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By Zainab Arain Baltimore, MD (May 27, 2013) – The energy in the air was palpable on Saturday morning, as people lined up to register before the event officially began. Thousands from across the country gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center over Memorial Day weekend to attend the 39th annual ICNAMAS convention.

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Immigrants, Elders Warned of Scammers Posing as IRS | pg 6 Local Leader Writes On FaithBased Wealth Building | pg 8 sought to generate reflection upon the multiple facets of faith and the path on which it directs humanity. It focused the theology of Islam and its manifestation as service to

God and service to mankind. In addition to those attending several thousands more watched the live broadcast of the sessions.

More than 120 international scholars, intellectuals, and community activists,

Gay Congress Hopeful Is “Great Friend” of Muslims | pg 14

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CIVIL RIGHTS: Hate Ad Sparks US Free Speech Debate | pg 30

Howard County Approves Dar-us-Salaam Campus Plan ISLAM: Fasting Before Ramadan Dar-us-Salaam to establish a By Muslim Link Staff

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, after over a year of engineering studies and public hearings, Howard County approved the Dar-us-Salaam Education and Community Campus plan. The approval by Howard County Hearing Examier Michele LeFaivre allows

campus on the 66-acre former Woodmont Academy site with 275,300 square feet of building space including a 56,000 square foot masjid, elementary, middle, and high schools, a daycare, two gymnasiums, and two indoor pools.

The decision comes after the >> dar-us-salaam Pg 39

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Community News Advice to College Hopefuls: Start Planning In Eighth Grade MCC Seminar Brings Real World College, Career Advice to Youth By Hena Zuberi

Sarah Mir, Esq., an attorney with the Law Offices of Hass Bashir, LLC, where her practice focuses on divorce, child custody, and domestic violence in Montgomery, Frederick, and Prince George’s Counties, also sat on the panel.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, in collaboration with the MCC Youth, arranged a College Admissions & Career Guidance Seminar on May 31, 2014 for middle school and high school students at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Springs, MD. Previously, the organization has held similar workshops with packed audiences at the Islamic Center of Maryland, the Islamic Society of Frederick and at MCC. The panel was a mix of professionals and current students, from Ivy Leagues to local state institutions. Sayed Naved led the panel; he is the President of Banyan Technology Solutions and of the association. He

Mir was raised in Maryland and is a graduate of Connelly School in Potomac, Maryland. She studied at the George Washington University and received her JD degree from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Sayed Naved addresses youth at the MCC's College Admissions & Career Guidance Seminar held on May 31, 2014. Photo by the Muslim Link. studied engineering at University of Maryland and in 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Naved to the Maryland State Board of Education.

He is a current member and former Chair of the ICM Board of Trustees. He also served as Principal of the ICM Sunday School.

Minhaj Siddiqui, a cancer surgeon and an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Medical School completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Biology from MIT and

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Janaza for Richmond Imam Fills Neighborhood Streets Imam Muhammad Salaam focused on education, relations between fathers and sons in recent years By Hena Zuberi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter An imam and chaplain, who came from the streets to Islam and carved a place into the hearts of his colleagues, friends, teachers and his congregation, passed away in Richmond, Virginia. Imam Muhammad Salaam’s Janazah prayer was held at Masjid Bilal, 400 Chimborazo Blvd, Richmond, VA, immediately after Dhuhr Salat at 1:30 PM on Tuesday May 20, 2014. Masjid Bilal is the first masjid built in the city of Richmond and Imam Salaam had been at the helm since 2004. He was 59. Born Calvin Leon Tyler, he changed

The impact he had on young men was immediate, because he came from the street life to Islam. Malik says Salaam lived his religion: never arrogant, his mannerism spoke volumes to his character. his name in 1976 to Muhammad Shaaf Salaam, in order to build his character around it’s meaning (one who praises Allah-God much, one who intends to heal, and peace) according to his bio on the Masjid Bilal website. The burial was held at Al-Barzakh Cemetery in Caroline County, VA.

Umair Khan, a university student in Richmond who attended the janazah conveyed, “Mashallah, [t]here were so many people at the Imam's Salatul Janazah It was really cool because Masjid Bilal [was] full; [people] were even praying on the neighborhood streets.” Mauri’ Saalakhan, an D.C. based activist,

met Imam Salaam almost 20 years ago when he was living in Frederick and working at the prisons in Hagerstown. Introduced through Imam Safi Khan, he would talk to the Muslim inmates under Salaam’s jurisdiction at his request. That's where their friendship began. Years later >> Imam Pg 22

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MCC Aims to Be Model for Senior Supportive Masajid By Hena Zuberi

Leventhal and Nancy Floreen.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

“Your arms and hearts are open to all,” said Leventhal as he presented Negm with the certificate in the MCC main hall.

According to Money Magazine, Montgomery County, MD is the best place to age in the United States. The county has the highest life expectancy in the country, 81.31 years, right after Marin County in California. The Seniors Program at MCC wants it to be the best place for Muslim seniors as well. The program has become the best practices senior’s group for Islamic Centers to model around the country. “The well being of the Muslim population of seniors is immensely valuable,” says ‘Mama’ Mona, the woman who has made it her life goal to serve the seniors of her community. On April, 28, 2014, she received The Montgomery County Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition "for her service to the residents of Montgomery County.” The award recognizes extraordinary volunteerism

Most of the seniors involved in the program are first generation immigrants. They represent several countries and have little knowledge of aging issues, services and resources. and was presented to nine honorees for their service to Montgomery County at the Annual Montgomery Serves Awards event.

On May 10, 2014, a Montgomery County Council award honoring “her contributions and tireless work on behalf of the Muslim Community Center" was given by Council Members: George

The County Executive of Montgomery County Maryland Certificate of Award was presented to the Senior Program by County Executive Ike Leggett, "in recognition and appreciation of your third anniversary faithfully serving residents from 56 countries with programs of outreach, service and healthy living. I express my gratitude and congratulations, and extend heartfelt wishes for all your endeavors.” Most of the seniors involved in the program are first generation immigrants. They represent several countries and have little knowledge of aging issues, services and resources. In response, MCC formed coalitions within MCC, the Muslim Community >> senior Pg 20

Immigrants, Elders Warned of Scammers Posing as IRS By Hena Zuberi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter As he settled down for his lunch at noon, Aamir Khan*, a grandfather from Howard County, MD received a phone call. As he is diabetic, he needs to have his meals on time so he didn’t pick up the phone. A loud aggressive voice echoed from the answering machine that shook the calm computer programmer up.

the nearest FBI office.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a preloaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.

“This is the IRS.” His instinct told him to not pick up the phone. “This is John Smith from the special commission selected by IRS in reference to taxpayers committing crimes on their tax return[s] and we have been contract[ed] as a third party to resolve [current] cases,” stated the terse voice. After accusing Khan of committing fraud on his tax return, the voice continued,

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“it is such a big crime, if you do not cooperate we have the authority to inform the Columbia police department…and arrest you, if you don’t call this number in 45 minutes.” They left a phone number. Many of these scammers have the last 4 digits of social security numbers making the calls sound legitimate. A victim of identity theft a few years, he is quite wary

of scams. “I [was] shook up for the first few minutes,” says Khan, “but being an educated person and with Allah’s guidance I didn’t make contact.” The call was so realistic and if he hadn’t lived in this country for 20 years and known the rules, he would have been seriously worried. He called his children and they advised him to report the call to

Saeed Sheikh received a similar call in his Valencia, CA home, as did Atifa Chiragh in Silver Springs, MD. The callers had thick accents and the calls came on home telephone lines with an IRS toll-free number spoofing on their caller IDs. An elder from the Muslim Community Center (MCC) recently fell for the scam and sent $500 to the scammers, which prompted Board of Directors member Rashid Makhdoom to contact the MCC seniors and warn them about this scam. Maher Amin* was instructed to wire transfer $500, which he immediately did. Then another call came in to "immediately" wire transfer $3,000 if he wants to stay out of jail. He rushed to his bank before it closed to wire transfer.

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The Final Construction Fundraiser Building a Masjid is considered as an act of Sadqa-e-Jariya. As Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) mentioned: “Whoever builds a Masjid for the sake of Allah, Allah will build for them a Palace in Paradise” (Bukhari). Masjid construction info: Construction start date: July 10, 2013 Land area: 1.2 acre | Building area: 9980 square feet Capacity: 370 | Parking: 78 Completition date: September 2014

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New Book by VA Community Leader a Guide to Faith-

Based Wealth Building By Muslim Link Staff Reporters Total U.S. consumer debt is at $11.4 trillion. The average college student graduates with $20,000 of debt. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans aged 18-24 say they are in “debt hardship�. According to a survey by the financial monitor Bankrate.com, 28% of Americans have more credit card debt today than they have in savings. The stats are grim. On Friday nights, the ADAMS Center is usually abuzz with activity. Boy Scout troops in uniform

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The talk centered on building a culture of saving, avoiding debt and giving, by delaying gratification in the Muslim family. buy baked goodies from the youth group stall and men and women from the community gather for the talks on living the Islamic faith. On the May 30, 2014, the Living Islam in America Talk hosted by the Qurtaba Institute featured Dr Yaqub Mirza and his new book The Five Pillars of Prosperity: Essentials of Faith-Based Wealth Building.

In his book, published by White Cloud Press, he shows how the attainment of wealth and prosperity can be achieved by following five key activities: Earning, Saving, Investing, Spending, and Giving. Dr Mirza is a long time resident of the ADAMS community. President of Sterling Management Co,

Dr. Mirza has more than 30 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management. He is a member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Amana Mutual Funds, which is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an open-end investment >> Wealth Pg 26


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Renovations Under Way at ADAMS The ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslims) Main Center in Sterling, Virginia is going through renovations. The front steps staircase is freshed up with new tiles, while the exterior of the building as well as some interior spaces including main hall, conference rooms and classrooms have a new coat of paint. The center is 25,000 sq ft and has a masjid that can serve 750 people with 375 parking spaces, a community multipurpose hall, library, and a gymnasium. Over the course of 25 years, ADAMS has gone from one location servicing a few hundred people to serving thousands of people across the entire Northern Virginia region. The main center is scheduled for expansion in the near future, however current building is in need of repairs. “We are currently scheduled for parking

repairs and paving and installing new carpeting in the daily prayer areas for both men and women sections. Repair work for the parking lot will begin on Saturday, May 31, but will not impact traffic for Saturday and Sunday schools,” said Amer Ahmad, the Director of Operations. One couple sponsored a project and Ahmed has asked the ADAMS community to follow their footsteps and adopt a project to complete the remaining projects which will upgrade and repair the center. Other projects planned include updating the sound system, wood dividers for the men and women’s section and the maintenance of the air conditioning and heating system. For more information, please visit www. adamscenter.org.

