Islamic Cultural Foundation Of America (ICFA)

Masjid Al-Muhajireen Wal-Ansar

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The Islamic Cultural Foundation of America (ICFA) is an innovative 501(c)(3) organization that exists to promote and support….

Executive Summary

The Islamic Cultural Foundation of America (ICFA) is an innovative 501(c)(3) organization that exists to promote and support family self-sufficiency and well-being, and to facilitate community empowerment amongst the population in and around Staten Island, with a focus on serving a diverse community of Muslims and non-Muslims. Supporting the development of confidence, employability, and self-sufficiency in a culturally sensitive, inclusive environment, ICFA provides many local individuals and families with a thorough foundation for future success.

Our Mission

The mission of this organization is to develop spiritual, cultural, intellectual, and physical resources to foster family stability, to promote communal and societal advancement with diligence and excellence.

Our Vision

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Volume 4, Book 54, Number 416 :

 

Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah’s Apostle said, “When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, “My Mercy overpowers My Anger.”Sahih Bukhari

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 90 :

 

Narrated by Abu Mas’ud Al-Ansari

Once a man said to Allah’s Apostle “O Allah’s Apostle! I may not attend the (compulsory congregational) prayer because so and so (the Imam) prolongs the prayer when he leads us for it. The narrator added: “I never saw the Prophet more furious in giving advice than he was on that day. The Prophet said, “O people! Some of you make others dislike good deeds (the prayers). So whoever leads the people in prayer should shorten it because among them there are the sick the weak and the needy (having some jobs to do).”Sahih Bukhari.

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 669 :

 

Narrated by Jundub

Allah’s Apostle said, “Amongst the nations before you there was a man who got a wound, and growing impatient (with its pain), he took a knife and cut his hand with it and the blood did not stop till he died. Allah said, ‘My Slave hurried to bring death upon himself so I have forbidden him (to enter) Paradise.”Sahih Bukhari

Volume 9, Book 91, Number 360 :

 

Narrated by Anas

The Prophet said, “For every nation there is an Amin (honest, trustworthy person) and the Amin of this nation is Abu ‘Ubaida.”Sahih Bukhari.

Remove from your human traits every trait that contradicts your status of slavery, so that you become able to answer The Lord’s call, and come close to His presence

Remove from your human traits every trait that contradicts your status of slavery, so that you become able to answer The Lord’s call, and come close to His presence

 

The Book Of Wisdoms

Volume 3, Book 49, Number 857 :

 

Narrated by Um Kulthum bint Uqba

That she heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.”Sahih Bukhari

Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 42, Number 614 :

 

Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar

Allah’s Apostle said, “An animal should not be milked without the permission of its owner. Does any of you like that somebody comes to his store and breaks his container and takes away his food? The udders of the animals are the stores of their owners where their provision is kept, so nobody should milk the animals of somebody else, without the permission of its owner.”Sahih Bukhari.

Orbits of the Universe

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Orbits of the Universe
Introduction:
 An amazing fact that was revealed by the Quran 1400 years ago:
 – Before the invention of telescopes, satellites or any machine that allowed humans to observe  outer space the holy Quran made it clear more than once that everything in this universe has an orbit in which it rotates, this article will show the verses from the Quran which describe this and what modern science has discovered.
 *The sun and the moon both move in orbits:
Quran:
“And He it is Who has created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each in an orbit floating.” Surah Al Anbia’ verse: 33
“And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk. It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit.”  Surah Yasin verses: 38-40
These previous verses from the Quran state clearly that the sun and moon move in predetermined orbits,
Modern science:
-According to the calculations of experts on astronomy, the sun is traveling at the enormous speed of 720 thousand kilometers an hour in the direction of the star Vega in a particular orbit called the Solar Apex. This means that the sun travels roughly 17 million and 280 thousand kilometers a day. Along with the sun, all planets within the gravitational system of the sun also travel the same distance. In addition, all the stars in the universe are in a similar planned motion.
-The Moon is 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles) distant from the Earth. Its diameter is 3,476 kilometers (2,160 miles). Both the rotation of the Moon and its revolution around Earth takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes.
*The entire universe is full of paths and orbits:
Quran:
“By the sky full of paths and orbits.” Surah adh-Dhariyat verse: 7
In this verse Allah swears by the sky which is full of paths and orbits to prove to who reads the Quran the truth of his words.
 Modern science:
There are about 200 billion galaxies in the universe consisting of nearly 200 billion stars in each. Most of these stars have planets and most of those planets have satellites. All of these heavenly bodies move in very precisely computed orbits. For millions of years, each has been “swimming” along in its own orbit in perfect harmony and order with all the others. Moreover, many comets also move along in the orbits determined for them.
The orbits in the universe do not only belong to celestial bodies. The galaxies also travel at enormous speeds in computed, planned orbits. During these movements, none of these celestial bodies cut across another’s path, or collide with another. Indeed, it has been observed that some galaxies pass through each other with none of their components touching each other.
Halley’s Comet:
Like many other comets in the universe, Halley’s comet, also moves in a planned orbit. It has a specific orbit and it moves in this orbit in a perfect harmony with other celestial bodies. All celestial bodies including planets, stars, and even galaxies have their own orbits that have been determined with very delicate computations. The One Who established this perfect order and maintains it is God, Who created the entire universe.
Conclusion:
Surely at the time the Quran was revealed, humankind did not possess today’s telescopes or advanced observation technologies to observe space in a range of millions of kilometers, nor the modern knowledge of physics or astronomy. Therefore, at that time, it was not possible to determine scientifically that space is “full of paths and orbits” as stated in the Quran. However, this was openly declared to us in the Quran that was revealed at that time, because the Quran is the word of God.
source: factsofarabs.net

