Ahlan Wasahlan Aug 2015

Beneficial Announcements for Aug 2015
1. ICNE-Sharon Welcomes Its New Imam
The new Imam confirmed at ICNE Sharon is Sheikh Abdur Rahman Ahmadi who will be starting his services at the masjid on Sept 1, 2015. The community welcomes the Sheikh, his wife and 2 children. He was born in 1977 in Lackawanna, NY, both his parents converted to Islam in the early 70s. He started his Hifz of Quran in the Masjid Al-Haram and other places as well. He also studied to be an Alim of Islamic Sciences at the Jamiat Uloomul Islamia in Karachi. His specialization is in Hadith and he graduated in 2000. He currently serves as the Imam of Masjid As-Saffat in Trenton, NJ.

2. Positions Open at Al-Noor Academy
Al-Noor Academy in Mansfield, MA has two positions seeking qualified candidates for fall 2015. The positions are Head of School/Administration and School Secretary/Administrative Assistant. Since its humble founding in 2000, Al-Noor has evolved into its present position as a respected, private 6-12 institution of Muslim faith and teaching. Al-Noor has in place an excellent, experienced and stable teaching faculty; follows the MA-approved frameworks; and is certified by the New England Association of Secondary Schools (NEASC). Candidates for both positions must be legal U.S. residents. If interested, provide a cover letter, resume, transcripts and references by email to ana@anahs.org. You can also contact us by phone at 508-261-7077.

3. ISNA Sends Well Wishes to President Carter
President Jimmy Carter announced he was diagnosed with cancer. In a statement he said “”Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that is now in other parts of my body.” The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is saddened by the news and sends its prayers and well wishes to President Carter. We pray for ease and a quick recovery for President Carter. ISNA President Azhar Azeez said, “President Jimmy Carter has touched many lives around the world through his peace-building and humanitarian work. He had left a remarkable impression on us all during his visit as keynote speaker at our annual convention last year in Detroit. His speech left the audience mesmerized and inspired. ISNA sends its prayers and well wishes to President Carter.”

Upcoming Islamic Events for Aug 2015
1.  Friday, Aug 14, 2015
“Moonsighting: Preservation of the Islamic Calender”
Is it necessary to preserve the Islamic Calender? Why is it so important to sight the moon every month? Is astronomical calculation a valid replacement of monthly moon sighting in Islam? How do we set up effective moonsighting committees in our localities? Come find out. Organized by Central Hilal Committee.
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Place: Muslim Federation of New Jersey, 530 Montgomery St., Jersey City, NJ 07302
Contact: Shariah Board of New York, phone 718-426-3454, Web: www.hilalcommittee.org

2. Friday, Aug 14, 2015
“Status of Women in Islam”
Presented by Dr. Besher Jazmati. You are cordially invited to the halaqa. Please feel free to bring your family, relatives and friends to our educational program. The program is geared towards enhancing knowledge and awareness of Islam and providing an opportunity to connect with old and new friends.
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Place: Islamic Center of New England, 74 Chase Dr., Sharon, MA 02067
Contact: Masjid phone 781-784-0434

3. Saturday, Aug 15, 2015
“4th Annual Halal Food Festival”
Fun for the whole family. Restaurants, desserts, vendors, kids contests, inflatables and more. For the 4th year in a row, MYCC brings you The Original Halal Food Festival. The food festival that started it all! Come check out the craze that has taken over the globe from LA to the UK. Foodies from everywhere come together once a year to indulge their taste buds in a variety of halal food from the top restaurants in the area. Juicy burgers stacked high with fresh condiments, kebabs hot and spicy off the grill, platters of chicken and rice, buffalo wings that will have you licking your fingers for more, refreshing smoothies served out of fresh pineapples, falafels, crepes, cupcakes, and MORE! Are your taste buds tingling? Then join us as we come together for a fun packed day of food and activities the whole family will enjoy. Tickets $3 online, $5 at the gate, children under 8 free.
Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Place: Rowland Park, 235 Broadway Rd., Cranbury, NJ 08512
Contact: Web: www.halalfoodfest.org

