Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh!
O You who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for You as it was prescribed for those before you, that You may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious – see V.2:2)
— Qur’an [2:183]
The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh In that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months)
— Qur’an [97:3]
Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven (Bukhari, Muslim).
Allah (swt) has given us yet another opportunity to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan in our lives, Alhamdu lillah! This will be the 12th Ramadan at ICBC. Below is a list of programs and activities planned at ICBC during the blessed month, Insha Allah.
Taraweeh prayers will be led by Hafiz Faizullah Bhayat of U. K. As in previous years, he will be assisted by local youth Huffaz during the weekends. We plan to finish recitation of the Holy Qur‘an on the 29th night, Insha Allah.
After four rakah Taraweeh, Hafiz Faizullah will offer a brief talk on the recited verses.
Qiyaam Al-Layl prayers will be held during the last 10 nights. Start time will be announced during the month, Insha Allah.
Following is a list of khateebs arranged to deliver khutbah at ICBC during Ramadan.
May 10th 12:15 pm Br. Qaiser Imam
1:30 pm Ustadh Amjad Mohamed
May 17th 12:15 pm Sh. Attia Omara
1:30 pm Br. Essam Atalla
My 24th 12:15 pm Br. Amjad Odetallah
1:30 pm Sh. Ahmed Momoh
May 31st 12:15 pm Hafiz Faizullah
1:30 pm Hafiz Faizullah
Hafiz Faizullah will offer a khatera every day after Fajr salah, Insha Allah.
Every year, a few brothers have observed I’tekaf at ICBC during the last ten days of Ramadan. We encourage community members to participate in this Ibaadah.
We will have community Iftar/dinners sponsored by generous community members every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those interested in sponsoring Iftar at ICBC may sign their names at the Iftar Sign-Up Sheet posted at the ICBC Bulletin Board.
As in previous years, Sahoor meals will be provided during the last 10 days, sponsored by community members.
In the spirit of environmental conservation, ICBC will provide drinking water though water coolers instead of individual water bottles. We encourage the community members to bring their own reusable water bottles.
During the blessed month, our youth girls will conduct bake sale during weekends to raise funds, to donate for the new Masjid construction and to fund the various activities for the troop throughout the year.
We plan to hold the following activities during Ramadan, Insha Allah:
- Hafiz Faizullah will teach Qur’an to young boys and girls on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. interested parents are encouraged to bring their children at that time.
- Halaqa for sisters by Aalimah Sr. Amina, wife of Hafiz Faizullah, on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
- We will conduct an Islamic Quiz competition every day on various topics, starting this week. The entire month’s quiz Q & A will be posted at the ICBC Web Site.
- Youth Girls Program by Sr Affifa on May 12th; 19th and 26th– June 2- from 6;15 pm to 7:30 pm. Topics include Theology, Seerah, Law, History, Spirituality and Contemporary issues
- Boys Basketball Tournament: 3X3 on May 11th, 2019. Aged 13 to 21. Rules and link for registration will be posted on our website
ICBC has contracted with a local security firm to provide security at our Center during Friday Jumu’ah prayer times and Weekend Islamic School hours (on Sundays) as well as during Taraweeh prayers, Iftar (Fridays through Sundays) and Tahajjud prayer times. Additionally, the Cedar Park Police department has also increased surveillance at our premises throughout the day. May Allah (swt) protect us all, Aameen.
We are also in the process of securing quotes to construct a fence along the Brushy Creek Road side of our premises.
Whereas we are blessed with approx. 230 parking spaces at our Center, a section of the parking lot is being used to store the steel for the new Masjid frame. The entire area is deemed a construction zone and hence off limits for all but authorized personnel only. Please avoid this area and we also urge all parents to ensure they keep their children out of the construction zone.
The new masjid construction is going at full pace, Alhamdu lillah, with an expected completion in 3-4 months, Insha Allah. We will conduct fundraisers in this blessed month towards the ongoing Masjid construction.
It is only by the Grace of Allah (swt) and the overwhelming support of the community that we have been able to continue the various programs and activities at ICBC. The services being offered could not have been possible without your dua’a, financial support, and feedback. The Executive Board humbly requests your continued support as we embark on an ambitious plan for our beloved Center.
May Allah (swt) accept our Ibaadah and grant us His Paradise, Aameen!
Jazak Allah Khairan
The Executive Board
Islamic Center of Brushy Creek (ICBC)
May 5, 2019