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ACTIVITIES IN AREA MASAAJID


THIS FRIDAY AFTER ISHA
ISCJ: WEEKLY FRIDAY HALAQA: Imam

Raouf Zaman (Imam of MCMC Masjid) 8 pm


Zubaida Foundation, Yardley, PA:
ICMC: BI-WEEKLY FRIDAY SEERAH CLASS AFTER
ISHA (8 pm) BY SHAYKH DR. MATEEN KHAN.
NBIC: NO FAMILY NIGHT
MASJID SHUHADA: WEEKLY FRIDAY HALAQA:
Fiqh Us Sunnah in relation to an individuals daily life and
actions! 7:15 pm
MCMC: WEEKLY HALAQA: UTHMAN IBN AFFAN
BY MOULANA MOHAMMED CHAUDHARY 8:00 pm

ACTIVITIES IN AREA MASAAJID


THIS SATURDAY AFTER FAJR
Usually light breakfast is served
IIS: Quran/Halaqa
Zubaida Foundation, Yardley, PA:
ISCJ: Free Tajweed class by Shaykh Ismael Essa
ICMC: Quran/Halaqa by Brs. Abu Bakr,
Mohamed Esseghir and Nigel
MCMC: Sh Okasha Kameny

February 21st NBIC Fundraiser


Sh Moutasem Atiya & Comedian Said Durrah

February 2015-3

IIS has organized an informative SEMINAR on

Financial Planning

Tax Deferred & Tax Optimization Strategies


Will, Trust & Estate Planning
Retirement Planning (Individual & Business)
Education Planning (529 Plans)
401K/IRA Rollover & Investment Strategies
With
Shariah Compliant & Islamic Law Considerations
Presentation followed by Questions & Answers

Location: Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS)


379 Princeton Heightstown Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08512
th

Friday, February 20 2015 from


8:50pm to 10:00pm
Presented by: Nabeel Abdul Khaliq
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

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THE NEWMOON WAS SIGHTED TONIGHT:


Due to positive naked-eye Hilal sightings on 29th Rabi
Ath-Thani 1436H - February 19th 2015G in
Mainland USA (positive reports from NJ, VA, PA), HSCNA
announces start of Jumada-al-Ula 1436H from
Friday February 20th, 2015G in North America.

February 2015-3

Some important dates to mark your calendar


Feb 21 NBIC fundraiser
Feb 27 - Zaytuna Faculty at ISCJ
March 1 ICMC sisters gathering @ ICMC
March 6 - Al Madina at NBIC
March 7 - NUI Gala
March 14 ISCJ Volunteer Symposiusm
April 3-5 Northern VA, Al-Madina Pearls of the Quran
Apr 3-5 - Hamza Tzortzis class on Atheism for WhyIslam
Apr 4- IIS FR
Apr 25 - ICMC FR
April 25 - ICNA Quiz at Piscataway HS
May 2- ISCJ FR
May 10 - NUI Carnival
May 17 - Medina Clinic FR
May 23-25 ICNA Convention in Baltimore.
May 30 Al-Shifa FR

FOR SISTERS: Online CRASH COURSE 401 Essentials in the Life of Every Muslimah
starting March 16
Instructor: Ustaadha Bint Umer
Description: With the Grace of ALLAH (SWT), Noorul
`Ilm Foundation has designed CC - 401 to inculcate the Islamic
rulings that are essential for every Muslimah to know. At the
end of this 12-week crash course, inshaaAllah, the students
are expected to master the detailed rulings of purification,
prayer, and fasting. Course will be taught in English,
InshaaAllah.

Days & Timings: Mondays - Thursdays; 8PM - 8:40 PM


Duration: 12 weeks,(March 16, 2015 - June 11, 2015)
Age Requirement: 10 years of age & older
Registration Fee: $30 Tuition: $0 Free

Register at: http://www.noorulilm.org/short-courses.html


Note: Registration deadline is March 1st, 2015

Quranic Arabic 101 by Imam Asif


Every Saturday, 4-7 PM from Feb-28 to Apr-25
At MCNJ, 15 South 2nd Street, Fords NJ
Register at mcnjonline.com

