Update: Message from the president of ICVA.
While ICVA is remain lockdown the president of ICVA has an update to the community members.please be mindful that this is subject to change based on the update from Governor.
Jumu’a During Social Distancing:
- The purpose of the is found in its name, “Jumu’a,” which is derived from the term for “gathering.” This prayer is not simply a ritual or tradition but it has a rational purpose: to gather together in solidarity as a community, to hear instructions from our leadership under the guidance of the Prophet -sas- and to join as one body in prayer.
- Jumu’a requires a large gathering in a public place, open to all. People respond to the adhan and arrive at that place for that purpose. The Imam then addresses them and leads them in prayer. Jumu’a cannot be done in a private location that is inaccessible to the community at large.
- Ideally, in every community there would be only one or a few places for jumu’a so that as many people as possible could be together.
- When it is not possible to gather the community together, such as during illness, quarantine, public danger, bad weather, etc. we perform the thuhr prayer in our homes or places of work. We do not perform jumu’a in small groups in imitation of the mosque, as this contradicts the purpose of jumu’a.
- Those whose hearts are attached to the mosque, who love to attend the jama’a (congregation) often -Allah will reward them for their patience and endurance- He will never deny them anything of their reward according to their intentions.
Although we are socially distanced our hearts are united with common intention and purpose. Our current inability to attend Friday and daily prayers at the mosque – insha Allah- will cause us to increase in our appreciation for the blessing and value of our gatherings and times together even more in the future.
Message from Imam Ammar Amonette
Dear community members:
Allah the Almighty has told us, وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ “God has not laid any hardship upon you in Religion.” -al-Hajj 22:78. From this and many other verses and hadiths we understand that in cases of hardship or emergency, Allah has excused us from various religious duties until normal life is restored.
Allah says, وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا“ Do not kill yourselves (or one another), for truly God is Ever Merciful to you.” -al-Nisa’ 4:29; and He says, وَلاَ تُلْقُواْ بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ
“Do not throw yourselves into destruction by your own hands.” -al-Baqara 2:195.
Therefore, we are not allowed as Muslims to carelessly expose ourselves or others to danger to our health or safety. Exposing ourselves to infectious disease is a clear example of that. Someone told me that as the Prophet -sas- said, لاَ عَدْوَى “There is no ‘Adwa,” that this means that we do not believe in contagious disease. But in fact, the scholars all understand that it means contagion is created only by Allah. Just as when Allah says, وَمَا رَمَيْتَ إِذْ رَمَيْتَ وَلَـكِنَّ اللّهَ رَمَى “You did not throw but it was Allah who threw,” when the Prophet -sas- threw a handful of sand in the direction of the enemy, but it was Allah’s will that that should happen. Thus, contagion happens by the will of Allah, but we are commanded to take precautions as the Prophet -sas- said, وَفِرَّ مِنَ الْمَجْذُومِ كَمَا تَفِرُّ مِنَ الأَسَدِ “Avoid lepers like you flee from a lion.” The fact that there is danger of contagion during epidemics does not in any way conflict with Allah’s will, anymore than the fact that a wild predator is dangerous and should be avoided.
The Prophet-sas- commanded us, إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ بِالطَّاعُونِ بِأَرْضٍ فَلاَ تَدْخُلُوهَا، وَإِذَا وَقَعَ بِأَرْضٍ وَأَنْتُمْ بِهَا فَلاَ تَخْرُجُوا مِنْهَا. “If you here of a plague in a certain place do not enter into it, and if it strikes in the place where you are, do not leave it.” And he said, فَمَنْ سَمِعَ بِهِ بِأَرْضٍ فَلاَ يَقْدَمَنَّ عَلَيْهِ، وَمَنْ كَانَ بِأَرْضٍ وَقَعَ بِهَا فَلاَ يَخْرُجْ فِرَارًا مِنْهُ “If you hear of it in some land, do not go there, and if it breaks out in a land where you are, do not leave, fleeing from it.”
- One of the reasons that an infected person is prohibited from leaving the area of the epidemic is so that such a person does not transmit the illness to others. Instead, they should quarantine themselves from the healthy people of that region.
The general rule in Islamic Law is as the Prophet -sas- said, لا ضرر و لا ضرار “There is neither harm no reciprocating harm.” It is unanimous agreed among the ‘Ulama that harm is to be removed even if it requires setting aside some religious imperative.
The Prophet -sas- said, مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ دَاءً إِلاَّ أَنْزَلَ لَهُ شِفَاءً “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.” -Bukhari. Thus, it is the role of scientists and physicians to discover those treatments and precautions created by Allah, and it is our responsibility to then follow their guidelines.
- It is our Islamic duty to protect ourselves and others from this disease and to do everything (with Allah’s help) to prevent its spread
- As public health authorities have advised that we do not attend large public gatherings where there is a danger of spreading contagious disease, it is a religious obligation to temporarily halt such gatherings as Jumu’a and congregational prayers.
- Currently we do not know which of us may be infected with this illness, and therefore there is a high degree of possibility that any large congregation could contain at least one contagious person. It is haram /forbidden to enter into such gatherings if there is a possibility that by doing so we would spread a harmful or deadly disease to others.
- Even those who are young and relatively healthy could potentially spread the disease to others who are at higher risk such as the elderly or those with respiratory conditions or compromised immune systems.
- At such time as testing becomes easily accessible it is possible to open up congregational attendance for those who have been tested and found to be free of disease.
- Those who are not able to pray Jumu’a/Friday congregational prayers should pray thuhr prayer in their homes. Allah will not deprive them of any of the reward that they would have received according to their intention.
