Reminder: Request for Comment

The lease for the current moosalla location (111 E Seneca St) will end in December. There are multiple options for moving forward. We are trying to compile ideas to make a decision that most people will agree with. Some general ideas are presented in the following document. Please note that the ideas are not exclusive.

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Please look over the document and give your feedback in the following form. Your feedback is very valuable.

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Request for Comment

The lease for the current moosalla location (111 E Seneca St) will end in December. There are multiple options for moving forward. We are trying to compile ideas to make a decision that most people will agree with. Some general ideas are presented in the following document. Please note that the ideas are not exclusive.

Click here to download document

Please look over the document and give your feedback in the following form:

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Feed My Starving Children

Thank you so much to the sisters and brothers and children who have already come to pack food and those who have volunteered. May Allah (SWT) accept and reward your efforts. Ameen.

To speak now of our fundraising  efforts to pay for the food we are packing. We have raised close to $1,000 of our $2,000 goal. This is an opportunity for us to contribute locally to an effort that is providing relief for children in need in over 70 countries, and from an Islamic perspective we should remember the example of generosity and compassion shown by our Prophet (SAW). We may also do well to reflect on how we wish to be seen in the greater community, as the organizers of the event will certainly notice, so please consider donating on behalf of our community.

You can do this anonymously if you wish, by using this link to our team donation page, Tompkins County Muslims:

https://give.fmsc.org/team/192744

Feed My Starving Children

This is a reminder about the upcoming opportunity to share with other members of the Ithaca community in a large service project. The Ithaca MobilePack/ Feed My Starving Children event will begin at the end of next week, in which we will work to assemble food packages that will be sent to regions of the world  where people are experiencing hunger and need. The event will be held at the St. Catherine of Siena Church.

This year we have reserved shifts for 10 workers on four days of the packing event. A number of people have responded and we have filled close to half of our reserved spaces, and it is now time to fill the remaining spots or open them to other people. Children five years and older are welcome to work alongside adults in the packing shifts and many children from our community are now experienced packers.

This has been a very good way for us to share the important Islamic values of charity and service to others in a context together with members of the other religious communities in Ithaca. Please support this effort by signing up to work with us, donating to raise money for the food we will pack, or both!

The following is a list of the shifts and how many places we are trying to fill for workers. Children count equally as adults.

Thursday October 11, 7-9pm: 8 spots need to be filled
Friday October 12, 8-10pm: 6 spots need to be filled
Saturday October 13, 7-9pm: 5 spots need to be filled
Sunday October 14, 4-6pm: all spots have been filled.

Please respond with the names of adults and children who will volunteer for the remaining spots, and we can register you to reserve these. If we do not fill these spots we will need to give them up for others who would like to volunteer.

A fundraising team has been formed, Tompkins County Muslims, and a link has been created so that the donations to pay for the food packed by our community can be counted together. The cost for the food packed by one volunteer is $50. Please use this link to contribute:  https://give.fmsc.org/team/192744

Two years ago the Muslim fundraising team raised more money than any of the other teams and earned recognition for us as an important member of the local religious communities. This year we have set a $2,000 fundraising goal. Please be reminded of the virtues mentioned by our Prophet Muhammad, (peace be upon him), of those who compete with one another in good deeds.

Masjid Project: Meeting for Critical Updates on Saturday

There are important recent developments that have occurred concerning the masjid project. A meeting is announced so that these can be shared in person, and your attendance is urgently requested so they can be discussed as a community.

The meeting is planned to be held tomorrow (9/21) at 10am in the gymnasium at GIAC (301 West Court Street, Ithaca). Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so we can begin promptly.

Thank you in advance for your participation, and please encourage fellow members of the Muslim community to attend this important meeting.

Moving Sale

Our Brother Omar Afzal, one of the original members of the Muslim community in Ithaca since 1973, and his wife Salma will be moving away from Ithaca to Florida on this coming Sunday. They are requesting our help in their preparations for a moving sale that they are scheduling for Saturday (9/22), and are asking if three or four people could assist them for two hours today (9/21) afternoon. They can also use help with the set up tomorrow (9/22) 8am, and later in the day for dealing with unsold items.

They will be selling many household items, furniture, and books for reasonable prices. Please encourage people to attend the sale. Their address is 1069 Ellis Hollow Road, it is located close to the East Hill Plaza.

Thank you for support for a family that helped to first establish organized activities for Muslims at Cornell and in Ithaca, and we offer them best wishes in their transition.