The history of the Islamic Center of New England is the story of seven unskilled, uneducated Lebanese Muslim families who immigrated to the United States in the early 20th century, arriving in a foreign land, with no mosque to attend and no hope of building one. It took two generations (immigrant and first-born) working together for 30 years to build it. Each generation motivated for different reasons, but ultimately wanting the same thing: to express their ethnic and religious heritage, become an integral part of the religious landscape of America, educate their children, and create a space where their children could socialize and marry each other.

The mosque they built in 1964 in Quincy, MA is the oldest mosque in New England. Their accomplishment at first looked like it might be just a shallow victory. The dark cloud of debt, insufficient funds to pay bills, and hardly anyone at Friday prayers threatened to undo their dream. After 30 years of trying to build a mosque, only a handful of founders were left, fighting against all odds, once again, to keep the doors open.

Then, in 1965, a new Immigration Act was passed, allowing Muslims from all over the world to enter America. These Muslims quickly discovered a mosque in Quincy, the only mosque in all of New England. The founders were in awe of Allah and their good fortune. They thought they were building a mosque for their children, but in the Divine plan, they realized that they had built a mosque for every Muslim. The new immigrants rescued the Center and supported it by hard work and steady donations.

The new immigrants were also highly skilled and educated, and they taught the American-born founders about true Islamic practice. In exchange, they learned from the founders how to build a mosque in America. Their ambitions knew no limits and they set out from Quincy to build more mosques to accommodate the rapidly increasing Muslim population. As a result, well over 30 Centers were built throughout New England in the last 30 years (1979-2009).

Mosque communities are different from one another and people are free to choose whichever one fits them best. In an effort to find a middle way, i.e., a level of religious practice that suits his or her life style, family needs, job, culture, race, or ethnic heritage, level of education or integration, even temperament, a Muslim might prefer one mosque community at one time in life, and 30 years later, prefer an entirely different one because it addresses different need(s). Today in New England, Muslims are blessed to have a spectrum of mosque communities to choose from, and to have such a multitude of mosques to choose from makes the words of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ring with truth: “Diversity in my community is a blessing.”

It is important for Muslims who came to this country after 1964 to become familiar with the history of the Islamic Center of New England. To have a mosque as soon as you arrive in a foreign country is a great blessing. Imagine that there was nothing here when the founders arrived in the early 1900s. And when this author was growing up, 30 years later, there still was no mosque or community.

Today, the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon, MA has a beautiful large prayer room, social hall, and school, with plenty of land for further expansion. The Center has become a model of peaceful co-existence and is open for interfaith dialogue, socializing, and learning. A few years ago, there was even a marriage between two young people who grew up attending the Islamic Center of New England! And so, the dream of being a part of the religious landscape of America lives on.
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Prophetic Empathy at ICNE Sharon taught by Imam Mikaeel Smith

We're excited to introduce Qalam's newest seminar with our new instructor, Imam Mikaeel Smith. Prophetic Empathy is a class about the Prophet’s (S) ability to positively influence the community around him and his family members. Students will see how the concept of emotional intelligence, which was first coined in the early 90’s, is a prophetic reality. There are so many examples of how our Prophet (S) dealt with the various people around him and his ability to control his emotions and manage the emotional needs of others. The course content covers: - What is EQ? - What is Intelligence? - The value of EQ - The harms of not possessing EQ - Examples from the life of the Prophet (S) which display his EQ. At the end of the program, students will also take an EQ test to understand their own areas of weakness. Instructor Bio: Imam Mikaeel Smith: Imam Mikaeel will be delivering Jummuah Khutba and Friday night community Halaqah as well. Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith (Michael V Smith) is an Islamic scholar, writer, and activist striving to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the DFW community. Imam Mikaeel previously served as a resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Annapolis and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. He grew up in a deeply spiritual Christian home in Buffalo, NY. At the age of 18, he embraced Islam after reading the Qur’an and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Within a year after his shahadah, Imam Mikaeel enrolled at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, NY, where he learned to read Arabic and memorized the Qur’an. In 2008, he traveled overseas to study Arabic at the Jami’a Abu Noor in Damascus, Syria. Upon his return, he continued studying the Islamic sciences at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania. In 2012, he completed his studies of the Sihah Sitta (six most authentic collections of Prophetic traditions) and Qur’anic Tafseer (commentary), earning his degree in Islamic Studies at the Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario (BA equivalent). Later the same year, he moved to Maryland to become the scholar-in-residence at the Islamic Society of Annapolis. He taught tajweed (Qur’an recitation) and the foundational Islamic sciences at the Makkah Learning Center in Gambrills, MD, and served as a full-time instructor at the Al-Rahmah Seminary in Baltimore, MD. Currently, Imam Mikaeel is pursuing his BA in psychology, writing translations of classical Islamic texts and articles for MuslimMatters, teaching Alimiyah students, and serving the local Dallas-Ft Worth community.

12/15/2017 7:30:00 PM -05:00

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Pre Ramadan Session 2

This will benefit those who are fasting for the first and the fiftieth time. Often, we assume we know the protocol for our acts of worship. Our challenge is how to stop "assuming we know" and start "desiring to perfect."

5/16/2017 8:30:00 PM -04:00

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Family Life from the Seerah by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda at ICNE Sharon!

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda visits ICNE Sharon on Dec 16th for the Friday night Halaqah! He be speaking about "Family Life from the Seerah" This is a night you don't want to miss!