May Allah Almighty keep all of our community and families safe and secure. Ameen.
Imam Ammar Amonette
Message from President of ICVA
I know the growing intensity of reports related to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the uncertainty of its impact is deeply concerning for all of us. Today, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of the virus.
Being a President of Islamic Center along with Imam Ammar our main goal is to protect the health and well-being of our community.
Effective immediately(3/12/2020) until further notice Islamic Center of Virginia suspends all Masjid Activities which include(Daily Salat, Jummah Prayers, Sunday School etc ) . The Masjid will be Lockdown.
We Will be Sanitizing the Islamic Center for 72 hrs and let the community know when the activities resumes.
We understand that these measures seem drastic, but we are working with community, local and state officials to be fully up-to-date on all the facts.
Please be assured we are enacting these decisions to ensure the safety of our community.
b. Khatira/ Community Breakfast @ on Sunday March 1 st 2020, Imam Zafar is our guest speaker Fajr Iqama will be 5:45
c. General Assembly will be on 4/26/2020
d. Muslim Role in Census 2020 (Don’t miss the opportunity)
Muslim Role in Census 2020
As many of you may be aware, a census of the population is taken every 10 years. There will be a census held this year. This is a very important civic duty of every US resident (you do NOT have to be a citizen). Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state would have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and MORE IMPORTANT, is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.
Sadly Muslim population data is not truly reflective of our numbers in the United States. As a result we are under represented in and by political parties. Politicians are motivated by numbers. The only way Muslims living in the United States will be heard and actively represented by our elected leaders is by us making sure we are counted. Remember, our strength lies in our numbers. Regardless of your political affiliation and preferences, please make sure each and every member of your household is counted when you are approached by the Census Bureau. Please visit 2020census.gov to learn more about the 2020 Census – how to respond, and why it matters.
Our Imam will be making announcements periodically at Juma to remind all of us. In the meantime, please share this information or forward this email to your friends, family and acquaintances.
Let us make sure each one is counted. You will not get this opportunity again till 2030 !
General Assembly will be held at Islamic Center of Virginia, Buford Road (ICVA) on Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at 01:30 PM.
We request all the Member’s to attend the meeting Please… Non-Member and the community Members can attend too,
Central Virginia Quran Competition – Mar 14th
b. Bring a Dish to Share – Community Potluck 12/14
Friday Halaqa by Imam Ammar Amonette
Weekend Islamic School Registration and School Starts on September 15th
Friday Halaqa by Imam Ammar Amounete
Busy Bees Registration
Weekend Islamic School
The registration for Weekend Islamic School is open
The first day of school is on Sunday, September 15th @ 10:00 am
Weekend Islamic School is once a week every Sunday from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM,
Curriculum Quranic Arabic, Quran and Islamic studies,
Here is the link for registration.
ICVA Weekend School started for the academic year 2019-2020 on September 15th insh.
Upcoming Events @ ICVA
Ashura Potluck and Dinner on Sep 9th
Weekend Islamic School Starts on September 15th
Al-Madina’s Coming of Age Workshop for the Youth and Parents. @ Sep 13th and 14th.
Those who have intention to fast [voluntary fasting] can fast. May Allah accept our fasting and forgive all our sins. Ameen.
ICVA requesting all the community members to join us for Iftar Potluck Dinner after Maghrib on September 9th.
Weekend Islamic School
ICVA Weekend School Repons for the academic year 2019-2020 on September 15th insh.
Al-Madina Workshop for the Youth and their parents: Sept 13th and 14th
Al Madina school in cooperation with all Islamic Organizations of Richmond is organizing workshops for the benefit of the entire community.
Upcoming Events @ ICVA (See detail below)
- Weekend Islamic School Registration @ 08/24
- General Assembly Dates and Agenda @ 08/25
- Seerah Series by School Board Registration @ 08/25
- Prophetic Jewels by School Board @ 08/25
We hope, Insha ALLAH, You and your family members are in good spirit of Emaan.
A Special General Assembly (GA) meeting will be held, Insha ALLAH, at the Islamic Center of Virginia (ICVA), Buford Road on ( 08/25 /2019 ), at 2:00 p.m, after Dhuhr salat.
This meeting is called to elect a Board of Trustee (BOT) member, and to get GA’s approval of the ICVA Expansion Site Plans for the Islamic Center. We request you examine the expansion plans that are posted at the ICVA next to Executive Committee (EC) Office. We request all voting members to attend the meeting. Voting members quorum is required to approve the plans.
Non voting community members are also encouraged to attend the GA meeting to recommend any changes or improvement of the expansion plans. Likewise, any member can send his/her comments concerning expansion plans to our Imam or any member of the EC, prior to GA meeting.
We also congratulate those, who performing Hajj this year. We pray May ALLAH swt make their journey easy and safe, Insha ALLAH.
1st of Dhul-Hijjah Friday, August 2, 2019.
Day of Arafat, is on August 10, Saturday.
The Edi-ul Adha Will be on Sunday August 11, 2019.
Center Location Salat: 7:00 AM (Prompt)
Date: Sunday, August 11,2019.
Islamic Center of Virginia (Center Location)
1241 Buford Road,
Eid-ul-Adha Main Salat :
Arthur Ash Center (Main Salat):
Main Salat: 9:00 AM (Prompt)
Date: Sunday, August 11,2019.
Imam: Ammar Amonette
Arthur Ash Athletic Center ,
3001 North Boulevard, Richmond VA
parking is free