Author: BOIV Admin

October 30, 2020

Media Statement

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said ‘A sick person should not go to one who is healthy’. (Muslim)

Board of Imams Victoria appeals to the Muslim community members living in northern suburbs to get tested for corona virus (COVID 19) even if you experience mild symptoms of the virus. 

Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that there were 39 cases across 11 households in the northern suburbs cluster. 

Anyone who is exposed to any suspected close contact should come forward and get tested immediately.  Testing is the only way to eliminate the risk of spreading this virus among our loved ones in the family and the community at large.

It’s not prudent for anyone to hide the symptoms and keep quite to avoid isolation or quarantining. You may be putting your health and the health of everyone around you at risk and doing a disservice to the efforts of DHHS to arrest this extremely contagious virus.

Let’s stand together and help us to minimise, if not eliminate the spread of the COVID 19 virus by strictly adhering to the DHHS guidelines on wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and avoiding social gatherings.

What we have achieved so far is the collective sacrifices we made in the past few months. Let’s continue for a short period of time to make sure we are out of the woods in this fight against COVID 19 virus.

Media Statement

Board of Imams Victoria (BOIV) understands that the community has been going through a very challenging period as COVID 19 stage 4 lockdowns have been difficult for everyone. That is why now is such a crucial time for us to stand together and make a collective and conscious effort to fight the pandemic.

We either stand firm and get through this journey to arrest the spreading of the virus together or risk further losses to our state and our community. Understandably, ongoing restrictions have created several frustrations, some of which entail not being able to assemble for prayer. It must however be understood that protecting the community from a pandemic and promoting community safety in general is perhaps worth the sacrifices we have all made.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” It has also come to our knowledge that protests have taken place in which a small number of people took to the streets to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

The vast majority of Muslims in Victoria and elsewhere do not agree with such actions during this time and are seen as counter-productive and may potentially put protesters, their families and the community at large in danger. BOIV calls upon members of the Muslim community to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (peace be upon him) by exercising restraint, exhibiting good conduct and complying with the recommendations of health authorities and experts.

Given that we are all in the midst of a trying time, it is incumbent that we turn towards the mercy of the Almighty Allah so that we are able to overcome whatever trials come our way through patience and perseverance.

Allah SWT said; ‘And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah’ [An-Nahl: 127]

Contact email: info@boiv.org.au OR boardofimams@gmail.com

Media Statement

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Board of Imams Victoria (BOIV) understands that the community has been going through a very challenging period as COVID 19 stage 4 lockdowns have been difficult for everyone. That is why now is such a crucial time for us to stand together and make a collective and conscious effort to fight the pandemic. We either stand firm and get through this journey to arrest the spreading of the virus together or risk further losses to our state and our community.

Understandably, ongoing restrictions have created several frustrations, some of which entail not being able to assemble for prayer. It must however be understood that protecting the community from a pandemic and promoting community safety in general is perhaps worth the sacrifices we have all made. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘“There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.”

It has also come to our knowledge that protests have taken place in which a small number of people took to the streets to protest COVID-19 restrictions. The vast majority of Muslims in Victoria and elsewhere do not agree with such actions during this time and are seen as counter-productive and may potentially put protesters, their families and the community at large in danger.

BOIV calls upon members of the Muslim community to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (peace be upon him) by exercising restraint, exhibiting good conduct and complying with the recommendations of health authorities and experts.

Given that we are all in the midst of a trying time, it is incumbent that we turn towards the mercy of  the Almighty Allah so that we are able to overcome whatever trials come our way through patience and perseverance. Allah SWT said;

 ‘And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah’  [An-Nahl: 127]

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Contact email: info@boiv.org.au  OR  boardofimams@gmail.com

Fasting on the day of A’shura

Board f Imams Victoria is pleased to extend best wishes to the Muslim community on the occasion of ‘A’shura’ the 10th day of Muharram, Hijri 1442.

