ICSB is hosting Qiyam every weekend. Tonight’s Qiyam will be with Sh Ahmed Billoo. Suhoor will be provided. Please invite your family and friends and enjoy a night full of prayer and spiritual enlightenment with your community. Spend your night the right way. Starts after taraweeh.Read More
Catch a glimpse of the Al-Noor Weekend school graduation day – with awards being given out and smiles being shared!Read More
How are you spending your Ramadan? Spend your Ramadan wisely and learn about the Qur’an. Alhamdullilah we have 2 FREE tafsir classes going on at old mussala now- for sisters only.
English class is Saturday&Sunday at 11:30am and Urdu class is Monday-Thusday at 11am. There’s even an option to listen in from home (see green flier).
Only 4 more English classes left, so don’t miss out!
#1: A Pillar of Islam
The foundation of Islamic spiritual practice is known as the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the basis for a spiritual culture designed to provide an ideal environment for personal growth and spiritual evolution.
Fasting in Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, constituting one of the most valuable spiritual practices designed to empower a human being in overcoming the self and transcending the ego, the one true veil between a human being and his or her Creator.
#2: Spiritual Purification
One of the primary benefits of fasting in Ramadan is spiritual purification, the essential goal of Islamic Spirituality.
Although we tend to think of the mind, body and spirit as separate components, in reality they are all connected and interrelated, and improvement in any one naturally effects improvement in the others as well.
Fasting in Ramadan purifies the mind, body and spirit, leading to greater clarity, sensitivity and health.
It has now been scientifically documented and demonstrated that one of the most effective factors in improving human health and longevity is the reduction of intake and consumption.
Fasting in Ramadan allows the digestive system, the engine of the body, to rest from the normal demands of processing and breaking down food, freeing up system resources to cleanse and purify the body of accumulated toxins, thereby allowing more effective healing and tissue repair.
Fasting in Ramadan keeps the body healthy and youthful (provided one does not overindulge when breaking fast).
#4: Family and Community
One of the greatest benefits and reasons for fasting in Ramadan is renewing solidarity and cultivating positive relationships with one’s family and community.
Only one who observes fasting in Ramadan can truly know the beauty and joy of breaking fast with others, celebrating the gift of life daily for thirty days with loved ones.
Fasting in Ramadan is truly one of the greatest social experiences a human being will ever have, and this is one of the most important aspects of this unique pillar of Islamic practice.
It’s true that one generally does not realize what he or she has until it’s gone or not available, and by fasting in Ramadan, Muslims become acutely aware of the unlimited abundance of divine favor God Almighty has blessed humanity with, particularly with regards to sustenance.
The cultivation of gratitude is a core purpose of Islam, and few spiritual practices cultivate gratitude as does fasting in Ramadan!
#6: Humility and Selflessness
By fasting in Ramadan, a Muslim realizes how totally dependent we as human beings are upon the divine grace of God for survival, and humility is a natural result of this realization.
Generally, we take things for granted and become heedless as a result of living in the world, dunya, yet by fasting in Ramadan, we are continually reminded of our frailty and dependence upon the Divine, leading us to humility, reverence, piety and selflessness — primary goals of Islamic Spirituality.
#7: Empathy and Compassion
Although we live in a world of natural abundance, of divine grace and providence, unfortunately due to a lack of empathy, compassion and solidarity among human beings, there are many throughout the globe who still struggle with hunger, poverty, lack and scarcity.
When a Muslim observes fasting in Ramadan, he or she feels the hunger that many experience daily as a normal consequence of their circumstances.
By fasting in Ramadan, we develop the holy qualities of empathy and compassion, becoming more aware of our intrinsic connection and oneness with all human beings regardless of borders or labels that create artificial separation among the citizens of the human race.
This then leads us to greater contribution and selflessness in the service of our fellow human beings, constituting one of the most valuable reasons for fasting in Ramadan.
