Eid Mubarak, Eid Prayer held Outdoors Sept 10 @ Madison Park High

Inshaa Allah, The Muslim community in Boston will celebrate  Eid Ulfitr on Friday September 10,2010   with prayers at   Madison Park high school.  Takbeer will start at 7:00 am and Prayer will follow at 7:30 a.m.  The prayer will be held at the athletic field  behind the school.  Please bring your own prayer rug.   Parking is available at ISBCC,  at Roxbury Community College and at the Renaissance garage at Ruggles T Station.  On-street parking with special parking pass.
Buy yours ahead of time from the ISB or ISBCC. $10/car Click here or Call 617-427-2636

Closest public transportation are Ruggles and Roxbury Crossing T Stations on the Orange line.

The prayer will be led by Imam Basyouny Nehela and  we will have  Boston Mayor,  Mayor Thomas Menino as special guest.

Madison Park school is located at 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury. It is Across the street & one block away from the ISBCC.

Parking map and directions to the place  is available here

Friday, Sep 10
Breezy with some sun
Breezy with some sun

73°F|57°F

Ramadan Fundraising Iftar 2010

Ramadan Fundraising Iftar: Friday September 3rd

Inshaa Allah the Islamic Society of Boston will hold its annual Ramadan Fund raising Iftar on  September 3rd, 2010.  The iftar will be held at ISB, 204 Prospect st, Cambridge MA and will feature Dr. Redouan Bateya as the guest speaker. Taraweek prayer will be led by  Imam Basyouny.   Suggested  donation  is  $20 per adult and $10 per child.

For More information  call us at 617-876-3546

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Ramadan Schedule

Daily

Location

Time

Short Reminder -  Imam Basyouny ISB After Fajr
Halaqa – Quran ISB After Fajr
Masjid Open Until Duha (Sunrise Prayer) ISB
Iftar  – Throughout the week ISB After Maghrib
Tarawih: One Juzaa Daily ISBCC After Isha
Tarawih:Shortend Version ISB After Isha
Quran Reflection with Imam Basyouny ISBCC Saturday After Asr

Reflections  Between Tarawih prayers

Reflections After 4th Rakat @ ISB Daily
Reflections  with Imam Basyouny ISBCC Before ISHA

Last 10 Nights

Tahajud with Imam Basyouny and 2nd Qur’an Completion ISB 1:15am – Fajr
Light Suhoor Will be served ISB Before Fajr
In Search of Laylatul Qadr ISBCC Night of 27th
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Iftar Sponsorship Program

IFTAR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Each year the ISB invites the community to help out with the Iftar program so that we can provide Iftar for the community. If you or your family would like to sponsor an Iftar this year, please mail your check to ISB and mail to 204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 or speak to Br. Abu Said

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Ramdan Starts on August 11, 2010

“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” Qur’an 2:183

First day of Ramadan will be Wednesday, August 11, 2010
and Eid ul-Fitr on Friday, September 10, 2010, Inshallah.
http://www.isna.net/events/Special-Announcement/Ramadan-and-Eid-ul-Fitr-Announcement.aspx

All praise is to Allah (SWT) and His blessings are on the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).

My dear respected Brothers and Sisters in greater Boston: Assalamu Alikum Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Barakatuhu.

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you all on this coming occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan. I ask Allah to grant us sincerity and strength to maximize and increase our efforts during this great month so we may be of the successful and righteous people during this month.

Alhamdulillah, in the last two years, our Muslim community in the greater Boston area has achieved commendable accomplishments regarding the determination of the start of Ramadan and Eid. These accomplishments were realized when the decision was taken to stop all dispute and diversions in making such an important determination and to move towards the most applicable Islamic opinion that will empower us to save our community from confusion and unhealthy dispute. This decision was to follow the opinion of the Fiqh Council in the USA in determining the start of Ramadan and Eid based on the astronomical calculations in the US. All of us should be happy with such an achievement and hard work.

Still, it might be good to remind ourselves of the following achievements:

-       The new Fiqh opinion was adopted and appreciated by the majority of the Muslim community in the greater Boston area, as well as in the US.

-       Our Muslim community benefited and became knowledgeable about the flexibility of our Islamic rules related to the issue of the beginning and the ending of Ramadan and Eid.

-       We became part of the greater majority of Muslims in the USA, since most of the media channels had announced that more than 90% of Muslims celebrated Eid in the US on the same day.

-       People are happy and satisfied with this new approach and it shows thru their adoption of this Fiqh opinion. Some have even said “We have been waiting for this opinion for a long time! Now we can plan ahead for Ramadan and Eid”, “Now I can tell my company about my holidays in advance”.

