KARAITE ISRAELITE MOSQUE OF ASCENSION
AND THE TEMPLE OF KEDAR MINISTRIES
(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)
THE ISRAELITE HOLY DAYS IN THE SEVENTH FALL MONTH OF TISHREI
1. ROSH HASHANNAH (YOM TERUAH) SEPTEMBER 1ST(1ST OF TISHREI)
Rosh HaShannah is the Israelite New Year and it is observed on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishrei. Accordingly Tishrei means the Beginning. It should not be confused with Rosh Chodeshim which is the beginning of the numeric cycle of months.(1st of Nissan) It is also known as Yom Teruah meaning the Day of blasting the Trumpets. In this regard it is a sounding alarm for Judgment Day. In alignment with the seasonal Enochian Solar Calendar Yom Teruah is always observed on September 1st
On Rosh HaShannah the Shofar is blown 7 times as a symbol of awakening the sleeping souls for resurrection and judgment . Rosh HaShannah is counted among the Festival Sabbaths. However during the exile and under gentile authority the Israelites are forbidden to enforce the Sabbaths of Rest. .
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Upon blowing the Shofar the following verses are read from the Koran:
SURAH 79:1-7 (The Soul Departure)
I swear by the angels who violently pull out the souls of the wicked,
And by those who gently draw out the souls of the blessed, And by the Angels who glide above (Sent on errands of mercy)and by the Angels who move forward in quickness and by the Angels who regulate themselves by the scheduled commands of the Lord. On the Day (when the first blowing of the Trumpet is blown), the earth and the mountains will shake violently .The second blowing of the Trumpet follows it (and everybody will be raised up),
SURAH 75 (Qiyamah - The Resurrection)
I swear by the Day of Resurrection; I swear by the conscience and self reproaching and repenting Soul. Does man think that We shall not gather his bones? Yes, We are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers. But man desires to deny the Resurrection and continue living in sin. He asks when is the Day of Resurrection? When Vision becomes distorted by the darkening of the moon. And there is both Lunar and Solar Eclipses. On that day man will seek a place of refuge. There will be no place of refuge to be found and on that Day refuge will only be found with the Lord. On that day man will be informed of all that awaits him and all that he did in the world he has left behind. Man will testify against himself despite the excuses he puts forth.
After the blowing the Shofar the Tashlikh reading of Micah 7:18-20 is recited.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
2. YOM KIPPUR - SEPTEMBER 9TH - 10TH( 9TH-10TH OF TISHREI)
Yom Kippur is a two day observance in which fasting takes place on the 9TH and 10TH days of the 7th month of Tishri. Fasting is always understood to be 12 hours from 6AM to 6PM.
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? ...
Therefore the total fasting hours are the equivalent of 24 hours. Rabbinical Jews combined the Fast into One Day and thus they fast for 24 consecutive hours. This was most likely done to conveniently combine the actual Day of Atonement with the 24 hour fasting requirement. There are Talmudic Commentators who advocated the two day observance.
Rabbi Ben Abrahmson Founder of the Al-Sadiqin Organization
(Consultant to the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court - WED NOV 6th 2013
"In Rabbinic Tradition, there is an opinion that Yom Kippur should be observed for two days, on the 9th and 10th...."
Rabbi Ben Abrahmson Founder of the Al-Sadiqin Organization
(Consultant to the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court - MAY 8TH 2017
"The question of the 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th was also discussed by the Talmud two hundred years prior. The majority of traditionists understood that only one day should be kept, however a few dissenting opinions were more strict and felt that two days should be kept.
If indeed the Jews of Medina were strict, literalist, sadducees, as Ibn Hazm and Al Jahiz have proposed, then one can propose that the context was this:
The Prophet (pbuh) followed the custom of the Jews of Medina for a time, and expressed a desire to keep the most strict version, two days of fasting..."
The command to observe Yom Kippur as a Sabbath day of rest was to be implemented for 48 consecutive hours. Work was to cease at the end of the 8th Day(Evening of the 9th) and the restriction was not lifted until the end of the 10th Day. The 10th Day was the actual Day of Atonement since it was the day in which all was completed or fulfilled in regards to the Priestly cleansing of Sins.
THE COMMAND FOR THE 10TH DAY ATONEMENT
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
ALSO on the TENTH DAY of this seventh month there shall be A DAY OF ATONEMENT: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls(FAST), and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord
This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work--whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you--because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins.
THE COMMAND FOR THE 9TH AND 10TH DAY OBSERVANCE:
It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves.(FAST) This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day(The end of the 8TH) of the month and EXTEND until sundown on the tenth day."
3. THE FESTIVAL OF TENTS - SEPTEMBER(TISHREI) 15TH - 21ST(THE FESTIVAL OF THE FALL EQUINOX
The Festival of Tents is observed in remembrance of the fact that the Lord caused the Israelites to dwell in Tents(Booths) when He brought them out of Egypt.
NOTE: THE WORD BOOTH(SUCCOTH) WAS INTRODUCED BY THE SAMARITANS WHO WORSHIPED SUCCOTH BENOTH. THE CORRECT WORD IS OHEL WHICH TRANSLATES AS TENTS OR TABERNACLES. THIS CORRECTLY APPEARS IN THE BOOK OF HOSEA:
And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles(OHEL), as in the days of the solemn feast.
