Friday, October 10, 2003

The Path to Ramadan
A Weekend of Learning and Worship

Conducted by Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf and Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar, this program will review the basic requirements and sunnahs of purification (taharah), prayer (salah), and fasting (saum). During these sessions, the benefits of Ramadan, preparing for the month of Ramadan, and maximizing our spiritual progress during this great month will also be addressed.

This is an incredible opportunity to greet the month of Ramadan. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and his Companions (radiallahu anhum) were known to avidly prepare for this month. This preparation allowed them to experience Ramadan to the fullest and to reach new pinnacles of Iman. Insha’Allah, this program will prepare us to benefit from all that Ramadan has to offer.

This program is open to both brothers and sisters. A special overnight program will be held for brothers and sisters, in separate locations, on Friday night.

Event Date: Friday, October 10, Maghrib to 10 pm
Saturday, October 11, Dhuhr (1:30 pm) to Isha

Location: Muslim Education Center (MEC)
8601 N. Menard
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Register Online!

For more information please contact brother Kashif Karim at (847) 452-7339.
Suggested dontation of $5 to help cover expenses.


How We Live With the Quran & Sunnah

This class will treat the primary scriptural sources of Islam—the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sunnah—and how Muslims integrate them into the creedal and behavioral patterns of their lives. We will discuss the difference between Hadith (Prophetic Tradition), the Sunnah (the Prophetic model of belief and behavior), and Athar (the oral Traditions of the Companions) as well as the variant opinions of Muslim scholarship on their definition, scope, and application. We will also examine fundamental historical questions regarding how these sources were compiled, authenticated, and gave rise to a variety of related traditional sciences. One especially important facet of that historical development is that of various methodologies regarding their interpretation, application, and elaboration. In this light, we will compare how Muslims utilize their revelatory sources with the way that Christians and Jews use their scriptures, drawing particular attention to the “scripturalism” that tends to dominate the American sociology of religion and often makes it difficult for Americans to understand the way that Muslims interpret their revelation. Ultimately, one of our primary objectives will be to examine how Muslim-Americans, today, should live with the Qur’an and Sunnah in the context of modern society and how these sources—and especially that of the Prophetic Sunnah—are meant to interact harmoniously with the dynamics of local culture and the realities of continued social change, which is one of the highest priorities in Islamic Law. In this regard, we will also consider how our scriptural sources are essential to the formation of a viable Muslim-American identity and culture.

Join us at Rutgers University for the

Third North American Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement
Friday, October 10-12th 2003


The conference is being held at:

Ramada Inn & Conference Center
999 US Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ

Over 900 supporters of the conference and growing! + Check out the growing list of speakers and workshops! + More endorsers added!


Following in the path set by the first two conferences of the student/community Palestine solidarity movement, we are proud to announce that the third North American conference will be held from October 10-12, 2003 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Divestment movements have sprouted across the country, International Solidarity Movement activists have traveled to Palestine, and at campuses and in communities throughout the United States, organizers have taken action, rallied, demonstrated, spoken and educated--to bring the truth about Palestine to a broad audience and build a mass movement for action.

The Third Conference will seek to build on our successes, analyze our tactics and develop strategies, skills and knowledge for the future. We will engage in educational sessions and workshops, activist skill-sharings and trainings, collective decision-making, public speaking events, rallies and direct action; we will come together as a movement to build unity and action, recognize and act upon diverse voices, and encourage collective involvement and expression. We will celebrate Palestinian resistance and work to build our own voices of resistance; we will strategize for divestment from Israeli apartheid. As Israel continues its oppression and occupation of Palestinian people and Palestinian land, we will raise our voices to demand an end and call for meaningful peace with justice in Palestine. As a solidarity movement, we will work to act in full support of and solidarity with the Palestinian national liberation movement. At a time when Palestine and the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people are under attack by forces of Zionism and imperialism, it is imperative that we come together to build a student movement that unites with our brothers and sisters in Palestine to uphold Palestinian rights and Palestinian liberation.

We look to the purposes of the conference as enabling people to work with others to learn and put into practice how to run a group, teaching and strategizing ways which groups can go about a divestment campaign, empowering people and communities, including recognizing and building diversity, recognizing and building on successes, dealing with and handling opposition, and strategizing for media and community outreach, as well as becoming educated about the right of return, the history of the occupation and the resistance, and the fight for full equality under law and the end of Israeli apartheid and discrimination, as well as other relevant political/historical topics.

Any organizations that believe divestment from Israeli apartheid is a necessary and worthwhile strategy, that stand for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, the full right of return for all Palestinian refugees to their homes and homeland, and full equality under law and the abolition of Israeli apartheid; and that reject racism and all forms of oppression are welcome to be part of the organizing process for the Third Conference! Please email to become a part of the organizing process. Get involved in organizing the Third Conference--bring your experiences, strategies and ideas to the table to work towards building a mass movement for divestment from Israeli apartheid and for justice in Palestine! For more information, please write us at

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