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Allama Khalid Mahmud

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that Allama Khalid Mahmud sahib, founder of Islamic Academy of Manchester, and world renowned scholar has passed away today on 20th Ramadan.

.Please pray for Allama sahib and the family

At this difficult time, please be mindful of restrictions due to COVID-19 and need for social distancing and also respect the privacy of the family.


Allama Khalid Mahmud was born in Syalkot, Pakistan. He began his education in Gujranwala/Gujarkhan before travelling to Dar ul Uloom Deoband and finally to Dhabel where he graduated as an Alim having studied under Ulema of the calibre of Allamah Sulayman Nadwi, Moulana Khayr Muhammad Jaalandhari, Mufti Muhammad Shafi and Allamah Idrees Khandelwi (may Allah have mercy on them all) during his travels. He then taught at Murray College, Syalkot as a Professor before joining Tanzeem Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’at and also wrote for its magazine, “Da’wat”. In 1966, Allama Khalid Mahmud came to the U.K. and was amongst the first Imams in Birmingham based at the mosque that was established at Speedwell Road in Edgbaston, and also had some involvement at Birmingham Central Mosque. He obtained a PhD in Comparative Religion from University of Birmingham. He later moved to Manchester, and established The Islamic Academy of Manchester (in 1974) where great personalities such as Moulana Yusuf Motala (rh) worked along side him (before establishing Dar ul Uloom Bury) and it is reported that Shaykh Asif Husain Farooqi Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum) would also sit in his talks.

He was formerly a senior member of the Sharia Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and was world-renowned as a munazir and debater. He had debated with the biggest personalities of many deviant sects and astonishingly it is reported that he participated in his first debate at the age of just 12 with a Qadiani senior old enough to be his great grandfather. He also debated with the official Mujtahids of the Shia in Lukhnow and also debated with the senior students Moulana Nazeer Husain, one of the greatest elders of the Ahle Hadith. This is in addition to his famous victory over senior Barelwi Scholars of the UK in 1979 in Sheffield.

Allama Khalid Mahmud was famed for his unique insight, razor sharp mind and piercing intellect. But not many know that Allah had also endowed him with a photographic memory and as such, he never took any notes during his entire time in Dar ul Uloom. Even in his later years, he once related that as soon as something enters his ears, he never forgets it. He authored over 100 books including an 8 volume masterpiece on Barelwism entitled Mutala-e-Barelwiat, Athar ut Tanzeel (on the topic of the sceince of Tafsir), Athar ul Hadith (on the topic of the sceince of Hadith), Athar ut Tashree (on the topic of the sceince of Fiqh), Athar ul Ihsan (on the topic of the sceince of Tasawwuf), Khulafa e Rashideen (on the topic of the continuation of Islam after the passing of Sayyiduna Rasulullah, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him), Abqaat (similar to Bawaadir un Nawaadir of Hakeem ul Ummat, rahmatullahialayh) and many others. He also has Ijazah in the Qadri Silsilah and descends from a long line of Shaykhs.

Allama Khalid Mahmud was over 90 years of age and we pray Allah subhanahu wata allah grant him the highest ranks in jannat.

Ramadan Announcement 2020 AD / 1441 AH

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful. All praise is for Allah. May his peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, the faithful companions, and those who follow them.

After detailed consideration of Observatory reports and moon sighting evidence from different locations, City Jami’ Manchester has decided that tomorrow 24th April will be 30th Shabaan and 1st Ramadhan 2020 will be on Saturday 25th April 2020 insha’Allah

As you know the masjid is closed, therefore please stay at home and perform your prayers, Taeweeh and Dua’s.

Please follow the lockdown and social distancing measures. This is very important to save ourselves and save others.

Jazakallah Khairan


Covid-19 Manchester Muslim Burial Contacts

Covid-19 Manchester Muslim Burial Contacts. May Allah (SWT) protect us all and our families.

