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					Sha’ban/Ramadan, 1426
                                      In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
October 2005
Volume 11, No. 10

                              MCWS Muslim Community of Western Suburbs of Detroit

           Eid-Ul-Fitr                        2005 Eid and Ramadan Program
                                              MCWS new moon committee has decide to follow the calculation
   Friday, November 4, 2005                   method used by Dr. Khalid Shaukat ( Accordingly,
  Inshallah and will be held at               Insha-Allah, the Ramadan and Eid program will be as follows:
   Hellenic Cultural Center                   MCWS Ramadan Dinner                Saturday          October 22
                                              YMFA Qiyam-ul-Liail                Friday            October 28
          36375 Joy Road,                     Khatim-Ul-Quran                    Sunday            October 30
         Westland, MI 48185                   MCWS Qiyam-ul-Laial                Sunday            October 30
             734/525-3550                     Eid-Ul-Fitr                        Friday            November 4

                                            This Ramadan, Help                             last time. This time it was much cleaner
         Eid-Dinner                          Families in Need.                             and less effort.

              Canton Masjid                                                                Drivers cruising I-275 will now see
                                              Please send your Zakah and
                                                                                           a couple of Adopt-A-Highway signs
            November 5, 6:30 p.m             other donations to Zakat Fund,                prominently featuring MCWS. The
                                            used to help the familes in need.              signs on I-275 were recently put up
        Eid celebration offering                                                           by M-DOT in recognition of MCWS’s
                                              You can contact Sr. Shawana                  participation in the state’s Adopt a
       delicious food, children                 at (734)397-3877, Anees                    Highway program. MCWS began this
      activities and much more.                 at (48)349-3926 and Sr.                    program earlier this year, and to date
                                                                                           has performed 2 clean-up outings.
                                                                                           Each clean-up effort drew approxi-
Inside this Issue                                                                          mately 15 brothers, and each outing
                                                               MCWS Adopt-                 lasted approximately 3 to 4 hours.
 2     The Blessing
 3     YMFA News                                               A-Highway                   Any organization can adopt stretches
 4     Programs & Activities                                   Second                      of Michigan highways. An application
                                                                                           is filed with the State, typically fol-
 6     Ramadan                                                 Annual                      lowed-up with a meeting with M-DOT.
 7     Dates at Iftar                                          Clean-up                    And upon approval of this application,
 8     Community News & Events                                 Along I-275.                a permit is issued. At that point, the
                                                                                           organization is committed to cleaning-
 10    When is Laylat al Qadr?            Alhamdullila the second                          up the designated portion of the high-
 11    Ramadan:Month of Patience          scheduled clean up was great!                    way three times per year. The highway
       and Sympathy                                                                        sign is put up and will be there for as
 12    Educational Opportunities &        The clean-up team consisted of ap-               long as the organization maintains its
       Library Hours                      proximately 15 people. The clean-up              commitment of 3 clean-up outings per
                                          was finished in 2 hrs with less effort           year, and for MCWS it is every April,
 13    Neighborhood Communities
                                          then last time. Though, the team col-            July and September.
 20    Prayer Times & Calendar            lected around 65 bags compared to 150                                     (Contd. on Pg. 9)
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MCWS Newsletter                                    The Blessing                                God. In this section, I will be focusing
Communication Committee                                                                        mainly on the utmost need for God
                                                                                               consciousness, or Taqwa during the
Committee Chair
                                                                                               month of Ramadan. God conscious-
Mohammad Usman           (248) 347-6681            By Nadeem Gulam                             ness helps us emphasize on one cen-                                                                           tral command, which is God. Take for
Editor-in-Chief                                    Ramadan
                                                                                               example the traffic cops, who enforce
Nausheen S. Khan         (734) 844-3688                                                        our traffic laws in order to keep things                                  In this blessed month of Ramadan,           in order with traffic. Speeding over
High School News Editor                            I pray that all the Muslims have a          the speed limit is against traffic laws,
Tazeen Ayub              (734) 904-6161            successful and purifying month of           therefore if a cop is in the area, he will                           Ramadan. Muslims should be in the           pull you over.
                                                   state of fasting from sunrise to sunset
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                                                   to help us to the best of our ability ab-   But in the absence of the law enforce-
Muhammad Saleem Khan (734) 780-8182                stain from the bad habits we commit,        ment (with the presence of a radar de-                                  as Allah clearly states in the Qur’an: “O   tector) you can speed all you want, as
Mariem Qamaruzzaman                                you who believe! Fasting is prescribed      long as the police are not in presence.                         for you, as it was prescribed for those     So in this context, if there is Allah, and
Community News                                     before you, so that you may guard           we have God with us, as he is unseen,
Nabeel Shahid            (734) 397-5566            (against evil) [Al-Baqarah, Verse           then we won’t be committing much
                                                   183].” We should greatly take advan-        evil. As in the opposite situation, if we
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                                                                                               about this action. But if we commit an
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things; 3) Leaving permitted things,         * False promises.
fearing that these permitted things can
lead to evil (Wara’). This Ramadan,          * Lying and false oaths.
                                                                                        Youth News
we should strive to improve on imple-
menting the Fardh, as practicing the         * Backbiting and slander.                  Fundraising
Fardh gives us the absolute idea that
we will be punished by not implement-        * Instigating tense relations              Adopting a Family: children of
ing the required duties that Allah has         between people.                          war: $35/month, if you would like
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the Fardh. As for Sunan, this Ramadan        * Being two-faced.                         to help the cause, please contact Sr.
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with Allah further because the Sunan is      * Praising someone who is either
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time. Thus, these items help us think of       the necessary knowledge or               list or the discussion forum. For
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of fasting is to refrain the tongue from   In conclusion, I pray that we all have       UpComing Events
doing the following:                       a blessed month of Ramadan. I pray
                                           that we will improve our awareness of        •    Youth Qiyam- Friday
   * Speaking in matters that              Allah during the month of Ramadan. I              October 28th all night long.
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Programs & Activities
 Sheikh Ali’ Suleiman                                    MCWS Tennis League
 Ali’ s Schedule
 Three to four salawat daily
 except Tuesdays.

 Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays:
 Counseling & Fatwa Asr to ‘Isha

 Note: Based on need, counseling
 can be provided on any day
 between 10 AM - 10 PM.
 Appointment is preferred.             Goal:          Play competitive tennis 1 to 2 times a week.
          (734) 398-6804 (Home)                       October 1st, 2005 to November November 19th,
                                                      2005 every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm.
         (313) 366-6800 (Work)
         (313) 478-3262                               MCWS attendees and other brothers in
                                                      the area. Beginners are welcome

 Recreational                          Where:         Freedom Park on Palmer and Sheldon (Temporary)

 Soccer in Canton                      Format:        Singles and Doubles

 Br. Abdul Hafeez Siddiqui organizes                  Must adhere to Islamic dress code. Must bring your
 some soccer games mainly for          Gear:
                                                      own racquet. Tennis balls and water will be provided
 Muslims at a park in Canton.
                                                      Please e-mail or call Br. Mostansar
 Many people in participate
 in these games. These games                          Virk at 734-446-6808
 are played on Wednesday and
 Sunday, from 5:30 to Maghrib.         Cost:          $8 Per person per month
 If anyone has
 any questions                         Group List:
 they can email
 Br. Abdul
 Hafeez at                                  First gathering will be on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 10:00 am at
 abdulsidd@                               Freedom Park InshaAlah (Weather Permitting). Water will be provided.,                               Starting Spring/Summer of ’06, we would like to arrange prize winning
 or call him at                                                    tournaments InshaAlah.

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Detroit MRI Cricket League 2005 Runner Up team Canton (PCCC)                              MCWS Program
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                                                                                           M. Saleem Qureshi    (734)397-7139
                                                                                          Finance & Gift
                                                                                           Tahir Chaudhry       (313)522-2663
                                                                                          Shaheen Masood        (734)397-3845
                                                                                          Programs & Activities
                                                                                          Muzammil Ahmed        (734) 981-5677
                                                                                          Dinners & Community Picnics
                                                                                          Mustafa AlAyoubi      (734)981-4574
                                                                                          Social Welfare (MFS)
                                                                                          Muzammil Ahmed        (734) 981-5677
                                                                                          Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali  (734)398-6804
                                                                                          Membership and Check-o-Matic
                                                                                           Ihtesham Shahid      (734)397-5566
From left Safdar (Best batsman award score more then 300 run), Jawad shamsi, Captain      News Letter & Communication
Abad, Hamid, Nehal, Faisal, Jawad Ahmed and sitting from left Shakeel and Haroon          Mohammad Usman        (248)347-6681
                                                                                          Sisters Interface
Detroit MRI Cricket                          the Final by 2                               Shaheen Masood        (734)397-3845
League 2005                                  wickets. Safdar
                                             Siddiqui of
                                                                                          YMFA and Young Adults
                                                                                          Yusuf Hai             (734)678-3657
PCCC (1 of the 3 Canton teams)               Canton team                                  Community Outreach
is the runner up team of 2005                was nominated
                                                                                          Yusuf Hai             (734)678-3657
Detroit MRI Cricket league.                  as the “Best
                                             Batsman of                                   Da’wah
It has been a remarkable season for          the League”                                  Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali  (734)398-6804
PCCC where they came from behind             and Abad Hussain (Captain)                   Joint Secretariat
in the Super 8 and won all their games       was nominated as the Man of                  Mohammad Usman        (248)347-6681
beating UFD, Farmington, Canton              the Match for the Semi-final.                Mustafa AlAyoubi      (734)981-4574
(Indian) and Crescent in a row to
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qualify for the semi-final. In semi-         Congratulations to the team and
final Canton beat Hamtramck by 1             all the best wishes in to bring              Sajid Siddique        (734)420-3647
wicket in a nail biting match to reach       cup to Canton next year (Insa                Facility
the MRI league final. Final match of         Allah). If any one is interested             M. Saleem Qureshi     (734)397-7139
the league played between Canton and         in joining the PCCC you may                  Constitution (Ad-Hoc)
Brownstown on 9/11 at OCC ground             contact Abad at 734-674-0428.                 Hameed Balbale       (734)780-8182
in Farmington Hills, Brownstown won
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                                           ing person to break his fast, shall have     and your Lord is Allah.” [Narrated by
Ramadan                                    his sins forgiven, and he will be saved
                                           from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have
                                                                                        Tirmidhi, who said it is a good (hasan)
                                           the same reward as the fasting person,
By Suheil Laher                            without his reward being diminished          Qatadah said that he was informed
                                           at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]         that the Prophet (may Allah bless