Ye shall dwell in Tents seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in Tents:That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in Tents, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
According to the Chumash the 15th and 22nd of Tishrei are honored as Festival Sabbath Days. However in the Exile Israelites are forbidden to enforce Sabbath Rest days
Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
On the evening of the 14th of Tishrei(September 14th) the Israelites erect their Tents. The Tents must be erected between 6PM and Midnight.On the Each day starting on the 15th of Tashritu through the 21st, the Israelites must enter the Tent and recite the following.
And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in Tents seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in Tents: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in Tents,when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
The Tents are a reminder of the Israelite journey in the Wilderness.In this dispensation known as the Wilderness of Ishmael of which the Rabbis refer to as the Ishmaelite Exile the Lord sent to us an Ishmaelite Prophet known as the Comforter. Therefore the Feast of Tents is a contemporary reminder that true Israelite restoration can only be achieved by submitting to God in the Wilderness of Ishmael. During this most brutal time period we are to receive the Prophet Muhammad as our Comforter,while taking refuge in the Koran as our Guide to Guard Against Evil and recognizing the Mosque of Ascension as the restoration of the Temple.
It is the Prophet Muhammad's Son Abraham who will be resurrected as the Mahdi from whence he is known as Al-Qa'im Al-Mahdi meaning the Mahdi who has risen. It is the Mahdi who will restore the Ark of the Covenant and bring it to Jerusalem where he will place it into the hands of the Messiah Jesus. Therefore it is the Mahdi who brings us out of the Wilderness of Ishmael and into the New Jerusalem and the Promised authority of the High Priest who is Jesus Christ.
During the Feast of Tents the Illumination of the Temple Ceremony is Performed. This is the traditional lighting of the 7 branch Menorah. One branch for each of the 7 days of dwelling in Tents. Traditionally the light was a reminder of the Pillar of Fire that Guided Israel in the Wilderness Journey. In the Wilderness of Ishmael the Lighting of the Menorah represents our hope in the Guiding Light of the Mahdi and the Koran which is described as an Illuminating Book
And among men there is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge and without guidance and without an ILLUMINATING BOOK.
On the 7th day of the Festival between 6PM and Midnight,the Tents must be fully dismantled (representing the end of the Wilderness of Ishmael.) This is in preparation for the 8th day Assembly known as Shemini Atzeret. The 8th day candle is now lit in honor of the Messiah who is a Light unto the World:
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
SHEMINI ATZERET - This is the conclusive 8th day being the 22nd day of the 7th month of Tishrei. It was initially honored as a Festival Sabbath. However in the exile and under the authority of the gentiles,the Israelites are not permitted to enforce Sabbath Rest Days.
Since the 7 days of Tents symbolized the Israelite dwelling in the wilderness the 8 day which is Shemini Atzeret celebrates the authority bestowed upon the Prophet Joshua in bringing the Israelites out of the wilderness and into their land of inheritance. On Shemini Atzeret the first Chapter of Joshua is recited.
JOSHUA CHAPTER ONE
4. SUJUD سُجود
- SEPTEMBER 17TH(17TH of TASHRITU) - NOVEMBER 4TH(5TH of KISLIMU) Counting of 49 Days
SUJUD سُجود means Prostration and is the root of the word Masjid or Mosque meaning the place where Prostration prayers take place. Prostration Prayers were always very important to the Children of Israel. In this regard the Holy Quran references and verifies the following description of the Israelites in the Original Torah:
you will see them bowing down, prostrating themselves, seeking grace from Allah and pleasure; their marks are in their faces because of the effect of prostration; that is their description in the Taurat(Torah)
Jesus Christ also maintained the practice of Prostration Prayers as indicated in the following account:
And he(Jesus) went a little further, and FELL ON HIS FACE AND PRAYED Saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Although it may not be possible to maintain prostration prayers the observance of SUJUD replaces that requirement.
SUJUD سُجود is a counting of 7 Weeks(49 days) which parallels with the practice of Shavout. Every 7 days the Israelites gather together for SUJUD and recite Surah 48:29 and Matthew 26:39 as mentioned above.
Below are the dates for the SUJUD gathering:
1. SEPTEMBER 23( 23RD OF TASHRITU)
2. SEPTEMBER 30 ( 30TH OF TASHRITU)
3.OCTOBBER 7TH( 7TH OF VARAHSHAMNU)
4. OCTOBER 14TH (14TH OF VARAHSHAMNU)
5. OCTOBER 21TH(21ST OF VARAHSHAMNU)
6. OCTOBER 28TH (28TH OF VARAHSHAMNU)
7 NOVEMBER 4TH (5TH OF KISILIMU)
The Ethiopian Jews known as Falashas or Beta Israel maintain a 7TH MONTH observance of SIGD which is the Amharic linguistic variant to the Arabic SUJUD. In addition they call their House of Prayer a MISGAD which is a MASJID or MOSQUE.
5. THE 50TH DAY OF SUJUD IS THE 5TH DAY OF THE 9TH MONTH OF KISILIMU WHICH CORRESPONDS TO NOVEMBER 5TH.
Every 7 days for 7 weeks Israelites would gather together and perform a special Prostration Prayer and on the 50th day a Black Mark representing the soil of creation was smeared on the forehead of all Israelites. Other customs include the donning of the Black Sujud block known as Moka'abet Katan or Tefillin Katan which is worn throughout the day.
And certainly We created man of clay that gives forth sound, of black mud fashioned in shape.