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Archive for December, 2005
The mission of the annual Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America Convention is to strengthen spirituality and make Muslims more comfortable about living in North America. The convention theme is "Our faith. Our community. Our society." Many Muslims say they recognize the importance of national security but feel their civil liberties are being threatened.
ICNA and Doubleday press have come together to publish the translation of the Qur’an in easy to read American English. Br. Yahya Emerick is working on the translation in conjunction with various scholars who will be reviewing his work.
This magazine was created by the ICNA Sisters Wing as a resource for the entire Muslim family. It gives updates on the ICNA Sisters’ Wing as well as many other interesting articles about Islam in America and around the world.
Two years ago, ICNA Sisters’ Wing started a project to establish a chain of Institutes of Islamic Sciences for women throughout North America. At present, we have more than 200 students in 4 campuses located in:
For more information visit: http://www.icnasisterswing.com
The Islamic Circle of North America NY, a leading grassroots Muslim Organization is proud to introduce a new and exciting educational venture, The Islamic Learning Foundation, ILF, an educational Islamic institution based in New York. The main objective for ILF is enriching the lives of Muslims in general and Muslim Youth in particular by educating their minds and affecting their hearts with sound knowledge of Islamic Shariah thus deepening their awareness of Islam as a universal and eternal way of living for mankind and providing a new caliber of Muslim leaders.
Most Muslims get their Islamic knowledge from Islamic lectures, listening to audio-video tapes, Islamic conferences and conventions and/or weekly Jumuah Khutbahs. There are very few institutions and programs that can provide quality Islamic education for Muslims and even the existing Islamic educational programs today can be very costly with very limited space. The venture of ILF is a timely effort to fill this vacuum. ILF seeks to provide serious Islamic educational experience that will take learning beyond the setting of halaqahs and/or lectures and bring Islamic knowledge into a formal classroom thus adding professionalism and excellence to our programs.
ILF has appointed Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nezar Kobeisy a highly qualified Islamic scholar as the Director and resident scholar. He has developed a unique curriculum providing quality higher education in Islamic sciences such as Quranic studies, Hadith studies, Fiqh, Sunnah, Arabic language, and the contemporary issues facing the Muslims today.
The ILF team invites your serious attention to this worthy cause and asks for your moral and financial support. Allah says in the Quran in (66:6) "O you who believe; save yourself and your families from the fire…" Our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said " No one has given his children anything better than teaching them their Deen"
Please visit http://www.islamiclearningfoundation.com
WASHINGTON: The American Muslim Task force for Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 11 major Muslim organizations, has welcomed Tuesday’s verdict in the case of Florida professor Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants who were found not guilty on a number of counts related to supporting terrorism, perjury and immigration violations.
By Adem Carroll, November 19, 2005
Bright lights and four blank white walls around you. No magazines, no radio. Silence, all the time, except your thoughts, those voices in your head. This is the world for Uzair Paracha, alone for the last 30 months. Imprisoned in the MCC Isolation unit in the middle of crowded, noisy downtown New York City, Uzair has suffered terribly from this cruelty. He has lost 60 pounds. In June, the last time I heard from him, he wrote me that though he is only 25 years old, he no longer has the strength to stand.
Adem Carroll directs the civil liberties program of ICNA Relief, helping families affected by 9/11, including families of those who have been detained.
Allhamdulillah, the theme for the upcoming ICNA-MAS Convention has been finalized. After soliciting suggestions for the theme, the convention committee has selected Living Islam, Loving Humanity.
Although many themes were submitted, this theme was the most widely accepted. In its last meeting the ICNA Central Shura approved it.
Insha’Allah, the annual convention will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from June 30 to July 2, 2006. We invite you to submit your suggestions to the program committee.
Send your suggestions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICNA Book Service was established with the purpose of providing Islamic literature to Muslims living in North America. It has served as a source of obtaining Islamic books by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Visit – http://www.icnabookservice.com
The goal of UMMAH (United Muslim Movement Against Homelessness) is to raise up a community who are committed to reclaim their rightful place of responsibility in society, while striving to uplift themselves and their communities in which they live.
It is our desire to fight against human sufferings, by assisting individuals in achieving basic needs that all human beings are entitled to: food, clothing and shelter. The objectives of this program are:
*Feed the homeless population
With a helping hand we reach out to the poor, the hungry, the sick, and the parentless of USA. It is a noble project but nothing can be accomplished with wishes and good intentions alone. Won’t you please extend your helping hand now! We know you will recognize the worthiness of the projects ICNA Relief has established in USA.
Muslim Women’s Help Network
The mission of the Muslim Women’s Help Network is to promote family life in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings be upon him, emphasizing the protection and maintenance of women and children as the foundation for a productive community life.
Efforts to establish temporary housing and services will encompass a broad approach that supports and enhances the educational and health related interests of individuals and families.
Assessing the Need
United Muslim Movement Against Homelessness (U.M.M.A.H.)/ICNA Relief,
Help For The Homeless & The Needy
Actual & Anticipated Services
-Volunteer training opportunities in support and human service delivery;
-A part-time staffed office for assessment and referral services;
-Sponsored educational forums, seminars and literature concerning family values and
-Maintenance of a Food Pantry;
-Referral listings for Islamic family and marital counseling;
-Temporary Housing assistance;
-Transitional Housing referrals;
-Advocacy to network with housing and other organizations/agencies in systemic areas that impact the circumstance of poverty, unemployment and declining economic resources;
-Halal provisions to be supplied as needed e.g. toiletry items, foodstuff, Islamic books for reading (when visiting existent shelters in which women, Muslim and non-Muslim are residing until such time as their conditions change);
-Long-term planning to develop advocacy efforts and deliver non-residential transitional services that will assist families return to stability within the community
Building Bridges of Understanding
The Muslim Women’s Help Network welcomes and encourages the support and participation of all segments of the community in its efforts.
