ISA Taking Steps to Open for Prayers

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The ISA EC is taking steps to open the Islamic Community Center of Augusta (ICCA) for limited prayers.

Social Distancing
Adults only (10+ years)
Bring your own prayer rug
Wear face covering/mask
Staying 6 feet apart, at all times
Minimal socializing, leave directly after prayer
Anyone with health issues and/or having any symptoms  in the previous 14 days, please pray at home.

Remember, the ICCA building main doors will remain closed, so please make Wudo at home as Wudo and Restrooms will not be available inside the ICCA building.

Two sessions of Jummah (first live streamed),
1:30 pm (Last name A-M)
2:15 pm (Last name N-Z)

Although Jummah prayers at ICCA are now available, according to the vast majority of contemporary scholars, Jummah does not have to be attended by everyone just yet. ISA will LIVE Stream the Jummah for those who cannot attend. 

Sisters get more reward for praying at home. Anyone under 10 years old, anyone with underlying health conditions or anyone with symptoms (such as a temperature, coughing or sneezing) during the previous 14 days should pray at home.

ISA will LIVE Stream the Jummah for those who cannot attend available on Imam Jawad’s YouTube channel and the Online Spiritual Guidance page.

There will be two sessions for Jummah prayers.  The first session at 1:30 pm is for adults with the last name staring with A-M.  The second session at 2:15 pm is for adults with the last name starting N-Z.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to prayer time to allow for prayer preparations and organization.

Jummah will be held inside the Gym.  The main ICCA doors will be closed.  Brothers enter and exit from the school lobby.  Sisters enter and exit from the side hall near the kitchen.  Those coming for the second session, please wait in your car until everyone from the first session exits the building.  Anyone coming after the first session spaces are full, will be asked to wait until the second session.

Social Distancing Requirements
Adults only
Bring your own prayer rug
Wear face covering/mask
Staying 6 feet apart, at all times including entering and exiting the building
Minimal socializing, leave directly after prayer to clear the building for the second session
Anyone with health issues and/or having any symptoms in the previous 14 days, please pray at home.

Remember to please make Wudo at home as Wudo and Restrooms will not be available inside the ICCA building.

ISA will continue to hold Jummah and daily prayers at ICCA as long as everyone follows these requirements and the community’s public health is safe.

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community Members very seriously. Like you, we are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our community as needed.

ISA Statement on Racial Justice

Minneapolis police officers marked Memorial Day by suffocating to death an utterly subdued black man named George Floyd as he pleaded for the right to breathe. They snuffed out his life with a knee on his neck. They killed him in broad daylight. They killed him while contemptuously mocking helpless bystanders pleading for mercy. Several Muslim organizations have their condemnation of the racial injustice plaguing our country. The Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA), on behalf of our members and Muslims in the CSRA, utterly condemn this blatant act of murder. We call for the swift prosecution of the four officers who participated in the murder.

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Finding Value in the Faith of Others Online event

Time: Monday, May 25, 2020, at 7 pm

Finding Value in the Faith of Others Online event sponsored by the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta The topic is a step beyond tolerance, which, while worthwhile, is still limiting. Being open to discovering values in the faith traditions of others can enrich one’s own tradition — permitting growth and discovery which transcends the normal tendency to only see what’s been seen before. The presenters at this event will articulate the values (not common theology) they see in the traditions of others that augment their own practice. That’s the idea behind Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Holy Envy. It’s not easy. These presenters are up to the task.

https://spark.adobe.com/page/PEwfz6BAxlw73/

Eid El-Fitr

Sunday May 24th

The Fiqh Council of North America has announced that Eid El-Fitr will be Sunday May 24, 2020, insha’Allah.  The Fiqh Council encourages that Muslims pray El-Eid in their homes with their  own families. The Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) encourages all CSRA area Muslims to celebrate Eid by dressing up, exchanging gifts, and praying Eid, at home, at 9:45 am.  A Zoom meeting for the entire community will follow, at 10:00 sharp, to hear a reminder from Imam Jawad.  It will be an opportunity for ISA members to celebrate together while maintaining social distancing to protect the community from the spread of the coronavirus. The link for the Zoom meeting will be posted.  After the Imam’s reminder, the remainder of the Zoom meeting can be used by community members to socialize, suggestion include kids sing a nasheed or recite a poem.