Beloved ISBCC Community, As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah
Alhamdulillah! As Muslims, we are about to welcome one of Allah’s greatest favors to His Ummah, the sacred month of Ramadan. This year we will immerse ourselves in Asma’ Allah Al-Husna: Connecting to God’s Names and Attributes. Reflecting on last Ramadan’s theme of “In the Footsteps of our Beloved,” we know that the Prophet (SAW) was the essential slave (‘abd). He is the essential knower of Allah (swt), and he (SAW) exuded His Names and Attributes, connecting to them on a human level in the most profound way. Insha’Allah, during these days and nights of Ramadan, we will be exploring, learning, internalizing and connecting with God’s Names and Attributes.
During this blessed month of Ramadan, we will strive to know Allah (swt) as He has described Himself, and as the Prophet (SAW) has explained to us in the Sunnah. Acquiring this essential knowledge of God is the journey of the Believer towards Ubudiyya. Learning Allah’s Names and Attributes allows us to understand the extent of Allah’s Rahma, His Control, His Creative Power and His Fashioning, and teaches us how to be in the world. It enables the Believer to live in the highest form of self, while striving to embody the Divine character traits that are possible for the human being.
Our hope as Muslims is to attain Taqwa and Ubudiyya, God consciousness and complete servitude, both of which are not attainable without knowing God and seeing His Mercy (Rahma), Forgiveness (Maghfira), Wealth (Rizq), and Might (Jabarut) because seeing these realities compel us to fall into loving surrender. The equation of our relationship with Allah (swt) is first we know, then we attain Ubudiyya and Taqwa, and that leads us to love and fear. It is only through this process that our worldly life is transformed into a meaningful existence.
It is through everything we know about Allah (swt) from His Beautiful Names that we come to love Him, as love is an extension of knowing. Insha’Allah, this Ramadan, the Friday Khutbah, Taraweeh Khatira and a weekly class dedicated to the 99 Most Beautiful Names and Attributes (al-Asma al-Husna) will deepen our knowledge of Allah (swt). When we really know what Allah (swt) means to us in every way that informs our hearts, minds and souls, that knowledge is transformed into love, and love transforms knowledge into “We hear and we obey” because we would never want to disobey or displease the One we love.
First Day of Ramadan
Ramadan 2018 will begin with the first Taraweeh prayer on May 15th The first day of fasting is May 16th.
How does the ISBCC determine the first day of Ramadan?
The ISBCC follows the Fiqh Council of North America in its fatwas on the timing of Ramadan and Eid. To understand their methodology for determining the first day of Ramadan, please click here.
Insha’Allah, join the ISBCC family of Believers in worshipping Allah (swt), learning His Most Beautiful Names and their meanings and exploring how to connect to them in our lives in meaningful ways. Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has said, “Whoever memorizes them enters Paradise.”
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 Friday, June 15th inshAllah at Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. There will only be one Eid prayer and it will be at 8 am inshAllah.
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.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“He who observes the ten days Itikaf during Ramadan will obtain the reward of two Hajj and two Umrah.” [Bayhaqi]
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. Please also take a moment to understand the rules of I’tikaf and its fiqh.
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)!
If you would like to earn a reward for every time someone prays 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. Together, we can connect ourselves to the Jamal Attributes of Allah.
Commitment to be better
Being stewards of the Earth, it is the responsibility of Muslims to care for the environment in a proactive manner. We at ISBCC are taking our commitment to the next level:
- We pledge to use less.
- We will use compostable Plates, Cups and utensils.
- We will eliminate plastic bottles.
Help us on this journey doing your part to make this effort a success.
Beginning Friday, May 18
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 $11 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!
Allah’s Names and Attributes
Shaykh Yasir Fahmy
Starting May 19
Saturdays, 1 pm – 4 pm
Third floor function hall
Call upon Allah or call upon Rahman: By whatever name you call upon Him It is well: For to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Qur’an 17:110
And all the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call upon Him by them. Qur’an 7:180
Knowledge of God is an essential part of servitude and submission, the essence of Islam. For Muslims to be in conscious, loving surrender to Allah, we must know Him as He has described Himself. This course will examine the multilayered meanings of Allah’s Names and Attributes (Asma’ Allahu Al-Husna). By learning Allah’s names, Insha’Allah we will be able to meaningfully call upon Him through them, increase our understanding of their meanings and embody them in our daily lives. This journey will be undertaken with the hope and intention of being among those whom Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has mentioned in a sound hadith: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, on the authority of Abu Huraira (RA), “Allah has ninety-nine names, one hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”
$65 – $35 subsidized/student tickets
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 take place weekly from 7 pm to 8 pm in the ISBCC’s prayer area. All are welcome, no matter your level.
May 26 | June 2 | June 9
May 20 | June 3 | June 10
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.
Children of the Ummah
“The best gift to children for parents is their correct rearing” [Tirmidhi]
During the blessed month of Ramadan, the ISBCC strives to guide our community on meaningful inner and outer journeys to a state of Ihsan. An essential component of this guidance is programming that engages our children. In the beauty and significance of this sacred month. In keeping with this year’s Ramadan theme, Asmaa Allah al-Husna: Connecting to God’s Names and Attributes, the ISBCC Children of the Ummah program for children ages 3-7 will focus on helping our children identify Allah’s Names and Attributes and to reflect them in their own lives, e.g., love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, justice mercy and appreciation.
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 ISBC Children of the Ummah program is designed by teachers within our community to engage children in fun Islamic educational experiences that nurture an understanding and appreciation for Ramadan. In addition, the ISBCC strives to afford parents the opportunity to focus on their Taraweeh prayers, secure in the knowledge their children are safe and engaged in Islamic activities.
The program will be running everyday from the isha prayer until to the end of tarawih. At the Annual Fundraiser Night on May 19 the program will begin at 6:00 pm.
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.
Giving During Ramadan
“O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous.. (The Holy Quran, 82:6)
During the blessed month of Ramadan, let us strive to connect ourselves to Allah’s Beautiful Name, Al-Kareem, the Generous, the Giving, by giving generously to the ISBCC.
As we seek to connect with this Attribute of Allah, we have the example of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as 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 $11 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.