There is a lot of despair today. The current political climate has people from all faiths and backgrounds worried and afraid. After a vicious Islamophobic campaign in which Donald Trump said he’d “absolutely” require Muslims in America to register in a database, one of his top advisors on homeland security, Kris Kobach, may be trying to implement this registry once again. We cannot allow this to happen! We MUST act! This book can make a difference! This book can replace fear with understanding! For the past 10 years, I have helped facilitate dialogue with many different people, answering questions and addressing misconceptions about Islam. Many of these conversations were deep and engaging dialogues, and I felt these eye-opening interactions should be made public. This book was written to share these conversations with people who might not otherwise have the ability or opportunity to talk with a Muslim. Here is the link: What Would a Muslim Say | LaunchGood
2. First Islamic Cemetery in Massachusetts
After a long and hard fought legal battle, and with the help of the United States Justice Department as well as Attorney General of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, an agreement has been reached with the Town of Dudley to purchase and establish the first Islamic Cemetery in the State of Massachusetts. The total lot is 52 acres in size, of which 6 acres will be initially developed in order to house several thousand burial spots, insha Allah. After 10 years, we will have the right to expand beyond the 6 acres. See article – http://www.wbur.org/news/2016/12/23/dudley-muslim-cemetery-approval. Now, we need to raise $350,000, to complete the purchase of the land. Please contribute for this worthy cause. Our Tax exempt FID number is 20-1363186. Please donate by visiting our website and click DONATE: http://isgw.us/donate or mail your checks to: ISGW, 57 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01605. Questions? Contact Khalid Khan Sadozai, Trustee, ISGW, phone 508-852-6100.
Upcoming Islamic Events for Jan 2017
1. Thu, Jan 5 to Feb 14, 2016
“Fourty Days & 40 Nights – Islamic Art Exhibition” Come visit us to see a collection of Islamic art by local Boston based artist group of painters, calligraphers, illustrators and photographers using the arts as a bridge for communication and dialogue. Our purpose is to promote understanding of Islam through the means of traditional and contemporary Islamic art. Art pieces are available for sale. Admission is Free. Bought to you by UMAA (United Muslim Artists Alliance)
Time: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Place: ISBCC’s Word Café, 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury, MA 02120
Contact: Abdul Badi or Malcolm, phone 617-427-1542
2. Fri, Jan 6, 2017
One day, we will be asked, “What did you do?” Let’s come together and spread Hope by making a difference with our hands, hearts and prayers for our incoming refugees. Speakers are Umer Akbar (co-founder and President), Cheryl Al-Sasah (co-founder and Team Leader) and Samir Soulaiman (co-founder and Treasurer). 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: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Place: Islamic Center of New England, 74 Chase Dr, Sharon, MA 02067
Contact: Masjid phone 781-784-0434
3. Fri, Jan 6, 2017
“Our Journey to Allah (swt)”
Presented by Loay Assaf. Please join us for our program. All are welcome.
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Al-Huda Community Center, 60 Willow St., Chelsea, MA 02150
Contact: Masjid phone 617-409-9328, Web: www.alhudasociety.org
4. Fri, Jan 6, 2017
“New Year, New Start” Presented by Mufti Ikram Ul Haq. New year, new me. Right? How many times do we find ouselves making resolutions, year after year, without real tangible progress? Join us for a session where Mufti Ikram will share with us meaningful and practical advice to help us acheive our goals this year in light of the Quran and Sunnah.Our goals can range and vary from person to person, but the key to following through those goals follow a similar pattern. Even if we slip and fall, we always have an opportunity to start fresh! Organized by Muslim Youth Rhode Island.
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Place: Masjid Al-Islam, 40 North Smithfield, RI 02896
5. Fri, Jan 6, 2017
“IC Wayland Potluck Dinner”
Open to all members, their families, friends and guests. No structured program for these dinner gatherings. The idea is to bring a food dish of your choice to share with other attendees and use the opportunity to get to know each other as we eat together and socialize in an informal setting. Children of all ages are welcome. You can bring any of your games that can be shared. There is no entry charge for the event. Please bring a main dish sufficient to feed your family and share with others. If you’d also like to bring salad, dessert, or drinks please feel free.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: Islamic Center of Wayland, 126 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Contact: Malik Khan, email: email@example.com
6. Sat, Jan 7, 2017
“Exploring Divine Rhetoric”
An introduction to drawing meaning from the Quran through its coherence, script and language and the etiquette of approaching the revealed book. Please bring something to take notes with. Food: We will have lunch plates for you to purchase. Please bring $10 cash.
