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Eid Al-Fitr Celebration

As Salamu Alaikum and Eid Mubarak! ICP follows ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and the Fiqh Council of North America's rulings to determine the beginning of the Islamic months including Ramadan and Eids. Based on this, we will observe Eid Al-Fitr on Sunday June 25th 2017. There will be one prayer, Takbeerat at 8:30am and Prayer at 9:00am. Khateeb led by Sheikh Abdul Hakeem Dickenson. EID PRAYER WILL BE HELD AT SCHENLEY PARK FLAGSTAFF HILL THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE PRAYER PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PRAYER RUG! Street Parking Areas during Eid Celebrations can be seen onour website www.icp-pgh.org. Parking is Free the entire day on Sunday ADDITIONAL FREE PARKING CAN BE FOUND AT CMU EAST CAMPUS GARAGE 5096 FORBES AVE UNAUTHORIZED PARKING: Please note that there will be police presence in the area and any vehicle parked illegally will be ticketed at owner's expense. ICP reserves the right to remove any vehicle that blocks the traffic. ACTIVITES: As always ICP will be providing entertainment and Eid Activities that the entire family can enjoy. Some of the activities are as follows; Big inflatables, petting zoo, obstacle courses, face painting, balloon animals, henna artists, Eid gifts for different age groups, and Pinata. FOOD: ICP will be providing some small breakfast treats free of charge before and after the prayer services. Along with these there will be multiple vendors set up selling food to our community after prayer. Some of these vendors include; PitaLand, Kona Ice, Pgh Crepe, Leena's Gyro and Chicken, and Halal Food Truck.Some vendors are cash only VOLUNTEERS: ICP is in need of volunteers to help set-up and clean up for our Eid Celebration. We are looking for volunteers after Fajr on Sunday June 25th to help decorate and set up food. After the Celebration we are going to be needing a joint effort to clean up flagstaff hill to ensure it goes back to its original state. On behalf of ICP, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Eid!

6/25/2017 8:30:00 AM -04:00

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Humanity Day Award Ceremony

Humanity Day Award Ceremony, is the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh's (ICP) premier Outreach event. Held annually, usually during the sacred month of Ramadan, it’s a time when ICP invites friends and neighbors of all faiths to share our Ramadan tradition while celebrating and honoring members of the Pittsburgh community who are helping to cultivate compassion and respect in their chosen altruistic professions. On behalf of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, we would like to cordially invite you and your community to be guests at our mosque on June 11th, from 7:00-9:30pm for the bestowing of awards, a brief presentation on humanitarian work and the traditions of Islam, and the breaking of the fast over dinner. This year, We here at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh are recognizing the following exceptional Organizations and Individuals for their goodwill and efforts that have enhanced the quality of life and expanded opportunities of the diverse communities within the Pittsburgh Area. American Civil Liberties Union (Greater Pittsburgh Chapter) Betty Cruz Community Empowerment Association Jewish Women's Center of Pittsburgh Kenyon Bonner Squirrel Hill Health Center Please feel free to invite as many people as you would like, (rsvp: outreach@icp-pgh.org); and know that the Breaking of the Fast buffet is free of charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

6/11/2017 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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ICP Open House

In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent March 14, 2017 Dear Friends, So many of you have come forward to express concerns for Pittsburgh Muslims. This Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 3 – 5 PM, we are opening our doors to invite all in to enjoy refreshments, conversation and to learn about our beliefs and our community. Come and meet the Muslims in your neighborhood, and our Imam, administration, board, and representatives from local Muslim organizations. Bring a friend, your youth group, your students, etc. 3:00 PM - Members of the Pittsburgh Islamic community will welcome guests with introductions and refreshments. Guests will then select and attend three of six concurrent discussions, rotating every 30 minutes. 3:15 PM First Rotation 3:45 PM Second Rotation 4:15 PM Third Rotation 4:45 PM Refreshments and Conversation Topics of Discussion How and why we deomonstrate our love for God the Creator in our everyday lives A snapshot of Islam in American Past and Present The Importance of Gender Roles and Responsibility in Islam Growing Up Muslim in America. Sharing our Struggles and Joys Making Pittsburgh Better Movers and Shakers, Do-gooders and Social Activists (Braddock Free Clinic, Syrian Refugee Outreach, ICP Foodbank, Women’s Association) Pivotal Moments in Islamic History We hope you can join us this Sunday! With messages of peace, The ICP Administration

