The Masjid is open daily for the 5 Salaah without being closed in between those times as many other masaajid do. The number of people who pray these 5 Salaah in congregation in Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah is between 30-75 men and women depending upon the Salaah. Often times the Imam gives a short talk after the Salaah and/or answers the Muslims questions about Islam.
Approximately 450-600 or more Muslim men and women attend the Jumu’ah. The Khutbah usually centers on religious issues and is based upon the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The minbar of Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah is not a platform for any particular group, religious organization, political party or personal agenda.
As of the last 12 plus years Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah has hosted the Eid Salaah due to in climate weather. Attendance is between 700 and 1000 worshipers. And in the last few years the Muslims of the area have come together on the day of the Eid. There were over 5 masaajid and over 1,350 Muslims who came together for Eid Al-Fitr 1433. On Eid Al-Adhaa 1432 the Imam slaughtered his sacrificial animal right in the parking lot of the Masjid after leading the Salaah and delivering the Eid Khutbah. That was a first for the Muslims in East Orange.
Zakaah is collected here in Ramadan and throughout the year and distributed in STRICT ACCORDANCE with the Qur’anic verse: “Zakaah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakaah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.” Soorah At-Towbah, the Repentance 9:60.
We provide for sale, collect and distribute Zakaah Al-Fitr here at Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah. We only accept one saa’ of food or one saa’ of barley or one saa’ of dates, or one saa’ of aqitt (dried yogurt or cottage cheese) or one saa’ of raisins as Zakaah Al-Fitr. “Food” refers to the common dry foodstuffs of the land (country, state, county, city, etc.); like rice, beans and the like. This is the position of the majority. Allah knows best. Imam An-Nawawee, may Allaah have mercy on him said, ‘The Scholars in general do not allow the Zakaah Al-Fitr to be paid in money, but Abu Haneefah views it to be permissible.’ However, the position of Abu Haneefah, may Allah have mercy on him, is unacceptable and refuted by the hadeeth of the Prophet r and that which the Companions y were upon.
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