Beloved ISBCC Community, As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah
Alhamdulillah. As we look ahead to the blessed month of Ramadan, it is the perfect time to reflect upon Allah Subhana wa T’ala’s Mercy upon us through the guidance and example of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), the Mercy to all of Creation, whom Allah instructed: “Say (O Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful” (3:31).
In order to obey the Prophet (P.B.U.H.), to take what he (P.B.U.H.) has given us and leave what he (P.B.U.H.) has forbidden, and to follow his (P.B.U.H.) example more faithfully, we need to increase our love for Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) through increased knowledge of him (P.B.U.H.).
Each Ramadan, Allah (swt) blesses the Believers with an opportunity to beautify and perfect our Islam, Iman and Ihsan. Insha’Allah, this Ramadan we will strive to beautify and perfect our knowledge of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) through his Seerah and Shama’il, with the sincere intention of developing a deep love for him (P.B.U.H.) and an unshakable commitment to take our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) as our ultimate guide in this life.
The ISBCC’s “In the Footsteps of the Prophet ” theme will be reflected in the Friday Khutbas, pre-iftar reminders and rememberances, the khawatir during the tarawih break throughout the month of Ramadan, and in the khatira following Fajr salah during the last ten days of Ramadan. The Shama’il will be taught by Shaykh Yasir Fahmy in a course that is comprised of four sessions. Some of the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H.) actions from the Sunnah will be posted throughout the masjid to encourage us to incorporate them into our daily lives and some of these reminders will be implemented as projects for ongoing impact.
In keeping with the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H.) beautiful example of feeding people and strengthening interpersonal and community ties, the ISBCC will once again host our weekly Friday and Saturday Iftars, and Suhur during the last ten days of Ramadan.
We welcome you and your family to the ISBCC’s Ramadan events and ask Allah Subhanahu wa T’ala to grant you love for Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) as a means of attaining His Mercy and Forgiveness.
May Allah bless and perfect our worship and increase our ranks in this holy and blessed month of Ramadan.
First Day of Ramadan
ISBCC will begin our Ramadan on the night of Friday, May 26th, 2017. We will pray Taraweeh on the night of May 26 inshaa’ Allah and will fast beginning at dawn on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Shortly after the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) received his first revelation (Iqra!), he ran, fearing for himself, to his wife Khadija, may Allah be pleased with her. “Cover me [with the cloak]! Cover me!”, he requested of her. Allah (swt) shortly thereafter revealed the above verses, commanding the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) to offer the nightly prayer as a means to strengthen his bond with Allah (swt) and bring comfort and confidence to his heart for the mission that lay ahead of him (P.B.U.H.).
If you are someone who has been experiencing self-doubt, who is faced with what seems like insurmountable obstacles in your life or who wants Allah (swt) to use you for a higher purpose, join us in worshipping Allah (swt) with fellow believers during the quiet hours of the night and listening to our beloved Qari Imam Muhammad Nabil Mustafa’s recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
Imam Muhammad will lead us through the whole Qu’ran during the blessed nights of Ramadan immediately after ‘isha prayer and ending approximately at 12am. We will pray 8 rakat and end with a beautiful dua (prayer) to our Lord with the witr prayer. Join us for this blessed ibada (worship)!
Taraweeh Cost: $12,500
Total Raised to Date: $0
Total to be Raised: $12,500
If you would like to earn a reward for everyone time someone pray during taraweeh, please donate here for all the costs associated with our Taraweeh prayers.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.” [Al-Nasai]
One of the most beautiful aspects of Ramadan is the love and harmony that is shared among family, friends, and community members who come together to break their fast (Iftar). For those blessed to be close to family and friends, coming together to share food and friendship with other members of the community increases their blessings. But for people new to the area or new to the faith- those separated from family and friends and those who are alone- the initial joy that comes with breaking the fast can be marred by feelings of loneliness and isolation. In order that every Muslim may experience the joy and blessings of Ramadan, the ISBCC invites all participants to join us in our communal Iftars.
Beginning Saturday, May 27
The ISBCC will host Community Iftars every Friday and Saturday night under the arches of the ISBCC.
During the Last Ten Days of Ramadan, we will be holding Community Iftars every night. Join us, Insha’Allah!
For just $10 per Iftar, you can be a part of what makes this month have such a powerful impact on your fellow brothers and sisters in Islam. Remember, whether it is one Iftar you decide to sponsor or many, every sponsorship you make not only strengthens our wonderful community and brings us together during this difficult political time, but it also is an amazing expression of gratitude to Allah (swt) for His Generosity towards you!
