In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful
May 22, 2020
The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (Shura Council) wishes the community well as we near the end of Ramadan. We pray that Allah the Almighty accepts all our virtuous deeds and blesses us to see another month of mercy.
The feeling of celebrating this special time together will not mirror years past but will certainly have its own special blessings and memories. We urge all of our Islamic centers and congregants to adhere to the most recent California Department of Public Health order and not rush to open without clear and certain directives from state and/or county authorities. Steps to gradually resume activities in our Masajid are forthcoming and will be shared once further regulations are disclosed. We are all excited to reconvene our gatherings, both in places of worship and in other settings. Our sacrifice and selflessness in doing what is best for our cities and citizens has been acknowledged, even by the Governor’s office.
We’d like to also affirm that Eid al-Fitr will still be on Sunday, May 24th, in line with our previous announcement based on the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and now the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA). Hence, we invite you this Sunday once again to partake in the wonderful programming Shura Council has planned for the community through Shura TV and a multi-organizational collaboration for our Eid Virtual Program beginning at 8:30 AM, as per the flyer below.
In regards to these blessed occasions, we are reminded to keep in mind that there are allowances for valid scholarly differences of opinion in determining the beginning and end of the month. Mutual respect and humility are pillars of the requirement for unity as we collectively strive to please our Creator in all aspects of our lives. Every organization and individual should comply with what is best for their community, including deliberation with religious leadership. May Allah (swt) keep us on the straight path and reward us all, Ameen.