Dar Al-Taqwa Pushes to Double Parking Space with Fundraiser By Muslim Link Staff Reporters Throngs of people gathered at the River Hill High School to support Dar al Taqwa on the 18th of May, 2014, attending the first fundraiser in four years for the largest Islamic Center in Howard County. The purpose was to raise money to develop the parking lot for the property in Ellicott City, which currently has 91 parking spots. Many visitors park in the mud and cars have gotten stuck in the past. The current project will park add 98 spaces. Removal of trees has already begun. After snacks served in the school cafeteria, the crowd was escorted to the auditorium. The program commenced with a melodious recitation of the Quran by Hafidh Yahya Sidki. Drawn by the chance to hear the famed

nasheed reciter, Junaid Jamshed live, a majority of families from Pakistani backgrounds attended the event, filling up the large auditorium. Despite the very diverse community of DAT, most were not seen at the event. Insiders noted that the majority of folks who attended were from other communities and states. Some speakers billed to speak at the event also did not attend. Dr. Aamir Sheikh, DAT’s scholar in residence, reminded the audience that Allah gives us reminders of giving in the path of Allah. He shared an equation for giving: n*b=B where n stands for niyyah, the little b for bucks, and the big B equals big bucks meaning that your niyyah and the money that one spends in charity is returned back multiplied by the Most Generous. >> dar al taqwa Pg 22

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Baltimore Social Service Agency Marks a Decade of Helping While Homeless By Muslim Link Staff Reporters Sometimes he sits in a parked car and counsels, other times in the family’s basement. He receives calls for emergency help at all hours. Imam Hasan Amin and his Muslim Social Services Agency runs without an office or facilities, but that hasn’t stopped him or his team from serving Baltimore City and the surrounding areas for ten years. At their first fundraiser held on May 17, 2014, at the classy Rawling Fulton Club House, MSSA celebrated ten years of providing neighborly needs and thanked the organizations that have partnered with MSSA to serve the community and to raise the funds to continue their impactful social service programming. Total Health Care, Masjid Saffat, Masjid ul Haqq, Islamic Community School, the Women’s Affairs of Al Muntahina, Al Muslimaat al

Nisaa, Islamic Relief, Church of Latter Day Saints, and the Red Cross, were recognized amongst others. Imam Amin, the Executive Director was presented by a Governor’s citation but reminded everyone that the reward is with Allah. According to Imam Amin, since its establishment in 2003, Muslim Social Services Agency assisted over 10,000 individuals with eviction prevention, rental/security deposit, prisoner re-entry, food, clothing and furniture purchases and a variety of other social services needs. Muslim Social Services Agency provides a comprehensive response to the everincreasing number of people losing their jobs, homes and health care services. Its goal is to improve and enrich the quality of life of those in need of resources and services. It provides resources and services meeting the educational, social, housing, employment, counseling,

medical and mental health needs of its clients. Imam Hasan Amin’s family has lived the life; they know ‘the rats and roaches’ and can empathize like no one else. His son recalled how dealers would hide drugs in the bushes in their front yard, in the gas tank of their car. “My community turned into a battle ground,” said Karim Amin, President of MSSA, as he recalled how

his mother’s maternal instinct saved him from a drive by shooting in front of their home. His younger brother, Asim Amin who works with the City Public School system bussing special needs children, recently joined the agency and has plans >> decade Pg 16

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First Openly Gay Member of VA Assembly Is “Great Friend” of NoVA Muslims Adam Ebbin Running for Congress, Muslims Say He Has Stood Up for Community By Hena Zuberi

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Muslim Link Staff Reporter This past Friday, Virginia Senator Adam P. Ebbin attended Jumuah at the ICNA masjid in Alexandria. On May 13th, he was at the 8th Congressional District Candidates Forum at Dar Al-Hijrah

He took office in January 2012 after serving for eight years in the House of Delegates and is the co-chair of the General Assembly’s Progressive Caucus. Northern Virgina has large swaths of Muslims who live and work in the

area. Sen. Ebbin has reached out to the Muslim community in North Virginia over the years and has been a friend to the community.

boycotted his prayer and tried to cast him as ‘a terrorist and closed-minded’. Ebbin stood by his decision and sent 99 emails supporting it.

In 2010, Ebbin invited Imam Johari Abdul Malik to give a prayer in the Virginia General Assembly. The decision was protested and several delegates

Imam Mahdi Bray says he is a profile in courage as politicians often cave into pressure when Muslims come under attack, but Ebbin didn’t cave in to demagogary. He chose to take the high road and stood by the NoVA Muslim community. “He didn’t throw our community under the bus.”

Bray co-moderated the candidate forum at Dar al Hijrah and says that “at least   he was able to give us good answers on   social economic justice, foreign policy, and position on fiscal matters. Plus he 6631  Johnnycake   1244   6631 Johnnycake Road, Baltimore MD 21244 Road,  Baltimore  MD  2 agrees with a personal pet peeve: racism www.alrahmah.org   l   i nfo@alrahmah.org   l   4 10.719.0921   www.alrahmah.org | info@alrahmah.org | 410.719.0921 in sports team names.”

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Professional Qualifications: All applicants should show evidenceAof following required Professional   Qualifications:   ll  the applicants   should   show  evidence  of  the  following   qualifications: The Imam shared his support of Sen. required  qualifications:     Ebbin for defending him in the face of • Bachelor’s degree or higher, with a major concentration in the specific subject area of teaching backlash when the Senator invited him ¥ Bachelor’s   degree  or  higher,  with  a  major  concentration   in  the  specific  subject   • Either certification in Education or a degree in Education to give prayers at the Virginia General • Classroom experience in an American setting, and authorized to work in the US area  of  teaching     Assembly during a recent conference • A working knowledge of computers, the ¥internet, and basic document applications call   of Arab and Muslim leaders with the Either  certification  in  Education  or  a  degree  in  Education   State Senator. ¥ Classroom  experience  in  an  American  setting,  and  authorized   to  work  in  the  US     Professional Dispositions ¥ A  working  knowledge  of  computers,  the  internet,  and  bHe asic   ocument   hasdbeen fighting for the residents of • A commitment to quality and rigor applications     Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax in the • Excellent communication skills General Assembly for more than a decade • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and parents and has stood up for the civil rights of all Professional  Dispositions     • Ability to form mentoring relationships with students Virginians, says Taeb. • Conscientiousness about professional responsibilities involving safety, time management, A  commitment   to  quality   documentation (plans, grading, reports,¥parent communications, etc) and  rigor     Recently the Muslim community was hit a hateful ad campaign run by anti-Muslim • Eagerness to share best professional practices,lead projects and try innovative techniques ¥ Excellent  communication  skills     Pamela all with the goal of improving student performance ¥ Ability  to  work  collaboratively  with  colleagues  and  parents     Geller, which began appear­ing on buses in the Wash­ing­ton D.C. Metro • Commitment to the growth and improvement of Al-Rahmah School and Islamic education ¥ Ability  to  form  mentoring  relationships  with  students     area, states, “Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s ¥ indicating Conscientiousness   bout   professional   responsibilities   involving   safety,   in the Quran.” Thetime   ad also includes a Please email your resume and a cover letter the positionayou desire and examples of 1941 photo of the Mufti of Jerusalem, management,  .dInterviews ocumentation   (plans,   grading,  reports,  parent  communications,   how you meet our requirements to: resumes1@alrahmah.org will begin immediately, Haj Amin el-Husseini, in con­ver­sa­tion insha’Allah. Applicants would need to bring aetc)   portfolio of teaching artifacts to the interview and   be willing to demonstrate teaching skills. ¥Compensation competitive commenurate with lead  projects,  and  try  innovative   Eagerness  isto   share  best  and professional   practices,   education and experience.

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Quick thinking on the part of the bank teller saved him his hard earned money. The bank advised him to call the Police's non-emergency number, which he did from bank’s telephone. The police informed him that he should not send any more money. Makhdoom had also received a message on his voicemail asking him to "immediately" contact the "IRS" suggesting a problem with his social security number. Many seniors and recent immigrants are especially vulnerable and on limited incomes and scams like these can cause major problems for them. As of March 20, the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration reported that it has received reports of over 20,000 contacts related to this scam. TIGTA also stated that thousands of victims have paid over $1 million to scam artists claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS has listed it in it’s Dirty Dozen fraud. decade

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for growth, including a transitional housing facility. He has a business administration degree and hopes to bring some organizational structure to the organization. For ten years his parents have been ‘busy doing the actual work’ to take a break and plan for the growth. Imam Amin and his wife Sr Zakia dream of opening branches of the agency, in other cities around the country. These offices would receive guidance, training and support from MSSA. “We are homeless ourselves,” quipped Amin raising funds for an office for MSSA, so clients can have privacy during their consultations and they can house a permanent food pantry. Events usually take place at the Masjid Ul-Haqq in Baltimore as well as other locations, including the local shelters. The agency would like to have more staff, case managers and social workers who can look at the needs of the individuals and connect them with resources and services. The brothers want to focus on recidivism and provide services for the many who

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“This is a flagrant misuse of technology,” says Khan who was one of the pioneers in mainframe programming in the 70s. Khan called the FBI in Columbia, MD. The local FBI office informed him that authorities were working on this scam. They advised him to reach out to his phone company. Khan has blocked call from the number, but continues to receive calls off and on of the same nature. Omar Usman of Dallas, TX tweets that he received a call, as have many people in his community. Most know that it is a scam, but others have sent in money. “My mother received a call and just [yelled] at them,” says Anees Ahmad of Oregon who received the call in her Portland, OR home. In October 2013, the IRS sent out a warning to consumers about the ‘sophisticated phone scam’ targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, leave prison. “Why do so many end up back in [jail]? For many, prison is more comfortable. They are afraid to go home where they can be shot or molested. This work is not about looking good for cameras,” said Karim Amin. Abdul Muhsi, who has benefited from the services of MSSA retold his story of when he was behind on his mortgage and had to swallow his pride and ask them for help. “They gave me what I needed,” he said, and with Allah’s help saved his family from losing their home. Imam Hasan Amin in an interview with the Muslim Link asked the suburban masajid to support MSSA. The agency is also available for outsourcing of social services for area Islamic Centers. “Each masajid has unique needs, we would like to connect with each board and make arrangements. We know the resources and services,” he said. The agency has a good relationship with the Maryland Department of housing and the Baltimore City Health Department. Masajid can also give zakah money to the agency, as there are many local Muslims in need of those funds.

throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. “This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail. According to the IRS, the phone scams include many variations, ranging from A recent program that they are conducting is giving disaster relief training living in low-income poverty stricken neighborhoods. In their Safe Haven Program, they serve local domestic violence shelter clients; if a client needs a safe place to live, away from her abuser, then MSSA would assist them in obtaining the security deposit and first month’s rent. Likewise, if a client needs bus fare in order to obtain employment MSSA assists them in purchasing a bus pass and job interviewing clothing. $20 can provide a family of 4 fruits and vegetables for a week, according to the MSSA Facebook page, and a $200 can buy a laptop to support their successful fatherhood program at the Maya Angelou School. MSSA also runs a food security program. "We are hoping to expand the program next year. Healthy food is an essential part of a social well-being,” said Imam Amin, who is also the chaplain at the John Hopkins Hospital. "It was the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] to share food with others. We are just continuing that Sunnah (practice).” A story shared in a MSSA newsletter

instances from where callers say the victims owe money or are entitled to a huge refund. Some calls can threaten arrest and threaten a driver’s license revocation. Sometimes these calls are followed up with calls from people saying they are from the local police department or the state motor vehicle department. Scammers may use common American names and IRS badge numbers. Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls. Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site. The IRS instructs, if you receive one of these calls and you think you may owe taxes, hang up and call the agency directly at 1-800-829-1040 to ask about your status. If you know you do not owe any taxes, report the fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800366-4484; you can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

was about one of the recipients of MSSA services—Ms. Byrd, whose life changed when her daughter died leaving her to care for 7 grandchildren on a limited budget. "I can't afford to feed these children all the time. I try to feed them as best as possible. This food came right on time", exclaimed Ms. Byrd after receiving a package of food from the MSSA and Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby. Ms. Byrd is a part of the 47 million Americans who are suffering from food insecurity. In order to address this epidemic MSSA distributed over 10,000 pounds of food to families with need on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The next event is planned on September 13, 2014. MSSA is planning to expand their food distribution program. Attendees who have known of MSSA work for the past decade were happy to see the growth and admired the team for their consistency. “Lots of people have been helped by them in the neighborhood and the surrounding area,” said Saleema Amin. For more information on MSSA and to donate to its programs, please visit www. muslimsocialservicesagency.org.


