Ramadan Mubarak from all of us here at IQRA’

Ramadan Mubarak from all of us here at IQRA’
May the blessings of Allah (SWT) be with you

‪Ramadan Mubarak 2017

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Special Ramadan Note from Dr Tasneema Ghazi

Ramadan NOTE

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Ramadan Mubarak!

All of us at IQRA’ International Educational Foundation wish you and your loved ones a blessed and fruitful Ramadan!  May Allah Subhana wa Tta’ala make this a time of peace, reflection and spiritual growth for one and all!  We are pleased to inform you that IQRA’ has reached an important milestone having fulfilled 33 years of dedicated service to the Muslim community worldwide.

We wish to take this time to thank you from the depth of our hearts for the dedication and support with which you have nurtured and supported this unique organization. May Allah swt bless each one of you and make IQRA’ worthy of your continued confidence and support. Nevertheless, this is only the beginning of our journey; for we have much more to accomplish with your du’a and support, inshallah!

As the leading provider of Islamic educational solutions, IQRA’ continues to make the greatest possible impact on young Muslim minds across North America and beyond. We have completed the revision of our entire elementary courses. Our new material reflects changes that respond to the needs of our schools in a changing world. We have also moved into the digital realm and our entire program will soon be available in e-book format. In addition, we have expanded the list of low-income and urban schools and students who receive our material free of charge.

We fervently appeal to you to join hands with us and donate generously to the worthy cause of acquisition and dissemination Islamic knowledge. Your donation is an Amanah and it is only spent with great care in covering the production costs of IQRA’s books. We hold your trust in the highest regard and carry it with sincerity.

Please make your pledge now and send your check along with the ANSAR (http://iqrafoundation.com/donate/) form today.  We also request that you remember IQRA’ in your prayers at this sacred time of the year and share this appeal with family and friends.

DONATE NOW – http://iqrafoundation.com/donate/

Thanking you in advance!

Tasneema Ghazi, PhD.

Executive Director

IQRA’ International Educational Foundation

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IQRA’ condemns the bombing of the Manchester Arena Monday evening

Press Release – Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
All of us at IQRA’ International Educational Foundation condemn in the strongest terms the tragic, horrific and inexcusable bombing of the Manchester Arena Monday evening.

Our deepest condolences to the families of those innocent souls who lives were cruelly taken. We express our heartfelt prayers for courage, patience, and healing be bestowed upon the families of the victims and to the Manchester community as a whole. We also ask our Almighty Creator to guide all those misguided individuals who have mistaken revenge for justice and violence for faith, that they may come to know the pure and unsullied message of Islam.

We join the global community in our resolve to spread peace and justice around the globe and eradicate such senseless acts of violence against innocent people, whomever they may be and wherever they may live.

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Renovated IQRA’ Book Center Reception – May 3rd, 2017

IQRA’ International Educational Foundation celebrated the Grand Opening of its remodeled beautiful Book Store on Devon Avenue in Chicago, IL.  Alder Woman, Debra Silverstein was the guest of honor.

The event was very well attended by IQRA’ well-wishers, staff, and customers.  We invite all of you to visit the Store before and during Ramadan.  It has different books and gift items for you to enjoy during the blessed month of Ramadan.

Please visit IQRA’ Book Center at 2751 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659 or Call 773-274-2665

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The Beautiful Tradition of Poetry in Praise of our Dear Prophet Muhammad (s)

By Dr. Tasneema K. Ghazi

“Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believers! You also should invoke blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace.” (33:56)

Alhamdulillah, all of us (millions of Muslims) follow the above injunction of the Allah (swt) and recite the Salawat to invoke blessings on our dear Prophet Muhammad (s). All Muslims recite and act upon the teachings of the Qur’an because of our deep love and reverence for our Creator, Allah (swt). Next to the love of Allah comes the love of our dear Prophet, Allah’s last Messenger, Muhammad al-Mustafa (s). Adoration of the Prophet Muhammad (s) is an important aspect of our Islamic way of life.
Allah (swt) has bestowed all human beings with the unique ability to express their love for their loved ones in words and gestures, especially if the loved one has unique qualities of being an exemplary human being. Poems, speeches, and essays in praise of the beloved Muhammad (s) are the rich part of Islamic tradition from the time of Muhammad (s) himself. Writings of such praise are a special genre of literature in almost every language read and spoken by the Muslims around the world.
The tradition of poetry in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (s) began in his lifetime. His uncle Abu Talib was one of the first poets to compose beautiful poems in praise of his supreme attributes and exemplary morals.
Then, there is the loving “Tala’ al-Badru ‘Alayna” the song sang by the children and people of Madinah to welcome the beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) to Madinah. This early song is still recited by Muslims all over the world.
Hasan ibn Thabit Al-Ansari (r) composed many beautiful poems in praise of the Prophet (s). Hasan ibn Thabit was born in Madinah. He belonged to he belonged to the same tribe as Aminah, the Mother of the Prophet (s). He became known as the “Poet of the Prophet.” Many noble Sahabah used to recite his poems in defense of the Prophet (s) and Islam.
Another Sahabi poet was Abdullah ibn Rawaha (r), who was from the tribe of Madinah. He composed moving poetry at the time of Prophet’s Hijrah to Madinah.
So we find that the tradition of composing poems and reciting them was well established during the time of the Prophet (s) himself. It is a beautiful tradition which began in the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and continues strong throughout the history of Muslims all over the world.
Most famous of the poems written in praise of Muhammad (s) after his death is the Qasidah Burdah by the 13th century CE North African poet Al-Busiri. The Qasidah Burdah has been translated into many languages. Muslims recite this Qasidah in gatherings to honor the beloved Prophet (s), especially in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the month of Prophet’s birth.
Gatherings of Muslims to attend the celebrations of the Sirah of Muhammad (s) and recite some of the most beautiful songs and poems in praise of the Prophet (s) is one the most popular way to learn about the Sirah of our beloved Prophet (s) and follow his high character.
Persian and Urdu poetry is full of Na`t literature, which is increasing each day.
As we are celebrating the birth and ba`that, of Rasulullah (s) we are also sadly mourning the shahadat of one of the greatest singer, reciter, and muballigh of Na`at and Hamd, Junaid Jamshed. While his death is mourned, his Na`ats are in every Islamic channel and millions of lips. The love of the Prophet (s) is the eternal gift that with which Allah (swt) has blessed the Muslim community. We thank Allah (swt) for this loving gift and pray we live and die with this love and are raised in the company of Rasulullah (s) and drink the water of Kawsar by his blessed hands and stand under of banner of al-Hamd, Ameen ya Rabal Alamin
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