Fundraiser 2017

…by what we have seen of the transformation that can come from true classical Qur’anic teaching put in a modern context and offered to a widely diverse bunch of kids of different backgrounds and ages to meld them into a group who are memorizing, leading prayers, behaving themselves with good adab and calling their teacher on weekends and holidays to beg to have class! There is a growing waiting list and not enough space, and not enough help.  A single master teacher, even with the backing of the shaykh, can only do so much in this one-room classroom. We want to se it continue and thrive and we need your help to raise the part-time salary of another teacher/helper and to be sure the Islamic Study Center space is rented for another year, the lights kept on, the internet running (so the students can do their homework), the students fed, the parents enthusiastically supporting everything they can with foods for celebrations and everyday snacks and encouragement for their children to perfect not only their recitation but their salat, their wudu, their manners and respectful behavior. These are not wealthy parents. Most of them were immigrants from some war-torn place who are working hard to make their way here. We want to help them and especially their kids to become the backbone of the Islam that is being born in the West. We need your help to do it.

 

Not only the school, but the Center itself hopes for your aid to keep running, keep passing on zakat, keep teaching a dedicated group of older students from the university and adults every Sunday night. Its doors are open when there is a wedding, or a funeral, or a remembrance of a great teacher or historic Muslim event.

 

We want to continue the work of Shaykh Nooruddeen and his students, traveling every week to a different masjid for khutbas and teaching, running the GreenMountainSchool website to put these khutbas and lectures out all over the world, distributing the shaykh’s books including the wonderful Tajwidi Quran (now available as an app for those who find the printed book too expensive to order overseas or too heavy to carry daily to work). Now we are preparing for Ramadan and the unknown numbers of people who will show up. There was some discussion that perhaps we were too small a group at present to handle the work involved. But we all know and agree that Shaykh Nooruddeen’s way of teaching is work (tarbiyyah) and we all have taken it on. You can help by visiting, by writing, and by sharing your zakat with us, The world seems to be in a shambles, there is war, fear, and distrust particularly of Muslims, but we are here to CELEBRATE our life, our teaching, our Deen and to announce yes, we are Muslims! The themes for this year’s teaching are attached for you, along with information on how to help or donate. Zakat and gifts single, ongoing or pledged may be sent to the address below or through the paypal site GreenMontainSchool.org.. Or, make a bank transfer to: University of Virginia Credit Union acct.# 0005013678, routing # 251480181. We thank you from the Center of our hearts.

 

Noura Durkee for an-Noor Foundation, which runs the GreenMountainSchool school and website and sponsors the distribution of the books of Shaykh Noorudden Durkee and supports the Islamic Study Center for the purification of wealth and hearts by the distribution of knowledge & zakat. Not supported by any government or large foundation or organization, just us Muslims & friends.

 

An-Noor, 536 Pantops Center, Suite 129, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
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WE HELP OTHERS

Refugees, travelers, students, scholars, food for school parties, daily snacks, all gatherings & celebrations, Sunday nites, weddings, remembrance, marakabah, Eid!

Honesty, mercy, justice, love, freedom;
Lectures, questions & answers, reading the Qur’an & wisdom, talk…training of adults and kids, learning, learning….

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

An-noor foundation 536 Pantops center  #129 Charlottesville Va 22911

 

 

This year’s Theme

786 An-Noor Foundation:THE COMING YEAR: 2017-18

‘DON’T LOOK BACK’ was the subject of our program last year. The intention was to shift the emphasis in thinking from the schools of fiqh established in the fourth and fifth centuries, and endless interpretations thereof, to the vital issues of the present day and the application of Islamic principles to them. From looking back in time we need a major shift to looking forward from today into the future. Ultimately what that future holds is the coming of the Mahdi, alahi-s-salaam. What we look for is what the Bani Israel call the Messianic Impulse, the signs and indicators of what that time could be. He has not made himself clear to the people in the public square, but we see portents of what his coming demands and what it could mean. Our new program consists of five principles that we find to be necessary in preparation of ourselves and our community for his coming.

