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12 28 07

ICNA’s Statement on the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

JAMAICA, New York (December 28, 2007) – American Muslims are appalled by the assassination of former prime minister of Pakistan Ms. Benazir Bhutto and the killing of dozens of people in Rawalpindi. We condemn this heinous action and its perpetrators. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, who have persisted through such tragedies time and again.
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12 27 07

The Passing of Imam M. Naseem

 A great da’ee and murabbi has passed away today, December 27, 2007 in
Houston, Texas.  His tajheezo tadfeen will take place in Houston
after Friday prayer on Dec. 28th.  Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi

Having known Moulana Mohammad Naseem since my childhood in
the sixties, I have witnessed his dedicated life in the service of Allah (S)
from different angles.  He was a devout member of the Islamic Movement of
India, Ameer of Lucknow unit and a member of the U. P. state shura.  He
edited "Nai Naslen" organ of the Idara Adabe Islami Hind for
more than two decades.  Himself a fiction writer and a humorist, Imam
Naseem was a jewel of fine Lucknow culture and an Islamic movement
activist.  A very practical and pragmatic personality, he had special
skills to influence people's thoughts and emotions.  He was a great trainer
and his knowledge of the Qur'an and Sunnah were very profound.  He always
reminded people of the manners of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  He was equally
popular as a speaker and as a murabbi among men, women, youth, and children.

Moulana Imam Naseem came to the U. S. A. in 1981 and immediately became
part of ICNA.  He was in charge of the ICNA Tarbiyah program and a member of
ICNA’s Central Shura for more than a decade.  Despite his failing health in
recent years, he attended ICNA programs locally, regionally and
nationally.  Since last year, however, he was unable to travel much and was
almost bed ridden during the last two months.  He is survived by his son
and three daughters.

May Allah (S) bless Imam Naseem with His mercy and
forgiveness and enter him into Jannatul Firdous.  May Allah give his
children and his family members sabr and strength to bear this
loss.  A'meen

Dr. Ahmadullah Siddiqui

12 23 07

Hartford Courant: CT: Muslim Community Growing, Expanding Mosque

Drivers traveling west on I-84 are invited to turn east — toward Mecca.

A billboard promoting Islam near the Cheshire exit, and only a short distance from the construction of what will be the largest mosque in the state, encourages drivers to call a toll-free number to learn about the world's second largest religion.

The Connecticut chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, which paid for the billboard, has sponsored similar billboards nationwide to inform non-Muslims about Islam and to correct negative stereotypes that emerged after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Islamic Circle held its national convention in July at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, an event attended by about 15,000 people.

"What we see in the news media and television is a picture of Muslims that is far from reality," said Muhammad Ahmad, a member of the Islamic Circle of North America and a doctor practicing internal medicine in Chicago. "Unless we go out and tell our neighbors who we are, there is no one who will correct the image."

Ahmad, who answers the 1-877-WHY-ISLAM phone lines, said he's received
calls from curious priests, students, Muslims, non-Muslims and
newspaper reporters. Some callers have even tried to convert him to
their faith. Nationally, the group has mailed out about 3,000
translations of the Quran and other literature about Islam since it
began its campaign years ago.

"We are giving out information. What people want to do with that information is their problem," Ahmad said.

A short distance off I-84 is the construction site for the new United
Muslim Masjid of Waterbury. Naveed Khan, a member of the mosque, said
the group is building a 24,000-square-foot structure because its
current mosque on Prospect Street can't comfortably accommodate the
growing number of Muslims in the Greater Waterbury area who pray there
five times a day and gather for Islamic holidays.


12 14 07

Billboard prompts calls, hostility

December 13, 2007
In the past month, I’ve received more than a dozen calls about a billboard erected near O’Hare Airport asking “Why Islam?” Why drivers have chosen to call me instead of the toll-free number on the sign frankly baffles me.
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12 11 07

Eid Mubarak – Moonsighting Announcement

The moon was not sighted anywhere in North America on Monday December 10, 2007. As such, Wednesday December 12, 2007 is the first day of Dhul-Hijjah 1428 AH and Eid-ul Adha will be on Friday December 21, 2007.

Eid Mubarak!

12 9 07

In the Footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be Upon Him)

 Mark your calendars!  Insha Allah, ICNA-NJ has specifically designed this event to be in the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as “There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than these (ten) days.” (Bukhari). On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase. Speakers include Sh. Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo, Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Sh. Yasir Qadhi. The venue is North Brunswick High School Raider Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08902. For tickets & information call 877-363-ICNA or visit
Babysitting and Halal food will be available, InshaAllah.  Do NOT miss it!
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