T   he month of Ramadan is the month
    in which the Quran was sent
down, a guidance for the people, and
                                           In another hadith, the Messenger of
                                           Allah (may Allah bless him and grant
                                                                                        him and grant him peace) used to say,
                                                                                        when seeing the crescent, “A crescent
                                                                                        of goodness and orientation, a cres-
clear verses of guidance and criterion.    him peace) says, “Ramadan has come           cent of goodness and orientation, a
[Quran: Chapter 2, 183]                    to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in      crescent of goodness and orientation.
                                           which Allah covers you with blessing,        (To the moon:) I believe in Allah who
It is appropriate that every Muslim        for He sends down Mercy, decreases           created you.” (Three times), and then
should receive the blessed month of        sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah       he would say, “Praise be to Allah who
Ramadan with repentance, sincerity,        looks at your competition (in good           has taken away such- and-such month
resoluteness and earnestness. He/she       deeds), and boasts about you to His          and brought such-and-such month.”
should make the intention to perform       angels. So show Allah goodness from          [Narrated by Abu Dawud]
extra acts of devotion and worship         yourselves, for the unfortunate one
therein, including the Night Prayer (qi-   is he who is deprived in (this month)        The month of Ramadan has excellences
yam), recitation of Qur’an, and abun-      of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the       over the other months, as is testified to
dant charity to the poor and needy.        Exalted.” [Narrated by Tabarani]             by the Qur’an and Sunnah, and out of
                                                                                        these we will bring to attention the fol-
On the authority of Anas (may Allah        The preceding hadiths bring atten-           lowing virtues:
be pleased with him): The Messenger of     tion to readiness and preparation for
Allah (may Allah bless him and grant       receiving Ramadan. This is achieved          1. It is the month of the Qur’an, with
him peace), used to say the following      by having a clear understanding of           regards to revelation and study. (“The
when the month of Rajab began. “Oh         this month in one’s mind, and greet-         month of Ramadan is that in which was
Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban,      ing Ramadan with love and yearning.          revealed the Qur’an.” [Qur’an, 2:185]).
and bring us, oh Allah, to Ramadan.”       Also, one should have the determina-         On the authority of Ibn `Abbas: Angel
[Narrated by Tabarani and Ahmad]           tion and intention to perform good           Gabriel used to meet the Prophet every
                                           deeds and worship, and one should lay        night in Ramadan and used to study
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah          down a program to accomplish this in         Qur’an with him.
bless him and grant him peace) ad-         the days of the blessed month.
dressed his companions on the last                                                      2. It is the month of seclusion. Ibn
day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people!        It is communally obligatory upon the         `Umar said, “The Messenger of Allah
A great month has come over you; a         Muslims to seek the crescent at the time     (may Allah bless him and grant him
blessed month; a month in which is a       of sunset on the 29th day of Sha`ban,        peace) used to seclude himself for
night better than a thousand months;       and the 29th day of Ramadan, in or-          the last ten days of the month of
month in which Allah has made it com-      der to verify the status of the start and    Ramadan.”
pulsory upon you to fast by day, and       end of their fasting. When seeing the
voluntary to pray by night. Whoever        crescent, it is sunnah for the Muslim to     3. It is the month of generosity. Ibn
draws nearer (to Allah) by perform-        supplicate with the following supplica-      `Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah
ing any of the (optional) good deeds       tion, which has been reported from the       (may Allah bless him and grant him
in (this month) shall receive the same     Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless          peace) used to be at his most generous
reward as performing an obligatory         him and grant him peace).                    in Ramadan.”
deed at any other time, and whoever
discharges an obligatory deed in (this     On the authority of Talhah ibn               4. It is the month of standing (in volun-
month) shall receive the reward of         `Ubaydullah (may Allah be pleased            tary night prayer). On the authority of
performing seventy obligations at any      with him): when the Prophet (may             Abu Hurayrah: The Messenger of Allah
other time. It is the month of patience,   Allah bless him and grant him peace)         (may Allah bless him and grant him
and the reward of patience is Heaven.      saw the crescent, he used to say, “Oh        peace) said, “Whoever stands (in vol-
It is the month of charity, and a month    Allah! Cause it to appear over us with       untary night prayer) during Ramadan,
in which a believer’s sustenance is in-    prosperity, faith (Iman), security and       with faith and in expectancy of reward,
creased. Whoever gives food to a fast-     Islam. (Then to the moon:) My Lord           his previous sins are forgiven him.”

