Rulings on offering Jumu’ah (Friday) prayers

Published: 2 Sha’ban 1441 AH / 26 March 2020

Given that the Canberra Masjid is closed until further notice, the advice from the Imam is to pray four raka’at Dhuhr by yourselves in your places. This is based on the Shafa’ee madhab he adheres to which requires a minimum of 40 people to hold a Jumu’ah prayer.

There are other scholarly opinions that allow for Jumu’ah to be held at other locations including homes in cases of necessity with a smaller number of attendees:

  • minimum 1 attendee other than the imam – same as the minimum number to establish a jama’ah (congregation) and in absence of any specific restriction/prohibition in the Qur’an and saheeh ahadeeth (Explained in Fiqh 2.133 and 2.134 in Fiqh-us-Sunnah by Sh. Sayyid Saabiq)
  • minimum 2 attendees other than the imam – permissible due to lack of any specific restriction/prohibition in the Qur’an and saheeh ahadeeth
  • minimum 3 attendees other than the imam (Hanafee madhab)

Please see attached file for details.

Canberra Masjid – closed until further notice

Published: 29 Rajab 1441 AH / 24 March 2020

Praise be to Allah.

Assalam’alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh our beloved brothers and sisters in Islam.

It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the closure of the Canberra Masjid until further notice. This is the first time in the 60 years of our beloved Canberra Masjid’s existence that its doors have been closed to its attendees. The decision is an unfortunate one and is based on circumstances beyond our control. We acknowledge that the decision is very hard for the regular attendees in particular to accept, and we seek their forgiveness and understanding.

We urge all brothers and sisters to not neglect their salah (prayers), and offer them in a jama’ah (congregation) whenever possible. Whilst the Masajid are closed, there are provisions and concessions in our religion praying Jumu’ah salah (Friday prayers) at home which we shall advise of later in the week following scholarly advice. UPDATE: https://isact.org.au/lecture/ruling-on-jumuah-prayers/

We also urge the brothers and sisters to keep safe and not be neglectful in their duties to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala in these times of hardship and calamity. It’s a time of patience and perseverance, and a test of our eeman (faith). We as Muslims believe that it is Allah ‘Azzawajal alone who sends the diseases as a punishment and a test, and it is He alone who can take them away.

This website will insha Allah soon start featuring more religious content as well as messages from the Imam, especially with the month of Sha’ban starting in a couple of days and with Ramadan just around the corner. Stay tuned here on isact.org.au! Please note that the sisters-only programs are already being run online. Furthermore, we would also be glad to accept any assistance in the possible redesign of the website to better host and display multimedia content.

The Executive Committee members will be available for any assistance insha Allah . May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala have mercy on us and forgive the sins of us Muslims. May He ‘Azzawajal grant us honour, rectify our state, and keep us safe and steadfast in our deen.

Jazakumullahu khayran.

Executive Committee -Islamic Society of ACT

Canberra Masjid – Containing the Spread of COVID–19

Updated: 24 Rajab 1441 AH / 19 March 2020

Assalamu’Alaikum Brothers and Sisters,

In light of the religious scholarly guidance and health advice received, the Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT) urges all Canberra Masjid attendees to observe certain precautionary measures. Compliance with these simple, yet important measures is sought to in sha Allah help contain the spread of coronavirus and other communicable diseases as we enter the flu season.

ISACT has been working closely with the Communicable Diseases Centre within the ACT Health Directorate’s Health Protection Service amongst others to ensure we make the most appropriate decisions.

The following measures apply specifically for Jumu’ah salah (Friday prayers) until further notice:

  • Given the latest developments, Jumu’ah will now be held with a total of only 100 people permitted inside the Masjid’s main hall, with the remaining to pray outdoors up to a limit of 500.
  • The elderly, the sick, sisters & children are urged to assess their circumstances and reconsider attending Jumu’ah due to the risk of transmission and as a crowd control measure.
  • The khutbahs will be short to minimise exposure.
  • Strictly no stalls will be permitted.
  • Please do not crowd in groups after the salah is finished – you may be asked to disperse.
  • Please cooperate with the brothers in charge of crowd control and other logistics, as the implementation of the stipulated measures is paramount for everyone’s safety and well-being.