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then attended medical school at Harvard. Siddiqui, a pre-med adviser for MIT who enjoys working in career guidance, also sat on the panel. Another panelist, Irma Hashmi is currently pursuing the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. A graduate of Centennial High School, she moved several times and spoke about her experience adjusting to new school environments. “I realized that I needed to adapt quickly,” she shared. She studied at University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Linguistics. “I want to be pre med, but also wanted to [explore] outside the world of science; to develop skills make sure you take classes outside your field,” she said. Rabia Ahmad is a rising senior majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University. Ahmad was raised in Anne Arundel County and is a graduate of Roland Park County School in Baltimore, MD. Some of the panelists had experience as exchange students: Ahmad studied at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Hashmi at the University of Malaysia. They discussed their experiences and how it broadened their vision and helped them become better students. Bilal Naved, a senior majoring in Bioengineering at University of Maryland College Park, is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program has contributed to many of AMU’s panels. He started with an icebreaker about his favorite book, the Great Gatsby, where reality, dreams and a little magic intersect. He played with invisible deck with a middle schooler to stimulate the audience’s imagination and encourage them to actualize an idea into reality. S. Naved, who moderated the panel, explained the college admissions process and the importance of the complete application. “They don’t see you or meet you, they make the determination if you will be accepted or not based on the application. That [college] application should be reflecting you.”

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“They don’t see you or meet you, they make the determination if you will be accepted or not based on the application. That [college] application should be reflecting you.” The panelists agreed that students need a game plan and should start planning for college starting from 8th grade on. They should know when they are going to take the SAT or ACT exam (latest October of senior year) and who will give them references. Naved said that there is no substitute for good grades. An automatic sort is done by computer programs to categorize students according to their GPA. He urged the students take as many AP courses and participate in extra curricular activities ie. sports, and SSL hours (volunteers hours). Volunteering is an important part of development of a student. It helps develop skills and reflects your commitment to the community. The attendees elaborated on their internships and volunteer experiences. Bilal volunteers at Montgomery General Hospital and has volunteered abroad in medical clinics in rural villages of Ecuador. Internships and volunteering also give the student opportunities to meet people who can mentor them and give them references and provide work experience. They can help narrow down where one wants to work after they graduate, conveyed Ahmed, as she reassured a father in the audience whose daughter was trying out several different internships in high school as the variety of experiences helps students find potential careers. She herself has interned both in a school and hospital setting. Being an active member of a wide variety of clubs in schools shows diversity in an applicant. And rounds up the candidate’s application and personality, advised the panel. Actively involved in student and dorm government and his college Muslim Student Association, Dr Siddiqui said this experience helped him grow.

Develop your writing skills, suggested Hashmi, as the essay is an integral part of the college application. A good essay has a good story. “You build upon your life story [and they] want you be candid. Let [the admissions office] learn more about you in your essay.” Siddiqui had a lot of success in his academic career. In high school, he enjoyed playing basketball, and didn’t graduate at the top of his class, but says that he had great mentors. He competed in many science and debate competitions and says that those activities help push a candidate up to the next level. “Develop what you are good at,” stressed Dr Siddiqui. Aside from good SAT scores and AP and honors classes, he conducted research in tissue engineering and believes that is what got him the admission into the prestigious schools he attended. “I did something interesting.” He stated that it should not be the expectation that everyone will attend Harvard Medical School. Answering a question from the audience, he said that if a student will excel in a state school than that institute may be a better choice for him or her than an Ivy League, where competition s cut-throat. Bilal Naved said he dabbled in a million and explained the difference between interests and passions. “You will know when you have found your passion; you will dream about it at night,” he stated. A key issue discussed was that the Muslim community cannot continue producing just doctors and engineers, if we want to have an integrated community. Muslims communities need students in diverse fields to fill the needs of the Muslims and of other faiths.

Alternate careers were discussed. Ahmed shared that she started out as a premed student doing several internships at the NIH, but once she experienced college, she realized that her passion lay elsewhere. She has a sister who is autistic and decided to study speech pathology. The panel was well received by the audience. Homeschoolers, Islamic School students as well as students from other private and public schools attended the forum. The Imam of MCC reminded the audience to also consider the final destination in the after life and make sure all career choices reflect Islamic values and bring the student closer to God. An attendee did complain about the lack of ethnic diversity in the panel, as they were all of South Asian background. Since the sponsoring organization was an educational institute from South Asian, others in the audience understood. But the references to the immigrant experience made some convert and indigenous Muslims feel excluded from the discussion. The organizers listened to the suggestions and appreciated the feedback. When communities intersect at forums of mutual interest, that is when understanding is fostered and needs are evaluated. The panelists discussed career options and their experiences of parental involvement in their career and school choices. The panel did include a young man who had dropped out of university to follow his artistic passion and was successful. One panelist said that she was forced into a medical career by her parents and was not given an option. Mir said that she didn’t plan on becoming an attorney. She created a resume for herself while in school and chose activities that aided her making her resume robust, which included journalism, starting a book club, and managing her high school volleyball team. Along the way she realized that she wanted to study law. She completed law school while juggling marriage, babies, and helping her mother set up and run an assisted living center. A major takeaway for the students attending was that hard work, passion, and a commitment to the community can reap rewards academically.


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and with the County public and private agencies, organizations, interfaith community, businesses and the Muslim Link. In partnership with these groups, they launched an Education Outreach Campaign to educate seniors and their family members about some of the key aging related issues of concern, how to negotiate a complex service delivery system and where to go for needed services and resources. The MCC Seniors program also partnered with the imams from the various masjids to deliver outreach messages, such as the 311 number for county wide resources and the 240-777-3000 for Aging and Disability Services. The MCC Seniors Program recognized several people for services to the Community and as their partners: “Ike Leggett and the County Council Members Leventhal and Floreen, whose policy, commitment to our community's issues of concern have opened doors of possibilities for our members,” says Negm. She handed out two awards for Outstanding Services to the MCC Senior Community to Dr. John J. Kenney, Chief Aging and Disability Services and Dr. Odile Brunetto, Director of the Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging. Pazit Aviv, Aging and Disability Services Village Coordinator has offered great service to the MCC community. Her passion was acknowledged and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Also recognized was the office of Community Partnership, Bruce Adams and his interfaith liaison Mansfield Kaseman and the members of the

Over the 3 years, the group trained and graduated 14 Senior Ambassadors to reach out to the sick and isolated seniors, provide emergency transportation and connect them with needed services. Montgomery County Commission on Aging, it's Chair, Judy Levy, and members Morton A. Davis, and Barbara Mulitz who are working closely with the MCC Senior Program on it's Healthy Aging Initiative. Srs Salma and Syeda regulars with the seniors group and Zaffar Mirza, VC of Board of Trustee as well as new MCC president Lubna Ejaz mingled with the crowd. Azad Ejaz, one of those who ‘make it happen’ everyday at the MCC Clinic, reminisced to the crowd about his first meeting with Councilman Leventhal in his office. “I really didn’t pay attention to a politician promise, we didn’t [even] know how to write [a] grant,” said Ejaz. 11 years later, MCC Clinic appointed Dr. Mirza Hussain Ali Baig as the Quality Assurance Manager for the award winning Clinic. They will open an urgent care and serve the public 7 days a week, starting in August. Dr. Sarah Gotbaum, President and Founder of the Montgomery County Older Women's League, who celebrated her 90th Birthday during the event was also given the spotlight and presented with flowers. Negm also recognized members of the Stonegate Community. Her neighbors from various ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds who came together more than 45 years ago and opened their doors, arms, and hearts to each others.

“We celebrated diversity together when diversity was not so cool,” quipped Negm as she asked the community members to stand up for recognition. They had helped cook some of the delicious food served at the event. Executive Chef Colin Suser offered his services free of charge. He Worked tirelessly with a group of volunteers from the community to prepare the feast. The food was served by MCC Interfaith Chair Saber Rahman’s children. Special thanks were made to the volunteers from within MCC and the various agencies who helped put the Health Fair together, especially the Planning Team who helped organize the event. The Senior Ambassadors and the Young Ambassadors were also recognized—they designed the posters, the signs, logo, program, agenda and decorated the hall. Over the 3 years, the group trained and graduated 14 Senior Ambassadors to reach out to the sick and isolated seniors, provide emergency transportation and connect them with needed services. They have also developed a comprehensive resource guide of senior services. An initiative in the works is the MCC Senior Program Food Pantry, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation and the Young and Senior Ambassadors.

To involve the youth, the seniors started an intergenerational organic vegetable garden, in which the Young Ambassadors play a major role. Young Ambassadors also provide senior programs with various support, especially in social media. With their help, the seniors established a web page where the resource guide is placed for wider access. Others youngsters support the food pantry food collection and distribution. Tackling underprivileged community members was high on the 2013-2014 agenda. An Outreach Committee was established to identify seniors and families most in need and work closely with the MCC Zakat Committee, the Young Adults and Professional committee, the Youth program and the MCC Clinic to help reach out, collect and deliver emergency food, funds, and offer mental health and social services. Aging and Disability Services and other County Social Service Agencies also partnered with the Outreach Committee. One major new MCC Senior Program is the Healthy Aging Initiative. “Our Seniors are calling for a healthy lifestyle with a holistic approach to health. In partnership with MCC Medical Clinic and with above mentioned partners, in shaa Allah, we will be combining health promotion disease prevention outreach messages together with behavioral health activities,” says Ngem. Art made by the seniors was displayed for purchase around the hall. An optional tour of the clinic and masjid was offered to visitors. A health fair was set up after the banquet in the gazebo located at the back of the center.

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lived his religion: never arrogant, his mannerism spoke volumes to his character.

when Salaam became imam of Masjid Bilal, he maintained the open door policy of his predecessor in that office (Imam Gregg Abdus-Salaam) for his brother, Saalakhan.

He was a peaceful, pious, beautiful human being, because of his character and mannerisms it was hard to believe that he had any other life other than as a Muslim, shared Abdul Malik.

