Islamic Center of The Capital District
A note from the editor
B y Azra Ha qqie
Assalam alaikum. This is the New Orleans following Hur- time about her thoughts on
fourth issue of the ICCD ricane Katrina. The young interfaith and about the Chil-
Newsletter. Alhumdulillah, man makes us aware how dren of the Well, an inter-
Volume 1, Issue 4
we have managed to put out one can serve fellow human faith storytelling group for
one issue every three beings in the country. youth that she participated
months, thanks to the sub- in. We invite other youth to Summer 2008
missions from the commu- Brother Saeed Khan pens submit articles on contem-
nity and the efforts of the the trustee column for this porary topics.
newsletter team. We were issue and shares his
nervous when we undertook thoughts about the signifi- Our Readers' Response
this responsibility and we cance of interfaith activities question ("What would make
are grateful for your support. and how there are common- the youth come to the
We appreciate the positive alities in Judaism, Christian- mosque?") did not bring in
feedback we have received ity and Islam. He stresses the e-mails we had hoped
regarding the newsletter. how important it is to learn for. We thank Shuaib Khan
We welcome comments and from other religions and also for his response. If you
submissions. If you would share a little about Islam. would like a question fea-
like to write for the newslet- tured in a future newsletter,
ter, or to submit a commu- please forward it to us.
nity announcement, please From this issue, we intro-
give us a call at 462-3671 or duce participation in the We have a lot of community
e-mail: newsletter by students of announcements this time, Inside this issue:
the ICCD Weekend School. including awards and hon-
email@example.com They chose to write com- Diary of a German Muslim 2
ors received by community-
In this issue, Brother Mah- ments about Father's Day, members. Also, we include Starting Young 3
moud ElFayoumy, who fills to complement those about announcements by the
in as imam on the Jummah Mother's Day in the last is- ICCD Board of Trustees. Spring Break 2007 4
rotation schedule, writes sue from students of AnNur
about what inspired Murad School. And fifth graders at And a big thank you, local ICCD Interfaith activity 5
Hofmann of Germany to AnNur School have submit- business owners, for adver- Earth day 6
study Islam and eventually ted their responses on "Why tising in the newsletter. We
embrace the religion. We Should Take Care of the appreciate your business. Father’s Day 7
Earth." We are publishing
In our "Serving the Commu- one essay. Your ICCD Newsletter team: ICCD announcements 8
nity" column, Dartmouth Zohra Ahmed, Azra Haqqie,
College student Kareem Samar Khan, a high school Nesrin Morsy, Sherif Mo- Community announcements 9
Niazi shares his experi- student at Niskayuna High, hamed and Maliha Nazeer.
ences during cleanup in writes for us again---this Ads 10
Page 2 ICCD Newsletter
From the Diary of a German Muslim
by Mahmoud El Fayoumy, Niskayuna
In June of 1951 in a hospital in started studying their religious during the time of struggle,
Holy Springs, Miss., a surgeon book, the Qur’an. I have never from his confidence in Allah’s
was injecting morphine into the stopped reading it, to this very victory, and from his desire to
body of a deadly car accident day.” achieve his goal to conclude
victim when he said, "Normally his life as a Muslim. Allah says
in this kind of car accidents the What Dr. Hofmann said sheds in the Holy Qur’an: “O who you
survival rate is really very low; light on some important points: believe, observe your duty to
God must have saved you for Allah with right observance and
something special.” Lying in do not die except as Muslims”
The bed with a broken jaw and se- (Aal Imran, 4:102).
character of vere injuries all over his body,
a true Wilfried Hofmann could not 3. The fruit of effort that any-
Muslim is comment on the surgeon’s one of us makes to support
derived from words. Islam might not come during
his obligation one’s life. Dr. Hofmann re-
to observe Twenty nine years later in verted to Islam almost more
his duties to Bonn, Germany, Hoffman real- than eighteen years after the
ized why God had saved him: Algerian war.
