Ahlan Wasahlan Oct 2012

Announcements Within Our Muslim Community

1. Please Make Dua for the Recovery of Malala Yousafzai
We are sadden to hear about the 14-year old young girl Malala Yousafzai from Swat, Pakistan who was shot in the head a couple of days ago by some guys from Taliban. This is a girl who had the courage to speak up for the education of girls in that part of the world. She started speaking against the Taliban since they invaded her neighborhood and started demolishing schools. Now she cannot speak while she lays in her hospital bed in serious condition. May Allah grant Malala Yousafzai a quick and good recovery to good health. Strangely, the guy who shot her says he will kill her if she survives. What kind of a knucklehead is this dude? What kind of Islam is he practicing? Does he really think he is pleasing Allah (swt) by doing such evil deeds? Being a father of a young girl who goes to school, I can’t imagine what are these guys are thinking when they carry out such actions. We condemn these kinds of evil actions. These are the very actions that make other people to think we are savages. (See next point).

2. Ad that says “ .. between Civilized man and the Savage”
There is a disturbing new Ad appearing in the public transportation in New York and San Francisco which carries the wordings, “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”  The Ad was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Institute, an anti-Muslim organization. Before the Ad was approved, it went to the court system at which a federal judge ruled that the DC transit system must allow the pro-Israel Ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages. In New York, U.S. District Judge Mary Collyer allowed the anti-jihad ads to go up in that city’s subway system last month. Debate over the ads flared two weeks ago against the backdrop of violent reaction in the Middle East to the online video, “Innocence of Muslims,” which denigrated the Prophet Muhammad.

3. Farms in MA where you can perform your Qurbani
The following are some of the local slaughterhouse farms where you can buy and slaughter your cow, sheep or goat for Qurbani of Eidul Adha later this month. Eidul Adha is expected to fall sometime on the last weekend on this month (Oct 2012).
Arthur Manchester Farm, 55 Cory’s Lane, Tiverton, RI 02878, phone 401-624-9205
H&R Slaughtering, 8 North Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324, phone 508-697-6500
Julio’s Farm, Derry, NH 03038, phone 603-682-0709
Manny’s Dairy Farm, Brockelman Road, Lancaster, MA 01523, phone 978-534-5411
Adam’s Farm, 854 Bearsden Road, Athol, MA 01331, phone 978-249-9441
Blood Farm, 94 West Main Street, Groton, MA 01472, phone 978-448-6669

Also, Helping Hand also has a world wide zahiba service where they perform the sacrifice on your behalf and distribute the meat to the need in county of your choice. For more info, visit: www.hhrd.org

Upcoming Islamic Events
1. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“Hidaayah – Guidance to all Mankind”
Please join us and attend our Halaqa. We have our old and dear friend Imam Isa Najjar visiting us from New Bedford, MA who will be giving a beneficial talk. Please invite your family and friends to participate in these religious gatherings. Dinner will also be served after the talk. All are welcome.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Margrib to Isha)
Place: Islamic Center of Burlington, 130 Lexington Street Burlington, MA 01803
Contact: Salah Al-Shamiri, Masjid phone 781-229-0336, Web: www.icburlington.org

 2. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“WIC Bazaar”
Bring your family and join us for some good food, games and other fun things.  All are welcome.
Time: 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Place: Worcester Islamic Center, 248 East Mountain St., Worcester, MA 01606
Contact: Shazia Majid, phone 508-414-8350, Web: www.wicmasjid.org

 3. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“The Month of Zul-Hijjah – Meaning and Benefits”
Shaikh Faraz Rabbani from SeekersGuidance will presenting a beneficial lecture. Light dinner will also be served. Babysitting is also provided. Shaikh Faraz is the Educational Director of Seekers Guidance where he also teaches fiqh, aqeeda and other subjects.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Magrib to Isha)
Place: Islamic Society of Central Jersey, 4145 Route One South, NJ 08852
Contact: Imam Chebli, masjid phone 732-329-6995, Web: www.iscj.org