“Biggest funeral I have ever seen in my life,” said close friend Carroll Abdul Malik. “Imam Siraj Wahhaj was expected from New York. It was diverse from immigrants to indigenous Muslims— [Black] and Caucasian—as well as people of other faiths,” narrated Abdul Malik, a close friend and prison chaplain who runs the Muslim Chaplains Services of Virginia.

Masjid Bilal is located in the Church Hill area, a predominantly African American neighborhood; not a ghetto, says Abdul Malik, but not privileged either. Drugs are a major cause of concern for the residents.

He met Imam Salaam when Abdul Malik came home to Richmond from prison in the mid seventies. The two friends shared a passion for prison work and used to visit prisons together in Virginia, until Imam Salaam’s health started faltering. A lot of his time was also occupied with his work at the masjid.

The masjid has a Food Bank Project, partnering with the Central Virginia Foodbank, and has been the recipient of numerous community awards. This effort feeds more 1000 people annually and has done so for the past 12 years. This initiative has relied upon the volunteer efforts of many Churchill residents working side by side with members of the Muslim community. Imam Salaam was very open to working other religious communities, police and political figures.

Imam Salaam had an extensive background as a corrections officer in the State of Virginia. From 1978-1988, Salaam was the Deputy Sheriff in Richmond City Jail, where he never hid that he was Muslim.

Imam Salaam also ran a program called “Fatherhood and Family Consideration”, under a grant known as the Fatherhood Initiative. They worked with fathers to help get involved with their children, to bridge the gap between children and their fathers.

The impact he had on young men was immediate, because he came from the street life to Islam. Malik says Salaam

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He welcomed everyone on behalf of DAT community to the wonderful program. “We came here for a purpose, “ he said as he evoked the removal of stinginess from the heart of the believers. President Adnan Khan of Dar al Taqwa presented a short video of the activities that have taken place at the center over the year, including an event to welcome Hajjis, painting and remodeling of the masjid, and installation of projectors and

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monitors in every classroom. A major event that took place was the exclusive visit of Qaei Yaseer Abdul Basit of Egypt. Khan also announced the start of a full time hifdh program at Dar al Taqwa. Qari Safiullah will lead the fulltime Hifdh School. An imam search committee for a full time scholar to lead the masjid is also meeting regularly to vet candidates. Summer camp at DAT will start June 23rd with many activities for the kids such as calligraphy, illustration, basketball and karate, said Khan representing the current board: Treasurer Mohamed Farooq Jee,

Literacy, Job Readiness Skills, Restoration of Voter Rights and Integrated Family Visitation Services.

was an avid learner and the two would often set up programs together at their respective prisons.

Efforts focus on consolidation of the family, helping fathers to get trained in areas of carpentry for better opportunities. In addition, the program will work with mothers and the rest of the family to gift incarcerated fathers visitation, on a weekly or monthly basis.

Imam Khan recalls how Salaam and him would work harder than the Christian chaplains. “We drove to the roughest parts of Philadelphia to buy bean pies in the middle of the night, so the prisoners could celebrate Eid with the pies that they loved.” Even the non Muslims came and listened to their lectures.

“I have never met anyone who didn’t like him,” says Malik, “he was the best example of Islam that I ever saw.” Humble, modest, and very committed to whatever he promised, Malik says that he would help anyone who he could and never remind them of his favors. Imam Safi Khan and his wife Sameera Hingora met the Salaams in Hagerstown, MD where they were both stationed as prison chaplains for the MD Dept. of Corrections. Here Salaam became a Certified Trainer for Trainers for the state of MD and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s designated personnel to hear and recommend solutions for disputes between wardens, staff, and inmates. He also conducted services and counseled inmates on a daily basis. “We used to talk a lot. We would have classes about sunnah, importance of hadith, history of Quran, aqeedah and how it ties into everything various Arabic terms,” recalled Imam Khan. Salaam

General Secretary Arif Ayub, Property Manager Mussarat Javaid. The Board of Trustees includes Kamran Abro, Salim Hira, Perwaz Aulakh, Nadeem Butt, Abdul Sattar, and Dr. Irfan Shafique. Imam of ISB, Sh Yaseen blessed the gathering, the families and engaged with the audience about the love for Allah and Allah’s Messenger. A ripple of excitement went through the crowd as Junaid Jamshed entered the hall. He spoke on the benefit of mentioning Allah’s name and recited a few nasheeds from his recent album.

“I respected and admired his character. Being a prison chaplain is not a normal job,” said Imam Safi Khan,”you can be killed at anytime.” “Imam Salaam impressed me as an even tempered public servant who was deeply committed to his community. The number and diversity of people who attended his janazah and burial exemplified the widely held regard for him. May Allah forgive his sins and grant him Jannah. Ameen,” reflected Saalakhan. According to his obituary in the TimesDispatch, Imam Salaam’s survivors include his wife of 28 years, Myra Salaam; two daughters, Aishah Salaam and Anisah Salaam; four sons, Kareem Horton, Muhammad Malik Salaam, Muhammad Ibn Salaam and Tyshan Darden; his mother, Jeanette Smith; four sisters, Joann Whitley, Vera Tyler, Cynthia Gold and Andrea Ingram; four brothers, Clarence Frye, Elsura Abdus Salaam, Mamum Salaam and Randy Tyler; and four grandchildren.

Sh Abu Nar of the Dar al Uloom in Buffalo, New York was the keynote speaker. He started the fundraiser with a $10,000 dollar donation from Tajud-deen Sabree. His jokes and selfdeprecating style had the audience in smiles. $141,320 was raised by the end of the evening for the extension of the parking lot. Dinner was served in the cafeteria and the evening ended late as Jamshed spoke and recited poetry into the night.


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with Adolf Hitler. Sen Ebbin condemned the hateful anti-Muslim DC bus ads that have covered buses in the district on his Twitter feed. In his latest run for office, Sen. Ebbin has been endorsed by Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. “We need more bridge builders like Adam to make sure Congress is serving the interests of working families,” stated the Congressman Ellison. “He has advocated on behalf of immigrant and minority communities while serving in the General Assembly and will continue

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including Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Imam Siraj Wahaj, Sh. Omar Suleiman, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda, Sh. Yaser Birjas, Sh. Hamza Tzortzis, Sh. Yusuf Islahi, and Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, shared their perspectives with a receptive and appreciative audience. The Islamic Circle of North America is grateful for the time and effort exerted by every single speaker at the convention. Together with the main sessions of the convention, there were a total of 128 sessions over the three day period. Most of the parallel sessions were self contained series, such as the “Social Justice Series”, “Community Series”, “Parenting Series”, and so forth. There were also programs held solely in Spanish, Bangla, Arabic and Urdu which were popular among attendees. One of the most packed parallel sessions was the Window to Islam series which sought to provide a space for individuals to gather in a spirit of dialogue and honest enquiry, and discuss a range of socioreligious issues pertaining to Islam and America. “It’s great, I’m excited,” said Farzana Musawwir, as she sat for the first of these sessions, featuring Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed and Dr. Tariq Ramadan. People sat jammed together on the floor and spilled into the hallways. The topic for the session was “What is Your

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to do so once elected to Congress,” says Yasmine Taeb, the Government Relations Manager for the Arab American Institute and a Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Leadership Institute. Some major pieces of legislation that the Senator has introduced that directly impact the community are the first Virginia DREAM Act and his legislation to expand Medicaid to offer prenatal care to immigrant mothers. “Our broken immigration system has hurt countless families by keeping loved ones apart and he has called on the President to halt deportations until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration bill. Adam has also worked against legislation that would have allowed for religious coercion Goal” and covered the meaning of life and the purpose of existence. This year’s Youth Conference, themed “Heart of Glass: Shadows of Doubt”, witnessed crowds larger than ever before. The impressive programming drew praise from both Sh. Omar Suleiman and Ustadh Nouman who said the topics were engaging, relevant and pragmatic. As compared to last year, there was a sharp increase in the number of booths to 337, with the majority falling under the clothing and fashion category. “The Youth Conference is directly addressing taboos in our community,” said Sh. Omar Suleiman. Young Muslims Brothers’ only and Sisters’ only sessions attracted huge numbers as well. In the session titled “A Treasured Path”, Dr. Dalia Fahmy’s speech moved the entire room to reorient their perspective on women. “Her talk was incredibly empowering,” said a Young Muslims sister attending the session. “She not only engaged in shifting perception, she imparted practical advice for us to implement in real life.” The yearly tradition of the brother’s only Midnight Basketball Tournament was, as always, a tremendous success. Hundreds of young Muslims competed for hours to finally determine one winning team. Meal times tested the patience of attendees with many waiting in long lines food. The extensive bazaar continuously thronged with people, bustling to buy books, art,

in our schools,” says Taeb, who works closely with the Senator. In the General Assembly, Sen. Ebbin has also fought to end discrimination in state employment, and has called for justice for victims of human trafficking. These are important issues as refugees and recent immigrants can be especially vulnerable. Calling the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp ‘a blight on our country's record’ and would call for its closure once elected to the U.S. Congress. He sees the detention center as ‘un-American and illegal to detain individuals indefinitely without charge or trial.’ He finds racial and religious profiling to be unconstitutional and would call for the scarves, jewelry and food. As compared to last year, there was a sharp increase in the number of booths to 337, with the majority falling under the clothing and fashion category. ICNA hosted its annual “Scholars and Community Leaders Recognition Lunch” on Sunday at 12pm, to honor the lifelong commitment of several individuals to the national and international Muslim community. This year’s awardees were Dr. Teepu Siddique, Professor Anees Ahmed, Dr. Tariq Ramadan, and Br. Iqbal Baqai. The later was awarded posthumously; his sons accepted on his behalf. The Muslim Children of North America hosted a number of programs, including interactive drum lessons and an animal exhibit. The most popular program was Camali, who, in addition to setting up an area for bungee jumping, performed a show on Sunday to a large audience of eager children. For the first time, organizers also added sessions for individuals among the age range of 1115 termed Young Muslims Junior. The annual Quran Competition pulled 130 children together from 20 different states to compete in three age categories. The 12 winning participants went home with trophies and cash prizes equaling several thousand dollars. The top winner, an eight year-old girl, was the youngest among the contestants and she opened the Sunday evening keynote session of the convention.

closure of these experimental prison units (Communication Mnagement Units) that are comprised mostly of Muslims. Sen. Ebbins is the first openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly. A progressive whose values may sometimes clash with the values of conservative Muslims, Sen. Ebbin says he supports the religious freedom of all communities and believes the 8th Congressional District's diversity is what makes it unique. “He is a strong advocate of religious conscience and religious freedom and sees all individuals as deserving basic dignity, political rights, economic opportunities, and the freedom to be able to practice one's faith without interference by the government." The keynote speakers were Imam Sirah Wahaj, Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Br. Mazen Mokhtar and Br. Naeem Baig. Each addressed a different aspect of the convention theme, “Faith. Submission. Service.”, to provoke reflection among the attendees. This was succeeded by the entertainment session, which consisted of spoken word by Hamza Siddiqui, nasheed recitals by several individuals, and stand-up comedy by Mohammed Amer. Amer’s hilarious descriptions of his Palestinian family and the insane traffic of Cairo captivated the audience. Young Muslims held a trademark Secret Session parallel to the main entertainment session. The attendees packed the room from wall to wall and posted questions about a diverse range of issues. One of the individuals felt it was the best session at the entire convention due to its intimate nature. “It was a great convention,” said Dr. Tariq Ramadan who was attending the ICNA-MAS convention for the first time. “JazakAllah Khayr for doing what you are doing and for serving the American Muslim society in America,” he said. Also parallel to entertainment was the matrimonial session. Access was limited to the 175 paid registrants and the individuals were required to be accompanied by a wali. The makeup >> icna II Pg 32


