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First Class Gratitude Al-Huda School’s 15-year journey reaches a milestone By Muslim Link Staff After 15 years of planning, building, and weathering the struggles which come with sailing into uncharted waters, Al-Huda School graduated its first ever high school class on June 5, 2011 at the University of Maryland’s Inn and Conference Center. Al-Huda School opened Al-Huda High valedictorian Noor Nahavandi addresses its doors in 1995 at the a full auditorium at the Maryland high school’s first Muslim Community Center graduation ceremony. Photo by Cardiff Andana.

in Silver Spring, Maryland with 27 students in grades Kindergarten through second. Now the school – accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through grade 12 – has about 500 students. The school is the flagship project of the larger Dar-us-Salaam community building project in College Park.

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“God Conference” Comes to Washington By Muslim Link Staff For the second consecutive year, a major gathering for Islamic learning and knowledge will take place in the nation’s capital. DC Hidayah, a grassroots, youth-led project to bring well known speakers

together for a weekend of disseminating knowledge of the Qur’an and the Prophetic sunnah, launched last year with a weekend of lectures which attracted around 700 guests. Similar to last year, most speakers at this year ’s event – also to be held at the Washington Convention

Center on June 18-19 – are teachers and Imams from the Virginia, Maryland, and DC region. However, this year a few speakers are coming from outlying states. “[This year]DC Hidayah is featuring Eddie from the Deen Show. He will be interviewing some of the speakers on stage and

also presenting his highly acclaimed film of how he came to Islam. In addition we will have an entertainment session featuring anasheed artists,” said Farooq Yousuf, 27, one of the organizers of DC Hidyah. There will also

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Community News Journalist: Post-Flood Pakistan An Ignored Catastrophe Written by Farha Marfani Almost a year has passed since the devastating floods ravaged central Pakistan. The devastation these floods caused was far greater than the megathree of natural disasters – the Indonesian tsunami, the Haitian earthquake, and the Pakistani earthquake, combined. More than 20 million Pakistanis have become homeless. Most of us have only seen or read about the devastation through the TV or newspapers. People like journalist Ethan Casey and Dr. Ismail Mehr have visited the flood-torn villages of Pakistan. Ethan travels and writes about Pakistan in hopes to raise awareness. Ismail Mehr and his team of doctors and disaster relief volunteers provide medical aid. They shared their experiences and noted the challenges in providing relief aid to the country in a program at the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) on June 3, 2011. Organized by a few members of the ISB community, the event attracted only about twenty people, although organizers were expecting a somewhat bigger crowd.

Casey shared some pictures, and indepth insight, into the state of the areas devastated by the Pakistan floods. Casey clarified that he is not a relief worker and said that while relief work is very important and needed, it is also important to educate mainstream America about Pakistan and to foster a good relationship between Muslims and Pakistanis and the general American community. “I am in a position, coming from an all white town in Wisconsin, to talk to [other Americans] and tell them that the Pakistan that I know is not what they see on TV,” he added. Having traveled extensively in Asia since the 1980s and with a curiosity to learn and in search for adventure, Casey first went to Pakistan in 1995. After traveling to Indian-controlled Kashmir and reporting on its political upheaval, he was eager to visit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and report on another perspective. His reports, however, were not well received by media outlets in the U.S., who were not interested in printing the stories from the Pakistani viewpoint. Yet, Casey continues to return to Pakistan, having last visited in March 2011. Through his books, articles and talks, he sheds light on the devastation

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left behind from the floods and comments on the blatant media under-reporting of the floods. Villagers of Swat greeted him with generous hospitality and told him that most Western journalists fly in on a helicopter and spend only a few hours reporting from “on the ground.” Casey spent four days in Swat, traveling the villages and interviewing tribal leaders. He shared pictures of once lush fields and orchards now replaced by copious amounts of rocks, and homes which have been destroyed to piles of mud. He mentioned that the government issued Watn cards, similar to ATM cards, to those who lost homes due to the floods, entitling them to 100,000 rupees. These people have only received 20,000 rupees, and are still waiting to receive the remaining 80,000 rupees promised to them. Casey also noted that what’s more important than providing food aid to flood-torn Pakistan is providing paid labor to not only begin rebuilding homes and villages, but to recover villagers’ selfrespect and dignity. The manpower exists,

yet it has not been mobilized, he added. Dr. Ismail Mehr of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) echoed similar insights, especially about the chaotic state of Pakistani villages after the floods. In addition to describing IMANA’s efforts in providing medical aid to thousands in flood-affected areas, Dr. Mehr recalled an instance when he and his team were handing out food. The images of hungry children who were shaking from hunger and worry that they would not receive food are forever etched in his memory. In response to an article he wrote for The Huffington Post about America’s negligence toward the floods, Casey received scathing comments such as, “we’ll start donating after they stop bombing us.” In contrast to the tremendous media attention and outpouring of support from Americans to Haitians during the 2010 earthquake, Casey commented that Americans feel pity for Haitians, but feel threatened by Pakistanis.

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From Pharmacy to Herbal Medicine: A Muslim Woman’s Journey to Promote Health and Well-Being By Wendy Diaz

on her own was tough for both her and her family. However, they were accommodating in her resolve to pursue her studies and have been her support system ever since, attending her herbal show, a project which is an essential part of the school’s medicinal herbs program, and also her graduation this summer.

Muslim Link Staff Writer Two and a half years ago, 28 year old pharmacist Amani El Sawah packed her bags and moved from Piscataway, New Jersey to Silver Spring, Maryland to pursue her dream of studying herbal medicine. After graduating from Rutgers University with a doctorate in pharmacy and working three years in Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ, Amani made the move that would change the course of her career and her life, enrolling in Tai Sophia Institute’s Herbal Medicine Master’s Program. The only daughter and middle child of Egyptian-born parents, Amani’s interest in pharmacy was instilled in her by her mother who advised her to choose a field which promised flexible hours and a good salary. Pharmacy, she insisted, was a great career for a woman to uphold Islamic values such as not dealing directly with male patients and hospital staff, as well as giving her ample time to raise a family. During Amani’s studies at Rutgers, New Brunswick, while going through the pharmacy program, she came across herbal medicine. “We learned about herbal medicine because, as pharmacists, [because] we would need to know about the possible drug-herb interactions if patients chose to take herbal supplements. I found it fascinating that herbs like garlic and

