Ramadan is the ninth (9th) month in the Islamic Calendar and one of great religious significance for Muslims around the world. It is characterized by worship, spiritual contemplation and fasting. The Holy Quran states: “O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” Qur’an 2: 183.
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA 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 Islamic Association of the Shenandoah Valley is pleased to announce its calendar and events for Ramadan 1440 AH (2019 AD). Please keep checking back on the www.iasv.org website for further details as they become available.
- First Day of Fasting: May 6, 2019
- First Taraweeh Prayer: May 5, 2019
- Laylat-ul-Qadr: June 1, 2019
- Eid-ul-Fitr: June 4, 2019
Please check back on this website daily at www.iasv.org to determine:
- Imsak (start fast) at Fajr Adan
- Iftar (break fast) at Maghrib Adan
- Taraweeh (special nightly prayers) and Isha prayer times
May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen. For more detailed information, please visit: www.moonsighting.com
- Eid ul Fitr Celebration (4/30/2021) - Eid ul Fitr 2021 will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13, 2021 consistent with the decades of tradition following Islamic society of North America (isna.net). Masjid Doors will open at 8:00 am Plan A: There will be one Eid ul Fitr prayer at 9:00 am accommodating approximately 130 people inside plus outside behind the masjid House assuming weather cooperates. Plan B: Only in case of inclement weather there will be two Eid ul Fitr prayers at 9:00 and 10:00 am. Inside. Children under 12 are not allowed. No food is allowed in the mosque and the kitchen will remain closed. Suggested Fitra is $10 per person please drop it in the box beforeEid ul Fitr prayer. Strictly no socialization inside the Masjid or in the parking lot before or after Eid ul Fitr prayer. Please drop your donations in the Masjid drop box for Travi Imam, Masjid fund, Membership, Zakat and Sadaka with a note. Carpool is highly recommended. Men and women will enter from the Front Door, Emergency Exits will remain locked from outside to be used as Emergency Exits. Guidelines for the Mosque Utilization During Ramadan 2021will remain in effect:Main worship hall will remain locked (as it is now) during Ramadan due to Covid related health hazard.Daily prayers will continue except Maghrib prayers. Maghrib prayers will not be held during Ramadan so people can break their fasts at home instead of the mosque. No food will be allowed in the mosque and kitchen will remail closed during Ramadan, Water bottles will be available outside the kitchen.Traveeh prayers will only be held in the multiple multipurpose hall. Women will use the kitchen side door and men will use the main entrance to enter the multiple purpose hall.Bathrooms will be opened temporarily during Traveeh prayers. Otherwise, they will remain closed.No Children under 12 will be allowed in the mosque during Traveeh. It is parents’ responsibility to comply with these guidelines.
- Eid Ul Adha 2020 Prayers (7/29/2020) - As Salam o Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa BarakatThe Islamic Association of Shenandoah Valley (IASV) opened its doors to the public for daily congregational prayers on June 6th, 2020 . Alhumdillah, through the grace and mercy of Allah SWT, we were able to keep our doors open providing daily congregational prayers and later, weekly Jummah. Alhamdullillah, your patience and support has given us the confidence to hold the Eid ul Adha Prayers at our Social Hall and Parking Lot facility, In Shaa Allah on Friday, July 31.In Sha Allah, to this effect, IASV will be hosting Two Eid prayers, 7:00 AM, and 9:00 AM. It is imperative that all individuals wear masks once they exit their vehicle and utilize a prayer mat. This is very important to ensure the safety of our congregants and prevent outbreaks.Our capacity within the IASV Social Hall ( 62 spots) and Parking Lot (68 Spots) is approx 130 spots all together per prayer. So, it will be first-come first-serve. Once all of the spots are filled, no further entry will be allowed. For the full Eid announcement, please Click Here!
- Coronavirus Cancellations (3/12/2020) - Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh, We pray that this message finds all of you in the best of health and strong imaan. Ameen. Per the directives of Virginia Gov. Northam, and out of basic Islamic Fiqh that preserving life is paramount, We want to alert all of you to some significant changes to IASV Events and Services in the coming days. As of now, the following events have been CANCELED until further notice: Friday Jumuah Prayers – Both. All School, including Saturday, Sunday, and Thursdays. All committee meetings outside of the Board. All regularly scheduled Halaqas. All sporting events, including Social Hall use. All Social Hall and Chairs rentals. All Dinner Events. All Youth Group events. IASV is canceling in-person Jumuah prayers. Do NOT come to IASV for Jumuah. All congregants are advised to pray Dhuhr at home or work. May Allah Subhannahu Wa Ta’aala provide us with calm hearts, good health, and strong imaan. Ameen. President IASV BOARD
- Interfaith Vigil Powerful Response To Violence (3/26/2019) - Source: DNR Members of different faith communities in the area demonstrated the type of unity we’d like to see more of in today’s world on Friday. Valley residents of various religious backgrounds attended an interfaith vigil at the Islamic Center of the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg after Friday prayers in remembrance of those killed in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the week before. A gunman targeting Muslims killed 50 people and injured dozens more in the March 15 terror attacks. Friday’s vigil in Harrisonburg was organized by Faith in Action, a coalition of 24 local congregations, including the Islamic Association, as reported in Saturday’s Daily News-Record. The group held a similar observance at the synagogue in Harrisonburg after 11 people were killed in an Oct. 27 attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Nadia Dames, one of the organizers of the vigil, noted that it was “a sad reason to come together, but another reason to show our solidarity.” Indeed, the despicable act in New Zealand is not what we want to see to bring people of different faiths together, but it is important that we all stand together in trying times. Showing solidarity is a powerful response to those whose hatred manifests itself in the most heinous of ways, and it also sends a message of support to those directly affected by the violence. “In the face of this violence and hatred, may we continue to offer spaces of refuge and solidarity to those who need it,” Dames said at the vigil. “May we continue to worship and practice ways that heal our community.” We hope vigils like Friday’s do not need to be held again, but we applaud the group for taking action in our corner of the world.
- IASV Membership Fees (11/13/2018) - The IASV Board approved and raised the Membership Renewal Fee from $10 to $50 at its March 2018 meeting to carry out current and future projects. We appreciate your understanding in this regard and offer our thanks for continued support you show for IASV operations. We request you to kindly pay your Membership Renewal Fee to make your account current. You may deduct any Membership Fee for CY2018 if you paid on or after January 1, 2018. Please note that your on-time payment will enable you to participate in General Meetings and future Elections. You may click here to download an IASV Membership Form. Download and print the form, then complete, sign and submit, together with your membership fee, to an IASV board member. Your support and participation in IASV makes our organization and community stronger! With best regards, IASV Board