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MCNJ (Fords, NJ): 1:10pm- Br. Mujhe


http://www.mcnjonline.com
Al- Falah Center): 1:10pm- khutbah (Jummah location is at Day's
Inn, 1260 US/Rt 22E, Bridgewater, NJ)Br. Shomail Malik
http://www.alfalahcenter.org
Dawatul Islamia Masjid, Somerset, NJ khutbah (1:10PM) by
Brother Tanveer Sajjad (http://www.dawatulislamia.org/)
Islamic Center of East Brunswick, NJ: www.iqra-nj.org
Dawatul Islamia Masjid, Somerset, NJ: 1 PM Kuthba
(http://www.dawatulislamia.org/)

Friday Jummah Kuthbas

Baytul-Iman Academy, 311 Laurel Ave, Hazlet (Keansburg for


GPS), NJ: 1:25pm
Baytul-Iman Academy, 8998 Hwy 18 North & Spring Valley Rd,
Suite 112, Old Bridge, NJ: 1:25pm http://www.baytuliman.org/

ISCJ, South Brunswick, NJ: 12pm- Khateeb: Imam Chebli


1pm Khateeb: Dr. Hilmi Saud http://iscj.org

Area Islamic Schools and Institutions:

ICMC, Lawrenceville, NJ: 1pm: Dr. Abdulbaset Abdullah


http://www.islamicircle.org
NBIC, North Brunswick, NJ: 1:10pm Khateeb
Dr. Shadee El-Masry (usually) http://www.nbic.org

Noorul Iman School, South Brunswick, NJ http://nuischool.org


Baytul-Iman Academy, Hazlet and Old Bridge, NJ:
http://www.baytuliman.org/
Islamic Academy of Burlington County, NJ: http://islamicabc.com

IIS, West Windsor/Hightstown, NJ: 1pm: and 2 pm:


http://www.iisnj.org

An-Noor Academy, Piscataway, NJ: http://www.annooracademy.com

MCMC, Piscataway, NJ: 1st Jum'ah 12:30 PM 1st khutbah: Imam


Rauf Zamaan (usually); 1:30pm 2nd khutbah: Br. Ameer Tariq
http://mcmcnj.org

Islamic School of Trenton, Trenton, NJ:


http://www.islamicschooloftrenton.org

Darul Arqam, South River, NJ: www.darularqam.org

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Murray Dodge Hall): 1:20

Al Minhaal Academy (Islamic School, South Plainfield, NJ):


http://www.alminhaal.org/

pm- Khateeb: Imam Sohaib Sultan (usually)

Nakhlah Institute, Trenton, NJ: http://www.nakhlahusa.org

ICE (Ewing): 1pm- Imam Qareeb Bahsir (usually)

Quran Academy, South Brunswick, NJ: http://iscj.org

http://islamiccenterofewingnj.org
Masjid As-saffat (Trenton): 1pmhttp://www.masjidassaffat.com
Zubaida Foundation (Yardley, PA): 1pmhttp://www.zubaidafoundation.com
Masjid Shuhada (Mt Holly/Springfield, NJ): 1pmhttp://www.masjidshuhada.com

Safina Society, North Brunswick, NJ: www.safinasociety.org


Mishkah University (online Islamic University with BA, MS and PhD
tracks and onsite classes): http://mishkahuniversity.com
http://hmchaudhry.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-rejoinder-to-prmedia-islammuslims.html?m=1

Nomination Process for Sunday, April 19, 2015


ISCJ Elections

Boonton Masjid (110 Harrison St, Boonton, NJ): 1pmEdison Musalla (157 Plainfield Ave, Edison, NJ): 1:25pmhttp://slmanj.org
Masjid al-Tawheed, Jersey City, NJ:1pm- Shaikh Okasha Kameny)
http://www.altawheedjc.com/
Masjid al-Wali, Edison, NJ: 1pm-Dr. Hatem Al-Haj
http://www.masjidalwali.org/

The Board of Trustees and Overseers have agreed to hold the


General Body Meeting and Elections on Sunday, April19, 2015
InshaAllah. Therefore it is time to initiate the nomination
process.
The term of the following three members of the Board of
Trustees will expire this year: Sr. Atiya Aftab, Br.Arif Patel and
Br. Mujibur Rehman
The term of the following two Overseers will also expire this
year: Br.Saffet Catovic, Br. Abbas Shaikh

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Please see the details below of 2 special sessions,


including

Fri night Feb 27@ Masjid As-saffat in


Trenton (with dinner) and Sat night Feb 28
@ ICMC, Lawrenceville (with dinner)
by the visiting scholar, Shaykh Hashim
Ahmad: father of Imam-Masjid Assaffat, Shaykh Abdur Rahman
He is also conducting few other important classes in
the area on week days.

