Prayer in Islam is both a physical and spiritual remembrance of God. It is prescribed five times per day - to put a metaphorical pause on the world and engage oneself in a higher spiritual state.  While the tongue recites verses from the Quran, the limbs observe certain movements which were taught to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. While mothers carry their children during prayer, toddlers may be playing peek-a-boo. (Hamza Mosque)
Prayer in Islam is both a physical and spiritual remembrance of God. It is prescribed five times per day – to put a metaphorical pause on the world and engage oneself in a higher spiritual state.
While the tongue recites verses from the Quran, the limbs observe certain movements which were taught to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. While mothers carry their children during prayer, toddlers may be playing peek-a-boo. (Hamza Mosque)

 

 

While walking to the Eid(holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan) prayer, Prophet Muhammad saw a young child sitting with his face buried in his hands, crying away.  Prophet Muhammad stopped in his tracks and asked, "Young child why are you crying?" The child answered, "today is the day of Eid and all the children are holding their fathers' hands on their way. My father has passed, I have no father." Prophet Muhammad stated, "If you are crying, Muhammad will also not celebrate Eid". He then held the child's hand and said "From today onwards, Muhammad is your father and Aisha (his wife) is your mother."  Prophet Muhammad walked with the child to the Eid prayer and when he delivered the sermon, he had the child sit on his shoulders - so as to feel he was deeply loved and special. Peace and light upon them all. (GCLEA)
While walking to the Eid(holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan) prayer, Prophet Muhammad saw a young child sitting with his face buried in his hands, crying away.
Prophet Muhammad stopped in his tracks and asked, “Young child why are you crying?”
The child answered, “today is the day of Eid and all the children are holding their fathers’ hands on their way. My father has passed, I have no father.”
Prophet Muhammad stated, “If you are crying, Muhammad will also not celebrate Eid”. He then held the child’s hand and said “From today onwards, Muhammad is your father and Aisha (his wife) is your mother.” Prophet Muhammad walked with the child to the Eid prayer and when he delivered the sermon, he had the child sit on his shoulders – so as to feel he was deeply loved and special. Peace and light upon them all. (GCLEA)

 

 

Mini Steph Curry seen at the mosque playing basketball. This is just one example of how Mosques are more than places of worship - they are community centers and positive places for youth to be active. This mosque is equipped with a girl's and boy's basketball court because the attendees realized the importance of having spaces where kids can just be kids and have fun. (Maryam Islamic Center)
Mini Steph Curry seen at the mosque playing basketball. This is just one example of how Mosques are more than places of worship – they are community centers and positive places for youth to be active.
This mosque is equipped with a girl’s and boy’s basketball court because the attendees realized the importance of having spaces where kids can just be kids and have fun. (Maryam Islamic Center)

 

 

The holy month of Ramadan is often to as "the month of the Quran" because it is in this month, 1436 years ago that revelation was sent down to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.  Muslims increase their recitation especially during this month throughout their prayers and strengthen their relationship with this divine book. (Maryam Islamic Center)
The holy month of Ramadan is often to as “the month of the Quran” because it is in this month, 1436 years ago, that revelation was sent down to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Muslims increase their recitation especially during this month throughout their prayers and strengthen their relationship with this divine book, which has been preserved and unchanged until this day. Whether you pick up a Quran to read in North America, Europe, or Asia, it will contain the exact same Arabic verses, although it may be translated into various different languages. (Maryam Islamic Center)

 

 

The inclusion of prayer spaces for women are an important need for the Muslim American Community. There is still room for improvement in regards to providing women with ample space to pray and attend the mosque to build a deeper sense of sisterhood.  While it is not mandatory for women to attend prayer in congregation, they should be provided with the space to do so when they are able to attend. This is clearly stated in the statement of Prophet Muhammad: "Do not prevent your women from (coming to) the mosques." (Ahmad and Abu Dawud) The GCLEA is leading the way with regards to empowering the female members of the Muslim community by implementing programming specifically designed to benefit sisters. (GCLEA)
The inclusion of prayer spaces for women are an important need for the Muslim American Community. There is still room for improvement in regards to providing women with ample space to pray and attend the mosque to build a deeper sense of sisterhood.
While it is not mandatory for women to attend prayer in congregation, they should be provided with the space to do so when they are able to attend. This is clearly stated in the statement of Prophet Muhammad: “Do not prevent your women from (coming to) the mosques.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawud) The GCLEA is leading the way with regards to empowering the female members of the Muslim community by implementing programming specifically designed to benefit sisters. (GCLEA)

 

 

This little one is standing for prayer between his mother and sister. Although, he was fighting the urge to go and play with younger children who had toys that caught his interest.  While prayer is not obligated on young kids until they reach puberty, many parents and caregivers encourage children to stand for prayer so they can become familiar with this central act of worship. (Maryam Islamic Center)
This little one is standing for prayer between his mother and sister. Although, he was fighting the urge to go and play with younger children who had toys that caught his interest.
While prayer is not obligated on young kids until they reach puberty, many parents and caregivers encourage children to stand for prayer so they can become familiar with this central act of worship. (Maryam Islamic Center)

 

 

In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, this mosque is decorated with beautiful lights each year.  Ramadan is highly regarded as a blessed month because it is a period of deep spiritual reflection and personal growth in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. (Maryam Islamic Center)
In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, this mosque is decorated with beautiful lights each year.
Ramadan is highly regarded as a blessed month because it is a period of deep spiritual reflection and personal growth in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. While Muslims abstain from food and drink, they also abstain from vices and become more conscious of their actions and behavior. It is a time for self-improvement, building good character, breaking detrimental habits, and being in the service of others. (Maryam Islamic Center)

 

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    • Thank you very much, Meghna! Your words of encouragement are a source of light and happiness – so thank you for taking the time to look through and leave your comment.

      – Light and love –

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