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Operations Manager

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Send your CV and Cover Letter to info@ramadantentproject.com

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Location: London

Start date: ASAP

Deadline: 10th November 2019, 23:59PM

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About RTP

The Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) is a social enterprise dedicated to serving the youth and wider community through creating spaces of spirituality, dialogue, & empowerment. We empower individuals, facilitate dialogue, raise awareness on important social issues and work towards a more cohesive society.

Our flagship Open Iftar is the first global community-led public iftar campaign, inviting Muslims & people of all faiths, cultural backgrounds, ages, to explore the Islamic faith and share the Ramadan spirit through food, inspirational talks, and engaging discussion.

Since RTP’s inception and the launch of Open Iftar, over 70,000 people have been

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Marketing and Creative Manager

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How to apply?

Send your CV and Cover Letter, alongside any links to content you’ve created/your creative portfolio, to info@ramadantentproject.com

Please include the title of the role you are applying for in the subject heading of your email.

Location: London

Start date: ASAP

Deadline: 18th October 2019, 23:59PM

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact info@ramadantentproject.com

About RTP

The Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) is a social enterprise dedicated to serving the youth and wider community through creating spaces of spirituality, dialogue, & empowerment. We empower individuals, facilitate dialogue, raise awareness on important social issues and work towards a more cohesive society.

Our flagship Open Iftar is the first global community-led public iftar campaign, inviting Muslims & people of all faiths, cultural backgrounds, ages, to explore the Islamic faith and share the Ramadan spirit through food, inspirational talks, and engaging discussion.

Since RTP’s inception and the launch of Open Iftar, over 70,000 people have been hosted in 10 cities across 4 continents. As seen on BBC, ITV News, Channel 4, TimeOut Magazine, CNN International, The Guardian, BuzzFeed News, The New York Times, LBC Radio, Evening Standard, Metro, Reuters, Newsweek & many more.

Join the journey!

 

 

10 Tips for making the most of Dhul Hijjah blessed days

How can we, as Muslims not partaking of the Hajj itself, strive to make the best of these most blessed 10 days?

1. Fasting especially on the day of ‘Arafah

Abu Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, Peace Be Upon him, said:

“Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.”

Reported by all except Al-Bukhari and At-Tirmidhi

In another saying the Prophet’s wife Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:

“Four things the Messenger of Allah never neglected: Observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura, ‘Arafat, three days every month, and offering fajr sunnah prayers early in the morning.”

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2. Reflecting upon the Prophet Ibrahim legacy

A pillar: The Hajj (pilgrimage) and a celebration: (Eid el Adha) have been left the legacy by the prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be upen Him). Let’s take a moment to think about his strength of character and faith and how he challenged the status quo in his time when everyone was worshipping idols he objected to and he reaffirmed the Oneness of God (Tawheed).

3. Takbeer, Tahleel, Tahmeed, Tasbeeh

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The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“There are no days that are greater before Allah in which Good Deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.”

Narrated by Ahmad, 7/224.  

Takbeer is to proclaim the greatness of Allah by saying Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great!)

Tahleel is to declare the oneness of Allah by saying La ilaaha il-lal-laah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah)

Tahmeed is to praise Allah by saying Alhamdulillah (All Praise belongs to Allah)

Tasbeeh is to glorify Allah by saying SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)

SubhanAllahi wa bi hamidihi

“Glory and praise is to Allah”

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ

“Whoever recites this (SubhanAllahi wa bi hamidihi) one hundred times in the morning and in the evening will not be surpassed on the Day of Resurrection by anyone having done better than this except for someone who had recited it more. ”

Al-Bukhari 4/2071.

سبحان الله العظيم (Subhaan-Allahil-Azhim)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azhim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

4. Creating a meaningful connection with the Quran and being constant

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Start slowly but surely reading your Quran; mediating and learning from it. Try to read every day whenever you can, only a few verses at the beginning and then more.

Start with one verse then five, then ten after that try to finish one page, then five pages etc..

The main thing is to take the opportunity during these 10 blessed days to build a solid relationship, a connection between you and the Quran. The real success is to make it a habit for the rest of the year!

Let’s see how much Quran we can read or learn during these blessed days. The #10BestDays challenge starts now, bismillah!

5. Increasing the spiritual knowledge

by reading hadiths, biography (sirat) of the Prophet ﷺ.

6. Repenting to Allah

Read Astaghfirullah 100 times after waking up and 100 before going to bed.

7. Increasing the prayers

do extra voluntary prayers and tahajjud prayer during nights.

8. Improving your character/manners  (akhlaq)

Avoiding backbiting, slander, cursing and lying and be extra careful on the actions you do. On the Day of Resurrection (el Qiyamah) nothing will me more weightier on balance than good character/manners.

