AsSalam Alaikum ICN Family,
In light of the current situation, the CDC’s announcement, the President’s announcement advising people to limit gatherings to no greater than 10 people, and with the ruling of many jurists locally and globally the Islamic Center of Nashville has decided the following:
To suspend prayer services at the 12 South and Bellevue facilities including Jummah Prayer until further notice, meaning that prayer services will not currently be held at these locations.
The Islamic Center advises our families to come with a routine for their children; try to include a spiritual time, a fitness time and an educational time. There are great resources online through nationally recognized learning companies, Islamic podcasts suitable for families and we encourage families to share their resource with others. The Islamic Center of Nashville will place a post on Facebook to allow comments of useful online resources.
This time should also serve as a great opportunity to establish a family prayer time with all members participating and teaching younger ones how to pray, make the call to prayer, and establish a masjid within the home.
The Islamic Center urges its members to notify ICN of any elder and immune compromised persons living alone so that we may do whatever we can to assist.
The Islamic Center will continue to provide services to the community. Please see the website (www.icntn.org) or the Facebook page for services and online classes.
We ask people to lean to their faith and remember Allah. One of the Dua that you can say morning and evening is:
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: "ما من عبد يقول في صباح كل يوم ومساء كل ليلة: بسم الله الذي لا يضر مع اسمه شيء في الأرض ولا في السماء وهو السميع العليم، ثلاث مرات، إلا لم يضره شيء"
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ ) said, "He who recites three times every morning and evening: In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing, nothing will harm him."
In this time of uncertainty, we put our trust in Allah and we seek comfort from our belief. Believers are always in a state of tranquility because part of our belief is that God is watching over all of us at all times.
May Allah give us the joy of praying in the Masjid soon.
Imam Ossama Bahloul PhD
Resident Scholar of ICN
Friday Congregational Prayer outside the masjid
Cancelling the Friday Congregational Prayer in the masjid does not mean that you cannot perform the prayer. According to Al-Jumhor the majority (Al-Hanaf, Al-Shafaia, Al-Hanabila), the prayer can take place outside of the masjid. In terms of how many persons it takes to qualify, the schools of thought will vary. One of the recognized opinions is that 3 men may constitute the minimum number of persons to hold the prayer. Therefor, if you have three men, with the Imam included in that number, you can pray Jummah.
Instructions on how to lead a Jummah prayer
To make it easy, Imam has included the following Khutbah with instructions on how to lead a Jummah prayer.
• The Imam will greet with AsSalam Alaikum
• Another person will make the Adhan
• The Imam will start the khutbah
All praise be to Allah. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad is the servant and messenger of Allah. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad, his pure and noble family, his companions, and all those who follow them till the Day of Judgment.
O you who believe! Revere Allah with due reverence, and do not die except in Submission.
O believers, among the many blessings of Allah is our family. In a time where many of us are spending more time together, we are to remember the value and role of each member. Parenting requires that you protect your children from bad influence and unethical behavior; and to nurture them both spiritually and physically. One of the best ways of influencing your children positively is by being an example. We urge you, therefore, to establish good and kind communication with your children. Your attempt to change their behavior must be done wisely.
We also recommend that you know their friends as friendship is very influential in their life. Resolve their problems with leniency and kindness. May Allah reward those who spend their times with their children raising and guiding them to the right way. We should all be mindful of our beloved prophet’s practice of helping his spouse. Parents working collectively is what our religion expects from us. It is also important for children to recognize the love and care that their parents provide each minute of their life and to show appreciation. A family that works together achieves the most individually and as a group. May God watch over and strengthen our families.
Then do the following steps:
• Sit down
• Start the second khutbah
All praise be to Allah. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad is the servant and messenger of Allah. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad, his pure and noble family, his companions, and all those who follow them till the Day of Judgment. In this time of uncertainty, we put our trust in Allah and we seek comfort from our belief. Believers are always in a state of tranquility because part of our belief is that Allah is always watching over all of us.
• Make a dua for everyone
• Conclude the talk
• Someone makes the iqamah
• Pray 2 rakah together
May Allah make it easy for us to pass this difficult time.
Please read here Full Statement from Imam Ossama Bahloul PhD (March 18 2020) and Statement March 17 2020 , on this matter shared previously.
The ICN is inviting you to the following Weekly Online Classes with Imam Ossama via zoom.
All classes will be accessed through this link : https://zoom.us/j/6153859379
Tue. at 7:30 PM
Wed. at 12:00 PM
Explaining the book Al Waraqt by Imam Al Juwayni (in Arabic)
Wed. at 7:30 PM
Fri. at 7:30 PM
Sun. at 7:30 PM
Please note the these are online live classes. Kindly enter the session promptly at the specific times mentioned above and you will be able to listen to Imam and also ask questions.
Daily 15 Minutes Halaqa with Dr. Issam Eido
Description: Dr. Issam Eido, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt will host online hadith classes for everyone during this difficult time. In these short daily meetings, he will read one hadith related to the time of calamity and crisis, and will provide a short commentary.
Halaqa Title: Morality & Virtues in Calamity Time: Reading in Hadith
Time: Daily from 7:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Start Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Zoom Meeting ID: 933-951-996
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/933951996
Program organized through ICN Bellevue Mosque
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