Eid Mubarak ***** عيد مبارك

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Inshallah, Eid Al-Udha will be on Monday September 12, 2016.  We wish  Muslims everywhere Eid Mubarak, and pray to Allah (SWT) to bring sorely needed peace and prosperity to everyone, especially to the many Muslims  who have suffered for far too long from wars and repression.

Eid Prayer in the Santa Clarita Valley:

  • When: Monday Sept 12, 2016.  Takbeer starts at 7:15 AM, Salat at 8:00,  and Khutbah to follow immediately follow Salat.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Valencia (Grand Ball Room, 24500 Town Center Dr, Valencia, CA 91355)
  • Khateeb: Dr. Omran Abdeen will lead Salat and deliver Khutbah.
  • Refreshments: Served after Khutbah is concluded.
  • Parking: Available at Hotel parking lot and at nearby shopping mall parking structures. For those who need it, valet parking is available @ a cost of $7.00

Eid Picnic:

  • When: Saturday September 17, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
  • Where: Valencia Glan Park (23750 Via Gavola, Valencia CA 91350)
  • What is being provided: Games and presents for children
  • What to bring: Your favorite food dish to share with the rest of the community.
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Qura’n Memorization Contest

On June 19, 2016  thirty youngsters took part in the Qura’n memorization contest.  All participants were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and  the top four achievers were given  special awards.  Sheikh Mostafa participated in the judging,  and provided encouraging comments to all  participants and their families.

Ramadan 1437 Qur'an Memorization Competion

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RAMADAN MUBARAK

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Assalamu Alaikum

On behalf of everyone at Al-Umma Center of Santa Clarita Valley, we wish the Muslim community in Santa Clarita and the entire Muslim Ummah Ramadan Mubarak.  Based on the ruling of the Fiqh Council of North America, the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan, 1437 A.H, will be Monday June 6, 2016Inshaallah, the first night of Taraweeh prayers at Alumma Center of Santa Clarita Valley’s Canyon Country Masjid will be on Sunday, June 5, 2016, immediately after Isha prayer,  which will start at 9:45 PM.  Sheikh Mostafa, a graduate of Al-Azhar Universty will be leading the Taraweeh prayers.

Inshallah, the daily Iftar program  at the Masjid will start on Monday, June 6, 2016.  Alhamdulillah, 27 nights of the Iftar program have alreay been sponsored by the generous families of our great community.  There are only three nights still open for sopnsorship: June 28, July 4th and Jul 5. Anyone interested in sponsoring any of these nights can do so by : signing putting his/her name on the sign-up sheet on the Masjid’s bulletin board, calling (661) 347-8367, or emailing Center@aucscv.org. We look forward to having  community members join us for Iftar and Taraweeh prayers every night of this holy month.

The following is the structure of the Ramadan program:

  • Maghrib – 9:10 PM :  Breaking the fast, Salat Al-Maghrib, followed by dinner.
  • 9:10 PM – 9:40 PM :  Qura’n Recitation Halaqa led by Sheikh Mostafa.  Inshallah, during the Halaqa, we’ll recite half Juzuu of Al-Qura’n Al-Kareem
  • 9:45 PM Salat Al Isha
  • Taraweeh Prayers:  Immediately after Salat Al Isha, the Tarwaeeh prayers will begin as follows:
  1. Four Rakaas
  2. Khatira (spiritual message) to be given by Sheikh Mostafa or a guest scholar.    
  3. Four Rakaas
  4. First Witr Prayer
  5. Aditional Rakaas for those who desire to do so.
  6. Second Witr prayer for those who didn’t pray the first Witr.

Please click here to download the 2016 Ramadan Prayer schedule.

Inshallah, we’ll be having many night of Qiyam Al Layl, especially during the last ten days of Ramadn.  We’ll be making announcements as to when these nights will be.

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Recognition of Some Brothers (Rody Alkhateeb, Amjad Hanbaly, and Kamal Alkhateeb) who were very instrumental in the success of the Masjid’s construction project.

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Few of the Brothers who joined us on April 2, 2016 for an evening of celebration

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City of Santa Clarita Issues the Certificate Of Occupancy For Al-Umma’s Canyon Country Masjid

Certificate of Occoupancy

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SCV Youth Deliver Christmas Gifts To Residents of SCV Homeless Shelter

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Strong Condemnation of the Recent Massacre In San Bernardino, CA

Al-Umma Center of Santa Clarita Valley Strongly condemns the senseless massacre of fourteen people in San Bernardino.  We send our condolences to the families of the deceased, and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured.   As Muslims, we stand against any violence that targets innocent people, and firmly believe that no teachings or doctrines in  our beautiful and peaceful religion, Islam,  will ever justify the killing or hurting of innocent people.