The story of creation, one that virtually every Muslim man,


woman and child is familiar with, is described on a number of
occasions in the Qur'an. Join Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan for an
evening of discovering the timeless wisdom, insight and beauty
of some of the ayaat that depict the journey of our parents from
Jannah to the earth.

INSTRUCTOR: Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan


SCHEDULE: Friday, March 6th | 7-10 PM
LOCATION: The Ritz Theatre | 1148 E. Jersey Street,
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
TUITION: $20 USD

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February 2015-3

Im

MCMC Community Development Committee (CDC) presents


'Imaan Raising' - A comprehensive educational initiative to
raise the Islamic Education standards of the community.
Something to learn, something to gain on every night. Insha'
Allah this is a new beginning, multiple speakers, and different
areas of focus. Now it's up to you to take advantage of these
programs.

IIS/WEST WINDSOR MASJID-YOUTH


CENTER FUNDRAISER: SAT: APR 04 @ 6 PM
@ CROWNE PLAZA, MONROE, NJ
ICMC/LAWRENCEVILLE MASJID-YOUTH
CENTER FUNDRAISER: SAT: APR 25
CONFIRMATION AND DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Apr 12 @ ISCJ - Special Conference


"Woman: Heart of the Muslim Family"

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There are three program announcements:

ICMC LADIES GATHERING

1. Bensalem Masjid Update and Special event with

Sunday March 1st from 3 pm to 7 pm

Dr. Daniel Tutt and Dr. Khalid Blankenship:


Telling the American Muslim Story.

WITH DINNER @ ICMC

Telling the American Muslim Story is an event scheduled for


February 28, 2015, at The Bensalem Country Club, 2000 Brown
Ave, Bensalem PA 19020. Guest speakers will be Dr. Khalid
Blankinship and Dr. Daniel Tutt, and the event will start at 6:30
PM. If you plan on joining us, seating is limited and we request that
you RSVP by emailing back at mchaudhry2012@gmail.com. Please
include your name and how many people will be attending. If you do
not RSVP and seating capacity is exceeded, we may be in the
difficult position of turning people back.
2. Shaikh Yahya Rhodus will be speaking at the Muslim Society
of the Delaware Valley, 2209 North Front St, Philadelphia, PA
19133 on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 5 PM. This is part of a
weekly series that involves a reading from a classical biography of
the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Qadi Iyads As-Shifa, followed by a
discussion.
A brief biography of Shaikh Yahya: Shaikh Yahya Rhodus was born
in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 19, he embraced Islam in
Santa Clara, California. He pursued traditional Islamic studies in
Mauritania, Syria, and Yemen. He began his religious studies with
Shaikh Hamza Yusuf and is currently associated with Zaytuna
Institute.
3. CAIR Philadelphias annual banquet will be held at the Springfield
Country Club on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 5PM. The guest
speaker will be Imam Suhaib Webb. CAIRs banquet is one of the
marquee Muslim events in the metro Philadelphia area, and CAIRs
work is vital for us as a community. For more information and to
purchase tickets, please go to http://pa.cair.com/banquet/tickets

BAYYINAH DREAM PROGRAM


Applications close March 31, 2015.
Alhamdulillah, Bayyinah's Dream Program is now entering its
sixth year and we would like to invite you to the Dream Class
of 2016.
Are you ready to Dream? We're looking for students who have
already started their Quranic Arabic and are ready for the next
step. You can comfortably read the Quran and you've even
memorized some of your favorite ayaat and surahs. You don't
always understand what is read, but you do know that every
letter in the Quran was placed with a purpose. Every word is a
treasure and every ayah is a gem. You're ready to dive into the
original language of the Quran, access the beauty within, and
one day share it with others. This has always been your dream.
Apply for Bayyinah's Dream Program, and make your
dream a reality.
WWW.BAYYINAHDREAM.COM
Jazakumallahu Khairan, Bayyinah Dream Admissions

