In this newsletter
- Friday Talk 1 PM EST: Topic: How The Prophet Fought Domestic Violence
- Muharram: The Real Beginning
- The Beginning of Hijri calendar
- The haven of the first Hijra (migration)
- National Night Out – Meeting Our Neighborly Needs
As Salaam Alaikum
MashAllah, the month of Muharram is upon us. Unlike the new year observances in some cultures, Muharram is a time for contemplation, dhikr and remembering the favors that Allah has bestowed upon us. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Quran, along with Rajab, the seventh month, Dhu al-Qi'dah - the eleventh month and Dhul al -Hijjah, the twelfth month.
Muharram is significant in its establishment of the Islamic community, calendar and the observance of the Day of Ashura within it. During the prophetic age, the Muslim community was persecuted and often sought refuge outside of Makkah. The first exodus of Muslims in 615 ce from the oppression of the powerful Makkan tribes was to the Christian Kingdom of Aksum. The Aksum king opened his kingdom to the Muslim refugees. He offered sanctuary to these new neighbors and protected them while allowing them to freely practice Islam.
The second migration of the Muslim community was in September of the year 622 to the city of Madinah. Later, this migration would be designated as the start of the Islamic calendar as the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the followers of Islam firmly established the first Islamic community.
Let us take this time to reflect on the early formation of our community as well as those who helped these early Muslims along their way. As Muharram begins, the American observance of National Night Out is also this weekend which is a time when neighbors agree to look out for and protect each other. Both of these events demonstrate human connectedness and neighborly concern. Surely, Allah has blessed the community of believers.
And if you should count the favors of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Holy Quran Suratul Naml, Ayah 18
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon us all
Sound Vision Team
The first Tuesday in August, Americans is National Night Out where neighbors gather to know each other, agree to strategies to help protect each other and strengthen relations with local law enforcement. Muslims participation is a form of dawah and religious obligation.
Muharram is the real new beginning. Each year, Muslims around the world experience the first of the month on a different day, in a different manner, and eventually in different seasons.
In AD 638, six years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, Islam's second caliph Umar recognized the necessity of a calendar known as Hijri calendar, to govern the affairs of the Muslims. This was a practical matter.
The first migration [Hijra] of the Companions and relatives of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to Ethiopia celebrates the birth of freedom of expression and beliefs, whereas, the Second Migration of the Prophet Muhammad to the Madinah celebrates the end of oppression.
Friday Talk with Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid has been consistently giving Khutbas every Friday since the lockdown due to COVID began. Although many Masjids have reopened, not everyone has access to the learning opportunity that Khutbas offer, which is why he has continued to offer them. This week’s topic will be
“How The Prophet Fought Domestic Violence " Watch it here.
*** If your masjid is open for Juma with social distancing, that is where you want to be. However, if you cannot, then watch virtual Khutba and then offer with family Zuhr salat together. .