 4. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“FREE Health Screening and Wellness Fair”
Come get info and services on improving your health. Get your FREE blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Also services such as food pantry, SNAP Outreach and domestic violence resources. Organized by American Islamic Wellness Association (AIWA) and Muslim Community center of RI (Masjid Ar Razzaq)
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Place: 1148 Broad St., Providence, RI 02905
Contact: Jeena Santos Ahmed, AIWA, email: info@aiwa-ne.org

5. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“Annual Open House at Wayland Masjid”
We welcome you to come take a tour around our masjid. We’ll be having an Islamic calligraphy display and hands on activities. Also a discussion entitled “Islam in our Midst –Threat or Opportunity” with Dr. Mohamed Lazzaouni at 10:30am, 12:00noon and 1:45pm (3 sessions). And a lecture entitled “Islam 101” at 10:30am, 11:20am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm. All are welcome.
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Place: Islamic Center of Wayland, 126 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Contact: Malik Khan, Masjid phone 508-358-5885, Web: www.icbwayland.org

6. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“My Life on Purpose – Developing Tools for Success”
Throughout history, people who have impacted the world in a big way had a clear life purpose and made decisions that aligned with that purpose. Expert life and career coach Mohammad Abbasi will guide you to do the same. By the end of it, you will develop a way of thinking about your personal purpose and gain tools to help you live according to that purpose. Mohammad Abbasi has had over ten years of business development experience with emphasis on leadership and team building while coaching, consulting and training business associates and sales force nationally for the second largest Real Estate Company in America. Mohammad Abbasi serves as the Muslim American Society-New Jersey Board of Trustees Chairman, in addition to serving as a member of the steering committee of MAS-National Board of Trustees. Ticket $40 per person.
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Place: ISBCC, 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Contact: Yusufi Vali, Masjid phone 617-427-2636, Web: www.isbc.org

7. Saturday, Oct 13, 2012.
“Official Book Launch – The Conference of Birds”
This children’s book is an Islamic classic. Imam Suhaib Webb will introduce the book and then there will be a reading of the book by the author for children ages 4 and up, followed by a book signing. The author, Alexis York Lumbard is a local Muslim author and mother of 3. All are invited. Organized by ISBCC and Al-Bashaer Saturday School.
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Place: ISBCC, 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Contact: Zaynab Blinker, Masjid phone 617-427-2636, Web: www.isbc.org

8. Sunday, Oct 14, 2012
“Islam 101” 

Presented by Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni.  He is the chairman of the board for the study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College and a Visiting Scholar of Islamic Studies at Boston College. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Groton Interfaith Council.
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Place: First Parish Church, 1 Powder House Road, Groton, MA 0150
Contact: Shua Arshad, email: shuakarshad@gmail.com

9. Sunday, Oct 14, 2012
“Zakat: Legal Limits & Spiritual Realities” 

Join us for the ICNYU Weekend Seminar, this time with Shaikh Faraz Rabbani. The talk will be focusing on the inner dimensions of zakat, fiqh and an open Q&A session. Open to everyone but registration is required. Suggested donation $25. Hosted by the Islamic Center at NYU, SMILE, and the Islamic Students Association at NYU.
Time: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Place: ICNYU Prayer Room, 238 Thompson Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012
Contact:  Islamic Center at NYC, To register, please click here

10. Sunday, Oct 14, 2012.
“Muhammad (saw) – Mercy to Mankind
Join our webinar with ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid to learn and understand the noble character of our beloved Prophet (saw). The Qur’an affirms the Prophet (saw) was bestowed with an exalted character, “And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character (68:4)” This webinar will discuss those qualities and the standards our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) practiced and taught us. It will also focus on applying mercy and compassion in our lives in dealing with one another on a daily basis in order to improve our societies and our place with Allah. Muslims in America and worldwide are deeply disturbed by the appearance of an offensive video that depicts the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a very profane manner.
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (EST)
Place: On your computer (Online webinar), To register: programs@isna.net
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), phone 317-839-8157, www.isna.com

