Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth


NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Check back soon to register!

Aug
18
Aug 20

NWMI Family Camping Trip

  • Clarksburg, MD United States

Nothing says summer like tents under the stars and roasting marshmallows over an open campfire.  Last year’s camping trip was a blast! Let’s get together again for a weekend among majestic trees, winding trails, and each other. Everyone is welcome! This year, we’ll also have a common area for group games, sports clinics, communal meals, and survival workshops!


Pricing:

  • $75 per campsite, dinner included (only 19 sites available)
  • $15 per person for Saturday only without a campsite. Dinner included.

Register today to reserve your site!

Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth


NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Check back soon to register!

Oct
13
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth


NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Check back soon to register!

Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth


NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Check back soon to register!

Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth


NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Check back soon to register!


Jun
25
9:30 am09:30

Eid-ul-Fitr Salat and Celebrations

  • Roliins Congressional Club

(Pending moon-sighting.  Click here to learn more about NWMI's approach to moon-sighting.)

The khutba will be delivered in English by Brother Mahdi Gharavi, educator and co-founder of Oasis Educational Institute where he also serves as an instructor and speaker. After a potluck brunch, children can enjoy a variety of fun-filled carnival style activities. You do not want to miss this wonderful community celebration!

For a guide to Eid Salat click here.

Jun
23
7:30 pm19:30

Outdoor Movie - CANCELED

  • Rollins Congressional Club

***Unfortunately, outdoor movie night has been canceled due to forecasted rain showers. InshaAllah once we have found a suitable time to reschedule, we will share it with the community. Thank you for your understanding.***

Join us under the stars to watch Zootopia together on the big screen! Although Zootopia is a cartoon, it addresses very important issues such as stereotyping, racism, and equality. We encourage all community members to bring a blanket and picnic Iftar for your family. Halal pizza will be available for purchase. Water, popcorn and cupcakes will be provided. 

Jun
18
3:00 pm15:00

Illumination of the Hearts

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

We strive to cast away the distractions of this world in this holy month, making it the perfect time to turn our attention to the remembrance of Allah (swt). The practice of remembrance, dhikr, polishes the heart and brings it to a state of tranquility.  Please join us in this special session which includes basic group remembrance as well as Du'a Mujeer, insha'Allah.  Click here to view and/or print the supplication.  This session is non-denominational and all (including children) are welcome.

Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Community Iftar

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

Join us for a community iftar commemorating the life of Imam Ali (as) featuring a lecture by Zehra Naqvi on lessons about courage and the capacity for change.  This event will include short speeches, songs, poems, and spoken word from our community’s youth!  We invite you to join us for an evening of inspiration through the hearts and minds of our next generation of leaders.  We invite the youth to bring their confidence, curiosity, and inspiration!  Iftar will be provided. 

Click here to register today!

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Zehra Naqvi is a diplomat, attorney, community advocate, and writer. Before serving as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, she worked as a litigator for prominent national law firms based in New York. Zehra has also worked as a programming consultant for national non-profit advocacy organizations and collaborated with a number of organizations on interfaith, intrafaith, and minority-focused initiatives. She has also presented on and written about issues relating to faith, community outreach and civic engagement, and Islamophobia. Zehra’s writings are featured on Huffington Post, Refinery29, and, most recently, in an anthology called Mirror on the Veil, featuring diverse perspectives on veiling.

Jun
11
10:30 am10:30

Hunger Van Social Service Event

  • Potomac Community Center

Islam classifies charity as more than mere acts of giving money, food, and clothing to the needy. It is a great act of worship, and especially significant during the holy month of Ramadan. Come join us in preparing packaged meals for the homeless. We are partnering with Hunger Van to prepare nutritious meals for the homeless. After preparing the meals, volunteers will be needed to distribute the meals in D.C. All ages welcome.

Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

The month the Quran was revealed is the best time to contemplate its meaning. We invite you to join our monthly Quran circle. Each month we discuss specific concepts from the Quran and how to apply them to our everyday lives.  Check out the ayahs we'll be discussing here.

Includes four concurrent youth sessions for ages 1-19. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required. As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome! Iftar will be provided.

Click here to register today!