#8: Restraint and Self-Discipline
The modern world and its culture are largely defined by materialism, consumption and instant gratification of desires. This results in the diminishment of human consciousness, the regression of planetary culture and the suppression of the soul.
Yet by fasting in Ramadan, a Muslim consciously curtails this unhealthy norm by intentionally practicing restraint and self-discipline, separating him or herself from the animal kingdom which is governed by the unconscious drive to satiate one’s immediate physical needs and desires.
Fasting in Ramadan is thus an essential practice for attaining true freedom and independence from dunya, the external world of form and appearances, and for the liberation of the soul from the self, the mind-body that is unconsciously driven by fear and the struggle survival.
#9: Simplicity and Non-Attachment
When living without discipline and restraint, life quickly becomes overly complicated, leading to a heavy burden that results in unnecessary stress, anxiety, unhappiness and difficulty.
By fasting in Ramadan, we limit excess and indulgence, facilitating the return to simplicity and non-attachment, releasing one from dependence on dunya and so contributing to psychological health and happiness, and practical wellness and balance.
With the constant demands of modern life, it’s all too easy to become lost and forget who we are, and so to unconsciously forget our divine purpose and destiny.
Without constant reminder, we become lost in the dream of dunya and become disconnected from reality.
Fasting in Ramadan for thirty days is a powerful practice in restoring and strengthening focus, direction, balance and purpose to our lives.
Fasting in Ramadan is a Gift from God
The opportunity to observe fasting in Ramadan is a gift from God, allowing us to grow and develop as human beings, enabling us to become more compassionate, caring, kind and grateful.
Fasting in Ramadan is a unique opportunity to develop spiritually and gain strength and control over our selves, our egos, the nafs, the unconscious automatic primitive nature that tends to dominate our lives when unchecked.
By observing fasting in Ramadan, a Muslim has a profound and unique opportunity to become more peaceful, present and spiritual — the very goal of Islam.
source: http://www.islamicrenaissance.com/blog/10-reasons-for-fasting-in-ramadan/Read More
Here are the guidelines to follow during the entire month of Ramadan in order to insure plans for masjid on track without any further neighbour objections and with a smooth operation of the Center to better serve the community .
1. Daily community sponsored iftar and dinner will be provided through Ramadan for those who are attending Maghrib prayers at the masjid
2. Masjid has limited parking spaces during the construction, priorities of use are limited to elderly and those with special needs, in addition, the speakers and catering services. Use Carpool, cooperate with volunteers and security gaurds who will be helping with teh parking. Additional parking arrangement at Wayside Methodist Church parking lot corner of Cayuga Avenue and 259th place. The steet parking are also available on the north side of PCH.
Don’t block any businesses and neighbours driveways. Church parking lot will be closed right after taraweeh – owners please move your car out if you are planning to stay at the masjid. Do not throw trash in neighbours property or on streets. No noise on the night neighbours are sleeping and we need to respect their privacy.
3. Please keep quiet when walking to Masjid for Salaat and after Salaat to your car and avoid distracting neighbours at late nights.
4. Please avoid clutterign the entrance of Masjid with shoes.
5. Food is not allowed inside teh masjid, nor texting and C.Phone.
6. PLease stay in the Masjid during the Isha and Taraweeh prayers. If you leave after 8 rakat, please leave quietly
Dont stay outside to talk. Dont stay in the tent area.
7. Children must be kept, under parents control and supervision at all the times to avoid distractions during the salaat and to keep them from running around outside and avoid disturbing neighbours.
By Dr. Fatima Arafa
In Surat al-Kahf Allah tells us of a miraculous incident that involved a group of youth that lived in a Middle Eastern village called Al-Raqeem. The area at the time was ruled by a dictator, one who forced people into idol worship through torture and imprisonment. This special group of youth was dedicated to worshipping Allah (swt) alone, and was not persuaded by the dictator’s tactics. They were threatened by torture and persecution.
