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Rajab: The Month of Allah SWT

Entering the glorious month of Rajab

By the bounty of Allah we are now welcoming the exalted month of Rajab.  Upon the arrival of this month the  The Beloved Prophet (ﷺ) peace and blessings be upon him would supplicate saying "Oh Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban; and convey us to Ramadan" (Shaykh Hisham Kabani). May Allah grant us tawfeeq to attain His blessings in this month so we may arrive at Ramadhan in the best of states. Ameen.

The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha`bān is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Umma.”(Narrated by al-Suyuti). Rajab is the month in which we turn back to Allah (Almighty and Majestic) with remorseful hearts whilst giving the opportunity for our good deeds to serve as our repentance.  Particularly, we are taught to seek the forgiveness and favours  of  Allah (Almighty and Majestic) on the first night of Rajab, as the Beloved Prophet (ﷺ) peace and blessings be upon him said:  “There are five nights on which du`āa’ is not rejected - the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha`bān, Thursday night, the night before `Eid al-Fitr and the night before `Eid al-Nahr (al-Adha).” (Narrated  by Imam Suyuti). Sayyiduna Ali would also increase his amount of worship on this blessed night.

The month of Rajab is the key to the months of goodness that follow it (Sha'ban and Ramadhan). Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq has stated: “in the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban you irrigate them and in Ramadan you reap the harvest.” Therefore the month of Rajab gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts and souls for the coming months, by seeking the mercy of Allah (Almighty and Majestic) and His pardon for any wrongdoing, with the assurance that our prayer is answered.

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Promoting the Importance of Diversity At the West Norfolk Islamic Centre

In the face of negative stereotyping against Islam and Muslims, it is very important for Muslims to return to the pluralistic vision of the Quran and establish cooperative dialogue and relations with other religions in their communities. A dialogue is also necessary to learn about the beliefs of other people. Our differences and disagreements are not to be feared or rejected. God wants us to use our differences to learn, through dialogue, about ourselves, about others, and about truth. The true essence of Islam only emerges after one strips away the cultural and ideological misconceptions.

At the West Norfolk Islamic Centre, we strive to encourage diversity amongst our community. We actively promote the visits of members across several different faiths including Christianity, shown below is a recent excerpt from our latest visit to the centre, in response to the recent protests regarding the now dissolved "Muslim Ban" which President Donald Trump had put in place.

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Such gestures truly demonstrate our efforts, as a community, to help promote diversity and Islamic awareness.
 
Azam Gabbair
President
West Norfolk Islamic Association & Masjid Al-Noor

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British Muslims in World War I (WWI) 

Friday 11th November marked the armistice signed by the Allies of World War I (WWI) and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of WWI. However, it is important to note that hostilities continued in other regions of the world, especially across parts of the old Ottoman Empire where many more thousands (almost exclusively Muslims) perished.
 
Today, we remember the 400,000 Muslims Soldiers who fought for Britain of whom at least 89,000 Muslims were recorded as having given their lives. We also remember the 280,000 Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians Muslims who fought for the allies. (Total 680,000 Muslim Soldiers).
 
‘Stories of Sacrifice Exhibition’ at the British Muslim Heritage Centre is one of the only exhibitions ever devoted entirely to this subject. This exhibition will be beneficial for the public to understand the sacrifices that were made by Muslims in the Great War and for British Muslim themselves to be aware of the historic significance that reverberates even today.

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WNIA Condemns Manchester Terrorist Attack

The Muslim community of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk strongly condemns last night's horrific and callous attack in Manchester last night.

Members of the WNIA are deeply devastated to hear the news of last night's explosion which targeted concert goers at the Manchester Arena.

The appalling loss of life and the sheer scale of those injured is extremely difficult to comprehend. 

Our hearts go out to the families and victims who are left in distress and grieve alongside the rest of the country for the people and the families who have lost their loved ones.

At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

We would also like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and to the tremendous work carried out by the Greater Manchester Police.

WNIA President

Azam Gabbair

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