Jun
7
7:30 pm19:30

Sisters' Yoga and Iftar

  • Potomac Community Center

Come to quiet your mind while nurturing your body through a simple yoga practice led by a certified yoga instructor before we break our fast together. Women of all ages and skill are welcome. (No previous yoga experience is necessary.) Please bring a yoga mat. A potluck dinner will follow. Registration fee: $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Click here to register today! 

 

Jun
2
Jun 3

Youth Ramadan All-Nighter

  • Rockville, MD United States

Ramadan is a time for remembrance and community building.  This year we are excited to offer a new overnight Ramadan experience for male and female youth ages 13-15! Youth will enjoy games, late-night discussions, and great memories with friends as they break fast, pray, and eat suhoor (a pre-dawn meal) together.  
 
Sleeping accommodations will be in separate male and female cabins in an outdoor education center setting. All food is provided between dusk and dawn.  

There is a registration fee of $65 for the first child, and $55 for each additional sibling. Scholarships are available!

Click here to register today!
 
Are you too old to be a camper, but still want to join in on the fun? We are looking for counselors ages 16-19 to help guide activities over both days!  If you would like to apply to be a counselor, please apply here.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

May
26
6:30 pm18:30

Welcoming Ramadan

  • Rollins Congressional Club

Introducing a new location and format! This year, we invite you to join us for a festival ringing in the holy month and bringing ourselves closer to the community and to Allah (swt). A community BBQ, stargazing, and community prayer await all who participate, as well as a series of Ramadan-themed craft stations. Create your own Ramadan lantern or gratitude jar to help remember how many things we have to be grateful for! Dinner will be provided, but we encourage you to bring a side dish to share. 

PLEASE NOTE: All are welcome, but registration is required.  

Click here to register today! 

May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth


NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

Check out the ayahs we'll be discussing here.

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Click here to register today!

Apr
23
2:00 pm14:00

The Je’Nan Hayes Story

  • Rollins Congressional Club
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We are excited to partner with Color of Change to share Je’Nan Hayes’s story. Je’Nan, a member of the NWMI community and student in Montgomery County Public Schools, was denied play time during regional basketball finals because she was wearing hijab. The rule that was cited is so rarely enforced that neither Je’Nan nor her coach had ever heard of it until the championship game. Je’Nan and her family lobbied  the State of Maryland, which agreed this past week to rescind the obscure rule and now allows student athletes that wear head coverings for religious purposes.The fight continues, however, because Je’Nan and her family are working towards having the rule rescinded on the national level.

The event will feature Je’Nan, who will share her story, her mother Salamah (Carlitta), who will share her experiences as a parent, as well as Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Media and Economic Justice campaign manager at Color of Change, who led the digital campaign to support Je’Nan.

This program is free and open to the public. However, we ask that you register in advance to reserve your spot. Please note, as this is a family-friendly event, children are welcome, but there will be no child care provided.

Please register here.

In addition to Je’Nan and Salamah (Carlitta), our panelists include:

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Jade Magnus Ogunnaike is a Media and Economic Justice campaign manager at Color Of Change. As a Los Angeles native and Howard University graduate, she is dedicated to Black liberation and the centering of Black women and girls. In college, she began organizing with the Children's Defense Fund, focusing on youth development and voter registration. Prior to her work at Color Of Change, she worked at several SEIU locals, leading Fight for 15 work, developing alternative organizing structures and worked closely with member leaders.

Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth

We invite you to join us for NWMI’s adult Quran circle. Each month we will discuss specific concepts from the Quran and how to apply them to our everyday lives. In April we will discuss our relationship to the Earth in the Quran.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 1-3, 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts.Parents may drop off their children into their specific program in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities. Pizza will be provided as well.

Please register here.

 

Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth

Want to plan ahead? Mark your calendars for the second Friday of each month! 

NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed  format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras.  As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Check back soon to register!

 

Feb
12
2:30 pm14:30

Civic Engagement Townhall

  • Rollins Congressional Club

Please join us for a civic engagement townhall panel and discussion. We will discuss:

  • The most effective techniques to successfully contact your local, state, and national representatives
  • How to engage with media and journalists on issues that are important to you
  • Details about the recent Executive Order.

