The ISBCC is the largest Islamic center in New England, and the second largest on the East Coast. The 70,000 square foot building stands tall on Malcolm X Boulevard in the heart of Boston, a Muslim handprint on the city skyline. The cornerstone of the New England Muslim community. The ISBCC is not just a mosque, but is also planned to house a school (by 2013), a library, an interfaith center, an exhibition space and a morgue. Every Muslim neighborhood in the greater Boston area has had a hand in its construction, and its leadership reflects the full diversity of our community. The two-decade effort to build the ISBCC has brought together Muslims, the Roxbury community, the city of Boston and the leaders of other faith groups. Mayor Thomas Menino, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson and City Councilor Chuck Turner have all publicly announced their support for the ISBCC. More than 250 leaders of different faiths also attended an Interfaith Solidarity Event to support the establishment of the ISBCC. The ISBCC has been regularly featured in local, regional and national media.
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Aqidah One Day Intensive

In this intensive the student will be introduced to the basics and foundational principles of our religion. Aqidah is essential to one’s faith because it is the most noble of the sciences. It is our theology. It is Allah (swt). It is our belief. Learning Aqidah is fulfilling one of the fundemental foundations of our religion, which is outlined in the hadith of Jibril. Proper theology and the correct understanding of Allah is a precursor to establishing true commitment to him. All pre-registered students will receive a copy of the text, Ar-Risala by Imam Al Qayrawani (English translation). Please register as soon as possible online via http://isbcc.org/knowledge/#classes. The sign-in and registration tables will open at 9:30AM on January 22nd. The class will start promptly at 10AM.

1/22/2017 9:30:00 AM -05:00

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ISBCC Winter Gala: Leading With Love

On February 11 2017, the Islamic Cultural Center of Boston (ISBCC) will host its Winter Gala, Leading with Love (http://isbcc.org/leading-with-love/) to support ISBCC’s efforts in responding to the divisive rhetoric that has taken over in recent times. It will be an exciting night of community building and coming together with special presentations by partner organizations: Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Mercy to All Mankind, an Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) who will share an exclusive screening of their latest film ‘The Sultan and The Saint’. The ISBCC is an American Muslim institution that serves a richly diverse community of believers in one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods. The ISBCC demonstrates its commitment to nurturing the spiritual life of our community through a transformative journey within the four spheres of Prophetic life: Knowledge, Lived Spirituality, Service and Community, each of which informs our programming.

2/11/2017 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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MAS Youth Winter Retreat 2017

A reminder of what it means to live for, MAS Youth Winter Retreat will embrace your heart, sweeten your relationship with Allah, instill humbling strength and integrity, and build individuals who will rise to greatness, yet be grounded like mountains through a concentrated, stimulating schedule. Boston, are you ready to embark on this journey of personal & character development? This year’s theme is “A Balancing Act.” Over the course of the retreat, we want to instill a sense of balance back into our lives to face the challenges of modern life, through the lens and grounding of faith. If you wish to attend the retreat, please register at links.masboston.org/reg-retreat2017 as promptly as possible. Early registration, ending on 1/20/17, will cost participants $115. Regular registration will cost participants $135, ending on 2/1/16. The team understands that not everyone may be able to pay this price; if there is a legitimate need, please email us at retreat@masboston.org for financial aid offers. Financial aid offers are only possible by donors like you, so please donate generously here: links.masboston.org/retreat2017 If you want to learn more about our beloved speakers, feel free to visit Mohammad Hasan or Oaktree Institute, Suzy Ismail, and you can visit the ISBCC page to learn more about our beloved Imam Abdul-Malik (http://isbcc.org/associate-imam/).

2/17/2017 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Teamfajr

"Perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Quran at dawn - dawn recitation is always witnessed" [Quran 17:78] The angels of the night and the angels of the day both bear witness to the Quran read at fajr (dawn). TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small circles, and conclude with a communal breakfast. Breakfast will be offered by ISBCC's Common Word Cafe. This would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt) and continue to build a sense of community.

1/15/2017 5:45:00 AM -05:00

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TeamFajr

"Perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Quran at dawn - dawn recitation is always witnessed" [Quran 17:78] The angels of the night and the angels of the day both bear witness to the Quran read at fajr (dawn). TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small circles, and conclude with a communal breakfast followed by a neighborhood cleanup. Breakfast will be offered by ISBCC's Common Word Cafe. This would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt), reconnect with nature and continue to build a sense of community as we embark through the Prophetic sphere of Community.