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5. It is the month of the compulsory        “The Messenger of Allah would break          act of following the Prophet’s (SAW)
fast, because of Allah’s saying, “So,       his fast with ripe dates before he would     tradition is one way of connecting and
whoever among you witnesses the             pray. If those were not available, he        remembering him, which is spiritually
month should fast.” [Qur’an, 2:185] A       would eat dried dates. If those were not     beneficial for Muslims.
terrible error prevalent among people       available, he would drink some water.”
is to talk about Ramadan just as they                                                    One should pray after eating dates
talk about the obligation of fasting, as    One of the many physical benefits of         and before eating the main meal, be-
if Ramadan and fasting are synony-          breaking the fast with dates is that our     cause this short break gives the body
mous, each carrying the meaning of          body benefits from the date’s high level     time to metabolize the dates and water
the other and not anything more nor         of natural sugars. Sugars travel most        that have been consumed and to start
less. Yet, fasting is one of many acts of   quickly to the liver, where they are con-    the body’s digestive processes, which
worship in Ramadan.                         verted into energy more quickly than         have been resting all day. Eating large
                                            any other nutrient. Muslims have an          amounts of food immediately after
Many reports have been narrated from        immediate need for this energy when          breaking the fast resembles starting a
the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless     they break their fast, for they need en-     car and the driving it without giving it
him and grant him peace) explaining         ergy to perform their sunset prayers.        enough time to warm up. As we know,
the distinction of Ramadan, of which        Ironically, one also needs this energy       this can damage the engine’s internal
we have selected the following.             to consume the iftar meal. When a            mechanics.
                                            person eats, the body uses energy to
“The month of Ramadan has come to           digest the food. Eating large quanti-        The same is true with the body, for
you; a month of goodness and bless-         ties of food immediately after fasting is    jumpstarting the body’s digestive pro-
ing.” [Ibn Khuzaymah]                       not healthy for the body, which is in a      cesses can shock the entire organ sys-
                                            weakened condition. Eating a date first      tem. In some cases, this shock could be
“The Master of the Months is Ramadan,       helps the body start its digestive pro-      dangerous. In most cases, however, it is
and the Master of the days is Friday.”      cess and gives it the energy to deal with    simply an unhealthy way to break the
[Ibn Khuzaymah]                             the secondary, more complex foods,           fast. The immediate dangers are appar-
                                            eaten during ifta.                           ent in the increased need to sleep af-
“Whoever fasted Ramadan with faith                                                       ter the iftar. This sleepy feeling comes
and in expectancy of reward, his pre-       Dates are also high in vitamins A and        about because the body has expended
vious sins are forgiven him.” [Bukhari      B6, folic acid, potassium, natural so-       so much energy on the digestive sys-
and Muslim]                                 dium, iron, and magnesium. Thus, eat-        tem that it needs to lower its other
                                            ing dates daily during Ramadan is like       bodily functions in order to perform
“When Ramadan comes, the gates of           taking a daily multivitamin. This daily      its digestive duties properly. Over time,
Heaven are opened, the gates of Hell        multivitamin can create a stronger and       this habit can cause long-term damage
are closed, and the devils are chained.”    healthier body, one more fit for fasting.    to the body.
And in a narration from Nasa’i, the fol-    Dates also contain large amounts of di-
lowing words are added: “and a caller       etary fiber, which can prevent any con-
calls out every night: ‘Oh seeker of        stipation that might result from eating
Good, draw near! Oh seeker of Evil,         the traditionally rich foods served dur-
desist!’ “                                  ing Ramadan. Additionally, dates pro-
                                            tect the stomach and intestinal tract
                                            from parasites and bacteria, and thus
Dates                                       is a good preventative medicine when
                                            eating iftar at unfamiliar locations.
at Iftar
                                            Dates also have a special place in Islam.
By Diba Rab                                 In fact, they were one of the Prophet’s
                                            (SAW) most frequently consumed

B    reaking the fast with dates is a
     Ramadan tradition, as most of its
benefits are unique to this particular
                                            foods. For this reason, their benefit is
                                            most likely spiritual as well as physi-
                                            cal. If their benefit were purely physi-
fast. Breaking one’s fast with dates, as    cal, one could perhaps consume any
well as praying before iftar, are both      fruit high in natural sugars before iftar
mentioned in the Hadith literature:         to gain similar benefits. However, the

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                   Congratulations                                                                  Eid-Ul-Fitr
                   on Your Wedding!                                                             Friday, November 4, 2005
                                                                                               Inshallah and will be held at
                                                                                                Hellenic Cultural Center
                                                      Congratulations                                36375 Joy Road
   Nayla Khan – Mohammad S. Ali              to Br. Muhammad Maqsood Qadir                        Westland, MI 48185
                                              and Sr. Amna on the birth of their                      734/525-3550
   Congratulations to Mohammad                    baby girl, Areej Maqsood.
   S. Ali’s parents Mr. Abdul Karim
   and late Mrs. Saira Khatoun and             to Br. Aman Khan and Sr. Faiza
    Nayla’s parents Rana Khurshid            Khan on the birth of their baby boy,
       and Mrs. Parveen Khan                  Humzah Khan. Congratulations to
                                            grand parents Br. Shahid Khan and Sr.
                                                       Meena as well.
       Arshia Siddique – Shaik
       Mohammed Abu Fazal                   to Br. Abdul Rehman (Roomi) and
                                              Sr. Juvaria on the birth of their
   Congratulations to Arshia’s par-           baby boy,Yahya Abdul Rehman.
 ents Dr. and Mrs. Mohamed Sayeed           Congratulations to grand parents Sr.
   Siddique and Fazal’s parents Mr.            Nargis and Br. Rashid as well.
      And Mrs. S. M. Abu baker
                                               to Br. Kashif Chaudhry and Sr.
      Shahaab Quraishi - Sahar               Tehmina on the birth of their baby
                                                     girl, Izma Chaudhry
 Congratulations to Shahab’s Parents
   Nawa Quraishi and Sr. Shahar               May Allah SWT make the newly borns joy
  and Sahar’s Parents Dr. Shafi Ur            for the family and blessing for the Ummah
     Rehman and Sr. Shaheen

