Training the Nafs
Ibrahim Islamic Center along with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston is happy to welcome Shaykh Fode Drame to Houston. Imam Fode Drame will be speaking at Ibrahim Islamic Center Saturday September 23rd at 7 PM to 10 PM. About Shaykh Fode Drame [BIO]: Imam Fode Drame was born in the Senegambia region of West Africa. He descends from the clan of Jakhanke whose unique expression of Islam dates back over 1,100 years; when Drame's people first accepted Islam and became the primary teachers, healers and religious leaders for the entire region. By the age of 5, Imam Drame had begun his formal studies, which included not only putting to memory the entirety of The Qur'an but also detailed study of Arabic grammar and poetry, Quranic exegesis, the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, and most notably, the knowledge and practice of spiritual excellence, otherwise known as Sufism. In addition, Imam Drame is gifted in languages; before leaving his native Gambia for Quebec to pursue a BA in linguistics at University of Quebec, Imam Fode had already taught himself French, German, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. Since arriving in Canada in the 1990s, Imam Fode Drame has continued in the tradition of the Jakhanke imams, by serving as a community leader and scholar of Islam (commonly termed ‘Imam’), however he has also been an extraordinary teacher of Quranic exegesis, a guide for spiritual development or ‘tasawwuf’, and a healer to all those who seek his support. In 2005, Imam founded Zawiyah Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to his vision for humanity. Zawiyah foundation has been at the forefront of a number of community development and support initiatives since its inception; through Zawiyah, Imam Fode has been pioneering the Islamic participation in interfaith dialogue in Vancouver, and continues to lead his Foundation through the hosting of yearly interfaith dialogue events. Among charitable endeavors, Zawiyah Foundation initiated the Hastings Project, a program which aims to provide warm meals to those in need in one of Canada's poorest neighborhood, the Vancouver Downtown East Side. In addition to his community service activities, Imam Fode continues his scholarly contributions. He has authored a series of writings in both Arabic and English (called Expansions) of which he has currently published five volumes, and also an unique translation of the Quran into English, called Anwar ul-Quran. His vision for knowledge dissemination is also seeing fruit by the establishment of Qawsain Knowledge House -- the first certified Muslim school in the city of Vancouver. The above are a few of his many accomplishments. But above all, Imam Fode Drame is, most importantly, to both his local and international community, an Imam who deeply cares. He is a hands-on community builder, a counselor, and a guide to any who seek his guidance no matter what their situation. And it is this quality, that has endeared him to all his students and the members of the community, and that marks him as a true Imam in the Islamic tradition.
9/23/2017 7:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Night of Power
Sustaining our Connection to the Divine with Shaykh Basem Hamid Shaykh Faraz Khan Tayyeb Shah Imam Khalis Rashaad Treats and Coffee served throughout the evening.
6/17/2017 12:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Marriage Master Class 2017
Fact: The person you are married to today is not the same person you married whenever. Fact: You are not the same person either. Question: Your starter marriage is over. Would you like to create a better one together? Yesterday's marriage advice will not work on tomorrow's relationships. The game has changed. Whether you’re single, engaged, married, or it’s complicated, the Ibrahim Islamic Center is dedicated to transforming lives. We have a unique vision to help us all rediscover super strengths in today's relationships. Facilitators: Khalis Rashaad, Sadia Jalali, atif Mahmud II Included: Lunch, couples photography, and a stroll through nature Cost: $25 per person. ($50 for couple) This masterclass is limited to only 40 people. The content will be adult-oriented so please make alternate arrangements for your children. Note that we expect to sell out quickly, and will not offer tickets at the venue. Facilitators Meet the Incredibles. By day, Mr. Khalis Rashaad is a Type A accountant. However, his superhero work is an Imam at the Ibrahim Islamic Center. His mild-mannered wife makes a lovely casserole, but when Nyesha trades her apron for boxing gloves, she makes heavy-bags cry. His son is a black belt candidate in Kuk Sul Won and his daughter is a Tae Kwon Do phenom. Together they hum show-tunes and battle the evil forces of Shaytaan. atif Mahmud II saves mosques. He produced the unMosqued documentary. Google it. atif knows people. He is an Organizational Culture consultant. His kryptonite: wasps. He's a minimalist, wavemaker and story teller. Ask him about the socks. Every superhero needs help, and Sadia Jalali is a superhero Coach. She has helped her clients find their capes, discover new strengths, fix their theme songs, and learn to love again. Or in the case of her own Fantastic 4; just learn how to clean up their own Legos. Here's a little free coaching from Dr. Sadia: You’re the superhero you’ve been waiting for. Now get out there and save the world!