 

1. I AM A MUSLIM

Ibrahim (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim (Hanifa) (Qir’ãn 2:105)
The Messenger believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers—

We make no distinction between any of His Messengers–and they say: We hear, and we obey.
Your forgiveness, our Lord. The journeying is to You. (Qur’an 2:285}

This marks the end of sectarianism. The prophet a, was not a Shafi, nor was he a Selafi, nor a Deobandi nor a Berelwi, not a Sunni or a Shia; he was neither a Sufi nor a Wahabi; he was a Muslim. Therefore to follow him one must not be any sort of sectarian. Of course we have training in certain schools and mathahab and we come from all parts of the world, but the overriding reality must be, “I am a Muslim”. Our division into ’72 sects’ must cease to be our defining characteristic to non-Muslims and to each other.

 

2. WE HAVE NOT SENT YOU SAVE AS A MERCY

And We have not sent you save as a mercy to all the worlds (Qur’ãn 21:107)
I am a Muslim; what describes me, and what is my job? My goal is to be a person who shows mercy to all beings. Overriding madhab, nationality, color, and gender: my primary characteristic must be mercy. People may carry on with admirable discussions of fiqh, they may get everything right in their diet, their ablutions, their habits, their language. But aside from all that: are they merciful? They may have studied here, studied there, have ijazah from a famous shaykh or several of them, know all the right words in Arabic, but: are they merciful or not? It’s not a very hard judgment to make; you can tell about someone or yourself by watching the simplest actions, from swatting a bug to talking with a bothersome child, from their generosity with what they have or from what touches their heart. Is the person really following the Prophet a, or is s/he following fashion, or nafs, peers or family tradition? The Prophet a said: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor has a non-Arab any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor has a black any superiority over a white except by piety (taqwa) and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”

 

3. HOLD FAST TO THE ROPE OF ALLAH AND DON’T LET GO

And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and do not be divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, you became brothers; and you were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it… (Qur’an 3:103)
…And whoever rejects the idols, and securely believes in Allah, has grasped a firm handhold that will never break. And Allah is Hearing, Knowing… (Qur’an 2:56p)

The rope of Allah is the Qur’an. Holding to that rope demands certain behaviors and attitudes that are not always popular. It is not easy to be a Muslim. The surrender needs to be complete and to Allah only. One cannot and should not rely on one’s own work, on social security or insurance plans, on fences or alarm systems. The shaytan has many devious ways to cause insecurity and doubt, and natural phenomena play their part too in shaking up the most certain of ideas and lifestyles. Reliance on Allah and the fact that Allah has already made the best possible plan for our life is the only way to avoid worry, torment and ‘the fog of unknowing’.

 

4. RESPECT ALL THE SCHOLARS

O you who believe! Do not let a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames.

How bad is it to insult one’s brother after having Faith …(Qur’an 49:11)

Islam has been inherited from numerous sources, and a great debt is owed by every Muslim to those who have dedicated their lives and energies to trying to understand it, to writing and to teaching. Their ideas and interpretations vary widely, but as the Prophet a said, “The differences in my Ummah are a blessing.” We put a high value on precision of thought, beauty of language, and depth of understanding. Without the scholars and the ‘ulema, including all their differences and arguments, we would descend into complete sectarianism and ‘what we found our forefathers doing.’ The character of mercy allows for broad differences of opinion. What it does not allow is killing people over those differences, or being so sure of our own truth that we cannot tolerate or even consider anything else.

 

5. THERE IS NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION

There is no compulsion in religion. The Path of Guidance is clear from error, (Qur’an 2:256)

It is He Who has sent His Messenger with the Deen (religious way) of Truth (Haqq) that he my uplift it above all religion however much the polytheists may be adverse (Qur’an 61:09)

We believe that the whole world will one day be Muslim. We wish all our friends and family and neighbors would see reality as we do. But Allah gave humanity a lot of leeway and we have to accept that. People come to Islam by many routes: study, inspiration, experience, marriage, convenience, art, business, and so forth. The best da’wa is to be Muslim and to exhibit those aspects of heart and character that others can feel and see. Then when people come into Islam, we shall help them, and ourselves, to rise above sectarian values and pride, to replace our hard-fought opinions with mercy – to replace absolutism, whether intellectual or military – with love, joining the one who was sent as a mercy to all the worlds.