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The Latino Muslim Voice

The April-June 2011 newsletter features:

1. Quotes of the Month
2. "WAKE UP" By Isa Lima
3. "Children's Books from HablamosIslam" By Wendy Diaz
4. "15 Tips to Raising Great Children" From HilalPlaza
5. "The Muslim Situation in the Caribbean"
6. "What is the Islamic Networks Group (ING)?"
7. "The IslamInSpanish Television Show"
8. "First Muslim Info Booth at Latino Festival" By ICNA-WhyIslam
9. "Mosque Open House in English/Spanish"
10. "The Latest News from PIEDAD" By Nylka Vargas

Quotes of the Month

"Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do." - Quran 29:45.

"God has promised to the believers, both men and women, gardens beneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever, and they will have beautiful mansions in these gardens of everlasting bliss. But God's good pleasure is the greatest (bliss of all). That is the supreme triumph." " Quran 9:72.

I asked the Prophet (for some money) and he gave me, and then again I asked him and he gave me, and then again I asked him and he gave me and he then said, "This wealth is (like) green and sweet (fruit), and whoever takes it without greed, Allah will bless it for him, but whoever takes it with greed, Allah will not bless it for him, and he will be like the one who eats but is never satisfied. And the upper (giving) hand is better than the lower (taking) hand." - Sahih Al-Bukhari 8/76/448. Narrated Hakim bin Hizam.

A'isha, the wife of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “A'isha, verily Allah is kind and He loves kindness and confers upon kindness which he does not confer upon severity and does not confer upon anything else besides it (kindness).” - Sahih Muslim 32/6273.

"I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace." -Muhammad Ali.

WAKE UP

By Isa Lima

There are times when your heart feels like stone,
and shaytan ravages you like a dog chews a bone.
you wonder how to get out of such a horrible abyss,
where you lie in darkness and can't comprehend the gist,
Why're we here upon this treacherous land?
our father was from paradise, you must understand.

We're in a prison with insurmountable bars and walls,
There's only one exit, death, it will overtake us all.
some of us have rap sheets as long as the nile,
we continue to sin profusely as we live in denial.
Our Creator has rights upon us, we mustn't disdain.
sincerity means we're not seeking any fame.

Rise up from the shadows of darkness that you're in,
Pray meticulously and give charity incessantly to your kin.
For if you can reach the light and feel it's rays,
if you can hold tight to the rope of Allah and not go astray,
then you will have successfully escaped the prison without any fear,
you will be greeted by your friends the angels with a cheer.

But remember where you are and rally your strength,
for the time of death might be at length.

Children's Books from HablamosIslam

By Wendy Diaz

In English:

Bismillahi ar Rahmani ar Rahim.
As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu dear brothers and sisters,

HablamosIslamHablamos Islam and Hablamos Islam Niños are established programs that provide Islamic resources to the Spanish-speaking community. However, in our efforts to expand and meet the needs of both our Hispanic/Latino and English-speaking brothers and sisters, we have published our Islamic children's books in both English and Spanish, alhamdulillah.

El Primer Día de RamadánOur newest book is called “The First Day of Ramadan/El Primer Día de Ramadán” and is priced at $11.99. This is the perfect pre-Ramadan gift for your child!

All proceeds go towards printing more such books. These are the ONLY bilingual English/Spanish Islamic children's books available in the world! Help out your Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in Spain, Latin America, and North America by purchasing a book and making it possible to distribute these type of resources where they are needed most, insha'Allah.

Other titles include: “A Veil and a Beard/Un velo y una barba” and “The Questioner/El Preguntador” ($9.99 each)

Visit our website: www.hablamosislamninos.com to purchase a book (go to "Libros"/Books) or to see what we have to offer. Our site includes free coloring pages, videos, poems for kids, and much more.

"Like" us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hablamosislam

JazakumAllahu khaiyran wa as salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

Umm Uthman/Wendy Diaz
Author, Founder
Hablamos Islam & Hablamos Islam Niños
www.hablamosislamninos.com

En Español:

Bismillahi ar Rahmani ar Rahim.
As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu queridos hermanos y hermanas,

Un velo y una barba/A Veil and a BeardHablamos Islam y Hablamos Islam Niños son programas establecidos que proveen recursos islámicos a la comunidad de habla hispana. En nuestro esfuerzo para crecer y hacer disponible nuestros productos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas hispanos/latinos y tambien a aquellos que hablan inglés, hemos publicado nuestros libros infantiles islámicos en ambos idiomas, alhamdulillah.