in September 25, 1980, after
all the times
much reading and reflection he
made his decision to revert to Although Muslims have not had
Islam from Roman Catholicism. any organized collective effort
He changed his name to Murad to spread Islam, Islam is still
Hoffman. His decision met with the fastest-growing religion in
some controversy due to his 1. There is no doubt that the the world. While the number of
high profile in the German dip- top priority of the Algerian peo- Muslims is important, the qual-
lomatic corps. ple was to gain independence ity of Muslim individuals is
from the French Colonization; much more important. In the
What attracted my attention is converting people of other Holy Qur’an Allah shows us the
what Dr. Hofmann, who is a faiths to Islam was not in their means by which Muslims can
Union College graduate, men- agenda. Unintentionally, it was attain good qualities. Allah
tioned about factors that guided their character during their says: “O who you believe, per-
him to revert to Islam. He said: striving for independence that severe, and excel in persever-
deeply impacted Dr. Hoffman. ance, and be ever ready, and
“I witnessed the patience and Their character represented a fear Allah, in order that you
resilience of the Algerian peo- natural reflection of their Is- may succeed (Aal Imran,
ple in the face of extreme suf- lamic beliefs. 4:200)”.
fering, their overwhelming disci-
pline during Ramadan, their It is the character of a true
confidence of victory, as well as 2. The character of a true Muslim that has a substantial
their humanity amidst misery. I Muslim is derived from his obli- positive impact on people of
felt it was their religion that gation to observe his duties to other faiths.
made them so, and therefore, I Allah during all the times even
Volume 1, Issue 4 Page 3
Starting Young: Interfaith
By Samar Khan, Niskayuna High School
This winter, youth from the ICCD help them improve. In the few told a Buddhist story.
participated in the Children of the weeks of practice, all of our stories
Well, an interfaith storytelling group dramatically changed for the better. We all learned a lot about other re-
for young people. This was the third ligions, but in a casual way. We did-
year for the program which involves We had coaches who were very n’t think of each other differently be-
young storytellers from different faith helpful. They were storytellers them- cause of our religions. The conver-
traditions. This year, participants selves and knew effective storytel- sations we had were similar to the
were Christian, Catholic, Jewish, ling methods. They ones with friends at school: staying
Hindu, and Muslims. We ranged in away from topics too religious. We
age from 12 to 17, with different lev- saw each other as just people, not
els of experience. people with radically different be-
When I walked into the first meeting
for the Children at the Well, I didn’t Interfaith is extremely important to
know what to expect. I had never be a balanced person. Mostly, adults
even heard of the group until a few have interfaith meetings with differ-
weeks earlier. I thought there would ent groups,
be people a lot different from me, but interfaith can be even more im-
people I wouldn’t really connect with, would give us tips on how to im- portant for children. We are the fu-
people I would never see other than prove our stories. Training sessions ture and if we learn about other re-
at the story-telling meetings. were every Sunday afternoon for ligions,
two-and-a-half hours for 10 weeks. Our similarities as well as our differ-
I joined the group with two of my Most of our training was at An-Nur ences, we will be more knowledg-
friends, Hira Nazeer and Sarah Islamic School. able and not have misinterpretations
Syed. At the beginning, we would about religions. Of course interfaith
stay together during practice. Gradu- The final performance of Children of is important for adults, but it can be
ally, we connected with the rest of the Well was on March 16 at the even more valuable for younger
the group. In the training sessions, Hindu Temple of Albany. We all told people to be involved in.
we would hear stories from others, stories from our faiths, and one boy
and who didn’t really practice a religion
The American flag is proudly displayed outside every school in this country. The students are
taught to respect the flag, to raise it up the flagpole at the start of the day and to bring it down at
the end of the day. They are also taught to honor the flag and what it represents.
The AnNur School does not yet have a flag.
Our question is: Do you think that AnNur School should display the American flag outside its
Please submit your responses to:
Comments are welcome, but even a "yes" or "no" response will do.
