Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Eid Announcement

Muslim Shia Council

In The Name of God The Beneficent The Merciful

Announcement Regarding
The New Crescent for Shawal 1434 AH

Dear Believers in North America,
as-Salamu Alaykum,
The Crescent Moon Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that there were no reports of sightings for the crescent moon of the month of Shawal in North America at the time of sunset, Wednesday, August 7, 2013. As a result, Thursday, August 8, 2013, will be the 30th of the holy month of Ramadan - "Ikmaal Iddah" - and Friday, August 9, 2013 will be considered the 1st of Shawal (the Day of Eid al-Fitr).

We ask the Almighty Allah to bless your work and shower you with His Blessings in this holy month, and to hasten the appearance of the Imam of our time (peace be upon him.)

The Crescent Committee:
  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Abed al-Muneim Shararah, Windsor, Canada.
  • Shaykh M. Reza Bagheri, Montreal, Canada.
  • Shaykh Mohammad al-Ali al-Halabi, Miami, FL.
  • Sayyid Nabi Raza Abedi, San Francisco, CA
The "Crescent Moon Committee"
was established at the 12th Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America in Detroit, September 2012.

Important Events during the month of Shawwal:
  • 1st of Shawal (August 9th): Eid al-Fitr.
  • 8th of Shawal (August 16th): The destruction of the graves of the Holy Imams of Ahlul Bayt in al-Baqi' at the hands of the Wahhabis in the year 1344 Hijri.
  • 25th of Shawal (September 2nd): The Martyrdom of Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq (as) in the year 148 Hijri.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Zakat ul fitrah

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful

زكاة الفطرة

Obligatory Zakat    |    Establishment of Zakat    |    How to pay it?

Obligatory Zakat 

With the excitement of the joyous completion of the holy month of Ramadhan, it is easy to forget about the needs of those who are impoverished and our obligation to provide charity to them. Therefore, we should be reminded that such people in need require our help to make it through the year. Zakat-ul-Fitrah is a special form of obligatory Zakat given at the end of the month of Ramadhan, during the day of Eid.  
Establishment of Zakat

Zakat is an obligatory tax prescribed by Allah the Almighty who likened it to prayer in many verses.  He states in the holy Qur'an: 

"Successful indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers and who shun vain conversation and who are payers of the poor due." (23:1-4) 

The Prophet (as) confirmed it in many tradition as a pillar of Islam.

Materials, Amount, and Guidelines 

It is obligatory on the individual who is sane, an adult (physically mature), and wealthy (whose finances are secured through available assets or continuous income).
The obligatory time to pay starts from the beginning of the night of Eid and ends at the time of Eid prayer. If the time frame was missed, then the Zakat must be paid with the intention of absolute servitude to Allah.

Zakat-ul-Fitrah is equivalent to three kilograms (about 6.6 pounds) of a popular food such as rice or wheat (per person). This is a US$10.00 minimum equivalent per eligible person.  For example, a family of 5 would pay US$50. 
This charity must be spent on the poor--those who do not have financial support for the year.  It is not to be received by the Hashimite (descendants of the prophet Muhammad) unless the giver is Hashimite. 
The Zakat may be paid directly to the poor, to your local mosque or center, or to the religious authority and their agents, who have knowledge and experience in the proper venues of appropriation.
If it is easier can send it to IMAM ahead of time, and in turn we will devote the money on your behalf on the night of Eid where it will be sent to the poor and needy. 
How do I pay it? 
  • You may send your Zakat as a check or money order directly to our mailing address:  
    • IMAM Main Office,  
    • 835 Mason St.  
    • Dearborn, MI  48124.
  • Or you can just click on the following link to pay online: Zakat-ul-Fitrah 
    • (select "Zakat-ul-Fitrah" under payment type)
Please note that if a center or person knows of someone needy in their city, it is not religiously allowed to send the Zakat-ul-Fitrah to feed the poor outside of that city. (Reference: Minhajul-Saliheem, Book 1, page 383.  Year 2001. Mas'ala #1182)

We thank you for your participation and sincere effort in helping us aid those in need. Ramadhan mubarak, and may Allah (swt) accept your deeds.

Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaey

Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya | 835 Mason St. | Dearborn | MI | 48124