Amani El Sawah’s “Holy Foods” display table at the Tai Sophia Institute Herbal Show where she showcased foods used in prophetic medicine in all three Abrahamic faiths. Photo courtesy of Amani El Sawah ginger were actually used as medicine when I had only viewed them as food,” she recalled. Amani decided to take an elective offered at Rutgers dealing with herbs and nutritional supplements. Through this class, her interest was further intensified, and she began to explore other natural alternatives. Although this all took place during her years at the university, it was not until after graduating and working professionally as a pharmacist that she

finally made the decision to look into herbal schools and heard about Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. This school, specializing in Healing Arts and Sciences offers graduate degrees in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Transformative Leadership and Social Change. After recommendations from a pharmaceutical expert in California who knew the director of Tai Sophia personally, Amani attended their open house and decided to enroll in the Graduate Program for Herbal Medicine. The decision to move to Maryland

Herbal medicine has been and is still used widely in many parts of the world. In the Islamic world, especially, Muslims have relied on the Qur’an and prophetic guidance, using black seed and honey among other herbs to treat many ailments. Herbal medicine, not to be confused with Homeopathy, is sometimes called herbalism, herbology, botanical medicine, or phytomedicine, and refers to using parts of plants, including seeds, fruits, roots, leaves, bark, stems, and flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbal medicine has been around long before recorded history; however, with the introduction of chemical analysis, scientists began to isolate and manipulate active ingredients in plants, and create compounds to form the drugs now used in conventional medicine. While practicing as a pharmacist, Amani dealt with the latter. Now she is an advocate for herbal medicine because she says it is a more natural approach to treating the body and maintaining overall health.

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Two Al-Huda Students Winners Recognized for “If I Were Mayor” Essays By Asia Williams

Muslim Link Contributing Writer As part of the statewide Municipal Government Month celebration, Al Huda School’s fourth grade students wrote and submitted essays on the topic “If I Were Mayor.” Essays by Zakiyyah Ali and Zaid Hijazi were selected by Al-Huda School staff as the two outstanding essays to be recognized at the City of College Park’s ceremony. College Park Mayor Andrew M. Fellows, visited Al Huda School earlier in the school year and spoke with the children about his role as mayor. He gave the children some topics to include in the essay such as how to clean up the Chesapeake Bay,

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be a bazaar with over fifty vendors. Organizers said the location was chosen for not only its centrality, but also its neutrality. “ It is a demonstration of unity as [DC Hidayah] is one of the only events where Imams from the various Masaajid come together and speak on the same platform. We chose Washington DC because we wanted to have the conference in a relatively neutral area so all of the attendees can feel comfortable,” explained

how to keep the city clean of trash and air pollution, how to recruit volunteers to help with those efforts, and how to reward them for helping. On the evening of June 14th, the City invited Zakiyyah, Zaid and 3 other winners from local College Park Schools to read their essays during the annual recognition ceremony held during the City Council meeting at City Hall. The students read their essays in front of Mayor Fellows, City Council, viewers watching the City Council meeting from home and family and friends. When asked how she felt about reading her essay, Zakiyyah Ali said she felt “good, but very nervous and scared.” Each of the children received a certificate and had their picture taken with the Mayor. Fellows said he looks forward to

the essay contest each year.

Al-Huda students Zayd Hijazi (third from right), Zakiyyah Ali (far left) and other students pose for reporters with Mayor Andrew Fellows at the “If I Were Mayor” essay recognition ceremony. Photo courtesy of Zacharia Ali.

Arif Kabir, who is handling many of the logistics related to the conference. This year’s theme is “Allah: In God We Trust”, and most of the presentations will be about Allah, and how to know and appreciate Allah. Organizers said nonMuslims are welcome. “We greatly hope that non-Mulims attend and feel welcome to do so given the location. We hope this is pleasant educational experience for non-muslims and that they can leave with a great appreciation for who Allah is to Muslims,” said Amina Miah, another one of the organizers.

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First Class Gratitude

Al-Huda School’s 15-year journey reaches a milestone special characteristics of their fellow classmates. Graduate Wajdy Mohammad introduced the video.

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“We’re here to celebrate all of your hard work, if it wasn’t for you, we would not be graduating today. Al-Huda [High School] may not have everything that [public schools] have – and I know because I used to go to public school -- but Al-Huda has something much more previous, they have brotherhood,” said Mohammad, who plans on pursuing dentistry.

The graduation ceremony was filled with advice from speaker after speaker to the graduates and the attendees to recognize the blessings of Allah on the school and community and – above all – to be humbly grateful for these blessings. Over 700 family members, former students, staff, and supporters filled the auditorium at the formal event; although no tickets were sold, an invitation and RSVP were required to attend the 3-hour ceremony. Months of preparation from the Al-Huda School high school teachers, administration, high school students, and school founder Imam Safi Khan went into planning the event. “This graduation was a very important milestone for our education mission, and we wanted it to be a day of appreciation for Allah’s blessings on our community. Of course it was also a special day for our graduates, so we made sure to involve them in planning the ceremony,” said AlHuda’s principal Haroon Baqai. The graduating class was made up of 6 boys and 8 girls. Three of the students who started with Al-Huda School in Kindergarten – Yunus Jerome, Mohammed Hijazi, and Aisha Aulakh -were recognized at the event along with their parents. The Al-Huda School graduation committee – composed of high school teachers,

Over 700 family members, friends and community supporters attended the first ever Al-Huda High School graduation. Photo by Cardiff Andana administration, and students – themed the ceremony “Sowing Seeds of the Ummah: From Roots to Fruits”, and the image of a well rooted tree bearing fruit was repeated several times throughout the ceremony. The program opened with a recitation by graduate Mohammed Hijazi who started reading from the thirteenth verse of Surah Kahf where Allah says “We narrate unto you their story with truth: Truly! They were young men who believed in their Lord (Allah), and We increased them in guidance.” The verse was the inspiration for naming the school “Al-Huda”, which means “the guidance”. Hijazi and Eman Faris were the two graduates recognized for memorizing the entire Qur’an. Yusra Eberle was the salutatorian for the “class of 1432”, and her address focused on how she learned to “focus on the positives” as her environment and school changed during her high school

In Their Own Words: Al-Huda’s Class of 2011

“The hype! No seriously, it’s the support and backup we’ve received. All the energy of the community and everyone we love is practically a never ending energy push forward.” – Yunus Jerome

What is the best thing about being in the first graduating class?