New Muslim and Friends Iftars
Ramadan provides a perfect opportunity for new Muslims to invite their family and friends to experience the beauty of Islam and the diversity of Muslims in the welcoming environment of the ISBCC. We invite new Muslims to experience the Islamic tradition of breaking fast with loved ones.
Beginning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 and on every Wednesday throughout Ramadan, the ISBCC will hold a New Muslims and Friends Iftar, followed by a discussion and dinner. Invite your family and friends to join you. We look forward to welcoming them. Please RSVP for these Iftars here.
Each New Muslims and Friends Iftar costs approximately $1000. If you would like to sponsor these Iftars. Jazakahllahukhairan for your efforts thus far, and remember – our community would not be what it is today without you!
Total Raised to Date: $
Total to be Raised: $
Annual Ramadan Fundraising Iftar
The Annual Ramadan Iftar is an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of our beloved Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) and give generously. It is a time when we join together as family and community to seek Allah’s pleasure through collective giving. This year, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ISBCC minaret capping. As we use Ramadan’s blessings to be purified through our fasting and acts of worship, the Annual Ramadan Iftar is a special opportunity to give to support the House of Allah and be purified through our sadaqah (charity) for His sake.
We are blessed to have Dr. Altaf Husain return again this year to carry out the fundraising. We will also have a special keynote address by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, PhD, is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Al-Maghrib Institute. He is one of the few people who has combined a traditional Eastern Islamic seminary education with a Western academic training of the study of Islam.
Shaykh Yasir graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences, and then completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah. He then returned to America, and completed a PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University.
He has authored several books, published academic articles, and appeared on numerous satellite and TV stations around the globe. His online videos are of the most popular and highly-watched Islamic videos in English.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center. He is also a professor at Rhodes College, in the Department of Religious Studies.
Dr. Atlaf Husain
Dr. Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and his research interests include the integration of immigrant and refugee families in the United States, especially with regards to Muslim adolescents, Dr. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National), a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), a faculty member of COMPASS (the state of the art management training program of MSA National), the chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the chair of the Peaceful Families Project (dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence). Dr. Husain lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Mona, and their two sons ‘Omar and Ahmed.
- Registration begins at 5:45 pm
- Event will start promptly at 7:00 pm
Where can I park?
How much are tickets?
- Adult ticket: $50
- Child ticket: $15
What age qualifies for a child ticket?
Children’s tickets are for kids from 3 years – 11 years old
Will there be babysitting provided, and if so what is the age limit and cost? **(is there cost for kids program?)
- There is a kids program (for 3 years – 11 years old) as well as a teen’s program (for 12 years – 16yea rs old). Kids/Teens programs cost $15 per individual. Babysitting is not available for children 0 years – 2.5 years.
What if I have a large family, is there a special family rate?
- Please note, there are no family packages available online or on-site
Do you take cash, credit card, or check?
- Online: all major credit/debit cards are accepted
- On-Site: Cash, Credit/Debit cards, and Checks payable to MAS-ISBCC are accepted
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
- We encourage you to *purchase your ticket today — need to add link* to reserve your spot. We cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the door
I cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation, how can I do this?
- Please visit ISBCC Ways to Give to make your donation. May Allah reward your contribution
How long is the event?
- The formal program will be two hours concluding with Ishaa’ athan at 10:45 pm
Shama’il – Prophetic Character and Etiquettes
In this course, we will endeavor to learn about the characteristics and the etiquettes of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). We learn the Prophetic etiquette, his internal and external state, the way he looked, the way he walked, and the way he talked, all of which would be categorized under the Shama’il. The hope is that we learn in intimate detail who the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) was in his personal conduct and in his description so that we can emulate him to the best of our ability. The more intimate we know him (P.B.U.H.) then, God willing, we will be able to see him in our dreams and see him on the Day of Judgement and in the afterlife. The great practice of our scholars was to every year read the description of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) in order to immerse themselves in his personal description. This, God willing, is what we hope to do. We hope to continue in the Sunnah of our scholars. But more importantly to immerse ourselves in the person of the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.
Saturdays, May 27, June 3, June 17, June 24,
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3rd Floor Function Hall
$50 | $25 students
If you would like to sponsor a student, please donate here.
The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) said, “The person who recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And the person who exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.”
Every day after Asr at the ISBCC’s prayer area, Qari Khaled Alsobhi will lead a Qur’an circle for brothers and sisters. All are welcomed, no matter your level. If you cannot recite Qur’an, please expect to read the English translation
The goal of all of these post-Asr circles will be to recite 1/30th of the Qur’an every day with the hopes of completing the whole Qur’an by the end of the month of Ramadan. Through the completion of the Qur’an, you will inshAllah improve in your recitation and get the blessed reward of reciting the Qur’an in the blessed month of Ramadan.