5/6/2017 9:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Gentrification's Impact on Sacred Space
Come celebrate Black History Month & Ibrahim Islamic Center's 5th year anniversary. Join Ibrahim Islamic Center for an enlightening evening of conversation with Imam Khalis Rashaad, and special guests Uybadullah Evans and Assata Richards. The conversation will explore how the sacred areas of home, houses of worship and public space are deeply rocked as a result of gentrification. 6PM - 7PM (Food Truck and Approved Vending) 7PM - 9PM (Live Music and Conversation) Approved Vendors Palette of Style - Original artwork by Samar Babar Coffee & Treats by Sakinah Freeman Br. Ray's Bean Pies Ubaydullah Evans USTADH UBAYDULLAH EVANS is ALIM's first Scholar-in-Residence. He converted to Islam while in high school. Upon conversion, Ustadh Ubaydullah began studying some of the foundational books of Islam under the private tutelage of local scholars while simultaneously pursuing a degree in journalism from Columbia. Since then he has studied at Chicagoland's Institute of Islamic Education (IIE), in Tarim, Yemen, and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is the first African-American to graduate from its Shari'a program. Ustadh Ubaydullah also instructs with the Ta'leef Collective and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at times. Lauren Schreiber & Muhammad Oda Lauren Schreiber & Muhammad Oda are singer/songwriters based out of the Washington, D.C. metro area. Together, they create a fusion of hip-hop and acoustic soul music that touches on topics ranging from love and relationships to social justice issues. They have performed and facilitated discussions on various topics specifically relevant to their experiences and identities as an interracial American Muslim couple. They have been performing together for the past 5 years at various events in the DMV as well as in California. Currently they are working on their first joint album. Assata Richards Assata is the founding director of the Sankofa Research Institute (SRI), which is a nonprofit with a mission to “create knowledge to build community”. To accomplish its mission, SRI employs Community-Based Participatory Research to work collaboratively with academic researchers, community organizations and funders to generate empirical evidence to inform social change. Some of SRI’s current and past project partners include Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Dance Source Houston, Project Row Houses, St. Anne Catholic Church, and CHRISTUS Health Foundation. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and went on to earn a master’s and doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University. She has extensive training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses. After serving on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to Houston, Texas, to work with Project Row Houses (PRH), a nationally and internationally recognized public arts organization that utilizes art as a transformative mechanism for revitalizing economically-depressed urban communities. Also, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston and teaches courses in the sociology department and the arts leadership program. Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Assata to chair his Housing Transition Committee in 2016. Lastly, she is the Vice Chair of the Emancipation Economic Development Council, which is community-led effort with the a mission to “Inspire Hope and Contribute to the Revitalization and Preservation of the Third Ward
2/10/2017 6:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
I Bear Witness: A Conversation with Brother Ali
Join us for a community conversation with acclaimed hip hop artist Brother Ali on the role of Muslim artists, facilitated by playwright and scholar Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott of Progress Theatre. How do artists expand our capacity for truth-telling? How can they contribute to struggles for racial equity? And what can we do as a community to recognize and support Muslim voices in the arts? We’ll delve into these topics and more in an interactive format. WATCH: “Mourning in America” by Brother Ali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKHsGh-y8d8 Register NOW as space is limited. Tickets are $10 (including processing fee when purchased online). Tickets at the door are first-come, first-serve and are not guaranteed. “[Ali