    May Allah SWT keep you couples
    forever, happy together Inshall-Allah                     Please Make
                                                                                                            Brother of Sr.
                                               Br. Saeed Chaudhry, father of                                Hajj Ali Mohammad
                                              Br. Tahir Chaudhry, has been ill.                             Hamade (Ali Dorah),
                                              Please make dua to Allah SWT                                  father of Br. Thomas
                                                  for his shifa and recovery.                               A. Hamade passed
                                                                                                            away. Please remem-
                 Congratulations on              Br. Syed Kamal Baghdadi has                                ber Ali Mohammad
                                                 gone through heart surgery.                                Hamade and all our
                 your Engagement!                                                                           beloved ones dur-
                                                Please make dua to Allah SWT
                                               for complete shifa and recovery.                             ing your prayers. He
                                                                                          passed away on Sept. 19, 2005 in peace
  Br. Saqib Nakadar engaged to Sr.                                                        praying at the age of 105. May Allah
 Rabia. Congratulations to them and               May Allah SWT give them
                                                                                          (SWT) give His mercy and forgive-
 Br. Rahman Nakadar and Sr. Najma                complete shifa soon, Ameen.              ness to the deceased, and give strength
             Nakadar.                                                                     and patience to the family.

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                                                                                                      Due to the popularity of
Boys Scout Visit The                                                                      (Contd. from Pg. 1)

                                                                                          the Adopt a Highway program, almost
Fire Station                                                                              every part of the strategic highways in
                                                                                          metro Detroit are already adopted by
On July 29, 2005                                                                          other groups. In many instances, there
Canton Muslims Boys Scouts /Cub                                                           are even waiting lists of groups want-
Scouts group visited Westland on Fire                                                     ing to adopt specific “high-visibility”
                                                                                          stretches of the highway.
Station on Palmer Road. Fire Station
staff were very friendly and visit was                                                    Alhamdulillah, after working with M-
informative as well as fun for the kids.                                                  DOT for a few months, MCWS was
They got the chance to even ride on the                                                   able to adopt a very strategic stretch of
Fire truck !!                                                                             the highway, and one that is also very
                                                                                          close to our masjid.
                                             MCWS Annual

                                             On August 21, 2005 MCWS annual
                                             Picnic was held, it was a success. Thanks
                                             to all the volunteers for arranging,
                                             contributing material for the occasion
                                             and helping coordinator Br. Iqbal

                                                                                          The motivation and reason behind our
                                                                                          effort is two-fold. First and foremost,
                                                                                          it is in partial fulfillment of our duty as
                                                                                          Muslims to pro-actively engage in ac-
A Trip To The                                                                             tivities that positively impact the local
                                                                                          society in which we live. Secondly, it
Wilderness                                                                                is a da’wa effort. In addition to telling
                                                                                          others about the concept of cleanliness
Archery                                                                                   in Islam, demonstrating such actions
                                                                                          can serve as an example to re-inforce
Boys Scout Troop number                                                                   what Islam teaches.
888 went to the Wilderness Archery
of Ann Arbor on Sunday, September                                                         This effort is achieved only when broth-
18, 2005. Boy Scout Troop were giv-                                                       ers from our community come forward
ing training in the art of using bow                                                      and help volunteer a few hours every
and arrows by the trainer at the facility.
Every one including the cool dad’s had
a wonderful time.

                                             Qidwai, to make this picnic a great
                                             success. MEC scouts also participated
                                             in the picnic and engaged in various
                                             activities like : Tug of war and outing
                                             in the jungle. Special Thanks to Sr.
                                                                                          year. If you would like to help with this
                                             Rana Qidwai, Sr. Asia Adnan, and Sr.         project please email mcwsaah@gmail.
                                             Arshi Adil for their untiring efforts for    com or contact any shura member.

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                                                                                          & give him peace), outwardly and in-
When is Laylat al-Qadr?                                                                   wardly, and may He make us of those
                                                                                          whom He loves.

By Shaykh Faraz Rabbani                      ing Mi`raj al-Diraya, and Nawawi, al-        This is one of the many reasons why
                                             Majmu`] Because obligatory acts are          one should strive to establish the night

T   he Prophet Muhammad (Allah
    bless him and give him peace) said,
“Whoever prays on Laylat al-Qadr out
                                             more beloved to Allah than supererog-
                                             atory ones, the most important thing
                                             for men is to pray both Isha and Fajr at
                                                                                          vigil prayer (tahajjud), daily.

of faith and sincerity, shall have all       the mosque.
their past sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and                                                   It has been reported that, “Once the
Muslim, from Abu Hurayra (Allah be           When is it?                                  last ten [days of Ramadan] started,
pleased with him)]                                                                        the Messenger of Allah (blessings
                                             There is great difference of opinion         and peace be upon him, his family,
The Prophet (Allah bless him & give          about this, because it is of the matters     and companions) used to spend the
him peace) also said, “Seek it in the last   whose certain knowledge has been             nights in worship, wake his family,
ten days, on the odd nights.” [Bukhari       lifted by Allah Most High from this          strive, and tighten his belt.” [Bukhari
and Muslim from Abu Sa`id al-Khudri          Ummah, for the wisdom that people            and Muslim] Tighten his belt refers to
(Allah be pleased with him)]                 strive to seek it:                           determination.