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Place: HHRD USA office, 80 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581
7. Sat, Jan 7, 2016
“A Night of Quran, Qiyam and Dinner”
Presented by Dr Kamal Youcef-Toumi. All are welcome.
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Yusuf Mosque, 186 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, MA 02135
Contact: Web – www.yusufmosque.com
8. Sat, Jan 7, 2017
“Time Management for 21st Century Muslims”
Presented by Dr Mohammad Ajwa. Dinner will be served before the talk. All are welcome.
Place: Islamic Center of New England, 470 South St., Quincy, MA 02169
Contact: Masjid phone 617-479-8341, Web – www.icne.net
9. Sat, Jan 15, 2017
“Women’s Self Defense Class”
Outreach Committee and Reform Center (OCRC) is collaborating with IMPACT is offering this beneficial class. Registration required. Space is limited.
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Place: OCRC, 22 Pleasant St., Malden, MA 02148
Contact: Sara Abraou, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.maldenislamiccenter.org
10. Fri, Jan 20, 2017
“Sufi Unity Healing Circles/Dhikrs”
Come relax, feed & strengthen your hearts and souls. Open to people of all faiths and beliefs. All ages welcome- adults, teens, children and babies. Potluck dinner – bring something to share if you can. You can also join live by phone 712-432-0460, Pin 566981#.
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Place: Andover Newton Theological School, 196 Herrick Road, Newton, MA 02459
Contact: Zahra Lee, phone 617-721-5215, email: email@example.com
11. Sat, Jan 21, 2017
“ISGL New Building Open House”
Inviting the community to the open house of our new masjid building. Updates and future plans for the new building will be presented. Light refreshments will be provided.
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Place: 5 Courthouse Lane, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Contact: Syed Sibte Hassan Jafri, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Presented by Sheikh Yasir Fahmy. In this course the student will be introduced to the basics and foundational principles of our religion. Aqidah is essential to one’s faith because it is the most noble of the sciences. It is our theology. It is Allah (swt). It is our belief. Learning Aqidah is fulfilling one of the fundamental foundations of our religion, which is outlined in the hadith of Jibril. Proper theology and the correct understanding of Allah is a precursor to establishing true commitment to him. Registration free.
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury MA 02120
Contact: Masjid phone 617-858-6114, Web: http://isbcc.org/knowledge/#classes
13. Sat, Jan 21, 2017
“Women’s March in DC ”
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States threatens us doubly — as women and as Muslims. By organizing a delegation from Connecticut to Washington we will make presence known at this historic event. On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. MCCT, CAIR-CT, in addition to other Connecticut Muslim organizations and masjids (Mosques) are organizing transportation (From Norwalk and Berlin) to Washington, DC for Muslim women and their supporters to attend the Women’s March in Washington DC.
Time: 4:00am to 10:30pm
Place: Washington DC
Contact: Samia Hussein 860-216-8203, Farhan Memon 203-517-6526, Web: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-washington-connecticut-muslim-bus-tickets-30509142667
14. Fri, Jan 27, 2017
“Children of Pakistan Fundraiser”
Your contribution help children with disabilities, support orphans and educate the young. Join us for this fundraising program. Speakers include Imam Wissam Sharieff, Imam Basheer Bilal and Omar Regan. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students. Organized by Helping Hands.
Time: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Place: UTEC, Main Hall, 35 Warren St., Lowell, MA
Contact: Humayun Kabeer 603-785-8234, sis Melissa 978-996-2620, Web: www.hhrd.org
15. Sat, Jan 28, 2017
“Syrian Refugees Fundraiser”
Organized by Helping Hand for Relief and Development. Keynote speakers include Imam Wisam Sharieff, Imam Basheer Bilaal and Comedian Omar Regan. Be sure to support this great cause!
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Place: Hampton Inn, 319 Speen St., Natick, MA 01760
Contact: Humayun Kabeer 603-785-8234, Taha Siddiqui 508-361-8337, Web: www.hhrd.org