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.

Two sessions of Jumaah (first live streamed),
1:30 pm (Last name A-M, and those that are not free at 2:15 pm)
2:15 pm (Last name N-Z, and those who can wait until 2:15 pm)

Although Jumaah prayers at ICCA are now available, according to the vast majority of contemporary scholars, Jumaah does not have to be attended by everyone just yet. ISA will LIVE Stream the Jumaah 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 Jumaah for those who cannot attend available on Imam Jawad’s YouTube channel and the Online Spiritual Guidance page.

There will be two sessions for Jumaah 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. Although the last name is the primary method to try to even attendance between the two sessions, those that are only available during one session, that is the session they should attend. Experience has shown that more space is available during the second session, it is recommended that those that can wait until the second session, please attend the second session.

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

Jumaah 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.

To maintain cleanliness of the prayer area in the gym, shoes are to be removed in the school lobby. In order to prevent congestion at the door, the shoe rack will be placed near the school hall.  Alternatively, everyone is encouraged to bring a plastic bag, and keep their shoes beside them in the gym prayer area.

Once the capacity of the prayer area has been reached, the doors to the lobby will be locked and people will be asked to wait in their car for the next Jumaah prayer session.

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

ISA will continue to hold Jumaah 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.

Juneteenth

SoundVision article on Juneteenth: https://www.soundvision.com/article/make-an-effort-to-seek-the-truth-celebrating-juneteenth

To learn more the article suggests the following books:

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (also in a young readers form)

Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America 1619-1962 by Lerone Bennett

Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America by Vincent Harding

(And then check out another event that has also been overlooked in our history – the largest massacre of African American people that took place in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, also known as Black Wall Street, in 1921).

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/