The scholars affirm that it is the best of   In general, it is agreed that it is most     The established position of Abu Hanifa
nights, [al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya, quot-        likely to be in the last ten nights of       and his two main companions, Abu
ing Mi`raj al-Diraya, 1.216] because of      Ramadan, with the odd nights being           Yusuf and Muhammad ibn al-Hasan
Allah Most High’s words,                     more likely. Of the odd nights, the night    (Allah have mercy on them) is that it is
                                             of the 27th (which is the night before       specific to Ramadan. Abu Hanifa said
“Lo! We revealed it on the Night of          the 27th of Ramadan, for the Islamic         that it is not a fixed day but, rather,
Power.                                       day starts with nightfall) is most likely.   it moves around in the month. [Ibn
                                             Imam Shafi`i said that it is most likely     Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, from al-Bahr
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the      to be the 21st, then the 23rd, then the      and al-Kafi] As for the hadiths about it
Night of Power is!                           27th. Imam Nawawi followed the po-           being the night of the 27th, Ibn Abidin
                                             sition of Imam Muzani and Imam Ibn           mentions that Abu Hanifa explained
The Night of Power is better than a          Khuzayma that it moves around within         them as meaning a particular year.
thousand months.                             the last ten nights. [Nawawi, al-Majmu`
                                             Sharh al-Muhadhdhab, 6.488]                  Ibn Abidin quotes Ibn Nujaym’s Bahr
he angels and the Spirit [Jibril] descend                                                 al-Ra’iq that this is one transmit-
therein, by the permission of their Lord,    However, it could be outside the last        ted position of Abu Hanifa. Another,
will all decrees.                            ten nights within Ramadan. It may            mentioned in Qadikhan’s Fatawa al-
                                             even be outside Ramadan according            Khaniyya, one of the most important
(That night is) Peace until the rising of    to both early and late scholars. This        works for fatwa in the school, is that
the dawn.”                                   has been transmitted from many of            the famous transmission from Imam
                                             the Companions of the Prophet (Allah         Abu Hanifa is that it moves around the
(Qur’an, Surat al-Qadr: 97)                  bless him & give him peace), includ-         entire year; it could be in Ramadan,
                                             ing Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with        and it could be in another month.
Imam Nawawi and others explain that          him). It is one of the reported positions
‘The Night of Power is better than a         of Imam Abu Hanifa, and also of many         Ibn Abidin said,
thousand months,’ means that it is bet-      of the great knowers of Allah, includ-
ter than a thousand months without it.       ing Ibn Arabi (whose position is quot-       “This is supported by what the Master
                                             ed by Ibn Abidin with support), Abu’l        of the Knowers of Allah Sayyidi Muhyi
Given the tremendousness of this             Hasan al-Shadhili, Sha`rani, and many        al-Din Ibn Arabi mentioned in his
night, it is recommended to seek this        others.                                      Futuhat al-Makkiyya,
night, and to worship Allah in it, with
prayer, supplication (du`a), remem-          May Allah give us the success of fol-        ‘People differed about Laylat al-Qadr.
brance (dhikr), and other actions.           lowing in the footsteps of the inheri-       Some said it moves around the entire
[Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, quot-           tors of the Prophet (Allah bless him         year. This is my position, for I have

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seen it in the month of Sha`ban, and                                                     last of which brings emancipation from
in Rabi`, and in Ramadan. I have            Ramadan: Month                               the fire of Jahan-nam.”
seen it most, though, in the month of
Ramadan, and, specifically, in the last     of Patience and                              “Whosoever lessens the burden of his
nights. I saw it once in the second third                                                servants (bonds-men) in this month,
of Ramadan, on an even night, and           Sympathy                                     Allah will forgive him and free him
once on an odd night. Therefore, I am                                                    from the fire of Jahannam.”
certain that it moves around the entire     By Faza’il-e-A’maal
year, on both odd and even nights.’                                                      “And in this month four things you

