Jumu’a with Tarek El-Messidi this Friday January 19th at 12:30pm

As-salamu alaykum MCCP community members,

I pray this message finds you in the best of health and faith, amin.

This Friday January 19 at 12:30pm, MCCP is honored to have a guest khateeb, Tarek El-Messidi (the founder of Celebrate Mercy), give the jumu’a khutba, inshaa’Allah! Brother Tarek El-Messidi is a Muslim American social entrepreneur and activist. In 2012, The Muslim 500 listed him as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims worldwide. Please arrive to jumu’a early, as we anticipate our center will fill up quickly. You can read more about brother Tarek here:

About CelebrateMercy’s Founder

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Executive Office of Imam

Ownership of Masjid Structure signed over to MCCP

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this message finds everyone in good health and iman.

Pacific Mobile as of January 10th 2018 has signed over ownership of the prefabricated structure that was used for the construction of the new Masjid at 5325 N Vancouver Avenue Portland, OR 97217. The Muslim Community Center of Portland (MCCP) would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed to helping us reach our goal.

Muslim Community Center
Imam Muhammad A. Najieb
Office of Imam
mccpdx.org

MCCP Majalis meeting Sunday Jan. 14 from 1pm-2:30pm

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this message finds everyone in good health and iman.

MCCP will be holding a community Majalis meeting this Sunday January 14th from 1pm – 2:30pm, inshaa’Allah. The Office of Imam has news to share, and we hope to continue refining our plans to develop our community in a comprehensive matter, inshaa’Allah. Please join us and contribute your perspectives and ideas! We appreciate you, love you, and hope to see you this Sunday, with the permission of Allah.

May you all have a blessed jumu’a!

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary

MCCP Friday Night Fikr tomorrow 12/15 at 6:30pm!

As-salamu alaykum,

I pray this message finds you all in the very best of states, amin.

This week’s Friday Night Fikr at MCCP on December 15 at 6:30pm will be featuring an insightful video lecture by Ustadh Usama Canon about love in the light of Prophecy, inshaa’Allah! Tea and snacks will be served, and discussion will follow the lecture, inshaa’Allah! Come join us for our last Friday Night Fikr of December!

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Executive Office of Imam
mccpdx.org

Friday Night Fikr Dec. 8 at 6:30pm

As-salamu alaykum,

I pray this message finds everyone in the best of states, amin.

MCCP will be hosting Friday Night Fikr tomorrow Friday December 8 at 6:30pm inshaa’Allah! We plan to show some heartfelt clips of scholars describing our Prophet (sal’Allahu alayhi wa’sallem) and his beautiful character, and also ask that participants please bring a hadith or story from the seerah that is particularly meaningful to share with the group. Come out to celebrate our Beloved Prophet (sal’Allahu alayhi wa’sallem), enjoy refreshments, and good company, inshaa’Allah!!!

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Executive Office of Imam
mccpdx.org

MCCP Majalis meeting minutes 12/3/17

As-salamu alaykum MCCP Community,

I pray this message finds everyone in the best of states, amin.

-What: MCCP Majalis meeting minutes
-Date and Time: Sunday December 3, 2017 from 1pm – 2:30pm
-Attendance: Imam Muhammad Najieb, Imam Shabazz, Sr. Marion Dawan, Sr. Faye, Sr. Aesha, Sr. Joyce, Sr. Hadiyah, Sr. Zaidah, Sr. Wagma, Br. Omar Shabazz, Br. Yunus (aka Yohannes), Br. Rashad, Br. Ali Godil, Br. Ibrahim, and Br. Raumene

-Al Fatiha

-Imam Najieb shares with the community that the final payment for our new building has been made, alhamdulillah!!! Appreciation shown to Sr. Laila Hajoo whom Allah chose to make the means of finally paying off our balance, alhamdulillah!

-Imam Najieb shares the intention to begin a weekend school program for children 5th grade and up, and also for adults. Imam shared touching base with Br. Maqsood Chaudhary about ideas for Islamic based learning, and Br. Shaestagir to support our children to improve their math and science skills, inshaa’Allah. Imam Najieb emphasized the need to make a structured format and registration to make things official and ensure accountability.

-Sr. Marion Dawan discussed importance of creating programs that are sustainable and long term. She discussed importance of prioritizing needs, getting a clear idea of our budget, and also educating and encouragement zakat to be given within the community.

-Br. Rashad shares his handout on programs and trainings that would be of benefit to our community. Includes Physical fitness trainings, Self-defense and offense trainings, Weapons and tactical training, Urban and Rural Survival Skills, Islamic Business Development & Investment Group. Refer to Br. Rashad’s handout for details (or ask him to email it to you if you were not present).

