The daily obligatory prayers are performed five times a day at prescribed times with congregation. In islam, jumu'ah ("friday"), also known as Eid ul Momineen ("The festival of the belivers"), is the holiest day of the week on which special congregational prayers are offered. Fridays are considered a celebration in their own rights and muslim take special care in wearing clean clothes, bathing and preparing special meals on this day. Friday prayers (Salat al - jumu'ah) take place in the afternoon, replacing the Zuhr prayer. The term jumu'ah is derived from the same root from which jama'a is derived, which means "The gathering of people". In many muslim countries, the weekend is inclusive of friday, while in others, fridays are half days for schools and some work places. There are two holidays (EIDS) in the islamic calender Id al-Fitr and Id-al-Adha, during which threre are special prayers held at mosque in the morning. These EID prayers are supposed to be offered in large groups, and so, in the absences of outdoor EIDGAH, a large mosque will normally host them for their congregants as well as the congregants of the small local mosuqe.
Islam's holiest month, Ramadan is observed through many events. As Muslim must fast during the day during Ramadan, mosques will host iftar dinners after sunset and fourth required prayer of the day that is Magrib. Food is provided, at least in part, by members of the community thereby creating daily dinners. Because of the community contribution necessary to serve iftaar dinners, mosques with smaller congregation may not be able to host the iftaar dinner daily. Some mosque will also hold suhur meals before dawn to congregants attending the first required prayer of the day, fajr. As with iftaar dinners, congregants usually provide the food for suhur, although able mosque may provide food instead. Mosque will often invite poor members of the muslim community to share in beginning and breaking the fasts, as providing charity during Ramadan is regard in Islam as especially honourable.
Following the last obligatory daily prayer (Isha) special, optional Tarawih prayers are offered in mosques. During each night of prayers, which can last for upto two hours each night, usually one member of the community (Imam or Religious worker), who has memorized the entire Quran (a Hafiz) will react a segment of the book. Sometimes, several such people(not necessary of the local community) take turns to do this. During the last 10 days of Ramadan, mosque will host all night programs to observe Laylat al-Qadr, the night muslims belive that Muhammad first recieved Quranic revelations. On that night, between sunset and sunrise mosques Religious worker educate congregants in attendance about Islam. Mosque or the community provide usually provide meals periodically throughout the night. During the last 10 days of Ramadan, mosque within the muslim community will host I'tikaf, a prctice in which at least one muslim man from the community must participate. Muslims performing I'tikaf are required to stay within the mosque for 10 consecutive days, often in worship or learning about Islam. As a reasult, the rest of the muslim community is responsible for providing the participants with food, drinks, whatever else they need during their stay.
The third of the Five Pillars of Islam states that muslims are required to give approximately one fortieth of their wealth to charity as Zakat. Since mosques from the centre of muslim communities, they are where muslim go to both give Zakat and, if necessary, collect it. Before the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, mosque also collect a special Zakat that is supposed to assist in helping poor muslims attend the prayers and celebration associated with the holiday.
About Madni Mosque
Madni Masjid is located in the North West part of Regina and was established in May 2013. It serve a large and diverse Muslim community. Today, hundreds of people each week make use of Madni Masjid to perform the five daily prayers, the congregational Friday prayer, Ramadan and Eid Prayers. The Masjid also hosts community events and various Islamic classes for children.