October Newsletter

Ramadan Awards

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Mabrook to all our students that participated in Masjid Bilal Weekend School Ramadan Recognition. May Allah continue to bless and guide you all and keep you on the straight path. 


The Masjid Bilal Weekend School would like to recognize the following students for their accomplishments:


Students that would like to participate in the Ramadan Awards must turn in their charts by October 13th. With Awards being presented on October 20th


  

Turned in Ramadan Chart

Rowan Abdelrahman

Umar Ali

Waniya Ali

Yasir Ali

Abdullah Alyousef

Salma Mahmoud

Abdullah Malik

Hafsah Malik

Zainab Naqvi

Mishkat Ragab

Salahuddin Said

Muhammad Siddiqui

Ibraheem Tarique

Zainab Tarique

Muhammed Vakani

Mustafa Vakani


Fasted Half of Ramadan

Abdullah Alyousef

Zainab Naqvi

Zainab Tarique


Fasted All of Ramadan

Rowan Abdelrahman

Yasir Ali

Salma Mahmoud

Abdullah Malik

Hafsah Malik

Dress Code Reminders!

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 All  students and staff of the Masjid Bilal Weekend School are required to  dress in accordance with Islamic modestly and decently, upholding the  personal dignity according to practices of the Islamic faith. 
Clothing  should not have rips or tears and should not have inappropriate  messages written or depicted on them. Parents must make sure that  children come to school clean, well groomed, and dressed according to  the Masjid Bilal Weekend School Dress Code.  
Girls

  •  Loose fitting, full length garments and a scarf covering the head adequately.
  • No shorts

Boys 

  • Full sleeve or Half sleeve  shirts and full-length pants. No shorts.
  • No body piercing
  • No extremely loose or baggy pants.
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • No backward caps

A  container is located the Weekend School office filled with donations for appropriate prayer clothing should any student arrive not dressed for  prayer or outside the appropriate approved dress code. 

Lunchroom Etiquette

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The atmosphere in the lunchroom is designed to  make students’ dining experience enjoyable and relaxing. Proper  etiquette, sanitation, and adherence to the rules are necessary to  maintain a pleasant experience for everyone.


Please adhere to the following rules:

  1. Students may only touch food their food. 
  2. During Potlucks use the tongs and serving utensils provided for each item.
  3. Respect the posted portion size and do not waste.
  4. It is better to take a smaller about so that those behind you in line are able to eat too. If there is extra you may come back for seconds.
  5. After you have taken your food please find a seat at a table.
  6.  Students are not allowed to  take food out of the cafeteria area (i.e. no pocketing of food for  later consumption).
  7. Appropriate and respectful behavior is expected at all times.
  8. Clean up after yourself, do not leave food, dishes, napkins, etc. on the tables, chairs, or floor.

Student Reporter

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Student Reporters Needed, the Masjid Bilal Weekend School is looking for students reporters. Did you enjoy an activity in your class or with the school during a potluck. Is your favorite class Arabic, Quran, Islamic Studies, or lunch and recess. We want to know and you may be apart of our next newsletter!

Teacher Training

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This year the Masjid Bilal Weekend School teachers are to take part in teacher training provided by the Weekend School as well as Dar ul Aqrum. Teachers are provided with new techniques and resources to provide additional enrichment for our students and staff.

Masjid Bilal Weekend School 

Teacher Training

  November 3rd

December 8th

January 26th

February 2nd

March 1st

 

DUA Teacher Training

 


Additional Training Opportunities

Will be posted as they come available 

November Events

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What do we have to look forward to in the month of November?


11/3 Daylight Savings (Fall Back)


11/24 Fall Break

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Pink Hijab Day

October 13th

Imagine a day filled with pink hijabis everywhere. The statement that it can make. The curiosity that it will invoke.


We all love our sisters, mothers, and daughters. Pink Hijab Day encourages us to raise funds for cancer research, and to encourage all people to maintain their health by getting regular screenings and to increase knowledge about preventative methods. When the Mom gets sick we all know the whole house falls apart.


Just with all other breast cancer events this month wearing pink is not the most important part of this day. As Muslims sisters (and members of the community that support Breast Cancer Awareness) we should actively raise finds and awareness through education, donating to cancer foundations, getting tested and screened, and participating in projects that make your community better.


Many in our community are underinsured or uninsured. They cannot afford to go to the doctor or seek treatment if they have a major illness such as breast cancer. By being active in our communities we are giving a positive message and impact on society (health issues, morality issues, etc.).  


Participation

Students, teachers and staff are encouraged to wear PINK in October 14th. This can be anything PINK from hijabs, shirts, pants, abayas, kufi, shoes, socks, bows, accessories, etc. The more PINK items you have on the better. 


Contest: 

All students that wear PINK will receive a BRAG TAG


The top three students that are wearing the most PINK items will win a prize

October Recognition

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Student of the Month

Kindergarten

Aaliyah Gueye


1st

Abubakari Mutana


2nd

Alina Rahman


3rd

Abdullah  Alyousef


4th

Abdullah Malik


5th

Ashhad Qureshi


Middle/High Boys

Asif Ragab


Middle/High Girls 

Aaliah Gihozo



Teacher of the Month

Jazakallah Khair to  Marwa Abdelfattah 

Volunteer of the Month

Jazakallah Khair to  Mohammed Siddiqi 

  


Celebrating Diversity

Revert Month

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Testimony of faith (shahada):

The testimony of faith in Islam is the that one testifies that there  is no God except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. The  testimony is what one says to become a Muslim Ash-hadu Ana Lā ilāha illā Allah wa ash-hadu Ana Muhammad Rasul Allah. 