Nuestro libro más reciente se llama: “El Primer Día de Ramadán/The First Day of Ramadan” y su precio es $11.99. ¡Es el regalo perfecto para antes de Ramadán!

Todas las ganancias son para imprimir más libros parecidos. ¡Estos libros son los UNICOS libros bilingues español/inglés sobre el Islam para niños en el mundo! Ayúde a sus hermanos y hermanas en España, Latinoamérica, y Norteamérica cuyo primer idioma es español, comprando un libro y así haciéndolo posible distribuir este tipo de recursos en donde se necesitan, insha'Allah.

Otros títulos incluyen: “Un velo y una barba/A Veil and a Beard” y “El Preguntador/The Questioner” ($9.99 cada uno)

Visíten nuestra página web: www.hablamosislamninos.com para comprar un libro (vaya a "Libros"/Books) o para ver todo lo que ofrecemos. Tenemos páginas para colorear gratis, videos, poemas para niños y mucho más.

Visítenos y opríma "Like" en su Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hablamosislam

JazakumAllahu khaiyran wa as salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

Umm Uthman/Wendy Diaz
Autor, Fundadora
Hablamos Islam & Hablamos Islam Niños
www.hablamosislamninos.com

El Preguntador/The Questioner

15 Tips to Raising Great Children

From HilalPlaza

http://www.hilalplaza.com/raising_children_in_islam.html

Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family.

With television, radio, Internet and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example.

It is impossible to shield our children from all the negative forces that can shape their minds and, ultimately, their behavior.

However, by our own example and showing them better options, we can set them on the true path, which is to obey the commandments of Allah (swt) and our Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him).

Here are some tips you may want to follow in helping your children grow up with Islamic values.

1. Start by teaching them the importance of Worshipping only Allah: The best thing any Muslim parent could ever teach their children is to emphasize, from the day they can comprehend, that Allah (swt) is One and no one is worthy of worship except Allah (swt). This is the fundamental message of our Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) and it is our key to Paradise.

2. Treat them kindly: Kindness begets kindness. If we were kind to our children, they in turn would show kindness to others. Our Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) was the best example in being kind to children.

3. Teach them about Muslim Heroes: help your children grow up with Islamic values of Muslim heroes. Instead of Batman or Superman, tell them about real heroes such as Abu Bakr, Umar ibn Khattab, Othman bin Affan, Ali bin Abi Talib and others. Tell them how Muslim leaders brought a real peaceful change in the world and won the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

4. Let children sit with adults: It is preferable for children to be among adults, especially when listening to Islamic lectures. The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) would often put children in the front row when he spoke to the people.

5. Make them feel important: Consult them in family matters. Let them feel they are important members of the family and have a part to play in the growth and well being of the family.

6. Go out as a family: Take family trips rather than allowing your children to always go out only with their friends. Let your children be around family and friends from whom you want them to pick up their values. Always remember that your children will become who they are around with most of the time. So, watch their company and above all give them YOUR company.

7. Praise them: Praise is a powerful tool with children, especially in front of others. Children feel a sense of pride when their parents' praise them and will be keen to perform other good deeds. However, praise must be limited to Islamic deeds and deeds of moral value.

8. Avoid humiliation: Similarly, do not humiliate them in front of others. Children make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes occur in their efforts to please the parents. If you are unhappy with your children, tell them in private.

9. Sports: The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged sports such as swimming, running and horse riding. Other sports that build character and physical strength are also recommended, as long as the children maintain their Islamic identity, wear appropriate clothes and do not engage in unnecessary mixing.

10. Responsibility: Have faith in their abilities to perform tasks. Give them chores to do in line with their age. Convince them that they are performing an important function and you will find them eager to help you out again.

11. Don't spoil them: Children are easily spoiled. If they receive everything they ask for, they will expect you to oblige on every occasion. Be wise in what you buy for them. Avoid extravagance and unnecessary luxuries. Take them to an orphanage or poor area of your city once in a while so they can see how privileged they are.

12. Don't be friends: It is common in the West for parents to consider their children as friends. In Islam, it doesn't work that way. If you have ever heard how friends talk to each other, then you will know that this is not how a parent-child relationship should be. You are the parents, and they should respect you, and this is what you should be teaching them. The friendship part should be limited to you and them keeping an open dialog so they can share their concerns with you and ask you questions when they have any.

