Exeter Mosque

  • Gaza Statement

    Peace be upon you,

    We witness a calamitous situation in Palestine, where great persecution has continued for several decades, culminating in the latest chapter with the killing of thousands of people in the last several weeks.

    Allah Himself has blessed this land in the Qur’an where He says, “Exalted is He who took His servant by night from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed.” (Qur’an 17:1).

    We see in horror, in this blessed land, the suffering of our brothers and sisters. There is continuous bombardment combined with a ground invasion, with complete disregard for the value of sacred human life. “When they are told, ‘Do not spread corruption in the land,’ they reply, ‘We are only peace-makers!’ Indeed, it is they who are the corruptors, but they fail to perceive it.” (Qur’an 2:11)

    As a result of these actions, more than 10,000 people have been killed, of whom more than 4000 are children. (https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/pressure-israel-over-civilians-steps-up-ceasefire-calls-rebuffed-2023-11-06/#:~:text=GAZA%2C%20Nov%206%20(Reuters),Israeli%20strikes%20had%20exceeded%2010%2C000)

    Our beloved departed will have the highest reward from Allah, who says “And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, ‘they are dead.’ Rather they are alive, but you perceive it not.” (Qur’an 2:154) A further reminder are His words “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision, rejoicing in what Allah has bestowed upon them from His bounty and they receive good tidings about those after them who have not yet joined them – that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (Qur’an 3:169-170)

    We are One Ummah, as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (on him be peace) has said “the parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6011, Sahih Muslim 2586).

    It is in our capacity as One Ummah, who believe in whoever saves a life, it is as if he had saved the lives of all mankind. (Qur’an 5:32) that we unequivocally demand the following five points with immediate effect:

    1. Enforce complete withdrawal from occupied Palestinian lands.
    2. End illegal occupation, settlements and breach of international law.
    3. Abide by international humanitarian law and provide access to humanitarian aid.
    4. Lift the illegal 16-year blockade on Gaza – a collective punishment and a war crime.
    5. Rescind the appalling “evacuation” order, which has left more than one million people displaced.

    Damning evidence of war crimes as Israeli attacks wipe out entire families in Gaza – Amnesty International and https://www.redcross.org.uk/stories/disasters-and-emergencies/world/occupied-palestinian-territories-and-israel-crisis-appeal

    We demand that our MP stands up for its constituents to support these five points.

    We pray that Allah gives us the ability to make sincere dua and prayers, financially support the needy, raise awareness of critical causes around the world and provide us with strength to call on those in authority over us. In all this, to make us a positive role model for others.

    O Allah, bless and unite the Ummah of Muhammad (on him be peace).

    Exeter Mosque and Cultural Centre

    Further Links:  

    1)    For community actions click here: https://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/news/guidance-on-palestine

    2)    For guidance click here: https://mcb.org.uk/resources/mcb-guidance-on-palestine-2023/ 

    3)    To access an electronic template letter (courtesy of Islamic Relief) to send to your MP click here and add your address: https://islamicrelief.good.do/protect-civilians-in-gaza/email-mp/ 

    4)    Text for Template (Letter to MP) If you cannot access the online template letter, use the text below and post it to our local MP.

    Dear Ben Bradshaw,

    I am writing as a supporter of Islamic Relief, an NGO which has worked in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1997. They have an office in Gaza and work closely with local partner organisations to deliver a wide range of programmes supporting families, schools and hospitals.  

    I am deeply appalled by the violence that has unfolded in the region and killed thousands of civilians. All parties have a duty to respect and uphold international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians are protected, and that duty is clearly not being met. 

    The tightening of Israel’s siege of Gaza – cutting off supplies of food, medicine, fuel and aid – represents collective punishment of all 2.2 million people living in Gaza, around half of whom are children. The current order for more than 1 million people to leave northern Gaza is contributing to a humanitarian catastrophe. Hospitals have been ordered to empty and families have been bombed as they follow the order to flee. Food and water are running out.   

    The death toll is mounting hourly, and the humanitarian crisis is critical – with worse yet to come. I am asking you to urgently write to the Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, and urge him to: 

    1. Call for an immediate ceasefire to prioritise the preservation of human life. 

    2. Demand that Israel immediately ends its complete siege of Gaza and ensures that humanitarian aid safely reaches people in need in accordance with humanitarian principles. Israel must allow safe and unimpeded entry of fuel, water, food, and other humanitarian necessities into Gaza. 

    3. Demand that all parties comply with international law and ensure that civilians are protected from harm. All parties must not target civilians or civilian infrastructure and must ensure that civilians have access to basic necessities such as water, food and power. 

    4. Increase UK aid to Palestine to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs and work with international partners to ensure that governments continue to fund humanitarian organisations and UN agencies responding to the crisis.   

    I hope you will urgently deliver these messages to the Foreign Secretary, and I would urge you to also raise these issues with the leader of your party and in parliament.  

    I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

    Name:

    Contact details:

    Eid Ul Adha 1444

    May Allah accept all your prayers and supplications in these 10 great days of Dhul Hijjah.

