MCC East Bay Welcomes You to Ramadan 2019 (1440)!

Join us at the MCC this Holy Month to experience what community should feel like.

Ramadan Prayer Times

The Taraweeh prayer is nightly after Isha. The Isha prayer is at 10 p.m. and it is immediately followed by Taraweeh prayers. See our Ramadan Timetable  for other Iqamah times.

Qari Amar Bellaha will follow this Qur’anic reading schedule for the Taraweeh prayers. The Isha and Tarweeh prayers are livestreamed nightly on Facebook and YouTube. At 9:45 p.m. each night, please visit mcceastbay.org/livestream. You can watch past nights of Taraweeh at mcceastbay.org/tarawih. Imam Tahir Anwar also shared this dua compilation to start reading daily in Ramadan.

To ensure the serenity in the Prayer Hall, MCC provides parents with children attending Tarawih with four options:

  1. Prayer Hall: If your children can stand with you in prayer without disruption, please pray in the main musallah.
  2. Parent-Child Prayer Hall: With a separate areas for mothers and fathers, this area provides an audio-video connection to the Prayer Hall so parents can take part in the prayer with children by their side.
  3. Farah’s Childcare: For ages 11 and under, this is a supervised area with babysitters trained in first aid. The open play area has toys, an art room, and a craft room.
  4. Khadija’s Lounge: This room is catty cornered the women’s Parent-Child Prayer Hall. This private area with floor cushions is for sisters not taking part in Tarawih.

Invest in Community This Ramadan

Zakat & Sadaqa

In the past year, the MCC congregation has helped more than 300 Zakat-eligible families in our area. Please donate your Zakat obligation locally and allow us to help care for your deserving neighbors in the Bay Area.

Donate Zakat (Obligatory Charity)
Donate Sadaqa (Optional Charity)

Building Renovations

Our 41,500 sq. foot community center continues to improve with each successive Ramadan with more renovations and facility upgrades to better serve you and your family. Contribute to Building Fund to keep pace with our community’s amazing growth trajectory and evolving needs.

Donate to the Building Fund

Ramadan Expenses

Help MCC with its added Ramadan facility, staff & security expenses (we ask for $250.00/family or $100.00/person), replenish the honorarium fund for scholars & hafiz you hear at MCC throughout the year and, to help fund the annual Tri-Valley Eid Carnival.

Ramadan ’19 Fund
Fund for Scholars & Hafiz
Eid Carnival ’19 Fund

Fitrah for Your Household

Zakat-ul-Fitr is a mandatory payment for each member of your household (regardless of age) that is given to the needy in our community so that he or she can also enjoy Eid day. We encourage you to pay early in Ramadan to allow us time to distribute to the needy Muslims in the Bay Area well before Eid day. The minimum amount listed is based on School of Jurisprudence.

Donate Fitrah (Hanafi $5/person)
Donate Fitrah (Shafi’ee $10/person)

Donations for Missed Ramadan Fasts

Fidya is a donation paid to feed the poor for not making up fasts missed due to a permanent illness or old age. Minimum $5.00/day for each fast missed.

Kaffara is donation paid to feed the poor when a person deliberately misses or breaks a fast without a valid reason. Minimum $10.00/day for each fast willfully missed.

Donate Fidya ($5/day missed)
Donate Kaffara ($10/day missed)

Sponsor a Ramadan Iftar or Suhoor

Take advantage of the amazing merits to feed a fasting person in Ramadan by helping cover all or some of the early morning and evening meals (Suhoors & Iftars).

Click here to see which meals remain available for sponsorship. Please note in the memo line which meal(s) you are contributing towards when making your donation.

Meals Available For Sponsorship
Contribute Towards or Sponsor a Meal

Ramadan Iftars

This Ramadan, come experience what community should feel like at any one of our community Iftars meals and early-morning suhoor meals in the last ten days.

The MCC is an inclusive space that caters toward Muslims from all theological backgrounds, sects, ideologies and practices. We embrace our diversity and we believe a strong community should be built upon this. Bring your roommates, coworkers, family and friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the community or have been here for years. It’s all part of what makes the MCC special, and what will make your Ramadan unforgettable.

We are taking free RSVPs for meals so that we can have the right amount of food always available. Please consider it as an act of sadaqah this Ramadan to cancel your RSVP if you cannot make it, so that your fasting brothers and sisters can attend the community meal in your sted.

Please sponsor an Iftar or Suhoor here.

“Whoever feeds a person breaking his fast will earn the same reward as him without anything being lessened from the reward of the fasting person.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi 807)

Nightly Singles Iftars

For our single brothers and sisters, please join us every night in Ramadan for an Iftar dinner to break your fast. On Saturdays, the singles Iftar joins the community Iftar. No RSVP required; please never hesitate in joining.

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Friday Youth Iftars

For ages 12-18, join us at 6:15 p.m. each Friday for a pre-Iftar halaqa, dinner, and post-Iftar Islamic trivia with prizes. Capped at 150 youth. No parents allowed. Age restriction and no parent policy enforced.

Free registration is required and links go active the Friday prior to each youth Iftar.

Friday, May 10 Hosted by Sidi Mahdy Amine. Register here after May 3.
Friday, May 17 Hosted by Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud. Register here after May 10.
Friday, May 24 Hosted by Imam Zaid Shakir. Register here after May 17.
Friday, May 31 Hosted by Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi. Register here after 24.

Saturdays Community Iftars

More than 500 fasting brothers and sisters join us each Saturday for our massive free community Iftar. Come join us to pray and break bread in community.

Our community Iftar dinners travel the globe and include vegetarian options.

A free registration is required so that we can have the right amount of food available. Registration link goes active the Sunday prior to each community Iftar. Please join waitlist once the Iftar goes full.