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.

Panelists:

  • Iman Awad, former Administrative Director, Office of Governor Martin O’Malley
  • Zaki Barzinji, former White House Liaison to Muslim-Americans
  • Adnan Mohamed, Congressional Staffer
  • Yasmine Taeb, DNC Member; attorney and lobbyist on civil and human rights
  • Manar Waheed, former Deputy Policy Director for Immigration at the Domestic Policy Council at the White House

Note: We are unable to provide a separate childcare program for this event. However, children are welcome to sit with parents.

Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Quran Circles
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Open Gym for Youth

Want to plan ahead? Mark your calendars for the second Friday of each month. Next Program: March 10th

NWMI’s Adult Quran Circle has changed  format. We will discuss specific concepts rather than individual suras. In February we will discuss the concepts of compassion and forgiveness in the Quran. As always these sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Holy Book. Everyone is welcome!

In addition to the adult Quran Circle, there will be four concurrent youth sessions designed for youth ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years old. Each program will involve a combination of age-appropriate activities and discussions focused on important Quranic concepts. Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session. Youth programs are FREE, but registration is required so that we can appropriately plan the activities. To register click here.

Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Volunteers Meeting

  • Rollins Congressional Club

All-Hands: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Youth Only: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are you interested in getting involved in NWMI’s programming? Have you wondered how things get done at NWMI? Do you have talent or passion you want to donate to NWMI? Do you have program ideas you want to share with NWMI?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us for our Volunteers Meeting!   This meeting will explain how NWMI operates, what programs need volunteers and give you a sneak peek on the programs we have planned for NWMI for 2017!!  At this meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to contribute your ideas and volunteer to be involved in a particular program. 

Are you between 12-19 and would like to contribute to programs?  You are welcome to join the All-Hands session, but we have dedicated time to hear from just you!

Nov
26
2:00 pm14:00

Hunger Van Social Service Event

  • McLean Community Center

As we celebrate everything we are thankful for, we also should take some time to assist those in need throughout our community. Please join us with your families as we will spend Saturday afternoon preparing 200 packaged meals for the homeless. We are partnering with the Hunger Van to serve humanity through this important service. Volunteers are needed for both packaging meals and for distributing them afterwards. All ages welcome. Hope to see you there, iA!

Nov
20
4:00 pm16:00

Illumination of the Hearts

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

"...Therefore remember me. I remember you.” (Q 2:152)

Remembrance, as a practice, is a powerful meditational tool that brings peace to the heart and illuminates the heart of the practitioner like the sun. Each month we gather for group remembrance and focus on a few of Allah’s 99 divine qualities (Asma al-Husna).

Please join us in learning about these qualities of the Divine and striving to be a manifestation of them on earth.  These sessions are open to all.

Note: This session has been moved to 4:00 for this weekend only. If you are attending the Post-Election Conversation, please feel free to stay for Dhikr. This session will conclude with Maghrib prayer.

Nov
20
2:00 pm14:00

Post-Election Community Conversation

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

Join NWMI for a post-election community conversation. The purpose of this program is to provide a space to gather, reflect, and learn techniques that will enable community members to address challenges in a positive manner.  The adult program and youth programs will occur concurrently.
 
Dr. John Abd al-Qadir Davies will facilitate a discussion for adults. An expert in peacebuilding, Dr. Davies will offer important lessons for constructively navigating uncertainties that may lie ahead.  

Workshop leaders for the youth program, and their corresponding age groups include: Isabel Guerra-Showkatian (8-11 year olds); Aisha Rahman, Esq. (12-14 year olds); and Taqi Tirmazi, PhD (15-19 year olds).  Each workshop will include a brief presentation followed by open discussion and Q&A to allow the youth to address their own specific needs and challenges.  Older youth will be given information about organizations and resources that can answer future questions and allow them to connect to ally organizations.

Please RSVP here.

Speaker Bios:

John Abd al-Qadir Davies is Co-Director of the Partners in Conflict and Partners in Peacebuilding Projects at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. He has trained thousands of professionals in conflict transformation, prevention and multi-track diplomacy, including political leaders and diplomats, UN peacekeepers, police, educators, religious, traditional and civil society leaders.