Page 4 ICCD Newsletter
Spring Break 2007
By Kareem Niazi, junior at Dartmouth College
Last year I had the opportunity to What shocked me most about the ple and get their stories of what
help with the relief efforts following state of the ninth ward was that happened in the
Hurricane Katrina as part of the Al- even two years after the 2005 hur- wake of the hurricane. Hearing
Nur Muslim Student Association of ricane, most of the houses were people talk about losing their
Dartmouth College. untouched. One of the reasons homes was very moving. I could
I accompanied about 20 other that people did not move back into tell that many of the residents of
Dartmouth students to New Or- their houses was they could the camp were still in a state of
leans during our spring break. We not afford the cost to have them despair and agitation.
worked with Islamic Relief as professionally gutted.
The trip really
our organization to help us Overall the trip was an eye open-
find meaningful work in New One of our first projects was gut- ing experience. People always talk
appreciate ting a madrassah. This was espe- about helping the less fortunate in
Orleans. The expenses of
everything I cially meaningful to us since we poor countries and while that is a
have and gave this alternate spring break were helping reestablish a place of noble effort, there are millions of
me some trip were funded by the
Tucker Foundation Islamic learning and worship. Gut- people in the United States who
perspective on ting houses was hard work physi- are in need of help as well. While
the state of less at Dartmouth College and cally, but I was surprised by how our relief team only gutted a few
fortunate fundraising by our relief
team. emotionally taxing it was. One homes on our trip, our efforts were
people in the
house we gutted still had not in vain. The trip really made
We worked mainly in the many of the owner's possessions me appreciate everything I have
ninth ward, the part of the in it including clothes, books, mov- and gave me some perspective on
city that suffered the most ies, and even pictures. One of the the state of less fortunate people in
damage from the hurricane. We rooms was clearly a nursery; there the United States.
were housed in a recently reno- was a children's mural on the wall
vated and a crib in the room.
apartment, which had no furniture -----Kareem Niazi, Clifton Park,
and only one working shower. The Another meaningful job we were junior at Dartmouth College
work that Islamic Relief arranged assigned to was distributing
for us was gutting houses and dis- canned food at a FEMA (Federal
tributing canned food. Emergency Management Agency)
Islamic Relief provided us with trailer camp. We worked all
simple tools like shovels, crow- day unpacking boxes of canned
bars, and disposable air filters. We food and delivering them to peo-
gutted four buildings completely, ple's trailers. The food was do-
starting with the furniture and end- nated by manufacturers because
ing with the drywall and nails. We they could not be sold due to
did not have to worry about trans- bumps in the cans or tears in
porting all the debris to a landfill boxes. The food items ranged
since New Orleans had a clean up from snacks to full meals.
system which only required the
debris to be placed beside the I really enjoyed working at the
road. FEMA camp because it gave me a
chance to talk to some of the peo-
Volume 1, Issue 4 Page 5
Why we need interfaith activity at the ICCD
By Saeed Khan, Secretary, ICCD
People have frequently questioned unique opportunity to educate not Bethesda House, a shelter for the
the need for interfaith activity at only regular people, but also reli- homeless in Schenectady. Other
ICCD. gious leaders in our community. interfaith activities include a re-
I strongly feel that it is absolutely These meetings allow non-Muslims cently concluded successful story
necessary for our survival in the to ask questions about Islam which telling project for teenagers that
United States. From a religious helps them to understand Islam ICCD has been involved in.
standpoint, I feel that interfaith ac- better. To build bridges, we have to
tivity gives us a unique opportunity know what is common between us So, whether it is explaining Islam
to learn about other religions and to non-Muslims, improving the im-
and other monotheist religions, not
also to teach non-Muslims about what is different. age and political strength of Mus-
Islam. lims or helping the poor and needy
When it comes to political identity (both Muslims and non-Muslims) in
As Muslims, we are obligated to in a democratic community, num- the community, interfaith alliances
understand and learn our religion bers matter. With the blessings of provide a unique forum for us. This
and this is a lifelong process. I al- Allah (SAT), the number of Mus- is not only consistent with the
ways felt that in order to under- lims in the community has in- teachings of Islam but I feel that
stand my religion, I should learn creased exponentially in the last this is obligatory on us as Muslims.
about other religions, specially few years. This gives us an oppor- We need a strong and active inter-
Christianity and Judaism. tunity to have a voice of our own. faith group at ICCD.