4. Saturday, Aug 15, 2015
“Women’s Zumba Classes”
Join us for an energizing exercise routine. Get fit with Zumba classes. For Ladies only.
Time: 11:00am – 12:30noon
Place: Muslim Community Center, 21 Lansing Rd North, Schenectady, NY 12304
Contact: Masjid phone 518-374-3007

5. Sunday, Aug 16, 2015
“Volunteers Needed at ISWM Sunday School”
The Islamic Society of Western Mass (ISWM) is looking for teachers, assistant teachers and staff volunteers for their Sunday School year 2015/2016. Prior experience a plus but not required. Registration will be followed by Professional Development. This will include training to provide you with some of the skills and techniques used for teaching and how to implement them using lesson plans. The orientation will last approximately two hours. Lunch will be served at the end of orientation. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at ISWM Sunday School please join us for Registration and/or Orientation Day.
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Place: Islamic Society of Western Mass, 377 Amostown Rd., West Springfield, MA 01089
Contact: Email – eg.usa@sbcglobal.net, Web: masjidma@gmail.com

6. Sunday, Aug 16, 2015
“Pakistan Day Parade in NJ”
Pakistani Day Parade Association of New Jersey invites the community to join us to celebrate 69th Pakistan Independence day celebration in the heart of New Jersey. After the parade there will have a mega festival with live music by Pakistan reknown singer Rahim Shah, Fariha Pervez, Komal Malik, Waqas Ali and many local singers. Other activities include kids rides, food, festival, live bands, floats, free gifts, cultural dance and more. The parade will bring our community together, and it keeps our culture alive. Organized by Paskitani Day Parade Association of NJ.
Time: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Place: Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
Contact: Sam Khan 732-207-3812, email: info@pakcouncil.com

7. Friday, Aug 21, 2015
“Sufi Healing Circle/Zikr”
You are warmly invited to come nourish your hearts, bodies, minds and spirits and connect to your highest source. Open to people of all faiths and beliefs. You are welcome to request prayers and healing for yourself or others. Street parking, meters available and free after 8pm. You can also join live by phone 712-432-0460 Access code 566981#.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: 155 Brookline St., Apt 20, Cambridge, MA
Contact: Zahra Carol Lee, phone 617-721-5215, email: cmeilee@comcast.net

8. Saturday, Aug 29, 2015
“Story of Resilience, Courage and Education Renaissance”
AFMI is a philanthropic charity formed by American Muslims of Indian Origin in the year 1989. AFMI strives to improve the Socio-economic status of the underprivileged Indian Muslim minorities through education. Since it was founded, AFMI has remained steadfast in its mission to achieve 100% literacy amongst Indian Muslims.AFMI invites Muslim community in Metro Boston and surrounding area to please attend this important event. Some world renowned speakers will be guest speakers at the AFMI Silver Jubilee Convention. Speakers include Carla Power of UK, Author of “If Oceans were Ink – A Journey to the Heart of Quran”, Ravisk Kumar:  Executive Director NDTV, India, Frank Islam: Philanthropist and Investor, Congressman Keith Ellison, Muslim Congressman at US House of Representatives and several others. Your attendance and support will help educate underprivileged Muslim children in India. Tickets (includes banquet dinner) $50 single, $100 couple, family of 3 is $120,000, table of 10 is $450,000.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: Marriott at Burlington, 1 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803
Contact: Suhab Siddiqi 339-234-0859, email: smsiddiqi@ssiddiqi.com, Web: http://www.afmi.org

9. Saturday to Sunday, Aug 29-30, 2015
“Family Retreat”
Join us for a family retreat towads the end of the month. Activities include hiking, boating, canoeing, volleyball, basketball, riflery, archery, nature hikes, arts-n-crafts, bonfire, halaqa and 4 halal meals are included. There are limited spots only, so we encourage to register early. Tickets $120 for adults, children $80. Organized by Islamic Society of Central Jersey.
Time: Sat 10am to Sun 2pm
Place: YMCA Camp Mason, 23 Birch Ridge Rd, Hardwick, NJ 07825
Contact: https://iscj-retreat.ticketbud.com/iscj-family-retreat

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