1/1/2017 5:45:00 AM -05:00

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TeamFajr

"Perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Quran at dawn - dawn recitation is always witnessed" [Quran 17:78] The angels of the night and the angels of the day both bear witness to the Quran read at fajr (dawn). TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small circles, and conclude with a communal breakfast. Breakfast will be catered by ISBCC's Common Word Cafe. This would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt), and continue to build a sense of community as we embark through the Prophetic sphere of Community. For carpooling (whether you need a ride or can offer a ride), please fill out the form linked below. http://isbcc.org/teamfajr-carpool/

12/18/2016 5:45:00 AM -05:00

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Out of Many, One: An Interfaith Call for Dignity & Diligence

Join together with people of faith from across the city for a special evening service that will feature testimonies from local residents, prayers from Boston's interfaith leaders, and a non-partisan call to Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Walsh for dignity and diligence in this time of heightened social tension and political transition. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/GPWGTTzrhfd9bOVQ2

12/11/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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12/4/2016 5:30:00 AM -05:00

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Team Fajr

"Perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Quran at dawn - dawn recitation is always witnessed" [Quran 17:78] The angels of the night and the angels of the day both bear witness to the Quran read at fajr (dawn). TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small circles, and conclude with a communal breakfast followed by a neighborhood cleanup. Breakfast will be offered by ISBCC's Common Word Cafe. This would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt), reconnect with nature and continue to build a sense of community as we embark through the Prophetic sphere of Community.

11/20/2016 5:30:00 AM -05:00

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Tawakkul Karman - Practicing Resolve in the Face of Adversity

Please join us for a special conversation with Nobel Peace Laureate, Tawakkol Karman this Wednesday at ISBCC inshAllah. Hear her stories of resillience and perserverance during times of adversity - lessons we can all learn from. Please RSVP now for this exciting event!

11/16/2016 7:00:00 PM -05:00

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ISBCC Community Hike

Come join ISBCC in a community hike with Shaykh Yasir Fahmy this Sunday, November 13, 2016. We will be meeting at Blue Hills Trailside Museum at 10 am. Here is a brochure with more information and a map of our meeting location: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills-trailside-museum/about/trails. The hike is occurring rain or shine. The goals of this community hike are to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt), reconnect with nature and continue to build a sense of community as we embark through the community sphere. As part of community building, we highly encourage everyone to bring their own lunch and to be open to eating with community members they do not know. Here is a preview of what is to come: – Community Building Activities – Family-Friendly Hike – Lunch (Bring your own lunch) – Reflections and Remembrance with Shaykh Yasir Fahmy – Salat Dhuhr in nature Some tips for novice hikers: bring water, wear sunblock and bug spray, wear shoes or boots (please no flip flops, sandals or high heels), and dress for the weather. If you need a ride, please fill out this form: http://isbcc.org/community-hike/. We ask everyone to fill out the form by 9 pm on Friday, November 11. Those who need a ride or are offering a ride should meet at ISBCC parking lot at 9 am on Sunday. If you have any questions on the day of the hike, please contact Romeissa Selmane at 774-419-5757.

11/13/2016 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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TeamFajr

"Perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Quran at dawn - dawn recitation is always witnessed" [Quran 17:78] The angels of the night and the angels of the day both bear witness to the Quran read at fajr (dawn). TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small circles, and conclude with a communal breakfast followed by a neighborhood cleanup. Breakfast will be offered by ISBCC's Common Word Cafe. This would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt), reconnect with nature and continue to build a sense of community as we embark through the Prophetic sphere of Community. For carpooling (whether you need a ride or can offer a ride), please fill out the form linked below by Friday, November 4th at 7pm. http://isbcc.org/teamfajr-carpool/

11/6/2016 5:00:00 AM -05:00

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TeamFajr - Praying & PONDering

"Perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Quran at dawn - dawn recitation is always witnessed" [Quran 17:78] The angels of the night and the angels of the day both bear witness to the Quran read at fajr (dawn). TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small circles, and conclude with walk around Jamaica Pond followed by a communal breakfast. Breakfast will be offered by ISBCC's Common Word Cafe. This would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Allah (swt), reconnect with nature and continue to build a sense of community as we embark through the Prophetic sphere of Community. For carpooling (whether you need a ride or can offer a ride), please fill out the form linked below. http://isbcc.org/teamfajr-carpool/

10/23/2016 5:50:00 AM -04:00

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Ashura Community Iftar

Join us at the ISBCC for a Community Iftar on Ashura.