Aisha Rahman, Esq. is executive director of KARAMAH and also serves as the head of the organization’s Family Law Division. Rahman came to KARAMAH from Legal Aid of East Tennessee, where she was a staff attorney litigating cases on domestic violence. In her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, Rahman chaired the Social Justice Committee of the Shura (consultative council) at the Muslim Community of Knoxville.

M. Taqi Tirmazi is an associate  professor at Morgan State University School of Social Work.  Over the past ten years, his research has focused on studying the psychological functioning and behavioral health of urban and immigrant youth form a risk and resiliency perspective. His work experience includes early childhood education, social work practice, positive adolescent development, and sports and recreation.

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Isabel Guerra-Showkatian has been a Fairfax County Public School teacher for 22 years and has taught all ages and grades from kindergarten to adult learners.  She has conducted workshops for educators on second language acquisition and has been a teacher mentor.

Nov
13
5:30 pm17:30

Calligraphy Classes with Khalid Casado - INTRODUCTORY CLASS

  • Rollins Congressional Club

To our delight, Professional Calligrapher Khalid Casado is returning to the DC area from Spain, to offer tours of the Freer and Sackler Galleries' upcoming exhibit, "The Art of the Quran". While in the area, he will be offering calligraphy classes to a limited number of participants.

Khalid will be offering a two-session "Advanced Beginners" calligraphy class for students who have previously taken a class with him.

Khalid will also offer a one-time Introductory class for students with little or no experience on Sunday, November 13th.

Join us to try your hand at this sacred art form. All needed supplies including hand-carved bamboo pen, special paper, ink, ink well and silk-likka will be provided.

Please register promptly to reserve your spot!

Fees:

The introductory course fee is $55.

The advanced beginners course fee is $95

Nov
6
4:00 pm16:00

Quran Study Circle

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center


NWMI’s monthly Quran Study Circle is an opportunity to develop our relationship with the Quran through a systematic study of its verses and their interpretations.

During this session, we will discuss Surat-al-Fatiha (#1).

All are welcome to participate, whether you are a newcomer to the Quran or a long-time student of the Holy Book.

Format: We start with remembrance (dhikr) to open our hearts to understanding, followed by the facilitator’s overview of the session’s verses based on existing interpretations and root word analysis. The Circle then opens for discussion and reflection. Everyone is welcome to share their understanding with the group or simply listen to the conversation.

Concurrent Youth Program

While the Quran Study Circle is proceeding, Br. Zeki will lead a youth program involving a variety of engaging activities interspersed with Quranic discussion specifically tailored for boys and girls ages 12-14.
 

Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

Calligraphy Classes with Khalid Casado - ADVANCED BEGINNER (Class 2 of 2)

  • Rollins Congressional Club

To our delight, Professional Calligrapher Khalid Casado is returning to the DC area from Spain, to offer tours of the Freer and Sackler Galleries' upcoming exhibit, "The Art of the Quran". While in the area, he will be offering calligraphy classes to a limited number of participants.

Khalid will be offering a two-session "Advanced Beginners" calligraphy class for students who have previously taken a class with him.

Khalid will also offer a one-time Introductory class for students with little or no experience on Sunday, November 13th.

Join us to try your hand at this sacred art form. All needed supplies including hand-carved bamboo pen, special paper, ink, ink well and silk-likka will be provided.

Please register promptly to reserve your spot!

Fees:

The introductory course fee is $55.

The advanced beginners course fee is $95

Oct
30
10:00 am10:00

Understanding and Combating Racism (Youth Workshops)

  • Embassy Suites

10:00 - 11:30 AM (Ages 12-14)
12:30 - 2:30 PM (Ages 15-19)


We invite youth throughout the NWMI community to this very special youth workshop, which will introduce and explore concepts of racism, aggression, microaggression, allyship, and more. As these topics require different approaches for different age groups, the workshop will be offered in two sessions. Both sessions will be led by Layla Abdullah-Poulos.

