Sep
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Muharram Lecture - Al Husayn: Principles over Power

This coming week begins the holy month of Muharram, the first month of the Hijri calendar and one of the four sacred months alluded to in The Holy Quran. The month brings many important opportunities for reflection and deepening of one's spiritual connection to the lives and lessons of the Prophet (SAWS) and Imams (A.S).

As we mark the beginning of the month of Muharram, we invite you to join us on Saturday for a special lecture from Irfaan Nooruddin on the teachings of Imam Al-Husayn ibn Ali (A.S).

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Irfaan is a financial consultant and faith leader in Washington, D.C. where he lives with his wife and daughter. He studied the basic Islamic Sciences under Shaykh Khalil Al-Majdalawi, former Dean of the College of Principles of Religion & Islamic Call at Abou Noor University in Damascus, Syria. With a mission of "inward excellence and outward service to the community" Irfaan is a founding member of the Al-Madina Institute and serves on the board of the Yaro Collective.


A children's program for youth ages 10 years and younger will be provided by teachers from the Al-Hadi Learning Organization. Dinner will follow the lecture.

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Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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!

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Nov
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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!

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Dec
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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!

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Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

Join us for our next Quran Circle! We offer six different age groups from one-year-olds to adults. The younger children's Quran Circles are designed to actively engage the children through a combination of story telling, interactive activity, and crafts. The program for our youngest community members (1 - 4-year-olds) is implemented by teachers from the Al-Hadi Learning Organization.

Parents may drop off their children in these programs in order to attend the adult session.  Pizza is provided at the beginning of the program. Quran Circles end at 8:30 pm and children are welcome to play in the open gym with their friends until 9:30 pm.

For the month of September, the adult Quran Circle will be discussing Social Justice.  Check out the ayahs we will be discussing here.  No prior preparation is necessary. These sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Quran.  Everyone is welcome! Youth programs are FREE, but please register so that we can appropriately plan the activities.  Register today!

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Sep
1
9:45am 9:45am

Congregational Eid Salat and Celebrations

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

The takbirat will start at 9:45 am, with salat starting promptly at 10:00 am. The khutba (sermon) 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.

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

After Salat we will have a potluck brunch followed by a children's program, where the children will enjoy hajj-themed carnival games, including a Jamaraat sling shot, ZamZam ring toss, and more!

NWMI will also be conducting a school supply drive for Syrian refugees in the area in conjunction with Mozaic, a local nonprofit organization. Please bring pencils, notebooks, erasers, or other school supplies to help fill the backpacks of children in need. 

VOLUNTEER: We rely on volunteers to help make Eid a success. Sign up here.

REGISTER: Please take a moment to let us know you're coming by registering for our Eid salat and children's carnival here. While the children’s carnival is free, you will need to register your child for him/her to participate in the carnival. There is a suggested donation of $10 to assist with the cost of the event. 

 

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Aug
18
to Aug 20

NWMI Family Camping Trip

  • Clarksburg, MD United States (map)
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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!

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Aug
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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 will 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!

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Jun
25
9:30am 9:30am

Eid-ul-Fitr Salat and Celebrations

(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.

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Jun
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Outdoor Movie - CANCELED

***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. 

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Jun
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

Illumination of the Hearts

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.

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Jun
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Iftar

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.

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Jun
11
10:30am10:30am

Hunger Van Social Service Event

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.

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Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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!

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Jun
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sisters' Yoga and Iftar

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.

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Jun
2
to Jun 3

Youth Ramadan All-Nighter

  • Rockville, MD United States (map)
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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.

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May
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Welcoming Ramadan

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! 

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May
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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!

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Apr
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Je’Nan Hayes Story

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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.

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Apr
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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.

 

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Mar
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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!

 

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Feb
12
2:30pm 2:30pm

Civic Engagement Townhall

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.

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Feb
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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.

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Jan
28
10:00am10:00am

Volunteers Meeting

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!

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Nov
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Hunger Van Social Service Event

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!

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Nov
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Illumination of the Hearts

"...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.

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Nov
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Post-Election Community Conversation

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.

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Nov
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

Calligraphy Classes with Khalid Casado - INTRODUCTORY CLASS

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

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Nov
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

Quran Study Circle


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.
 

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Nov
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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

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Oct
30
10:00am10:00am

Understanding and Combating Racism (Youth Workshops)

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.

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Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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."
 

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