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ICB Newsletter

 

"...No leaf ever falls but that He knows about it, and there is no grain in the dark layers of the earth, or anything fresh or dry that is not recorded in a clear record." - Holy Qur'an (6:59)

November 2021
Rabi' al-Awwal/al-Thani 1443
A Note from our ICB President 

Assalamu alaikum, dear ICB community,

October was another busy month at ICB. From youth events to weekly Quran series, from interfaith events to winter coat drive for Afghan families we have been blessed with positive engagement and meaningful personal interactions. 

Our work on Afghan family resettlement in Massachusetts continues. As  these families are not being given 'refugee status' yet, they do not receive the federal aid that comes with that status, therefore they are relying on local aid. In response, we have created the "ICB Ansar Taskforce" to help support this effort.  There are details and resources on our ICB webpage, click here.

We are calling on you to help in 3 major ways:

  1. Monetary donations: click here
  2. In-kind Donations: Currently we are having household and baby items drive on Nov 5 & 6 from 12p-3p at ICB: click here
  3. Volunteer support: Especially if you are a pushton or dari/farsi speaker. Email SupportRefugees@icbwayland.org 

Recently, ICB volunteers helped an Afghan brother settle in Cambridge, providing halal food, electronics, and clothes and helped him find work. This Friday we met with members of Crossroad Connections that are looking to host a family in Newton and wanted to learn about Islam and welcomed an Afghan brother at ICB who joined us for friday prayers. In addition, we registered with the International Institute of New England (IINE) as a volunteer and are participating in bi-weekly calls with New England Refugee Relief Task force of Muslim organizations, where we share resources and provide help as needed. Thank you to all those who participated in our winter clothes drive. We were able to send two full vans and are happy to report our coats have already helped an Afghan family with kids. You may email SupportRefugees@icbwayland.org  for more information.


We are excited to share with you a new initiative that Family Matters committee has been working on - a community interactive space on Facebook where ICB members can make new friends, plan informal outings, and reach out for support when needed....anything from finding a nanny or tips on good halal eats and groceries. We invite you to take a moment to join our new Facebook group called, "Let's Connect ICB Wayland!"  Click here to join


On behalf of the ICB Board, I  invite you to  hear all about our work and  future plans by joining the upcoming ICB General Body Meeting. Please mark your calendar for December 12 at 11am. Until then, feel free to  reach out to me at president@icbwayland.org to discuss any feedback or ideas you may have.


Last but not least, as this is the blessed month of our beloved Prophet's (pbuh) birth, we invite you to an afternoon of remembrance with a program of nasheeds, in conjunction with the Islamic Masumeen Center of New England. We hope you can join for this beautiful afternoon at ICB Center, on Nov 7 from 2-5pm (by registration only). 

For the rest of November, please continue to enjoy and benefit from the variety of religious and social programming ICB will be offering as well as opportunities to help as noted in our events calendar below, insha'Allah.

 
Farah Abbas 
President, ICB Wayland
November Events
  • Nov 3, online at 8p: Quran Matters w/Shaykh Khalil
  • Nov 5 & 6 @ ICB, 12-3pm: In-kind donations drop off for Afghan refugees
  • Nov 7 @ ICB at 2-5p: Eid Milad-un-Nabi with Nasheeds (register)
  • ​Nov 10, online at 8p:  Quran Matters w/Shaykh Khalil
  • Nov 13 @ ICB at 9a-2p: APPNE Blood Drive 
  • Nov 14 @ ICB at 2p: Interfaith book club, "Faith of America’s Founding Fathers"
  • Nov 19 @ ICB at 7:30p:  Quran Matters w/Shaykh Khalil
  • Nov 20 @ ICB at 10a-12p:  Potluck Social Brunch (register)
  • All of November: Caitie's Closet is collecting Hijabs and clothes for Muslim students in New England. Collection box is in the ICB lobby  (see below) 
For information about any of these events, please email info@icbwayland.org
*NEW*   ICB Group on Facebook
ICB  invites you to join our new Facebook interactive group called, "Let's Connect ICB  Wayland." This group is designed to create a stronger community and connection among our members:
  • come together, make new friends, plan informal outings
  • reach out for support when needed
  • inquire about finding a nanny or tips on where to find halal groceries and restaurants...and more!
To join the Facebook group, click here.

In addition we invite all members to fill out the ICB Connect Survey Form. This form will help us know who you are, what your needs are, and how you would like to connect with other ICB members. We will be organizing events based on your needs and feedback!
Sunday School
 

Assalamu ‘alaykum ICB Community,

The School recently hosted a series of Class Day events at the Center.  The goal of these sessions was to help our students form friendships, get to know their teachers, and re-establish a connection with the Center.  These events were a great success, thanks to our amazing teachers who received rave reviews for the experience! 

