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
Fasted Half of Ramadan
Fasted All of Ramadan
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.
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.
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:
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!
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
DUA Teacher Training
Additional Training Opportunities
Will be posted as they come available
What do we have to look forward to in the month of November?
11/3 Daylight Savings (Fall Back)
11/24 Fall Break
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.).
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.
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
Jazakallah Khair to Marwa Abdelfattah
Jazakallah Khair to Mohammed Siddiqi
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.
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.
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.
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 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%).
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.
-Master of Science, Human Resource Management
University of Kentucky
-BA History of the Middle East with a minor in Islamic Studies
Lexington Community College