13. Pray with them: Involve them in acts of worship. When they are young, let them see you in act of salaah (salat). Soon, they would be trying to imitate you. Wake them up for Fajr and pray as a family. Talk to them about the rewards of salaah so that it doesn't feel like a burden to them.

14. Emphasize halaal: It is not always good to say "this is haraam, that is haraam". While you must educate them on haraam things, Islam is full of halaal and tell your children to thank Allah (swt) for the bounties He has bestowed on them- not just for food and clothes. Tell them to be thankful for having eyes that see, ears that hear, arms and legs and, the ultimate blessing, Islam in their hearts.

15. Set an example: As parents, you are the best example the children can have. If you talk to your parents rudely, expect your children to do the same to you. If you are disrespectful to others, your children will follow too. Islam is filled with Divine advice on the best ways to bring up your children. That makes it an obligation upon parents to be good Muslims so their children will try to emulate them. If you don't take Islam seriously, neither will your children. It goes back to our third point, which is to give them Islamic heroes. As a parent, you should be their number one hero.

The Muslim Situation in the Caribbean

From The Muslim World League Journal (MWLJ)

http://www.islamawareness.net/Caribbean/carribean.html

There are 31 countries in the Caribbean, which are classified linguistically into four regions, such as English speaking, French speaking, Spanish speaking and Dutch speaking Islands. There are 19 English speaking countries; Five French speaking countries; three Spanish speaking countries and four Dutch speaking Islands.

Muslims from different parts of the globe have settled in these regions. Immigrants vary from medical students to traders, from Indo-Pakistan to Indonesian and African countries. Some are very active Islamic view-point on critical issues like break-up in the media in Bahamas. Whereas, in other places, they are economically disadvantages. Most of them have a common problem of getting permanent work permit for their imams and Islamic workers. Some of the countries are getting a lot of pressure from the government which is characterized as the most hostile to Islam in the whole of Caribbean as in Dominico. Some of the countries have built mosques but most of them have no mosques as yet. They have just a prayers place or prayer house. Let us first describe in brief the socio-demographic backgrounds of the different islands of the Caribbean:

SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND
Country Total Population Muslim Population
English-speaking 5,836,601 172,250
French-speaking 7,178,572 2,600
Spanish-speaking 20,537,000 3,500
Dutch-speaking 635,415 121,000

There are 19 countries of the Caribbean where people speak the English language. These are, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Monsterrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Tobago, Virgin Islands " US. Among the English-speaking countries, Jamaica has the largest population in the Caribbean where more than 2,450,000 people live, among whom 5,000 are Muslims. They constitute 3.75 percent of the total population of the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, but this varies from 5 to 15 percent. The largest Muslims concentration of those speaking English is found in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago (i.e. 100,000), where they constitute 13.33 and 8.10 percent of the total population respectively. Muslims from India and Indonesia came here first as indentured servants and farm labourers respectively. They have preserved their Islamic Identify and culture but have developed not many community institutions such as schools or awqaf.

Christian missionary activity has, on the whole, failed to convert Muslims to Christianity. But some youths have been neutralized: low commitment to Islam while remaining nominally Muslims. Over the past 30 years, Afro-Caribbeans have been converting to Islam. Many Islamic organization have been formed since the 1970s, which are active in various endeavours.

The most well-organized Muslim community in the Caribbean region is the one in the Caribbean. The Indian community is well-established and has been here for over 150 years. There are many mosques and Islamic schools. The Afro-Caribbean community of new converts is still very small and weak. The main organizations are : (Caribbean Islamic Organization of Guyana Islamic Trust respectively), the Guyana Muslim Mission , and the Guyana Islamic Institute. Trinidad is the most important island in the Caribbean, politically, economically and in terms of Islamic Dawah. Local Islamic work is well developed, and local organizations are handing it well. International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) whose coordination is in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad earmarked some resources for Trinidad. Its work consists mainly of supporting education, managing revolving credit fund for new Muslims, and providing support to an Islamic book and video center. It employs three full-time Islamic workers in

Trinidad. In the French-speaking Islands, such as Guadeloupe, Guyana Francaise, Haiti and Martinique, the Muslims community is mainly made up of African Muslims immigrants from West Africa, Senegal and Mali. The total population of these five countries is 7,178,572 out of which 2,600 are Muslims. The Muslim figures for Guyana Francaise and Haiti are not known.