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Eid Mubarek 2015 Eid-Al-Adha

Inshaallah Eid Al Adha will be on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Alhamdulillah, the three Masajid in the the Santa Clarita Valley will be joining together for the Eid Prayer, and Unity Center of Santa Clarita will be the lead Masjid for this blessed event. The prayer venue and time are as follows:

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Venue:
Hyatt Regency Valencia
24500 Town Center Drive
Valencia, CA 91350

Time: Takbeer starts @ 7:30 AM
Salat : 8:00 AM
Khutbah : Immediately after Salat

*Please bring at least one prayer rug

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Hundreds gather for event celebrating Ramadan

This article about the Eid celebration published in the local newspaper, SCV Signal, in their Friday edition.

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July 18, 2015 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP 

On Friday morning more than 800 people gathered at Rancho Pico Junior High School for a special service of prayer and celebration marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.

The three mosques in the valley, Al Umma Center of Santa Clarita, Unity Center of Santa Clarita, and the Islamic Center of Santa Clarita, worked together to organize the event.

“This event gives people a sense of community and strong family values, since the gathering is like a larger family,” said Majub El Arabi, 68, who is on the Board of Trustees for the Al Umma Center.

Ramadan is a mix of a religious and cultural event. It calls for followers of Islam to fast every day from sunrise to sunset. They are not allowed to eat or drink water. Muslims can break their fast every night after the sun has set.

Friday’s celebration is known as the day of Eid. Ramadan began June 18, and Friday marked the completion of fasting with celebration and supplication to Allah, the Arabic word for God.

This is the fourth year the three mosques have gathered for the Day of Eid.

The morning started with chanting, followed by quite prayer where attendees prostrate on the ground. Later a message was delivered by a community leader. Finally, the event closed as each attendee greeted and congratulated other attendees for completing the month of fasting.

“It is a very spiritual experience,” said El Arabi. “We are called on to do good deeds and be helpful to others. It is a month of mercy and spirituality. It also helps me understand what it feels to go without, for people who have a hard time finding food or shelter.”

El Arabi explained another requirement of Ramadan, besides fasting, is doing good deeds, being kind to others, abstaining from sexual activity and doing acts of charity.
Participants explained this is also an important part of Ramadan, knowing the poor and homeless go without food and empathizing with them.

Children, the elderly and those who are sick are not asked to fast because it may be too stressful for their bodies.

“I feel good doing something for God,” explained Mohammed Kaamoush, 70, director of the Islamic Center. “It also helps me to be more productive and focus on work.”

Dr. Omaran Abdeem, 45, was this year’s Day of Eid speaker. Beforehand, he planned to focus his message on the importance of being kind to one another, connecting with family and fasting as an act of worship.

“It is supposed to be a time for self-discipline, putting worldly things behind us and enhancing our spiritual connection with God,” said Abdeem. “It is also an exercise in empathy with others.”

Participants explained the first few days it is difficult to fast for 15 hours. By the end of Ramadan, many say the fasting has become habit and it has helped them to be focused and spiritually connected.

“When you have peace of mind and peace of god, your health also gets better,” said Kaamoush. “People feel really good.”

Abdeem explained many people face difficulties in their lives which may seem insurmountable, but going through Ramadan helps to train people to face the challenges of life.

“It gives me a great sense of spiritual uplifting, I become closer to God, the Qur’an and I become better at worship,” said Abdeem.

Abdeen explained, done once a year, it is a way for Muslims to give their faith and dedication to God a “tune up.” In Islam, it is referred to as a “cleansing of the heart,” helping people to better focus on their faith for the rest of the year.

“Our faith is in the news frequently because some people engage in evil acts of terror, they proclaim to be Muslims, causing others to be apprehensive about our faith,” said Abdeen. “I hope Ramadan shows we want to contribute to the community. We have an obligation as Muslims to be positive forces in the community and help others. This is what is at the core of our faith.”

Attendees of the three mosques were asked to invite neighbors to the Eid event. It is meant to be a true connection of community and outreach.

“Our religious belief is to take care of our neighbors, it doesn’t matter what religion,” said Moadzem Chowdhury, chairman of the Unity Center. “As humans we stand for each other.”

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