WCIC is a family-friendly, supportive environment. We want the community to know that we are always open for anyone who needs advice or counseling in times of both joy and sorrow. We can help guide you through marital conflict, parenting issues, and family concerns that might need mediation. You can always turn to us when arranging a funeral or a wedding. We want to give the best spiritual leadership and guidance and we can be reached at 925-330-0452.
Zakah(t); The obligatory charity is called while the voluntary charity is called Sadaqah.
Darulislam facilitate the Collection and the distribution of Zakat and Sadaqa monies in accordance with the principles of Sharia.
One of the important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word Zakat means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth’. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need.
The compulsory nature of Zakat is firmly established in the Qur’an, the Sunnah (or hadith), and the consensus of the companions and the Muslim scholars. Allah states in Surah at-Taubah verses 34-35: “34:O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in Falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah. announce unto them a most grievous penalty- 35:On the Day when heat will be produced out of that (wealth) in the fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, their flanks, and their backs.- “This is the (treasure) which ye buried for yourselves: taste ye, then, the (treasures) ye buried!” (The Holy Qur’an 9:34-35).
The prophet (pbuh) said: “Any owner of gold and silver who does not deliver from them their right, on the Day of Quiyamah (Day of Judgment), (the gold and silver) will be shaped as foils of fire. Then it will be heated in the fire of Hell; (and) then with it he will be ironed on his side, his forehead, and his back” (narrated by Muslim).
It is agreed between Muslims in all the centuries the obligatory nature of paying Zakat for gold and silver, and from those the other kinds of currency.
In the unfortunate event of death of a family member or friend, Darulislam or in conjunction with other Islamic centers (Mosques) can assist with Islamic funeral arrangements including:
- Obtaining a death certificate
- Arrangements for storing a body
- Ghusl (washing) before burial
- Janaza (funeral) prayer
- Transportation to a burial ground
- Acquiring a burial plot at a number of cemeteries
Burial can be made at the Masjids designated plot at the Memory Gardens Memorial Parks in Concord.
Family members of the dying person and their most pious friends should be present at their side to help turn the final thoughts to Allah, reminding him or her of all the good deeds they did, about Allah’s mercy, and Allah’s favors. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Let no Muslim die except expecting and hoping the best from Allah” (Muslim).
Family members and friends can advise the dying person very gently (encouragement without insistence) to say the SHAHADA: “Ashhadu alla Illaha illallah”, which means there is no God but Allah, in a very kind and sincere manner as these may be their last words.
Family members should make supplication (Dua) to Allah to help make the final moments easy, and to forgive them.
All efforts are to be made to fulfill any requests that the person may have before dying.
Immediately after the death has occurred and verified, close the eyes of the deceased; the mouth and jaws are tied gently with broad bands or pieces of cloth so that they do not remain wide open; the legs should be tied in the same way. The body should be covered, and must always remain covered, preferably with a white sheet of cloth.
Invoke Allah and say: “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” (To Allah we belong and to Him is our return).
Crying with no wailing is permitted. The prophet (pbuh) wept on the death of his son, Ibrahim and said: “The eyes shed tears and the heart feels pain, but we utter only what pleases our Lord. O Ibrahim! We are aggrieved at your demise.”
Contact Darulislam for funeral arrangements without delay; notify your relatives and friends. The body must not be kept waiting unnecessarily.
Immediate family and friends are to prepare food for the bereaved family for three days.
Information you’ll need?
When you contact Darulislam to seek advice, to arrange for paper work and cemetery plot, please have the following information available:
Determine who will carry out the Ghusl (washing) and Kafan (burial cloth), if the deceased didn’t specify his/her preferences or already assigned specific person, then the next of male kin to males, and next of female kin to females should be available to perform the Ghusl.
Also, prepare the following information for the deceased person to facilitate the process of obtaining the death certificate and help in finalizing the paperwork:
- Social Security Number
- California Drivers License Number
- Employment Status
- Phone Number
If the death occurred over the weekend, contact your doctor or hospital to determine if the hospital can store the body over the weekend. Please note that a death certificate must be obtained prior to burial from the County’s office. Most County offices are open only weekdays and for a few hours on Saturday. Furthermore, the cemetery does not typically open graves and allow burials on Sundays. As such, in the event of death on Saturday, the burial may have to wait until Monday afternoon.
Typically the Janaza prayer is performed right after the Dhuhr and the Ghusl is performed before the Janaza prayers.
Darulislam provides the services to perform “Aqd” or Nikah” for Muslims according to Islamic practice of marriage principles.
When a Muslim has already decided to marry the person of his or her choice, we arrange to perform the Nikah at Masjid Darulislam. The process is outlined below:
- The couple marrying needs to get a marriage license from any city in the USA.
- Darulislam needs a copy of the official city license for their records.
- We arrange to get designated scholar to perform nikah within seventy two (72) hours from the time the copy of the marriage license is submitted to us.
- We require the presence of two Muslim witnesses for the groom and a guardian (wali) for the bride.
- The ideal guardian for the bride is the father of the bride. In the absence of a father for the bride, the person performing the nikah will guide the marrying couple to arrange possible alternatives depending on their options. If the options meet the Islamic requirements, then nikah will be performed.
- The nikah is usually performed in the prayer hall.
- The groom with consultation and approval of the bride offers in writing the mahr or sadaq to the bride to be recorded on the certificate of marriage.
- If needed The nikah details are recorded in a prescribed form It is signed by the bride, the groom, the guardian and the witnesses. A copy of that certificate is provided to the bride and to the groom.
- The official city marriage license is then signed by the person performing the nikah. Darulislam representative will take the original license and mail it to the city for registration of the marriage.
Additionally if agreed previously, the married couple could hold the Walima (feast) at the masjid.