In Martinique, there is a wealthy immigrant Palestinian community with an Islamic center and an imam paid by Dar al-Ifta, Saudi Arabia. Native converts are struggling to preserve their Islamic identify. IIFSO has been helping with Dawah Material. One native Muslim is studying in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Omar Hassan Kasule of IIFSO is thinking to employ him as soon as he returns to mobilize the native community.

In the Spanish-speaking island, such as Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, a fact finding mission was sent and contact was established with Muslim community. Total population of these countries are 20,573,000 out of which 3,500 are Muslims. The Muslims figure for Dominican Republic is not known though the total population of the country is around 7,000,000. It is expected that the Cuban intellectuals would listen to Islam sympathetically. The Communist era has weakened the Catholic Church.

In Dominican Republic, Pakistani brothers have well established Dawah efforts there. There is a 2,000-strong Palestinian community in Puerto Rico with two mosques. They are economically strong and able to pay for an Imam. Islamic books were sent and visited these islands. They were also put into contact with Islamic Palestinian groups in the US. With the expected fall of Communist regime IIFSO expects to do a lot of Dawah work.

In the Dutch-speaking countries , such as Curacao, St. Martin, Surinam and Nethfral, Antilles, the population figures for Curacao and St. Martin are not available. But we have the figure for the other two countries of the Dutch-speaking islands which are as follows:
Countries Total Population Muslim Population
Surinam 425,000 120,000
Netherlands Antilles 210,415 1,000

There are Arab and Indo-Pakistani immigrant communities. Arabs have a mosque and a resident Shaikh. Indians are less organized. They need a resident imam as well as books. They can self-finance many of their projects. In Surinam, there are a large number of Muslims where they constitute 28.23 percent of the total population of 425,000 of the country. Three distinct Muslim communities are living in Surirnam. The Javanese from the Indonesian Archipelago have been living in the island for more than 50 years; Indo-Pakistanis came as indentured labour for more than 100 years ago. Besides, there is a growing Afro-Surinamese community here.

There is a Caribbean Islamic Secretariat which was set up in 1988 with an Executive Director and a Board of Directors to carry out Dawah work, Islamic literature distribution, provision of Islamic education and catering to economic development.

Besides the above, there are six million French-speaking Canadians in the Quebec province of Canada and about two Million French-speaking Haitians in the state of Massachusetts, New York and Florida. The French-speaking Canadians are culturally insecure and always fear being absorbed into the predominate English culture. They are very perceptive to Islam and Muslims. They have few prejudices and prejudgments.

The Haitians have many social characteristics that make Islam attractive to them: they are very family-oriented, and are deeply religious. Almost all of them are Catholics. Most are folk Catholics, they are mix aspects of the ancient Indian religions with Catholicism and follow it more as a culture and not as a faith or doctrine and, therefore, have little attachment to it.Most of the Haitians are poor and belong to the lowest socioeconomic classes. There are some highly educated ones who are joining the American mainstream. They are now beginning to acquire political power at state and federal levels.

The French-speaking Africans living in New York and Philadelphia come to look for work. Many work at menial jobs and have poor education. Ignorance of English hampers their advance. They are fighting an uphill struggle to preserve their Islamic identity.

The importance of Dawah work both to the Muslims and the non-Muslims in the United States and the Caribbean region cannot be minimized and overlooked. The Dawah activities carried out by the IIFSO are appreciable and commendable. Its office produced books and pamphlets in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish for distribution among individuals and organizations in and outside the US on request. The Spanish materials were regularly supplied to IIFSO representatives in charge of Spanish Dawah in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Florida and Texas to support their work. There are 23 pamphlets and books languages which are required on and distributed on a regular basis by the IIFSO, Washington DC.

http://www.caribbeanmuslims.com
http://www.muslimpopulation.com

What is the Islamic Networks Group (ING)?

http://www.ing.org/

Description

Islamic Networks Group (ING)Islamic Networks Group (ING) is an educational outreach organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area with affiliates throughout the U.S. Founded in 1993, ING’s mission is intercultural understanding and mutual respect through education and dialogue. Utilizing accredited volunteer speakers, ING delivers thousands of presentations and other educational programs annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. ING reaches hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals a year at the local grassroots level, thereby building bridges among people of all faiths and none.

Vision

ING’s vision is a world in which people of all religious backgrounds are understood and respected and their contributions valued.

Mission

ING’s mission is to promote intercultural understanding, tolerance, and harmony through dialogue and religious literacy. ING achieves its mission by providing informative presentations and panel discussions that supplement existing curriculum and cultural diversity programs in public institutions.