10/11/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:00

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10/9/2016 5:30:00 AM -04:00

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Community Hike with Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

We will be meeting at Houghton’s Pond Picnic Site 3 840 Hillside St. Milton MA 02186. If you are in need of a ride or are able to offer a ride to others please fill out the carpooling form: http://isbcc.org/community-hike/

10/2/2016 10:00:00 AM -04:00

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9/25/2016 5:00:00 AM -04:00

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For those fasting on the day of Arafat will be serving sufoor instead of breakfast

9/11/2016 4:00:00 AM -04:00

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Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 8/28/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Athan will be at 4:45a.m. insha'Allah and Iqama at 5:05 a.m. insha'Allah. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page-Jazakum Allahu Kheiran! TeamFajr is bi-monthly experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

8/28/2016 4:45:00 AM -04:00

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TeamFajr

Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 8/14/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Athan will be at 4:26a.m. insha'Allah and Iqama at 4:45 a.m. insha'Allah. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page/using the link posted Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is bi-monthly experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

8/14/2016 4:25:00 AM -04:00

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Lost Islamic History - Boston, MA

8/7/2016 12:00:00 AM -04:00

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Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 7/31/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Athan will be at 4:05a.m. insha'Allah and Iqama at 4:25 a.m. insha'Allah. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page/using the link posted Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is bi-monthly experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

7/31/2016 4:05:00 PM -04:00

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Ramadan Reunion: An evening with Imam Suhaib Webb and Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

7/3/2016 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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Khatm al Quran

7/2/2016 12:00:00 AM -04:00

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TeamFajr

This Sunday's TeamFajr will have Qiyam, Suhoor, Fajr and a khatira followed by the Neighbors for Neighbors street cleaning.

6/19/2016 2:00:00 AM -04:00

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A Night of Remembrance & Giving

Please join us for ISBCC’S Annual Ramadan Iftar on June 11, 2016 – the 1st Saturday of Ramadan. We’re excited to announce a special keynote address by Dr. Altaf Husain and Shaykh Omar Suleiman! What: ISBCC’s Annual Ramadan Fundraising Iftar, A Night of Remembrance & Giving Where: ISBCC, 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120 When: Saturday, June 11th (beginning at 8pm) Tickets*: http://links.masboston.org/annual-fundraiser-2016 $45 per adult $15 per child (children are ages of 3-11 years old) *Please buy your tickets now, as space is limited. Pricing of tickets at door will increase, if space is available.

6/11/2016 8:00:00 PM -04:00

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TeamFajr

Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 6/5/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Athan will be at 3:26a.m. insha'Allah and Iqama at 3:40 a.m. insha'Allah. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page/using the link posted Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is bi-monthly experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

6/5/2016 3:26:00 AM -04:00

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Sisters only Ramadan Open Q&A

Do you have Ramadan related questions you would like answered pre-Ramadan? Please join Shaykh Yasir Fahmy, the Senior Imam of the ISBCC, for a sisters-only Ramadan open Q&A session. Please use the form linked below to RSVP and submit your questions in advance. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 28th at 11am: http://isbcc.org/ramadan-open-qa/

5/28/2016 11:00:00 AM -04:00

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Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 5/22/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Athan will be at 3:38a.m. insha'Allah and Iqama at 3:50 a.m. insha'Allah. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page/using the link posted Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is bi-monthly experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

5/22/2016 3:38:00 AM -04:00

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Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 5/8/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Athan will be at 3:58a.m. insha'Allah and Iqama at 4:10 a.m. insha'Allah. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page, Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is an experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

5/8/2016 3:58:00 AM -04:00

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TeamFajr

Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 4/24/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page, Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is an experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

4/24/2016 4:35:00 AM -04:00

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The Unseen - Shaykh Abdullah Hamid Ali

Join Shaykh Abdullah Hamid Ali at the Malden Masjid for a very special talk on the Ghayb, the Unseen.

4/23/2016 7:30:00 PM -04:00

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Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 4/10/16 for another TeamFajr experience. Please feel free to coordinate rides/carpool on this page, Jazakum Allahu Kheiran. TeamFajr is an experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

4/10/2016 4:50:00 AM -04:00

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Salams all! Please come join us this coming Sunday 3/27/16 for another TeamFajr experience. TeamFajr is an experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

3/27/2016 5:45:00 AM -04:00

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Zaid Shakir - Introduction to the Islamic Sciencies

Tomorrow's Intro to the Islamic Sciences class with Shaykh Zaid Shakir is open to the entire community!

3/22/2016 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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TeamFajr

TeamFajr is an experience designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience Activities: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

3/13/2016 5:55:00 AM -04:00

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Friday Nights at the Mosque - Seeking Knowledge & ARKanum Youth's Film Screening

As ARKanum's very first project journey is coming to an end, we would love to invite the Boston community to join us in celebrating the amazing work all of our teens have put in thus far this Friday, March11 from 7:00-9:00PM at the ISBCC. We will be screening the short films that our teens have created during the social part of the halaqa, and we would love our community members to celebrate with us and vote for what YOU think is the best short film. We will announce the winning team after the voting period inshAllah. ARKanum will be treating its guests and voters with free baked goods- our treat! Please spread the word, tell your family and friends, and we hope to see you all there inshAllah!