Islam gives us real peace

Islam

icfaQuranIslam gives us real peace

 

“The messenger of Allah said: “Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so.” He said: ” You have spoken rightly”, Jebreel (Gabriel) from Number 2 of “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.”
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The words Islam, Muslim andsalaam (peace) all come from the Arabic root word “Sa – la – ma”. It denotes peace, security, and safety.  When a person submits to the will of God he or she experiences an innate sense of security and peacefulness.Salaam is a descriptive word that entails more than tranquillity and calmness; it also encompasses the concepts of safety, security and submission.  In fact, Islam in the complete sense means submission to the One God who grants us safety, security, peace and harmony. This is real peace. Muslims greet each other with the words ‘Assalam Alaikum’. These Arabic words mean ‘May God grant you protection and security (real and lasting peace)’.  These brief Arabic words let Muslims know that they are among friends, not strangers.  This greeting encourages believers to be a worldwide community unencumbered by tribal or nationalistic loyalties and bound together by peace and unity. Islam itself is inherently associated with inner peace and tranquillity.

“And those who believed (in the Oneness of God and His Messengers and whatever they brought) and did righteous deeds, will be made to enter Gardens under which rivers flow, – to dwell therein for ever (i.e. in Paradise), with the Permission of their Lord.  Their greeting therein will be,salaam!” (Quran 14:23)

5.    Islam allows us to know God

The first principle and focal point of Islam is belief in one God, and the whole of the Quran is dedicated to this.  It speaks directly about God and His Essence, Names, Attributes and Actions. Prayer connects us to God, however truly knowing and understanding the Names and Attributes of God is an important and unique opportunity, one that is only available in Islam. Those who do not make the effort to really know God may find the nature of their existence puzzling or even distressing. A Muslim is encouraged to remember God and be grateful to Him and a person can do this by contemplating and understanding God’s beautiful Names and Attributes.  It is through this that we are able to know our Creator.

“God!  (None has the right to be worshipped but He)!  To Him belong the Best Names.” (Quran 20:8)

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to God, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names…” (Quran 7:180)

6.    Islam teaches us how to care for the environment

Islam recognises that human beings are the custodians of the earth and all that is on it, including vegetation, animals, oceans, rivers, deserts, and fertile land.  God provides us with the things we need to survive successfully and flourish, but we are obligated to care for them and preserve them for future generations.

In 1986 Prince Phillip the then president of the World Wildlife Fund invited the leaders of the world’s five major religions to meet in the Italian city of Assisi. They met to discuss how faith could help save the natural world, the environment. What follows is from the Muslim statement in the Assisi Declarations on Nature:

Muslims say that Islam is the middle path and we will be answerable for how we have walked this path, how we have maintained balance and harmony in the whole of creation around us.

So unity, trusteeship and accountability, that is Tawhid (Oneness and uniqueness of God), Khalifah (Vicegerent) and Akhirah (Hereafter), three central concepts in Islam, are also the pillars of the environmental ethics of Islam. They constitute the basic values taught by the Qur’an. It is these values which led Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, to say: ‘Whoever plants a tree and diligently looks after it until it matures and bears fruit is rewarded.’

For all these reasons Muslims see themselves as having a responsibility towards the world and the environment, all of which are the creations of Allah.

Unlike many other religions, Muslims do not have any specific festivals in which they give thanks for the harvest or the world. Instead they give thanks to Allah regularly for his creation.[1]

7.    Islam is respect

Another beautiful aspect of Islam is respect for humanity and the universe in which we live. Islam states clearly that it is the responsibility of each member of the human race to treat creation with respect, honour and dignity.  The most deserving of respect is the Creator Himself and of course respect begins with loving and obeying His commandments.  Total respect for God allows all the manners and high standards of morality that are inherent in Islam to flow into our lives and the lives of those around us. Because Islam binds respect to peace, love and compassion this involves respecting the honour, reputation and privacy of others.  Respect involves staying completely away from the major sins of backbiting, lying, slander, and gossip. It means avoiding sins that will sow discord among the people or lead to destruction.

Respect also includes loving for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves.  It involves treating others the way we expect to be treated and the way we hope God will treat us – with compassion, love and mercy.  Major sins put a barrier between humanity and God’s Mercy and cause all the torment, misery and evil in this world and the hereafter.  God commands us to stay away from sin and to strive against our own destructive character flaws. We live in an age where we often demand respect from others but may not respect those around us. One beauty of Islam is that it allows us to regain lost respect by submitting wholeheartedly to the will of God.  However if we do not understand how and why we surrender to God’s will we cannot gain respect we want and need.  Islam teaches us and God reminds us in the Quran that our sole purpose in life is to worship Him.

“And I (God) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” (Quran 51:56)

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