Important announcement- Congregational Salah and Activities at City Jamia Masjid

‎السلام عليكم

In the light of the latest government guidance on social distancing to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus 2019-nCoV (causing COVID-19), it is with extreme sadness that we inform you that City Jami’ Masjid, Manchester will be closed to the public after Fajr salah (5.30 AM) on 21/03/2020 until further notice.

There will be no access to the masjid at any given time and no classes or other activities will be held until further notice.

This is in line with scholarly and government advice and guidance, which has already been implemented in most major masajid across the country. See, for example, the full statement from Coordination Council of Mosques published on 18th March:

We request all brother to keep the masjid and the ummah in your du’as and do as much repentence as you can.

This is a big test. We pray that Allah (SWT) keeps the Ummah safe and protects all our Islamic institutions.

City Jami’ Masjid
347-349 Stockport Rd

‎السلام عليكم شكرًا جزيلا

COVID-19: Advice on Attending Masjid for Salah and Jumah

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a serious problem for the UK and beyond. It is particularly dangerous because it is highly contagious and has a high risk of being fatal for the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. We pray to Allah (SWT) to protect us all and the wider community and society from this virus.

At City Jamia Masjid, we are advising our congregation to follow the advice and guidance from Wifaqul Ulama with regard to masjid attendance for congregational salah. The current guidance (18th March 2020) is posted below. However, this is a fast-changing situation and we request that you keep checking the Wifaqul Ulama website for daily briefings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily briefing for Mosques

This statement is being reissued on the 18th of March 2020 at 19:00 with updates to advisories 5, 9 & 10 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject. It will be updated daily at 19:00.

This advisory will be updated daily at 19:00 after reviewing the latest medical and legal briefings.

All Mosques in Britain who chose to follow this advice, must follow in its entirety and particularity the restriction recommendations. Please DO NOT take these recommendations and apply them partially OR without adequately educating your communities. The Mosque committees need to work at the grassroots level to calm their communities and educate them on these measures and why they are being taken.

ان شاء الله روزانہ شام سات بجے علماء اور مسلمان اطباء کورونا وائرس کے بارے میں برطانیہ میں واقع مسجد کیلئے ہدایات جاری کریں گے

ستصدر هذه الاستشارة حول فيروس كورونا يوميا للمساجد في بريطانيا بالتشاور مع العلماء والمتخصصين الصحيين في الساعة 7 مساء إن شاء الله

ઇંસ્લામી ઓલમા અને તબીબી નિષ્ણાતોની બનેલી કમિટી ઇંશાઅલ્લાહ દરરોજ રાત્રે 7 વાગ્યે કોરોના વાયરસ વિષે નવી આવેલી અપડેટ્સ આને માહિતી તમને આપશે.

ইনশাআল্লাহ্, ইসলামী বিষয়ে অভিজ্ঞ আলেম ও অভিজ্ঞ চিকিৎসকদের সমন্বয়ে গঠিত একটি কমিটি করোনা ভাইরাস বিষয়ক সর্বশেষ তথ্যের আলোকে মসজিদের ব্যাপারে আপনাদেরকে পরামর্শ প্রদান করবেন প্রতিদিন সন্ধ্যা ৭ঃ০০ টায়।

10 Step advisory for Mosques

This section is a summary of the advice, but all readers are requested to review the article in full.