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company. Dr. Mirza is also member of the Board of Directors, University Islamic Financial Corporation and is a member of the Board of Trustees, George Mason University Foundation, Inc. The talk centered on building a culture of saving, avoiding debt and giving, by delaying gratification in the Muslim family. He reminded the audience that everything can be forgiven by Allah’s mercy, except when one hurts someone or does not pay them back. Then that person has to forgive for the transgression against them. So how should an average person not borrow, save money and invest it? The key is to delay gratification; delay having fun as suggested by Dr Mirza. Living like this requires a lot of patience, sacrifice, controlling your nafs. “When children request the expensive shoes tell them it’s not about the shoes, it’s about the person that can jump high,” he said. He suggested sitting down with the family and asking what is the mission of our family. Developing a Family Mission Statement—it’s a way of life for living in the family—includes the attitudes, feelings, behavior by everyone so no one is surprised when decisions are made. It’s very important for parents to talk with kids about their ways of thinking about money and philosophies— talk about who is going to do what if one of the family member dies? On earning, Dr Mirza said that Muslims are required to earn, to provide for the family and work hard. To strive to earn a livelihood is an obligation after the obligation of prayer, he stated. There are three ways to earn: when we work for others and earn money (90% of us do that); be an entrepreneur and have other people work for you and you give the rightful pay for the workers and the rest comes as profit for you; last way is to invest money—you make money through investments which is less than one percent of people.

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“We should refrain from borrowing. There are many hadiths about debt—Rasul Allah saw used to pray [for protection] from debt and the anger of men; he wouldn’t do the janazah until debt is paid by the family or others,” said Mirza. In Bible and Quran, we learn an important lesson from the story of Prophet Yousuf: save when you have ample quantity, store it and use it at the time of need. Everyone should have a plan to save—living on less than his or her income. From reorganizing debt, so you don’t have

etc.,” he said.

hajj, house and marriage.

Don’t invest in companies that are in major debt. “Islamic requirement makes us good investors,” said Mirza. He gave the example of how his company used to own stock in Enron but sold that 15 months before the collapse because it was so heavily in debt- companies borrow money when they get in trouble.

The book provides worksheets that the reader can use.

“You need to understand and know the business in which you are investing— cannot make good investments if you don’t understand the business. Educate yourself as an investor. Where I can get

“Whenever [my family] attend[s] an aqeeqah, we can write a check for a mutual fund account for the child’s education,” he shared. to carry the penalties to doing things for yourself rather than having others do it for you (i.e. making coffee, sandwich, etc.) to save money. Small things like turning off lights, etc. saves money. The ethos should be to live life as simply as you can. Don’t be seduced by luxury, he cautioned. According to Dr Mirza, investing is easy if you know how to do it; it’s difficult if you don’t know how to invest. Long-term investments ie Islamic mutual funds were suggested. Lots of people will tell you buying a home is cheaper than renting—analyze it rather than just taking someone’s word for it, he said. “You should have [a] 20 percent down payment and a 15 year Islamic mortgage,” suggested Dr Mirza. Only buy a place if you are planning to live in it for more than 5 years. otherwise you may incur unnecessary costs. Dr. Mirza spoke at length about how Islamic requirements make us better investors based on his experience. “When we look at Islamic investments—we have a lot of requirement restrictions to follow… generally speaking, we cannot invest in anything to do with tobacco, pork, weapons, interest, pornography, gambling, casinos, illegal drugs, any product that is harmful to human beings,

better return on equity?” he said. After the talk he answered personal questions from people in the audience. “I have student debt, should I go for Hajj?” asked a sister. He replied that fuqaha have said that paying your debt is obligatory and that she should delay her Hajj until she has paid off her student loan. He added that if a person has a secured loan such as house loan then the rulings would be different. A young professional asked about the rate of return on Amana Mutual Funds. Another elder asked if he should leave his money in an interest free checking account. Dr Mirza encouraged him to look into Certificates of Deposits at University Islamic Financial Bank or mutual funds at companies such as Amana and Azzad, which provide a great return compared to non-Islamic funds in the market. A significant section of Dr Mirza’s book deals with spending. He advocates spending modestly and delaying spending until one has the money to spend on something in cash. For example, if one needs a new car. He or she should plan for it in advance, calculate how much how much money needs to be saved on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis so one can write a check, and buy a car without debt. Same principle applies to education,

“If a child is born today—how much money you need to save today so that the student can go to college debt free?” He asked the audience. It’s $97 a month— which will give you $39,600 when the child is ready to go to university. He suggested using educational savings account to save on taxes. “Whenever [my family] attend[s] an aqeeqah, we can write a check for a mutual fund account for the child’s education,” he shared. Dr. Mirza is a giver and preached giving, rather than accumulating the wealth that you earn. He encouraged giving to endowments that each major Islamic center and school should have and distributing wealth in a wide circle. He and his colleagues give around the world to Islamic projects. It is better for a man to give one dirham during his lifetime as sadaqah than giving 100 dirhams at his time of death. Why are we denying ourselves to give now, rather than giving later, he asked. John Esposito, Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and author of The Future of Islam writes in his review of the book that “Dr. M. Yaqub Mirza has given us a unique work. I can think of nothing quite like it, bridging faith, economic principles, and practical wisdom. Five Pillars to Prosperity offers sound guidance from a Muslim perspective on the essentials of faith-based wealth building. Mirza includes Christian and Jewish sources in this practical guidebook, showing how the Abrahamic faith traditions share much in common while not overlooking distinctive traits among these three faith traditions." Dr Mirza suggests that readers do a book club session with 8-9 members to discuss the book. Mirza’s mantra is: save as much as you can, invest it as soon as you can, give while you are alive. Amaal Al Sharkawi also contributed to this report.


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Running for the Hills: Dispatches from Muslim Homesteaders

“Neighbor Behavior” By Jann McClary

Muslim Link Contributing Writer Note: Sister Jann McClary and her husband Tariq moved from the Washington DC metropolitan area establish a new home in the mountains of Colorado, building it from the ground up as part of their plan to become free of from the spiritually and physically stress of modern urban life. Sister Jann is documenting her experiences for the Muslim Link. See her first two installments at www. muslimlinkpaper.com by searching for “Running for the Hills”. Make sure you select “Exact Phrase” in the search options. Abdullah ibn 'Umar RadiAllahu 'anhu related that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said: “The best friend in the sight of Allah is he who is the well-wisher of his companions, and the best neighbor is one who behaves best towards his neighbor.” (At-Tirmidhi) You might be wondering why I'm writing about neighbors when I could be writing about homesteading stuff like plucking chickens, mucking out horse stalls and plowing the fields. But you know, when you live twenty miles from the nearest shopping, five miles from the firehouse and an hour and a half from the Home Depot, neighbors become pretty indispensable. You can pick up stuff in town for one another, thereby saving you both some gas; chances are you can get to your neighbor faster than the firetruck, and possibly drag your neighbor to safety; and borrowing a neighbor's power tool is easier than renting one from the rip-off rental store. No, this doesn't mean you can mooch off your neighbors, it means you help each other out, lend a hand, a tool, or some good advice. You share information, or some bounty from your garden. You warn each other about dangerous critters, both the four-legged and two-legged kind,

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of which we have both. Most people think of “neighbor” as the person next door, meaning down the hall in your building, in the townhouse attached to yours, or in the McMansion one lawn over. Here, a neighbor who's spittin' distance is close enough to see your house from his house. Hollerin' distance means you may not see his house, but if you holler in that general direction he'll most likely hear you and “holla back.” A neighbor who's “down the road” can actually be anywhere from four miles away, like our neighbor Suzy, or a 20-minute ride up to the top of a mountain, like R.J., or as far as across the highway and into the Black Hills, like neighbors Rich, or Mary and her husband, Jack. Suzy's farm is a one-woman operation consisting of a hodge-podge of her handbuilt cabin, goat pens, hay barn, chicken coop, a couple of old railroad freight cars for storage, and sundry trucks, cars and earth-moving machinery in various stages of repair and/or decay. Suzy's husband works in Texas out of necessity, and so she literally holds down the farm. This 62-year old woman hauls 60-lb bales of hay, feeds and cares for close to 50 critters, tends her garden, chops firewood, maintains a pet cemetery, AND can drive anything with a motor and at least two wheels. She's rough around the edges, piercingly blunt and straightforward in speech, and is one of the most humble people we know. She gave us a turkey for zabiyha, and we've helped her load in her hay. R.J. lives at the top of Timber Canyon and what he lacks in outbuildings, he makes up for with his menagerie of mammals, plus more than 60 squawkin', honkin', egg-layin' fowl. We did our very first zabiyha in Colorado with one of his goats. We showed him the Islamic way

to slaughter it, and he showed us how to skin and butcher it. We have fed and looked after his “zoo” when he was out of town, no easy feat when chickens are scrambling every which way when you try to gather their eggs and goats are pushing up on you for sweet corn and some attention. Across the highway live neighbors Rich, and Mary and her husband Jack. They're hollerin' distance from each other, but almost 15 miles from us. Jack and Mary, when not traveling the southwest in their mobile home, have a modest little place with a million-dollar view, and a few dogs and cats. And they're among the most generous people we know. During our first winter in Colorado, before we got the woodstove, the temperature went down to minus 11 degrees, our camper became an ice box, and our fingers and toes were in danger of becoming ice cubes, so Jack and Mary insisted we stay in their guest house. They've enjoyed our biryani and flatbread, and Mary taught me how to make goat cheese. Rich's place is a wonderfully creative Tetris-of-a-home built from five RV trailers covered in log siding and attached to each other at different angles so that you can't tell where one ends and the other begins. Viewed from the outside, it appears to be a small log cabin with two porches, but step inside and there are little nooks and passageways, hidden

closets and cozy rooms. He's a self-taught carpenter who's crafted his version of a Rocky Mountain man-cave. With all of us suffering from arthritis and lack of faloose, we've traded some fingersaving, money-saving tips on DIY homeimprovement projects. With each of these neighbors we have something in common: Kind treatment and a helping hand. They've helped us and we've helped them. But not every neighbor is thinking that way. One of our neighbors who has entirely too much idle time on his hands somehow got the notion to enter our property at 11 o'clock at night, uninvited and unannounced, to, as he claimed, inquire about doing some carpentry work for us. Job seeking. At 11 o'clock at night. Really? REALLY? There were so many things wrong here on so many levels, the least of which was his going through a closed gate. You see, there is a standard here in this part of the country, an unwritten, but universally understood protocol regarding gates which states “Leave it as you found it.” So if a gate is open, c'mon in. If it's closed, you pretend it's locked and you turn yourself around and hokey-pokey on out of there. Going through a closed gate? It. Just. Isn't. Done. So after we had the local sheriff contact >> neighbor Pg 36


