Dr. Hamid Ali Khan passes away!

Assalamu-Alaikum!

Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon!

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing away of our long term Board of Trustee, Dr. Hamid Ali Khan.  Dr. Khan passed away this morning at at the hospital due to heart ailment.  Dr. Hamid Ali Khan was 82,  served as an Orthopedic Surgeon and Board Member for over 30 years and has contributed  in multiple ways to the Community and Islamic Foundation.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Maimoona Khan and his son Farhaaz Ahmed Khan.  May Allah mercy on his soul and grant him the highest place in Jannah.

Inshallah Dr. Hamid Ali Khan’s Janaza will be at the Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, IL on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Zuhr Prayer (1:30 p.m.).   Since we have limited capacity (100). Please come 30 minutes early to secure your spot in the Masjid.

Jazakallah Khair

Last 10 Days of Ramadan 1441H

Ramadan 2020 Virtual Programs

Due to the Covid-19 virus, Islamic Foundation is closed for all prayers and events. We have  created a few virtual programs during the month of Ramadan.

The daily recitation schedule provided below is our recommend progression to complete a Khatm (full recitation of the Quran) at home. Families are encouraged to pray Tarawih night vigil prayers in lieu of access to masjid congregations. The nightly 8:30-9:00 PM recitation and Tafseer will also follow this posted schedule Inshallah.

Direct link to YouTube videos
https://m.youtube.com/user/IslamicFoundationIL/videos

Direct Link to Facebook videos
https://m.facebook.com/pg/IslamicFoundation.org/videos/

RAMADAN CALENDAR

Ramadan 2020 Announcement

Brothers & Sisters,

Assalamu-Alaikum!

Islamic Foundation has decided to follow ISNA’s Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) to determine the first day of Ramadan 1441H and first day of Shawwal 1441H.  According to ISNA’s Fiqh Council, the first day of Ramadan 1441H will be on Friday, April 24, 2020 and first day of Shawwal/Eid ul-Fitr will be on Sunday May 24, 2020.  The first Tarawih prayer will start on Thursday, April 23, 2020 night and first day of fasting will be on Friday, April 24, 2020.

DUE TO COVAD-19 AND STATEWIDE LOCKDOWN, ISLAMIC FOUNDATION HAS CANCELLED ALL PRAYERS AND EVENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TARAWIH PRAYERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE RECOMMEND YOU PRAY YOUR TARAWIH PRAYERS AT HOME

The following is the rationale from ISNA’s Fiqh Council:

The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.  FCNA uses the criteria of European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR), which are that somewhere on the globe, at the sunset, the elongation should be at least 8 degrees and moon should be at least 5 degrees above horizon. If these conditions are met, the new crescent will be visible somewhere on earth. Hence the new lunar month will start the next day, otherwise it will start on the day following next day.

On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1441 AH are established as follows:

Ramadan 1441 AH:

The Astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 2:27 Universal Time. On that day, everywhere in North and South America at sunset the elongation is at least 8 degrees and moon is at least 5 degrees above the sun. Therefore, first day of Ramadan 1441 is on Friday, April 24, 2020, insha’Allah. Tarawih prayer will start on Thursday night.

Eid ul-Fitr 1441 AH is on Sunday, May 24, 2020:
The Astronomical New Moon is on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 17:40 Universal Time. On that day there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Therefore Shawwal 1441 cannot start the next day. Hence first day of Shawwal is on Sunday, May 24, 2020, insha’Allah.

May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen.

Friday Virtual Lecture

Jummuah is a sacred day for us and our connection to our faith is stronger than bricks and windows. Allah will protect His house and we should feed our souls with guidance. Join Imam Hisham every Friday at 1:00 on Facebook Live for a brief reminder. Re-broadcast available on the Islamic Foundation YouTube page at 2:00.
Note:this is not a virtual Jummuah Khutbah, you will pray DHUR at home as 4 rakaat as per recommendation of our Islamic scholars.