-       Respect and appreciation have been expressed to our honorable and renown Muslim scholars, as well as to the well-known and established Islamic research institutions (the Fiqh Council of North America and the European Council for Fatwa and Research) for their conclusion that using astronomical calculations to determine Islamic dates are not against the Sunnah. Rather, they are highly recommended since accurate calculation methods are now available to determine the Islamic dates of Ramadan and the Eid in North America ( For more details about the fiqh council position please visit http://www.fiqhcouncil.org/Default.aspx?tabid=86 ).

Nonetheless, we need to remember that while we adopt and promote the method of calculations to determine our Islamic Calendar, we have to advise ourselves and others with the following recommendations and Islamic core values:

1- Tolerating differences in Fiqh opinions is one of our most important Islamic ethics.

2- Upholding the unity of Muslims takes precedence above and beyond any valid difference in Fiqh opinions. We must therefore recognize and respect the legitimacy of differences on this issue and maintain a sense of brotherhood and unity.

3- The divine law ordains that change will require time for acceptance. When people begin to see the new approach more objectively, it will Inshallah be adopted and accepted more with full appreciation.

4- Any amount of success in achieving adoption of this new approach every year should be accepted and appreciated as a good start. And at the same time, we have to make sincere efforts in educating and preparing our community for greater unity in the coming years Inshallah.

5- Good understanding - We should free ourselves from inherited cultures, customs and rituals, and refrain from needless arguments and contradictions.

6- Deep faith - We should also free ourselves from the grip of our human self and its desires, and stay clear from the ways of Shay’tan. Only then would we be successful with Allah and hope to gain His blessings.

7- Continuous work - We should use our free time constructively and not preoccupy ourselves with useless endeavors or waste our time in argumentation.  We should focus on contributing toward building a better and united community, and uphold the best of representations in all different aspects.

8- Sincere advice – which will earn us the trust and hearts of people, and allow us to help one another in carrying the duty of  Islam while safeguarding each other from the temptations of Shay’tan.

We hope and pray that this advice and position will bring greater harmony and unity among all American Muslims.

“Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us, and grant us from Yourself mercy

Your Brother,

Imam Basyouny Nehela

Islamic society of Boston

Qiyam Getting Ready for Ramadan

Qiyam Program: Preparing Spiritually for Ramadan, What Tools Can Make it Better

On Friday,  August 6th, the Islamic society of Boston will be organizing a special program in preparation for  Ramadan.   The Getting Spiritually Prepared for Ramadan  program starts after Maghreb prayer  and  features Imam Basyouny and Imam Khaled.   The program, which will be  held at the Islamic society of Boston in Cambridge,  includes Quranic recitations,   Reflections, Question and Answer sessions,  Dinner and Isha prayers.

Tahajud starts at 2:30  am on Saturday morning and the program ends with Fajr prayers, supplications and  breakfast.

Join us for that unique opportunity to get spiritually uplifted before  the beginning of the blessed month.

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Are you Ready for the Month of Ramadan? Part 1

(وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى)”سورة طه آية84″

(I hastened to you O my lord so that you may be pleased)[20.84]

By: Imam Basyouny Nehela

The following reminder is of the kind of reminders that should be shared frequently and in a regular manner. This is especially true when we approach and are about to welcome a blessed religious occasion, or when we are expected to carry out a heavy and profound task. For whoever is qualified and well prepared to obtain the blessings of Allah (SWT) will never be displeased or distressed, but rather, they will be in a state of peace, tranquility, and acceptance.

The month of Ramadan is fast approaching us, just a mere few more days, bringing with it unique blessings and unique spirituality. As Muslims, and particularly during the current times, we are in much need for spiritual nourishment such as brought forth by this great and blessed month. We must then strive, in advance, in organizing our time and qualifying ourselves to acquire and win the blessings of each day, and win the blessings of each night of this noble month.

The significance of preparation

Islam teaches us consistently that self-preparation before engaging in any form of worship, work, responsibility, or other activity is crucially fundamental, and, sometimes, conditional to being granted great results. Our beloved Prophet (SAW) is our best example in these types of self-preparations. Allah (SWT) had directed him (SAW) to perform very special preparations, even before his being a prophet, in order to enable him to carry out the absolute divine message to humankind. So seclusion for our Prophet (SAW) was made alluring and dearer to his heart before receiving the divine message of Allah. Thus he used to spend one month every year using his heart and mind in contemplating the creation of Allah (SWT) [in the Cave of Hira]. And this preparation continued even after his divine appointment as a prophet of Allah (SWT). And we find him (SAW) not taking rest after being a prophet. Rather, he went through another kind of even more intensive preparation, as described many times in Al Quran. For example in Surat Al-Muzammil, Allah (SWT) instructed him (SAW) and his followers to practice certain activities, Such as: night prayer, reciting Quran, remembrance of Allah, practicing patience … so they can be ready to convey the message of Allah in an effective and successful way. Then Allah (SWT) ordered his prophet (SAW) to continue and maintain the same manner of worship until death comes to him, even during times of persecution and tribulations. Allah says in Surah Alhijir (Indeed, We know that your heart becomes tight because of what they say. So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him); and worship your Lord until the certainty comes to you) (97-99)