These educational programs develop a greater awareness and knowledge of major world religions while simultaneously improving the quality of life for people of different religious backgrounds by providing educational presentations and cultural competency training in schools and school districts, law enforcement agencies, corporations, social service agencies, and hospitals. ING reinforces and promotes the American ideals of tolerance and religious freedom that are enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by helping build more peaceful and accepting communities in which people of different backgrounds come to know and respect one another.

Statement of Need

While ING's goal of challenging stereotypes and preventing prejudice while promoting understanding through education has been important since its inception in 1993, in a post-9/11 world this work has become critical in combating the rising anti-Muslim sentiment that has become common fare in the media, government, and the public square. A few recent examples of this include the continuing effort to tarnish Barack Obama's image and prior to that his presidential campaign with the "Muslim Smear." Accusing someone of being a Muslim or even being sympathetic to Muslims has become a common tactic. Similarly, the recent Park51 controversy over the building of a mosque in New York City and the planned Qur'an burning by a Florida pastor illustrate the growing spread of Islamophobia.

The Islamic Center of America - Vandalism

Organizational Highlights

ING operates two primary programs: the Islamic Speakers Bureau and the Interfaith Speakers Bureau. The Islamic Speakers Bureau consists of Muslim speakers who supplement education relating to Islam and Muslims and conduct cultural diversity programs in public institutions. The Interfaith Speakers Bureau consists of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu speakers who supplement education related to world religions and cultural diversity.

ING's Inception and Early History

ING was founded in 1993 to address the growing misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in the media and general public that increased as a result of political events and issues during and after the first Gulf War.

The organization was founded by Maha Elgenaidi, an American Muslim of Egyptian origin who migrated to the U.S. with her parents at a young age. Before founding ING, Maha worked in the corporate world in marketing and business management. She was inspired to establish this organization to counter the growing prejudice and vilification of Islam and Muslims that she noted had increased in the early 90’s. She herself had recently become better acquainted with her faith and felt the importance of providing that education to others through two means: religious literacy programs and American Muslim civic engagement.

Spanish Speakers Available

Volunteers of ING speak many languages from around the world. You may request a Spanish speaker for your event at www.ing.org.

The IslamInSpanish Television Show

http://www.islaminspanish.org

IslamInSpanish logoNew Television Show
- Six Month Series -
on HMS TV

Hosted by Abu Mujahid Fletcher
Starting May 24th, 2011

Watch on Houston Local Channels:
*Comcast 17
*TVMax 95
*Sudden Link 99
*Phonoscope 75
*AT&T U-verse 99
HMS TV logo

Watch it live online at www.HMSTV.org!

Houston's three year old "IslamInSpanish Show" is back for six months and is now filmed in front of a live Non-Muslim, Spanish audience at the Andalucia Social &
Educational Media Center.

The theme of the shows is to portray a balanced way that Islam has benefited
Latinos in Houston and around the world.

Please inform your Latino neighbors, friends, co-workers, and any Spanish speakers to watch this weekly show. The latest show times for the "IslamInSpanish Show" can be found at: http://www.hmstv.org/ProgramSchedule.htm

For more information on how you can be attend a taping and be part of our studio audience, please contact us through our website at: http://www.islaminspanish.org/contacto/

Jazakallah Khair.

First Muslim Info Booth at Latino Festival

By ICNA-WhyIslam

http://www.icna.org/first-muslim-info-booth-at-the-fiesta-broadway-festival/

First Muslim Info Booth at Latino FestivalLOS ANGELES, California (May 8, 2011) " Today the Annual Fiesta Broadway Festival, billed as the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo event, attracted half a million people who converged on 24 blocks in downtown Los Angeles. Over 50,000 people visited the first ever information booth on Islam organized by ICNA Southern California Chapter’s outreach project WhyIslam.

The Latino population is growing fast in the United States, and even faster in California. “We do not want to lose the opportunity to reach out to them at this early stage,” said Amir Mertaban, Dawah Chair, ICNA Southern California Dawah Committee. Next year the team is planning to double the size of the booth and move to a main aisle location. It also intends to become a major participant of the event. “We were really lacking in catering to this emerging demographic, and we think today’s event will be our gateway to a lot more events among the Latino community,” he added.