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Anti-Islam Ad Sparks US Free Speech Debate

By Taimur Khan The National (Abu Dhabi) May 31, 2014

The first time Irfaan Noorudin saw the black-and-white ad equating Islam with antisemitism, he was sitting in traffic not far from the US Capitol when a bus bearing the incendiary message rolled past. “It’s still so jarring”, he said, even though the ad, which also features a picture of the colonial-era mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al Husseini, with Adolf Hitler, is only the latest in a string of ads placed on public transport across the country by anti-Islam groups. The next time Mr Noorudin was confronted with the ad, he was dropping off his young daughter at her church-run daycare. “How is that even allowed? That’s so weird”, members of the church staff and fellow parents said to him. A few days later, the financial advisor and a group of friends were enjoying a Saturday night at a Washington cafe when a bus emblazoned with the message was stuck in traffic beside the patio where they were seated, drawing eyes and muting conversations. “Even though you may not want that to be a message that’s received, it will be

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because so many people are going to see it, and it may substantiate what they think or just become all they know,” Mr Noorudin, 32, said. “And I don’t think there’s any way to really thwart it – how do you respond?” Along with the Second World War-era photograph, the ads feature the slogan, “Islamic Jew-hatred: it’s in the Quran”, and says US foreign aid to Muslim countries should be cut off to “stop racism”. The group that placed the ad to run on 20 of Washington’s public buses through the middle of this month plans to place them in other cities after raising more than US$20,000 (Dh73,400) in donations from many individual supporters over the past two weeks, according to its co-founder, Pamela Geller. The American Freedom Defence I n i t i a t i v e ( A F D I ) , M s G e l l e r ’s organization, has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a non-profit organisation that tracks hate groups in the US. She was banned from entering Britain to attend a far-right rally last year. Ms Geller is one of the country’s most prominent Islamophobes, and has sown controversy – and gained support – in North America and Europe for her high-volume activism against Islam, a religion she claims is antisemitic and whose followers are actively seeking to

impose Sharia on the US. AFDI has been involved in pushing state legislatures to pass bills that ban Islamic law, even though there is no legal recognition of Sharia in the US. Ms Geller gained notoriety for leading the successful 2010 movement against the construction of an Islamic centre in lower Manhattan. The latest ads were placed in response to a bus-ad campaign by a pro-Palestine pressure group, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), that coincided with the US tax deadline and called on the US to “stop aid to Israel’s occupation”. Even though the ads did not mention Jews or Judaism, the “basis of the Islamic opposition to Israel, and the reason why there has been no negotiated settlement and all attempts at one have failed, is Quran-inspired antisemitism”, and that the AMP was “stirring up Jew-hatred” because criticism of Israel is inherently antisemitic, Ms Geller told The National in an email. In response to AFDI’s ads, the AMP said they reject Ms Geller’s “attempt to conflate our political speech with antiSemitism. AMP also rejects Geller’s response to our political speech ad with a racist and Islamophobic one”. Many Americans, Muslim and nonMuslim, are puzzled that a public transport system is carrying AFDI’s ads,

and some feel the issue is more political than legal. “If the KKK or other groups [placed] ads like that it wouldn’t be allowed, so why is it allowed for Muslim Americans to be targeted in that way?” Mr Noorudin said. But just because AFDI’s ads target an entire religion does not place them outside the bounds of American freespeech laws, which only censors speech that is likely and intended to incite immediate violence. That is an exceedingly high bar to meet, said Leslie Kendrick, a professor specialising in free speech law at the University of Virginia law school. “This neutrality ends up creating a platform for extremely repugnant groups – like the KKK, like Geller’s group… but it also avoids government favoritism,” Ms Kendrick said. “We worry a lot when the government starts to decide who it can discriminate against and who it can’t.” AFDI has sued city governments across the country that have refused to allow them to place their ads on public transport, and generally it has won. In 2012, a federal court judge ruled that the Washington transit system had to allow AFDI ads that called those opposed to >> debate Pg 32


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Israel as “savages”, because they sell space for political ads generally and cannot limit those sales because of its message. “We’re not able to refuse ads on the basis of content,” a spokeswoman for the Washington metro told AFP, citing the 2012 decision. The ads ran in both the New York and Washington subway systems. But last month a federal appeals court ruled that Ms Geller could not trademark the phrase, “Stop the Islamisation of America” because it was offensive to Muslims. “Trademark law has historically been treated differently,” Ms Kendrick said, perhaps because the government is entering a partnership and can choose that it does not want to sponsor such speech. “They do involve different specific areas of law, but one might icna II

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of this year’s session consisted of 30 percent men and 70 percent women. Ages ranged for both men and women among 18 to 56. With so many sessions happening at

question how different they should ultimately be.” Although existing on the fringe of political discourse in the US, groups such as AFDI will continue to have outsized visibility because of campaigns such as the DC bus ads, and many Muslims fear that their ideas do have an effect on the way Islam is perceived in the country, especially outside of diverse cities. In New York and Washington, however, the response was overwhelmingly against AFDI. After the public transit ads in 2012, riders in New York tore some of the posters down, and at least one person was arrested for spray painting over the ads. Rabbi Rachel Gartner, of the capital’s Georgetown University, wrote in the Huffington Post in regard to the ads, “As an American, I insist on the right to free speech, even when I deplore the message. As a rabbi, I insist on the responsibility to speak out against hateful speech, particularly when it

once, attendees were grateful for the ICNA Convention 2014 app, available on the iOS and Android platforms, to organize their schedules and easily access the time, location, and description of the sessions. “The app is great! It is very helpful,” said Musawwir. In addition to providing program details, the app also allowed

comes from one of our own.” The task of countering AFDI’s messages in the public sphere has been led by interfaith groups generally, not Muslim organisations, who condemn but rarely have creative follow-up campaigns. But this time, the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations, a national Muslim organisations in the US, is planning an ad campaign to counter Ms Geller’s message. “Campaigns like this have been launched against the Jewish community, the Italian community, the Japanse community, the African American community for centuries, and [AFDI] is just the latest hateful social group to try and alienate others,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director. “When she spreads false information we see it is important to reset the record and provide an opportunity for the public to learn about Islam.” Mr Noorudin doubts that such campaigns

users to read speaker introductions, gave them a map of the convention center, and listed food vendors and prayer times. “We thank Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, for making this convention very successful,’ said Naeem Baig, president of ICNA. The convention is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of effort and human and financial resources, and we are

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will be able to make much of a difference, though he hopes that new tactics are used because “we can’t just ignore it and pretend it’s only a lunatic yelling from the mountain”. Groups such as AFDI do appear to be well funded, and have been able, for example, to produce an antiIslam movie that was added as an insert into newspapers nationwide during the 2012 elections. But he also senses a feeling of fatigue among American Muslims, many of whom are tired of having to defend their religion and their communities. “You’re almost like: ‘Well, that’s just what people think,’” he said. “Because in people’s minds, whatever you say, the next morning a bombing in Pakistan or the kidnapping of 300 girls in Nigeria will easily take away anything you’ve said.” tkhan@thenational.ae [Source: http:// www.thenational.ae/world/united-states/ anti-islam-ad-sparks-us-free-speechdebate#full#ixzz33XqiOH20 ]

incredibly thankful to our members and volunteers for making this possible, he said. “Many people came to me to thank ICNA for hosting this event. However, the most humbling was when a sister told me that it was her first time attending an Islamic convention and she did not want to leave.” [Source: ICNA.org]

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Fasting Outside the Month of Ramadhan? By Aamir Sheikh

burdensome. Rather by fasting some of the days of Shaban, a strong love of fasting was developed thereby allowing the entrance into Ramadhan with full confidence, strength, and endurance.

Muslim Link Contributing Writer With the month of Ramadhan quickly approaching, many of us have started to contemplate what changes in our daily schedules will be necessary to make the most out this blessed month. Due to enormous amount of attention given to the holy month of Ramadhan, and secondarily, the month of Rajab, considered one of the four sacred months, many of us neglect to appreciate another very important month which we are about to enter. The month of Shaban, which follows Rajab and precedes Ramadhan, is also a very blessed month. This is based on a tradition recorded in the Sahih of Imam Muslim, whereby Aisha, the wife of the Prophet SallaAllahu Alaihi wa Salam is reported to have said, “The messenger of Allah used to fast to the point that we would say that he will not ever break his fast. Likewise, he would not fast to the point that we would think that he doesn’t want to fast. I have never seen the Messenger of Allah fast an entire month except for the month of Ramadhan, and I have not seen him fast more in any specific month, other than the month of Shaban.”

e. Shaban is a month where deeds are raised to Allah Taala and the Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam preferred that his deeds be raised to Allah Taala while he was fasting.

when it came to fasting. Throughout his life, he was not at one extreme, where he only fasted during the month of Ramadhan and neglected the other months, nor was he at the other extreme, where he constantly fasted. One of the great wisdoms behind this balanced middle path was to preserve the sanctity of the worship of the fast, where if one constantly fasted, fasting would become routine and this sanctity would be ruined. Likewise, if one neglected fasting during the other eleven months, the approach of the month of Ramadhan would appear as a great hardship and an almost unsurmountable task.

This tradition reminds us of at least three very important lessons:

2) The month of Ramdhan is the greatest of all months and is unparalleled in the worship that is offered during it.

