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Imam Suhaib Webb: Establish Institutes & Train US Ulama
Last Friday saw MAS Houston holding a well-organized 1st Ramadan Annual Banquet. The theme of the event was: â€œBuilding a Foundation for the Next Generation.â€
During the event, they announced two major projects: the opening of a branch office for MAS Freedom Foundation in Houston, the opening of a Second MAS Youth Center in Southeast Houston, and the expansion of the current Youth Center in Southwest Houston. The banquet was held at the Arab Community Center.
The keynote speaker, Imam Suhaib Webb, a revert to Islam, stressed the importance of training Muslim youths to be the religious leaders of tomorrow.
He said bright children should not only go into other fields like the sciences, journalism, etc., but said there is a need for some of them to have available institutes for study within the USA, where they can go and learn the finer details of the Muslim way of life. Home -trained scholars of Islam from North America will have an all-encompassing experience of both western culture and Islamic values, and will thus be able to bring the true serene message of Islam not only to the West, but to the East as well in the most beautiful manner.
Imam Mahdi Bray of the MAS Freedom Foundation stressed the need of Movement Spirit to resolve the issues of the Muslims in North America: He cited the examples of the civil rights movement and the womenâ€™s rights movement. He said everything needs a movement and so do Muslims need at present to come out of the problems our communities are facing.
The local community came out to this event with an over-whelming response. Over 400 Muslims and community leaders and activists attended the event and a total of $120,000 was raised.
The program also included words of wisdom by Imam Zoubir Bouchikhi of ISGH, Imam Abdur Rauof Alkhawaldeh and local MAS-Houston department heads including Sheikh Hesham Ebaid, MAS Houston President; Younoos Latheef, MAS Houston Youth Coordinator; and Amjad Muhtaseb, Director of MAS-Freedom Foundation Houston.
MAS-Houston has many activities already planned, including the 3rd Annual MAS-ICNA Regional Convention in November 2006, a MAS Youth Center in Southwest Houston, Boy- and Girl-Scout troops around Houston, and an Annual Eid Gift Giving at Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
For information visit www.mashouston.org
Islam 101 Classes in Houston
Non-Muslims, Revert Muslims, and people interested in knowing more about Islam now have an excellent opportunity every Sunday 2:30PM.-3:30PM. to attend the â€œIslam 101 Class,â€ at Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) Main Center Masjid located at 3110 Eastside Street â€“ Houston â€“ Texas 77098 â€“ Phone: 713-524-6615.
The class is conducted by learned and resourceful scholars like Hamza Bui & Dr. Mazhar Kazi.
Elections of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston
The Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) election nomination package has been mailed to all paid members of the organization. Extra copies have been placed in the different ISGH Masajids across the 8-County Greater Houston-Galveston Region and posted on the web at www.isgh.org. The deadline for filing the nominations is Sunday, October 22, 2006; 12:00 Noon.