Islam is the only religion outside of Christianity that makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus is mentioned twenty five times in the Quran and has an honored rank along with other great Messengers of God. His immaculate conception, miracles, teachings, and ascension as well as return are integral aspects of the Islamic faith. There is an entire chapter devoted to the story of his mother Mary. The Quran states, “Relate in the Book the story of Mary and how she withdrew from her family to a place in the east. God sent to her the Angel Gabriel who said, ‘I am a messenger from your Lord to announce the birth of a holy son to you.’ She said, ‘How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ Gabriel replied, ‘For your Lord says it will happen. We appoint him as a sign onto man and a mercy from Us. It is a thing ordained.’”
UPDATE: “I don’t know where you are from, but I am happy you are our neighbor.” It is in English, Arabic, and Spanish. Mr. Cook said that he will post this sign exactly where the offensive images used to be. We had a wonderful meeting with Mr. Cook, his wife, nephew, and several Lake Area Disposal Employees.
Some called for a boycott while others demanded an apology — reactionary responses that do not cure the root problems emanating from easy snapshots of others. The Islamic Society of Greater Springfield instead sought to bring together the parties with civility and compassion by sending the following letter to Mr. Cook, the owner of Lake Area Disposal.
Islam is the last of the great Abrahamic faiths following Judaism and Christianity prior to its advent in 7th century Arabia. Abraham’s first son was Ishmael and his other son was Isaac. The progeny of Isaac became Jews and Christians while the descendants of Ishmael became Muslims. As such, Jews, Christians and Muslims have a common ancestor in Abraham and their teachings overlap significantly.
Ramadan is only a few months away and
it is best to start the spiritual preparation now.
For instance, our noble Messenger used to fast all of Rajab and Shaaban in preparation for the arrival of Ramadan. We can at least fast either on Monday or Thursday, preferably both of course. If it is difficult, then we should try to increase our Zikr and perhaps try to perform even two Rakats of Nawafil prayers. Refraining from sin and lowering our gaze is crucial on the spiritual path. Our Messenger taught us that an evil glance is a spear from Shaitan. The one who lowers his gaze, Allah will grant him the sweetness of His remembrance.
Today is Illinois Muslim Action Day, Brother Driss will be doing the Senate Invocation at 1pm, you can watch this by going to the Senate and clicking on Senate Audio/Video at http://www.ilga.gov
We welcome the IMAD delegation to Springfield.
March 8, 2017
Illinois State Capitol Rotunda 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Tonight is Family Night at the Masjid inshaAllah we will have the potluck dinner followed by a description of Jannah (Paradise). Please bring a dish to share!
We would like to welcome our guests from Illinois College today.