Ramadan in Ithaca

Ramadan has started.

The prayer schedule for Ramadan can be downloaded here.

In addition, the Ramadan information sheet distributed by the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association of Cornell University can be downloaded here.

Below is a list of activities during Ramadan.

1- Daily Prayers

Prayers in congregation are held at the moosalla at the following times: Fajr – 10 minutes after start, Dhuhr – 1:30pm, Asr – 6:30pm. Maghrib and Isha are held at One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University soon after the start time.

2- Daily Quran Recitation Halaqa

At the moosalla every day for 30 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.

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 by June 9, inshaa’Allah.

5- Weekly Potluck

Each Saturday at One World Room there will be a potluck iftaar. On Saturday, May 26, there will be a special iftaar for families of graduating students.

6- Weekly Quranic Support Group

The Quran refers to itself as a “healing and a mercy to those who believe.” Every Wednesday 7pm at G3a Anabel Taylor Hall, Chaplain Yasin will lead a Quranic based emotional support group for anyone facing stress, anxiety, depression, despair, guilt, loss and more. All are welcome! For more information, click here.

7- Weekly Open Q/A with Chaplain Yasin

Every Thursday 7pm at G3a Anabel Taylor Hall, join Chaplain Yasin for open conversations.

8- Quran Competition

Spend some time this month to memorize and revise the Quran. Details found by clicking here.
Prizes are sponsored by the Cornell Muslim Alumni.

9- 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 Monday 6/4 – Morning of Tuesday 6/5
23rd Ramadan: Night of Wednesday 6/6 – Morning of Thursday 6/7
25th Ramadan: Night of Friday 6/8 – Morning of Saturday 6/9
27th Ramadan: Night of Sunday 6/10 – Morning of Monday 6/11
29th Ramadan: Night of Tuesday 6/12 – Morning of Wednesday 6/13


Please be sure to give your Zakat-ul-fitr, sometimes called Sadaqat-ul-fitr or Fitrah. There is a box in One World Room for collection until this Saturday (6/9). After this date, it will need to be given through other means such as online. The target amount is $10 per dependent in the household, but if it provides hardship then by another measure it can be $5 per dependent in the household.

Zakat-ul-fitr is not the same as Zakat on wealth and must be given by the head of household for every member of the household if he has surplus wealth after considering the needs of the dependents and has wealth above the Islamic poverty line (nisab). It must go to those who are needy and who are eligible to receive Zakat and should be given before the Eid prayer.


Quran Khatam on Saturday

There are taraweeh prayers every night after ‘Isha prayer during Ramadan at One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University. Inshaa’Allah, the guest Huffaz will complete the Quran recitation on Saturday (6/9) during short taraweeh prayers.

If you would like to donate gift money to them, please use the link below or put money in the box labeled Taraweeh Fund in the One World Room. We are still short of our set target of what we hope to give them.

Donate to the Huffaz Gift Fund

Qiyam Nights

لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. (Quran 97:3)

Although the exact night of Laylatul Qadr is uncertain, there are many ahadith which point to it being within the last ten nights, specifically the odd nights of Ramadan. In order to take advantage of all of the last odd nights of Ramadan, there are tahajjud prayers held every odd night from 2:15am-3:00am at Moosalla Noor. The remaining odd nights are:

25th Ramadan: Night of Friday 6/8 – Morning of Saturday 6/9
27th Ramadan: Night of Sunday 6/10 – Morning of Monday 6/11
29th Ramadan: Night of Tuesday 6/12 – Morning of Wednesday 6/13


Quran Competition Saturday

Date: June 2nd, 2018.
Time: 7:45pm – 8:30pm
Registration: Participants must be pre-registered for the competition by completing the following required registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/OThYZM5s2BbA3aAy1

Competition Rules:
The following are the rules that all participants must adhere to during the competition. Failure to comply with these rules may result in point deduction or disqualification.

  • Be prompt in attending the complete event.
  • All participants must arrive 15 minutes before the competition start time.
  • Participants must be between the ages of 4-16
  • Participants must memorize assigned Ayaas/Surah’s based on age group as specified below
  • Participants will be tested on memorization and recitation according to the rules of Tajweed
  • If participates open the Quran, there will be heavy deduction on the memorization points
  • All participants must follow modest dress code throughout the competition.
  • Judges are the prime decision-makers. Their decision will be accepted as the final decision.

Study Material:
Children ages 10 years and up – Memorize the first 10 Ayas of Surah Al-Kahf and their importance in Islam.

  1. First Prize: $30 gift card
  2. Second Prize: $20 gift card
  3. Third Prize: $10 gift card

Children ages 7 year to 10 – Memorize the first 10 Ayas of Surah An-Naba

  1. First Prize: $30 gift card
  2. Second Prize: $20 gift card
  3. Third Prize: $10 gift card

Children ages 4 years to 7 – Memorize Surah Al-Qadr, Surah Al-Fatiha, Surah Al-Naas, Surah Al-Falaq, Surah Al-’Asr

  1. First Prize: $30 gift card
  2. Second Prize: $20 gift card
  3. Third Prize: $10 gift card

More information can be found by clicking here.

Month of Giving

Giving in the month of Ramadan is a great way to get reward. There are many ways to give. Some are listed below.

Give Money

  1. Huffaz Gift Fund
    Alhumdulillah, this year we have two huffaz leading taraweeh each night during Ramadan until the completion of the Quran on June 9. If you would like to donate gift money to them, please use the link below.

    Donate to the Huffaz Gift Fund

  2. Children Gifts
    There are weekly competitions for children. Al-Huda Islamic Center is accepting donations for prizes. Click on the link below to donate for prizes.

    Donate for Children Prizes

  3. AIC general fund
    Donations to the Al-Huda Islamic Center general fund will go towards operating essential community services including Moosalla Noor, children Islamic school, and other outreach activities.

    Give One Time or Monthly

  4. AIC building fund
    Please consider donating one of the items needed for the future masjid. Wudu rooms, prayer carpets, sound and security systems are examples.

    Donate an Item

Give Time

  1. Help setup and cleanup
    Help setup and cleanup during the daily iftaars and after taraweeh prayers.
  2. Volunteer
    Join other community members in different community service opportunities. The Ithaca Festival is an example.
  3. Help someone
    Help other people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, fulfill their needs.

    A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfills his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfill his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone covers up a Muslim (his sins), Allah will cover him up (his sins) on the Resurrection Day. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Give Food

  1. Feed a fasting person

    Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest. (Tirmidhi)

  2. Give left over food
    Many times, we may have left over food from iftaar or suhoor. Consider giving it to those in need or even your neighbors.

    Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: Abu Dharr, when you prepare the broth, add water to that and give that (as a present) to your neighbour. (Muslim)

Make Dua

  1. For the community
    Ask Allah (SWT) to strengthen and unite this community and grant a permanent place to worship Him.
  2. For others

    The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen! May it be for you, too’. (Muslim)

Smiling is Charity

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.”
He was then asked, “From what do we give charity every day?”
The Prophet (SAW) answered, The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms -all of these are charity prescribed for you.
He also said, “Your smile for your brother is charity.” (Tirmidhi)