12/16/2016 7:30:00 PM -05:00

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2016 Winter Fundraiser ~ Special Guest Mufti Hussain Kamani

12/3/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Quranic Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Quranic Galaxy "Stay Strong. Read the Quran, Pray, Praise Allah. This will help you." -Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) When? Sundays from 5-6pm Where? In the Masjid(ICNE Sharon) An hour for high schoolers and some middle schoolers to reflect upon the Quran and recognize its critical relevance to our times...over hot chocolate. Have you spent many years learning how to read the Quran but never had the opportunity to learn how to love it? Have you wondered what it would be like to understand and reflect upon Quranic verses that changed people's lives? Whether you are a spiritually motivated middle schooler or a smart high schooler who wants a Quranic compass before they had to a college campus, this hour of reflection and companionship is for you.

11/13/2016 5:00:00 PM -05:00

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ICNE Youth Hike +4000ft. This Sunday!

With the fall colors taking over New England, we will be heading to the highest peaks in New England for the best view. Franconia Ridge trail is about 8 miles long and is a strenuous hike, so all hikers must be fit. A fitness test may be requested before boarding cars. We will leave at 7:30 AM from ICNE Sharon and return by 7pm. What to Bring: -Water, snacks -Sneakers/hiking shoes -Hat/Sunblock -$15-20 for lunch/gas If you would like to come, please go to this link and sign up to be a driver or a passenger: http://bit.ly/2eeYlSH

10/16/2016 7:30:00 AM -04:00

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A Young Muslim's Guide to Modernity

Summer Gatherings with Hafiz Na'eel A Young Muslim's Guide to Modernity through the Quran&Sunna This series of four evening gatherings will empower high school age youth on their journey through life today. Focusing on key challenges of modernity (eg. relativism, nihilism), it will be based on a group reflection & discussion of four frequently-read chapters of the Quran and four frequently-cited hadith of the Prophet(saw). We will also engage four related and relevant writings by Muslim scholars on identity, spirituality, peace & justice, and more. A movie screening relevant to the topics covered will be hosted at the end! Registration will be onsite. Suggested donation of $10 to ICNE Sharon & 1 minute of dua. No homework will be given but an attitude to learn is expected.

7/26/2016 12:00:00 AM -04:00

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A Young Muslim's Guide to Modernity

Summer Gatherings with Hafiz Na'eel A Young Muslim's Guide to Modernity through the Quran&Sunna This series of four evening gatherings will empower high school age youth on their journey through life today. Focusing on key challenges of modernity (eg. relativism, nihilism), it will be based on a group reflection & discussion of four frequently-read chapters of the Quran and four frequently-cited hadith of the Prophet(saw). We will also engage four related and relevant writings by Muslim scholars on identity, spirituality, peace & justice, and more. A movie screening relevant to the topics covered will be hosted at the end! Registration will be onsite. Suggested donation of $10 to ICNE Sharon & 1 minute of dua. No homework will be given but an attitude to learn is expected.

7/18/2016 8:30:00 PM -04:00

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Ramadan Hike at Blue Hill - Moon! Fireworks!

DEPARTURE: 7:00 pm from ICNE Sharon 1/2 hr hike to top. Moderately challenging RETURN: Midnight at ICNE Sharon IFTAR & TARAWiH (+ moon/fireworks sighting)! Bring "break"fast, prayer rug, & headlamp/flashlight. To give others a ride or to get a ride, go here: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/uj9m6s

7/4/2016 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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Jesus: What would he do? - with Ammar al-Shukry!

ICNE Sharon Ramadan Wakeovers invited you to: Jesus:W hat would he do? When: July 2. This Saturday NIGHT Join friends and foes at ICNE Sharon for a bonfire and qiyam with Hafiz Na'eel Rating: PG 13 *Content may not be appropriate for humans under 12. Be advised. The bonfire will begin immediately after Taraweeh followed by Tahajjud prayer and Suhur/Sehri.

7/3/2016 12:00:00 AM -04:00

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Prophetic Ramadan taught by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda!

Every year, Ramadan sneaks up on us. By the time we get in the swing of things, 10 days have gone by. It’s often not until the last 10 nights that we’re really taking advantage of the month – and just as quickly as it came, it’s gone. Every year we see a number of events leading up into the month. We hear a couple of khutbahs about getting ready for Ramadan. We might attend an online program to try to mentally prepare. But the thing that’s always missing is a real game plan. How did the Prophet (s) spend this month? And what lessons can I actually apply from the Ramadans of the Prophet (s)? Qalam Institute is pleased to offer a new course – in ONE location only, Sharon, MA! Prophetic Ramadan. This course will cover what you expect – Qur’an, i’tikaaf, Laylat ul-Qadr, and so on. But it will also cover important historical events from the seerah like the Battle of Badr, the Conquest (Fath) of Makkah specifically in light of Ramadan. This will create a new level of connection for you as you welcome this blessed month. Additionally, there will be a special study of how the Prophet (s) spent his last Ramadan. What made it special? What lessons can you learn and apply before Ramadan starts so that you have your best Ramadan ever insha’Allah.

5/14/2016 1:00:00 PM -04:00

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ICNE - Winter Fundraiser :: "Together For a Brighter Future"

ICNE - Winter Fundraiser :: "Together For a Brighter Future" Keynote Speaker: Ustadh Monzer Taleb Imam, Community Leader and Motivational Speaker Suggested Donation $35/Ticket Please donate generously @ www.icne.net or send check to P.O. Box 412 Sharon, MA 02067-0412

12/12/2015 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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