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(01 Mar 2011)

RAMADAN at MICC

13 years 1 month ago #140 by adminteam
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Assalamu-alaikum!

As all of you are aware, Ramadan is approaching soon, as it is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. All physically mature and healthy Muslims are obliged to fast for the complete month. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam, and is an act of worship and obedience to Allah (SWT). Between dawn and dusk, all Muslims abstain from all food, drink, and intimate contact. In addition to this physical component, the spiritual aspect of the fast includes an added emphasis on being honest, showing kindness to others, refraining from gossip, obscenity, and all other sinful acts. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran, “Oh ye who believe, fasting is prescribed unto you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint. Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Quran was sent down as a guide to mankind with clear signs for the guidance and judgment between right and wrong. So every one of you who is healthy and able should spend this month in fasting.”

Fasting is an act of deep personal worship to Allah (SWT) in which Muslims seek to raise their level of Allah-consciousness. The act of fasting redirects the heart right away from worldly activities and towards the remembrance of Allah (SWT). During this month, Muslims focus on strengthening their relationship with their Creator. It is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, and doing good deeds. Fasting is intended to inculcate self discipline, self restraint, and generosity.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s pleasure, Allah (SWT) will keep his face away from (hell) fire. Hazrath Abu Huraira (RZ) reported the Messenger of Allah as saying “He who fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven; he who prays during the night in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven, and he who passes Lailatul-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven”.

As our annual tradition, this year our Ramadan activities will once again be celebrated at Masjid-e-Syed Hashim (MICC) building located at 7419 N. Western Ave. Chicago. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to open fast and perform daily prayers along with Taraveeh prayers. This year the Iftar time will be after 7:30pm, therefore, MICC has decided to arrange a dinner program after Iftar. All brothers and sisters of our community are welcome to participate in this program and to share the blessings of Allah (SWT), and enjoy the breaking of fast together. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated “Anyone who gives a full meal to one who has been fasting will be given a drink from my stand, and Allah (SWT) will not cause thirst until he/she enters paradise. There will be a $300.00 donation for this program, and I urge all community members to participate in the opportunity of feeding others who are fasting to receive reward from Allah (SWT) regardless of the fact that you live in Chicago or any other place in the United States.

Hafiz Asadullah Khan and Hafiz Syed Khundmir Sirajuddin will lead Taraveeh prayers. They will be completing one recitation of the Holy Quran during Ramadan. Isha prayer (Farz) will begin promptly at 9:30pm immediately followed by Taraveeh prayers. Please make sure you arrive at the Masjid before time to perform Wudu and other prayers before Farz prayer at 9:30 pm. Insha-Allah, Lailatal-Qadr prayer will be held at Holiday Inn located in Skokie, Illinois. MICC will be collecting donations to pay for the hall rental, and other expenses, please donate generously in our Zakat, charity, and donation funds.

MICC PROGRAMS

1. Dars-e-Qur’an: Hazrath Peer-o-Murshid Abulfatah Syed Nusrath sahab explains Quranic verses in both Urdu and English every Sunday after Zuhr prayer. I encourage all of the community members to take advantage of this program. Bring your children and family.

2. Sunday School: A few sisters are actively conducting Islamic studies classes every Sunday at 3:00pm. I again urge you to encourage all community members to volunteer and send their children to Sunday school to build and strengthen their Islamic practice for themselves and for the future generations.

May Allah (SWT) bless all of us and enable us to spend this Ramadan in peace, prayer, and total submission to our Creator. Ameen!

Jazak-Allah-Khair
Your brother in faith,
Rahmat Ali Khan
President, MICC

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