RAMADAN

Muslims are prohibited from eating, drinking and engaging in conjugal sexual relationships from dawn (fajr) to sunset (maghrib). It is considered time to begin fasting when a person standing outside can tell a white thread from a black thread. Fasting helps Muslims develop self-control, gain a better understanding of God’s gifts and greater compassion towards the deprived. Fasting in Islam involves abstaining from all bodily pleasures between dawn and sunset. Not only is food forbidden, but also any sexual activity. All things which are regarded as prohibited is even more so in this month, due to its sacredness. Each and every moment during the fast, a person suppresses their passions and desires in loving obedience to God. This consciousness of duty and the spirit of patience helps in strengthening one's faith. Fasting helps a person gain self-control. A person who abstains from permissible things like food and drink is likely to feel conscious of his sins. A heightened sense of spirituality helps break the habits of lying, staring with lust at the opposite sex, gossiping, and wasting time. Fasting is also viewed as a means of controlling one's desires (of food, drink and sex) and focusing more on devoting oneself to God. Many Muslims have had food before the sun rises.

Sawm also carries a significant spiritual meaning. It teaches one the principle of God Consciousness: because when one observes fasting, it is done out of deep love for God and to learn self-restraint. 

يَا أَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ‬

"O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint."

— Quran, Sura 2 (Al-Baqara), Ayah 183

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Taraweeh prayer begins approximately 5 minutes after Isha’a prayer.

The Masjid provides Iftar everyday. It is not obligatory to bring any food or drinks to the iftar. We will be delighted host you for iftar. 
 

Iftar Hosting Options

 

Individual or group can host Iftar. The most important condition for hosting Iftar at Masjid Al Sabireen is to ensure that the food you are supplying is purely halal. if you are not sure where and how to get halal food, please contact us. Our Iftar calendar is very fluid. contact 610 698 5978 if you are interested in hosting iftar.

Food Guideline

In addition to ensuring that the food is halal, we encourage those intending to host Iftar to understand that they are cooking a wide array of people and cultures. Go easy on the spice. We like salad to be salad with no meat. Not everybody eat meat in their salad. Ethnic food is allowed as long as halal and cooked with consideration for others.

Food Serving Guideline

Masjid Al Sabireen does not tolerate insulting our guests. We dislike host restricting guest in food selection and portions. if more food is needed, the Masjid will make more food. We discourage waist and encourage our guest to only take what they can eat.

Food Preparation

The food can be prepared in the Masjid or at home. If prepared in the Masjid, we encourage our host to ensure that the kitchen is cleaned. The food can also be prepared fresh from home or other facilities as long as the cooking equipment and other items are halal.

Number of attendees

We expect roughly 50 attendees during the weekdays and 75 attendees on the weekends insha Allah . Please keep in mind other factors may affect the number attendees, such as weather conditions, and how many friends and family you may have invited. The dates are Tuesday, May 16 through Thursday, June 16, 2018, insha Allah.

Cleaning

Each person/group hosting should be responsible for cleaning up afterwards. If you think that you will not be able to handle this chore, please let us know ahead of time. As a rule, many of the people in attendance will not mind helping in the end, It is the hosting groups’ responsibility to coordinate the cleaning to assure that it is done properly; however, let us know if you need help.

Here is a list of things that should be done. Thank you.

  • Tables, countertops and chairs should be wiped down

  • Dishes cleaned

  • Floors swept

  • Furniture placed back to its original positions

Suggested Food Quantity, Weekdays

  • Meat –> 3 large trays (30lb of Meat)

  • Chicken–>3 large trays (45lb of Chicken)

  • Vegetables –> 3 large trays

  • Rice –> 3 large trays

  • Salad –>2 large trays

  • Soup –>Big pot

  • Fresh fruit –> 3 big trays

  • Pita bread –> 2 large trays

Suggested Food Quantity, Weekends

  • Meat –> 4 large trays (40lb of Meat)

  • Chicken–>4 large trays (60lb of Chicken)

  • Vegetables –> 4 large trays

  • Rice –> 4 large trays

  • Salad –>3 large trays

  • Soup –>Big pot

  • Fresh fruit –> 4 big trays

  • Pita bread –> 3 large trays

Optional

  • Pizza/pasta/desert & drinks

Responsibilities of the Hosts

  • Please plan to arrive 45 minutes early to set up the serving area.

  • Servicing or obtaining servers.

  • All meat should be halal.

  • You are expected to be at the Iftar for the duration. (Typically to Isha'a Salat)

  • Please see cleaning section

To schedule Iftar sponsorship please contact 610 698 5978.


 

ABOUT US

The Islamic Society of Berks County – ISBC was formed in September of 2010 to provide Islamic education and infrastructures to Berks County, Pennsylvania's Muslim communities. Part of our goals is to build lasting Islamic Institutions that enhances the standing of the Islamic communities in Berks County area. We are also focused on providing programs and events that strengthen our Iman and work within the larger Berks County general community to promote true understanding.

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101 W. Windsor Street
Reading, PA 19601

 

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