Saturday, May 11th Register here after May 5.
Saturday, May 18th Register here after May 12.
Saturday, May 25th Register here after May 19.
Saturday, June 1st Register here after May 26.

Sunday Special Cohort Iftars

Each Sunday, MCC hosts an Iftar dinner for a special groups in our congregation or community supporters and allies of the MCC to build a more inclusive and welcoming congregation.

Sunday, May 12 Tri-Valley Interfaith Iftar. Registration link
Sunday, May 19 New Muslim Iftar. Registration link
Sunday, May 26 Special-Need Families. Registration link.
Sunday, June 2 Iftar for families special to the MCC. By invitation only.

Ramadan Saturday Evening Volunteers

During this blessed time of heightened worship and remembrance of Allah (swt), we are reminded that one of the greatest acts of devotion lies in serving others within our community. We seek the favor of Allah (swt) by dedicating our time and resources to helping those around us.

Anyone over the age of 13+ can help with the Ramadan community Iftars each Saturday when 500+ guests visit MCC. Please help us serve.

Volunteer for Saturday Iftars

Ramadan Green Pledge

The MCC Green Team invites the community to take small steps toward more sustainable practices this Ramadan to elevate our ihsan. Minimize our negative impact on the environment through conscious consumption and decreasing waste production! Here are some ways you can make a big difference this Ramadan:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to tarawih (also available from MCC office for $10)
  • Use less water during wudu
  • Choose not to use a straw or plastic coffee lid
  • Learn what goes in each bin above and teach other community members

BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE! MCC will be continuing with our Green Ramadan this year. In order to cut down on waste, we will not be providing cups. Please bring a reusable water bottle and do your part by helping us properly compost and recycle. MCC refillable bottles also for sale for $10 each during Jumu’ah, Taraweeh prayer, and Iftars. Take the pledge to live our green deen this Ramadan!

Please be sure to take only as much food as you will eat and teach your children to do the same. Bring refillable water bottles and containers to take left-over food from iftar; and if you see trash on the ground, gain the reward of picking it up and depositing it in the trash or recycling bins.

How to use the Compost, Recycle, Landfill waste bins this Ramadan


  • Compost

    All food items, paper plates and cups, napkins


  • Recycle

    Plastic water bottles, cans, cardboard, paper, newspaper and magazines


  • Landfill

    Thin plastics, plastic utensils, wax coated items

  • Use a reusable water bottle throughout the month of Ramadan (purchase one in the MCC foyer for $10).
  • Carpool or take the train to the MCC.
  • Reduce the amount of food you expect to consume, so less food is thrown away.
  • Avoid plastic, and recycle if you do use it – such as disposable water bottles, straws, and coffee lids.
  • Use less water during wudu

Security

We wish the very best for everyone who visits and worships at the MCC, therefore we will provide security presence for the community during the month of Ramadan. We ask that you follow guidelines for Iftar, parking and jumu’ah. Everyone can help by following a few pointers:
  • Parents must supervise their kids at all times if you have children, please keep them with you at all times. The basement is open for prayer so that you may take your small children with you
  • Pray in designated areas only (the Banquet Hall is closed during Taraweeh prayers)
  • Beware of panhandlers and individual soliciting for non-MCC causes. You can direct them to fill out a Zakat application located outside of the MCC office
  • Do not prop open exterior doors.
  • Report suspicious behavior to the security on hand or email info@mcceastbay.org.

Parking

We ask that attendees for Isha and Taraweeh prayers park inside the MCC and the neighboring HP parking lot. For parking during Jumu’ah prayers, overflow parking is at Zoho Corporation. Please do not jaywalk across W. Las Positas Blvd. Details here.

Babysitting

We ask that attendees for Isha and Taraweeh prayers park inside the MCC and the neighboring HP parking lot. For parking during Jumu’ah prayers, overflow parking is at

Good Deeds Chart

Good Deeds Chart: MCC children – 5th grade will work on completing a list of deeds based on their age and readiness. They will work on their prayer, fasting a portion of the day, doing good deeds for their parents, etc.

Girl Scouts Eid Toy Drive

Please help Girl Scouts Troop 30875 support MCC’s Toy Drive for Zakat-eligible families in the Bay Area this Ramadan.

We are hoping to brighten the Eid ul-Fitr celebration for as many of the families’ children as possible. Please consider choosing an option from the attached Amazon link (will be shipped directly to MCC) or drop off any unwrapped toys in the bins at MCC (any day starting April 12th)

Keep in mind we are hoping to share gifts that these children may not typically have access to. *Toys should be new/unused.* If you donate a toy that needs batteries, please attach a set to the toy.

Please avoid the following:
• Dollar store or similar quality
• No clothing
• Violent toys (guns, swords or what may otherwise be considered violent)
• Toys of inappropriate nature

Additionally, we are collecting gifts for older children so consider a gift card (which can be marked Toy Drive and left with the MCC office) or other options suitable for teen girls and boys.

Here is the link to purchase items to ship directly to MCC:

https://www.amazon.com/…/mcc-eastbay-mcc-eastb…/FMUQ6E29RKU0

Food Drive

MCC continues our Ramadan tradition of collecting for our hungry neighbors in Alameda County. We will have bins in the foyer until the end of Ramadan.

This year, we also will be collecting for our newly launched Zaynab’s Hand Food Pantry Project.

Collection for Refugees

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, MCC hosts a collection drive for refugees settled in Northern California. Details here.

Itikaf

The men’s Itikaf (seclusion) at MCC begins in the last ten days of Ramadan. Participants capped at 20. Registration required. Registration opens on May 20 (the 15th of Ramadan).

Eid Carnival

The third-annual MCC Eid Family Fun Carnival is in the MCC parking lot on Saturday, June 8. Details forthcoming.