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Etiquettes of Visiting Mosque (Masjid)

MASJID/MOSQUE ETIQUETTE

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…

Cell phones

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.

Polls Result: Why do Muslims Fast?

Why do Muslims Fast?

  • All the Above (64%, 44 Votes)gggg
  • 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

The Living Wage Map

Very informative.

MIT’s Living Wage Calculator estimates the cost of living (“living wage”) in each of the nation’s counties and major metropolitan areas, and compares it to the minimum wage for a variety of household types. Mapped here are three types:…more: STORYMAPS.ESRI.COM

Islam: Illusion vs. Reality

Join us for an expert panel discussion on the myths and realities about being Muslim in contemporary society and the role Islamophobia plays in today’s politics, media, and community life.What are the misperceptions that contribute to negative views of Islam? What role does the media play in the way many in the U.S. view Islam? What is it like to be Muslim in contemporary America?

more at:  .facebook.com/events

Seerah Series announcement

The first session will be on Sunday December 27th, 2015imamwspfl– From 4:30 – 7:30 PM  (Maghrib – Isha)- at the Islamic Society of Western. Massachusetts (Insha Allah baby sitting will be arranged)

Program:  4:30 – Maghrib- 4:55 – Introduction – Dr. Ali Hazratji- 5:00 – Why The Prophet? – Khalid Elzamzamy – 5:20 – Mercy to the Universe – Mohammad Rashwan- 5:40 – Fath-u-Makkah – Imam Wissam Abdul-Baki- 6:00 – Bidding Farewell to his Ummah – Dr. Ali Hazratji – 6:25 – A special treat-  6:30 – Q & A- 6:45  Dinner – Hosted by Hazratji Family – 7:30 – Isha

Texas Plumber Isn’t Sure How Extremists In Syria Ended Up With His Work Truck

Embedded image permalinkA Texas plumber says he has no idea how his company’s work truck ended up in the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria.

The truck, a black Ford F-250 with the logo for Texas City’s Mark-1 Plumbing emblazoned on the door, appeared in a tweet posted Monday by the Ansar al-Deen Front, a jihadist group operating near Aleppo. In the photo, a man fires an anti-aircraft gun mounted to the bed of the truck, presumably where plumbing equipment used to sit….more:  huffingtonpost.

Exclusive: Most Americans see Muslims like any other group after California shooting – poll

Just days after two Muslims were accused of gunning down 14 people in California, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 51 percent of Americans view Muslims living in the United States the same as any other communMuslim American Woman Scared to Wear Hijab in Public …ity, while 14.6 percent are generally fearful….

“If terrorism is designed to create a larger gap between Muslims and Westerners, unfortunately they’re succeeding,”… The poll has a credibility interval of 3.4 percentage points for all Americans and about 5.5 percentage points when looking at just Republican or Democratic responses…more:   news.yahoo.com

ISWM Ramadan 2016

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Ramadan in 2016  is expected to start on Monday, the 6th of June and to continue for 30 days until Tuesday, the 5th of July.

Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims expected to celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Sunday, the 5th of June.

On Saturday Oct. 10, 2015 at Look Park, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM., In Case of rain:it will be at the ISWM Masjid.

Details for the Look Park location:

    1. Mention “Eid BBQ” to receive $2 discount
    2. You are more than welcome to come early and leave late to enjoy the park, games and rides etc. Park opens at 9 AM .
    3. Lunch only from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    4. $5 ticket per plate, purchase at the BBQ grill area…more: contact: Aqeel Ahmad: 413-355-0097