3/11/2016 7:00:00 PM -05:00

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TeamFajr

TeamFajr is an experience that is designed to transform the way we understand the spiritual practice of the morning prayer. Join your community as we pray together to Allah in the early morning hours, practice important remembrances (adhkar), recite the Holy Qur’an in small men and women circles, and finish with a communal breakfast. TeamFajr Experience: - Pray Salat al-Fajr together - Listen to a khatira (Reminder) given by one of our teachers. - Recite the Remembrances (Adkhar) – Ma’athurat - Divide up into Qur’an Circles and recite Qur’an together - Pray Salat al-Duha (The Morning Prayer) - Eat breakfast together

2/28/2016 5:20:00 AM -05:00

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2/13/2016 5:30:00 AM -05:00

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Coffee Talk with Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy

This month's Coffee Talk has been moved to the ISBCC!

1/21/2016 7:00:00 PM -05:00

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Qalam Conference: "The Legacy of Ibrahim" at The ISBCC!

Through the Legacy of Ibrahim (a), personified as a flourishing tree (14: 24 – 25), we find that, to live a balanced life, one must have firm roots in faith, nurture familial values, and cultivate communal success. By Inculcating Abrahamic values: obedience to Allah (swt), love for family, and a dedication to people, we hope to improve both our lives in this world, as well as the hereafter.

10/31/2015 12:00:00 AM -04:00

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Coffee Talk - Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy

10/22/2015 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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Shaykh Umar Faruq Abd-Allah at The ISBCC!

Pre-modern cultures and civilizations were generally beautiful. This is especially but not uniquely true of pre-modern Islamic cultures and civilizations -- their visual arts, architecture, clothing, rugs, and other artifacts. On the other hand, modern cultures and civilizations struggle with the problem of ugliness. On occasion, ugliness becomes the norm. It is "real." Beauty is valued, but it is exotic and not normative. If you are fortunate, you go to a "beautiful" setting for vacation, but then have to return to the monotony, dullness, and ugliness of the world we live in. The one-day course, "Beauty, the Splendor of Truth: Timeless Universals and Time-Bound Modernisms" investigates this matter. In many traditional societies, it was believed that there is an intrinsic relation between God, truth, virtue (inward beauty), and outward beauty. In the modern world, by contrast, we often feel as though our understanding of reality vacillates between this objectivity of truth as understood by traditional peoples across the world for millennia, and the subjectivity of the self under the influence of the moral relativism of modernity. Meanwhile, beauty, virtue -- even truth itself -- hang in the imbalance. The individualistic and materialistic predispositions of modernity permeate our approach to art, architecture, music, culture, and economics. More gravely yet, it affects how the modern individual interprets himself. Modern man fulfills his purpose more faithfully the more he can paint the sacred with the colors of profanity, until the distinction between the two are sufficiently blurred as to strip both of any meaning. Beauty, however, is an entirely different matter. Though its experience may be subjective, its reality is objective, and it beckons to virtue, for it is the very splendor of truth! Sheikh's Bio: Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim, born to a Protestant family in Columbus, Nebraska. He grew up in Athens, Georgia, where both of his parents taught at the University of Georgia. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri with dual majors in history and English literature. In his last year there, he won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and entrance to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to pursue a Ph.D. program in English literature. Shortly after coming to Cornell, Dr. Abd-Allah read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which inspired him to embrace Islam. He subsequently altered his field of study and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he studied Arabic and Islamic studies and received his doctorate with honors for a dissertation on the origins of Islamic law, “Malik's Concept of ‘Amal in the Light of Maliki Legal Theory.” He taught at the University of Windsor (Ontario), Temple University, and the University of Michigan. He then went to Spain to teach Arabic in Granada. Two years later, he was appointed to the Department of Islamic Studies at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, where he taught Islamic studies and comparative religions for several years. During the time he spent in Jeddah, Dr. Abd-Allah was able to study with a number of traditional scholars. He then returned to the United States in 2000 under the auspices of the Nawawi Foundation (Chicago). He taught Islamic Studies at Darul Qasim Institute (Chicago) from 2012 to 2013. He is currently engaged in independent research, writing, and teaching activities with institutions across the United States, Europe, and Africa with a focus on Islamic theology. Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah has authored: A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006) Malik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period (Leiden: Brill, 2013) His published articles include: “Abu Hanifa,” in Encyclopaedia Iranica, 1:295-301. “Theological Dimensions of Islamic Law,” in The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). “One God, Many Names” “Islam and the Cultural Imperative” “Living Islam with Purpose”

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