We can realize the importance of such self-preparation in Islam through the manner with which we perform our Islamic obligations and our Islamic rules. All our actions and all our sayings, even our inner feelings, need to be preceded by a corresponding sincere intention that they are carried out, and performed only for the sake of Allah. This intention preceding our every action can be called spiritual preparation. And at times, this sincere intention is fundamental for the validity and acceptance of our worship; such as Salah, Zakah, Hajj and other actions and duties. At times also, the Muslim worshiper must prepare him/her self both physically and spiritually, by making Wudu before entering into Salah, or by making Ihram before performing Hajj. Similarly, when we fast the month of Ramadan there is a physical preparation such as calculating or researching the phases of the moon, and by being physically healthy. This is in addition to the spiritually preparation (Niyah/intention) that every Muslim should make so as to have a valid fast.

Thus, we confirm that self-preparation in Islam is vital and imperative for all forms of worship and religious occasions. And this concept is evident in the earliest divine revelations in which Allah (SAW) commanded his prophet (PBUH) to practice these two kinds of self-preparation (the spiritual and physical). Allah says: “O Muddaththir (the one enveloped), stand up and warn. Proclaim the greatness of your Rabb. Purify your clothes.” [74. 1-4]

We need therefore to be mindful about our self-preparation for the upcoming month of Ramadan, and we need to be mindful of the divine opportunities of communication and closeness with Allah (SWT) brought forth to us by this blessed month. And we must try and expend our best to find the most effective way of self-preparation in order to draw the most benefit from this blessed month.

Next article will be about: The main elements of successful preparation

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Ramadan Clean Up

Friday Night Halqa at ISBCC: Isra &Meraj, The Prophet’s Amazing Night Journey

MAS Young Professional Friday Night Halaqa
presents

Isra & Meraj

The Prophet’s Amazing Night Journey

a halaqa & discussion with
Brother Hassan El Alami

Friday, July 9th at 7:15pm

@ ISBCC’s Common Word Cafe

100 Malcolm X Boulevard

Roxbury, MA 02120

Directions to the ISBCC

By T:

Orange Line T to Roxbury Crossing Stop. Upon exiting the station, walk to your right, cross the street and you will see the Center with its distinctive architecture in front of you.

By Car from 93 South:

Take Exit 18 and make a right turn at the 1st light.
Keep straight, following signs for Melnea Cass Boulevard.
Drive for about a mile and turn left onto Tremont Street.
Drive about half a mile and turn left onto Malcolm X Boulevard.
To park, make your first right onto Elmwood Street, and then your first left onto Roxbury Street, and another first left onto King Street. Halfway down the block you will see the entrance into the back parking lot of the Center.

By Car from 93 North:

Take Exit 18 and turn left turn at the 1st light.

Keep straight, following signs for Melnea Cass Boulevard.

Drive for about a mile and turn left onto Tremont Street.

Drive about half a mile and turn left onto Malcolm X Boulevard.

To park, make your first right onto Elmwood Street, and then your first left onto Roxbury Street, and another first left onto King Street. Halfway down the block you will see the entrance into the back parking lot of the Center.

How to Prepare for Ramadan

How to Prepare for Ramadan

  1. Making supplications to Allah (SWT) to let you live healthy till the end of Ramadan.
  2. Thanking Allah (SWT) when the month of Ramadan arrives.
  3. Being happy and pleased when the month of Ramadan arrives.
  4. Planning and preparing to make the most out of the month of Ramadan.
  5. Purifying the intentions and being determinant not to waste the month of Ramadan without being one of those that Allah (SWT) will wipe their sins and refuge them from Hellfire.
  6. Learning about fasting, what breaks it, what perfects it, etc.
  7. Asking Allah (SWT) to forgive you your sins and mistakes, working hard to stop doing any sin, and avoiding doing any bad deeds in Ramadan.
  8. Preparing yourself mentally, spiritually and emotionally by reading books and articles and listening to cassettes and other audio materials about the virtues and benefits of fasting.
  9. Preparing well to do active Dawah. You can participate in the activities that are held in the mosque. You can send small gifts to your friends. You can send some letters to brothers and sisters. You can remind people about the poor and the Muslims who suffer in many places on Earth.
  10. Opening a new chapter with…
    • Allah (SWT) by repenting.
    • The Prophet (PBUH) by following his way of life.
    • The parents, relatives, spouse & children by reconnecting with them.
    • The community by being active, caring and beneficial.
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