They had strong faith in Allah (swt) and decided to run away before the next sunrise. They headed north to escape the village, and after walking for some time they became exhausted and stopped in a nearby cave for rest and protection. In the meanwhile, their guard dog stood near the entrance while the youth went to sleep.
Allah teaches us many valuable lessons for us to reflect upon. The following lessons should be noted regarding this event:
* People should be faithful to Allah (swt) alone.
* One should not fear the people at the cost of disobeying Allah (swt)
* Life and death are in the Hands of Allah (swt) alone.
* Faithfull youth of the past are great role models for the youth of present.
We ask that Allah makes us stronger Muslims, dedicated towards Him alone, strong in the face of temptation and oppression, and that we continue to help nurture our youth into becoming great role models like those from Surat al-Kahf.Read More
by Zuhair Shaath
“If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.”
The companions of the Prophet peace be upon him would famously prepare for Ramadan 6 months in advance by asking Allah to allow them to witness it. I also ask that Allah allow us to witness this upcoming Ramadan.
Most people don’t properly plan for Ramadan in the sense that they don’t plan out specific goals that they want to accomplish by the end of Ramadan.
This year, I want you to have the BEST RAMADAN you have EVER had. I want you to start TODAY in increasing your worship. I want you to set goals to accomplish BEFORE Ramadan begins. I want you to have goals that you can accomplish by the end of Ramadan. Lastly, I want you to have goals for where to go after Ramadan ends, insha’Allah.
If you would like any help or guidance, or simply want someone to look over your goals, please feel free to let me know. During this month we will be hosting many talks on this upcoming month so that we can, as a community, have an amazing Ramadan.
They say “One is too small a number to achieve greatness” and I wholeheartedly believe that. Your input is not just wanted, but needed. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts on the direction our community is moving towards.Read More
My dear brothers and sisters,
I began working at Masjid al-Noor on October 1st, 2014, and it was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life. I had to move my work, change my friends, and move my house. It
was not the easiest process; however, by the will of Allah swt, and meeting very well-mannered and well-educated people like all of you, I came to realize the great responsibility I had. I would have to teach your children from my heart – and I hold this position with great honor.
Alhamdulilah, Allah swt has put blessings between us and has brought us to this point today. All of our success comes from the blessing of Allah swt alone. My brothers and sisters, we are gathered here today to celebrate the holy Quran and celebrate you and your children, whose numbers, by the will of Allah swt, has reached 100 students from all ages. Allah says in the Quran in Surat Yunus “Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice”
There is nothing more honorable or greater than competing in al-Quran al-Kareem, whether that is memorization, knowledge or understanding. And of course, those who learn the Quran must use its teachings in daily life. So for this let the competitors compete. We will not find a more truthful person than our beloved Prophet pbuh who said, “Read the Quran because it will forgive its readers on the day of Judgment”
Allah’s book is your vessel to success. Whoever holds onto it is guided to the straight path, and whoever leaves it will be led astray. Al-Quran al-Kareem tells us stories of the past. It is the best thing among us. It is our rulebook and it encompasses only truth. The more we embrace the
Quran, the more it multiplies the noor in our hearts and the more we are guided to better things.
The more we embrace the Quran the more success and happiness we will have in our lives. And the more we embrace the Quran the more Allah rewards us with strength in every aspect of our lives.
Allah swt’s book is a way of life. Those who dive into it and reflect on its ayahs will surely find all the answers. My dear brothers and sisters if the Muslim ummah wishes for good and righteousness, then it must follow the teachings of our dear Prophet peace be upon him and the companions, because this ummah will not change until it follows the ways of the people who came before. And the people who came before followed al-Quran al-Kareem.
Dear brothers and sisters, we here in Masjid al-Noor are honored to serve you and wish that we are always exceeding your expectations. We ask that you continue to stand by us and continue to help in building the new Masjid so that one day it may be a beacon of knowledge for you and your children.
-Qari Anas Daghameem