And there are many opinions regard-
ing this, which reach 46 different posi-
                                            S   alman, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports,
                                                “On the last day of Shaban Rasu-
                                            lullah addressed us and said, ‘O peo-
                                                                                         should continue to perform in great
                                                                                         number, two of which shall be to please
                                                                                         your Lord, while the other two shall be
tions.” [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]        ple there comes over you now a great         those without which you cannot do.
                                            month, a most blessed month in which         Those which shall be to please your
This is reported to be the position of      lies a night more greater in virtue than     Lord, are that you should in great quan-
Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with           a thousand months. It is a month in          tity bear witness that there is no deity
him) and other great Companions. [As        which Allah has made Fasting compul-         to worship except Allah (i.e. recite the
mentioned by Bututi in his Kashshaf         sory by day. And has made sunnah the         Kalimah Tayyibah Laa llaaha illallaah)
al-Qina`, and others; for the many          Taraweeh by night. Whosoever intends         and make much Istighfaar beg Allah’s
narrations from the Companions and          drawing near to Allah by performing          forgiveness with Astagirfirul-laah).”
Followers about Laylat al-Qadr, see Ibn     any virtuous deed, for such person           And as for those without which you
Abi Shayba’s Musannaf]                      shall be the reward like the one who         cannot do, you should beg of Allah, en-
                                            had performed a fardh in any other           trance into paradise and ask refuge in
Imam al-Nafrawi al-Maliki mentions          time. And whoever performs a fardh,          Him from Jahannam.”
in his al-Fawakih al-Dawani fi Sharh        shall be blessed with the reward of sev-
Risalat Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani           enty faraa-idh in any other time.            “And whoever gave a person who fast-
that the position of Imam Malik, Imam                                                    ed water to drink, Allah shall grant that
Shafi`i and Imam Ahmad, and the ma-         This is indeed the month of patience,        giver to drink from My fountain, such
jority of the scholars is that Laylat al-   and the reward for true patience is Jan-     a drink where after that person shall
Qadr is not a specific night. Rather, it    nah ( paradise. It is the month of sym-      never again feel thirsty until he enters
moves around.                               pathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the        Jannah.”
                                            month wherein a true believer’s rizq
Imam Sarakhsi mentions in his Mabsut,       is increased. Whosoever feeds another        MCWS Board
a 30-volume masterpiece of Hanafi le-       who fasted, in order to break the fast at    President
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dictation to students while unjustly        the fire of Jahannam (hell}, and for such    Mohammad Usman           (248)347-6681
imprisoned in a pot well, that the posi-    feeder shall be the same reward as the
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be pleased with him) was that it is on      that persons reward being decreased in       Ihtesham Shahid          (734)397-5566
the night of the 27th. (3.127) This un-     the least.”                                  Treasurer
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Educational Opportunities
                                                     Gratitude in the Face of Calamity
                Library Committee                    By Imam Zaid Shakir                       been misplaced by the storm. Let
                                                                                               us thank God for the countless
                 Ihtesham Shahid                     In The Name of God, Most Gracious,        merciful souls who are inspired to
            Librarian: Jawad Anwar                   Most Merciful                             spend their money to assist those
                                                                                               who have been displaced from their
                                                     If you express gratitude for my           homes. Let us thank God for those
                                                     blessings, I will increase you in         working tirelessly to connect lost
                                  Tuesdays &         them. [Al-Qur’an 14:7]                    children, the elderly, and physically
                                  Thursdays                                                    challenged with their families.
 April - June
                 12-3 pm
                              1/2 hr before and
                               After Maghrib         T    he failings of humans in the
                                                          aftermath of the destruction
                                                     wreaked by Hurricane Katrina are
                                                                                               When we awake in the morning
                                                                                               and the lights come on to guide
  Summer                      1/2 hr before and
                 1-2 pm                              many. Unfortunately, they are too         us around the house as we prepare
 July - Sept.                  After Maghrib         easy to identify. On the other hand,      to start our day, let us thank God.
 Fall and                                            there are many blessings, which the       When we relieve ourselves and we
                                   1/2 hr before     situation along the Gulf shore serves     find the means to remove our waste
  Winter         12-3 pm
                                  and After Isha     to highlight. Most of those bless-        far from our homes let us thank
Oct - March
                                                     ings are things we take for granted.      God. When we drive by our rivers
                            1/2 hr between 8 and
  Ramadan                                            They oftentimes go unnoticed, and         and streams, and find that most of
                            20 rakah of Taraweeh
                                                     therefore, unappreciated. In light        them are not soiled by untreated
                                                     of the difficulties facing so many of     raw sewage let us thank God. When
 Special Hrs     Saturdays 1-2 pm (Sisters Only)     our fellow citizens in the affected       we return home to warm meals, a
                                                     areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and      clean change of clothes, and loving,
                                                     Alabama, we should all take time to       intact families, let us thank God.
     Closed on all events and public holidays        thank God for His many and abun-
                                                     dant blessings.                           As we survey the aftermath of the
                                                                                               storm let us thank God that the
                                                     First of all, let us thank God that He    devastation was not worse. What
         LEARN QURAN, TAJWEED.                       inspired so many people to risk their     would the damage had been had not
       TAFSEER AND TRANSLATION                       lives and health to save thousands        Katrina weakened from a Category
                                                     of individuals who were trapped           5 storm to a Category 4 just before
    SISTER FARHAT HASHMI on Internet                 in New Orleans and elsewhere. Let         making landfall? What would the
            For details please contact               us thank God for the kind souls           damage had been if the eye of the
                                                     who have opened their hearts and          storm had passed directly over New
          Sr. Shazia at (248) 349-0415               homes to receive those who have           Orleans, instead of turning towards

MCWS Islamic School
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Free adult classes, (no registration needed)
Subject                                     Instructor                  Place                 Day and Time
Tajweed Class (for Young Adults)            Br. Mustafa Alayyoubi       Canton Masjid         Monday, after Isha Salah
Tafseer-al-Qur’an for ADULTS                Sheikh Ali Suleiman         Canton Masjid         Friday, after Isha salah
Tafseer-al-Qur’an (for Brothers)            Sheikh Ali Suleiman         Canton Masjid         Sat. & Sun, after Fajr Salah
Tafseer-al-Qur’an (for Sisters)             Sheikh Ali Suleiman         Sister’s Masjid       Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Read Qur’an with Tajweed                    Sr. Shaheen Masood          Sister’s Masjid       Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 pm

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                                                        Neighborhood Communities
less populated areas? What            calamities of this world with
would have resulted if the flood-     dignity and composure. Our                        Tawheed Center I
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dle of the night as people slept or   believer. His affair only contains                   Phone: (248) 426 7360
were surrounded by total dark-        good. That realization only occurs
ness? Let us thank God that so        for the believer. If he is blessed     Salat-ul-’juma (Two prayers) 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
far the death toll in Louisiana       with good he thanks God and in             
is in the hundreds and not the        that there is good. And if he is af-
thousands as predicted.               flicted with difficulty he patiently            Muslim Community
                                      endures and in that there is good.
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                                                                                   Jumma Prayers 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Let us thank God for blessing us      be like the deceived fools who
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it contains, His Decree brings        in your grave when your family,
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                                                                  •      A statement that your deduction for the do
American Business
                                                                         nation cannot exceed the proceeds of the resale.
Consulting, Inc.                                                  An acknowledgment is required even if you qualify for one
50636 Top of Hill Court, Plymouth, MI 48170                       of the exceptions to the deduction limit.