creates] music that is politically engaged and critical, but simultaneously empathetic and loving, and has a particular concern for black culture and history.” - Huffington Post “Ali is a man with a purpose and zero interest in holding back, someone ... attuned to what it takes to move a crowd with his voice” - Pitchfork FEATURING POP UP SHOPS: Palette Of Style - original artwork by Samar Babar Coffee and Treats by Sakinah Freeman MORE INFO: Brother Ali is a hip hop artist, speaker, and activist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His decade-long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, performances on Conan O'Brian and Jimmy Fallon's late night shows, and Al-Jazeera and NPR pieces. He was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and has landed coveted press features, among them Rolling Stone's 40th Anniversary "Artist to Watch" and Source Magazine's "Hip Hop Quotables." Brother Ali is currently working on his first literary offering. Brother Ali embraced Islam at the age of 15, inspired by the message and lyricism of the hip-hop greats, and later by the teachings of Malcolm X and the guidance of the late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed’s community. A seeker of knowledge since day one, his mentors range from Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and Ustadh Usama Canon to Rakim and Chuck D to Dr. Cornel West. Brother Ali infuses his vision for racial and social justice into all his works. http://rhymesayers.com/brotherali Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott is a published playwright, scholar, and Artistic Director of Progress Theatre, a touring company that uses performance as anti-racism engagement. Dr. Truscott creates Neo-Spirituals (a'capella musicals) using a call-and-response technique and "Soulwork," a methodology she developed from African American performance traditions and aesthetics. She is a recipient of multiple national grants, including the Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Impact Artist Award, NEFA National Theatre Project and most recently, the MAP Fund and Houston’s Idea Fund Grant. Her next piece, Plantation Remix, is a site-specific Neo-Spiritual and performative tour of historical U.S. plantations, designed to rehabilitate the separatist genre of plantation tourism and to reimagine and rework the functionality of these sites to encourage healing, social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness. www.ProgressTheatre.com This is an independent “Community Space” event held at Ibrahim Islamic Center.
1/22/2017 4:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
Al-Ghazali's - Where Guidance Begins
"Imam Al-Ghazali's Bidayatul Hidayah (Where Guidance Begins) is a highly motivational manual detailing the fundamentals of acquiring guidance through God-consciousness (taqwa). Imam Ghazali argues that just as there is an end to this noble objective there is also a beginning to it, which must be made firm for one to achieve success. He then goes on to expound the fundamentals of this "beginning." While being concise and to the point the manual is laid out in the form of a detailed daily timetable providing the reader strong inspiration and much heart-rendering counsel." - Bidayatul Hidayah (White Thread Press) Instructor: Khalis Rashaad Where: Ibrahim Islamic Center When: Every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8:30PM in January. starting January 4, 2017. Duration: 4 Weeks Cost: Free
1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM -06:000.0000
Night of Power
Join us for our Qiyam Program on July 2, 2016. The program will include Tarawih and talks by Sh. Rami Nsour (Taybah Foundation) and Sh. Faraz Khan (Zaytuna). About the Speakers: SHAYAKH RAMI NSOUR Rami Nsour was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the United States at the age of 9. During his college years, he attended Zaytuna classes taught by teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area, notably, Shaykh Khatri bin Bayba, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. With their encouragement, Rami embarked on a journey to study at the well acclaimed mahdara (college) of Shaykh Murabit al Hajj bin Fahfu in Mauritania in 1998. There, he was blessed with deep studies with beloved and respected teachers such as Murabit Muhammad al-Amin bin al-Shaykh, Murabit Ahmed Fal bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Tahir ibn Murabit al