Obama Warns Against Profiling,


Surveillance in Anti-Terror Speech
President Barack Obama used his speech on the second day of a
three-day White House summit on extremism to warn against
profiling people or conducting surveillance simply because of their
religious beliefs.
The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism came
under fire from critics for failing to state that the focus is on radical
Islamic terrorists, including groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS)
and al-Qaida, who are targeting the West in what they describe as a
holy war.
Obama admitted that such groups are the reason behind the summit,
but he reiterated that his administration will not label the groups
"Muslim" or "Islamic" because he said they are misusing passages of
the Koran to justify their violence.
Obama said it is important not to stigmatize entire communities.
"Nobody should be profiled or put under a cloud of suspicion simply
because of their faith," he said.
Obama pointed toward more cooperation with Muslim communities
in finding people early in the radicalization process, but, he said,
"Engagement with communities can't be a cover for surveillance."
Some in the Muslim community and on the left have been critical of
efforts to infiltrate mosques to find imams preaching radicalism or to
find members who have a radical ideology.

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In the United States, he said, local and federal authorities must make
sure that Muslims arent isolated and that they are welcomed and
integrated into society.
"Muslim Americans feel they have been unfairly targeted," he said.
"We have to be sure that abuses stop, are not repeated, that we dont
profile entire communities."
Obama said the terror groups are trying to expand their reach by
portraying the U.S. and other Western nations as being at war with
Islam.
"We must never accept the premise they put forward, because it is a
lie," Obama said Wednesday. "They are not religious leaders, theyre
terrorists."
Deadly attacks in Paris, Sydney and Copenhagen by individuals of
Muslim background and possibly inspired by the brutal tactics of
ISIS, along with the groups spread in Syria, Iraq and now Libya,
have raised alarms in Europe and the U.S. about danger of so-called
lone wolf terrorists, driven by extremist ideology and difficult to
detect before they act.
At the summit, the Obama administration is convening
representatives of Muslim organizations, law enforcement officials
and local political leaders to swap ideas about how to stem root
causes for extremism. It also has invited leaders from overseas to take
part.
Obama said civic leaders must recognize that Islamic State is
"reaching and brainwashing young Muslims" through social media
and need to act to alleviate the alienation and poverty that are the
extremists best recruiting tool.
In a nod to his critics, Obama admitted that not all terrorists come
from impoverished backgrounds, including former al-Qaida leader
Osama bin-Laden. But he likely gave them new bait when he
mentioned the Oklahoma City bombing and the attacks of 9/11 sideby-side and also mention the Fort Hood shootings and the killings of
three Muslim college students killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The administration has been criticized for years for calling the Fort
Hood shootings "workplace violence" even though the shooter, Army
Maj. Nidal Hasan, held radical Islamic views. And the Chapel Hill
shootings are reported to have been a parking dispute.
The accused gunman is an atheist, but his wife has said he did not
shoot the three because they were Muslim.
"I'd like to know, over this last week, if he's had his intel briefing,
because that is a man who doesn't understand what we are up
against," Grenell said. "People are being burned in cages, and he's
talking about more investments, empowering youth for greater
service, entrepreneurship, not profiling. This is ridiculous."
Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Cavuto that Obama's words that
the United States should reject "certain premises" are "dangerous."
"That is code for ignore," Shaffer said. "There's no war against the
Muslims. He is setting up a premise that is completely false."

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CAIR: Community Safety Alert


In light of recent events affecting American Muslims across
the country, CAIR-NJ is advising the Muslim community to
take all threats seriously and ensure that local law
enforcement are contacted in a timely manner to investigate
and address any threats. CAIR-NJ is here to assist you with
vetting the credibility of the threat and the proper means of
reporting. Here are some key terms to know and understand:
Islamophobia: a close-minded prejudice against or hatred of
Islam and Muslims. Islamophobic acts are directed at Islam
and Muslims in general. Anti-Muslim discrimination is
directed at a specific individual, institution or group of
individuals.
Hate Incident: an act such as hate speech made against a
person, property or society which is motivated in whole or in
part by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability,
sexual orientation or ethnic origin.
Hate Crime: a criminal offense that is a physical assault
against a person or property, which is motivated in whole or in
part by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability,
sexual orientation or ethnic origin.