All workshop participants will have lunch together and pray between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

The first session, designed for youth ages 12-14, will focus on allyship, tolerance, aggression, microaggression, and bullying. Participants will:

  • Learn about the diversity of the Sahabah in the time of Prophet Muhammad (saws)
  • Explore anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and how it has led to aggression towards Muslims
  • Talk about the many groups of people that comprise the Muslim American ummah
  • Discuss how different racial groups within the Muslim American ummah interact with one another
  • Examine how privilege and oppression play out within the Muslim American ummah
  • Discuss ways to address racism within the Muslim American ummah and be a powerful ally.

The second session, designed for youth ages 15-19, will provide a "Racism 101" course, with special focus on identity and privilege. Participants will:

  • Understand Qur'anic ayat, prophetic narrations, and scholarly sources that are the basis of Muslim Anti-Racism
  • Define internalized, interpersonal and institutional racism, to be able to reflect on the ways in which the three I’s of racism interplay 
    • Participants will be able to chart how dominant narratives allow for the perpetuation of racist policies and practices that lead to real world consequences.
  • Reflect on the effects of systemic racism in their own lives to consider the ways in which they can challenge racism and build multiracial coalitions to counter racial disparities
  • Understand social identities and consider the ways in which intersecting oppressions shape people’s lives
  • Explore ways in which self-assessed privileges may be utilized to provide support for people targeted for oppression
  • Learn basic proficiencies necessary to becoming capable and productive social justice allies and to avoid/rectify common pitfalls

You MUST register for this workshop. Space is limited. If you have successfully registered you will receive a confirmation email that you must bring with you to the workshop.

Session 1 (ages 12-14) is limited to 20 students.
Session 2 (ages 15-19) is limited to 30 students.

Layla Abdullah-Poulos is adjunct faculty at SUNY Empire State College. She holds an MA in Liberal Studies and an advanced certificate in Women and Gender Studies.  Abdullah-Poulos is the project manager for NbA Muslims, a cultural project highlighting the heritages, experiences, and cultural productions of native-born American Muslims of African American, Indigenous, Latinx, and European descent. She also serves as a New York Trainer for the MuslimARC and a US Correspondent for AboutIslam.

Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Faith in Action: At the Intersection of Islam, Race, and #BlackLivesMatter

  • Busboys and Poets

Registration Required!
This event is for ages 20 and above.

NWMI invites you to a presentation and panel discussion at the intersection of Islam, race, and Black Lives Matter (BLM). As we remember the legacy of Imam Hussain (as), who put faith into action to stand against the brutality, intolerance, and hypocrisy of his time, we can see clear parallels with our own modern-day struggles. So, what does that mean for us in daily life? How do we regard BLM among contemporary social justice issues?  Have we examined our own implicit biases?  Can we take a genuine stand against injustices toward our Black brothers and sisters?

Our panel of experts will tackle these questions from both academic and activist perspectives and offer practical ways in which we can take action as a community. Panelists include Donna Auston, PhD candidate at Rutgers University, Layla Abdullah-Poulos, an activist with Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), and Tariq Touré, Muslim artist, activist, and poet. 

Dinner will be provided during this event.

You MUST register for this event.  Space is limited.  If you have successfully registered you will receive a confirmation email that you must bring with you to the event. 

Paid Parking:  There is street parking, a lot across the street, and plenty of underground parking behind the building.

Moderator:

Saafir Rabb II has long worked with members of the US and international communities to represent and promote an effective interface between profitable business and corporate social responsibility.

As CEO of Interculture, Inc. he is a social entrepreneur, community developer, and high-level business advisor who leads a team of problem solvers in work that focuses at the intersection of community and international development. Saafir maintains a strong commitment to social change and urban revitalization.  He served as COO for I Can’t We Can (ICWC), a celebrated community development and drug-rehabilitation organization that has received over 100 awards and citations from state and local officials and peer organizations since its founding more than fifteen years ago.

He served as a consultant to the Obama administration’s transition team for public diplomacy, participates in the Brookings Institute’s US-Islamic World Forum, is a Senior Advisor to the dean of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is a member of the Pacific Council, and a board Member of Educate Girls Globally and Kanye West’s Donda’s House.  Saafir completed a two-year program in Islamic law at the Abu Nour Institute in Damascus, Syria and is a Columbia University Rothschild Fellow for interfaith relations.  He holds a BA from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.  Saafir primarily resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and frequents the Middle East.