Tax Alert                                                         The new rules apply to donations made on or after January
                                                                  1, 2005. And, generally speaking, you must get the ac-
September 25, 2005                                                knowledgment from the charity within 30 days of the date
                                                                  the charity resells the car or within 30 days of the date of the
Dear Client,                                                      donation if you qualify for one of the exceptions. However,
                                                                  if you made a car donation earlier this year, the IRS is
                                                                  giving you extra time: For donations made on or before
If you are thinking about donating a used                         September 1, 2005, you have until at least October 1, to get
car to charity, you should be aware that                          the acknowledgment.
new rules effective January 01, 2005 gov-
ern tax deductions for car donations.                             If you want more details on the new rules for donations
                                                                  of cars and other vehicles, please contact us at (248)
In the past, you could generally claim a                          705-5220
charitable deduction equal to the value
of the car at the time of the donation. Generally speaking,       Very sincerely
that’s no longer true if the car is worth more than $500 and
the charity resells your car. Your deduction is limited to the    Arshad M. Khawaja
amount of the proceeds the charity receives on the resale.
This limit applies not only to donations of cars, but to dona-
tions of trucks, boats and airplanes as well.

There are some exceptions. For example, if the charity uses      University Bank           is proud to be one of the few
your car in a significant way before the resale (for example,
                                                              banks in the country to offer a Sharia compliant means of
to provide transportation to needy individuals), then the
new deduction limit does not apply. Instead, you can deduct purchasing a home, refinancing, or investing money for the
the current value of the car.                                 future.

For donations over $500 in value, the new rules require that     University Bank          strives to be your single point of
you get an acknowledgment from the charity containing contact for all your banking needs. You can do it all with the
certain information. For example, if the charity resells the
                                                             security and professionalism of a bank.
car and you don’t qualify for one of the exceptions (i.e.,
your deduction is limited), the statement must show the

•       Your name and taxpayer identification number.            Money Market Savings
•       The vehicle identification number.

•       The date of the donation.

•       The date the vehicle was sold by the charity.

•       A certification that the car was sold in an

        arm’s length transaction between unrelated parties.

•       The amount of the gross proceeds from the sale.

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                      Detroit Area Prayer Timings                                                                           October 2005
                                      October 2005                                                                 Sha’ban/Ramadan-1426
                                                                                                           S       M         T     W        T           F          S
  Date         Fajr         Sunrise        Zuhr           ‘Asr           Maghrib              ‘Ishaa
    1         6:14A          7:31A         1:28 P        4:45 P           7:18 P              8:32 P
    5         6:19A          7:36A         1:27 P        4:39 P           7:10 P              8:25 P
                                                                                                          2        3         4     5         6          7          8
   10         6:24A          7:41A         1:26 P        4:34 P           7:03 P              8:17 P
                                                                                                          28       29        30   RM         2          3          4
   15         6:29A          7:47A         1:25 P        4:27 P           6:55 P              8:09 P
                                                                                                           9       10        11    12       13         14          15
   20         6:35A          7:52A         1:24 P        4:21 P           6:47 P              8:02 P       5       6         7      8        9         10          11
   25         6:41A          7:58A         1:23 P        4:15 P           6:40 P              7:55 P
                                                                                                          16       17        18    19       20         21          22
   31         5:47A          8:06A         1:22 P        4:09 P           6:32 P              7:47 P      12       P         14    15       16         17          18
                      Iqama Times at Canton Masjid                                                        23       24        25    26       27         28          29
                               October, 2005                                                              19       20        21    22       23         24          25
                                                                                                          30      31
                 Jumma’ Prayer: 1st 12:40 PM & 2nd 1:40 PM
                                                                                                          26      LQ
                                                                                                         IM = Isra/Me’raj , SB = Shaban, NS = NisfuSha’ban
                                                                                                         LQ = Lailatul-Qadr, RM = Ramadan

   Date           Fajr              Zhur            Asr              Maghrib                 Ishaa                      November 2005
    1-5         6:30 AM         2:00 PM         5:45 PM               7:25 PM              8:45 PM
                                                                                                           S        M    T W T         F                            S
    6-10        6:35 AM         2:00 PM         5:45 PM               7:15 PM              8:35 PM                       1    2   3    4                            5
                                                                                                                        28 29 30 EF                                 2
   11-15        6:45 AM         2:00 PM         5:45 PM               7:05 PM              8:30 PM
                                                                                                           6         7   8    9 10 11                              12
   16-20        6:50 AM         2:00 PM         5:30 PM               7:00 PM              8:20 PM         3         4   5    6   7    8                            9
                                                                                                          13        14 15 16 17 18                                 19
   21-25        6:55 AM         2:00 PM         5:30 PM               6:50 PM              8:15 PM
                                                                                                          10        11 12 13 14 15                                 16
   26-30        6:55 AM         2:00 PM         5:30 PM               6:40 PM              8:05 PM        20        21 22 23 24 25                                 26
                                                                                                          17        18 19 20 21 22                                 23
Fajr Iqama time based on 50-minute minimum before sunrise where applicable.
                                                                                                          27        28 29 30
Isha Iqama time based on ISNA, plus 7 – 10 minute minimum where applicable.
                                                                                                          24        25 26 27
                                                                                                         EF = Eid-ul-Fitr

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