Ramadan 1438 Reflections

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh!

ALL PRAISE BE TO ALLAH (SWT) who blessed us with yet another opportunity to worship Him during the blessed month of Ramadan, Alhamdu lillah!  This was the 10th Ramadan at ICBC and it was yet another memorable one for us.  We were privileged to have the services of Hafiz Asim Thanwi from Houston who led taraweeh prayers at our masjid.  With the rapid growth of our community, a record number of people attended prayers at our Center, Masha Allah.  On some taraweeh nights and Jumu’ah prayers in this holy month, the Men’s prayer hall, the Men’s deck and the Men’s Tent were full; which would translate to about 300 Men.  So many sisters attended ICBC during Ramadan that the Sisters’ hall as well as the newly converted Sisters rooms was full.
Taraweeh prayers were led by Hafiz-ul-Qur’an—Hafiz Asim Thanwi, assisted by our community youth huffaz—Hafiz Abdullah Mohseen and Hafiz Luqman Haroon.
The Hafiz completed recitation of the Holy Qur‘an on the 29th night followed by beautiful dua’a by Sheikh Yassir and Hafiz Asim.  After taraweeh, mouth-watering refreshments were provided by local Muslim owned businesses and generous community members.
Qiyaam Al-Layl prayers were led during the last 10 nights by Hafiz Asim Thanwi and Sheikh Yassir Fazaga.  It was a wonderful experience to have so many men, women, and children attend Qiyaam prayers at our masjid.
Jumu’ah Khutbahs during the blessed month were delivered by Br. Amjad Mohammed, Br. Essam Atalla and Sheikh Yassir Fazaga.
Every day after Fajr salah and during Taraweeh prayers, Sheikh Yassir Fazaga gave short yet beneficial khateras, focusing primarily on the ayahs from the Qur’an recited during taraweeh.
Some community members observed I’tekaf at ICBC during the last 10 days of Ramadan. May Allah (swt) accept their Ibaadah, Aameen.

We had Iftar/dinners sponsored by generous community members every Saturday and Sunday, and on June 23rd.  We had a potluck Iftar on June 24th.A record number of people attended Iftar/dinner at ICBC this year; about 450 people on some days.Several sisters volunteered for Iftar and dinner setup at the sisters’ side.  For the Men’s side logistics, the Shura Council members were split into four groups and were assigned responsibilities each weekend.We had community members donate several cases of water and boxes of dates.Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all the sponsors and our dedicated volunteers!

During the last 10 nights, Sahoor meals were provided by a few families and a local Muslim-owned restaurant, at the end of Qiyaam al-Layl prayers.  Jazakum Allahu Khairan to the sponsors!

We had special programs geared towards youth during Ramadan.

We held an Islamic Quiz contest every day on various topics.  Prizes were given out every week and grand prizes were given at the end of the month.  The entire month’s quiz Q&A will be posted at the ICBC Web Site.

We had the following weekly programs for youth.

  • “Welcome Ramadan” (Lecture + Quiz with prizes) for Boys & Girls (12 and Up)
  • “Find Dua in Every Ayah of Quran” (Interactive) for Boys & Girls (12 and Up)
  • “Qur’an & Science” (Interactive) for Boys & Girls (12 and Up)
  • “Open Youth Talk” (Real Issues & Solutions) for Boys & Girls (12 and Up)
  • Girls Henna activity

Sheikh Yassir conducted an interactive session with youth boys and girls after Khatam-ul-Quran on the 29th of Ramadan.

Adults and youth played cricket after 8 rakah taraweeh on weekends.

We conducted a soccer training camp for 8-12 years old boys after 8 rak’ah taraweeh on weekends.

Sr. Anjum, a member of the ICNA Sisters’ Wing, conducted Qur’an classes in Urdu for community sisters in the month of Ramadan.  The class was held after Dhuhr salah during weekdays.  Jazakum Allahu Khairan to the sister for her dedication to the teaching of the Noble Qur’an.

During the blessed month, our youth girls conducted bake sale during two weekends to raise funds for the new masjid construction.  About $4,100 was raised from the sale and matching donations from generous community members.  Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all the community youth girls and their parents for their participation as well as to the general community for their support of this great initiative by our youth.

Zakat al Fitr was collected at ICBC and the funds have been disbursed to the needy.

In preparation of Ramadan, we performed several facility improvements.

  • Children’s Playground Upkeep – Added Mulch; Re-stained the play structure;
  • Installation of additional lighting in the area immediately outside the prayer halls;
  • Steam cleaned the carpets; and
  • Pest control treatment

Most importantly, we erected tents for use by Men as prayer overflow area.

Earlier this year, we converted the Men’s deck to an enclosed room and the Sisters’ deck was covered and carpeted.  The newly completed room (previously Men’s deck) was assigned for sisters’ use.  The covered deck (previously sisters’ deck) was used by Men.
Throughout Ramadan, a professional cleaning crew was contracted to clean the masjid on a regular basis.

This was the first Ramadan during which we got to fully utilize the new parking lot.  Yet, with the rapid growth of our community, all 230 parking spaces were occupied on some days, SubhanAllah!  We had secured permission from our neighbor to use their lot to park cars on the Ramadan 29th night.

With the parking lot lighting work completed and additional lighting installed, our premise was well lit up, Alhamdu lillah.

We had regular contact with the Cedar Park Police department and requested increased patrol of our premises, particularly at nights, throughout this blessed month.

With so many new faces at ICBC this Ramadan, we encouraged members to sign up for ICBC membership and other features such as email and SMS text service.  Several people joined, Alhamdu lillah.

The ICBC Da’wah & Outreach Committee held bake sale by youth during the weekends of June 17th.  It included baked goods, face painting, henna, and non-edible goods, and a hijab drive with the teen girls.  Approx. $2,700 was raised from sales as well as donor matching.  Proceeds were donated to the NAMCC food pantry project to provide food for those in need in the Austin Metropolitan community.

We also conducted a drive to collect food for baskets to be delivered to families in need throughout this blessed month, InShaAllah.  Collection boxes and a list of all requested items to complete a basket were placed at the Men’s and Sisters’ prayer areas.  We distributed 32 food baskets.  In addition, about 409 lbs of food (equivalent to 341 meals) was donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.

We conducted several fundraisers during the blessed month towards the next phase of the master plan—Masjid construction.  We also held a fundraiser to install security fence around our premises.  On June 23rd, we shared the great news that we had secured the building permit to start construction work on the new masjid, Alhamdu lillah.  The community support at the fundraisers was truly overwhelming!  We raised approx. $325K in pledges and donations during this blessed month.  May Allah (swt) reward you and your families by multiplying manifold your generous donations and effort, Allahumma Aameen.

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!

The Shura Council

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