Ramadan in Ithaca

Ramadan has started on the evening of May 5 / day of May 6.

The prayer schedule for Ramadan can be downloaded here.

In addition, the Ramadan information sheet distributed by the Muslim Life Program at Cornell University can be downloaded here.

Below is a list of some activities during Ramadan.

1- Daily Prayers

Prayers in congregation are held at the moosalla at the following times: Fajr – 15 minutes after start, Dhuhr – 1:15pm, Asr – 6:30pm, Maghrib – 12 minutes after sunset, Isha is held at One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University 5 minutes after the start time.

2- Daily Quran Recitation Halaqa

At the moosalla every day for 45 mins there will be Quran recitation halaqa after Asr prayer (6:30pm).

3- Daily Iftaar

There will be daily iftaars every day in One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University. Sponsored by the Cornell Muslim Alumni.

In addition, there will be Maghrib prayers in congregation and a small iftaar at the moosalla daily.

4- Nightly Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh is prayed after ‘Isha prayer during Ramadan. These will be prayed at One World Room, same place where iftaar is served. There are guest Huffaz visiting and the complete Quran will be recited before the end of the month, inshaa’Allah.

5- Weekly Potluck

Each Saturday at One World Room there will be a potluck iftaar. On Saturday, May 25, there will be a special iftaar for families of graduating students.

6- Quran Competition

Spend some time this month to memorize and revise the Quran. More details will be announced.
Prizes are sponsored by the Cornell Muslim Alumni.

7- Itikaf and Qiyam Nights

In order to take advantage of all of the last nights of Ramadan, there will be tahajjud prayers held during every odd night from the last ten days from 2:15am-3:00am at Moosalla Noor. The nights are:

21st Ramadan: Night of Saturday 5/25 – Morning of Sunday 5/26
23rd Ramadan: Night of Monday 5/27 – Morning of Tuesday 5/28
25th Ramadan: Night of Wednesday 5/29 – Morning of Thursday 5/30
27th Ramadan: Night of Friday 5/31 – Morning of Saturday 6/1
29th Ramadan: Night of Sunday 6/2 – Morning of Monday 6/3

Jumuah Prayer Tomorrow

This coming Friday (12/28) we will plan to hold the jumuah prayer at Moosalla Noor (111 E Seneca Street) in downtown Ithaca. Anabel Taylor Hall is closed between December 24 and January 1 and no services can be scheduled during this time. This is a based on a new university policy where certain buildings on campus, including Anabel Taylor Hall, must be closed and left unoccupied during staff breaks.

The door of the Moosalla will be open before 1pm and we will plan to begin the khutba at the regular time, 1:15pm. Please walk down the driveway and use the side entrance to the building. See the map below for location details and suggestions for parking. We cannot park in the driveway on weekdays but there are many convenient options close by. The Seneca@Commons TCAT bus stop is a block away. Please plan accordingly and arrive early if possible.

We have prepared the rooms downstairs and upstairs with prayer rugs and should be able to accommodate the numbers of people we typically have during the Cornell break. You may wish to bring a prayer rug. The facility has two small bathrooms.

Next week, jumuah prayer will continue in Anabel Taylor Hall as normal.

Eid Flyer

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.

Click here to download document

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:

Click here to give your feedback

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.