-Br. Omar Shabazz shares importance of becoming aware of resources and skills we have in our community, and possibly developing a list of people and the specific skills they offer as a community resource.

-Imam Najieb discusses the importance of individuals and families having 3-day supply of food and water, along with emergency kit as a general safety measure.

-Br. Raumene discussed the importance of sacred knowledge, and recognizing that the Qur’an and Sunna have been preserved through qualified Muslim scholars. Discussed the importance of making sure we build our educational initiatives based on sound scholarship…i.e. from Muslim scholars who:
1) have a chain of teachers (isnad) leading directly back to the Prophet (sal’Allahu alayhi wa’sallem),
2) have permission to teach from their teachers (ijaza).
3) have understanding and knowledge of the North American cultural context, in all its diversity.
This is the methodology employed to ensure that the Qur’an and Sunna are being preserved, interpreted soundly, and applied correctly, inshaa’Allah.
Br. Raumene cited examples like Seekers Hub, Zaytuna College, Ta’leef Collective, Lampost Productions, Alim Program, Virtual Mosque, etc… as being models that have implemented this methodology with success, and potential examples that we can draw from as we develop our programs, inshaa’Allah.

-Br. Ali Godil discusses importance of “identifying our North Star” to help guide whatever MCCP does. Br. Ali discussed that to fulfill a strategy, we need to have an objective. Discussed importance of making the mission statement a guiding star that we can come back to in order to make sure we are heading in the right direction. From the mission statement we can identify the various initiatives that are necessary to fulfill our mission, inshaa’Allah.

-Imam Shabazz shares importance of “root knowledge” as the foundation. What people really need to learn. Getting the basics of Islam down. “Recite it, reflect on it, and act upon it.” Imam Shabazz discussed the importance of embracing all of the Sunni schools of thought (Maliki, Hanafi, Shafii, Hanbali), along with the unique American Muslim experience and context.

-Imam Najieb suggests that people commit to brainstorming ideas and developing models to bring back to the Shura Board and Majalis.

-Sr. Faye mentions that MCCP does have a current mission statement and constitution that can be revisited and refined. She identifies the Sura board, Women of the Masjid, and Majalis and up and running, but need to also use the MCCP slot on the radio. Sr. Faye emphasizes importance of developing sub-committees for people to begin brainstorming and creating ideas for different models/programs.

-Imam Shabazz emphasizes the importance of acknowledging that much ground work and heart has already gone in to developing MCCP, and that we are not starting from scratch, but rather building off of and refining what already has been built.

-Imam Shabazz discussed the OICO Full Way House as a part of MCCP, and funding towards that will help ensure the overall needs and well being of our community, inshaa’Allah. Mentions the OICO Full Way House is in the process adding rooms.

-Br. Ali Godil mentions need for MCCP’s great work and initiatives to be showcased…Website, Facebook, instagram, etc…

-Imam Najieb closes out meeting with Al-Asr.

ACTION ITEMS:
-Br. Omar and Br. Ali to begin looking at the mission statement
-Br. Rashad to look at a calendar of days and possible times to do workshops/trainings
-Br. Yunus to look at security needs of MCCP
-Br. Raumene to propose potential educational outline for “root knowledge” or fard ayn knowledge (individual obligations of every Muslim)
-Women of the Masjid to share their mission

-Next Majalis: Sunday January 7 at 1pm – 2:30pm, inshaa’Allah.

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Executive Office of Imam
mccpdx.org

MCCP Majalis meeting Sunday Dec. 3 from 1pm – 2:30pm

As-salamu alaykum,

I pray this message finds everyone in the best of states, amin.

MCCP will be hosting another Majalis meeting this coming Sunday December 3 from 1pm – 2:30pm, inshaa’Allah. We will be following up on our previous Majalis meeting to begin formalizing MCCP’s Community Life Education vision for 2018 and beyond, inshaa’Allah! We encourage all to join us and add their voice to this important meeting.

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Executive Office of Imam
mccpdx.org

MCCP Friday Night Fikr Dec. 1 at 6:30pm!

As-salamu alaykum,

I pray this message finds everyone in good health and iman.

In light of the month of Rabia al Awwal, this week’s MCCP Friday Night Fikr on Dec. 1 at 6:30pm will feature a beautiful video lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson about the importance of studying the seerah of our Beloved Prophet (sal’Allahu alayhi wa’sallem).

*Tea and sweets provided!
*Discussion to follow the lecture, inshaa’Allah!

May Allah facilitate a beautiful and beneficial gathering for us this Friday, amin. We look forward to seeing you there, inshaa’Allah!

With peace,

Raumene Rahatzad
Executive Secretary
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Executive Office of Imam
mccpdx.org