3/19/2017 3:00:00 PM -04:00

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Sister's Janazah Workshop

“IN THE END, TO YOUR LORD IS YOUR RETURN” [39:7] The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh in Partner with the Muslims Women's Association and local Masjids hosts Janazah Workshops throughout the year for both Brothers and Sisters within the Greater Pittsburgh Community. The Workshop is an informative and inspirational hands-on certification course that will discuss Islamic burial rulings and a step-by-step instruction of Shrouding and Washing Preparations. At the End of this course students should feel comfortable to start shadowing during Washing and Shrouding, to eventually be able to help lead a Janazah Preparation. These courses are extremely important in order to ensure that our Community has a large range of individuals that will be able and willing to volunteer when a brother or sister within our community leaves this world to prepare them for the next. The Next Workshop is a sisters only Workshop and will be held on Saturday January 14th from 9am-12pm at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. REGISTER FOR THE SISTERS JANAZAH WORKSHOP TODAY!

1/14/2017 9:00:00 AM -05:00

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Smithfield United Church of Christ Joint Sunday Worship

Asalaamu Alaikum Pittsburgh Muslims please join us in an observance of Sunday Worship at the Smithfield United Church of Christ on Jan. 8th starting at 11am. The Church is wishing to show solidarity to the Muslim Community by welcoming us and introducing us to their own community. Service will start promptly at 11am followed by a Potluck lunch-in We are encouraging everyone to bring a dish to pass. For questions, concerns or more infromation please email Outreach@icp-pgh.org

1/8/2017 11:00:00 AM -05:00

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First Annual Pittsburgh Muslim Matrimonial Banquet

If you are a single Muslim in the Greater Pittsburgh Area please plan to attend the first annual Matrimonial Banquet. This Banquet has been created and planned by Imam's within the local area to create a 100% halal way for single Muslims to meet one another with the prospects of Marriage. Guest speakers will be presenting at the Banquet along with Meet and Greet times. Please do not miss this opportunity to inshaAllah meet your future spouse. Dinner will be served and Formal Wear is required upon entry. For more information Please go to http://www.icp-pgh.org/matrimonial-banquet/

12/10/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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ICP Winter Fundraiser

Asalaamu Alaikum, December 3rd is the annual ICP Winter Fundraiser. Please come out and show support for the Islamic Center. Guest Speaker: Shahir Raslan Brother Shahir Raslan came to America in 1983. Graduated from Northern Illinois University in electrical engineering. He is the current President of Masjid Ihsan in Riverdale, Ga. Brother Shahir is Originally from Syria now living in Georgia. He Has done many fundraisers nationwide,especially for Syria over the last 5 years. Brother Shahir is married with 4 children.

12/3/2016 4:30:00 PM -05:00

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YA-NE Sleepover

Asalaamu Alaikum, the ICP YA-NE Center will be hosting the first ever YA-NE Sleepover. Youth Ages 10+ Drop off is at 6pm Pick up at 8am Adult Supervision will be provided (for both males and females) for the entire duration of the event Special Youth Halaqa Friday Night by Brother Hamza Perez Pizza will be served along with Breakfast at 8am next morning Gender Segregation will occur during sleep times. For further questions please call the ICP office at 412-682-5555

11/26/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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A Workshop on Countering Islamophobia (Presented by CAIR)

CAIR Pittsburgh is hosting a workshop on Countering Islamophobia Saturday October 15th from 7-9pm CAIR National Speaker Corey Saylor will be giving the presentation. His biography is located below: Corey Saylor—an expert on political communications, legislative advocacy, media relations and anti-Islam prejudice in the United States with 20 years of experience—directs the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Saylor has authored a number of reports documenting anti-Islam sentiment in the United States. “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and Its Impact in the United States 2011-2012,”explores the funding and influence of anti-Muslim groups. A similar report produced in partnership with staff of the University of California, Berkeley is expected to be released in early 2016. He is a regular voice on U.S. and international news outlets ranging from Fox News to CNN, the BBC, the New York Times and Al Jazeera. Corey has run successful advocacy campaigns against corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing when their actions or advertisements negatively impacted the American Muslim community. In the last several years, he has been active in combatting anti-Islam legislation nationwide and removing biased and inaccurate materials from law enforcement counterterrorism trainings. He has also led CAIR’s efforts raising constitutional and efficacy concerns about the Obama administration’s countering violent extremism (CVE) initiative. In 2006, he was part of a CAIR delegation that went to Baghdad, Iraq to appeal for the release of a kidnapped American journalist. Corey has conducted dozens of leadership, advocacy and media training across the United States, including speaking to audiences at NASA and the U.S. National War College. Saylor is a member of the national board of directors of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ). This Event is Open to the Public Refreshments will be served Childcare will be available as well inshaAllah