“I have no idea. It is not about being the first class, it’s more about the school having its first graduation after so long. It happened that we were suddenly chosen to grow with the high school years, but it could have been anyone else in that position if the school was

“Knowing that we will always have the status as the first, that’s the best thing.” – Khadija Mohamed

years as she moved between American and Pakistan. Dr. Altaf Husain addressed the gathering next with a speech titled “O Graduate, This is Your Moment”. Mentioning all his relatives in the audience showing the graduation was very much a “family affair”, Dr. Husain advised the graduates to make their special day a moment of gratitude, obedience, contemplation, contribution, and celebration. “Celebration begins with gratitude … you say to everyone that I am what I am today because of Allah and because of everyone who believed in me, and I thank [Allah] for that,” said Husain, who has two nephews who studied at Al-Huda School. Following this, the senior boys delivered a lighthearted video presentation where each class member mentioned some financially capable of doing so from the past.” – Mohammad Hijazi “Practically growing up in Al-Huda School since KG, I feel that sense of fulfillment. Al-Huda has been a huge milestone, a long journey in my life. I’m so blessed to have made it this far. If my class and I can make it this far, anyone can.” – Aisha Aulakh “In all honesty, I like the attention we get and the privileges we got. We are the pioneers of Al-Huda school and many

Former rapper Mutah Beale was flown in from Los Angeles as a special guest for the graduation ceremony. Once known as “Napolean” of Tupac Shakur’s group “the Outlawz”, Beale entered Islam several years ago and now travels around the world speaking to Muslim youth. “Tomorrow is gone and we can’t get it back and the future is not promised for us, but we have today where we can correct our affairs … life might get a little more serious [now],” he advised the graduates. “Put that fight and effort into the main graduation which will be on [the Day of Judgment].” Beale’s short advice was followed by a poem called “Thinking Back” by graduate Aisha Aulakh, an appreciation speech by three others from the senior girls class, and a short video presentation with pictures of scenes from Al-Huda School over the years which brought back happy

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of the younger students will follow us in our footsteps. I like the fact that I will be looked up to as a role model for other kids.” – Wajdy Mohammed

What is the most challenging thing about being in the first graduating class? “We were the ones who had no class to look at and to learn from. Since the >> WORDS Pg 10


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Youth Retreat in Rockville Called Success for Amaana Kevin Bryant

prodding each other with blunted foil blades under the watchful eyes of their instructors. It was a first-time experience for most all participants.

Muslim Link Contributing Writer The Muslim Youth Retreat that took place May 28-29 at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville, MD was the first of its kind planned and provided by Amaana, a non-profit organization with a mission to cultivate a Muslim community based on Islamic principles. The purpose of the retreat was provide social and confidence-building activities for local youth in a healthy Islamic environment and to engage them in dialogue on a variety of topics relative to their daily experiences, all within the context of reinforcing Islamic values. Amaana seeks to foster respect for diverse cultural values and create a healthy legacy for Muslim youth by providing social services including counseling, education, and welfare for the poor and needy in the Muslim community. About 70 people participated in the retreat including adult volunteers; the youth ranged in age from eight to eighteen and included males and females. Some nonMuslims interested in Islam also attended the weekend retreat. CLASS II

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memories for many in the audience, including two former students who graduated from public high schools. Fatimah Waseem would have graduated with the class of 2011, but two years ago she transferred to Springbrook High School where, just two days before AlHuda’s graduation, she delivered the salutatorian address to her class. “I felt pleasantly surprised by Al-Huda School’s [graduation]. Although we didn’t have 6,000+ guests seated in a hall worthy of the most celebrated people of today, we had something far more valuable that brought us together: Islam,” she wrote to the Muslim Link. Also in the audience was Amina Haleem, who enrolled in Al-Huda’s kindergarten in

After lunch, the youngsters went to the Rockville Ice Arena where they enjoyed twirling and gliding on ice, again, many for the first time. “Ice Skating was my favorite part [of the retreat],” said Nadia, a 13 year-old Gaithersburg, MD resident. Surprisingly, many of the young men enjoyed the ice adventure as well: “It was fun! I want to do it again,” remarked Mateo Flores also of Gaithersburg.

Campers try their hand at fencing at the Amaana retreat. Photo courtesy of Amaana. What made this retreat unique was the fact that the Welfare Committee of Amaana sponsored a vigorous fundraising campaign including a Clean-a-thon that took place on May 7 when volunteers gathered on the DC/MD border in the Southeast, Washington, DC and Capitol Heights, MD area to clean parks and neighbors’ yards. The fundraising efforts also included funds and services from the business community and resulted in reducing the cost of the retreat from nearly $90.00 per person to $15.00 per person. 1995 as the first student on record for the new school. “The [Al-Huda] graduates seemed very happy and excited to start a new phase in their lives. It was obvious that Al-Huda had a great impact on shaping their education and their bonds with other Muslim teenagers. It made me happy to be a part of the next phase of Al-Huda’s growth,” said Haleem, who is currently in her final year at the University of Maryland. Noor Nahavandi delivered the valedictorian address. He emphasized he is in no way better than any of his fellow graduates, but that he was a “culmination of Al-Huda shaped by those” teachers and fellow students around him. “I can only pray to Allah that I have helped [my classmates] half as much as they have helped me,” he said, remarking on the brotherhood he experienced during his four years at Al-Huda High. Like other student speakers, he thanked the community and especially the parents

The affordable price made it possible for many to attend and resulted in a diverse group of youngsters. The following are accounts of the activities that took place over the weekend. On Saturday morning, after breakfast, early arrivals enjoyed fencing instruction provided by Rockville Fencing Academy and sparred with each other under the shade of tall trees and a tempered cool breeze. Outfitted in fencing gear, the youngsters excitedly jousted in pairs, for supporting the school and “allowing us to flourish”. Both the valedictorian and the salutatorian were chosen by the school administration after reviewing academic standing, character, and collecting surveys from the high school teachers and the graduating class. Students were required to completed Advanced Placement classes; all fourteen of the graduates were accepted to colleges and several received substantial scholarships. The final presentation before the diploma ceremony was a deeply personal speech by founder and Imam of Dar-us-Salaam Safi Khan. Titled “Ya Allah”, the presentation was a heartfelt expression of gratitude and reliance on Allah, and an appeal for Allah to continue supporting the work and mission of the Dar-us-Salaam community. “Ya Allah, giving up was never an option,

All manner of ball sports followed ice skating at the indoor Rockville SportsPlex facility where the retreaters dunked basket balls, sent soccer balls whizzing across a large artificial turf, and dodged balls. Upon return to the camp site, youngsters toured the Nature Center on the fouracre site of the Lathrop E. Smith Center while teenagers attended a workshop on Cyber Safety conducted by University of Maryland student and volunteer, Ahmed Sidee. Sidee, a native of The Gambia, showed video clips of accounts >> SUCCESS Pg 14

because we knew You were there … people who differed with Dar-us-Salaam … just made us trust You even more … Your grace descended and our gratitude increased …. your compassion was our solace, we made dua and dua and dua, and your miracles descended and the only thing we could do was express our gratitude with tears and sajdah of shukr,” said Imam Safi, who closed with a dua for the graduates. “Ya Allah, help them choose careers which help establish Your deen and which revere Your Name.” The diploma ceremony closed the program. As master of ceremonies and Al-Huda High history teacher Jamal Abdul-Kareem called up each graduate, an audio clip played in the voice of the graduate, explaining what Al-Huda School means to them, and offering a vision for their future; the day ended with takbir, smiles, hugs, and an auditorium full of gratitude.


