On Friday 20th March 2015 there will be a near-total Solar Eclipse in London, in shaa' Allaah. In accordance with the Sunnah, there will be an Eclipse Prayer (Salaat al-Kusoof) held at the masjid from 9:15am.
This prayer consists of two raka'ahs of prayer, but with two rukoo's in each raka'ah. So there will be two recitals of Surah Faatihah with four other surahs.

In London, the eclipse begins at 8.24am, reaches its maximum extent at 9.31am, and ends at 10.41am.
Further information about the Eclipse Prayer can be found at : http://islamqa.info/en/6111

A Quick Guide to the Proposed Counter Terrorism & Security Bill

The new bill makes the following proposals:

1. Seizure of passports from persons suspected of involvement in terrorism
The Bill proposes granting powers to police and border officials to seize a person’s passport for up to 14 days (This can be extended upon application to a judge). The seizure applies to those coming into the UK as well as those leaving and affects UK citizens as well as non-UK nationals and is based on ‘suspicion'; the officer need not have any grounds or evidence for his suspicion.

2. Temporary exclusion orders
The Bill will empower the Home Secretary to issue a Temporary Exclusion Order, which will ban a UK citizen who is abroad from returning for up to 2 years, where she/he believes there is a “reasonable suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity abroad”. The Home Secretary may issue a permit for the individual to return, but the permit will impose conditions including where the person lives and what flight they take to return to the UK.

3. Introduction of new, tougher measures within Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
TPIMs replaced Control Orders, which were used to restrict the activity of suspected terrorists who had not been convicted. When TPIMs were introduced in 2011 they decided they would scrap the powers to move people across the country. The Home Secretary now proposes bringing back the power to send suspects to new towns (up to 200 miles from their normal residence), introducing internal exile.

4. Creating an obligation to monitor and report extremism
Colleges, schools, prisons, GPs and councils will now have a legal duty to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. Schools, nurseries even GPs will be required to monitor those they provide services to and report anyone they believe is at risk of, or has in fact been drawn in to terrorism. Universities will have to draw up policies on extremist campus speakers, and prisons will be required to have policies for dealing with radicals. The Home Office will be able to get court orders obliging bodies to comply with their obligations .

5. “De-Radicalisation” Panels
The Bill creates a legal duty that will require local authorities to establish a panel to refer people identified as being at risk of ‘being drawn into terrorism’. The composition of that panel is set out in the Bill, and its purpose is to draw up a “de-radicalisation” plan for the person identified as being at risk. The Bill makes no provision for the person identified to have legal or other representation, or in the case of a child, to have a parent present.

6. Obligations on airlines
Airlines will now be required to disclose personal information about their passengers in advance. Airlines that refuse or fail to provide advance passenger lists will be banned from landing in Britain and may face a penalty.

The above is a summary of the main points contained within the proposed Counter Terrorism & Security Bill

See : www.stopthebill.co.uk

Please sign the online petition against this Bill.

The Muslim Youth Initiative will be holding a GCSE revision workshop at the London Muslim Centre, next to East London Masjid, on Sunday 15th February 2015 from 10:30am till 4:30pm.

Places are limited - please contact 0208 434 7291 or
to register.

Shaykh Abdurrahman Bangura has a full schedule of classes and Islamic advice surgeries throughout the week. 

Surgery/ Advice session: 7pm to 7.30pm
Lecture on Tawhid after Isha for 30 mins with 15 min Q & A.

Surgery/Advice session: 7pm to 7.30pm
Lecture on Fiqh after Isha for 30 mins with 15 min Q&A      

Surgery/Advice Session:  7pm to 7.30pm
Lecture on Seerah after Isha for 30 mins with 15 min Q&A

Quranic Classes:  7pm to 7.30pm

Sister’s Circle:  2.45pm to 3.30pm 
Boys Youth Circle:  6.45pm to 7.30pm
Hadith Session after Isha for 30 mins & 15min Q&A

New Muslim Classes:  3pm to 4pm
(brothers &sisters)
Tafsir al Quran : 5pm to 6pm
Arabic Class for Brothers: 6.15pm to 7.15pm

(Please register in the office)


Message from SRE Islamic :

Call for Action – Muslim Parents living in Walthamstow need to stand up to attempts to include more Sex and Relationship Education in Walthamstow schools

Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, is organising a conference on Saturday 24th January 2015 titled 'Our Bodies, Our Future. It is part of a campaign to 'ensure the best Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is provided in every school.' http://ymlp.com/zQYK6t

As a Muslim parent this should concern you for the following reasons:

1. Stella Creasy is at the forefront of the campaign to make SRE a statutory subject in schools.  If this were to happen, the right of parents to withdraw their children from SRE classes (from 5-19 years old) would inevitably be taken away. On this occasion she is trying to get SRE established in Walthamstow schools through the back door.

2. This event is similar to the approach of most groups that want SRE made statutory, parents are talked down to and told what is best for their children, ignoring the deeply held moral/religious values you as parents hold in this area.  Parents raise children and not schools, as such they are best placed to have discussions around sex and growing up, on the basis of their values.

3. The billed speakers are from the same perspective, they believe in making SRE statutory and have little concern for the views of parents. One of the speakers, Simon Blake, is the chief executive of Brook, an organisation which advises teachers that the following behaviours in children are perfectly natural.

9- 13 year olds – solitary masturbation and having girl/boyfriends who are of the same, opposite or any gender

13-17 years old - interest in erotica/pornography, having sexual or non-sexual relationships, consenting oral and/or penetrative sex with others of the same or opposite gender who are of similar age and developmental ability


What you can do?

  1. Send an email to your local MP, Stella Creasy and make your voice. 
  • You appreciate the sexualised society in which we live in but do not support statutory SRE in schools.
  • Statutory SRE will remove the right of parents to withdraw from SRE.
  • It will severely impinge your right to raise your children based on your own religious/moral codes.

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2. Attend the conference. The location and details are on the event Facebook page.      https://www.facebook.com/events/1572465996298970/?source=1

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3. Forward this message to all concerned Muslim parents in Walthamstow.

I have contacted Stella Creasy but because I do not live in Walthamstow she has said that residents should contact her directly.

Yusuf Patel


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