Jun
15
9:45 AM09:45

Eid-al-Fitr Salat and Celebrations

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Pending the sighting of the moon, NWMI will hold Eid prayer and celebrations on Friday, June 15th. 

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 Irfaan Nooruddin. 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.

After salat we will have a potluck brunch followed by a carnival where children will enjoy face painting, moon bounces, and balloon twisting!

REGISTER: While the children’s carnival is free, you will need to register your child for them to participate in the carnival. You may do so here.

There will be plenty of free food and games. Hotdogs and funnel cakes are $2.50 each. Feel free to purchase them in advance (on the registration form) or purchase them onsite. 

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

PAY ZAKAT BEFORE PRAYER: Zakat-al-Fitr should be given for each adult and his/her dependent(s). It is recommended to give the worth of one meal ($8-10) for each individual. Zakat-al-Fitr should be given BEFORE the start of Eid Salat.

NWMI will be giving the fitrah to Muslim Social Service Agency. You can pay online or a collection box will be available on-site if you have not already given your Zakat-al-Fitr.

NOTE: NWMI uses physical sighting of the moon according to the Common Night criteria to determine the start of Eid-al-Fitr. See our moon sighting page for a description of the various methods used to determine the start of the lunar month and NWMI's rationale for using the Common Night method. A description of how NWMI performs Eid Salat can be found here.

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Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Commemorating Imam Ali: Discussion and Iftar

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Join us for a community Iftar commemorating the life of Imam Ali (as) featuring a lecture by Dr. Mohammad Faghfoory 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.


Dr. Faghfoory is a professor and director of the Master’s Program in Islamic Studies at George Washington University.

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Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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Build a relationship with the Quran during this holy month of Ramadan. Join NWMI’s signature Quran Circle with programs for six different age groups, from one-year-olds to adults.

The younger children's Quran Circles are designed to actively engage participants through a combination of storytelling, hands-on activities, and crafts. There will also be a parent-child circle designed for parents and children under four.

Iftar will be provided.

For the month of June, the adult Quran Circle will discuss Rahma (mercy). Check out the ayahs we will be discussing here!

These sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Quran. Everyone is welcome! Register today!

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May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Sisters' Yoga and Iftar

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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 necessary.)

 Please bring a yoga mat. A potluck dinner will follow.

Registration for this event is now closed.

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May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Iftar with Dr. Sachedina & Hajj Hassanain

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We are honored to have two internationally acclaimed speakers, Dr. Sachedina and Hajj Hassanain Rajabali, on one special night.  Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina is a Professor and IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University.  Hajj Hassanain Rajabali is the founder of the WISE Academy and Camp Taha in Michigan, and has dedicated his life to educating and empowering the youth. Please join us for an incredible evening that will be sure to nourish your body, mind, and soul.

Childcare and Iftar will be provided.

Registration has reached capacity for this event.

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May
25
to May 26

Night of Remembrance with Hajj Hassanain

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The holy month of Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and striving to strengthen our spiritual practices. There is something special about spending a night during Ramadan in worship. Please join us for an evening of prayer, remembrance, and fellowship as we gather together from night until suhoor with a special discussion led by Hajj Hassanain Rajabali.

Refreshments will be available in addition to suhoor.

Children are welcome, but no childcare will be provided.

Please register here.

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May
18
to May 19

Youth All-Nighter

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The Youth All-Nighter is an overnight experience geared towards Muslim teenagers (12-18 years old) who want to share Ramadan’s challenges and opportunities with their peers while having fun! The all-nighter will include games, late-night topical discussions with Hassanain Rajabali, night prayers, and building bonds as campers break their fasts, pray, and eat suhoor (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! Please register using the button below.

 
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May
12
5:00 PM17:00

Welcoming Ramadan Family Festival

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Join us for our Second Annual Welcoming Ramadan Family Festival! We invite you to ring in the holy month with NWMI as we bring ourselves closer to the community and to Allah (swt). This fun-filled evening is sure to please all ages, showcasing three different areas: Ramadan in your Heart, Ramadan in your Mind, and Ramadan in your Hands. Create good deed trees, learn about the moon phases and healthy Ramadan food choices, and participate in our service activity that benefits the Children's Inn at the NIH. 


Local vendors will be offering a variety of goods and food items for purchase. Pizza will be provided. We encourage you to bring a side dish or dessert to share with the community. Get into the Ramadan spirit by also bringing canned or non-perishable food items for donation to local food banks. Please register using the button below.