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Al-Huda School Students Publish Own Books By Shirin Ishaq

Muslim Link Contributing Writer Since the dawn of Islam, the crux of Muslim scholarship has rested the ability to read and write. The students of AlHuda School in College Park, Maryland have been honoring this Islamic literary tradition by publishing their very own books. For the fourth year, KG-8th graders worked diligently for three months, writing first drafts and revision upon revision and finally readying their work for publication. The books were published by Student Treasures Publishing, a division of Nationwide Learning, a program designed to encourage learning through the writing, illustrating, and publishing of full-color, hardbound books.

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beginning, we were always the seniors. Never did we get a chance to be freshman or sophomores. We were just always seniors with everyone looking at us and waiting to see whether or not things fell into place.” – Khadija Mohamed “The thought of living up to the expectations we’ve placed on ourselves as well as those our parents have placed on us, as well as actually going through to accomplishing them.” – Yunus Jerome “It comes with many responsibilities and expectations. But also being the first graduating class built leadership skills within us.” – Mohammad Hijazi “Being at Al-Huda all my life, people have high standards and expectations of me. They expect certain things and often times may not realize that – even without being an Al-Huda student – I’ve already [learned] good values, character and etiquette.” – Aisha Aulakh

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This year, the Arabic faculty collaborated on the project as well. The Al-Huda School teachers felt that such an endeavor was important not only as an academic exercise but because the entire process would teach their students more about the culture of learning, scholarship, and literacy—the mastery of language—a decidedly Islamic culture. In doing so, the KG-2nd grades compiled the work of every student into a class book; 3rd-8th graders wrote and illustrated individual books. Needless to say, the hard work of both students and teachers paid off. The books were on display on May 28 at the annual Muslim Funfest carnival. A full list of book titles and authors is available at www.muslimlinkpaper.com, search for “Al-Huda School Students Publish Own Books”

“Being the role model. We are guys and we like to joke around, but we know everyone is watching us because we are the graduating class. It’s really hard to consciously always make sure you are doing something you want others to follow.” – Wajdy Mohammed What will you take away with you from your years at Al-Huda school? “After all these years, what I will take with me is the love of my sisters ... the sisterhood is what brought us back every year. Nowhere in this world would I have been able to meet so many girls who were so down to earth, so even-tempered and who trusted God more than these girls. And for the rest of [this life] I’m taking them with me.” – Khadija Mohamed “The love, support, friendships, good memories, and the education I received there.” – Yunus Jerome “I am thinking of taking away everything. Everything I learned in the school was beneficial, and most importantly subjects related to my religion. I will carry [on]

Some samples of the newly published hardcover books by young Al-Huda school authors. Photo by Muslim Link.

with my Qur’an, the aspects of Aqeedah and Fiqh that I learned, and my Arabic language.” – Mohammad Hijazi “Alongside the Islamic knowledge I’ve gained over the years, Al-Huda has given me the strong bond of sisterhood. The friends you make here go through everything with you. When you’re happy, they’re happy. When you’re sad, they’re upset. They aren’t your friends; they are your sisters.” – Aisha Aulakh “The memories I have made with my brothers. There are only six of us, so I will remember each and every one of them . Also I will take the knowledge of the deen with me everywhere I go. I know I’m an ambassador of Islam and the school taught me everything I know to protect and uphold the deen.” – Wajdy Mohammed Some people say students in Islamic schools are academically inferior and socially dysfunctional when compared to their peers in public schools. As graduates of an Islamic school, how do you respond?

“We got into the same schools. Public schools have teen pregnancy, drugs … we don’t have any of that. I say believe what you want. We’ll see in 10 years who is more successful.” – Khadija Mohamed “Firstly, they can call our learning inferior AFTER they’ve taken our AP courses. All three of them. THEN [they should take] a good look at our AP scores. As for being socially [dysfunctional], the only thing we’d be awkward towards are those sinister footsteps Allah warns us about.” – Yunus Jerome “Standardized exams, university acceptances, AP exams, and scholarships is enough of a reply to all the haters of Muslim schools.” – Mohammad Hijazi “As for the Al-Huda High School graduates, I don’t think any of us are socially dysfunctional. However, for future graduates, I think it’s best for Al-Huda to have more extracurricular activities, youth groups and social events that will bring different types of people together.” – Aisha Aulakh

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The Time Travelers Summer Camp at Prince George’s Muslim Association incorporates the inventions of Muslims in the past with hands on activities.

Called the “Time Travelers Summer Camp”, director Kareema Dickens said children will explore the Muslim inventions of the past with handson activities. Students learn about inventions from the past but don’t always learn about inventions from previous

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IAMC Rejuvenates Indian American Families Across MD, VA By Saleem Ahmad

out from their busy schedules to attend the picnic.

The Indian American Muslim Community in the Baltimore Area was energized by a cookout and picnic organized by the Maryland-Virginia Chapter of Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) at the Patapsco Valley State Park on 21st of May, 2011.

Different community leaders from Baltimore County Muslim Council and Islamic Society of Baltimore joined the picnic to show their support for IAMC.

