Our Ramadan program starts with 15 minutes of recitation before maghrib (sunset) prayer by Sheikh Asim Buyuksoy or Dr. Saleh Kholaki. After prayer, the Center serves iftar (fast breaking meal) for about 700 people Friday – Sunday, providing a time to come together as a community to share God’s bounty with one another. After iftar, there is Quranic recitation of one part of the Quran (a juz, or 1/30 of the Quran), with a commentary about the day’s portion. Throughout the month-long program, there are diverse commentators, men and women alike. After isha (evening) prayer, the final part of the Ramadan program is the taraweeh (optional evening prayers) program, which includes eight rak’a (cycles of prayer), and concludes with shaf’ and witr prayers.
We hope you celebrate Eid with the Islamic Center community!
Eid will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday, June 25.
First Service: 8:30 a.m. (Takbeer) 9 a.m. (Prayer) Khutba by: Dr. Gasser Hathout. Second Service: 10 a.m. (Takbeer) 10:15 a.m. (Prayer) Khutba by: Asim Buyuksoy. Click here for details.
A Glimpse of our Eid Festivities
Eid al-Fitr is a celebration of the feast following fasting the month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice and Pilgrimage. Both Eid celebrations are special holidays for our Muslim community and we come together for special prayers and festivities. The Eid prayers are often held off-site to accommodate the large number of attendees, with the location announced a few weeks ahead of time. The program usually begins with 30 minutes of takbirat (praising God and Prophet Muhammad) and each Eid prayer has a motivational sermon ( khutba). It’s not unusual for local and state elected officials and civic leaders to also address the community and wish us all a Eid Mubarak. Games and activities for the entire family are usually sponsored at the New Horizon School Pasadena, with ticket information to be posted.