Haiti Earthquake Relief

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

LearnAboutIslam.org is encouraging donations to Dar-us-Salaam’s Haiti Earthquake Relief drive. All donations will go to Islamic Relief USA, which is working with various other aid groups to help the survivors.

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Islam Growing in Haiti

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Islam is growing rapidly in Haiti, with about 5000 Muslims living in the earthquake-devastated nation among a population of 8 million.
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Why Niqab?

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment
Many people are curious about the niqab (pronounced “knee-cob”), or face veil, worn by some Muslim women. Women who wear the niqab get a range of reactions, from simple stares of curiosity to the occasional derogatory remark. Through the following links we explore a few reasons why some women choose to cover their face.

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How Muslim Inventors Changed the World

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Did you know that the modern check comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported across dangerous terrain? In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a check in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad. This innovative idea, and many other everyday modern conveniences originated in the Muslim world. Discover the forgotten history of this and many other inventions at 1001Inventions.com.

Source: article in The Independent about Muslim inventions.

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Hajj Photos, Thoughts

December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Sharing a few beautiful pictures and some articles on this year’s annual pilgrimage to Makkah, known as “hajj”. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and is a rite that is required of all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of it. The rituals of hajj bring together Muslims from around the world in worship of God, who is called “Allah” in Arabic. Through these actions we are also reminded of Abraham (known as “Ibrahim” in Arabic), who built the first house of worship to Allah, which is the Kaaba in Makkah. The Kaaba is a square stone structure covered with a black cloth. It is a direction point for Muslims worldwide when they pray, and to walk around this house of worship is part of the rituals of hajj. The rite of walking around the Kaaba is one of the well-known images of hajj.

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Help the Hungry, Directions to soup kitchen’s new location

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

For those who are volunteering today at the Thrive DC soup kitchen as part of our Help the Hungry program, below is the address and info on how to get to the new location.

By metro:
It’s at the Columbia Heights metro stop on the green line.

Metrorail map:
http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm

By car:
The address is: 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington DC, 20001.

Driving directions from the church’s website: http://www.saintstephensdc.org/directions.html

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Hajj Workshop 2009 files

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are the files for this year’s hajj workshop, available in two parts as pdf files.

Hajj slides pdf part 1

Hajj slides pdf part 2

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