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More than 100 Indian American Families comprising of approximately 250 members from all over Maryland and Virginia attended the picnic. Ms. Adrienne Jones, Delegate, District 10 and Speaker Pro tem of Maryland joined the picnic. Another special guest was Council man Tom Quirk from district 1 of Baltimore County. “These types of events certainly rejuvenate communities and the idea of Community organizations” said Ms. Jones. In his short speech Mr. Quirk reiterated his support to the Indian Community. Both of the guests envisioned and emphasized on a long lasting relationship between Public offices and Muslim Community. IAMC community thanked wholeheartedly both the politicians who took some time

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of youngsters who were taken advantage of on the internet by not-so-friendly, predatory adults. The young attendees were attentive as Sidee issued warnings to them of the dangers of trusting strangers and communicating with them through the internet. The first day concluded with a bonfire that reached almost 20 feet high, nearly eclipsing the majestic tall pines and other tree species. “The fire was so high and hot that I could barely go near it,” said Meredith Isaiah, an ex-Military volunteer, who assembled the wood and alighted the bonfire. A brief rain shower subdued the fire to an approachable intensity shortly thereafter and Dr. Hussein Afeefy both entertained and educated the audience, including some adult volunteers, with stories of prophets lesser known meant to inspire and to reinforce the values of good behavior and unyielding faith in Allah. On Sunday, after salatul fajr, the overnight retreaters awoke to a hot breakfast courtesy of IHOP. Shortly thereafter, they made

their way to Camp Olympia to test their equestrian muster. Nearly all of the participants stated that the Introduction to Horses session was their first experience of being so close to such a formidable animal. The youth learned how to groom the horses, each entering individual cramped stalls in pairs to brush and comb the fine hairs of the nearly one-ton horses. Owner, Celeste McGee, remarked, “This was an excellent group . . . I had to help some of the girls during the grooming process which boosted their confidence.” After grooming the horses, the youngsters mounted the horses in the outdoor arena and rode them gleefully. McGee even made concessions for younger equestrian hopefuls. Two-yearold Tasneem mounted a pony, Big Boy, with the help of her mother for a photo op. Four-year-old Sulayman giggled the entire time he rode Big Boy for a complete round of the arena. After returning to the campsite, female adult volunteers led sisters-only roundtable discussions on matters related to personal hygiene and other subjects related to the young women’s daily experiences. Dr. Afeefy led similar discussion for the brothers.

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“Unfortunately what I see today in many people is a drug or more than one for every symptom and disease. What happens is that a person becomes a walking pharmacy, taking medications for every ailment and also for the side effects of the medications. It breaks my heart to see this, especially in the elderly population. This is what inspired me to want to become a holistic health practitioner, specializing in herbs,” she said. Amani asserts that conventional medicine treats diseases symptomatically and on a one-size-fits-all basis. For example, all patients with high cholesterol may be prescribed the same medication although each individual is different and their bodies may react differently to the drug. However, she does not completely shun modern medicine, acknowledging that it is best suited for emergency situations and can also help a person stabilize until they are well enough to proceed with natural remedies. These remedies may be partnered with diet and lifestyle changes that are relevant to each individual patient; thus one patient may be prescribed a certain diet and herbal regimen while another may receive a completely different treatment plan. Herbal medicine is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and therefore it is strongly advised that anyone seeking to purchase herbal remedies first consult with a professional and only purchase quality herbs. It is also important to consider that there is no “quick fix” for illness. While completing her studies at Tai Sophia Institute, she works part-time in an herb shop in College Park, where she often sees people come in looking for immediate results in herbs. “When you see an herb that is marketed for a certain ailment, take it with a grain of salt. It may relieve symptoms, but the underlying cause still exists and it also may not relieve symptoms because everyone is different and the cause for your high blood pressure may be different from [someone else],” she explained. A positive side to herbal medicine is also its cost relative to conventional medicine, especially if a person does not have health insurance. It is less expensive to see an herbalist, even more so if it is an intern at

COMMUNITY NEWS | 15 the Tai Sophia Institute, where not only do students see and treat patients under the supervision of their qualified professors, but where herbs can also be purchased at their vast Herbal Dispensary. “If a person has insurance, with copays being about $30 or less and some medications being free, seeing an herbalist can seem very pricey. However, if one looks far into the future, they will likely be paying for the herbal remedies and visits for a few years and the conventional medicine and doctor’s visits for a lifetime

...if they do not change their behaviors and habits,” said Amani. On June 5, 2011, Amani El Sawah graduated from Tai Sophia Institute. She also received the Herbert C Brown Community Service Award, which recognizes students for their outstanding leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to the community; faculty at the Institute vote on who should get the annual award. Amani plans on applying to pharmaceutical jobs where she can receive a steady income while continuing

to see patients as an Herbalist. Her goals include establishing classes, workshops, and support groups for the Muslim community and spreading awareness of herbal alternatives and positive dietary and lifestyle habits. Through group education, she hopes to instill health consciousness in Muslim families. “Good health is a journey,” she said. “One that each person needs to decide to take on their own and that [one that] lasts for a lifetime.”


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Blessings? What Blessings? By Sheikh Muhammad Mitwaly Ash-Sha’rawy In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. I praise you my Lord, and ask for your aid, and I pray that peace be upon the best of your creations, our prophet Mohammad. We have concluded from the last episode that disbelieving and disobeying Allah is another negligence from that human who has forgotten his role in life. We have

also said that the All Truth, (Al-Haqq SWT) who has created man and made him the most superior creation in the universe wanted to award mankind and to provide them with all means of happiness. For the reality of life states that every person enjoying some kind of blessing is compelled to leave it behind. And even if man does not leave the blessing by passing away, it has been seen in many circumstances of life that the blessing abandons him and he stays stripped of that blessing.

So the indulgence of man with the blessings does not last in this finite life. The blessing is either going to walk away from you, or you are going to quit it. But the All Truth, (Al-Haqq) wanted to honor man in another way so He willed to give man the law that states for him what to do and what not to do. So if man decided to follow the law of Allah, then Allah would elevate him and give him more awards by sending him to an everlasting life where he never departs or gets deprived of the blessings. This is man’s prominent aspiration.

What scares people in their life is their fear of dying and leaving behind all the blessings, or the idea of living without those blessings altogether. So if Allah promised His believer another life where he does not depart the blessing and does not get deprived of it, then this would be an elevation of the awards bestowed upon the believer. When the believer accepts the law of Allah he does that for his own endless benefit. >> BLESSIGNS Pg 18

Some Ways to Achieve Happiness By Sheikh Abdur-Rahmān b. Nāsir b. `Abdullāh As-Sa’di Kind Treatment towards People There are two tremendous benefits in the Prophet’s statement, “Let not a male believer hate a female believer [i.e., wife]; if he dislikes something from her conduct, then he will surely be pleased by something [good from her conduct].” (Muslim) First, the narration directs a person to

good treatment of his wife, relatives, companions, friends, and all those with whom he has a relationship. It should be realized that every person has some form of shortcoming or something from his or her conduct that is disliked by others. Whenever a person feels dislike for these shortcomings, he should remember the manner in which he is required to treat these people and preserve good relations with them. Additionally, one should remember their good qualities and forgo the minor deficiencies of their personalities. This is how friendship, companionship, and good relations are

preserved and peace of the heart is earned and acquired. Second, this narration aids in the removal of worries and sadness, and directs the individual to the preservation of good ties, being dutiful in regards to the rights and responsibilities he has, and keeping healthy relationship between the people. In contrast, when a person does not heed the prophetic advice, which is found in this narration, and instead detects the errors and disregards good qualities, he will surely suffer from worries and his relationship with people would be

stained. In this case, a person would not be perfectly dutiful to the rights and duties that these relationships bring and require. It is amazing that some people do have a strong resolve, observe patience and calmness when hardships strike, but they worry over silly things, causing their calmness to vanish. This occurs to them because they dedicate their intention to