 
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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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Do you want to build a relationship with the Quran and with other members of the community? Would you like an environment where your children and other Muslim children can play and learn together while building their own understanding of the Quran? Join NWMI’s signature Quran Circle May 11th, with programs for six different age groups, from one-year-olds to adults. The younger childrens Quran Circles are designed to actively engage participants through a combination of storytelling, hands-on activities, and crafts. Pizza will be available at 6:45 pm for children prior to their Quran Circle.

For the month of May, the adult Quran Circle will discuss taqwa. 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!

Plan ahead: The next Quran Circle will be held on Friday, June 8th.

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Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Ramadan Prep Goal-setting Workshop

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Start the holy month on the right foot!

In this interactive workshop facilitated by leadership coach Parvez Khan and social work supervisee Fatima Mirza, you will learn to lay a foundation for completing your personal and spiritual goals in advance of the holy month.

Parvez Khan serves corporate and non-profit organizations throughout the DC metro area, teaching participants how to implement new and enlightened approaches to overcoming struggles and achieving goals for Ramadan and beyond.  

Fatima Mirza, PhD, MSW, grew up in Northern Virginia and has been active in the Muslim community throughout her life. She enjoys talking to young people and is interested in capturing their perspectives and helping others hear their voices. Through her master's program in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Mirza worked with young people and individuals who had experienced traumatic events.

Ramadan is a sacred time of personal reflection and deepening spiritual connection. We invite you to join us, and to connect with other DC metro area Muslims who share your anticipation and love for the holy month.  

This program is free, but registration is required. 

 
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Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Leadership and Social Justice: Following Fatima (AS)

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Fatima al-Zahra (peace be upon her), the beloved daughter of the Prophet (saws), left a rich legacy of moral and spiritual examples for us to follow. In honor of her birth, we invite you to join us for a lecture by Afeefa Syeed on Fatima’s example of leadership and her commitment to social justice.

Afeefa served as a Scholar Consultant for the Carter Center, Research Associate with Cambridge University’s Institute on Religion & Global Affairs, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, and Advisory Council Member at the Center for Women, Faith and Leadership. Her work includes innovative education approaches, religion and development, gender inclusion, and integrating cultural context into development and diplomacy. Afeefa Syeed is Head of School and founder of Al Fatih Academy where she develops model educational resources and tools reflecting an integrated approach which nurtures spiritual and learning connections.

The tea luncheon will include short speeches, songs, and spoken word poetry performed by women for women.  Childcare is available for ages 5 and below.

Please RSVP here.

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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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Do you want to build a relationship with the Quran and with other members of the community? Would you like an environment where your children and other Muslim children can play and learn together while building their own understanding of the Quran? Join NWMI’s signature Quran Circle March 9th, with programs for six different age groups, from one-year-olds to adults. The younger childrens Quran Circles are designed to actively engage participants through a combination of storytelling, hands-on activities, and crafts. Pizza will be available at 6:45 pm for children prior to their Quran Circle.

For the month of March, the adult Quran Circle will be discussing Leadership in the Quran. 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!

Plan ahead: The next Quran Circle will be held on Friday, April 13th.

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Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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Do you want to build a relationship with the Quran and with other members of the community? Would you like an environment where your children and other Muslim children can play and learn together while building their own understanding of the Quran? Join NWMI’s signature Quran Circle February 9th, with programs for six different age groups, from one-year-olds to adults. The younger childrens Quran Circles are designed to actively engage participants through a combination of storytelling, hands-on activities, and crafts. Pizza will be available at 6:45 pm for children prior to their Quran Circle.

Join us for a special Mommy-and-Me Circle Time led by Al-Hadi Learning Organization teachers with guest speaker Abida Hussain. Abida will discuss rearing children with unconditional love.

For the month of February, the adult Quran Circle will discuss Love in the Quran. 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!

Plan ahead: The next Quran Circle will be held on Friday, March 9th.

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Jan
28
10:30 AM10:30

Volunteer Meeting

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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 share with NWMI? Are you a teenager who would like to contribute to programs and learn about ways to earn SSL hours?  

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 at the programs we have planned for NWMI for 2018! At this meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to contribute your ideas and volunteer to be involved in NWMI programs.

We look forward to sharing 2018 with you!

 

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Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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Do you want to build a relationship with the Quran and with other members of the community? Would you like an environment where your children and other Muslim children can play and learn together while building their own understanding of the Quran? NWMI’s signature Quran Circle returns January 12th with programs for six different age groups, from one-year-olds to adults. The younger childrens’ Quran Circles are designed to actively engage participants through a combination of story telling, hands-on activities, and crafts. Pizza will be available at 6:45 pm for children prior to their Quran Circle.