10/15/2016 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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Ashura Iftar

Ibn Abbas was asked about observing of fast on the day of Ashura, whereupon he said: I do not know Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) singling out any day's fast and considering it more excellent than another, except this day (the day of Ashura) and this month, meaning the month of Ramadan.

10/11/2016 6:30:00 PM -04:00

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Monday Iftar (Ashura Sunnah)

Asalaamu Alaikum ICP is has recieved a Sponsor to host an additional Iftar on Monday October 10th in honor of the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) to fast a day before or after the Day of Ashura. INshaAllah come and gain extra reward with the ICP communtiy and enjoy a free meal Hope to see everyone there inshaAllah

10/10/2016 6:30:00 PM -04:00

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Brother's Janazah Workshop

Asalaamu Alaikum Brothers please join us for an informative and inspirational hands-on certification course that will discuss Islamic burial rulings and a step-by-step instruction of Janazah Preparations

10/1/2016 2:00:00 PM -04:00

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Hajj Dinner

Asalaamu Alaikum Come out and enjoy a free dinner to honor all of our community members who completed and preformed Hajj this year. "A Glimpse at the Experience of Hajj" Come enjoy the stories of Hajj and inshaAllah gain iman and motivation to make the courageous journey in your future Hope to see everyone there inshaAllah Babysitting will be provided

9/24/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:00

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Help for the Convert Meeting

Asalaamu Alaikum Help for the Convert is a support group for new Muslims wishing to get advice or knowledge about the faith as the transisition takes place. Please come out and show support and gain support at our first Meeting of the new group. Following the meeting ICP will also be hosting the Hajj Dinner from 6-9 where community members will talk about their experiences of completed Hajj. Please feel free to stay and enjoy the free meal and amazing stories If you have any questions please feel free to email Imam Abdul Wajid at imam@icp-pgh.org

9/24/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:00

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Eid Family BBQ

Asalaamu Alaikum Come out and continue the Holiday Celebrations by enjoying a Free BBQ night at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh with the enitre communtiy. Food, Fun, and entertainment for the entire family Babysitting will be provided, along with Halaqa after Maghrib by Imam Wajid Hope to see everyone there inshaAllah

9/17/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:00

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Day of Arafah Iftar

Asalaamu Alaikum Everyone EID MUBARAK this coming Sunday September 11th will mark the Day of Arafah It is in the Sunnah to fast on this day, so to encourage our community to follow the Sunnah the ICP will be hosting a special Iftar this day, Please fast and come break fast with the community. -Hennah Art will be available for the sisters in the Social Hall -Imam Wajid will be giving Halaqa before Isha inshaAllah If you have any questions please email office@icp-pgh.org

9/11/2016 7:30:00 PM -04:00

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ELPC and ICP Joint Worship

On August 21st @10am East Liberty Presbyterian Church (ELPC) http://cathedralofhope.org/ has invited members from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to join them in their service of worship. The schedule is as follows 10am-11:15 Sunday Worship 11:30-12:00 Serving food (ICP is cooking) 12:00-12:45 ICP Tours the Church, 12:00-2:00-ELPC Members get ICP Diversity Training You are invited to just attend the Sunday Worship section or the entire event ELPC has also wanted me to state that even though they are inviting us to join and attend their worship service they by no means are expecting you to participate in any of the worship services or to give money during the offering. They Simply wish to share beliefs with one another and allow their community to meet more Muslims from the Pittsburgh Area. Please email outreach@icp-pgh.org as soon as you can if you are interested and available to attend I will be needing to give a headcount to the church in the coming weeks Children and Families are welcomed

8/21/2016 10:00:00 AM -04:00

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Community BBQ

Asalaamu Alaikum Please come out this Sunday and join the Islamic Center of PIttsburgh's community for food, fun and nice weather. Hope to see you all there inshaAllah