Muhammad Hussain, the booth manager said “It was a great learning experience [for us] as we ventured into new crowd.” According to Hussain, Spanish speaking volunteers were much needed, as the majority of attendees did not speak English.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle in which a Mexican army defeated the invading French forces in Mexico in 1862. Today it is largely viewed as a way to honor Latino heritage and culture and is celebrated in over 150 cities across the United States as the most important Latino festival.

Muslim Info Booth

Due to the large demand, the entire stock of 750 copies of the mainly Spanish translations of the Quran ran out at the booth.

The WhyIslam booth was one of the only two religious booths at the festival. “It was amazing to see so many Latino Muslims volunteering for this booth and reaching out to fellow Latinos,” said Mertaban. “Today I am going home happy [at being able] to reach out to the Latino community [at this scale],” said Mustafa, a Hispanic WhyIslam volunteer from Los Angeles.

The WhyIslam team will focus on Latino outreach in coming months, and eventually plans to bring the Fiesta Broadway booth to the level of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books effort, which has become one of the largest information booths on Islam nationwide. It also plans to launch a Spanish speaking team that will continue to host more such booths and also ensure that literature and distribution material is available in Spanish.

Mertaban has high hopes for this booth, hoping it will lead others to reach out to the Latino community. “We want this effort to be an example [for others] and motivate the rest of the nation to jump in.”

Booth volunteersMore than 6,000 brochures and introductory booklets on Islam were also distributed. Most of the volunteers at the booth were native Spanish speakers and the material distributed was mainly in Spanish.

Mosque Open House in English/Spanish

Peace be with you,

We hope that you are enjoying a spring season of warmth, blooming, renewal and growth. We'd like to inform you of a mosque open house at the Islamic Association of North Texas on April 2, 2011. The open house will include a tour, information booths, English and Spanish presentation, Q & A sessions, free gifts, free literature, and of course, free Mediterranean food!

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested to attend.

The details are as follows:

Mosque Open House
April 2, 2011, 2:30 " 5:30 PM
Islamic Association of North Texas
840 Abrams Rd. Richardson TX 75081

As salam aleikum,

Juegue su rol invitando a la gente a el Din de Allah, el camino correcto, la religion del Islam.

Insha Allah proximo Open House para No Musulmanes a realizarse el IANT(Islamic Association of North Texas (Dallas Central Mosque) (Richardson, Texas). patrocinada por ICNA, si conoces a alguien interesado en conocer del Islam, por favor invitalo a este evento.

Abierto a todo publico, principalmente No Musulmanes hermanos y hermanas, si conocen alguien en el area de Dallas Tx. que este interesado en el Islam haganle saber de este evento, habra hermanos y hermanas de habla Hispana que los podran orientar y dar un recorrido por el Masjid.

Dallas event

The Latest News from PIEDAD

By Nylka Vargas

http://www.llamo.org

LLAMO Newsletter
April 13, 2011 - Vol. 1, Issue 1

PIEDAD (Propagación Islámica para la Educación y Devocion a Allah el Divino) is a national network of Muslim women coming together for the common good: spiritual development, community building, sisterhood, and educational outreach, with a focus on the Latina/Hispanic community.

As-Salaamu Alaikum! Thank you for your interest in PIEDAD. The following is an outline of our programs. We hope that you enjoy reading about the and ask for your feedback. If you have any questions, or would like to help us out please send us an email. Do keep us in your duas. Baraak Allahu Feekum. May Allah bless you all!

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PiedadOnline.com

For sure, having an online presence is important to get the message out of who we are and what we do. That being said, it is also a vehicle to help others learn about Islam, giving them reliable reading material, most up to date information available, and relevant happenings in the Muslim Community. The PiedadOnline website is designed with that in mind! For example, the newcomer to Islam can easily browse our Intro to Islam section, access learn how to pray resources, and be linked/directly access Quran recitation with narrations in English and hard to find Spanish. At our women's page, one can find articles and audio files on Women in Islam plus direction to other works by women's related websites and projects will be easiliy acessed, again in the Spanish language. At our resource page, links to other Latino Muslims or Spanish Language. We are always collecting New Muslimah stories for those interested in sharing. Do visit us often and stay informed of our latest schedule! Send us a message through our website at PiedadOnline.com.

Quarterly Informational Sessions

We host quarterly information sessions or get-togethers, where topics are presented, ideas are shared, and agenda items to benefit the ummah are put into action!

Dawah Tables at Street Festivals

Piedad coordinates dawah tables at various street festivals throughout the year: Masjid Al-Huda Jersey Heights "Everything Festival", North Hudson Islamic Educational Center "Street Festival" , Journal Square "Egyptian Cultural Festival", in New Jersey.