>> HAPPINESS Pg 21


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If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it fi ve times a day, do you think he would have any fi lth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the fi ve daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” ---Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim

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The messengers of Allah came to guide man’s drive on earth, and Allah continued to send His messengers whenever the creation forgot about the divine law. Those messages ended by the message of our Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). He was the last of the messengers, and his message does not need to be complemented by a new message from Heavens. Why was Mohammad the seal of messengers? That is because all the previous messengers came at a time when life was relatively primitive in the universe. And the primitiveness of man’s activities in the universe brings him closer to his Creator. We have many examples for that, for instance when people in the old times used to go to a well looking for water and they do not find any, they would raise their hands looking to the sky pleading to Allah to send rain. This is because there were no mediators between their drinking water and the Heavenly rain. But now there are a lot of mediators and there are tanks to store the water, motors to raise the water to the tanks and pumping machines to pump the water in the tubes. All those mediators are now between the water in

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its natural state and the person who is blessed with it in his final civilized state. For now when the faucet is out of water you do not think of the Heavens, but you will call the responsible company!! You will check the pipes and motors until you find out that the pumps are not getting any water out of the wells because the wells have dried. Only then people would turn to Heavens and ask Allah to send them the rain. So the means that people use to elevate their standard of life might give them some conceit in their knowledge and in their achievements. They might get distant from the origin of the blessing that comes from Heavens. The more time passes and the more the brains invent, the more arrogant man gets with his mind and thoughts, imagining that he is not in need of anyone. Thus the message that comes down upon a civilized life (the message of Islam) should be a message that compulsorily draws attention to the truth and overcomes all aspects of intellectual conceit. It should provide man with something that gets him out of that overwhelming materialism to the genuine origin of everything and to the All Granter of all things. The law of Islam represented in the Qur’an is the law that covers all doubts and uncertainties in the universe. And whenever the human intellect advances, the Qur’an provides man with knowledge that

pushes away any doubts resulting from pride in his mind and boastfulness in his innovations. In the law of the Qur’an, Islam is represented in two matters: the first explains the essence of life and the other is represented in the commands to do and to not do. No mind can invent or rework them because they constitute a divine law to all the people from the era of Prophet Mohammad (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) till the Day of Resurrection. It is not reasonable to have after the times of Mohammad (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) new orders to do or not to do. So all commands to do or not to do were sent through Mohammad (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) and will last till the Day of Judgment. The only thing that could change is the gifts of entities on earth, the gifts that you could benefit from if you notice them around you, and if you do not have the chance to notice them, they will not harm your belief. Imagine that you did not invent electricity or airplanes or air shuttles, what is the effect of that on your activities in life regarding the do and do not commands? If you managed to reach those inventions you are going to use them, and if not, you will get no harm. On the other hand, if you follow the divine commands you are awarded for it and if you do not follow the orders you get punished. That is why the divine law has to be consistent for all Muslims,

since the day it was outlined by Prophet Mohammad (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) till the day we meet Allah. Every progress in life is a result of you using the mind that is created by Allah to work on the matter created by Allah with the help of the power and energy that is created for you by Allah. You do not have any credit for that. So if you reach any innovation with your mind, using the matter and the power that are all creations of Allah, did you do anything yourself? Or did you only direct the creations of Allah? And if you only directed Allah’s creations, then you should not be deceived by the creation of your mind and let it fill you with pride and conceit. Conversely, you should be conscious of the Grantor of your mind to believe in Him. The energy that you have is transient and the proof for that in life is the existence of people who are mentally ill and people who are physically disabled and people who have no ability to discover or invent. So there is actually nothing in that for your own ego. We ask Allah to lead us to our mission in this life to be worthy of his grace on The Day we meet Him. Source: excerpted from islambasics.com


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“Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and good, and to Us you will be returned.” (Surah Al-Anbiya:35)” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------6-6-11 To Allah we belong and unto Allah we will return. The Muslim Association of Virginia sends its condolences to the family of Br. Sikander Javed, his younger brothers wife passed away. May Allah have mercy on her and grant her paradise. May Allah give patience to her family in this time of difficulty. The Salate Janazah was on June 7, 2011 in Springfield, Virginia. (Source: MAV) 6-7-11 It is with a heavy heart that we have been informed that Brother Mujahid Saafir, has passed away. Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Janazah- Funeral Prayer was on June 8, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. (Source: A. Ikramullah) 6-8-11 To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return. It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear elder and father, Syed Masood Jilani. Janazah Prayers were on June 8, 2011 in Laurel, Maryland. We ask Allah SWT to forgive him, have mercy on him and give him Jannat ul-Firdous. We also ask Allah SWT to give patience to his family during these difficult times. Allahumma Aameen. (Source: ICCL) 6-13-11 Truly, we are from Allah, and to Him we shall return. It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our brother Shaghir (father of brother Ehsan Alam). The janaza was on June 14, 2011 in Ellicott City, Maryland. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower him with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant him the highest ranks in paradise, and give his family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: DAT)