11. Sunday, Oct 14, 2012
“Young Engineers Robotics Class”
Masjid Al-Hidaya will be offering a Robotics class this year for ages 10 and up, every Sunday at the Masjid. Students will learn the following skills: robot construction and sensor implementation, programming language problem solving, advanced math and science skills and team building skills. Fee $50 per month. All proceeds go to Masjid Al-Hidaya Youth Program.
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Place: Masjid Al Hidaya, 2339 15th St, Troy, NY 12180
Contact: Owais Memon, email: owais.memon@gmail.com

12. Friday – Sunday, Oct 19-21, 2012
“MYNA Fall Camp”
The Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) camp committee invites you to spend a fun-filled, spiritually awakening weekend this fall. MYNA is run by the youth, for the youth and is completely dedicated to strengthening our relationship with Allah and friendships with our fellow brothers or sisters in Islam. Theme for this camp will be “The Oneness of God”, to remind us of the power and mercy of God. This camp will be a great chance for you to make some new friends, listen to amazing speakers, attend awesome workshops, and just have an amazing time! There will be exciting outdoor activities, such as archery and kayaking as well. For ages 12-18 yrs. Fee $140 per person. Organized by Masjid Al-Islam, CT.
Time: All day
Place: YMCA Camp Lincoln, 67 Ball Rd, Kingston, NH
Contact: MYNA website – http://myna.org/newhampshire

13. Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
“27th Annual Islamic Conference of New England”
The theme of this year’s conference is Resecuring the Future of Muslims in America – Struggle of Younger Generation in the Current Environment. Speakers include Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Khalid Griggs, Attorney Janice Bassil, Attorney Shannon Erwin, Attorney Kenneth Finn and more.
Time: 9:00am-9:00pm
Place: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
Contact: Naseema Khan 508-393-6066, Dr. Ihab Dabbagh 508-887-3285 Web: www.islamiccouncilne.org

14. Monday, Oct 29, 2012
“Sharia-Compliant Home Financing in US”
The seminar aims to stimulate dialogue and address the misconceptions, mistrusts, and perceptions that revolve around Islamic home financing. Islamic finance products are often labeled as conventional products with an Islamic wrap. The panel will focus on a discussion paper written by Shaykh Yusuf DeLorenzo, a reputable scholar in the field of Islamic finance, where selected panelists will present their diverse perspectives. Panelist include Yusuf Talal Delorenzo (Shari‘a Consultant, Malfa Inc. Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Shahab Ahmed (Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Associate Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School), Thomas Gainor (Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Guidance Residential, LLC, Virginia), David Loundy (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Devon Bank, Chicago, Illinois), Intisar A. Rabb (Visiting Associate Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School) and Stephen Ranzini (Chairman & CEO University Islamic Financial, Ann Arbor, Michigan).
Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm
Place: Harvard Law School , Austin Hall North,
Contact: Nazim Ali, Islamic Finance Project, phone 617-496-2296, email: ifp@law.harvard.edu

15. Saturday, Nov 3, 2012
“3rd Annual Battle of the MSAs”
This jeopardy style competition of Islamic knowledge will bring together MSAs from all over the Northeast, all competing for a grand prize. This year’s theme is “The Miraculous Qur’an”. Our special guest speaker is Shaikh Shakiel Humayun who was born and raised in New York City and then went to complete his post-graduate studies at the Arabic Language Institute at Umm-ul-Qura University in Makkah al-Mukarramah. You can expect to find a beautiful speech by Shaikh Shakiel Humayun, impromptu speech competition, great free food, awesome entertainment and audience prizes. Organized by MSA-CT Council.
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Place: Wesleyan University- Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06457
Contact: MSA- CT Council, Register your teams HERE, Web: http://www.msa-ct.com

16. Saturday, Nov 17, 2012
“4th Annual American Muslim Consumer Conference”
This year’s conference theme is “The New Face of Muslim Consumers”, which will analyze and discuss the market as a group of socially conscious, innovative, and engaged consumers. These are second generation Muslims, majority are born in America and they know how to balance their Muslim identity, their cultural identity and at the same time being an American. For them Halal has to be healthy, socially responsible and appealing. Fee $105 per person.
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Place: DoubleTree Hilton Newark Airport, 128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07114
Contact: Faisal Masood, email: fmasood12@yahoo.com  Web: www.americanmuslimconsumer.com

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