The Muslim Association of Hawaii

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2021.04.18 Useful links & reminders


* Prayer times (adhan and Iqama):

https://www.iio.org/prayer-times or

direct link: https://www.silah.org/prayer-times


* Isha & Taraweeh live stream:

https://youtube.com/channel/UCN-IwJNk2KTSIJyajeULpWQ or

https://www.facebook.com/Muslim-Association-of-Hawaii-179288585523443/

Per our imam, live streaming of prayers is for viewing only and NOT for performing said prayers behind the imam, as it is not permissible.


* 9:30pm Nightly Talks During Ramadan:

https://zoom.us/j/96740354349

The passcode is U28SFB


*Cancellation of prayer reservations:

Use the link in your confirmation email. This is crucial, as if you cannot attend, your cancelation will release the reserved space and allow another brother or sister to register.


*Gates open:

15 minutes before prayer times, except for Jumuaa prayer where the gates will open at 12:30pm insha’Allah. Please do not block the driveway or the street if you come earlier.


*Gates close:

At prayer time sharp.


*Prayer registration:

https://www.silah.org/ or go directly to https://www.silah.org/prayer-registration or

www.iio.org/register-for-prayer


*Prayer registration opens:

One week prior to each prayer. Please note that you must register in the appropriate prayer room (brothers vs. sisters) as each prayer room has its own maximum capacity.


*The following will be strictly enforced to keep you and our community safe:

1- Email confirmation of your prayer registration (in order to comply with laws and health guidance, we cannot exceed the legal maximum spaces).

2- Prayer rug (bring your own for your safety and the safety of those who will pray in the same space after you).

3- Mask covering mouth and nose and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance at all times (this is not the law, but is the proper Islamic thing to do in order keep each other safe).


*Zakat el-Fitr:

$12 per adult, child, and infant. It is due before the Eid el-Fitr prayer; however, paying it earlier will allow for quicker distribution to those in need.


*Zakat payment options:

You can mail a check (please put Zakat el-Fitr in the memo line), place it in the safe at the masjid in a Zakat el-Fitr envelope, or pay it electronically at the masjid or via PayPal at https://www.iio.org/donate (if paid electronically, please pay the zakat amount plus the fees $12.65 ($12.00 + $0.65) so that those in need can get the whole amount)


*Our address:

1935 Aleo Place, Honolulu HI 96822.


If you or anyone you know is in need, or you would like to sponsor a family, please email us at MAHmasjid@gmail.com or let one the executive committee brothers know.


2021.04.17 Ramadan update

InshaAllah you are enjoying a most blessed start to the month of Ramadan. As a reminder, Zakat el-Fitr will be $12 per person this year. The amount is the same for adults, children, and infants. It is due before the Eid el-Fitr prayer; however, paying it earlier will allow for quicker distribution to those in need. You can pay via PayPal using the link to the right of this post.

After receiving feedback from many of you, registration for Isha and Taraweeh prayers may now be made up to 7 days in advance starting after Saturday, April 17th. This has been done in an effort to make the process easier for attendees. You may register for prayers on our website at www.iio.org/register-for-prayer.

For those who would like to observe the Taraweeh from home, you can stream the live simulcast on YouTube and Facebook starting at 8:30PM nightly. The program is continued at 9:00PM on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/96740354349 which consists of Quran recitation and lessons led by Imam. The passcode is U28SFB.

As previously announced, we are seeking individuals or families in need to assist with groceries during Ramadan. If you or anyone you know is in need, or you would like to be a sponsor please send us a private message and we will provide you with an email address to contact.


2021.04.11 Ramadan mubarak!

Assalamu Alaikum dear brothers and sisters,

The assigned groups, at multiple locations in Hawaii, were not able to sight the moon and therefore we will complete 30 days in Shaaban tomorrow. InshaAllah, the first day of Ramadan will be on Tuesday, April 13th. The first night of taraweeh this year will be tomorrow, Monday, April 12th at 8:30pm. Registration to attend prayers at the masjid is required due to limited space availability created by the law-mandated 6 feet of physical distancing. Registration opens 24 hours prior to the prayer and closes at 4pm on the afternoon of the prayer. The gates to the masjid will open 15 minutes prior to the prayer and will close at 8:30pm sharp. Please be reminded that everyone must wear a mask covering mouth and nose, keep 6 feet of distance at all times, sanitize their hands, and bring their own prayer rug.


2021.04.10 Ramadan update

Assalamu Alaikum dear sisters and brothers,

InshaAllah this message finds you and your families in the best of health and strongest of Iman. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation with the necessary changes that were made to our attendance policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the past five months since reopening our masjid have been challenging, it is by Allah’s grace that we remain able to safely have congregational prayers on a daily basis. This is also a reminder that, although some restrictions have been lifted as Honolulu has transitioned to Tier 3, none of those changes affect our current attendance policy.

