Fundraiser

As our construction continues, hosting a fundraiser was pivotal to our goals of praying tarawih in our new mosque. We were tremendously blessed to raise over $260,000+!

The event was successful with the blessings of Allah, and our sincerest thanks are due to the youth, weekend school, board, and every other volunteer that helped during the course of the event and its
planning.

While it was successful, we are not done yet! Please continue to donate generously to the construction of our new facility.

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Love Struck

What an amazing program put on and hosted by our youth! Shaykh Jamaal Diwan’s talk on the importance of love in Islam really helped put love in perspective. Starting off, Sh. Jamaal discussed the most important love, the love of Allah and His Messenger. After that he discussed the proper methods of interaction between genders. He wrapped up the evening with plenty of time for questions. If you were not able to attend the event please view it on our website.

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The Meaning of True Faith (iman)

By Dr. Fatima Arafa
Ph.D. Islamic Studies

What is faith? Faith is not merely words you say, nor wishes you make. While wishful thinking may make you feel at ease, in and of itself it is not rewarded. There are some who want to strengthen Islam with wishes, and make themselves feel content with words instead of actions.

As Allah states, “And of the people are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the Last Day,” but they are not believers.”1

Faith is something you believe in and live in accordance to it. It is what settles in the heart, and is manifested in actions. This was firmly entrenched in the heart, soul, and mind of the first generations of believers. This is true iman.

Our gracious Messenger once said “There are three things for which whomever has them, then he has tasted the sweetness of faith: The one for whom Allah and His Messenger are more beloved than anything else; whoever loves someone and he does not love him except for the sake of Allah; and whoever hates to return to disbelief after Allah has saved him from it, just as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”2

To prove our love for Allah we have to give His commands and wishes our priority of everything else. And to prove our love for His Messenger we have to follow his path. The Messenger of

Allah once said “None of you believes until his desires are submissive to that which I have brought.” 3 Do not think that this is impossible; it is quite possible for anyone, and at any time.

We need to be patient when we seek to achieve our goals, we need to exert earnest efforts, act wisely and at the right time.

To love a person for the sake of Allah is to love them for their piety. We love that they are filled with taqwa, and iman, and because they work hard spreading da’wah.

May Allah grant us all with the true “Iman”

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Love for the Messenger

By Dr. Fatima Arafa (Ph.D. in Islamic Studies)

The strength of love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) is directly connected to the Muslim’s faith: when one’s faith increases, one’s love for the Prophet increases. Loving the Messenger is an act of obedience to Allah and a means of coming closer to Him. Loving the Prophet is one of the obligatory duties in Islam, as it was narrated by a close companion of the Prophet, Anas ibn Malik, has said “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘None of you truly believe until I am more beloved to him than his father, his child, and all people.’”1

Love is not a word to say, a rose to give, nor a song to sing. Rather, love is something that makes up a third of our being. The human body consists of a mind to think and understand with, a body to move with, and a heart to love with.

Islam is filled with love. If love were removed from it, then it would be as if the spirit is removed from the body. It is similar to when we lose a loved one; once their spirit is removed we bury the body, as the carcass no longer is of use to us.

The following are ways of increasing your love of the Messenger of God (peace be upon him):

Follow him: It is written in the Quran that Allah has told the Prophet to say, “If you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive your faults. He is the all Forgiving, the

Learn about him: Read about the Prophet’s sunnah (teachings) and sirah (life) and try to practice his teachings. Love yourself by striving to be close to the Prophet (peace be upon him) by remembering and praising him.

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Being Intentional

Greatness doesn’t happen accidentally.

 You don’t “accidentally” save $20,000 for hajj.

 You don’t “accidentally” have a 4.0 GPA

 You don’t “accidentally” become a millionaire.

These are all things you have to intend to do, and follow through with a game plan that can help you accomplish these goals.

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) didn’t “accidentally” help change the world. It was intentional. When we look at the ways in which God and His Messenger helped accomplish this goal, you’ll see that the game plan involved winning the hearts of the people first and foremost.

It wasn’t by mere chance that the themes of early revelation dealt with belief in the Oneness of God, a belief system, a spiritual call to morality and ethical behavior.

This was all critical in paving the road for what was to come next, as the wife of the Prophet, Ayesha stated: “The first thing that was revealed thereof was a Sura from Al-Mufassal, and in it was mentioned Paradise and the Fire. Then, when the people embraced Islam, the verses regarding legal and illegal things were revealed. If the first thing to be revealed was: ‘Do not drink alcoholic drinks.’ people would have said, ‘we will never leave alcoholic drinks.’”

In order to prosper as a community, we must do so intentionally.

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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.

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“So that you may know one another…”

By: Zuhair Shaath

O Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may know one another. Surely, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is the one who has Taqwa. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (49:13)

The purpose of our languages, nationalities, ethnicities, and differences is “So that you may know one another” as Allah has stated in the Qur’an.

Why is that?

Why is it that a Bangladeshi and a Jordanian should get to know each other? Or a Canadian and a Somali? Or an American and a Turk? Why? Why should we leave our comfort zones? Our comfort zones are filled with so much comfort – we all speak the same language, eat the same food, and watch the same shows. So why should we leave our comfort zones?

Because staying in your comfort zone also means you think the same way – and you cannot grow and develop if your thought process stays the same way.

I know that it can be difficult. Removing yourself from your comfort zone requires work, sometimes it is very uncomfortable work. But as they say, the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

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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.

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Defining our community

com·mu·ni·ty

noun

1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
a. “Rhode Island’s Japanese community.”

2. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
a. “The sense of community that organized religion can provide.”

When we look through the Muslim world today, we see many nations and states with Muslims flowing through the streets and mosques occupying every street corner. I remember when I went to ḩajj in 2007. We were visiting a local city, and, when the ‘adhān was called, all we had to do to pray in a mosque was walk right across the street. One thing that I noticed, however, was that the mosques were not filled with fliers along the wall. In fact, other than the short talks immediately following the prayer, there were hardly any programs at all. I was stunned.

Growing up, I constantly heard about how the Muslim communities overseas and “back home” were much better and more vibrant than the communities in the West were. Yet, here I was, standing in a mosque that had little to no programming: no potlucks, no youth group, no family nights, no field trips, no weekend school — you get the picture.

The reason I was so disappointed was because western Muslim communities defined the word community differently than those of Muslim majority countries. While communities “back home” fulfilled the first definition posted, our communities in the west have less to do with a physical locale and much more to do with the growth and development of Muslims in the West.

As we continue to develop and grow, we see many Muslim communities in the States begin to develop with both definitions in mind: a Muslim community that serves the needs of the Muslims as well as the general public at large. In doing this, we need to accept and hold on to the fact that Islamic Centers develop a place not just for prayer, but a place for community development to take place in.

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.

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Fundraiser Update

As our construction continues, hosting a fundraiser was pivotal to our goals of praying tarawih in our new mosque. We were tremendously blessed to raise over $260,000! 
 
The event was successful with the blessing of Allah, and our sincerest thanks are due to the youth, weekend school, board of directors, and every other volunteer who helped during the course of the event and its planning. 
 
While it was successful, we are not done yet! Please continue to donate generously to the construction of our new facility. 
Here are some pictures from the event
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Super Bowl Party

24ICSB held its superbowl party on the Feb 7, 2016
Featuring Halftime Halaqa

Here are pictures from the event

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December Construction update

masjid 12 2015

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