Learning about other religions has ICCD has been pursuing this goal (With special thanks to Sisters
helped me understand Islam bet- for the last few years by getting Maliha Tipu, Sausen Salama, Sofia
ter. For example, after I studied more involved in local and even Chaudhry, Brothers Tipu Nazeer,
Christianity and Judaism, I under- national elections. AbdurRahman Al-Khalidi, Karim
stood why Allah (SAT) has so Aggour, and to all those not named
strongly advised us not to allow We have joined ARISE, a faith here who put more effort and time
innovations in Islam. based political group. ICCD repre- in this cause
Innovations just take us away from sentatives, Sausen Salamah and than I do).
true spirit of Islam. Tippu Nazeer now have seats on
its board. In keeping with this Is-
We live and work in a predomi- lamic teaching, ICCD has been
nantly non-Muslim society where participating in the Muslim Soup
most people around us either do Kitchen Project, distributing free
not know about Islam or know very lunches to the less fortunate. We
little. Interfaith activity gives us a have also been involved with the
Muslim foster families are urgently needed
Some Muslim youth may need to be removed from their homes because their parents are not able to take
care of them. Muslim foster parents can provide these children/youth with a temporary home within the
community by providing love and care temporarily. They have to attend training classes. Foster parents
receive a monthly care allowance to take care of the foster child.
For more information, call Albany County Department for Children, 447-7324, or the Department of Social
Services in your county.
Page 6 ICCD Newsletter
Why we should take care of earth
By Annur School students
Last quarter, 5th graders focused on copies. We are also insha’Allah go- Nur School giving advices about
the theme of taking care of the ing to donate and sell used clothes how we could save the Earth.
Earth. While thinking of ways to be and school supplies that we don’t Habibah, Toobah, Saffura
better khalifahs on Earth, we culmi- need. My family and I also recycle
nated the quarter with a project that and carpool. I gave my used clothing If you have the energy, ride your
involved teaching others what we’ve that I’ve outgrown to my smaller bike instead of using a car, unless
learned. Here, some 5th graders cousins. it’s far away. Recycle paper, plastic,
would like to share their thoughts and bottles. Plant more. When you
and concerns with the community. go shopping, bring reusable bags
We know each and every one of you
care about the Earth. Unfortunately, Nazya
some people pollute a lot with cars I help the Earth by using old school
and plastic. The reason we should books over again for another school
save the Earth is because animals ear, if I barely use it. If it has no
are dying and global warming is space left for another school year, I
causing ice to melt in the North and use it as a drawing notebook.
South Pole. If it melts any place
near, seal level will start to flood.
Here are some ways to help save We know you care about the Earth,
the environment. so please try to save it.
When making wudhu or washing
Recycle paper and plastic. Yunus D. hands, don’t blast the water. If
Use recycled material. In school, we turn off the lights when you’re going to use plastic uten-
IF you need to go somewhere within the sun is bright. Our families don’t sils, wash them after you’re done
walking distance, walk. waste water, especially when mak-
ing wudu and brushing teeth.
Buy more fuel efficient cars or use a Zenath, Fatimah, Maymunah
hybrid car. Safiyyah, Cemile, Shadeh
If you don’t need something, pass it Allah sent us down here for a test
on. and one part of the test is to care
about the Earth.
If you and someone else are going
to the same place, carpool. Abdul-Khalik
Islam teaches us to take care of the My family helps the environment by
Earth and everything in it. Allah (swt) turning off the lights after getting out
told us that we are khalifahs on this of the house, turning off the engine
Earth and it is made manageable for when waiting, and not wasting wa-
us. He told us to keep it lush and ter.