Hajj and Shaykh Sa’d Bu among others. Rami completed studies in the various subjects of Qu’ran, ‘Aqeedah (Belief), Fiqh (Law), Nahu (grammar), Ihsan (spiritual purification), and adab (manners) and received traditional teaching license (ijaza) to transmit what he learned. Within the area of Fiqh, he also completed the final text of Maliki fiqh, Mukhtasar Khalil, with memorization and has been granted permission by his shuyukh to teach. In addition to his extensive study of fiqh, he was afforded the unique opportunity to attend one-on-one sessions with his teachers where he would engage them in countless hours of discussion on the application of fiqh in general and specifically for those living in the West. He was also afforded the opportunity to learn practical applications of Islamic law (fiqh) during an extraordinary ‘in-residence’ experience. Rami has translated traditional Islamic texts from Arabic to English, including various works on Maliki fiqh and several works of the great Mauritanian scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud. Rami has dedicated much of his time in teaching, conducting seminars and counseling. He eventually co-founded the Tayba Foundation, which is currently the only organization offering a distance learning program in Islamic Education to incarcerated men and women. In addition to traditional teaching licenses (ijazah), Rami holds a B.A. in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood. Rami resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, is married and has two children. Founding Director of Tayba Foundation http://www.taybafoundation.org/ SHAYAKH FARAZ A. KHAN Faraz A. Khan is a full-time faculty member and the Honor’s Program coordinator at Zaytuna College. He lived in Amman, Jordan, for several years, studying and teaching the traditional Islamic sciences, with a focus on Hanafi law and legal theory, theology, logic, hadith studies, and Arabic grammar. He also served as an instructor and academic advisor at the Qasid Institute. He is a faculty member and researcher for Seekersguidance, and has translated into English classical Arabic texts in Hanafi jurisprudence, Ash`ari and Maturidi theology, and logic. https://www.zaytuna.edu/ AHMAD M. KHAN Ahamd Khan was born and raised in Houston, Texas and was able to memorize the Qur’an in 2005. He pursued his studies at the prestigious Dar Al-Uloom, in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Returning back to Houston 2007 he became the primary Imam at a local mosque and began teaching and continued his studies from a plethora of Master Qaries such as, Shaykh Abduallah Khan, Shaykh Ahmad Siddiq, and Qari Arshad Hussain. In 2011 he began teaching local Imams and working with national organizations such as, Islamic society of greater Houston, Risala foundation and W.D .Muhammad community. By visiting various communities and seeing the state the society was in he reoriented his priorities and enrolled in Zaytuna College. Mohammad graduated from Zaytuna in 2016 and is continuing his education. IMAM KHALIS RASHAAD Khalis Rashaad has a joint background as a student of both Islamic Studies and Accounting & Finance. He owns a boutique accounting and finance firm in Houston. Khalis also serves as the Imam of Ibrahim Islamic Center. His teaching style focuses on empowering others to engage the Qur’an and Prophetic example and apply in their lives in a practical way. He maintains an active role in community outreach. He also assists at mosques and organizations locally and nationally. He often leads the Friday talks and conducts classes and workshops on the Islamic sciences, social justice, finance and entrepreneurship. Khalis nourishes his creative side with martial arts, boxing and fashion. A proud introvert, he enjoys a good cup of coffee, a book or a deep conversation. He is married with two children. His children are also engaged in martial arts. His daughter in Taekwondo and his son in Kook Sul Won.
7/3/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Community "Go Green Iftars"
Every Wednesday and Friday we will have a community "go green" iftar for Ramadan 2016. The first step in "go green" at IIC is to #BringYourWaterBottle If you want to take another step you can bring your own dishes to eat on. For more information, check out #GreeningOurRamadan campaign @ http://www.isna.net/greening-ramadan-campaign.html And as always, desserts or your speacial treats are always welcome.
