We are fasting, but that does not stop us from feeding others. Photos from this past Friday's Feed the Hungry effort, a monthly project by our mosque to give a nourishing meal to food-insecure individuals in St. Joe. In 2016, we have been feeding on the first Friday each month.
The first night of Taraweeh will be on Sunday, June 5 and the first day of Ramadan will be on Monday, June 6.
Isha prayers at the Islamic Center of St. Joseph will start at 10:30 p.m. every night in Ramadan and be followed by the Taraweeh prayer. We will have community-sponsored Iftars at the masjid after Maghrib prayers every night. Here is the Ramadan Timetable.
Eid-ul-Fitr is slated for Wednesday, July 6 based on the moon sighting.
May Allah (swt) accept all our worship and supplications in this month of mercy and grace. Ameen.
There are about 200 Muslim inmates housed at a large prison in Cameron, Mo. (a town just north of KC on I-35 and about 50 minutes from St. Joe). Prison Chaplain Matt Mason is looking for Muslim volunteers in KC to help these brothers. He is looking for volunteers who are knowledgeable in the Islamic faith to come weekly or bi-weekly to lead group(s) in halaqas.
Chaplain Mason would arrange for any volunteer to first go through a background check and a free 7-hour training course. The group is called the Al-Islam Group at Crossroads Correctional Center. Please contact the Chaplain with questions and to volunteer. His email is Matthew.Mason@doc.mo.gov
The Islamic Center of St. Joseph (ICSJ) offers its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims in the San Bernardino shooting and pray for quick recovery of those who were injured.
ICSJ denounces this and every act of violence. This heinous act can never be justified under any circumstances. ICSJ commends the first responders to this senseless attack for their swift and courageous handling of the situation.
This and the barbaric attacks against innocent people in Paris shock our collective conscience. The U.S. must do all it can to combat senseless acts of violence and terrorism around the world. We must also ensure that fear does not scapegoat innocent refugees and erode our nation’s core values.
Local Muslims React to Anti-Islam Sentiment
They say recent terror attacks have nothing to do with Islam
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - As many ramp up their anti-Islam rhetoric in response to recent terror attacks, local Muslim's say they are looking for people to see the real truth in their religion.
"As Muslims, we are peacemakers, said Ramadhan Washington of the Islamic Center of St. Joseph. "We are people of peace."
This comes after President Obama made an Oval Office address Sunday night to the nation asking for tolerance.
"Our success won't depend on tough talk or abandoning our values or giving in to our fear," Obama said.. "Muslim-Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes, and yes, the men and women in uniform who are willing to die in the defense of our country."
The mass shooting in San Bernardino last week by two Muslims has focused increased scrutiny on the religion by many. The President's speech was meant to address fears.
Local Muslims like Washington says the recent violence is the extremism of evil people hiding behind religion.
"I'm not saying so called Muslims have not committed horrific acts or violence against Christians or other people in other countries," Washington said. "What I am saying is that I know that is not Islam."
Washington and Islamic Center member Charles Mujihad Triplett want others to understand their belief that Islam has more in common with other religions than it does differences.
"We might have a little contradiction or a little pause that separates us, but we all believe that thou shalt not kill and thou shalt not steal, honor thy father and mother," Triplett said.
Both say that educating others on the true meaning of Islam will help bridge understanding. They also grieve for the victims of violence committed in the name of Islam.
"They will be the ones in paradise," Washington said. "They are the martyrs, not the ones who committed such a horrific act."
Washington and Triplett both say the Islamic Center works well with other faiths locally. They add that they often give presentations to other groups to help better foster a better understanding of their religion.
Courtesy: KQ2 - St. Joe Channel
According to the Fiqh Council of North America, the first of Dhul Hijjah will be on Tuesday, September 15th, and Eid ul Adha will be on Thursday, September 24, insha'Allah. Eid Mubarak!
The Eid prayer at the Islamic Center of St. Joseph will be at 9 a.m. Takbeerat will start at 8:30 a.m.
The Eid al-Adha date is also in accordance with the Hajj authorities announcement of the Day of Arafah (the main day of Hajj) which is on Wednesday, September 23.
It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on the Day of Arafah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of 'Arafah. He said: "It expiates the sins (minor) of the past year and the coming year." [Muslim]
10 Reasons Why We Should Take the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah Seriously
The Khutbah (sermon) begins at 1 p.m. The Iqama (Jumu'ah prayer) is at 1:30 p.m.
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