PHSICC is pleased to announce that the Night of Lailatul Qadr will be on Saturday, 8 May 2021, from 11pm to 2am. The night of Lailatul Qadr is the night of Zikrs, Prayers, Duas and Fundraising for our ongoing projects.
Due to coranavirus restrictions, LAILATUL QADR NIGHT 2021 will be hosted by Zoom Meeting only.
Please, join us from 11pm on: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82026630852 Meeting ID: 820 2663 0852
Our Contacts: 020 7635 0088 118-120 Peckham High Street, SE15 5ED
Seeking Lailatul Qadr or the Night of Decree
Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Decree or Night of Power, is one of the most sacred nights in the Islamic calendar. It takes place in the last ten days of Ramadan and was the night in which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
It is also believed to be the night in which Allah shows great mercy to His creation and the night in which one’s fate is decreed.
Allah says in the Qur’an, “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months,” (Qur’an, 97:3). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven,” (Hadith, Bukhari and Muslim).
Sincerely praying for forgiveness, reciting the holy Qur’an, sending salawat (blessings upon the Prophet) and offering optional (nafl) prayers are examples of beneficial acts of worship on these nights.
The exact date of Laylatul Qadr is unknown, although it is thought to occur on an odd night in the last ten days of Ramadan (e.g. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27 or 29th night). The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights,” (Hadith, Bukhari and Muslim).
When Lady Aisha (may Allah be well pleased with her) asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) “O Messenger of Allah, if it is Laylatul Qadr, then what should I supplicate with?” he replied with the famous dua: “Allahumma, innaka Afuwwun Karimun, tuḥibbu al-afwa fa‘afu anna” – “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning and Generous; You love to pardon, so pardon us.”
This guidance will address the most salient issues that affect the community in this blessed time. It is based on sharia guidelines about the performance of these central acts of worship, but also takes into consideration the health and safety guidance from Public Health England, as well as government guidance and regulations relating to lockdown. The major points have been discussed and agreed with central government representatives just prior to publication, and should serve as evidentiary in discussions with local authorities and health boards.
We pray that this month is one filled with spirituality, charity, striving, mercy and forgiveness for all of us, through which we draw closer to our Lord and one another – emotionally, not physically!
To read and download the full guidance, please click here:
Councils have been working closely with mosques to make sure they are Covid safe
Muslims across the world will begin observing the holy month of Ramadan this year.
The holy month will begin on 12 or 13 April and end on 12 or 13 May depending on the Islamic calendar which follows the lunar cycle.
Much like last year, Ramadan will be drastically different for Muslims across The United Kingdom, with many customs and practices being changed due to Covid restrictions.
Last year Ramadan began almost a month into the first lockdown which meant mosques were closed and people were told to stay at home.
As a result of this, many Muslims were not able to take part in congregational prayers and visit family and friends to break their fast together at sunset.
However, as the country begins its roadmap out of national lockdown some rules have already allowed for places of worship to remain open for communal prayers.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which Muslims observe by fasting between sunrise and sunset.
An important month for Muslims, the annual event is meant to help people focus on prayer, purification and charitable acts.
In July last year, places of worship were able to reopen with Covid restrictions in place and mosques up and down, the community leaders worked hard to make sure that the places of worship were able to run with social distancing measures put in place.
Social distancing limitations were based on the capacity of individual places of worship which means the night-time prayer, Taraweeh, will take place in mosques but with fewer people and shortened time.
Taraweeh prayers are ritual prayers performed by Muslims at night during the holy month of Ramadan.
As has been the case for several months now, Friday prayers along with the night time prayer, Taraweeh, will be able to take place but at a limited capacity.
Much like last year many people will most likely pray at home with virtual sermons and livestreams set to reconvene.
Councils of Britain have shared a guide on Ramadan safety and Eid this year which advises on fasting, breaking fast, praying and guidance for mosques.