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ICM Raises $87K, Hopes for Building Permit Soon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hena Zuberi, Muslim Link Staff Reporter   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:07

ICM (Islamic Center of Maryland) held its annual Ramadan fundraiser at Bohrer Park in Germantown, MD on Saturday, July 13th to raise money for their building expansion project. The event drew in a crowd of close to 200 community members that were eager to take part in the masjid’s efforts.

The youth of ICM began the event, giving a presentation about how much the masjid has impacted their lives, and how much they believe it is important for Muslim youth to have a center like ICM that connects them to their faith.

Members of ICM’s board of trustees then went over what the new building will include. The completed building will be over 45,000 square feet, one of the largest in the area, and will have classrooms for the full time school ICM plans to open. A gymnasium, commercial kitchen, library, health clinic, food bank, daycare, conference hall and media room will also be included in the building. The new building will allow ICM to accommodate for a bigger congregation and hold bigger and better community events.

The masjid has been planning their expansion for years; however, the wheels were finally set into motion in early 2008, and in April 2013 ICM began to clear the lot behind their masjid to use for various recreational and educational activities.

ICM’s master plan requires close to $9 million, out of which they have raised $2.7 million. The masjid’s building permit is being evaluated by the county, but ICM’s board of trustees hopes that they will obtain their permit in the next couple of months and begin building their new masjid.

Yaseen Shaikh, Imam of ISB (Islamic Society of Baltimore) conducted the fundraiser on behalf of ICM. Shaikh told the story of Salman Farsi, a young man that went great lengths to find faith before converting to Islam and becoming a companion on the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam. Shaikh’s story connected back to the group of people ICM is expanding their masjid for: the youth.

ICM believes that it is very important for masajid to be youth oriented to support the young Muslims that are slowly losing ties with Islam. The masjid hopes that their new masjid will provide the Muslim youth in the area with a foundation of Islam that will keep them connected with their faith.

Over $87,000 were raised that night. Iftar, Maghrib and dinner followed the fundraiser; guests helped themselves to food catered by Eastern Kabob House. ICM is thankful for such successful event made possible by the support of the community. The efforts of the Gaithersburg area Muslims are bringing ICM closer and closer to their goal.

Blessings of Ramadan Show As ISG Finally Breaks Ground PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wafa Jawad, Muslim Link Staff Reporter   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:33

After years of planning and meetings with the county, ISG (Islamic Society of Germantown) held its Groundbreaking ceremony on July 27, 2013 at the site of their new masjid building on Blunt Road behind the Fox Chapel shopping center in Germantown.

Smaller Team DC Takes Second Place at MIST Nationals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wafa Jawad, Muslim Link Staff Reporter   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:15

Maryland, DC and Virginia students faced off against some of the brightest youth of the nation at MIST (Muslim Interscholastic Tournament) Nationals held this year in Detroit the first weekend of July.

Young Manassas Imam Is All About Youth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hena Zuberi, Muslim Link Staff Reporter   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:09
The Muslim Link interviews Mufti Asif Iqbal, the imam of Manassas Muslim Association. In his thirties, Imam Iqbal has been the imam of MMA since 2004.

TML: Where did you study?

I did my hifdh (memorization of Quran) in New Orleans, they used to have a madrassah there. Then I went to Dar ul Uloom Madani in Buffalo, New York to get my ‘alim degree. From there I went to Hyderabad, India to Al Mahad Ul Aliyah al Islami to do my ifta course. In 2004 I started my tenure here at MMA. I grew up in Baltimore, MD but I was hardly home as I was away at school. I commuted from Baltimore for a few years as my father was in a coma. He passed away in Dec 2005 and then I moved here to Manassas. I have led salah at Islamic Society of Baltimore, they know me quite well.

TML: Tell us about your family.

I am married with two boys. My older one is 6 years old, Saad Iqbal. He is memorizing the Quran from the Quran Program in Springfield, VA. He has memorized 7 juz already. He is in 3rd grade, my wife homeschools him. My younger one is starting kindergarten. My wife, Azizah, is also an ‘alimah. She graduated from Dar al Uloom Madaniyah and teaches classes for women and children. 16-17 students come everyday after school to learn from her from the local community. On the weekend we have alim classes for adults, Arabic grammar classes and a Friday Halaqah that my wife and I conduct together. We also do programs for men and women over different issues ie. virtues of zakah, preparing for Ramadan etc. There is a lot more that we have planned but we hold back due to a lack of space.

One of my brothers is an imam in Louisville, KY, and my other brother is a teacher in the institute in Buffalo, NY.

TML: What are your plans for youth?

We cannot call the youth and tell them that come here and listen to a lecture. As long as they are praying and coming to masjid. I have seen all the youngster in my brother’s community come hang out at the masjid. They play volleyball, basketball, even cricket. I just get the youth come in, sit down, go out and eat. While you are interacting with them then you teach them. There is no specific place for them to come right now. InshaAllah with the new facility they will have a space for themselves.

TML: What is your leadership style?

We are all evolving into lthe kind of eaders that the community needs. Without the crossing the bounds of shariah, we try to make it easy for people. I try to keep that in mind. When I am in the masjid I keep the limits in mind while addressing the congregation. I say lets get them involved and then educate them. We are all growing.

Alhamdulillah when you have a traditional scholar a lot of time there is a lot of friction with the management and the board, but Alhamdulillah, I have no problems and I thank Allah for this. Anything that is a management decision, I leave it up to them and anything that is comes to shariah or religious issue then they defer to me. It goes hand and hand. Any religious matter that needs addressing goes through me, even if it is urgent, they say no we have to consult the imam. 

We have had some new converts but our mussallas capacity is literally 30 people and we have not advertised it yet.
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