From Chairman’s Desk : Coronavirus Update

Brothers & Sisters,

Assalamu-Alaikum!

Ramadan Kareem !

I am concerned about the safety of every community member and pray to Allah(SWT) to keep you all safe.  I would like to provide you with an update on what actions the Islamic Foundation Board of Trustees have taken at the Islamic Foundation, to safeguard our community members.

  1. Cancelled all events and activities at the Islamic Foundation including Five Daily Prayers, Friday Prayers, all Masjid Programs (Halaqas and Lectures), and all events in the Banquet hall until further notice.
  2. All Week-end Schools will be closed until further notice.
  3. To safeguard the children and teachers, the full-time Islamic Foundation School(IFS) has been closed during the month of March 2020. Classes will be conducted online. Once the situation clears, we will communicate the resumption of classes at IFS.
  4. Masjid will be closed from March 18, 2020 until further notice.

Please protect yourself and others from the Coronavirus by:

  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Minimize handshaking, kissing, and hugging
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Contact your healthcare professional if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

As I mentioned earlier, community safety is our priority and we will do everything in our ability to provide a safe environment.

Sincerely,

Aftab Khan

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Islamic Foundation

All events and activities cancelled!

Due to the concerns over the COVID-19 Corona Virus and safety of our community, the Chairman and the Board of Trustees of Islamic Foundation have decided to cancel  the following activities and events  at the Islamic Foundation until further notice effective 12:00 a.m. March 13, 2020:

  • Five Daily Prayers
  • Friday Prayers
  • Tarawih Prayers
  • Full-time School (Classes will be conducted online)
  • All Weekend Schools (Classes will be conducted online)
  • All Masjid programs (including Halaqa’s and Lectures)
  • All events in the Banquet Hall & Masjid

The Book Store will be closed during this time.

As we continue to  closely monitor  the situation, we will periodically provide updates.

Spring Forward to Daylight Savings Time

Dr. Nacer Hedroug passes away

Islamic Foundation is deeply saddened to announce the death of Dr. Nacer Hedroug, earlier this morning in Algeria.  He was an active member of the Islamic Foundation Community for many years and served on the Islamic Foundation Board and School Committee.  He is survived by his widow Maggie Hedroug and his children Shaikh Omar Hedroug, Youssef Hedroug, Zaynab Hedroug, Mehdi Hedroug, and Layla Hedroug.  We pray that Allah SWT bestow His forgiveness and mercy upon Dr. Nacer Hedroug and grant him a place in Jannat al Firdous.  We pray to Allah SWT to give patience to his family, relatives and friends.  ” Indeed we belong to Allah and indeed we will return to Him.”

 

IFS Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team Brings Home Banner!

Thursday night October 17th, the Islamic Foundation School (IFS) girls varsity volleyball team was crowned as the Metro-Prep Conference Champions. This championship will mark the first time in many years any female varsity team has won at this level.

The match had to go to all three sets with Hinsdale Academy winning the first set and IFS winning the second set. The third set was beyond thrilling as the girls had to comeback from an 11-24 point deficit to win 33-31 (game has to be won by 2 pts).

The comeback was fueled by Nabiha who served 13 times in a row to bring our score from 11 pts to 24 pts and a chance to win. During that run, Isra had many saves, Sireen had 2 blocks, Layla H and Layla E and Salma made digs that really kept the spirit up while Amina and Kulsum were spiking from all over the court. The heart of this team continued to beat fiercely with Hala, Nusaybah and Sakina whose contributions go way beyond words. Noora, Fatima and Adna had hard serves that contributed to the win as well. With all the fight and will to win this game from all of these girls, Adna was awarded as the Most Valuable Player. Her consistency on the serve and her ability to trust her teammates to get the job done were some key factors in her earning this award.

We, the staff at IFS and parents, want the team to know how proud we are of their accomplishment and how they represented the school with humility and honor.

Let’s all congratulate and salute them for a job well done!!!