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.
Khatm al Quran
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 pm
The 27th Night of Ramadan is a special night at the ISBCC. It is a night when we stand as a congregation and complete the Qur’an. As one should give before they receive, we provide an opportunity for each worshipper to give a sadaqah before we stand in prayer and ask Allah (swt) for His infinite mercy and goodness. The timing of the isha prayer can be found here.
- Adhkaar & Dua
- Athan & breaking fast
- Maghrib (8:30 pm)
- Community Iftar
- Isha prayer (10:09 pm)
- Taraweeh (First four rakaat)
- Living Prophetically Video
- Khatira – Shaykh Yasir Fahmy
- Supporting Your Center
- Taraweeh (Last four rakaat)
- Khatm Dua
- Spiritual Lecture – Shaykh Yasir Fahmy
- Shafaa & Witr
- Fajr (3:29 am)
The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) said: “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival [referring to the two Eids of Fitr and Udha].”
Eid Location & Timing
Eid this year will be on Sunday, June 25th inshAllah at Madison Park High Football Field in Roxbury. In case of inclement weather, we will be at the ISBCC. There will only be one Eid prayer and it will be at 8 am inshAllah.
Shaykh Basyouny Nehela
We encourage all community members to utilize the T if at all possible. We will share a special link for Eid parking as we get closer to the date.
We encourage all community members to get their Zakat ul-Fitr in well in advance of Eid. All money collected by the ISBCC is given to our partner ICNA Relief, which distributes 100% of the money to the needy. Zakat ul-Fitr is estimated to be approximately $10 per person by the Fiqh Council of North America.
The ISBCC café will be open from 8:30-11 am for anyone interested in Eid breakfast for purchase right after prayers. The breakfast can also be a beautiful opportunity to treat a close friend or a community member you wish to get to know better.
We will be hosting a special lunch at an area restaurant or location near the ISBCC for all those without families this Eid – such as converts, students from local universities, and single spouses. We anticipate the cost to be $15 per individual. If you are interested in sponsoring, please email Rasha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eid Committee organizes the yearly Eid prayers. The Eid Committee is made up of representatives from Masjid al-Qur’an, the ISBCC, and the ISB in Cambridge. The chair of the Eid Committee is Imam Taalib Mahdee. For any questions regarding the Eid Committee, please email Imam Taalib at MasjidalQuran@Verizon.net .
A’isha (May Allah be please with her) narrated, “The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H.) would stay in I’tikaf during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan and he said: ‘Seek the Night of Al-Qadr during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan.'”
Though all parts of Ramadan are full of blessings and rewards, its last ten days hold a special status reflected in the recommendations and practices of the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H.) and his companions. One particular form of worship in these last ten days is particularly blessed: I’tikaf.
I’tikaf is meant to be a spiritual retreat, a time to minimize the external stimulation and distractions and focus the heart on its relationship with Allah. It’s about starting over, starting a new chapter in your spiritual life, using the masjid as a vehicle to facilitate that transformation, and finding the blessed night of al-Qadr. Join your brothers and sisters in this deeply spiritual act of worship.
To sign up for I’tikaf at the ISBCC, click the button below. Leading up to the last ten nights, we will host an orientation on logistics, the fiqh of I’tikaf, and recommendations on making it a transformative experience. Please also take a moment to understand the rules of I’tikaf and its fiqh. In addition to I’tikaf, the ISBCC will be running the following programs during the last ten days. Join us in these important programs and increase your efforts in connecting to Allah.
For those who can not perform I’tikaf you can still join us for Tahjud (Night prayer). Imam Muhammad Nabil continues to take us in a beautiful Quranic journey with is beautiful recitation in the last 10 days of Ramadan. He will start at 1:45 am every night inshaa’ Allah and close us with a beautiful dua’a thirty minutes before Fajr.
As it was narrated by Anas bin Malik (RA): The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Take Suhoor, as there is a blessing in it.”
The ISBCC will be providing community members with daily Suhur. If you would like to sponsor Suhur, please click here [need link].
Fajr Adhkar (Remembrances)
Shortly after Fajr prayers, a community member will lead us in the morning adhkar (rememberances of Allah). We will be reciting the Ma’thuraat, a common wird. These adhkar are meant to keep us focused on Allah and protected from the distractions and evil of the world.
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.
Project Ansar – Community Fellowship
In following in the footsteps of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we are launching a new Project, Project Ansar. It is a community fellowship that strives to revive one of the sunnahs of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). As our Beloved (PBUH) paired up the Muhajirin when they migrated from Makkah to Madinah with the Ansar (the people of Madinah) for support and building a sense of community, the ISBCC is striving to build that sense of mu’akha (sisterhood and brotherhood).
We encourage you to sign up. Once you sign up, you will be paired with a local family or individuals with whom you would be expected to connect with and build the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood. All participants will have the opportunity to build lasting and meaningful connections while supporting one another. Remember to come together to celebrate Ramadan, Eid and any other major celebrations together.
1. Follow in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) and celebrate the gift that Allah (SWT) bestowed on us when He blessed us with the concept of brotherhood
2. Serve others who are away from home (students, young professionals, converts, refugees, etc) and bring joy to their hearts.
3. Strengthen our community and become the best version of a modern Muslim community.
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.”
Qur’an circles will inshaAllah happen every day after Asr at the ISBCC’s prayer area. All are welcome, no matter your level. If you cannot recite Qur’an, please expect to read the English translation.
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 the volunteer orientation.
Saturday, May 13
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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.