It’s strongly recommended to fast on these blessed days. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:  The best of fasting after Ramadhan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram.” (Reported by Muslim, 1982)


This year A’shura falls on Saturday 29th of August (https://boiv.org.au/resources/). It’s recommended to fast on the 9th and 10th OR 10th and 11th Muharram. It’s alright to fast only on the 10th if it’s difficult for someone to fast two consecutive days or missed one day.
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: 

“When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on ‘Ashura’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If I live to see the next year, in sha Allah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away before the next year came.” (Reported by Muslim, 1916) Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

“It expiates for all minor sins, i.e., it brings forgiveness of all sins except major sins.” Then he said (may Allah have mercy on him): “Fasting the day of ‘Arafah expiates for two years, and the day of ‘Ashura’ expiates for
one year.

If when a person says ‘Amin’ it coincides with the ‘Amin’ of the angels, he will be forgiven all his previous sins … Each one of the things that we have mentioned will bring expiation. If there are minor sins for which expiation is needed, expiation for them will be accepted; if there are no minor sins or major sins, good deeds will be added to his account and he will be raised in status … If he had committed major sins but no minor sins, we hope that his major sins will be reduced.” [Al-Majmu’ Sharh al-Muhadhdhab, part 6, Sawm Yawm ‘Arafah]

Some people asked if it’s permissible to fast ‘Ashuara’ when he/she is still has days to make up missing days of fast from Ramadan.
The fuqaha’ differed concerning the ruling on observing voluntary fasts before a person has made up days that he or she did not fast in Ramadhan. The Hanafis said that it is permissible to observe voluntary fasts before making up days from Ramadhan, and it is not makruh to do so, because the missed days do not have to be made up straight away.

The Malikis and Shafi’is said that it is permissible but is makruh, because it means that one is delaying something obligatory. Ad-Dusuqi said: “It is makruh to observe a voluntary fast when one still has to make up an obligatory fast, such as a fast in fulfillment of a vow, or a missed obligatory fast, or a fast done as an act of expiation (kafarah), whether the voluntary fast which is being given priority over an obligatory fast is something confirmed in Shari’ah or not, such as ‘Ashura’ and the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, according to the most correct opinion.” The Hanbalis said that it is haram to observe a voluntary fast before making up any fasts missed in Ramadhan, and that a voluntary fast in such cases does not count, even if there is plenty of time to make up the obligatory fast. So a person must give priority to the obligatory fasts until he has made them up. [Al-Mawsu’ah al-Fiqhiyyah, part 28, Sawm at-Tatawwu’]


Muslims must hasten to make up any missed fasts after Ramadhan, so that they will be able to fast ‘Arafah and ‘Ashura’ without any problem. If a person fasts ‘Arafah and ‘Ashura’ with the intention from the night before of making up for a missed fast, this will be good enough to make up what he has missed, for the bounty of Allah is great.

We ask Allah to make us the followers of the Sunnah of His Noble Prophet, to make us live in Islam and die in a state of faith. May He help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him. We ask Him to help us to
remember Him and be thankful to Him, to worship Him properly and to accept our good deeds. May He make us of those who are pious and fear Him.

May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.

BOIV Eid al Adha BOIV Message

The President of BOIV Sheikh Isse Abdo MUSSE and member Imams are please to send our warmest Eid al Adha greeting to each and every one of the Muslim community members in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia.

We are celebrating the festival of sacrifice this year in extra ordinary circumstances.

The number of people affected by COVID 19 is dangerously increasing, and death toll is getting higher. It’s time for all of us to come together to fight the virus that doesn’t distinguish based on people of colour, creed, ethnicity or social status.

COVID 19 is a pandemic, and it’s our religious and moral duty to fight it relentlessly to protect us, our families and everyone in the community from its devastating impact. This can be done only by respecting and adhering to the guidelines issued by DHHS on social distancing.

(https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/restrictions-
metropolitan-melbourne-and-mitchell-shire-covid-19)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”

So, let us celebrate the festival of sacrifice (Eid al Adha) at home and try to reach out to extended family members, friends and people in the neighbourhood virtually through online platforms.


Eid Mubarak.

Eid-al-Adha Public Announcement

In the Name of Allah SWT, the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate

Eid al Adha 2020  (1441AH)

All praise to Allah SWT the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate

In conjunction with the announcement made by his eminence Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad (Grand Mufti of Australia), Board of Imams Victoria is pleased to declare that the Eid al Adha 1441 AH will be on Friday 31st July 2020 Insha Allah.