Visiting relatives and call them. Take a moment to visit the sicks. Repair broken relationship and forgive whoever hurt you. Go forward, don’t spend too much energy thinking about the wrong that people have caused us. Life is too short, this is a time for moving on and looking to the future.

9. Making lots of invocations

for yourself and as well for your friends, family and everyone to benefit indeed Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:

“None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”

Narrated by Bukhari & Muslim

Making invocations is important in your prayers (and everyday life). It reinforces the link between you and Allah. Among other things, it elevates your prayer to a higher degree and it helps to increase serenity.

‘And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me—indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of every supplicant when he calls upon Me…’ (Qur’an 2:186)

10. Charity

Being generous with the people that are in need and giving charity (Sadaqah). This is an excellent opportunity to support projects around you and earn so much reward!

 

Oh Allah! Grant us the quality of the people of Jannah!

Allahuma Ameen

Hawazine Haouat

#dhulhijjah #blessed10days #mercy #rewards

 

RTP CEO Appointed Fellow of RSA

We are very pleased to announce that RTP Founder & CEO, Omar Salha has been appointed as a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – commonly known as the Royal Society of the Arts or RSA. 

The RSA is an organisation which seeks to find practical solutions to some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

The Fellowship is a global network of 29,000 people who support the RSA’s mission to enrich society through ideas and action which is a great opportunity for RTP to continue our work with the access to a powerful network and build upon our successes!

Reacting to the news, Omar said : “I am extremely honoured to be appointed a Fellow of the RSA. It is a privilege to be a member of such a respected society, whose commitment to finding practical solutions for contemporary social issues is one I share and strive towards”.

Salha Portrait

Omar is a PhD Nouhoudh Scholar at SOAS University of London with his research focusing on the Integration of Muslims in British Society. Additionally, he has worked for a number of community projects – most recently being one of the first respondents to the tragic Grenfell Tower Fire and played a role in the Grenfell Muslim Response Unit.

 

Hajj: The Greater Pilgrimage

What is ‘Hajj’?

Hajj, known as the greater of the two forms of pilgrimage (see Umrah, the lesser pilgrimage), takes place in the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar – Dhu Al-Hijjah. Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime, if indeed their means, circumstance permits them to do so. It is said to be the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, with 2.35 million pilgrims from across the world performing it last year alone.

Hajj is both a collective undertaking and a deeply personal experience. It involves a series of rituals around Mina, ArafatMuzdalifah over a period of 5 or 6 days.

The rituals have their origins in the time of the Prophet Ibrahim (Upon Him Be Peace). Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) led the Hajj himself in 632AD.

 

Entering the holy city of Makkah, the journey begins…

It begins with pilgrims arriving in the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah.

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At the centre of the Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah is the Kaaba, around which pilgrims perform Tawaf, circling the Kaaba seven times in anti-clock wise direction. During tawaf, pilgrims will recitate supplications, prayer and the Talbiyah. The purpose of Tawaf is to symbolically represent the idea that our life should revolve around thinking and remembering Allah Almighty.

Talbiyah

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ ، لَبَّيْكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ والنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكُ ، لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ

لَبَّيْكَ إِلَهَ الْحَقِّ لَبَّيْكَ

“Labbayka Allaahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna al-hamd wa’l-ni’mata laka wa’l-mulk, laa shareeka lak.

Here I am, O Allah, here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise and blessings are Yours, and all sovereignty, You have no partner”.
This is the Talbiyah recited by the pilgrim doing Hajj and ‘Umrah.

More on this: http://understandquran.com/six-parts-of-the-talbiyah-are-you-ready-to-taste-its-sweetness.html

The hills of Al-Safa & Al-Marwa, performing Sa’i

In Islamic tradition, Abraham (Ibrahim) was commanded by Allah to leave his wife Hagar (Hajar) and their infant son, Ishmael (Isma’il), alone in the desert between Safa and Marwa. When their provisions were exhausted, Hagar went in search of help or water. To make her search easier and faster, she went alone, leaving the infant on the ground. She first climbed the nearest hill, Safa, to look over the surrounding area. When she saw nothing, she then went to the other hill, Marwah, to look around. While Hagar was on either hillside, she was able to see Ishmael and know he was safe. However, when she was in the valley between the hills she was unable to see her son, and would thus run whilst in the valley and walk at a normal pace when on the hillsides. Hagar traveled back and forth between the hills seven times in the scorching heat before returning to her son. When she arrived, she found that a spring had broken forth from where the archangel Gabriel (Jibra’il) hit the ground with his wing as both sustenance and a reward for Hagar’s patience. This spring is now known as the Zamzam. (source)

And so, once their Tawaf is complete, pilgrims will walk between the hills of Safa and Marwa seven times to commemorate this advent.

