Ahlan Wasahlan June 2015

Beneficial Announcements for June 2015.
1. Ramadan in About 2 Weeks
According the local moonsighting methodology, the month of Shaban started on Wed, May 20, 2015. The night of Nisfu Sha’ban (The 15th night of Sha’ban) fell on Tuesday night, June 2nd, 2015. The 29th of Sha’ban will be on Wed, June 17, 2015. Muslims will be looking for the hilal of Ramadan with their naked eye on the night of June 17 and reporting their findings to hilal committes such as Central Hilal Committee of North America and Hilal Sighting Committee of North America. An announcement will be made by these hilal committees later in the night of June 17 to confirm if Ramadan starts on June 18 or 19. For more info on the beginning of Ramadan, contact www.hilalcommittee.org or www.hilalsighting.org

2. This Ramadan, Choose Occupation-Free Dates
During Ramadan, many Muslims break their fast following the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with water and dates. Unfortunately, a large portion of the world’s dates come from farms inside Israeli settlements that have been built on stolen Palestinian land. In fact, Israel is the largest exporter of the Medjool variety of dates. These dates are grown mainly in the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea areas of Palestine on land this is now under occupation. When we buy dates from Hadiklaim, Mehadrin, or the brands Jordan River, Jordan River Bio-Tops or King Solomon dates, we are supporting the occupation, the settlement industry and the oppression of the Palestinian people. Now, in it’s 4th year, AMP continues to ask people to buy American and to purchase dates that have been produced in California or Arizona. For more info, click here http://www.ampalestine.org/index.php/projects-a-events/boycott-israeli-occupation-dates

3. Muslim Woman Beats Abercrombie & Fitch
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samantha Elauf, an American Muslim woman who wears a hijab and was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch when she was 17. Clauf claimed the company did not offer her a job because her religious identity violates Abercrombie’s “look policy.” During oral arguments, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that the case is unlike most employment discrimination cases in that the hiring manager at Abercrombie has openly admitted lowering Elauf’s score upon learning from another manager that the hijab violated company policy. The court ruled 8-to-1 in favor of Elauf. For more info, click here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/01/a-muslim-woman-beat-abercrombie-fitch-why-her-supreme-court-victory-is-a-win-for-all-americans/

Upcoming Islamic Events for June 2015
1. Friday, June 5, 2015
“Welcome Ramadan”
Join us for our monthly dinner with practical advice to prepare for Ramadan. Speaker is Mufti Ikram ul Haq. Dinner will be served before the talk. All are welcome. Organized by the Muslim Youth Rhode Island of Masjid Al-Islam.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: Masjid Al-Islam, 40 Sayles Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI 02896
Contact: Mufti Ikramul Haq, Masjid phone 401-762-0107, www.masjidislam.org

2. Friday, June 5, 2015
“The Media Has The Power”
How can you help shape the media? What do you do if a reporter calls or approaches you? Join us for this information event. Dinner will be served. Organized by WIC, ICNAne and ICNE. All are welcome.
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: Worcester Islamic Center, 248 East Mountain St., Worcester, MA
Contact: Waqar Haider 413-265-6017, Masjid phone 508-852-6100, Web: http://wicmajid.org

3. Saturday, June 6, 2015
“Focus on Rohingya”
Presented by Abdallah Ddumba. Please join us. All are welcome.
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: OCRC, 22 Pleasant St., 3rd Floor, Malden, MA
Contact: Imam Abdul Hamid, Masjid phone 781-322-0864, Web: www.maldenislamiccenter.org

4. Saturday, June 6, 2015
“Methuen Arabic School Graduation”
Please join us in celebrating the children’s sacrifice and hard work throughout the year in completing their Arabic studies. Parents are encouraged to bring a dish if possible. The school will provide pizza, drinks and cakes. All are welcome.
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Place: Selimiye Mosque, 105-A Oakland Ave., Methuen, MA 01844 Contact: Masjid phone 978-975-4593

5. Saturday, June 6, 2015
“2nd Annual Youth Symposium”
This event mixes education and joyful time of inspiration, competition, and challenges. Featuring 3 young speakers, 3 inspiring sisters panel, 2 parents who model excellence in parenting. Also award for 3 winners who will be awarded Youth of the Year with cash prizes of $500, $250 and $250. Meals are provided. Tickets $15 each.
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Place: Islamic Center of New England, 74 Chase Dr., Sharon, MA 02067
Contact: Bader Hussaini, Masjid phone 781-784-0434, Register at http://www.rawafid-ne.com/

