ISACT Membership

Membership renewals for the Islamic Society of ACT are due by the end of June and reminders have been sent to existing members. Since the Masjid remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, renewals will be processed through ISACT Membership email: membership@isact.org.au. Please refer to instructions in the email/letter reminder.

Membership fee is $10, or $5 for concessions.

If you wish to apply to be a new member to ISACT, please send your request to the ISACT Membership Officer (membership@isact.org.au) who will provide you with instructions.

New material YouTube

During this month of Ramadan we will, Inshallah, start a series of videos on our YouTube channel called “At Home with Br Abul Ehsan”. The first of these videos “Calamities” has just been uploaded: https://youtu.be/PSiYNcPorls

Don’t forget the ACT Imam’s Council will be broadcasting their live stream on Saturday at 1pm: https://youtu.be/FDxsmk8j1-E. Rather than talk about a single topic, this week will be a 3-way open discussion on several topics.

If you have a question or topic that you want the Imams to cover please contact us and we will, Inshallah, pass on your suggestion.

Remember all previous videos and live streams can be found at Islamic Society of ACT YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMMuMr-n_mhBgz6vn2rVpnQ/

Food packs available

Assalaamu’alaykum Brs and Sisters,

There are some food packs available inShaAllah to assist brothers and sisters and their families in need this Ramadaan in light of the current circumstances. These packs contain some staple groceries. Preference will be given to international students most impacted by the change in economic conditions.

If you know someone who may benefit, please contact on 041 7272 041 or secretary@isact.org.au so we can discreetly attempt to assist you.

We are also looking for sponsors for feeding of the fasting to prepare takeaway iftaar packs. Again, please contact on 041 7272 041 or secretary@isact.org.au if interested.

YouTube Live Stream – Zakat – Saturday @ 1pm

The ACT Imams Council will, Inshallah, be hosting their next live stream from the Canberra Mosque this Saturday, 2 May at 1:00pm, on Zakat: https://youtu.be/BwYDJ-Y6RLk

Please send questions or topic suggestions that you want the Imams to cover to the Islamic Society of ACT.

ISACT YouTube Channel

The Islamic Society of ACT has just opened its YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMMuMr-n_mhBgz6vn2rVpnQ/

A video on the announcement of the start of Ramadan by the ACT Imams Council has already been published: https://youtu.be/vEMrpr1fc4U/

The ACT Imams Council will also host their first live stream this Saturday, 25 April at 1:00pm: https://youtu.be/oKfxKDUq3rY

Keep an eye out on the channel as we publish more content through Ramadan.

Start of Ramadan 1441 AH – Friday, 24 April 2020

The Imams Council of ACT have met after Maghrib today at the Canberra Masjid and have declared that fasting for Ramadan 1441 AH will start on Friday, 24 April 2020, Inshallah.

A video of the announcement has been published on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/vEMrpr1fc4U

Reminder that the Masjid continues to be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so there will be no Taraweeh prayers here at the Masjid. Do not miss out on the reward for this Ibadah and offer your Taraweeh prayers each night through Ramadan at home.

Updates will be published here on the website.

Canberra Masjid – News and Updates – Sha’ban 1441 AH

Please read the latest news and updates here as published on 21 April 2020.

Start of Ramadhan fasting – 1441AH

The Imams Council of ACT will inshaAllah meet after Maghrib on Wednesday 22 April to announce the start of Ramadhan this year 1441AH.

The announcement will be made via SMS and website updates.

Fasting for Ramadhan is expected to start on 23 or 24 April 2020.

Please note the masjid remains closed until further notice and you are encouraged to pray Taraweeh prayers at home.

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
  • 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 files 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