Due to COVID19 restrictions imposed by both the State of Victoria and Federal Governments Eid prayers will NOT be conducted in Mosques. BOIV urge the community to strictly adhere to these restrictions on large gatherings and social distancing to keep your families and the community safe.

BOIV President Sheikh Isse Abdo MUSSE and member Imams send their warmest Eid al Adha greetings to all Muslims in Victoria and all over Australia.

عيد سعيد مبارك وكل عام وأنتم بخير

Wassalam

Contact BOIV Public Relations at; boardofimams@gmail.com

BOIV Office at: info@boiv.org.au

COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown of public housing towers in North Melbourne, Kensington, Carlton and other places in Melbourne brought us together as Victorians and extend necessary assistance to the affected families so that they can navigate the difficulties with ease and respectfully. 

It is indeed a challenging time not only for the affected families but also for the Government and Government agencies as well as other service providers, volunteers, community organisations and everyone involved in alleviating suffering from the affected individuals and  families.

We heard many heart-warming stories of bringing happiness to those found to be positive to COVID 19 and those who are quarantined in their small dwellings in the towers.

We thank all of them and recognise them for their selfless sacrifices specially the volunteers. We would like to share their stories so that the community can appreciate it.

Please share with us if you have a story to tell and send it to info@boiv.org.au

BOIV Media Statement Covid-19

Today the State Government, Victoria announced a testing blitz in hot spot suburbs due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

A  targeted testing approach will occur across the following suburbs; Keilor Downs, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Broadmeadows, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham.

The Board of Imams Victoria (BOIV) encourages every citizen to get tested in test locations, all residents of these suburbs will be eligible for free testing, with or without symptoms, with a priority on testing symptomatic cases.

The Board of Imams Victoria (BOIV) urges community members to take this pandemic seriously and to abide with all precautionary measures and restrictions advised by the Victorian Government and Health authorities.

We, therefore, call upon places of worship in particular Mosques and community centres in hot spot suburbs to close immediately and for Friday prayers to not go ahead until it is safer to do so, this is for the benefit and safety of every Victorian.

The Board of Imams is Victoria’s peak Islamic religious body, representing over 45 member Imams across Victoria. We seek to serve the Muslim community by providing effective leadership and guidance on matters of Islamic faith and way of life.

Sheikh Muhammad SALEEM
Secretary

Media – boardofimams@gmail.com

Information about easing of restrictions for places of worship and ceremonies.

After months of COVID 19 restrictions there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Yes, the restrictions will be eased off and  Masjids will re-open for regular prayers, gradually.

It is expected from first week of June 2020  permission will be granted to congregate 20 people at our Masjids.  In anticipation of these development Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) released the following guidelines for Masjids and Community Centres.

Board of Imams Victoria urge the Muslim community to adhere to the guidelines to protect us and all Australians from this devastating viral infection. 


Eid-al-Fitr Public Announcement

In the Name of Allah SWT, the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate

(1st Day of Shawwal 1441AH)

All praise to Allah SWT the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate

In conjunction with the announcement made by his eminence Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad (Grand Mufti of Australia), Board of Imams Victoria is pleased to declare that the first day of Shawwal 1441 AH will be on Sunday 24th May 2020 Insha Allah.

Due to COVID19 restrictions imposed by both the State of Victoria and Federal Governments Eid prayers will NOT be conducted in Mosques. BOIV urge the community to strictly adhere to these restrictions on large gatherings and social distancing to keep the community safe.

BOIV President Sheikh Isse Abdo MUSSE and member Imams send their warmest Eid al Fitr greetings to all Muslims in Victoria and all over Australia.

عيد سعيد مبارك وكل عام وأنتم بخير

Wassalam

Contact BOIV Public Relations at; boardofimams@gmail.com

BOIV Office at: info@boiv.org.au

(Note: Astronomical new moon will be born on Saturday 23rd May 2020 at 3.38am (AEST). Hence, we complete 30 days of Ramadan Insha Allah)

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