If you can provide temporary or affordable housing for a needy individual or family — please call.
We will appreciate your financial assistance, non-perishable foodstuff, gently used clothing and toiletry items as donations for charitable distribution to those in need. We will also accept donation sof furniture and household items (in good condition).
If you can assist this effort with a commitment of your time and/or expertise — please call. We need the support of Physicians, Psychiatrists, Lawyers, Dentists, Social Workers, Counselors, Child Care providers, etc.
If you are capable to assist someone with direct support e.g. du’a, financial assistance, employment, a note of well-wishes, etc., please visit our NEIGHBORLY NEEDS page.
Please provide a link to this site for others in the internet community of Believers. If you or your organization provide services to the Islamic community or you are aware of other organizations/ resources that do, please submit their link so we may include them on the LINKS page.
Muslim Women’s Help Network
* emergency utility bills
Though other organizations have helped provide lawyers, ICNA has been the largest source of family help, paying out almost $350,000 total.
On September 11th the United States suffered an outrageous terrorist attack. This event has deeply impacted our nation, with uniquely dramatic effects on Muslims, South Asians, and Arab Americans. ICNA Relief has responded to this terrible situation by providing assistance for families affected. This group also includes hundreds of families of the Muslim American Detainees, who suffer terrible shame and fear and real economic misery as they are unfairly scapegoated even though no link to terror has been established. Along with their freedom, many have lost their homes, their jobs, even their friends, who may be too intimidated to help them.
Since September 2001 ICNA Relief has provided financial help to over 600 such families, for emergency utility and legal bills, and helped them obtain other assistance when possible. We have provided airline tickets, counseling, escorts to court, and access to media as needed. We also help monitor the standard of legal care and advise on Islamic matters. Though other organizations have helped provide lawyers, ICNA has been the largest source of family help, paying out almost $350,000 total. And the crisis is not over. We receive calls every week from around the country.
And many others, who have their own human experience and stories.
We are writing this because of civil liberties and justice issues and to asking your support for these important services to immigrant detainees and victims of discrimination, especially through our community-based advocacy and direct relief programs. All donations go directly to families in urgent need.
Muslim Family Services in Detroit, MI, is a division of ICNA Relief. ICNA Relief is a social welfare department of Islamic Circle of North America, for implementation of relief and community development projects.
1. To create awareness and educate the Muslim Community about family issues in America through seminars, lectures, khutubas, newsletter, articles and providing literatures.
2. To provide pre-marriage and marital counseling services by religious ands professional counselors.
3. To represent the Muslim Community regarding Islamic and family related issues in Family Courts.
4. To assist in foster parent services, shelter, food and financial support to the needy families.
1. Our area of focus is spousal relations, adolescence development and parent-adolescent relations.
2. We organize educational seminars with the cooperation of Islamic Centers. Our series of seminars range from a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to five weeks (two-three hours each week). One-day seminar could also be arranged. Please contact our office if you like to arrange a seminar in your community.
3. We publish a quarterly newsletter for educational purposes. Send (email) us your name and address if you like to receive a copy of our newsletter.
4. We provide written answers to family related questions. One could email us questions through our website. The website contains answers to all previously asked questions, a moderated discussion forum and other educational material. We request to thoroughly look for answers to your questions on the website prior to sending question(s) to us.
5. We provide individual confidential pre-marriage and marital counseling. Anyone could schedule an appointment for such service by calling our office. We also conduct audio counseling sessions over telephone.
6. We are a resource contact to the local Family Court about Muslim family related issues. One could request our service through the Court or by directly contacting us.
7. We provide all services free of charge regardless of race, gender or nationality.
About Muslim Family Services …..Overview
Muslim Family Services, Detroit is a division of ICNA Relief. ICNA Relief is social welfare department of Islamic Circle of North America, for implementation of relief and community development projects.
Muslim Family Services was established in Detroit in Fall of 1998.
Sheikh Ali has been active in educational and philanthropic activities in southeast Michigan for approximately last twenty years. He also gives courses on Islamic studies and other related topics at different Universities.
ICNA Relief USA is a multicultural human development and community building organization. The purpose of the organization is to address the basic human and social service needs of the undeserved communities with in the United States, through its local chapters, with its head office located in Jamaica, NY, USA. As a vision and value-led organization, ICNA Relief operates under the principle that all people are created equal and when given the tools, will thrive and bring about change in their own lives and the lives of their communities. ICNA Relief’s mission is to promote justice through creating opportunities with young people and families to lead healthy and productive lives. – Visit http://www.icnarelief.org
To motivate Muslims to perform their duty of being witnesses unto mankind by their words and deeds.
To organize those who agree to work for this cause in the discipline of ICNA.
To offer educational and training opportunities to increase Islamic knowledge, to enhance character, and to develop skills for all those who are associated with ICNA.
To oppose immorality and oppression in all forms, and support efforts for civil liberties and socio-economic justice in the society.
To strengthen the bond of humanity by serving all those in need anywhere in the world, with special focus on our neighborhood across North America.
To cooperate with other organizations for the implementation of this program and unity in the ummah.
Tarbiyah: Spiritual and Intellectual Training