I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of our School Admin, Kris Capezio.  For the past 15 months, Kris has juggled a myriad of responsibilities with enthusiasm, humor, and kindness.  Kris will be leaving us at the end of the semester.  If you know someone who may be interested in this paid, part-time position, please have them reach out to principal@icbwayland.org.


Rabih Shanshiry, Director of Education
 
Youth Group
Salam ICB Wayland and YG, 

Over the past two months, we have had a few introductory events such as the halaqa hike and a kids4peace event. One of the biggest values of ICB Wayland is growing and enriching our community. Growing up as a part of ICB, being part of this community has always impacted my lifestyle greatly, and allowed me to connect to my culture and religion. Youth Group is a way to get teenagers involved in the mosque in a way where they can both learn and grow as Muslims and have fun with people that are similar to them. I decided to join the board because seeing there were only young men on the board, I thought that young women deserve to have representation in a community they are a part of. Being part of the YG Board has allowed me to grow closer with my religion, on a community level, and is allowing me to meet new people. I am looking forward to seeing people at future events, the October hike was beautiful and very enjoyable! Keep checking your emails, Instagram, and Facebook for future events.

Inshallah, we will see you next time!
Zara Sideeka, YG Board Member
 
Looking back at ICB History
The Editor requests reflections from any former ICB Board member, to include in this newsletter. If interested, email info@icbwayland.org. Now, please enjoy some of Br. Naim's memories from his term as ICB President, below. 
 
Assalaamu alaikum,

The theme of my presidency was built on three major activities:
  • Creating a house of worship (Masjad) in addition to the Sunday school which was the core of the ICB establishment at the time.
  • Expanding the facility and resolving parking issues.
  • Creating an Islamic Sunday School curriculum for our youth
  • Finalizing the ICB  By-Laws
Alhamduli'Allah, all work was successfully completed by the efforts of ICB members through committees activities and the blessings of Allah. Also, I served as Principal for Sunday school (2004-2006 and 2007-2008). During this period we established a good curriculum and set an excellent base of organizational staff for the Sunday school. My wife is Dr. Nadia Aljam who is very active in our community. All my three daughters were graduated from Sunday school, finished college, married and I have two grandchildren. I enjoyed serving our community for the sake of Allah, I am retired now and fulfilling the duty of the chairman of Islamic Council interfaith committee.

Naim Assil, ICB President 1992-1995
Collecting Hijabs/Clothing for Muslim Students 
* Caitie's Closet *
"Caitie's Closet" reached out to ICB seeking new or like new Hijabs, scarves and loose, modest American style clothing for impoverished Muslim students (boys and girls), attending public schools, grades KG-12 in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. ICB will be running a collection drive for these items through the month of November.

Please drop off Hijabs, leggings, long dresses, loose pants, long sleeve tunics and modest American clothing for Muslim students (boys and girls), whenever ICB is opened, in the Caitie's Closet box in the ICB Social Hall.  

For questions about drop off to ICB:  info@icbwayland.org
To read about the mission of  Caitie's Closet, click here

 
Domestic Violence Awareness
Sister Dina Sorour represented ICB Wayland at the community vigil against domestic violence, organized by  Wayland Interfaith Leaders Association (WILA) on October 5th  at First Parish Church in Wayland. In her speech, Dina gave the following important reminders for us all: 
  • Islam enjoins us to fight oppression and to uphold justice.
  • When people transgress these divine decrees, we end up with situations like domestic violence.
  • It is important to breed compassion and empathy within the community, to prevent people from becoming potential abusers who lack both.
ICB is committed to Anti-Racism, Social Justice and Countering Islamophobia
"Another of His signs is the creation of the heavens and earth, and the diversity of your languages and colors. There truly are signs in this for those who know." - Holy Quran (30:22)
  
ICB has been invited by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committees of various local Towns to present our efforts to promote anti-racism and social justice. We have also used these opportunities to educate Towns about actions they might take to support Muslims residents and public school students, against Islamophobia.  If you would like to help arrange for ICB to present  to your town's DEI or Human Relations committee, please email: info@icbwayland.org

Visit ICB's Social Justice webpage: Click here
Salatul Jum'ah - Friday Prayers
In-person at ICB. No registration needed. Masks required. 
 
We Live-Stream and archive Jum'ah Khutba, online: 

DUA (PRAYER) REQUESTS
To request dua to be read after Friday Prayers, for someone in the community, due to illness or death, please click here.
Quran Matters Series
Shaykh Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid
Now through Dec 29, 2021 (weekly)
 
  • Nov 3, online @ 8-8:30p: Upholding Justice – (Quran 4:135 & 5:8) 
  • ​Nov 10, online @ 8-8:30p: Luqman’s Advice to his child (Quran 31: 12 – 19) 
  • Nov 19, join us at ICB @ 7:30-9p: Surah al-Kahf (The Cave) 
Zoom: click here
Live Stream on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/icbwayland
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