In our school, we recycle paper in One of the ways we help save the
our class and make double sided Earth is we put up flyers around An-
Volume 1, Issue 4 Page 7
Reader ’s response to question in last issue
By Shoaib Khan, Clifton Park
Q:What would attract you to the ICCD?
A few years ago, my Sundays at the community center for young adults. internships, advice and even jobs in
ICCD Weekend School were full of Establishing a mentoring program their desired fields.
enlightening Islamic education, child- between professionals and col- It is necessary especially in today’s
ish “class clown” pranks, long bas- lege/high school students through job market to create a Muslim net-
ketball games, and bonding with my the masjid will strengthen our com- work to ensure all our graduates will
Muslim brothers. Although I still go munity. be content with their career choices.
to the masjid regularly for Jummah, I
miss the time I used to spend just Many Muslim brothers and sisters A mentoring program will lead to a
hanging out with my friends in Sun- aspire to become doctors, lawyers, more close-knit Ummah of Muslim
day School. engineers, and other professionals, Americans in the future, Insha’Allah.
It is important to motivate our Sun- but they don’t have a guide to help
day School alumni to return to the them achieve their goals. Creating a
masjid and become active in making network between adults and young
it not just a place of prayer, but a adults will allow students to obtain
Father ’s day
ICCD weekend School students
I love my dad because he takes me places; once he Faizan Murtaza
took me to San Diego. He is very cool. I love my father. My father is funny.
We watch movies together, we go
shopping together, we go to parties
together. We learn together.
I love my father, He helped my mother give birth to me
and has cherished me.
I love my dad because he plays with me Cadoo, he
takes me biking, he is always with me. He gets me lots
I love my dad! He gets me whatever I want! My dad of presents, he takes me places, he takes me to
makes me my favorite food. He makes me safe. On school and that is why I love him and he loves me.
Saturdays he lets me stay up late. He is the best in the
world. He is so cool!
I love my father. He is going to take me to his work
Hussein El Fayoumy
place! He’s also fun when he pays money to take us
I love my dad. He really, really, really likes me and he on a trip, and sometimes video games. He can cook if
makes me safe and takes me to places and restau- my mom is resting or can’t cook. He is a really good
Page 8 ICCD Newsletter
Young imam leaving Imam Search continues
Br. Waliyullah Amin is heading to Syria. He had been Imam Mahrous Zineldin, one of the
offering regular halaqas, classes on tajweed and reading imam candidates for ICCD, is sched-
Quran and also filled in as imam for Jummah. We will uled to return for a second round of
miss him. interviews June 20 - 22. He will do
the khutbah at Jummah and offer a
halaqa on Friday evening. There will
Community gatherings be a community meeting on Saturday
evening that includes a one-hour talk by Imam Mahrous.
A community meeting is scheduled at ICCD after asr for (Topic will be announced closer to his visit.) He will also
the third Saturday in June, which is June 21. have a halaqa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. His pro-
For July and August, picnics are scheduled. Dates and gram is tentative.
locations will be announced soon.
ICCD Summer Camp
Community gatherings and meetings will be held on the
third Saturday of the month. Community members are July 7-August 1, Monday –Thursday
requested to not plan other activities on those days. They 10:00 am-3:00 pm (early bird available)
are requested to attend the ICCD events.
For more information contact
Fatma Badawi 374-3834
Huda Elminyawi 783-2038
GRADUATES stitute in Troy.
Khurram Mehtabdin, son of Durdana and Khalid Me- Hadi Minhas, son of Nargis and Jamshaid Minhas of
htabdin of Guilderland, has graduated from Syracuse Niskayuna, has graduated from Niskayuna High School.
University. He will attend Touro College of Osteopathic He will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
Medicine in New York City.
Hasan Nomani, son of Fauzia and Tariq Nomani of Lou-
Shara Azad, daughter of Jasmine Siddiqua and Abul donville, has graduated from Shaker
Kalam Azad of East Greenbush, has graduated from High School.
