At the Islamic Center of St. Joseph, we have been reading from the Qur’an every night for Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. We will begin reading from the final 114th chapter at 9:30 p.m. this Friday, August 26. Please join us for the Khatam-ul-Qur’an.
Eid prayers will be held at the Islamic Center of St. Joseph on Tuesday, August 30. The Takbiraat begin at 8 a.m. The Eid prayer will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Also, we are in the last ten days of Ramadan. On odd numbered nights we should seek he beautiful night called Lailatul Qadr. This would mean the nights of the even numbered nights since our days start after maghrib so the 27th night would start after maghrib on the 26th day. The 27th night this year is on the night of Friday, Aug. 27.
Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months of worship (that’s 83 years and 4 months). On this night, Angel Jibrael and a group of angels descend on to the earth and pray for blessings on every servant who they see occupied in worship. Angel Jibrael tells the group of angels to go into people’s houses and shake the hands of those in ibaadat. A sign of them shaking your hand is that tears flow freely from your eyes and the heart turns soft.
Some of the signs of Lailatul Qadr are: at night it is serene, quiet, the night sky is shiny, it’s not too hot or too cold, there is a clear moon, and the most common sign is that at daybreak, the sun rises without any radiant beams of light.