8/7/2016 1:00:00 PM -04:00

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Thursday Iftar

7/14/2016 8:30:00 PM -04:00

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Journey to Islam: Iftar for those who accepted Islam later in life

Asalaamu Alaikum, The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh is hosting a special Iftar for all of the brothers and sisters in our community who found the beautiful faith of Islam later in their life. Come out and hear the Stories of how people found Islam aong with listening to our Guest Speaker give advice to all of the New Muslims who will be attending. Guest Speaker: Imam Qasim Curnutt was born in Columbia Missouri and was raised in Montgomery Alabama. He was first introduced to Islam at age 11 by a schoolmate and close friend from Afghanistan. This first encounter with Islam had a lasting effect and resurfaced when in His early 20s Imam Qasim became interested once again in Islam, which after a period of research he accepted. Since then he has dedicated his time to learning the religion and participating in the American Muslim Community. He currently resides in Morgantown Wv with his wife Saba Ashfaq and son Zayd where he is the Religious Coordinator for the Islamic Center of Morgantown.

6/25/2016 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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ICP Ramadan Fundraiser

ICP is holding its Ramadan Fundraiser on June 18th, 2016, insha Allah. Please make time and effort to come attend. Iftar and dinner will be served. Take this opportunity to invest in your own as well as the future of your masjid for the generations to come. Guest Speaker: Dr Abdulhakim Ali Mohamed

6/18/2016 8:40:00 PM -04:00

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Cleaning Weekend: Ramadan Prep

Asalaamu Alaikum Everyone With Ramadan coming in on Sunday Night The mosque is in need of volunteers to help clean the enitre mosque, to prepare for the increase of Muslims coming into the center to celebrate Ramadan, Break fast together, and stay up late in prayer. We are looking for any community members who would be willing to donate a few hours of their time this Saturday or Sunday during office hours (9am-5pm) to come by and do some extra cleaning to make sure the mosque is in the best possible state to bring in the most Beloved month of the year.

6/5/2016 12:00:00 AM -04:00

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New Imam Welcoming Dinner

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh has hired its new Religious Director Alhamdulillah. Please come out for a complimentary dinner to welcome him to the community. Followed by a Halaqa by Imam Abdul Wajid Qutubiddin. Short bio of Imam Abdul Wajid Qutubiddin Imam Abdul Wajid was born in Chicago,il. At a very young age, he memorized the glorious Quran at the acclaimed Darul Uloom in Buffalo, New York. Upon completion of the Quran, Imam Abdul Wajid started his pursuit of Islamic knowledge. He spent 6 years, where he completed his hadith studies under prominent scholars of fiqh and hadith following the traditional curriculum of Islamic education. He went on to do his master’s specializing in tafseer and in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta) as well. He is actively involved with the youth, interfaith, outreach and dawah work. He is often invited to speak at colleges, universities and seminars. He also has interests in Islamic poetry,humour and sports.

4/9/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:00

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The Eternal Challenge

The Eternal Challenge: The Limits of Science and the Linguistic Miracle of the Quran is a one day Islamic thought workshop designed to empower you with the tools and concepts to successfully articulate the linguistic miracle of the Qur’an. By attending, you will be able to reconcile and understand revelation in our age of science and reason. • Is science the only way to truth? • How do we understand science and revelation? • What is a miracle? • What is the intellectual challenge of the Quran? • How do we respond to academic, orientalist and popular objections? • What makes the Quran a linguistic miracle? • What are the philosophical implications? • How do we articulate the miracle to non-Arabs? • What was the impact of the Quran? • How does the Quran reveal lost knowledge? • What is the Quran’s unique structure? • How do we reflect on the Quran? • How do we reconcile science and the Quran? In summary, the Eternal Challenge is an interactive workshop giving you the skills to articulate a positive case for the Quran in an age of science & reason. Please note, for all those who attended this workshop before, it has been improved with new content and arguments. This one day academic research workshop will look at: 1. The Scientific method and the Philosophy of Science 2. What is a Miracle? 3. The Quran Defined 4. The Challenge of the Quran 5. The Unique Structure, Style and Content of the Qur’an 6. Explaining the Quran’s Linguistic Miracle to a non-Arab 7. The Qurans impact on Society 8. Quranic Reflections & A New Approach in Explain Natural Phenomena 9. Key Academic and Popular Contentions