Emma Willard School in Troy. She will attend Brown Uni-
versity in Providence, Rhode Island.
Asim Khan, son of Shagufta and Ab-
dul Waheed Khan, has graduated
Owais Memon, son of Rukhana and Iqbal Memon of from Colonie Central High School.
Latham, has graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic In-
Volume 1, Issue 4 Page 9
Spirituality category of Blogged.com.
Teachers Noura Badawi of Niskayuna and Durre Shah-
Zarina Jainulabudeen, daughter of Sha- war Mahmood of Clifton Park were among those honored
jarath and Jalal Jainulabudeen of Slin- by their students in the Scholars’ Recognition supplement
gerlands, and Mohamed Kader were in the Times Union on May 8. Noura teaches at
married on Jan. 2 in India . Schenectady High School and Durre Shahwar at Bethle-
hem Central High School.
Aamir Chaudhry, son of Zarina and Mohammad Ashraf
of Cohoes, Nokhair Yousaf were married on May 23 in
Boston. NEW BOOK
May Allah bless the new couples with much happiness. "Have a Passion for Success" is the title
ameen. of a new book by Dr. Zoser Mohamed of Schenectady. It
contains beautiful color pictures and charts and informa-
tion about dealing with situations that life throws at you.
AWARDS AND HONORS The book costs $25, from which Brother Zoser donates
$10 to ICCD.
Dr. Durdana Mehtabdin of Guilder-
land has been named by as Best Doc-
tor Preceptor of the Year for 2008 by DEATHS
the graduating class at Albany Medical College.
The mother of Dr. Tanweer Sultan of Latham passed
· Dr. Nazir Memon of Clifton park, has been promoted to away in Pakistan in February.
Lead physician for the community clinics of Stratton V.A. The mother of Tanveer Jamil Mian of Rotterdam passed
Medical Center in Albany. He has received faculty certifi- away in Pakistan in April.
cation from the National Institute of Communication and
conducts training workshops for VA physicians on Clini- Inna lilla he wa inna ilaihi ra-
cian-Patient communication. He serves as a District Presi- jioon.
dent of American college of physicians, and served as
judge for the downstate annual ACP Meeting in March.
Shalimar Restaurant in Albany has been named one of
the 10 Hot Restaurants in Albany, NY by the MSN City Zarina and Rab Nawaz of Latham have welcomed a son,
Guides.htm. Also, the Shalimar Restaurant in Albany, and Mudaser, on May 13.
Shalimar Restaurants in Clifton Park and Troy, have been
selected by the Metroland Readers' Poll as the “Best Paki-
stani-Indian Restaurant” and “Best Pakistani-Indian Buffet”
in the Capital Region for 17 years in a row. To contribute a community item, call Zohra Ahmed, 462-
3671, or e-mail the announcement to:
The Muslim Women's blog firstname.lastname@example.org.
(http://blogs.timesunion.com/muslimwomen/) has been
given an 8.5 score out of 10 in the Society/Religion &
Page 10 ICCD Newsletter
By Naseem Haqqie
I have heard lectures from imams and sa'i, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim. sleep, fails to do that, he will
scholars about how great and important Imam Hamad Chebli, who led our hajj have recorded for him what he
it is to perform hajj. I have also read tour group, told us to pray 2 rak’aas at has intended, and his sleep will be
and heard from hajis about their hajj Mosque of Quba and come back to the reckoned as a charity (an act of mercy)
experiences. Here is a different take: bus. I prayed 4 rak'aas. Does that for him from his Lord.” (An-Nasa'i and
mean I get the reward for 2 Umrahs? Ibn Majah)
I was blessed to perform hajj in Decem- I had never prayed tahajjud in my life
From `Abdullah bin `Aamir that Abu
ber 2007. As someone who loved get- before I went on this journey. I didn’t
Umaamah and `Utbah Bin `Abd related
ting any type of extra credit in school, I realize it was just nafila prayers done
that Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said:
figured I would share all the extra credit after going to bed, but before fajr.