  1. Greet each other with “As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh” and refrain from shaking hands and hugs. While in the Mosque, avoid touching each other.
  2. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently and particularly before and after eating and before exiting and after returning home. Think and Plan your journeys appropriately. Mosques are strongly advised to make Hand Sanitisers available and all those coming to Mosque should sanitise their hands after entering and upon exiting the Mosque.
  3. Use your sleeve or a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing/coughing and then dispose of the tissue it appropriately. DO NOT touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes with your hands.
  4. All activities relating to children in the Mosque should be seriously considered depending on the size and nature of the activity against the risks posed by the Coronavirus. Children may not be affected by the virus, but that does not mean that they cannot pass it on.
  5. All activities other than congregations Salāh in the Mosque should be suspended. However, use the Radio transmitters to continue to educate the British Muslim communities. We urge Scholars to increase live interactions using Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc) and other technical aids at their disposal. Ghusl guidelines from National Burial Council should be followed and the Janazāh (funeral) prayer should be performed at the cemetery and not at the Mosque at this time.
  6. Since congregational Salāh is not an obligation for Sisters, they are advised to pray at home. Most Mosques do not have the means or financial resources to deep clean and sanitize multiple prayer areas.
  7. Senior Muslims over the age of 60 are strongly advised to pray at home. All Muslims who have underlying health conditions or at risk (see section below) are strongly advised to pray at home. All Muslims suffering from or showing cold and flu symptoms are advised to diligently follow NHS guidance.
  8. All Muslims who are genuinely afraid and apprehensive of contracting COVID-19 have the scope to pray at home at this time.
  9. Continue to call the Adhān and perform the Fardh (obligatory) congregational Salāh in the Mosque. However, shorten the length of the congregational Salāh and restrict it to maximum of 15 minutes. Sunnāh and other optional prayers should be done at home. When coming for Salāh to the Mosque, use the Toilet and perform your Wudhu at home. Bring a prayer mat to the Mosque or place a tissue or face cloth to at least cover the point of prostration during Salāh. After the prayers, those in the congregation should disperse quickly. The Mosque doors should be opened 10 or 15 minutes before the start of the Fardh (obligatory) congregational Salāh and then closed 10 or 15 minutes thereafter, depending on the size of the Mosque. Those coming for Salāh should maintain a safe distance while waiting, make the rows (saff) just in time for Fardh (obligatory) congregational Salāh, disperse immediately after praying and then leave the Mosque.
  10. Mosques should have multiple Friday congregational prayers to balance the numbers and Jumuāh should be restricted to Khutbāh and obligatory prayers, restricted to a maximum of 15 minutes. Sunnāh and other optional prayers should be done at home. When coming for Salāh to the Mosque, use the Toilet and perform your Wudhu at home. Bring a prayer mat to the Mosque or place a tissue or face cloth to at least cover the point of prostration during Salāh. After the prayers, those in the congregation should disperse quickly. The Mosque doors should be opened 10 or 15 minutes before the start of the Fardh (obligatory) congregational Salāh and then closed 10 or 15 minutes thereafter, depending on the size of the Mosque. Those coming for Salāh should maintain a safe distance while waiting, make the rows (saff) just in time for Fardh (obligatory) congregational Salāh, disperse immediately after praying and then leave the Mosque.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at risk group:

  1. Anyone in their 70s or under 70 with the following conditions;
  2. Anyone being seriously overweight, for example with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more.
  3. Anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds.
  4. Anyone with an impaired immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.
  5. Anyone with diabetes.
  6. Anyone with problems with their spleen, for example Sickle Cell disease or have had their spleen removed.
  7. Anyone with underlying lung conditions or chronic (long term) respiratory diseases such as Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis.
  8. Anyone with chronic heart disease such as heart failure.
  9. Anyone with chronic kidney disease.
  10. Anyone with chronic liver disease such as hepatitis.
  11. Anyone with chronic neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning difficulty or cerebral palsy
  12. Anyone with cancer.
  13. Those living with someone who is in a risk category.
  14. Those who cannot avoid being in contact with someone at risk.

Spiritual Action Plan

  1. All Muslims are urged to turn towards Allāh Ta’āla in repentance and seek forgiveness.
  2. All Muslims are urged to inculcate and adopt the noble and blessed Sunnāh of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) in all aspects of their lives.
  3. All Muslims are urged to be particularly diligent and attentive in their five daily prayers.
  4. All Muslims are urged to set aside some time daily in recitation of the Qurān and engage in Dhīkr (remembrance) and adhkār (litanies and invocations) which are from the Qurān and the Sunnāh.
  5. There are some special and particular Duās from the Sunnāh which should be particularly and frequently recited at this time, they are as follows:

بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ، لَمْ يَضُرَّهُ شَيْءٌ‏‏

In the Name of Allāh with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allāh from the evil of what He has created

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَالْبَرَصِ وَسَيِّيءِ الأَسْقَامِ ‏

Allāh, I seek refuge in You from vitiligo, madness, leprosy, and bad diseases.