As you are aware, the blessed month of Ramadan is quickly approaching. Ramadan this year will InshaAllah start either Monday April 12 or Tuesday the 13th. We will InshaAllah update our voicemail recording (8089476263), our website, and our Facebook page, as soon as we confirm the start date. After many planning meetings, consultations with religious and health professionals, and further due diligence we have concluded that if safety measures and attendance guidelines are strictly adhered to and there are sufficient volunteers, it is possible to safely offer Taraweeh prayers in the masjid during Ramadan. The program will consist of Isha prayer followed immediately by 8 Rakaat of Taraweeh. Capacity will be 60 brothers and sisters including volunteers. To provide a fair and equal opportunity for anyone who wishes to attend, registration will be required daily and will open 24 hours before the day of prayer and close at 4PM on the day of prayer. If capacity is met, registration will be closed for that day. If you are not registered or do not fulfill all requirements in our attendance policy, you will not be admitted into the masjid. To keep our community safe and to comply with all laws and safety measures, NO exceptions will be made. The program will then be continued at 9:30pm on the Zoom platform as is currently being done led by Imam. We ask for your cooperation by only showing up when you have an email confirmation and be on time as the gates will close promptly a couple minutes before Iqama. When you are in the Majid, and in order to adhere to all safety measures that are in place, please bring your prayer rug with you, wear your mask to cover your mouth and nose, sanitize your hands and keep the required 6ft physical distancing at all times. Please note that due to the limited capacity, the registration will be limited to the age of seven years or older.

Please note that offering Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan will only be possible if we have enough volunteers from the community to ensure safety for all. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at mahmasjid@gmail.com with your name and phone number and we will get in touch with you. We look forward to seeing you all.

Jazaakom Allah Kheir


2020.11.11 COVID-19 update

The mosque is currently open for the fajr, isha and Friday prayers. Please click here to register to pray.


2020.10.04 volunteers needed

MAH is looking for volunteers on a daily basis to assist with COVID-19 prevention and care efforts. To volunteer, please email us at MAHmasjid@gmail.com.


2020.10.01 COVID-19 update

Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah dear sisters and brothers,

Preparations to reopen the masjid began immediately following its closure in March. The Executive Committee has been meeting regularly with the sole goal of reopening the masjid responsibly at the earliest possible time.

Some of the preparations include procurement of sanitation supplies and equipment, sufficient Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for volunteers, plexiglass barriers, development of an all-electronic web-based registration and attendance platform for contact tracing, and blueprinting the entire premises to determine maximum capacity to comply with physical distancing requirements.

These preparations were ready months ago as our hope and plan had been to reopen in August. It was at this time that the COVID-19 spike in Hawaii was beginning, and after consultation with several healthcare providers and administrators it became clear that reoopening would be unsafe and irresponsible, with a high probability of causing harm to our community members. Volunteering to serve our community is an amana from Allah and none of us take this responsibility lightly. Therefore we could not recklessly reopen the masjid without factoring in our Islamic teachings. Our Prophet (SAW) has given us clear guidance regarding our duties and responsibilities during situations like a plague or pandemic, which our imam has eloquently explained to our community on numerous occasions during nightly halaqahs.

We are aware that some counties in different states with lower COVID-19 positivity rates reopened their masajids. Unfortunately, Honolulu was not one of these counties. In fact, since the start of the local COVID-19 spike in early August, Honolulu County has had either the highest, or was among the highest, infection rates in the nation. This trend continues to this day.

As a reminder, we are not immune from COVID-19 as Muslims. Several dozen regular members of our community have contracted the virus, though the numbers are likely more as these are only the individuals who reached out to the committee, Brother Hakim, or the imam.

Alhamdullilah, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Last week we worked with the brothers at the Kauai masjid to reopen this week, with the first Jummah Prayer taking place on Friday, October 2nd, inshaAllah. For Honolulu, based on available information, we remain optimistic that should the trend continue to decline with fewer people testing positive, we can implement the previously developed plans to reopen our masjid on a limited basis for Isha prayer as early as the week of October 5th, inshaAllah. Our plan is to continue adding additional prayers each week until we are fully opened.

During the last few months that our masjid has been closed we have tried to use this time that Allah made available to us to start several improvement projects which are at various points of completion. They include general repair-work, security gates at our two entrance points, as well as plans to increase capacity. However, reopening of the masjid is not dependent on completion of any of them.

Please be mindful that unforeseen circumstances may alter these target dates. However, we will continue to provide updates to you as they become available.

Jazakum Allah Kheir