Karaite Israelite Mosque of Ascension

 THE KARAITE ISRAEL MOSQUE OF ASCENSION 

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 KARAITE ISRAELITE MOSQUE OF ASCENSION


 AND THE TEMPLE OF KEDAR MINISTRIES


(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)


QARAY - KARAITES  قريظة



 THE SIX LUNAR HOLY DAYS



1. THE LUNAR NEW YEAR -
(Ras As-Sanah Al-Qamar)


   The Lunar New Year on the Synodic Purification Calendar is dated on the First day of the First Month of Muharram.  Immediately upon completion of the New Moon purification Fast the Islamic Israelites begin a festive celebration honoring the New Year 


2. NAZUL AL-KORAN

"Nuzul Al-Quran commemorates the day when the words of the Qur’an were first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. On the 17th day of the holy month of Ramadan, the Angel Jibrail had come to the Prophet with the first five lines of Surah Al-Alaq as he was sitting in a cave on Mount Hira’."


   Through the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb(Imam Hossein) the Qaray Karaites are released from the obligation of the Ramadzan Fast and restored to the Original Ashura(March 10th). The Ramadzan is honored as the month in which the Koran was revealed. Since the Koranic revelation was first revealed on the 17th of Ramadzan (Nazul Al-Koran) Qaray Karaites of the Original Kedar Rite continue to Fast on this date.

However out of respect  many others  will Fast for 15 consecutive days. This includes 14 days counting from the 17 of  Ramadzan through the 30th day of the same month. This is then immediately followed by the New Moon Fast of Shawwal  and the Eid Al-Fitr celebration which brings the total to 15 days. 

(  Qaray Karaites distinguish Nazul Al-Koran from Layal Al-Qadr. The latter was originally observed on the 27th of Ramadzan which was originally aligned to September 27th. Before the Hijra Calendar shift the Ramadan was the 7th month and was seasonally aligned to September. Layal Al-Qadr is the same as Layal Al-Isra which is the Midnight Journey to Ascension. This observance has been restored to September 27th.)




3.EID AL-FITR -
 
 Eid Al-Fitr is a celebration marking the end of the Month of Ramadzan. It immediately follows a New Moon Purification Fast which separates the Ramadzan from Eid Al-Fitr. Eid Al-Fitr is a new beginning and reinforced commitment and dedication to following the Holy Koran which is the appointed and authoritative Divine Revelation for this dispensation known as the Wilderness of Ishmael.



4. THE FAST OF MORIAH 

  The  Fast of Moriah takes place on the 9th day of the 12th month of Zulhijjah. It commemorates Abraham's purification in preparation for the three day journey to Mount Moriah where he was commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac. During this observance events leading up to Abraham's journey are discussed. This includes Abraham's refusal to bow down to the Fire worshipping idols of Nimrod and his willingness to endure the fiery furnace which challenged his faith and resistance. All of which leads to Abraham's commissioning in the Order of Melchizadok and the 8th Day Covenant which is now symbolized by the 8th pointed Star or Shield of Abraham as it also known. It was Abraham who placed the 8 pointed Shield over Mount Moriah(Jerusalem)from which it is now known as the Star of Jerusalem or Najmat Qudds.  




5. EID AL-ADHA

 This Israelite holy observance takes place on the 12th day of the 12th month of Zulhijjah and is known as The Feast of Eid Al-Adha.  Eid Al-Adha honors Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. The 12th day of the 12th month is the third day of Eid Al-Adha and represents Abraham and Isaac's 3 day journey to Mount Moriah. It was on the third day that they reached the sacred Mount and Abraham attempted the sacrifice which was halted by an Angel of the Lord. A ram was then sacrificed in his stead. Just prior to the 3 days of Eid Al-Adha a Fast is observed on the 9th day of the 12th month and is known as the Fast of Moriah. On Eid Al-Adha the miraculous birth of Isaac is discussed and his significance as the intended sacrifice and focus of the eternal 8th day covenant is taught.

 


6. EID AL GHADEER

 
 Eid Al-Ghadeer is observed on the 18th day of the 12th month of Zulhijjah. It is the affirmation that Ali was the rightful inheritor of the Caliph Post. However the post was rightfully occupied by Abu Bakr and Umar who held the posts until Ali obtained the Quranic age of maturity which is 40 years old. It was Uthman, and the Sufyani Caliphs who usurped the rightful inheritance of Ali. The observance commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's  commisioning of Ahl Beyt at the Pond of Khum where he declared the " Two Weighty Things " being the command to remain loyal to the Holy Quran and the House of Ali:

Al-Thaqalayn

" I have left you with something if you strictly adhere you shall never go astray: The Book of Allah and my Progeny." 

This is all known as the Perfecting of the Religion(Ikmal Al-Din)

  Surah 5:3
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This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion.......

 On Eid Al-Ghadeer it is customary to go to a Pond, Lake or River and recite Al-Thaqalayn and Surah 5:3 in memory of the Prophet Muhammad's decrees at the Pond of Khum

The 7 verses of Ali are recited on this day.

  
THE SÛRATU’L WALÂYAH Seven verses. In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Gracious. (1) O ye who have believed, believe in the Prophet and in the Governor [Al Waliyy.], both of whom We have raised up (sent): they shall guide you to a right way. (2) A Prophet and a Governor are one of the two of them from another, and I am the Knower, the Well-Informed. (3) Verily those who faithfully perform God’s covenant, to them belong the Gardens of Delight. (4) And those who, when Our verses are recited to them, have accounted Our verses lies, (5) Verily to them belongeth in hell a great place, when it is proclaimed to them on the day of the Resurrection, ‘Where are the wrongdoers, those who account the Messengers liars?’ ( 6) He created them not, the Messengers, except in the truth; and God was not about to manifest them until an appointed time near at hand. (7) And laud thou in the praise of thy Lord, and ‘Alî is [one] of the witnesses.