Safa and Marwa are mentioned in the following Quranic verse:

“Behold! Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah. So if those who visit the House in the Season or at other times, should compass them round, it is no sin in them. And if any one obeyeth his own impulse to good,- be sure that Allah is He Who recogniseth and knoweth.”

— Surah 2, Al-BaqarahAyah 158[1]

8th of Dhul Hijjah – Hajj Begins

Once pilgrims have completed their premiere Tawaf and sa’i between Al-Safa and Al-Marwa, and as dawn breaks on the 8th of Dhul Hijja, they make their way to Mina, the ‘city of tents’, situated 7km east of the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah. It is here that pilgrims will undertake their daily prayers, remain immersed in worship.

Day of Arafat – 9th of Dhul Hijjah

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

“The Hajj is ‘Arafat, the Hajj is ‘Arafat, the Hajj is ‘Arafat” [Tirmidhi]

As dawn breaks on the 9th of Dhul Hijja, pilgrims make the 14.4 km journey from Mina to the plains of Arafat, Mount Arafat itself, or Jabal al-Rahmah (Arabic: جبل الرحمة; ‘Mount of Mercy’), also known as Mount Arafat, the scene of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) final sermon. Pilgrims spend the day here in remembrance of their Lord, repenting for their sins and seeking His mercy. Many muslims around the globe, who are not performing Hajj, choose to fast on this day. The Day of Arafat is considered one of the most important days, not just of Hajj, but of the Islamic calendar.

Collect pebbles at Muzdalifah 

After sunset, the pilgrims will make their way to Muzdalifah – a 9 km trip – where they spend the night under the stars. Many will also begin collecting pebbles here for tomorrow’s rites at Jamarat, departing again just before sunrise.

Eid Al-Adha – 10th of Dhul Hijjah

This day starts by casting stones at Jamarat, three stone pillars which are pelted as a compulsory ritual of Hajj in emulation of the Prophet Ibrahim (upon him be peace). They represent the three locations where Ibrahim (upon him be peace) pelted the shaytan (Satan) with stones when he tried to dissuade him from sacrificing his son, Ismail (upon him be peace). The pillars are called ‘Jamarat-al-Ula’, ‘Jamarat-al-Wusta’ and ‘Jamarat-al-Aqaba’. Throwing stones in Jamarat reminds the pilgrims to be conscious of temptations and act against them, to counter our nafs, or lower self, and to remain steadfast in serving God.

Pilgrims must then slaughter a sheep, goat, cow or camel – or pay for it to be done in their names. Eid Al Adha symbolises the devotion to God and a commitment to help the poor and the needy. The symbolism is as well in the attitude — a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Str and please God.

After Eid, pilgrims will return to Makkah to perform the final circulation of the Kaaba, a ‘farewell’ tawaf.

 

Philosophy of Hajj

Hajj is more than a series of rites to be undertaken, Hajj is founded on the tenants of spirituality, unity, equality and simplicity. Pilgrims performing Hajj are known as the ‘guests of God’. It is, ultimately, a pilgrimage aiming to revitalise the pilgrim’s love for their Lord in their heart, seeking His mercy and forgiveness for all their transgressions.

Spirituality

Hajj is the last pillar of the Five Pillars of Islam. The five pillars being:

  • ShahadaFaith
  • SalatPrayer
  • ZakātCharity
  • SawmFasting
  • Hajjpilgrimage to Mecca

Many steps lead us to Hajj, bring us closer to Allah. These steps can be followed through the order of the pillars. After the shahada their is prayer, a concrete action that illustrate the love of the worshipper in his/her daily life; charity will improve and purify your soul, whilst fasting is the expression of your devotion, then comes pilgrimage where you worship in the symbolic abode of your Creator.

The Prophet (saw) says:

إِنمَا فُرِضَتِ الصّلاةُ وأُمِر بِالحَجِّ والطّوافِ وأُشْعِرتِ المَناسِكُ لإقَامَةِ ذِكْرِ اللهِ، فإِذا لم يكُنْ في قَلبِكَ لِلمذكُورِ الّذي هو المَقصُودُ والمُبتَغى عَظَمَةٌ ولا هَيبَةٌ فَما قيمَةُ ذِكْرِك؟

“The daily prayer, Hajj, circumambulation, and the other rites are aimed at remembering Allah. But when there is no remembrance of Him in your heart, what value will your oral remembrance have?” [Hadith Qudsi]

Unity

From all over the world, people converge unto the same place, at the same time of year in order to perform the same act of worship: Hajj. Hajj is a perfect illustration of the universality and beauty of Islam, the construct of ‘Umma’ is brought to life before one’s eyes. It’s a unique, very powerful and immersive experience, where you feel a strong connection with fellow Muslims through your supplications, prayer and the recitation of Talbiya (Labbayk Allah). This is the beauty of Hajj, to be  connected to God and connected to one another – one Ummah (community), one body, one faith, one heart.