3/13/2016 10:00:00 AM -04:00

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Dawah Workshop

With the growing misconceptions surrounding the Islamic Faith Today, it is extremely important for the Muslims from around the world to stand up and have a voice. To not only combat all the ignorant misunderstandings that are spreading but to also educate about what it truly means to be a Muslim. Defending the faith, and educating the world about Islam is not a small or simple task. It takes knowledge, patience, and public speaking skills. It also is important to know your audeince and change the tone and attitude of the discussion to fit the needs of those listening. That is why the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh is hosting a Dawah Workshop on March 12th of this year. We are bringing in speakers well-versed in different ways to spread Dawah to train and teach our community how to do so as well. The highlight Speakers are: Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is an international public speaker on Islam, a writer, lecturer, instructor and researcher. He is particularly interested in Islam, politics, western and Islamic thought and philosophy. Hamza delivers workshops, seminars and courses on the foundations of Islamic thought. He is an instructor for prominent dawah organisations including AlKauthar Institute. Hamza is known for engaging prominent academics and intellectuals including Professor Peter Simons, Professor Lawrence Krauss, Professor Simon Blackburn, Professor Ken Gemes and Professor Dan Barker. Hamza delivers presentations across the world on various topics; ranging from ‘Does God Exist’, ‘Why Islam?’, ‘The Miracle of the Qur’an’, ‘Islam or Atheism?’ to ‘Can we live better lives without Religion’. Hamza is a popular speaker at UK University campuses, and has also travelled the world extensively to deliver lectures, most notably in the USA, Australia, Netherlands, Malaysia, Canada and Lebanon. Hamza has authored a number of Islamic publications as well as serialising a number of articles on his popular blog. Hamza has also led major pieces of research including ‘Non-Muslim Perceptions of Islam and Muslims’ through iERA, and is currently working on a number of publications. Hamza studies Islamic thought and philosophy with a qualified scholar who has been authorized to transmit Islamic knowledge (ijazah). Hamza is one of the main initiators of the contemporary emergence of Muslim public debaters and speakers using western and Islamic philosophy to defend and explain Islam. Hamza heads the research team and Lectures for iERA. Imam Suleiman Hani Imam Suleiman Hani is an inspirational religious speaker and youth lecturer hailing from Dearborn, Michigan. At the age of 14, Imam Suleiman left his family to attend a Qur’an Memorization school in the US where he successfully completed a 10-month program. Soon thereafter, he began leading taraweeh prayers at some of the largest mosques across the United States. His lifelong Islamic studies intensified as he gained knowledge at the hands of local and global scholars, completing hundreds of classical and modern texts as well as curriculums of multiple Islamic universities. He has since been giving workshops and seminars around the USA, as well as motivational and theological lectures at North American and European conferences. He’s been known in recent years for his popular one-day seminars, “Paradise & Hellfire”, “How to Memorize the Qur’an”, and “Islam vs. Modern Philosophies.” His specialties include Fiqh, ‘Aqeedah, Tazkiyah, Tafseer, Hadith, philosophy, counseling, and social justice. Imam Suleiman gained experience as an Imam and a youth director since the age of 19, where his main focus was to help the youth resist modern-day challenges and corrupt ideologies. He earned his Ijazah in Sahih Muslim from Sheikh Zaheeruddin Mubarakpuri, who presently has one of the shortest Ijazahs in the world, as well as Ijazahs in the six books of hadeeth from five scholars. Imam Suleiman recently authored a book in English on the topic of memorizing the Qur’an through IIPH and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies and a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Strategy. He presently works as an instructor at the international Himmah University of Da’wah, an Imam and youth lecturer in Michigan, the CEO of Hifdh Coach, and a traveling speaker for national and international religious, humanitarian, community, and interfaith organizations. And Much More! Topics that will be discussed -How to talk to Muslims who might be doubting the faith duirng these times -How to show the Truth of Islam by being active in the communities you belong to -How to actively approach people about Islam who might hold misconception -How to talk to the Muslim Youth who might be questioning their faith -How the Prophet (pbuh) spread Dawah during his Journey's -How to talk to interfaith groups about Islam in the most honest and appropriate ways -And Much Much More!

3/12/2016 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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