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20th Annual Muslim Women United of Richmond, VA Conference Saturday, Friday, June 17 2011 Diamonds & Pearls- A Red Carpet Premiere. Keynote Guest speaker. Workshops. Continental Breakfast, Halal Gourmet Luncheon. Saturday evening, Dinner and Evening of Entertainment; MWU Original Play & Showcase, Swimming, Film Festival. Vending Opportunities. For advertising opportunities, call Sis Jamillah Adeeb, 840-560-9720. www.muslimwomenunited.orgLocation: Ramada Plaza West; 6624 West Broad St; Richmond, VA Contact: Sis Latifah Abdus-Sabur, 804307-9929; Sis Naima Jaaber, 804-560-4192 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Pious Predecessors: A History of Islam in the Americas Friday, June 17 2011 Join one of the foremost scholars and Historians of our age as Dr Sulayman Nyang traces the History of Islam and Muslims in the Americas. Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:00 - 9:30pm Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:00am to 6:00pm (lunch provided). Price: $25 (scholarships are available upon request and class sponsorships are being sought). Location: ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling, VA 20164 . Contact: Registration is Required - www.qurtubainstitute.org; email: qurtuba@adamscenter.us ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2nd Annual DC Hidayah Conference Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19, 2011 DC Hidayah 2011. Allah: In God We Trust. One God, One Conference, One Weekend. June 18th and June 19th 2011. Guest Speakers: Safi Khan, Haroon Baqai, Shakiel Humayun (NY), Okasha Kameny (PA), Abu Salman Eberle, Eddie from The Deen Show (Chicago) and More! Location: Washington Convention Center Contact: Register at www.dchidayah.org; info@dchidayah.org ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2011 Muslim Youth Debate Tournament Sunday, June 19 2011, 9:00am - 3:00pm 2011 Muslim Youth Debate Tournament. Please visit: http://debate.mafiq.org and register on-line for the upcoming Muslim Youth Debate Tournament at Al-Huda School, College Park, MD, also join any or all the workshops: (1) ADAMS Center, 21 May at 2:00 pm, (2) ISWA, 28 May at 2:00 pm, and (3) PGMA, 4 June at 2:00 pm. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sisters Rejuvenation Day @ PGMA Saturday, June 25 2011, 11:00am - 5:00pm Come rejuvenate your mind, body and soul! Featuring an Extensive Bazaar: Clothing, Jewelry, Gifts, Health and Beauty Products and More. Free Classes: Ladies & Girls Yoga, Ladies Exercise Class, Ladies Self Defense, and Halaqah- Health & Beauty, Internal and External. Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Health Advice by Physicians (DUS Medical Practice). Skin Care Demos & Consultation. Reflexology. Massage Therapy. Beauty Services include: Hair Cutting, Styling, Hair Removal, Henna, Facials, Manicures & Pedicures. Location: Prince George’s Muslim Associaton (PGMA); 9150 Lanham Severn Rd, Lanham, MD 20706 . Contact: For vending info or questions, email sisters@pgmamd.org ; 301-459-4942 x114 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Fundraising Dinner, Final Push for New ICNA Masjid. Speakers: Dr. Altaf Hussain; Shaikh Shaker Elsayed; Naeem Baig, Executive Director ICNA Council for Social Justice. Tickets: $30 per person. Seats are limited. Free Parking. Baby sitting will be available. Location: Dunya Restaurant, 5951 Stevenson Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 Contact: Purchase tickets on our website: www.icnava.org


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>> continued from pg 16 dealing with the major hardships and forget to prepare themselves for the minor ones. This shortcoming of theirs brings them adverse effects, and ruins their peace and comfort. Therefore, the people who are firm and wise dedicate themselves to dealing with and resist both the major and minor hardships. They call upon Allāh for help during that time, so that He does not abandon them or leave them reliant to their own selves, even for an instant. In this manner the small afflictions become easy to deal with and therefore the major afflictions will also seem easy to deal with. Implementation of this method also preserves a person’s inner peace and offers contentment to his heart. Overlooking the People’s Harm

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Know that whatever hardship the people can cause you, especially through the use of vile words, will not harm you, but will harm them, unless you concern yourself with it and allow it to consume your thoughts, and you will become troubled just as they will be troubled [for their errors]. However, if you do not concern yourself with them, then they will not be able to trouble you in the least. Do not Expect Thanks Another method to repelling depression is to have the anticipation of Allāh’s reward for whatever good a person performs from those who have a right over him and to all others. Kindness is a type of good mannerism with Allāh, so do not worry about receiving thanks from those you have bestowed a favor on. Allāh describes the quality of His chosen servants when they say to the creation, “We feed you seeking only Allāh’s approval. We wish

for no reward, or thanks from you.” (76:9) This is specifically the case with kind treatment and warding off hardships from family, children and close relatives. There is truly comfort and tranquility in performing acts of generosity, according to the intentions that are behind these actions. All thanks are due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, and may Allāh’s peace and blessings be on Prophet Mu�ammad, his progeny, and his Companions. -----------------------------------------------Source: excerpted from “How to Achieve Happiness” from islamicstudies. islammessage.com

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MASJID LOCATOR ADAMS CENTER: 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling,VA 20164, Tel: 703-433-1325, www.adamscenter.org. -------------------------------------------------------------ALL MUSLIM BROTHERS ASSOCIATION 3900 King Street Alexandria, VA 22302 Tel: 703-647-0515 -------------------------------------------------------------AVONDALE ISLAMIC CENTER: 4637 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, MD, 20782, Tel: 301-779-9292. -------------------------------------------------------------BADR COMMUNITY CENTER OF DUMFRIES (BCCD) 17794 Main Street Dumfries, VA 22026 Tel: 703-585-1689, 703-5547983. info@bccd.org | www.bccd.org -------------------------------------------------------------BAITUL MUKARRAM: 2116 S Nelson St., Arlington, VA, 22204, Tel: 703-778-1550. -------------------------------------------------------------Bilal Dawah Center, Inc: 1910 Frederick Avenue Baltimore, MD 21223 Tel: 410-945-1515 -------------------------------------------------------------DAR AL HIJRAH: 3159 Rowe St., Falls Church, VA 22044, Tel: 703-536-1030, www.hijrah.org. -------------------------------------------------------------DAR AL-NOOR (MUSLIM ASSOC. OF VA): 5404 Hoadly Rd., Manassas, VA 20112, Tel: 703-580-0808, Fax: 703-2218513, www.daralnoor.org. -------------------------------------------------------------DAR AL-TAQWA: 10740 Rte. 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Tel: 410-997-5711, www.taqwa.net. -------------------------------------------------------------DAR UL ULOOM, 6334 Dogwoood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207, 410-493-0785 darululoommd@aol.com -------------------------------------------------------------DAR UL-GHURABA (Masjid ur Rahmah): 155 Baker St., Emporia, VA 23487 -------------------------------------------------------------DAR-UL HUDA: 6666 Commerce St., Springfield, VA 22150, Tel: 703-922-0111, www.darulhuda.org --------------------------------------------------------------