1) The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam chose the middle path, even

3) The great virtue of fasting during the month of Shaban was highlighted by the

Prophet’s Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam actions. Scholars have differed as to the wisdom behind this and have noted the following: a. At times the Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam, was busy and was unable to fast the three days of every month, so he would “make up” these days during Shaban. b. In order to honor the coming of Ramadhan, the Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam would fast during Shaban. c. The Prophet’s wives would make up their missed Ramadhan fasts (from the prior year) during Shaban. d. The fasting of Shaban was done as a “warm up exercise” in preparation for Ramadhan, so that he would not find the fasting of Ramadhan difficult and

f. Fasting during the month of Shaban differentiates the strong believer from the average believer. This is due to the fact that the entire Muslim community fasts during Ramadhan, so the difficulty of fasting during this blessed month is lightened because one is encouraged by those around him. Opposite to this, during Shaban, most of the Muslims are eating and drinking, so when one fasts during this month, his rank in the sight of Allah is elevated above the other believers, due to his sincerity and the worship he uniquely performs. From these various opinions, we can begin to gain an appreciation of the numerous benefits the believer can avail, if he fasts some days during the month of Shaban. We ask that Allah Taala give us all the sincerity and strength to fast during the month of Shaban, as the Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam fasted! Aamir Sheikh is the Resident Scholar for Dar Al-Taqwa in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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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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this neighbor about the negative effects of unlawful trespass, his sister didn't take it too well and left a bit of hillbilly graffiti on our mailbox in the grand tradition of

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8/8

4:10

5:43

1:07

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8:31

10:05

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7

9/8

4:10

5:42

1:07

5:03

8:32

10:05

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8

10/8

4:09

5:42

1:08

5:04

8:32

10:06

Mon

9

11/8

4:09

5:42

1:08

5:04

8:33

10:07

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10

12/8

4:09

5:42

1:08

5:04

8:34

10:08

Wed

11

13/8

4:08

5:42

1:08

5:04

8:34

10:08

Thu

12

14/8

4:08

5:42

1:08

5:05

8:34

10:09

Fri

13

15/8

4:08

5:42

1:09

5:05

8:35

10:09

Sat

14

16/8

4:08

5:42

1:09

5:05

8:35

10:10

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15

17/8

4:08

5:42

1:09

5:05

8:36

10:10

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16

18/8

4:08

5:42

1:09

5:06

8:36

10:11

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19/8

4:08

5:42

1:10

5:06

8:36

10:11

Wed

18

20/8

4:08

5:42

1:10

5:06

8:37

10:11

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19

21/8

4:08

5:42

1:10

5:06

8:37

10:12

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20

22/8

4:08

5:42

1:10

5:07

8:37

10:12

Sat

21

23/8

4:09

5:42

1:10

5:07

8:37

10:12

Sun

22

24/8

4:09

5:43

1:11

5:07

8:38

10:12

Mon

23

25/8

4:09

5:43

1:11

5:07

8:38

10:12

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24

26/8

4:10

5:43

1:11

5:07

8:38

10:12

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25

27/8

4:10

5:44

1:11

5:08

8:38

10:13

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26

28/8

4:10

5:44

1:11

5:08

8:38

10:13

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27

29/8

4:11

5:44

1:12

5:08

8:38

10:12

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28

1/9

4:11

5:45

1:12

5:08

8:38

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4:12

5:45

1:12

5:08

8:38

10:12

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30

3/9

4:13

5:45

1:12

5:08

8:38

10:12

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4/9

4:13

5:46

1:12

5:09

8:38

10:12

Wed

2

5/9

4:14

5:46

1:13

5:09

8:38

10:11

Thu

3

6/9

4:15

5:47

1:13

5:09

8:38

10:11

Fri

4

7/9

4:15

5:47

1:13

5:09

8:37

10:11

Sat

5

8/9

4:16

5:48

1:13

5:09

8:37

10:10

Sun

6

9/9

4:17

5:49

1:13

5:09

8:37

10:10

Mon

7

10/9

4:18

5:49

1:14

5:09

8:37

10:09

Tue

8

11/9

4:19

5:50

1:14

5:09

8:36

10:09

Wed

9

12/9

4:19

5:50

1:14

5:09

8:36

10:08

Thu

10

13/9

4:20

5:51

1:14

5:09

8:36

10:08

post-9/11 hysteria. Now, we happen to know the mother of these two individuals, and she's a fine woman. She must have had a talk with her daughter because some time later the young woman came to us and apologized sincerely with tears in her eyes. After that time we've checked

on her every now and then to see if she needs anything. And don't you know, “someone” has since given our mailbox a make-over. In trying to establish ourselves here in a way that pleases Allah subhana wa t'Ala

we're constantly aware of the impact our actions have on our neighbors. Actions are the unspoken dawah. These folks have no idea of their rights upon us, but we do, and while we won't be revising our wills to include them, they can count on being safe from our hands and tongues.

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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)” May Allah accept all our deceased, forgive them, and enter them into Jannah, ameen. 05-07-2014 Br. Aziz Ahmed Mian has returned to Allah Br. Aziz is father of Br. Omar Mian, ADAMS Community member , volunteer and a tutor to many ADAMS children. Janazah prayer was on May 8, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia. (Source: F. Syed) 05-10-2014 Abdalla Fatah has passed away. He leaves behid his wife Khadra Ahmed and sons Mahad, Liban and Magan. Brother Abdalla was a kind and gentle person and a good friend of ICM and his sons masha Allah are past students of our weekend Islamic school. Salaat ul Janazah was on May 11, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Source: ICM) 05-13-2014 Br. Khalid Mohsin has passed away. The Jannazah prayer was on May 13, 2014 in Manassas, Virginia. (Source: Dar Alnoor) 05-13-2014 Saleha Ahmed has passed away. She leaves behind her husband Montaz Ahmed and children Famin and Nabil. Salaat ul Janazah was on May 14, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Source: ICM) 05-15-2014 Sister Abdela Zena Kamara, daughter of Brother Abdul Kalla Kamara and Sister Kalatu Savage Kamara, has passed away. The Janazah Salat for Sister Abdela Kamara was on May 16, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland. (Source: PGMA) 05-16-2014 It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of AbdulRahman Aamir, the son of Br. Aamir Khurram. The Janaza was on May 17, 2014 in Laurel, Maryland. (Source: ICCL) 05-19-2014 Imam Muhammad Salam has passed away. He was the Imam of Masjid Bilal, one of Richmond's Masjids located close to downtown Richmond. His Janazah prayer was on May 20, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Source: O. Smith) 05-19-2014 Syedah Raihana has returned to Allah. Salatul Janazah was on May 20, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia. (Source: M. Imam) 05-19-2014 Munir Dave, son of Shanaz and Parth Dave, has passed away. He was 8 years old. Salat-ul-Janaaza was on May 19, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Source: ICM) 05-20-2014 Br. Javaid Akhter, father of Bilal Javaid, has passed away. Janazah prayer was on May 21, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia. (Source: S. J.) 05-20-2014 Br. Aziz Ahmed Mian has passed away. The Janaza prayers were on May 8, 2014 in Sterling, VA. (Source: O. Mian) 05-22-2014 Brother Kaleem Abbasi, father of Sadia, Rafia, Tasleem, Tanweer, and Suhaib and Father-in-Law of Asadullah Siddiqui, Ebadullah Siddiqui, Saima Abbasi, and Madiha Abbasi, and husband of Kursheeda Khatoon has passed away. Salat-ul-Janaaza was on May 22, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Source: ICM) 05-22-2014 PGMA extends sincere condolences to the family of Brother Lemuel McGlore. The Janazah Salat for Brother Lemuel McGlore was on May 23, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland. (Source: PGMA) 05-23-2014 Sister Solema Begum, sister of brother Hashem Ahmed (Asia Halal) has passed away. Janazah of sister Solema Begum was on May 23, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia. (Source: S. Hossain) 05-24-2014 Our brother and member of ADAMS community, Br. Muhamed Medic, has passed away. Janazah prayer was on May 24, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia. (Source: M. Mujkic) 05-25-2014 Saleha Idrees, mother of Rasheeda Idrees and Mother in law of Naveed Azam, has returned to Allah. Janazah prayer was on May 26, 2014 in Sterling, VA (Source: S. Siddiqi) 06-03-2014 Begum Jameela Mahfuz, mother of Dr Syed Akbar Sadiq, has passed away. The Janaza was on June 4, 2014 in Ellicott City, Maryland.(Source: Dar Al Taqwa) 06-03-2014 The Prince George's Muslim Association extends sincere condolences to the family of Brother Ablasse Bance who has passed away. The Janazah Salat for Brother Ablasse Bance was on June 4, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland. (Source: PGMA

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Upcoming Events In Your Area

Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity Friday, June 6 2014 6:00pm - 8:30pm

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Right, The Constitution Project, and Qurtuba Institute invite you to a panel discussion. The event will feature: Imam Mohamed Magid, Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director of the NRCAT. Join the Facebook event for the gathering at https://www.facebook.com/ events/311964728954855/ Location: ADAMS Center -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Disconnected: Is Technology helping or hurting our Humanity? Saturday, June 7 2014 Imam Yaseen Shaikh, Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy. Doors open at 7PM. $3 per person, $10 per family. Come and join the discussion. Location: Islamic Society of Baltimore || Contact: www.isb.org -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar Al Taqwa Spring Festival Sunday, June 8 2014, 10:00am - 7:00pm Fun for the entire Family. Food , kids games, rides, private bazaar for ladies only in air conditioned multipurpose hall in the basement. Pony ride and Rock Climb, 22 foot slide Moon Bouncer, 3 other moon bouncers for different ages. Full Basket Ball court for youth and many other Fun Activities. || Contact: www.taqwa.net -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DMV Youth BBQ Sunday, June 8 2014 Food, Fun, Games. Short talk by Imam Ahmad Azzaari. Location: Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Dr, Hyattsville, MD || Contact: YC@pgmamd.org for more information -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Maryum Islamic Center Fundraiser Sunday, June 15 2014 Save the date - MIC Fundraiser, Together we are growing in the way of Allah. Begins at 6PM. More details will follow! Location: Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PGCMC 2nd Annual Community Cook Out Sunday, June 15 2014, 12:00pm - 5:00pm Save the Date, Prince George's County Muslim Council 2nd Annual Community Cook Out. Enjoy: food, sports, games, vending, fellowship, salah. If you are interested in vending or more information, contact us at info@pgcmc.org or visit www.pgcmc.org || Location: Fairwood Park (at Rt 450 & Bell Station Rd) 12390 Fairwood Pkwy, Bowie, MD 20720 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Youth Debate Tournament 2014 Saturday, June 21 2014 Encourage your youth to participate in the Muslim Youth Debate Tournament to learn vital public speaking skills. We look forward to your participation. || Location: Al Fatih Academy, Reston, Va. Contact: Debate@mafiq.org -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Food Festival Saturday, June 21 2014, 12:00pm - 10:00pm What better way to bring people together then FOOD! The best restaurants, catering companies, bakeries, delicatessens, and manufacturers come together under one roof! Also, Indoor bazaar with over 50 vendors selling everything. 100% of proceeds from this event support Islamic education! Location: ISB, 6631 Johnnycake Road, Baltimore, MD 21244 || Contact: For more information and vendor inquiries, please visit our website at www.muslimfoodfest.com -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------MCC Meena Bazaar Saturday, June 21 2014, 12:00pm - 5:00pm Join us for Delicious food, Eid Shopping, Mehndi, clothes and more! Indoor and outdoor vending spaces available. || Location: MCC, 15200 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905 Contact: Sr Shabana Siddiqui for vending space reservations at 301-879-5006 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Annual International Bazaar at ISWA Sunday, June 22 2014, 11:00am - 5:00pm International Food and Delicacies, Caribbean Specialties Food, Cultural clothing, Islamic books-videos-CDs, Children Activities, Games/Free Health Screening, Entertainment for the whole family. Vendors are invited to participate. Free admission. Please come, have fun, bring your family, meet friends and support a worthy cause. Location: ISWA, 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905 || Contact: ISWA at 301-8790930

