First Khatmah (Thur 08/27/2010 at 2:00AM)
Second Khatmah (Sunday 09/06/2010 at 2:00AM)
Third Khatmah (Tue 09/07/2010 at 9:15PM)
Breaking Bread and Breaking Barriers
At 8 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 22nd, 2010 the Islamic Center of Charlotte (1700 Progress Lane Charlotte, NC 28205) is hosting an open-house iftar titled "Breaking Bread and Breaking Barriers".
The ~ 90 min. program will include an introduction to Islam, observing Muslim congregational prayer, iftar meal, and a Q/A session. Please advertise this event and invite your non-Muslim neighbors, friends and colleagues to attend. Please RSVP [email Saymeh@gmail.com or call Ezzat at (704) 537 9399] with the number of attendees.
ICC Rules for Ramadan 1431/2010:
For the benefit of all attendees we ask that every one please comply with the following:
- Please be considerate to others.
- No strollers in the Musallah.
- Please take crying babies outside so as not to disturb others.
- No loud talking or running in the hallways.
- Kids ages 2-8 should be in the baby sitter room.
- Kids over 8 years old should be in the Musallah praying and under their parents control.
- Absolutely no children are allowed to play outside during Salaat.
- Please turn off your cell phone before entering the Musallah.
- Please follow the brothers’ instructions for traffic rules.
- No parking in the fire lane, and park only in the allocated spaces or as directed.
- Please report any issues or problems to one of the ICC Admin members.
Please be aware that all ICC’s facility is under cameras surveillance 24/7.
JAK for you compliance.
Taraweeh and Qiyam (Night Prayer)
- Sh. Bassam offers Fiqh classes regarding Siyam (Fasting) every night before Isha prayer.
- Sh. Abdidahir will lead Qiyam prayer every morning starting at 2:30AM. (Suhur is provided)
- With the Taraweeh offered by Sh. Bassam and Qiyam by Sh. Abdidahir, ICC has the intention to make three Khatmas (finish reciting the Quran) Inchallah.
Charlotte-area Muslims commence Ramadan
Observing the fast during daylight is one of the five devotional acts expected of Muslims.
By Tim Funk
On Wednesday night, Muslims in Charlotte ushered in the month of Ramadan.
A time for repentance, fasting and generosity, Ramadan is the holiest month on the Islamic calendar. Observing the fast - from food, drink and sex - during daylight hours is one of the five pillars, or devotional acts, expected of Muslims.
The origins of Ramadan are traced to the prophet Mohammad, who Muslims believe was first visited by the angel Gabriel in caves outside Mecca on the 27th day of Ramadan in the year 610. Those visits continued for more than two decades and resulted in the Quran, which Muslims believe is filled with revelations from God.
Because Islam follows a lunar calendar, Ramadan's start is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon, indicating the beginning of a new lunar month. Ramadan started earlier in some parts of the world.
At sunset each day during Ramadan, Muslims here - estimated at between 12,000 and 15,000 - will gather in homes or at one of the nine or so Charlotte-area mosques to break the fast with large meals called "iftar," beginning with the eating of dates.
Then at the end of the month of Ramadan, probably Sept. 9, thousands of local Muslims will gather at The Park complex, formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart, on Independence Boulevard, to celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the "Feast of Breaking Fast."
This Ramadan, the Islamic Center of Charlotte and the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte are joining to invite non-Muslims to dine and dialogue with them at two open houses.
The first, which is being dubbed "Breaking Bread and Breaking Barriers," will be at sunset on Aug. 22 at The Islamic Center of Charlotte, 1700 Progress Lane.
Then, at sunset on Aug. 29, an open house will be hosted by the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, 7025 The Plaza.
With headlines around the country about how some Christians are opposing the building of new mosques, local Muslims are hoping to defuse any tensions here by inviting non-Muslims to be their guests at the open houses.
"It's always needed," Islamic Center of Charlotte spokesman Jibril Hough says about interfaith sharing of words and meals. "But this year, it seems like it's needed even more."