Simplicity & Equality

Wearing simple clothes is essential, the Hajj is performed in a state of Ihram. In addition to the simplicity of the attire that must be worn, is the simplicity and piety of the manner in which a pilgrim must behave; stripped of worldly possession, and immersed in worship, the pilgrim exists in a supreme state of simplicity – even the accommodation is reflective of this, Mina is a temporary camp, for example.

Prophet Muhammad PBUH, said:

“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” [Bukhari]

Be it under the tents in Mina, or as pilgrims congregate on the plains of Arafat, during Hajj, every pilgrim worships as an equal to their brother or sister, equal in the eyes of their Creator – your worldly station matters not.

For those preforming Hajj, may it be accepted by Him, and for those who have not been blessed with the opportunity as of yet, may He call you to Him in due course, give you the opportunity to perform this beautiful pilgrimage, inshAllah! On this day, the 8th of Dhul Hijja, may all our duas be accepted, our sins forgiven – may we all be in receipt of His mercy inshAllah!

– Hawazine HAOUAT –

Some useful resources:

  1. https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/ibrahim-hindy/living-abrahams-legacy-relevance-of-rites-and-rituals-in-the-modern-age/

 

 

 

Thoughts & reflection on the past 7 weeks at Grenfell Tower

Our founder Omar Salha, shares his personal thoughts and reflection on the past 7 weeks at Grenfell Tower:
“The past 7 weeks has been one of the most difficult, transformational, profound and moving experiences of my life. On the night of the Grenfell Tower Fire, I was driving back from East London Mosque from Taraweeh prayers after finishing up from our daily RTP Open Iftar. That night we hosted our Patron Professor Tariq Ramadan, and the topic of the talk was about Tafakkur (deep contemplation) and our need to refine our approach to worshipping God by appreciating His creation in His vast universe. Sadly, that evening ended in heart-ache, despair, desperation and agony.
Grenfell was a childhood memory. Memories which were stored in Summer afternoons and Wintry nights playing football at the base of the Tower with friends and locals who lived in the neighbourhood. Memories of praying & breaking fast with brothers at the car park and engaging in thoughtful discussions and debates on the grass parallel to the Tower.
Those memories were quickly removed through schemas and experiences at the night of the fire. Screams of young children still ring loudly in my head. Residents frantically rushing around with buckets of water. Streets filled with families desperately looking for their loved ones. It was total chaos but the community reacted quickly opening up their homes and attending to the needs of those families that evening.
What ensued in the first couple of weeks was an astounding response from local communities across London and Britain. People from as far as Scotland drove down to donate goods and offer their time to volunteer and support. RTP was among the hundreds of individuals, charities, and organisations to be at the scene. During the blessed month of Ramadan, as we prepared each night for Open Iftar, hot meals were distributed to displaced families, survivors and volunteers. As a local resident in the area, now 17 years and counting, I took it upon myself as an obligation and duty to support my local community. However, the need for a coordinated response was essential.
The Grenfell Muslim Response Unit (GMRU) was set-up by volunteers bringing together key Muslim agencies to provide immediate support to families regardless of race, religion, background and creed to ensure their needs were met with dignity, care and compassion. 7 weeks on we have continued to support the needs and well-being of the families including all the trauma, anxieties, depression and PTSD they have encountered. By Allah’s grace alone, during this journey myself alongside all the volunteers have been blessed in our position to help all the families in one way or another. Whether it was through a small or large act of charity, it put a smile on the faces of the families. We pray to Allah that He accepts it from us all. Ameen.
On this journey I have met some wonderful, incredible, inspiring and honourable individuals, volunteers, colleagues, family members and residents. Selflessly dedicating their time, efforts and energy to help assist in bringing some comfort and ease to the families affected by the fire. As I look back after these eventful 7 weeks, I reflect on the words of Prof Ramadan that first evening and the importance of appreciating God’s creation in His vast universe. Serving people, serving humanity, serving our community is by way of virtue serving our Lord through helping others. Throughout my personal journey during this experience, it has reaffirmed my belief that contemplation, Tafakkur, as an Islamic form of worship is in fact a cognitive spiritual activity in which the rational mind, emotion and spirit are combined. That spiritual activity takes form in serving those around us and deeply reflecting and being appreciative of the people in our lives, and the situation we are currently in.”
As Allah SWT says, “It is God who brought you out of your mothers’ wombs knowing nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and minds, so that you might be thankful” – Holy Qur’an 16:78

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