Please register for this program here and indicate your reading ability.
Children of the Ummah
“The best gift to children for parents is their correct rearing” [Tirmidhi]
The ISBCC guides our community on inner and outer journeys during the blessed month of Ramadan. Essential to them is the programming that engages our children in the beauty and significance of this sacred month. The ISBCC proudly announces our Children of the Ummah program for children ages 4 to 7. Children of this age have open hearts and unencumbered spirits, and this program gently nurtures them accordingly. It cultivates the beautiful Islamic values of kindness, sincerity, compassion, cooperation, and sharing, as embodied by Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.).These values, made especially visible during the month of Ramadan, are presented in a child-friendly manner and, Insha’Allah, will help our children to become conscientiously-practicing Muslims.
Designed by teachers within our community, the purpose of the Children of the Ummah program is two-fold: First, to engage children in fun, Islamic-educational experiences that nurture an understanding and appreciation for Ramadan. Second, to allow parents to focus on their Taraweeh prayers secure in the knowledge that their children are safe and engaged in Islamic activities.
Children will be divided into small age-compatible groups and participate in each of the Children of the Ummah components:
- Choices: In this component, children choose from among different Islamic and non-Islamic games, puzzles, Legos, Ramadan word searches, and physical activities.
- Ramadan: This component is devoted to engaging the children in aspects of worship during Ramadan. They pray mini-Taraweeh prayers, practice reciting Qur’an, engage in Dhikhrullah, hear Islamic stories, and watch short films that feature Ramadan being celebrated in countries around the world.
- Talent: This component offers children the opportunity to express themselves artistically and share their creativity with others. Under the guidance of an art teacher, the children will interact with the Qur’an and the Hadith in a fun way.
The leaders of the Children of the Ummah program create a relaxed, accepting atmosphere in which every child feels welcome, comfortable, and included. The ISBCC Children of the Ummah program invites your children on an exciting adventure with friends to learn about Islam and Ramadan! We look forward to welcoming your children, Insha’Allah.
The program will be running from Friday-Sunday and the Last 10 Days from the beginning of Taraweeh prayer until the end. At the Annual Fundraiser Night on June, 3rd the program will begin at 6:30pm
To cover the costs of the teachers, we are asking all community members to contribute $5 per child.
Some of our community members are not able to afford the cost of this program. Earn the reward of a child growing in their spirituality and skills by sponsoring a child.
The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) said: “The dearest to Allah is the one who is the most beneficial to people” [al-Tabarani]
We at the ISBCC are excited by the approach of the holy month of Ramadan. During this blessed time of heightened worship and remembrance of Allah (swt), we are reminded that one of the greatest acts of devotion lies in serving others within our community. We seek the favor of Allah (swt) by dedicating our time and resources to helping those around us. The ISBCC will therefore provide extensive volunteer opportunities for its members. To learn more about Ramadan volunteer opportunities please join us for one of the orientations.
Giving During Ramadan
As we seek to follow in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H.) this Ramadan, we are reminded of the following hadith, narrated by Ibn Abbas “The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H.) was the most generous of the men; and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan when Jibril visited him every night and recited the Qur’an to him. During this period, Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H.) was more generous than an unrestricted, comforting wind (going in each and every direction, giving comfort to anyone it touches).”
The ISBCC encourages our community members to spend as much of the wealth Allah has given them as possible during this month in order to help those with the least among us, to support all the various causes of justice, and to support this house of Allah – the ISBCC. Among the seven categories of people whom The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) said would be protected by Allah’s Shade on the Day of Judgment, one of them is “a person whose heart is attached to the mosque.” Show your attachment to this House of Allah – the ISBCC – by giving generously and by joining us in practicing the important act of worship of giving sadaqa.
Ways to Give
Jazakum Allahu khairan (May Allah reward you) for choosing to give to this house of Allah. All donations are tax-deductible. You may make a one-time gift or become an ISBCC Sustainer by giving monthly. Please select from one of the following options.
You can also direct your gift to a specific area to support your center
Supports building related activities and capital projects to maintain this House of Allah as a jewel for our community.
Supports programs in the Knowledge and Lived Spirituality spheres, including the ilm courses, halaqahs, khutbahs, daily prayers, and more.
Supports programs in the Community and Service spheres, including the ISBCC tours, the Neighbors for Neighbors Initiative, media work, and civic engagement activities.
- Sponsor a Community Iftar for $10 per person and or Suhur for $6 per person. Click here to see Iftar Calendar
- Sponsor the cost of one or more children in the Children’s Program during Taraweeh for $5 per child.