Join us for a special Mommy-and-Me Circle Time led by Al-Hadi Learning Organization teachers with guest speaker and licensed therapist Dena Alalfey. Dena will discuss the challenges that moms face in taking care of their needs while attending to the needs of their families. She will also discuss a variety of helpful coping strategies.This program is free, but we ask that you rsvp so that we can properly accommodate the group. Register here.

For the month of January, the adult Quran Circle will discuss Gratitude.  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!

Plan ahead: The next Quran Circle will be held on Friday, February 9th.

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Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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

Save the date! January's Quran Circles will be held on Friday, January 12th.

For the month of December, the adult Quran Circle will discuss the Prophet (saws) in the Quran.  Click here for a list of ayahs we will be discussing.

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

No prior preparation is necessary. These sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Quran.  Everyone is welcome!

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Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrating the Prophet's Birthday

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Join us in this celebration for ALL ages, not just the youth! Adults and older youth can engage in community service projects such as making blankets and care packages for those in need to commemorate the Prophet's sacrifice and care for others. They can also try their hand at Arabic calligraphy, like writing iqra, the first word revealed to the Prophet, under the eye of our guest calligrapher. 

Our youngest community members will cycle through craft stations and games as they learn more about the Prophet's legacy. We will close our evening with a performance from the Zainab Girls, a troupe of Muslim teens who commemorate the Prophet through tabla and song. Dinner, sweets and prizes galore--it's an event you wouldn't want to miss! We look forward to seeing the entire community with us to honor our beloved Prophet (saws). 

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Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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


Save the date! December's Quran Circles will be held on Friday, December 8th. 

For the month of November, the adult Quran Circle will discuss "Religious and Racial Plurality" from a Quranic perspective.

A list of ayahs to be discussed in the adult Circle may be found here

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

No prior preparation is necessary. These sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their personal relationship with the Quran.  Everyone is welcome!

 

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Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Faith in Action: Reflections on Race, Mass Incarceration, and the School to Prison Pipeline

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5:30 PM - Doors open
6:00 - 10:00 PM - Program

Registration is required for this event. Space is limited. If you do not register, you will not be able to attend this program.

This event will include a screening of a documentary that may not be suitable for young children. The directors have suggested viewers should be 16 years and up. Youth ages 13-15 may attend with parents. A separate children's program will NOT be provided for this event.


NWMI invites you to the second installment of the Islam, race, and Black Lives Matter (BLM) series that we began last Arba'een. 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 in the context of tackling contemporary social justice issues?  Can we take a genuine stand against injustices toward our Black brothers and sisters?
 
This year we will be showing the Emmy Award-winning documentary "13th" in full, followed by a panel discussion on the intersections of race, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline within the context of the current political climate.

Our panel of experts will tackle issues from both academic and activist perspectives and offer practical ways in which we can take action as a community. Panelists include Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Howard University Criminology professor; Corey Green, formerly incarcerated activist and co-founder of How Our Lives Link Altogether (HOLLA); and Israel Cason, Founder & President of "I Can't We Can."

Dinner will be provided during this event.

Registration is required for this event. Space is limited. If you do not register, you will not be able to attend this program.

PANELISTS:

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad is a Professor of Criminology at Howard University in Washington, DC. Her classes have won her the title of Professor of the Year 2014 and 2015. Her newest revolutionary course, the only of its kind in the world, "Policing Inside Out," initiated through a partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, brings together law enforcement officers and black millennials to engage in brutally honest dialogue, trust building excursions and critical readings on minority community-police relations.

Cory Greene

Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated co-founder and Healing Justice Organizer with How Our Lives Link Altogether! Cory is currently invested in developing and supporting the development of an inter-generational youth-led city-wide Healing Justice Movement.

 

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Israel Cason is the Founder & President of "I Can't We Can," a Baltimore organization devoted to serving and those suffering from drug addiction. Israel, a former addict, has dedicated the past 20 years to the cause of helping people break addictions, and has changed over 10,000 lives in the process. 

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Building a Relationship with the Quran

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

Save the date! November's Quran Circles will be held on Friday, November 10th.

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

In addition, we are thrilled to welcome Tariq Touré, who will lead our teens' Quran Circle. Tariq Touré is an award-winning Muslim artist and activist born and raised in West Baltimore, Maryland. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University concentrating in macro practice, Touré has paired his renowned creative spirit with lifelong change agency. 

For the month of October, the adult Quran Circle will discuss "speaking truth to power" from a Quranic perspective. 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
23
6:00 PM18:00

Muharram Lecture - Al Husayn: Principles over Power

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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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Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

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
9:45 AM09:45

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

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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
7:00 PM19:00

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
9:30 AM09:30

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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