Position on Mosque, Adhān and congregational Salāh

Mosques are special places where the Mercy and Blessings of Allāh Ta’āla descends upon, enriching those who frequent them. Each and every step taken towards the House of Allāh Ta’āla is meritorious and virtuous. In addition Adhān and congregational Salāh are special salient features and manifestations of Islām which need to be practiced.

أَخْبَرَنَا سُوَيْدُ بْنُ نَصْرٍ، قَالَ أَنْبَأَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ الْمُبَارَكِ، عَنْ زَائِدَةَ بْنِ قُدَامَةَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا السَّائِبُ بْنُ حُبَيْشٍ الْكَلاَعِيُّ، عَنْ مَعْدَانَ بْنِ أَبِي طَلْحَةَ الْيَعْمَرِيِّ، قَالَ قَالَ لِي أَبُو الدَّرْدَاءِ أَيْنَ مَسْكَنُكَ قُلْتُ فِي قَرْيَةٍ دُوَيْنَ حِمْصَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ أَبُو الدَّرْدَاءِ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ مَا مِنْ ثَلاَثَةٍ فِي قَرْيَةٍ وَلاَ بَدْوٍ لاَ تُقَامُ فِيهِمُ الصَّلاَةُ إِلاَّ قَدِ اسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِالْجَمَاعَةِ فَإِنَّمَا يَأْكُلُ الذِّئْبُ الْقَاصِيَةَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ السَّائِبُ يَعْنِي بِالْجَمَاعَةِ الْجَمَاعَةَ فِي الصَّلاَةِ ‏

It was narrated that Ma’din bin Abi Talhah Al-Ya’muri (RA) said: “Abu Ad-Darda (RA) said to me: ‘Where do you live?’ I said: ‘In a town near Hims.’ Abu Ad-Darda (RA) said: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allāh Ta’āla (Peace be upon Him) say: “There are no three people in a town or encampment among whom prayer is not established, but the Devil takes control of them. Therefore, stick to the congregation, for the wolf eats the sheep that strays off on its own.” (One of the narrators (As Sa’ib) said: “The congregation means the congregational prayer.”) [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

We have to review the latest medical advice and balance it against the teachings and commandments of Islām.

Eid ul Fitr 2018

The Islamic Academy of Manchester is pleased to announce the celebration of Eid Ul Fitr will be tomorrow, Friday 15th June 2018.

There will be one jamaat for Eid salah at 9 am, City Jami’ Masjid. Car park entrance: M12 4DT.

We would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed Eid.

Respect our Neighbours

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan mubarak!

Esha salah will be at 10.45 PM and Taraweeh thereafter.

Eid-ul-Adha 2017

Eid-ul-Adha will be on Friday 1st September 2017 insha’Allah.

Eid jamaat will be at 830 AM (City Jami’ Masjid, M12 4DT).

Important dates:

– 8th Dhul Hijjah/Start of Hajj: Wednesday 30th August.

– Day of Arafah (Yawm ul Istighfar or Yawm ur Rahmah): Thursday 31st August

– Eid al-Adha / Yaum an-Nahr: Friday 1st September

The first ten days of the month of Dhul Hijjah are great in virtue and it is from the Sunnah to increase in worship and good deeds; especially fasting on the Day of Arafah.

Abu Qutadah (ra) reports that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” (Muslim)

Masjid Safety Advice 

Masjid safety advise prepared by MEND – Muslim Engagement and Development

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