…Black and white, red and yellow, followers of the Prophet Muhammad come from all human races. Whether in Asia or Europe, Africa or America, in every nook and cranny of this globe, you are sure to find Muslims. They live in the most advanced, sprawling megalopolis as well as in the most primitive nomadic tent, village, hamlet, and even in the bush.
Polls: Do You Think Muslim Children Are Prepared to Face Future Challenges?
No (51%, 19 Votes)
Yes (38%, 14 Votes)
Somehow (11%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 37
How Do You Overcome Challenges?
- – All of the above (45%, 5 Votes)
- – Take difficulties as gift that provide me with the lessons that I become better (18%, 2 Votes)
- – Develop a deeper capacity to deal with life (9%, 1 Votes)
- – Put my full trust in God’s plan (9%, 1 Votes)
- – Use the reason and then do Tawakkul (reliance on Allah) (9%, 1 Votes)
- – None of the above (9%, 1 Votes)
- To listen to them (23%, 7 Votes)
- Make time for one-on-one conversations (23%, 7 Votes)
- Model and expect good manners (19%, 6 Votes)
- Use positive language (13%, 4 Votes)
- Keep it simple (10%, 3 Votes)
- Suggest options and alternatives (6%, 2 Votes)
- Ask open-ended questions (3%, 1 Votes)
- Don’t sweat the small stuff (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 31
Do You Think ISIS Was a Result of:
All of the Above (40%, 27 Votes)
Political Game With Economical Purpose (24%, 16 Votes)
Made Up to Spread Negative image of Islam and Muslims (22%, 15 Votes)
None of the Above (9%, 6 Votes)
Effects of Cultural and Spiritual Lag (4%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 67
- Things have improved a little. (40%, 32 Votes)
- I’m doing far better now. (29%, 23 Votes)
- I’m doing worse. (19%, 15 Votes)
- Nothing has changed. (13%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 80
doctors start voting from today on whether to strike in the UK, what’s the likely impact of withdrawing medical care on the health of the nation? The doctor’s union, the British Medical Association, seems to be gambling that the government doesn’t want to alarm the electorate.
But when doctors strike, the scientific research evidence finds that patients stop dying….MORE: huffingtonpost.
What Do You Think About the Future of US Muslim Teen?
- Better (51%,18 Votes)
- Worst (37%, 13 Votes)
- Same (11%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 35
Muslims are always delighted to show others their place of worship. It allows them to share something very dear to their heart. Muslims hope however, that visitors observe certain rules of conduct during their visit.
Islamic Center of Western MA, is a place of worship for all Muslims. We welcome anyone who would like to visit, observe the prayers and participate in activities at the Center. If you are interested in scheduling a visit to the Center.
You may also contact us directly at: 413-788-7546 or email [email protected] for any questions and information.
Please read the frequently asked questions below. Feel free to contact us in case of any clarification.
What should I wear?
The Center is a place of worship, therefore, modest clothing is required. It is most appropriate to wear modest, loose-fitting clothes. For men, it is better to wear long pants, and for women to wear baggy pants or full-length skirts or dresses, with long sleeves. Women are also requested to cover their head with a scarf as well.
Do I have to take my shoes off?
You are expected to take your shoes off when entering the prayer hall. This is because people pray on the floor / carpet in the prayer hall.
Where do the women pray?
Women offer prayers towards the back of the prayer hall or upstairs that provides them privacy.
What are the foot sinks in the bathroom for?
Muslims are supposed to be in a state of physical purification before making the prayer, which includes washing the feet.
What happens when people join the prayer late?
They join the prayer already in progress. After the imam (leader of the prayer) has finished, they complete whatever was missed.
How do Friday prayers work?
Friday is the day of congregational prayers for Muslims–so a short sermon followed by a short prayer at the mosque in congregation is substituted for the regular noon-time prayer. The service begins with the call to prayer, followed by a lecture (rather, two short lectures with a brief pause in the middle). After the lecture (called a Khutbah), another call to prayer is made and the congregation stands to follow the imam in the prayer.
Few more guidelines…
A ringing cell phone is a distraction to any service at the mosque–please silence or power-off phones when entering the building.
Talking during prayer
If you need to talk to someone during the prayer (while you are not praying, of course,) please take the conversation outside the prayer hall into the lobby or hallways so as to not distract those who are praying.
Not standing/walking in front of someone praying
If you are walking through the prayer area and come across someone who is praying, please walk behind, instead of in front of them.
Shaking hands with opposite gender
Please be aware that many Muslims do not shake hands with anyone of the opposite gender. That is, men do not shake hands with women, and women do not shake hands with men. Unless he/she extends his/her hand first, it is better to not extend yours.
Why do Muslims Fast?
- All the Above (64%, 44 Votes)
- It is Mandatory (13%, 9 Votes)
- Month of Qur’aan’s Reveleation (7%, 5 Votes)
- Non of the Above (6%, 4 Votes)
- To Learn Empathy (4%, 3 Votes)
- To Learn Desplin (4%, 3 Votes)
- Tradition and Cultural (1%, 1 Votes)
- It is Healthy (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 69
Religious Fanataism (35%, 6 Votes) All of the Above (24%, 4 Votes) Political terrorism (18%, 3 Votes) Social Injustice (12%, 2 Votes) Emptiness (6%, 1 Votes) None of the Above (6%, 1 Votes)