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The 2014/2015 school year is fast approaching and with that is the start of our Islamic Sunday School program at the Islamic Society of Central New York.
We are looking for qualified and motivated individuals to help teach and/or assist for the Sunday School Program which includes Qur’an, Arabic and Islamic Studies courses for elementary and middle school age students.
If you are able to contribute with your talents and time as part of this PAID position, please send us an email or stop by the masjid to speak with Sheikh Amr.
The program starts on Sunday, September 7th, inshaAllah.
Even if you’re not able to commit for the entire duration of the program, please do still respond and inshaAllah we will see if there is a way to utilize your talents for the betterment of our program, inshaAllah. For more information, please contact masjid staff, Sheikh Amr, or Sr. Azra.
As Salaam Walikum:
Young Muslims of Syracuse invites the community to a showing and discussion of “Unmosqued,” a recent documentary expressing the challenges within American masjids and the impacts it is having on our youth and the community at large. For more information, please go to the News and Announcements tab.
As Salaam Walaikum:
We bring the glad tidings inshaAllah of Eid-ul-Fitr. We ask Allah (SWT) to accept our ibadah (worship) and fast during this holy month as we with bitter sweet sorrow leave, and welcome the First of Shawwal 1435.
As a reminder to myself and us all, Zakat-ul-Fitr is required upon all financially able persons, and must be paid before the Eid prayer (which begins at 9am Monday July 28th). If you haven’t done so yet, you still have the opportunity to pay your Zakat-ul-Fitr at the Oncenter. But, you must do so before 9am. So please do not miss out.
As per the celebrations: Salaat and khutbah will promptly commence at 9am, followed by some community announcements and recognition of those who have contributed to making this Ramadan smooth. For our youth and the community at large, there will be an Eid celebration from 4pm-8pm. Information can be found under the News and Announcements tab.
Again, we look forward to celebrating Eid with you and hope and pray that Allah (SWT) keeps our community together beyond Ramadan. Ameen. Let’s make it our collective intention to seek these blessings and His Rewards beyond this month that we have just completed. With our efforts, and by His Will, we will be able to achieve this and better inshaAllah.
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UnMosqued is a documentary film which aims to highlight the growing need for reform in many of the mosques found in America. The purpose of the documentary is to engage a group of people who have been disconnected from their local mosque and explore the various reasons that have led to this sentiment. It is clear that many youth who are likely to be second or even third generation Americans have felt judged or unwelcome at a mosque. It may be the degree of friendliness or a lack of ownership that breeds this feeling. Masajid may not be doing enough to attract and retain the youth, which further alienates the future members of the community from using the mosque space for their spiritual growth.
UnMosqued aims to explore this growing unease with the masjid space and why it exists. One clear factor is the cultural divide that pervades the American Mosque landscape. According to The American-Mosque 2011 report, “3/4 of all mosques are dominated by one ethnic group. In most cases this one group is either South Asian, Arab, or African American,” (p.14). As Muslims become integrated within American society and grow up in a diverse multi-racial environment, it becomes increasingly uncomfortable to enter a mosque that is predominated by a certain culture. Millenials and Generation Xers do not have as strong of a relationship with their parents’ country of origin which exacerbates the discomfort they feel when entering ethnic-based masajid. Granted, these mosques have been formed in order to provide comfort and community to the large influx of Muslims that have come from diverse parts of the world to America. While it has successfully accomplished that goal, the catch 22 is that it will not sustain such comfort with future generations while on American soil.
We are indebted to the sacrifices the first generation of American Muslims provided us with, including the infrastructure and community organizing that was required to build our current mosques and Islamic schools. According to the American-Mosque 2011 report study, in a little over 30 years, they established over 2000 mosques all across the country, and today, only 10% of all Muslims in America attend these mosques. Sadly, most of the established mosques in America have created a large amount of confusion in the minds of the Millenials and the Generation Xers between what is a cultural practice and what is essential Islam.
The problem we are facing is a subtle one that very few people are aware of. Many Muslims enter the mosque and think that what we see and experience is normal and that this is how a mosque should be, while in reality, what we oftentimes experience in the mosque is nothing more than a cultural interpretation of Islam that does not take into account the American context. We hope the film will inspire people who are unmosqued to feel a sense of responsibility and to take the film to their communities, watch it with them, and have serious discussions as an effort to remedy the dire situation we find ourselves in. We hope the film will move the elder generation to make some needed changes in our mosques in order that we not lose the future generations of Muslims in America.
This Saturday, August 2, 2014, the Young Muslims of Syracuse will be having a showing and discussion on “Unmosqued,” as this is one of the most pressing issues we are facing in keeping the youth attached to the masjid. We hope you come with an open mind, prepared to discuss these challenges, and propose solutions that we can take up so that current and future generations of Muslims in the Greater Syracuse community keep the masjid in their hearts. Allah (SWT) Reminds us:
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا ۚ وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنْتُمْ عَلَىٰ شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِنَ النَّارِ فَأَنْقَذَكُمْ مِنْهَا ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
“And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from one another. And remember the blessings which God has bestowed upon you: how, when you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so that through His blessing you became brethren; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss, He saved you from it. In this way God makes clear His messages unto you, so that you might find guidance.” (Al-Imran. 103)
Your presence and participation are welcome. JazakAllahu Khayr.
Please note: Due to the inclement weather, today’s Eid celebration has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday July 29th, 2014 from 5:30-8:30pm.
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