The primary purpose at these festivals and dawah events is to outreach to the community and offer free Quran, introductory pamphlets, and cds on Islam. It is amazing how often spectators are curious about Islam, having heard something about Islam on the news or through friends. Also too, we get a large turnout of Muslims visiting the booth asking for basic information on Islam or directory of Islamic programs in the area . Recently our own misconceptions were put to the test at the 2010 "Egyptian Cultural Festival" where we had to turn away many requesting Qurans and basic reading material in Arabic or Urdu. There definitely is a demand to host more informational tables, especially in multi-languages. To do so, we need more funding for Qurans, pamphlets, booklets, and volunteers to help coordinate, set-up and service the table. The source of our literature comes from 1-877-WhyIslam (www.whyislam.org) and Islam in Spanish (www.islaminspanish.org) May Allah give us the ability to continue hosting many more. Insha'Allah.

P.I.E.D.A.D at the 8th Annual Hispanic Muslim Day, September 2010

The Annual Hispanic Muslim Day is the hotspot for many of the Latino Muslims, coming from as far as California. Every year topics include: Fundamental of Islam, The History of the Latino Muslim, The Growth of the Latino Muslims, and Personal Journey to Islam Accounts. Piedad members volunteer to make the day a success!

Sisterhood & Mentorship: As individuals we are all developing, Insha'Allah, for the better and moving forward. Development is a non-linear process with its setbacks and gains. Mentorship/tutelage/guidance means many things. From the Islamic perspective it means both assisting a fellow brother/sister learn the din and also lending them some social support. Sisterhood is not limited to the formal Islamic discourse and classes. We set up events that celebrate significant life events (marriage, newborn, graduation, etc.) We also coordinate Ramadan Iftars and Eid gatherings. inshaAllah. There are no set guidelines, really.

Purple Hijab Day (February 2010)

P.I.E.D.A.D hosted a private sister's gathering on February 14, 2010 to remember Sr. Aasiya Zubair's (Hassan) domestic violence. Our remembrance was in the form of prayer, education, and discussion. A Domestic Violence power point was presented and discussed in a halaqa type style; attendees included Fatima Kaba, Fatima Vargas, Gretel Martinez, and Nylka Vargas. Jazaakum Allahu Khairun to all participants. Together we can make a difference to end injustice of all forms. Amin.

Purple Hijab 2011

On February 13, 2011 at the North Hudson Islamic Center, in Union City, NJ. At this in-house community event, Piedad volunteers researched DV topics, custom made a display board and baked desserts for the DV fundraiser.Topics displayed/presented were: Defining DV, Domestic Violence Prevalence within the Muslim and general community, Domestic Violence Resources/Info display of various localities/organization throughout the U.S., The Islamic Perspective of Elevated Status of Women and Islamic legal verdicts of various misconstrued verses and ahadith on the Muslimah. We also handed out out free Why Islam Pamphlets, "Unveling the Hijab" and "Status of Women in Islam", plus Message International's special edition on "Domestic Violence in the Muslim Communities". We were fortunate to have WAFA House board members, Sr. Huma, Wafa, and another sister, with us. They gave a very informative lecture on their objectives and the endeavors at the organzation. Areas of concern found at WAFA House: lack of volunteers and funding.

Many thanks to all the diligent workers and supporters who made the even a success: Sheikh Mohamed Al-Hayek from NHIEC, Jennah (Stephanie) Perrotta, Dominique Castro, Ida Netanhou, Gretel Martinez, Nahela Morales, Vanessa Rivera, Jennielle Yasell, Linda Rodriguez, Sumaya, Damaris Tapanes, Michelle Garcia, Fatima Vargas.

Iftar Get-Together Ramadan 2010

Ramadan is the season of fasting, reflection, remembrance and seeking forgiveness. Having at least one sister's iftar is a MUST but so worth the effort.

Piedad participates at Masjid Annual Iftar

Every year, a number of reverts gather to break fast together at the NHIEC masjid. In addition to the main course prepared and donated by members of the Muslim community, Piedad volunteers bring in a selection of desserts and appetizers. Alhamdullilah, it was an affair to remember, but most importantly a time to give thanks for all the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah (subhanhu wa ta 'ala).

Piedad hosts Hijab Party, November, 2010: Sr. Miriam Colon's Dignity Apparel Inc.