“Whoever prays as-subh (fajr prayer)
opportunities that one has while going
in congregation then sits until he prays
for hajj. According to Hazrat Anas, the Prophet
for Allah the prayer of Dhuha has the
(pbuh) has also said: "The person who
reward like that of a haajj (pilgrim per-
A hadith narrated by the prophet's offers 40 prayers consecutively in my
forming Hajj) and a mu`tamir (pilgrim
companion Abu al-Dardaa states: "The Mosque, without missing a prayer in
peforming `Umrah), complete reward of
Prophet of Allah Muhammad (pbuh) between, will secure immunity from the
his hajj and his `umrah” (narrated by
said a prayer in the Sacred Mosque (in fire of Hell and other torments and also
Mecca) is worth 100,000 prayers; a from hypocrisy." (Musnad Ahmad)
prayer in my mosque (in Medina) is
worth 1,000 prayers; and a prayer in al- I never prayed or heard of Salatul Sadly, our hajj tour operator, Dar Es
Masjid al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem) is worth Dhuha until the Day of Arafat. We Salaam, didn’t offer a package to make
500 prayers more than in any other prayed fajr in congregation, and then use of this. I added this to the list of
mosque.” the imam gave a short lecture. After suggestions I sent to the Dar Es Sa-
that, he took some Q&A. I asked him laam when I returned home. Inshallah,
when we could perform this prayer. He I would like to make use of this at some
Doing some math:
said shortly after sunrise which was point.
approximately 7:15 a.m. I found my
365 days a year with 5 prayers a day = mother roaming around and I told her It has been established that the
1,825 prayers a year. about this. At this point I thought, ‘why Prophet (pbuh) said, "An Umrah per-
not?’ What better day for your first formed in Ramadan is equal in reward
1,000 prayers ÷ 1,825 prayers a year Salatul Doha then the Day of Arafat? to Hajj." [Related by AlBukhari and
= .5479 year ≈ 6 months And to think, you could do this EVERY Muslim). In another version the Prophet
Praying once in Masjid al-Nabawi is the DAY! (pbuh) said, "The same (reward) as
equivalent of praying five times a day at performing Hajj with me."
home for 6 months. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) has said: "In Paradise there is a I was surprised to learn that the Mecca
100,000 prayers ÷ 1,825 prayers a castle reserved for those who read hotel rates are actually higher during
year = 54.79 years ≈ 55 years Tahajjud." He adds, "Those who pray Ramadan than the rates during hajj.
at night will enter paradise without hav- Having read the hadith above, I can
Praying once in Masjid al-Haram is the ing to account for their acts in this life." now see why. Inshallah, I would like to
equivalent of praying five times a day at The nafils of tahajjud are read after the go to Mecca again during Ramadan
home for 55 years!! Isha prayer, but it is important to sleep (when it falls in the winter months) and
before performing Tahajjud. The prayer hope to receive the reward. May Allah
consists of a minimum of 2 rak'aats, bless us all with the opportunities for
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said,
and a maximum of 8 or 12 rak'aats extra credit. ameen.
"Whoever makes ablutions at home
and then goes and prays in the Mosque (according to ones capacity).
of Quba (a masjid in Medina), he will
have a reward like that of an umrah." “Whoever goes to his bed with the
This Hadith is reported by Ahmad, Na- intention of getting up and praying dur-
ing the night, but, being overcome by
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and you educate a nation.”
“Thus have we enjoined on every “The biggest of the major sins are:
human being goodness and lov- To join others as partners in your “ None can reach the station of
ing– kindness toward one’s par- worship of Allah, to kill a human Taqwa until he possesses neither
ents. being, to be undutiful to one’s par- action nor words that can be ex-
One’s mother bore one in pain and ents, and to make a false state- posed to his embarrassment either
delivered one in pain (46:15)” ment,” in this world or the hereafter.”
-Umar ibn Abdul Aziz
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