Ramadan & Eid

Welcome to Ramadan!

The Prophet (SAWS) said: When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Another beautiful Hadith quotes that “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)”.

We at OCIF are delighted to welcome you to another beautiful month of Ramadan! Allah-willing, each one of us will be able to participate in a full month of fasting and pray for Allah’s mercy and blessings.

Here is what to expect during this month in OCIF.

1- The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California announced that the Fiqh Council of North America (www.fiqhcouncil.org/) determined the beginning of the lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. The Fiqh Council uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah.

On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for the year 1437 AH are established as follows:

1st of Ramadan will be on Monday, June 6, 2016 

1st of Shawwal “Eid-U-Fitr will be on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

For more details visit : http://www.shuracouncil.org/Shura/Ramadan/Ramadan-Shawwal_2016-1437.pdf 


2- OCIF and the Mission Viejo Police Department are working together to improve the compliance and traffic flow during the month of Ramadan. The Police department will enforce the rules strictly, so please follow the rules specified in the flier .

3- Ramadan Weekend Iftar

OCIF is offering weekend iftar's from Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Ticket is $8 per person which includes refreshments, a main dish, beverages and desserts. Purchase your tickets in advance from the office or from Damaceen Bookstore.


4- Our first taraweeh will start on Sunday, June 5th. Qura’nic recitation will begin at 9:10pm, followed by Ishaa and Taraweeh prayers beginning at 9:45pm. Information obtained from the Moonsighting Committee Worldwide www.moonsighting.com, using the calculation for Mission Viejo, California.

*We recommend your personal observation for Maghreb time. The night of the 27th of Ramadan will be on Friday, July 1st. OCIF will be having an all Night Qiyam Program.

5- OCIF is pleased to offer a FREE Child Care Program throughout the month of Ramadan for ages 3-7 years. While it is a free program but Donation is always appreciated to cover the costs of materials used for the program. Class will be held in rooms 105A & 105B in Pillars Academy School. 

6- “The Beloved of Allah”: A program designed for ages 8-12 years old on Mondays through Wednesdays during the month of Ramadan instructed by Sr. Ayfer Alhassani and Sr. Nurah . Class will be held in room 105 in Pillars Academy School.


7- “Verses to Live By”: A special program for our youth ages 13 and up will be led by Sheikh Yassir Fazaga and Br. Ahmed Mostafa. Every night after Khaitrah till end of Taraweeh in the back playground area.


8- Other Community Events


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