First Revert

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In the early years of Islam, the Prophet (may the blessings and peace  of God be upon him) and the Muslims faced much harassment from those  opposed to their new way of life. Throughout the hardships that were  physical, societal, and emotional, Khadija remained a strong support.  She used her wealth to aid the needy Muslims and purchase the freedom of  converted slaves. She holds the rank of becoming the first believer,  after the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of God be upon him)  experienced a frightening episode that was the first revelation. The  angel Gabriel came to him during his moment of seclusion and squeezed  him very tightly, commanding him to “Read!” three times, although he did  not know how. Scared, the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of God  be upon him) rushed home to his wife.


At such a vulnerable moment in the Prophet’s (may the blessings and  peace of God be upon him) life, Khadija was there to comfort him and  reassure him what he experienced was indeed a legitimate occurrence  coming from God, and not something of the devil’s work. Thus, she became  the first believer in Islam. A’ishah, a later wife of the Prophet (may  the blessings and peace of God be upon him) narrated about this same  encounter:


“Allah’s Messenger (may the blessings and peace of God be upon him)  returned with that experience; and the muscles between his neck and  shoulders were trembling until he came upon Khadija and said, ‘Cover  me!’ They covered him, and when the state of fear was over, he said to  Khadija, ‘O Khadija! What is wrong with me? I was afraid that something  bad might happen to me.’ Then he told her the story. Khadija said, ‘Nay!  But receive the good tidings! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you,  for by Allah, you keep good relations with your Kith and kin, speak the  truth, help the poor and the destitute, entertain your guests generously  and assist those who are stricken with calamities.’”
 

Unlike the marriages of many in pre-Islamic Arabia, the union between  Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of God be upon him) and Khadija  was one of true love, comfort, respect, and dedication.  The Prophet (may the blessings and peace of God be upon him) called  Khadija the best of women, and she received the glad tidings of a palace  in Paradise. Even after Khadija’s death, the Prophet (may the blessings  and peace of God be upon him) remembered her often, as she was the  mother of his children and his rock from the get-go.

First Child Revert

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Shortly after Khadijah embraced Islam,  `Ali ibn Abu Talib also entered into the fold of Islam. He was the first  child to embrace Islam, being 10 years old at the time, at least  according to the strongest view in the matter, two proponents of which  are At- Tabari and Ibn Ishaq.

Earlier on in the Prophet’s life, Abu  Talib was experiencing financial difficulties. Wanting to lighten the  financial load that was holding his beloved uncle down, the Prophet  offered to take in one of his children and act as his guardian. The  child he took in was `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him).  So even  before the Prophet received revelation for the first time, `Ali  was one  of the members of his household. “`Ali  was the third person – the  first being the Prophet and the second Khadijah- to perform prayer. The  people of knowledge mention that, during the very early days of his  Prophethood, the Prophet  would, at the time of prayer, go out to the  valleys of Makkah. `Ali ibn Abu Talib  would go with him, but in a  clandestine manner, making sure not to be seen by his father, his  uncles, or, for that matter, anyone else from the Quraish. They  performed all the day’s prayers in a valley, and then they would return  home at nightfall.

People of Medina

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In 622 CE/1 AH, Muhammad (PBUH) and around 70 Meccan Muhajirun believers left Mecca for sanctuary in Yathrib, an event that  transformed the religious and political landscape of the city  completely; the longstanding enmity between the Aus and Khazraj tribes  was dampened as many of the two Arab  tribes and some local Jews embraced  Islam. Muhammad (PBUH), was agreed on as their leader. The Muslim converts native to Yathrib were called Ansar ("the Patrons" or "the Helpers"). 


The people of Medina, Ansars, and Mahajirn would agree on the Medina Charter, the worlds first constitution; which committed all parties to mutual co-operation under the leadership  of Muhammad (PBUH).     

Islam the Fastest Growing Religion in the World

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 Islam is the world's second-largest religion, after Christianity. But  this could change if the current demographic trends continue, according  to  research published by the US-based Pew Research Center. Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall  world population between 2015 and 2060 and, in the second half of this  century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.


While the world’s population is projected to grow 32% in the coming  decades, the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 70% – from 1.8  billion in 2015 to nearly 3 billion in 2060. In 2015, Muslims made up  24.1% of the global population. Forty-five years later, they are  expected to make up more than three-in-ten of the world’s people  (31.1%).

Chrystal Said

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Our own Principal Chrystal Said reverted to Islam October 2005, after studying Islam for 11 years. 


Chrystal Said joined Masjid Bilal Weekend School in 2017. Chrystal understands that  in Islam we are to never stop learning and is currently studying for her Master in Clinical Counseling at Bellevue University. She brings this spirit of learning to our teachers and students. And loves the joy she sees in each of her student's faces.


Where has Chrystal made a difference. It begins with her project called  the "Revert Closet" (2007-present) It is a community outreach for new  Muslims. To help them be able to access clothing items for prayer,  visiting a masjid, and/or everyday modest attire as well as helping them access learning materials and develop a support system. 


She is also  active in Breast Cancer Awareness and "Pink Hijab Day"  (2007-present)Where Chrystal has arranged breast cancer awareness  fundraising events during the month of October including walks, art  shows, theater, and dinners. She is also active in Go Red for Heart  Health Awareness (2017-present) by arranging heart health awareness  fundraising events during the month of February including a soccer  tournament, health fair, health speakers, dinners.


Education:
    Strayer University
    -Master of Science, Human Resource Management
    University of Kentucky
   -BA History of the Middle East with a minor in Islamic Studies
    Lexington Community College
    -AA Psychology