"It's not just a business, it is where Modesty meets Fashion Industry", says designer Miriam Colon, who's already worked in NYC's fashion scene and is now pursuing a degree in Fashion Designing in Chicago, Illinois. Masha'Allah. May Allah make her reality true, and give her success in all her endeavors.

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Islamic Studies: The sisters of PIEDAD will strive to learn and implement the Islamic principles in their daily lives according to the Qur'an, Sunnah and ijma' of the scholars. To achieve this goal an Islamic Studies program of Aqeedah, Seerah, Quran memorization, tafsir and tajweed will be designed and completion/attendance will be tracked through several mediums tailored to meet individual needs: Online studies, Sister's Halaqas, Islamic Studies class at mosque choice or self-paced study for the exceptional case. PIEDAD sisters will be assessed through a written test and presentation.

Introduction to Basic Tenets of Islamic Faith

The purpose of the program is to help new Muslimahs and reverts learn about the basics of Islam and the Salat essentials in either Spanish or English. The instructor is a qualified PIEDAD sister, either through certification or intensive studies program. We are also part of the masjid dawah and sister's committees. It's all about working together and often times our programs supplement or are an extension of another program. Please see our schedule at piedadonline.com.

Expanding the Amando Nuestra Religion to Hackensack, NJ masjid! Sr. Orbe Acosta and Sr. Flor Maza will lead the effort. Insha'Allah.

Love for the sake of Allah, Islamic Study Program: Whether in the traditional classroom, study socials, at the masjid, or online; coming together to learn and share Islam is to Love for the Sake of Allah. Upcoming program is focused on reading essential works on women's issues by qualified authors. Check the website for details.

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Youth development: PIEDAD will support, advocate, and train young Muslimahs to be vibrant leaders of tomorrow.

Youth Halaqa

We're happy to announce that PIEDAD will begin a Young Muslimah Halaqa at the NHIEC masjid. In 2008 we had a 6-month Muslimah Halaqa at the Masjid Al-Huda in Jersey City, NJ. The Youth Halaqah initiative allows us to create a platform for the young and developing Muslimahs to talk, be heard, express, and receive adult feedback. We have on staff a mental health counselor who will lend that listening ear, integrating both the psychological, social, and Islamic modules. Moreover, evidence based studies will be referred as well as prominent works of researchers in this area.

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Children's Activities and Affairs: Now let us face it, children require a whole lot of our attention! They are dependent on us from infancy through their formative years to be healthy, happy and rightly individuals! PIEDAD sisters know first hand the motherhood experience, by way of on the job training or theory in practice. We are ready to tackle the issues most needed: support programs, babysitting for sister studies, Eid parties, play-dates, networking with mommies, providing online educational material, etc. Remember we are a WOMAN'S organization; CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!

Ready, Set, it's Ramadan: 3-WEEK kidz workshop, ages 5-12

Every year we try to do a number of fun things for the kids. The "Ready, Set, It's Ramadan" workshops were designed to promote educational, social and emotional competencies in pre-school and early elementary aged children, intended to better prepare children to enter Ramadan 2010. The curriculum is summarized below. Our apologies for not displaying the bulletin board pictures this year but they were lost.

STORY TIME: THE APPROACH OF RAMADAN SIGHTING THE MOON, WHY DO WE FAST DURING RAMADAN? GOOD DEEDS AND SADAQAH, LAST TEN NIGHTS OF RAMADAN, LAYLATAL QADR, PREPARING SUHOOR AND IFTAR CHOICES, CHILDREN AND FASTING, RAMADAN AROUND THE WORLD, HOW DO WE FAST RECAP/ PREPARING FOR EID, ITIKAF, SALAATUL TARAWEEH. ARTS AND CRAFT: MOON PHASE CALENDAR FOR RAMADAN, START RAMADAN BULLETIN BOARD, RAMADAN BULLETIN BOARD CONT'D & SADAQAH TREE, SADAQAH / GOOD DEED TREE CONT'D, FANOUS MAKING!, FANOUS, DUA BOOK, RAMADAN GREETING CARDS, LET'S DECORATE, ITIKAF, SALAATUL TARAWEEH, LET'S DECORATE!

Children's Learn Islam Workshops at Hackensack Masjid, NJ (soon to come in 2011, inshaAllah)

Thanks for reading. Jazaakum Allahu Khairun.

Sr. Nylka Vargas is the P.I.E.D.A.D Coordinator.

Shahada
 

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