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DAR-US-SALAAM: 5301 Edgewood Rd. College Park, MD 20740, Tel: 301-982-9848, www.darussalaam.org -------------------------------------------------------------FIRST HIJRA MUSLIM COMM. CENTER: 4324 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, DC 20011 www.firsthijrah.org -------------------------------------------------------------ICNA VA CENTER: 2913 Woodlawn Trail, Alexandria, VA 22306. 703-660-1255 -------------------------------------------------------------IDARA DAWAT-O-IRSHAD: 4803 Valley St, Alexandria, VA 22312 703-256-8622, www.irshad.org -------------------------------------------------------------IMAAM: (Jumuah ONLY) Jumuah Time: 12:50pm 3201 Randolph Rd, Wheaton, MD 20906 301-792-1004/ 201-943-4884 fridayprayer@imaam.org | www.imaam.org -------------------------------------------------------------IRHSCA (ISLAMIC RESEARCH AND HUM. SERVICES CENTER OF AMERICA): Chambers Ave, Capitol Heights, MD Tel: 301-324-5040, www.irhsca.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC CENTER OF LEXINGTON PARK 22583 - B Three Notch Road California, MD 20619 Tel: 240-538-7839 or 561-414-0994 www.iclpmd.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC CENTER OF MARYLAND (ICM): 19411 Woodfield Rd. Gaithersburg,MD 20879 Tel:301-840-9440, www.icomd.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC CENTER OF NORTHERN VA TRUST (ICNVT): 4420 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030 Tel: 703-591-0999, info@icnvt.org | www.icnvt.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC COM. CENTER OF LAUREL (ICCL): 7306 Contee Rd., Laurel, MD 20707 Tel: 301-317-4584, www.icclmd.org --------------------------------------------------------------

ISLAMIC FOUNDATION OF AMERICA 6606 Electronic Drive Springfield, VA 22151 Tel: 703-914-4982 -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC HERITAGE CENTER (IHC): 262 A-3 Cedar Ln., Vienna, VA 22180 Tel: 703-206-9056 -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC SOC. OF ANNAPOLIS (ISA): 2635 Riva RdSuite 110 Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: 410-266-6660 info@islamannapolis.org www.isamd.org, -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC SOC. OF FREDERICK (ISF): 1250 Key Parkway , Frederick,MD 21702 Tel: 301-682-6090, www.isfmd.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF GERMANTOWN (ISG): 19900 Brandermill Rd., Germantown, MD 20876 Tel: (240)-277-7758, www.isgtown.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC SOC. OF SOUTHERN PG COUNTY (ISSPGC): P O Box 99, Clinton, MD 20735 5410 Indian Head Hwy, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Tel: 240 603 4618 -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC SOC. OF THE WASHINGTON AREA (ISWA): 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tel: 301-879-0930, www.iswamd.org -------------------------------------------------------------ISLAMIC SOC. OF WESTERN MARYLAND: 2036 Day Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 Tel: 301-797-0922 -------------------------------------------------------------IVY CITY MASJID: 2001 Galludet St. NE, Washington, DC 20002 Tel: 202-529-3100 -------------------------------------------------------------LA PLATA MASJID: 111 Howard Street, La Plata, MD 20646 Tel: 301-609-8769 -------------------------------------------------------------MAKKAH LEARNING CENTER (MLC): 814 Brandy Farms Ln Gambrills, MD 21054 Tel: 410-721-5880 info@mlcmd.org | www.isamd.org --------------------------------------------------------------

MANASSAS MOSQUE: 12950 Center Entrance Ct, Manassas, VA Tel: 703-257-5537 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AL-GHURABAA: 8220 Washington St., South, Laurel, MD 20724 Tel: 301-604-3295 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AL-HIKMAH: 11064 Livingston Road Unit L (101) Ft. Washington, MD 20744, Tel: 301 292-9009. -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AL-ISLAM: 4603 Benning Rd., SE, Washington, DC 20019 imammusa@hotmail.com -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AL-INSHIRAH: 7832 Fairbrook Road , Windsor Mill, MD 21244 Tel: 410-298-2977, Fax: 410-2980266, www.al-inshirahweb.net -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AL-MUMINEEN: 2642 Harford Rd. Baltimore, MD 21218 Tel: 410-467-8798 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AL-RAHMAH/ISB: 6631 Johnny Cake Rd. Baltimore, MD 21244 Tel: 410-747-4869, www.isb.org -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AN-NUR: 5418 Ebenezer Road, White Marsh, MD 21162 Tel: 410-663-9637, Fax: 410-663-9817 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID AS SAFFAT: 1335 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-669-0655 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID IBN TAYMIYYAH: 8000 MLK Highway, Glenarden MD Tel: 301-461-9325 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID JAMAAT AL-MUSLIMEEN: 4624 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Tel. 443-622-2962 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID MUHAMMAD: 1519 4th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20001 Tel: 202-483-8832 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID NOOR 8608 Pohick Rd Springfield, VA 22153 Tel: 703-451-7615 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID UL-HAQ: 514 Islamic Way (Wilson St. ), Baltimore, MD 21217

Tel: 410-728-1363 -------------------------------------------------------------MASJID ZAMZAM 1510 Lynch Road, Dundalk, MD 21222 Phone: 410-284-2840 -------------------------------------------------------------MEDINA CENTER: 11600 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854 www.medinacenter.net -------------------------------------------------------------MUSLIM COM. CENTER (MCC): 15200 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20905 Tel: 301-384-3454, www.mccmd.org -------------------------------------------------------------MUSLIM SOC. OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (MSWDC): Howard Center, Room 805 (Above HU Bookstore) Tel: 202-328-3236, www.mswdc.org -------------------------------------------------------------MUSTAFA CENTER: 6844 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA 22003 -------------------------------------------------------------PRINCE GEORGES MUSLIM ASSOC. (PGMA): 9150 Lanham Severn Rd. Lanham, MD, 20706, Tel: 301-459-4942, www.pgmamd.org -------------------------------------------------------------RANDALLSTOWN ISLAMIC CENTER 9019 Marcella Ave. Randallstown, MD 21133 Tel: 410-971-4018 www.ricbaltimore.org -------------------------------------------------------------SOUTHERN MARYLAND ISLAMIC CENTER(SMIC): 1046 Solomons Island Rd, Huntingtown, MD, 20639. Tel: 410- 535-0000 -------------------------------------------------------------THE ISLAMIC CENTER: 2551 Mass. Ave. NW Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-332-8343 -------------------------------------------------------------TURKISH AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER 9704 Good Luck Road Lanham, Maryland 20706 Tel: 301-459-9589 www.taccenter.org -------------------------------------------------------------ZAKARIA ISLAMIC ACADEMY Galesbury Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151 Tel: 571-969-2123 contact@ziacademy.org www.ziacademy.org


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On Honeyderm’s website, there are many more testimonials from Muslims and non-Muslims from around the nation and the world. There is also a gallery of “before and after” pictures of both hair loss treatments as well as skin treatments. And best of all, for those of us who’ve “tried it all”, there is a full money back guarantee. Allah said honey heals. The Prophet Sallallahu’alyhi wa sallam said honey heals. The people we called said honey heals. With a money back guarantee, there is absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain – your hair and skin!

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