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37 Masjids Join “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

ISNA and the ISNA’s Green Masjid Task Force would like to thank and congratulate the 37 masjids that signed the pledge to fulfill the requirements of the “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign.  They pledged to: Conserve food at Iftars and not waste food by giving excess food to needy people Use biodegradable products for Iftars and not Styrofoam cups and plates Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity Give a khutbah on the Islamic imperative to conserve and protect our environment   As a token of ISNA’s gratitude, each masjid will receive a tree sapling, provided by Uzma Mirza’s Pen and Ink Pot Foundation (http://www.pifdn.org/). Here are the masjids listed in zip code order. Islamic Society of Western Mass          W. Springfield, MA 01089 Islamic Assoc...

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Building a Masjid vs. Building a Community  by  Saud Inam 

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 1 comment

  We’ve all had discussions with our friends and family about the state of our community and, more specifically, the state of our masjids. I remember attending the screening of the filmUnmosqued in Atlanta in which more than 100 community members and masjid leaders attended. I heard the pain and frustration in the question and answer session following the viewing.  Many expressed their ideas, concerns and reflections about how to address the challenges facing our community in Atlanta. It got me to thinking how can we practically fix the condition of our masjids? Masjids are meant to be the heart and soul of a community. Sometimes it feels as though our masjids are in a cardiac arrest. We’ve done a great job of fundraising and building masjids, but have we built a community to thrive in them? Community or Club?...

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Top 10 Ways on How NOT to Build a Mosque in America by Irfan Rydhan

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 1 comment

  Here are the top 10 items which the American Muslim Community should do if they do NOT want to build a new Mosque:  If your community finds a good sized piece of land (or an existing building) at a good price, then don’t look into the zoning or check to see if a religious assembly can legally be held there!  You can figure out the zoning later, after you have bought the land and invested a lot of the community’s money. Getting a legal use permit is a waste of time and money.  We don’t have to do that back home, so why do it here right?  If the site is sloped, don’t try to find out how much it would cost to grade the site (make it flat) for a new building.  The cost of grading will...

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Rules for I’tikaf in the Masjid

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I’tikaf refers to going into seclusion in the mosque for the sole purpose of worshipping Allah and attaching oneself and one’s heart to His worship. I’tikaf provides an opportunity to the believer to get closer to Allah by temporarily freeing oneself and one’s mind from the activities and worries of this world. This provides an excellent opportunity to train oneself to disassociate temporarily from the worries of the world and to instead focus only on Allah alone. Rules for I’tikaf Following are some of the rules for I’tikaf based on the Islamic teachings that are mentioned for each case: A person should stay in a mosque for the duration of the I’tikaf (except for certain things as described below in the prophetic sayings: Aa’ishah reported that when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed I’tikaf,...

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Wisconsin Islamic Group Ties Green Initiatives to Spirituality by Susan Bence

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  Among faith groups, a ground swell of environmental concern has been building. This includes within the Muslim community, which begins Ramadan – their sacred month of fasting – today. In Milwaukee, a group called the Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsinhas been at work for a decade. It will be honored next week by a national interfaith environmental group, GreenFaith, for its programs. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited with two people  instrumental in the Islamic group’s green initiatives. Nabil Salous says the Qur’an stresses the importance of caring for the earth. He serves on the board of directors for the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, or ISM. And, Huda Alkaff created the Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin. She says its efforts boil down to tying awareness and action to spirituality. Alkaff works with mosques in Madison and the Fox Valley, but most of her energy is...

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‘Green Ramadan’ begins as Pope calls for fast action on climate by Ben Piven

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The Pope’s historic encyclical is calling attention to the impact of human-driven climate change on the planet and especially its effect on the worlds’ poor, prompting many Catholic faithful in America to weigh in for or against the Vatican stand. Meanwhile, American Muslims are being urged to observe a “Green Ramadan.” The Washington, D.C.-area organization Green Ramadan wants Muslims to fulfill their religious duties by treating the environment better during the fasting month that begins Thursday. Kori Majeed, founder of the grassroots group, is just one of many activists trying to make the 30-day holiday kinder to nature. In her third year of the campaign, the focus for 2015 is on using serving materials other than styrofoam; last year her big push was for “zero-trash iftar kits,” which believers can re-use each evening while breaking the fast. “Faith is a huge part of...

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