6/8/2016 8:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Seerah - Life of the Prophet: A Social Justice Perspective
This course will give seekers an understanding of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) using a social justice framework. The class will look at ideas of peace and justice in the Seerah and explore their deeper significance in the life of the Muslim. The Prophetic message, when viewed from a social justice perspective can have valuable outcomes both for Muslims and those of other faith traditions. In the class we will examine historical events, speeches and treaties that the Prophet had with his companions and others. “Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition.” (Al Quran; 15:90) Instructor: Khalis Rashaad Where: Ibrahim Islamic Center When: Every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8:30PM starting May 11, 2016. Duration: 12 Weeks Cost: Free Peace, IIC Team
5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Being Muslim Study Group
This weekly class will give seekers an understanding of the vision and spirit of Islam, beginning at the most basic level. Topics will include: an introduction to the Quran, prayer and fasting, morality in everyday life, developing good character, destiny and fate, and the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Whether just curious about Islam, newly practicing, or a lifelong Muslim who would like a refresher, all are welcome. This course will explain the most fundamental aspects of the faith. The class is based on the book "Being Muslim" by Asad Tarsin. Imam Khalis strongly recommends you bring your children, especially if they are of reading age. Instructor: Khalis Rashaad Where: Ibrahim Islamic Center When: Every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8:30PM starting February 3, 2016. Duration: 13 Weeks Cost: Free
3/2/2016 12:00:00 AM -06:000.0000
Knowing Our History: with Ustadh Usama Canon
A fireside chat with Ustadh Usama Canon, Preacher Moss, Imam Khalis Rashaad, ans Sister Sakinah Freeman. A conversation centered on the African American experience, the Islamic influence on it and the way forward. The Eldorado Ballroom is located at 2310 Elgin @ Dowling just two blocks from the Project Row Houses site. Dowling Street, once considered the main street of black Houston, was once lined with black-owned businesses including department stores, shops, professional offices, restaurants, and numerous entertainment venues large and small. Following the desegregation of public facilities in Houston that started in the 1960s, the street's economic fortunes began to decline as African Americans exercised their freedom to spend their money and live wherever they pleased. The Eldorado Ballroom was the center of one of the most remarkable musical communities in America, where internationally recognized musicians such as B.B. King and Count Basie performed, and home grown successes like Sam "Lightning" Hopkins, Albert Collins, Conrad Johnson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Johnny Clyde Copeland, and Joe Hughes all lived and performed within a few blocks of each other. From the late 1930s till the early 1970s, this club was the venue of choice for upscale blues and jazz performances, as well as afternoon talent shows and sock-hops. It was the centerpiece of several profitable enterprises owned by African-American businesswoman Anna Dupree (1892-1977) who wanted to establish a "class" venue for black social clubs and general entertainment. Almost from the beginning, the large building became a symbol of community pride - Third Ward's most prestigious focal point. The Eldorado Ballroom is once again a prestigious focal point. Project Row Houses' work in urban development through the arts led to the gifting of this historic landmark to PRH in 1999. Our efforts to renovate and return the venerable building to its elite status amongst Houston clubs culminated in the opening of the doors on May 17, 2003 for the first major event held there in over 30 years. Howling on Dowling, a fundraising gala held to fund continuing renovations, was a major success raising $75,000 and more importantly, awareness of what this proud neighborhood institution can do for its patrons and supporters. "The Eldorado Ballroom made us feel like we were kings and queens" says blues vocalist Carolyn Blanchard. "When you went there, from the moment you walked through the door, everything was taken care of. Anna and Mr. Dupree didn't let you want for anything. They would get whatever you wanted for you. We always held our heads a little higher after leaving the Eldorado." Many a head were held high after this night of remembrance, celebration and anticipation.
2/12/2016 7:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
Remembering Zin: How Does Justice Come Home? (Listening Party)
As many of you may have heard, we lost our beloved brother Anthony 'Zin' Mills earlier this month. Zin was an activist, artist, radio host and a friend to so many. Zin dedicated his time, talents and energy to the Third Ward and beyond. In honor of our dear brother, we invite you to listen to the live broadcast of The Shout on Tuesday, January 26th at Ibrahim Islamic Center from 6:30-9pm. For those of you who aren't familiar with The Shout, it is a monthly space where social justice meets the arts. This month's theme is "How Does Justice Come Home?" and will incorporate poetry, music, and other artistic reflections on what justice looks like in our local community. You can see more details about the show here: https://www.facebook.com/events/547176955448347/ The session will begin with prayer and reflections, followed by a live streaming of the show. Come enjoy light refreshments and leave a note or video message for Zin's family. We envision it to be an evening of remembrance and healing. We will be collecting funds for his family at IIC during the event. You can also donate through GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/ForZinsFamily For those who are unable to attend, you can listen in at AllRealRadio.com, a station he founded to inform and educate a worldwide body of socially responsible individuals of diverse backgrounds. The broadcast will be at 7 PM on January 26, 2016. Peace, IIC Team
1/26/2016 6:30:00 PM -06:000.0000