    These are the best days in the year and the ideal time to remember the sacrifice of Prophet Ibraheem (alaihissalaam) as well as stand in solidarity with those who are Allah’s guests in Makkah for Hajj. It is also a time to remember our brothers and sisters around the world and how we can continue to connect with them and provide support.

    We wish you all a fantastic day with friends and families.

    Exeter Mosque

    Eid Ul Adha Salah timings on Wednesday, 28.06.2023:
    8:30am
    9:30am

    10:30am

    Eid Al Fitr 1444

    The moon has been sighted over in Saudi Arabia therefore Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on Friday 21st April 2023.

    May Allah accept all your prayers, supplications and fasts in this great month of Ramadan. It has been a time for reflection for us as individuals, coming together as a community and remembering and supporting Muslims around the world.

    We pray that you have been able to maximise your good deeds in these last 30 days and can use these experiences to continue in the worship of Allah in the year ahead.

    The masjid community has been able to partake in Taraweeh prayers for brothers and sisters, regular Islamic lessons and Quran memorisation for children, daily iftar and weekly community iftar gatherings. It was lovely to see our Hifdh students leading the last Taraweeh prayers!

    These activities would not be possible without all of you. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our management, staff and volunteers who have given up their free time to serve the community. This has included the work of Imams who led Taraweeh, our teachers, chefs and helpers who prepared iftar food and cleaners who kept the House of Allah tidy all month. May Allah reward you with Goodness for looking after His servants during the holy month.

    We wish you all a fantastic day with friends and families.

    Kullu Aam Wa Antum Bikhair

    Exeter Mosque

    Eid Salah timings on Friday, 21.04.2023:
    8.30am
    9.30am

    10:30am

    Taste Ramadan

    Exeter Mosque invites you to attend an iftar with the community!

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the holiest month in Islam. It is observed by Muslims worldwide through fasting from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs during the day. Ramadan is also a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, and charitable acts. The month concludes with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, a joyous holiday marking the end of the fasting period.

    We will be holding an iftar (banquet) for our Exeter community. You are invited to join us. This evening will be include an educational presentation about Ramadan, guided tours of the Mosque and to round it off we will be providing food for you. This will be an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of Ramadan with the Muslim community. We look forward to welcoming you! To confirm your attendance please fill out the form below:

    https://forms.office.com/e/BqvstuvGk4

    Open day Exeter Mosque

    The long-awaited open day is finally here. Exeter Mosque invites you to attend!

    There will be a range of activities to do at the mosque. You will be given the opportunity to learn about the history of Islam and Exeter Mosque. We will have tour groups where you will get to see mosque in all its beauty. This is a chance not to be missed. We look forward to welcoming you.

    Vaccinations at Exeter Mosque

    With COVID still in the air, it’s very important that we all get our immunity boosted against COVID-19. Exeter mosque will be hosting walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations. Please feel free to come along and get yourself boosted.

    Bangladesh Flood Appeal

    Exeter will be collecting donations for the families of Bangladesh who have been affected by the floods.

    The lead up to Eid-Al-Adha 2022 has been catastrophic for the civilians in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The city has seen itself hit with one of the biggest floods in history. People have seen their homes go underwater; which also meant that their furniture, clothes and every single necessity completely perish. The flooding has made people more prone to waterborne diseases, which can be fatal if left untreated. Civilians are also found to be in danger as many predators e.g. snakes have swam into their homes and villages with the floods.

    With majority of the city flooded, people are finding it almost impossible to access shops, hospitals and even schools. A lot of people have had no choice but to let dead bodies float away with the flood. Being a majority muslim country, this has meant people have not been able to give their loved ones an Islamic burial.

    With Eid-Al-Adha around the corner, Exeter mosque wants to help our Muslim brothers and sisters in Bangladesh by collecting donations to be sent to them. This will provide civilians with money to help re-build their lives. Any donation is welcome and May our efforts be rewarded.

    High Sheriff and Healthwatch England Visit Exeter Mosque

    We had the pleasure of welcoming the high sheriff of Exeter and the Healthwatch England Committee at Exeter mosque.

    The High sheriff came to celebrate her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee. It was a pleasure to celebrate such a monumental occasion with the High sheriff.

    Exeter mosque hosted the Healthwatch England Committee last week. We were able to showcase the work that we are doing to support people and patients across Devon by supplying a COVID vaccination centre within the mosque. Dr Sarah Wollaston commented that she “too learnt a lot on the visits” and that our “passion for providing the best care to patients is evident.” Sir Robert Francis added that Exeter mosque’s contribution to the work in Devon is ‘exemplar.’

    High Sheriff at Exeter Mosque
    High Sheriff at Exeter Mosque
    Healthwatch England Committee at Exeter Mosque
    Healthwatch England Committee at Exeter Mosque

    Our new website

    This is the new Exeter Mosque Website!

    We would like to thank the trustees, management team, and community who have made this possible.

    Please note that the website isn’t finished and we will continue to update things and add more content.

    Please email nabhan.l@exetermosque.org.uk if you have a feedback about the website.