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Do you have additions, changes, or corrections to the event listings in the Muslim Link? Email us at events@muslimlinkpaper.com, or call us at 301-982-1020. --------------------------------------------------------------------------NORTHERN VIRGINIA ---------------------------------------------------------------All Muslim Brothers Association 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 Tel: 703-647-0515 Jumma Prayer Only - 1:15 P.m ---------------------------------------------------------------Icna VA Center: 2913 Woodlawn Trail, Alexandria, VA 22306. Tel: 703-660-1255 ---------------------------------------------------------------Idara Dawat-o-irshad: 4803 VAlley St, Alexandria, VA 22312 Tel: 703-256-8622 ww.irshad.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Mustafa Center: 6844 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA 22003 Tel: 703-658-7134 www.mustafacenter.org E-mail: Mustafacenter@gmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Baitul Mukarram: 2116 S Nelson St., Arlington, VA, 22204, Tel: 703-778-1550 ---------------------------------------------------------------Zakaria Islamic Academy: Galesbury Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151 Tel: 571-969-2123 www.ziacademy.org E-mail: Contact@ziacademy.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Badr Community Center Of Dumfries: 17794 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026 Tel: 703-554-7983 www.bccd.org E-mail: Info@bccd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar Ul-ghuraba (Masjid Ur Rahmah): 155 Baker St., Emporia, VA 23487 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar Al Hijrah: 3159 Rowe St., Falls Church, VA 22044, Tel: 703-536-1030 www.hijrah.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Moroccan American community Organization Center 5613 Lessaburg Pike,#1 Falls Church,Va 22041 Info@macous.org Www.macous.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Northern VA Trust (Icnvt): 4420 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030 Tel: 703-591-0999 www.icnvt.org E-mail: Info@icnvt.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar Al-noor (Muslim Assoc. Of VA): 5404 Hoadly Rd., Manassas, VA 20112, Tel: 703-580-0808 Fax: 703-221-8513 www.daralnoor.org ----------------------------------------------------------------Manassas Mosque: 12950 Center Entrance Ct, Manassas, VA Tel: 703-257-5537 ----------------------------------------------------------------

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Islamic Center Of Virginia: 1241 Buford Rd., Richmond, VA 23235 Tel: 804-320-7333 www.icVA1.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Greater Richmond (Isgr): 6324 Rigsby Road, Richamond, VA 23226 Tel: 804-673-4177 www.isgr.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al Rahman: 1305 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224 Tel: 804-232-7640 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjidullah Of Richmond: 211 North Ave., Richmond, VA 23222 Tel: 804-321-8864/804-647-4297 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar-ul Huda: 6666 Commerce St., Springfield, VA 22150, Tel: 703-922-0111 www.darulhuda.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Foundation of America: 6606 Electronic Drive, Springfield, VA 22151 Tel: 703-914-4982 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Noor: 8608 Pohick Rd, Springfield, VA 22153 Tel: 703-451-7615 ----------------------------------------------------------------Adams Center: 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling,VA 20164, Tel: 703-433-1325 www.adamscenter.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Heritage Center (Ihc): 262 A-3 Cedar Ln., Vienna, VA 22180 Tel: 703-206-9056 ---------------------------------------------------------------WASHINGTON D.C. ---------------------------------------------------------------First Hijra Muslim Comm. Center: 4324 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20011 www.firsthijrah.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Ivy City Masjid: 2001 Galludet St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 Tel: 202-904-9668 E-mail: masjidivycity@yahoo.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-islam: 4603 Benning Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. 20019 E-mail: Imammusa@hotmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Muhammad: 1519 4th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20001 Tel: 202-483-8832 | www. masjidmuhammad.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Society Of Washington, D.c. (MswDC): Howard Center, Room 805 (Above Hu Bookstore) Tel: 202-328-3236 ---------------------------------------------------------------The Islamic Center: 2551 Massachusetts Avenue

NW Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-332-8343 www.theislamiccenter.com ---------------------------------------------------------------MARYLAND ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Annapolis (Isa): 2635 Riva Rd. Suite 110, Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: 410-266-6660 www.isamd.org Email: Info@islamannapolis.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Bait-Allah Masjid of Baltimore Inc 200 S. Calhoun Street Baltimore, MD 21223 Imam’s cell: 571-721-9938 email: baitallahmasjid@yahoo.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Bilal Dawah Center, Inc: 1910 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223 Tel: 410-945-1515 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar ul Uloom: 6334 Dogwoood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207, Tel: 410-493-0785 Email: Darululoommd@aol.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Ul-haq: 514 Islamic Way (Wilson St. ), Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-728-1363 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-mumineen: 2642 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21218 Tel: 410-467-8798 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Jamaat Al-Muslimeen: 4624 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Tel: 443-438-7986 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-rahmah/isb: 6631 Johnnycake Rd., Baltimore, MD 21244 Tel: 410-747-4869 | www.isb.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid As Saffat: 1335 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-669-0655 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Fatima Address: 1928 Powers Lane Catonsville MD, 21228 Phone: 410 800 4880 Email: info@masjidfatima.com Website: http://www.masjidfatima. com ---------------------------------------------------------------Irhsca (Islamic Research And Hum. Services Center Of America): 1 Chambers Ave, Capitol Heights, MD Tel: 301-324-5040 www.irhsca.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Southern Pg County (Isspgc): P O Box 99, Clinton, MD 20735 5410 Indian Head Hwy, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Tel: 240 603 4618 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar-us-Salaam: 5301 Edgewood Rd., College Park, MD 20740, Tel: 301-982-9848 www.duscommunity.org

---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Easton 126 Port Street Unit # 1 Easton, MD 21601 Tel: 410-829 7924 islamicsocietyofeastonmd.yolasite.com---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Zamzam 1510 Lynch Road, Dundalk, MD 21222 Tel: 410-284-2840 www.masjidzamzam.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar al-Taqwa: 10740 Rte. 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Tel: 410-997-5711 www.taqwa.net ---------------------------------------------------------------Maryum Islamic Center (MIC) 3280 Pine Orchard Lane Suite A Ellicott City, MD 21042 Tel: 443-574-5188 www.maryumcenter.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-Hikmah: 11064 Livingston Road Unit L (101) Ft. Washington, MD 20744, Tel: 301 292-9009 ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Frederick (Isf): 1250 Key Parkway, Frederick,md 21702 Tel: 301-682-6090 www.isfmd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Maryland (Icm): 19411 Woodfield Rd. Gaithersburg,md 20879 Tel:301-840-9440 www.icomd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Makkah Learning Center (Mlc): 814 Brandy Farms Ln., Gambrills, MD 21054 Tel: 410-721-5880 www.isamd.org Email: Info@mlcmd.org----------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Germantown (Isg): 19900 Brandermill Rd., Germantown, MD 20876 Tel: (240)-277-7758 www.isgtown.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Ibn Taymiyyah: 8000 Mlk Highway, Glenarden MD Tel: 301-322-8105 ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society of Western Maryland: 2036 Day Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 Tel: 301-797-0922 ---------------------------------------------------------------Southern Maryland Islamic Center (Smic): 1046 Solomons Island Rd, Huntingtown, MD, 20639 Tel: 410-535-0000 ---------------------------------------------------------------Avondale Islamic Center: 4637 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, MD, 20782 Tel: 301-779-9292 ---------------------------------------------------------------Prince Georges Muslim Assoc.(Pgma): 9150 Lanham Severn Rd., Lanham, MD, 20706,

Tel: 301-459-4942 www.pgmamd.org Imam’s Office: 301-459-1441 E-mail: Imam@pgmamd.org. ---------------------------------------------------------------Turkish American Community Center 9704 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, MD 20706 Tel: 301-459-9589 www.taccenter.org ---------------------------------------------------------------La Plata Masjid: 111 Howard Street, La Plata, MD 20646 Tel: 301-609-8769 ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Com. Center Of Laurel (ICCL): 7306 Contee Rd., Laurel, MD 20707 Tel: 301-317-4584 www.icclmd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-Ghurabaa: 8220 Washington St., South Laurel, MD 20724. Tel: 301-604-3295 ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Lexington Park 22583 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20619 Tel: 240-538-7839 or 561-414-0994 www.iclpmd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Medina Center: 11600 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854 www.medinacenter.net E-mail: Admin@medinacenter.net ---------------------------------------------------------------Randallstown Islamic Center 9019 Marcella Ave. Randallstown, MD 21133 Tel: 410-971-4018 www.ricbaltimore.org E-mail: Info@ricbaltimore.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of The Washington Area (Iswa): 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tel: 301-879-0930 www.iswamd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Education Society of Maryland 11504 Veirs Mills Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902 Tel: 301- 933-3838 ---------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Community Center (MCC): 15200 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20905 Tel: 301-384-3454 www.mccmd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Imaam: (Jumuah Only) Jumuah: 12:50pm 3201 Randolph Rd, Wheaton, MD 20906 www.imaam.org Email: Fridayprayer@imaam.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid An-nur: 5418 Ebenezer Road, White Marsh, MD 21162 Tel: 410-663-9637 Fax: 410-663-9817 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-inshirah: 7832 Fairbrook Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244 Tel: 410-298-2977


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Department of Planning and Zoning issued a Technical Staff Report earlier this year strongly recommending approval of Dar-us-Salaam’s campus plan, and three public hearings held in March and April where neighbors expressed their concerns about the impact Dar-usSalaam’s proposed campus plan could have on the rural character of Western Howard County. The Hearing Examiner noted all the concerns including traffic, noise, and disturbances from lights and deliberated for over a month before issuing her decision. The decision can be appealed within the next 30 days. If an appeal is filed, the Howard County Board of Appeals will rehear the case from the beginning and render a final decision, a process which would take 6-9 months. Neighbors represented by the Residents for the Resposible Development of Woodmont (RRDW), a coalition of home owners associations in Cooksville and the surrounding areas, stated that they will appeal the decision, employing a more aggressive strategy and that "business as usual is over." Members of RRDW suspect zoning decisions are being made in Dar-us-Salaam's favor in part due to a "shady fiscal relationship" between some elected officials, developers, and lawyers; RRDW's Facebook page says these relationships will be exposed during the hearings in front of the Board of Appeals. "We are confident in the appropriateness of our long term campus development plan. Dar-us-Salaam did not receive any special exceptions, exemptions, or zoning changes to get a favorable decision from the hearing examiner. Our community only wants the same rights afforded to other churhces and schools to build a place we can call home. We understand the neighbors' concerns regarding traffic, noise, and intensity, and we've worked with some of the top engineers and planners in the region to make sure our

plan does not negatively impact the area in anyway," said a Dar-us-Salaam board member in a statement to the Muslim Link. Prior to the start of public hearings in March of this year, Dar-us-Salaam and RRDW negotiated for several months in an attempt to reach agreeable terms on covenants -- a private contract between the two organizations enforceable in court. RRDW offered to support Dar-usSalaam's conditional use application rather than oppose it if Dar-us-Salaam agreed on certain limits related to the size of the buildings, the number of students and worshipers allowed on the campus at certain times, the use of outdoor lighting and amplification, and many other aspects of the campus operation. The agreement

would be in place for 45 years and RRDW would have the right to enter the property at agreed upon times to monitor compliance. In the end, Dar-us-Salaam found the covenants too restrictive and the parties moved forward with the public hearings process. Dar-us-Salaam greeted the conditional use approval decision with an email to the area Muslim community, recognizing and praising Allah for the positive development, and asking community members to continue working hard to raise the $10 million needed to purchase the property. About $2 million has been raised in cash and pledges to date. Settlement is set for this September. F o r m o r e u p d a t e s , v i s i t w w w. HomeOfTheHeart.org.

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