1:22 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
11   Sun   28-Jun   3:56 am   4:12 am   5:55 am   1:22 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
12   Mon   29-Jun   3:57 am   4:13 am   5:56 am   1:23 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
13   Tue   30-Jun   3:57 am   4:14 am   5:56 am   1:23 pm   8:49 pm   9:09 pm
14   Wed   01-Jul   3:59 am   4:15 am   5:57 am   1:23 pm   8:48 pm   9:08 pm
15   Thu   02-Jul   3:59 am   4:16 am   5:57 am   1:23 pm   8:48 pm   9:07 pm
16   Fri   03-Jul   4:00 am   4:16 am   5:58 am   1:23 pm   8:48 pm   9:07 pm
17   Sat   04-Jul   4:01 am   4:17 am   5:58 am   1:23 pm   8:48 pm   9:07 pm
18   Sun   05-Jul   4:02 am   4:18 am   5:59 am   1:23 pm   8:47 pm   9:07 pm
19   Mon   06-Jul   4:03 am   4:19 am   6:00 am   1:24 pm   8:47 pm   9:06 pm
20   Tue   07-Jul   4:04 am   4:20 am   6:00 am   1:24 pm   8:47 pm   9:06 pm
21   Wed   08-Jul   4:05 am   4:20 am   6:01 am   1:24 pm   8:47 pm   9:06 pm
22   Thu   09-Jul   4:06 am   4:21 am   6:01 am   1:24 pm   8:46 pm   9:05 pm
23   Fri   10-Jul   4:07 am   4:22 am   6:02 am   1:24 pm   8:46 pm   9:05 pm
24   Sat   11-Jul   4:08 am   4:23 am   6:03 am   1:24 pm   8:45 pm   9:04 pm
25   Sun   12-Jul   4:09 am   4:24 am   6:04 am   1:24 pm   8:45 pm   9:04 pm
26   Mon   13-Jul   4:10 am   4:25 am   6:04 am   1:25 pm   8:44 pm   9:03 pm
27   Tue   14-Jul   4:11 am   4:26 am   6:05 am   1:25 pm   8:44 pm   9:03 pm
28   Wed   15-Jul   4:12 am   4:27 am   6:06 am   1:25 pm   8:43 pm   9:02 pm
29   Thu   16-Jul   4:13 am   4:28 am   6:06 am   1:25 pm   8:43 pm   9:02 pm
30   Fri   17-Jul   4:14 am   4:29 am   6:07 am   1:25 pm   8:42 pm   9:01 pm

The above times are based on calculations for Az-Zahra Center’s location. Please allow few minutes as a precaution.

Ramadhan Newsletter

Ramadan Mubarak

May the blessings of this Glorious Month shower each and every one of us and hope we will take full advantage of this Noble Month to come closer to Allah (swt). This is the month when the Holy Qur’an was revealed and this is also the month when our Master, Mawla Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS), was martyred. Other important and notable days of Ramadan are:

• Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Power)
• Battle of Badr
• Death of Lady Khadijah al Kubra (as)
• Birthday of our Second Imam, Hasan Ibn Ali (as)

This is the month when the believers are encouraged to keep awake and perform as many acts of worship as possible. Reading of Qur’an, making mustahab (sunnat) salaat (namaz), feeding the less fortunate people, caring for the ill, infirm, sick, and older folks, and being generous in all our actions and deeds, are some of the more commonly practiced actions. Remember, the rewards are manifold more in this month than in any other month. We do not know which actions of our actions and acts of worship will gain us the highest reward. Therefore, we should do our best each and every day. Getting up for Sahoor (night meal) is not only sunnat but will provide the believer the necessary nourishment to work through the day. Eat high protein and fresh food and of course drink plenty of fluids. Make an intention (Niyyat)

Since the days are longer and would continue to get longer until June 26th, please remember to get enough sleep to provide the energy to work through the day. Check your alarm on cell phones and clocks to make sure that you are up and ready in time to start the day. Do not let your employers find that you are not performing as you did in other months. Be more compassionate and kind to the needs of others, regardless of their beliefs.

Do dhikr (zikr) or remembrance of Allah (swt) throughout the day. One of the most commonly dhikr is to continually repeat du’as like, “Astagh firullaha rabbi wa ‘atoobu ilay”, meaning “ I seek forgiveness from my Lord”, “Allahumma Salle Ala Mohammadin wa Ale Mohammad” meaning “O’ Allah, Bless Mohammed and his blessed household”, “Alhumdu lillah”, etc. There will, insha’Allah, be great reward to those who practice this regularly. Remember, Allah (swt) is most merciful and generous and your du’as and acts of worship will cleanse your sins. You are in the driver’s seat and only you can set the objectives you want to achieve.

Please include in your du’a those who are not able to fast due to illness, old age, nursing babies, or on travel, etc. Those who are able to fast after recovering from their illness or completion of the travel days should make up the missed fast before the start of next Ramadan. The make-up fasts are called “Qadha” (Qaza) fasts.

We wish all the mu’mineen good health and a successful Ramadan. May you receive bountiful of rewards in this holy month, insha’Allah.