Panelists:

Donna Auston is an Anthropology doctoral candidate at Rutgers University, where she also received her BA in Linguistics and Africana Studies. Her research interests include race, ethnicity, media representation, and Islam in America. She has been researching and writing about American Muslim history for nearly two decades, particularly on the African American Muslim community. She has published book chapters on the historical legacy of African American Islam and its relationship to broader Black arts, culture, and protest. Additionally, she has forthcoming book chapters that include works on the intersections between Islamophobia and Black Lives Matter, and a study of the Nation of Islam’s religious transition in the aftermath of Elijah Muhammad’s passing in 1975.
 

Layla Abdullah-Poulos is adjunct faculty at SUNY Empire State College. She holds an MA in Liberal Studies and an advanced certificate in Women and Gender Studies.  Abdullah-Poulos is the project manager for NbA Muslims, a cultural project highlighting the heritages, experiences, and cultural productions of native-born American Muslims of African American, Indigenous, Latinx, and European descent. She also serves as a New York Trainer for the MuslimARC and a US Correspondent for AboutIslam.

Tariq Touré is an Award winning Muslim Artist & Activist born and raised in West Baltimore, Maryland.  With a Master's Degree in Social Work concentrating in Macro practice from Howard University, Toure has paired his renowned creative spirit with lifelong change agency. As a devout writer, Touré's 2016 debut compilation of poetry, "Black Seeds" is ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in African American poetry and Literature, and was the best seller during Black history month in 2016. Hip Hop artist and Lead member of The Roots Black Thought has regarded "Tariq Touré as the Amiri Baraka of this era."
 

Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Calligraphy Classes with Khalid Casado - ADVANCED BEGINNER (Class 1 of 2)

  • Rollins Congressional Club

To our delight, Professional Calligrapher Khalid Casado is returning to the DC area from Spain, to offer tours of the Freer and Sackler Galleries' upcoming exhibit, "The Art of the Quran". While in the area, he will be offering calligraphy classes to a limited number of participants.

Khalid will be offering a two-session "Advanced Beginners" calligraphy class for students who have previously taken a class with him.

Khalid will also offer a one-time Introductory class for students with little or no experience on Sunday, November 13th.

Join us to try your hand at this sacred art form. All needed supplies including hand-carved bamboo pen, special paper, ink, ink well and silk-likka will be provided.

Please register promptly to reserve your spot!

Fees:

The introductory course fee is $55.

The advanced beginners course fee is $95

Oct
16
5:00 pm17:00

Illumination of the Hearts

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

"...Therefore remember me. I remember you.” (Q 2:152)

Remembrance, as a practice, is a powerful meditational tool that brings peace to the heart and illuminates the heart of the practitioner like the sun. Each month we gather for group remembrance and focus on a few of Allah’s 99 divine qualities (Asma al-Husna).

This month we work with the qualities "A-Wahhab" and "Ar-Razzaq." Alwahhab is the One Who gives steadily, lavishly and without moderation, the One Who surrounds His creatures with gifts and blessings without expecting anything. Ar-Razzaq, is the One Who provides human beings with their livelihood, as well as everything they need in their material and spiritual life.

Please join us in learning about these qualities of the Divine and striving to be a manifestation of them on earth.  These sessions are open to all.

Oct
8
6:30 pm18:30

Professor Nasr this Saturday

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

NWMI is pleased to host international scholar and professor, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, for a very special Muharram lecture on “The Universal Message of Hussain.” Dinner will be served following the lecture.

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, and an Islamic philosopher. He has authored over 50 books and 500 articles spanning topics from metaphysics and Islamic philosophy to religion and the environment. Most recently, he led a team of distinguished scholars to publish The Study Quran, a renowned English translation with extensive commentary drawn from a broad range of Islamic sources.

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr received his undergraduate degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also studied metaphysics and philosophy. He went on to receive a master’s degree in geology and geophysics followed by a PhD in the history of science and learning from Harvard University. He held academic positions at numerous institutions, including Tehran University, the University of Edinburgh, and Temple University, prior to his current position at The George Washington University, where he has been since 1984.