The following general precautionary measures must be adhered to all times whilst attending the Masjid:

  • Exercise good hand and respiratory hygiene including thorough and frequent washing of hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing – face masks may assist.
  • Avoid shaking of hands or hugging, and conveying a verbal salam is sufficient.
  • Use toilets and make wudhu at home – perform at the Masjid only if necessary .
  • Pray Fard (obligatory) salah at the Masjid, and non-obligatory salah at home – this is the Sunnah!
  • Sisters and children are not required to attend the Masjid – sisters’ salah is more meritorious at home!
  • The elderly and the sick, particularly those with low immunity are at the highest health risk of infection, and hence not religiously obligated to attend the regular prayers at the Masjid.
  • Consider bringing your own prayer mat.
  • Those with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath must pursue medical assistance and cease attending the Masjid immediately due to the undue risk to other attendees.
  • Attendees with flu-like symptoms may be asked to leave the Masjid immediately.
  • Practice social distancing where possible – please avoid crowding as you may be asked to disperse.
  • Sunday School has been suspended until further notice, and so have school visits to the Masjid.
  • Keep up-to-date through the ACT Health website www.health.act.gov.au and Department of Health website www.health.gov.au, and observe the health advice and directives.
  • The Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080.

Stay tuned here on isact.org.au for any latest developments. If anyone is able to assist us in any way with logistical support and community welfare, we would love to hear from you.

Most importantly, let’s do our part and leave the rest to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Let’s repent for our sins and make abundant adhkar and du’aa’, seeking Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala’s cure and protection from all diseases and harm. Allaah is ash-Shaafee the Curer and al-Qadeer the One who has Power over all things. It is He ‘Azzawajal alone whom we worship and fear and it is He alone whom we ask for help in this time of calamity.

Jazakumullahu khayran

Executive Committee – Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT)

Canberra Masjid School – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Classes at the Canberra Masjid School run on Sundays have been suspended until further notice following the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a precautionary measure as the attending of Sunday School is a non-obligatory activity from an Islamic perspective. Parents will be advised in sha Allah when the school reopens.

Alhamdulillah, the Canberra Masjid School has had a great start with excellent support from the teachers and parents who have been very engaged.

The school has over 100 registered students, and has been running on Sundays from 11am to the end of Dhuhr salaah.

Registrations are still open, but with only very limited spots available to allow for quality education. The school is open for all children aged between 6 and 15 years.

You can register your children by:

Daily Classes

We have an updated program of activities that are being run at the Canberra Masjid AFTER MAGHRIB:

Friday: al-Qur’aan – Study of Tafseer Ibn Katheer by Br Anas

Saturday: Qur’aan Memorisation by Br ‘Ali Omar (brothers only) – all ages

Monday: Learn Arabic language by Sh Abu Mouss’ab

Tuesday: Various ‘Aqeedah and Fiqh topics by Br Anas

Wednesday: al-Qur’aan – Read, Memorise & Understand by Sh Abu Mouss’ab

EVERYDAY AFTER FAJR & ‘ISHA’: Ahadeeth, Tafseer and daily reminders.

No registration is necessary and the classes may be joined at any time. For further details, please contact any member of the Executive Committee (see Contact Us page).

Authorised and organised by the Islamic Society of Australian Capital Territory (ISACT).

Daily Salaat-ul-Jama’ah (congregational prayer) Times

MAGHRIB – 5 minutes after time
‘ISHAA’ – 10 minutes after time
FAJR – ~40 minutes after time (currently 6.20 am as @ 17 Mar)
DHUHR – 1.30pm
‘ASR – 10 minutes after time
JUMU’AH – khutbah at 1.15pm sharp

See prayer timetables on the right on the page for times and other details. Jama’ah is led by appointed imams/brothers.

Jama’ah times endorsed by Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT).

Sisters Only Classes

Thursday 6pm: Qur’aan – Tajweed and Recitation

Friday after Maghrib: Qur’aan – Tajweed and Recitation

Saturday 10am: Qur’aan – Study of Translation and Tafseer

Authorised by the Islamic Society of Australian Capital Territory (ISACT).

Eid-ul-Adha 1440H on SUNDAY, 11 August 2019

On behalf of the Imams Council of ACT, Imam Adama Konda has announced that since the Day of Arafah will fall on Saturday, 10 August 2019, Eid-ul-Adha will Inshallah be on SUNDAY, 11 August 2019.

Salat-ul-Eid at the Canberra Mosque will be at 7:30am for an 8:00am start. Eid Mubarak.

How to Perform Hajj

On Friday, 12 July 2019, after Isha, the Imam will Inshallah be delivering a presentation on Hajj.  Whether or not you are intending to perform Hajj this year, or whichever group or travel agency you might be going with, ALL are invited to this presentation:

Hajj & Umrah

  • Are you performing Hajj this Year ?!?
  • Do you want to know more about Hajj ?!?
  • Do you have questions or concerns ?!?

Friday, 12 July 2018, after Isha (7:15pm) at Masjid Canberra

Eid-ul-Fitr 1440 AH – Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Imams Council of ACT (Imam Mohammed Swaiti, Imam Nourredine Laraibi and Imam Adama Konda) have met after Maghrib today at the Canberra Mosque and have declared that Eid-ul-Fitr 1440 AH will be Wednesday, 5 June 2019, Inshallah. Salat-ul-Eid at Canberra Mosque will be at 7:30am for an 8:00am start. Eid Mubarak.