6. Saturday, June 6, 2015
“ISGW Fight Against Hunger Walk-A-Thon”
Come join us for a 1.65 mile walk to help fight hunger. All are welcome to join and help raise funds on our journey to fight hunger in West Springfield. Starting point at City Hall, 26 Central St., West Springfield, MA 01089 and ending at West Springfield masjid. Donation $5 or more person. Refreshments one water bottle each.
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Place: Islamic Society of Western Mass, 377 Amostown Road, West Springfield MA
Contact: Rehan Peerzada, Masjid phone 413-788-7546, Web: http://iswmonline.com

7. Saturday, June 6, 2015
“Night of Quran, Qiyam & Dinner”
With Sheikh Syed Abou Saoud. Join us for this auspicious event.
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Place: Masjid Yusuf, 186 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, MA 02135 Contact: Abdullah Swei, phone 617-323-5535, Web: www.yusufmosque.com

8. Saturday, June 6, 2015
“Islamic Society of New Hampshire Fundraiser 2015”
Please join us in our efforts to build the first masjid in New Hampshire. Your contributions are most appreciated. The Prophet (saw) said, Whoever builds a mosque for the sake of Allah, like a sparrow’s next or even smaller, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise. Speaker for the event is Qasim Mazhar. Dinner will be served. Tickets $30 for family and $10 for individual.
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 2200 South Wood Drive, Nashua, NH 03063
Contact: Masjid website: http://isofnh.org,  Buy tickets online: http://isofnh.org/donate

9. Sunday and Monday, June 7 & 8, 2015
“Convergence of Halal Market Economy and Islamic Capital”
Islamic capital continues to seek new growth opportunities; however there is very limited engagement with the related $2-trillion-in-expenditure Halal economy sectors. This is starting to change and various entities are starting to look at the Halal food space, in particular. BIBF, Bahrain’s pre-eminent business training provider, has partnered with Dinar Standard, a New York based growth strategy research and advisory firm with core experiences in the Halal economy sector, to offer a training course on the convergence of Islamic capital and Halal food and Muslim lifestyle sectors.
Time: All day event
Place: Building 1456, Road 4034, Manama, 340 Kingdom of Bahrain
Contact: www.bibf.com and www.dinarstandard.com

10. Wednesday, June 10, 2015
“How To Green Your Masjid for Ramadan”
Please join us for an informative and inspiring webinar on the Islamic mandate to be stewards/vicegerents in the earth, conserving resources and maintaining the balance of nature, and also provide details of ISNA’s Greening Our Ramadan Campaign which asks our masajid and Muslims in general to adopt green practices for Ramadan. The webinar moderator will be Dr. Ihsan Bagby, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Kentucky and Chair of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Masjid Development Committee. This webinar is sponsored by ISNA, Green Muslims of New Jersey and GreenFaith, the leading interfaith organization for the environment.
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Place: On your computer, this is a webinar event
Contact: ISNA, To register for this webinar, click here: https://goo.gl/nxF05v

11. Friday, June 12, 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. You can also join live by phone 712-432-0460 Access code 566981#.
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Place: 9 Lorne Road, Arlington, MA
Contact: Zahra Carol Lee, phone 617-721-5215, email: cmeilee@comcast.net

12. Saturday, June 13, 2015
“Student Gathering”
Muslim college and high school students are invited join our Islamic student gatherings. Program includes bayans by knowledgeable scholars, sports activities and lunch. Men only program.
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Place: Islamic Center of Burlington, 130 Lexington Street Burlington, MA 01803
Contact: Hafiz Sulaiman 617-291-4756, Fawaad 401-595-5985, Masjid Nur 617-427-1542

13. Saturday, June 13, 2015
“MCC Annual Eid Bazaar”
Join us for our annual event offering a wide range of clothes, jewelry, hijabs, home décor, Islamic art, halal foods and fun activities. Raffles with lots of prizes. Vendors welcome.
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Islamic Center of Capital District, 21 North Lansing Road, Schenectady, NY 12304
Contact: Masjid phone 518-370-2664, Web: www.iccdny.org

14. Monday and Tuesday, June 15 &16, 2015
“International Conference on Maqasid Al-Shariah in Public Policy”
This conference objective is to promote a better understanding and application of maqasid  al-shariah in the light of contemporary needs. Also to underline the significance of the maqasid  al-shari’ah in all aspects of life, including governance and public policy (siyasah). Also to address the challenges of maqasid-compliance of policies related to social institutions, family affairs, and good governance, and to provide solutions as to uphold the principles and the spirit of Islamic law. And to propose a unified genre of compliance for government policies with the guidelines of maqasid.
Time: All day event
Place: IAIS, Jalan Elmu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: www.iais.org.my/maqasid2015

15. Saturday, June 27, 2015
“Ramadan Fundraiser Iftar”
Support the Islamic school by your generous contribution at our Iftar fundraising event. All are welcome.
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Place: Islamic School of Rhode Island, 840 rear, Providence St., West Warwick, RI 02983
Contact: Summera Zaheer, phone 401-821-8700, Web: www.irisonline.org


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