Children’s Programs

Two children’s programs will be offered during the lecture and dinner for ages 4-8 and 9-11. Children 12 and up are welcome to join their parents for Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s lecture.

Note: The lecture by Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain that was originally scheduled on this date has been rescheduled due to unforeseen travel delays.


Volunteers Needed! Please lend a hand!

We rely on volunteers to help make our programming a success. To sign up as a volunteer for this or any other NWMI program, please use our volunteer form

 

Oct
2
4:00 pm16:00

Quran Study Circle

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center

NEW Concurrent Youth Program! 

While the Quran Study Circle is proceeding, Br. Zeki will lead a youth program involving a variety of engaging activities interspersed with Quranic discussion specifically tailored for boys and girls ages 12-14.

Please note the new time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM. 

NWMI’s monthly Quran Study Circle is an opportunity to develop our relationship with the Quran through a systematic study of its verses and their interpretations. For this Study Circle, we continue with Surat-al-Muddaththir (#74), ayahs 31-56.

All are welcome to participate, whether you are a newcomer to the Quran or a long-time student of the Holy Book.

Format: We start with remembrance (dhikr) to open our hearts to understanding, followed by the facilitator’s overview of the session’s verses based on existing interpretations and root word analysis. The Circle then opens for discussion and reflection. Everyone is welcome to share their understanding with the group or simply listen to the conversation.

Sep
18
5:00 pm17:00

Illumination of the Hearts

  • Potomac Community Center

"...Therefore remember me. I remember you.” (Q 2:152)

Note: Please note the time and venue change for this month only.

Remembrance, as a practice, is a powerful meditational tool that brings peace to the heart and illuminates the heart of the practitioner like the sun. Each month we gather for group remembrance and focus on a few of Allah’s 99 divine qualities (Asma al-Husna). These sessions are open to all. This month we continue with the qualities Al-Hayy and Al-Qayyum. These two beautiful names of Allah mean The Living and The Self-Subsisting. Please join us in practicing these qualities alongside other beautiful names.

Sep
12
9:30 am09:30

Eid al-Adha Program

  • Rollins Congressional Club

The takbirat will start at 9:45 am, with salat starting promptly at 10:00 am. After Salat we will have a potluck brunch followed by a children's program, where the children will enjoy a Jamaraat sling shot, ZamZam ring toss, and more!

This year's Eid-al-Adha khutba (sermon) will be delivered by Usman Sarwar.

Usman Sarwar has been active in the local Muslim community for nearly 20 years, with a particular focus on developing Muslim youth. He has volunteered with the Islamic Society of Potomac’s annual summer youth camp since 2003, and worked with the DC Council of area Muslim Student Associations, representing the University of Maryland, College Park. He co-founded the First Hijrah youth group in Northern Virginia, and studied Arabic in Damascus, Syria. He later worked as Youth Coordinator and Education Chair at the Muslim Community Center (MCC) in Silver Spring before joining the board as Vice President two years ago.

NOTE: NWMI celebrates with the hajjis and holds salat and celebrations on the day after they stand at Arafat.

A description of how NWMI performs Eid salat can be found here.


Volunteers Needed!

NWMI relies on volunteer assistance to help make our Eid programming a success. Specifically, we are in need of volunteers for the following categories:

Greeters - Greeters are responsible for welcoming attendees to Salat, and would need to arrive at Rollins Congressional Club by 9:15 AM.
Set up - Responsible for helping to set up tables and chairs, balloons, prayer rugs, and food items between 8:00 and 9:30 AM.
Clean up - Responsible for helping clean up trash, take down signage, and gather NWMI items for storage/transportation
Children’s Program - Responsible for manning a pre-planned station. Simple activities that require little experience, such as serving popcorn or heading up the ring toss.
Food Preparation - Responsible for preparing/arranging the food before Salat. This requires being at Rollins Congressional Club by 8:45 AM
Food Servers - Responsible for serving food to children when ready. This should take about 20 minutes.
Hot Beverage Supervision - Responsible for refilling hot water and cups periodically throughout the morning.

 
To sign up as a volunteer for Eid-al-Adha or another NWMI program, please use our volunteer form.