Bylaws

Masjidul Ghurabaa, Inc.

Constitution and Bylaws

 
Adopted March 18, 2007
 
 

Article I

Identification

Section 1. Identification of Organization. The name of the organization shall be Masjidul Ghurabaa Incorporated, hereafter referred to as MGI.

Section 2. Purpose of Formation of Organization. Masjidul Ghurabaa Inc.was formed to promote, propagate and assist in the development and establishment of Islamic institutions and communities in accordance with the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) based upon the understanding of the companions of the prophet. As well as:
¨   Unite the community upon the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), upon the understanding of our righteous predecessors.
¨   Increase the community’s awareness of Allah through the distribution of Islamic CD’s, tapes and other materials in pursuant of the purpose and objectives of MGI.
¨   To support the community upon righteousness and refraining it from evil, through education and instruction in the mandates of Islam.
 
This organization, Masjidul Ghurabaa, Inc., is located in Laurel, Maryland, and is founded upon the Sharia (Islamic Jurisprudence), as found in the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of his messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
 

Article II

Governing Principles

Section 1. Shura. Shura (mutual consultation), as defined by Al-Qur’an (The holy book of Al Islam) and As-Sunnah (the practices and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him), shall constitute the governing principles.
 
Section 2. Religious Sources. The religious sources (in descending order of authority):
¨       The Qur’an
¨       The Sunnah
¨       The Ijmaa’ (Total consensus of the Sahaba)
Section 3. Limitations on Activities. Activities that violate the injunctions of Al-Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah, based upon the understanding of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), shall not be permitted by the general body, the Executive Board (Shura Council), or any member of MGI.

Article III

Membership

 

Section 1. Membership – Rights and Limitations.  Membership is open to all Muslims who adhere to the Aqeedah derived from the Qur’an and Authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allahu alaihi was sallam), and who follow the methodology of our righteous predecessors and are of sound character.

 

Membership – Membership may be extended to all Muslims who:

 

Observes the obligatory commands of the Islamic Law and abstains from major vices, and or organizational misconduct.

  1. PARTICIPATES_AND_SUPPORT_ALL MGI activities.
  2. Shall not intentionally have any means of earning a livelihood which may be described as immoral, i.e. passively or actively engaged in the following: sale or manufacture of intoxicants, promotion of fornication, trafficking of drugs, bribery, embezzlement, stealing or gambling, etc.
  3. Does not belong to any group or institution whose principles are opposed to the objectives and working style of MGI.

 

Membership will commence immediately, if all the requirements have been met. 

 

Section 2. Termination/Cancellation of Membership.  In accordance with the Islamic law and evidence, the Executive Board may revoke a person’s membership in MGI if that individual commits any of the following:

 
Violation of membership requirements as set forth by these bylaws.


  1. Cursing Allah his Messenger or any of the wives or companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allahu alaihi was sallam).
  2. Accepting any book other than the Qur’an as the authentic word of Allah.
  3. Seeking aid, assistance, or guidance from a deceased person at his gravesite or otherwise.
  4. Participation in, or promoting rituals that are contrary to the teachings of Islam as set forth in these bylaws.

 

 

 

Article IV

Meetings

Section 1. Educational Meetings. Educational meetings shall be organized and conducted by the members of MGI or any person approved of by the Executive Board of MGI. Educational meetings will be but not limited to Dawah (inviting non-muslims to Islam) training, community building, instructional management or general Islamic instructions.
Section 2. General Membership Meeting. General membership meetings will be established on a quarterly basis to address all business relating to MGI. Attendance is not limited to Full and Associate members. The meeting dates shall be announced at least thirty days in advance. The following topics shall be addressed in these meetings:
 
¨       Minutes of the last general membership meeting.
 
¨       Quarterly report prepared by the General Secretary.
 
¨       Quarterly report of established committees (education, public relations, etc.) whenever applicable.
 
¨       Quarterly financial report prepared by the Finance Secretary.
 
¨       Any other pertinent business, with the permission of the Board.
 
Section 3. Special General Membership Meetings. Special general membership meetings may be convened for any of the following reasons:
 
¨       When a request is made by the Executive Board.
 
¨       Upon written request, signed by at least 20% of the full members.
 
¨       In response to such a request, the Executive Board shall call for a general body meeting within 14 days. The schedule and agenda of such meetings shall be announced or distributed to members at least 5 days in advance.
 
Section 4. Quorum Required for Meetings. A quorum is necessary for the transaction of any business. The quorum is reached with the presence of 2/3 majority of the full members in the first call.  If a quorum is not achieved in the initial call, the attendance of at least 1/3 majority of full members shall constitute a quorum in subsequent calls. The majority of the Executive Board members must also be present.
 

Article V

Government and Organization

Section 1. The Executive Board. The Executive Board consists of five elected members and the Imam in an advisory capacity.
 
¨       Chairman
 
¨   General Secretary
 
¨   Financial Secretary
 
-   Public Relations Secretary
 
 
 
 
¨       Imam (Advisor)
 
 
Additional members may be added at the discretion of the Executive Board. No elected Executive Board member shall be compensated for their services.
 
Section 2. Terms of Governing. The terms of Executive Board members are governed by the following rules:
 
¨   Can not hold any executive position in any other Islamic or non-Islamic organizations that could constitute a conflict of interest with MGI affairs.
 
      ¨   Three years constitutes the full term of each Executive Board member.
 
¨       At the end of the term, an Executive Board member is eligible for nomination to fulfill another term.
 
¨       Vacant positions shall be filled by temporary appointees of the Executive Board until the next nomination.
 
¨   If the Chairman’s seat should become vacant the Executive Board members shall select a new Chairman from amongst themselves at the first full Executive Board meeting that convenes thereafter.
 
¨   Any elected Executive Board member who has served on the current Executive Board for at least one full year is qualified to fill the Chairman’s position.
 
¨       If the Executive Board fails to select a Chairman, a special general body meeting must be called by the Executive Board to enable the members of MGI to select a qualified member they deem most suitable to fill the position of Chairman.
 
Section 3. Duties and Functions of the Executive Board. The duties and functions of the Executive Board shall include:
 
¨       Implementing and protecting MGI’s constitution.
 
¨   Planning of activities to accomplish the objectives stated in the articles of incorporation and any subsequent amendments. The Executive Board must initially approve any amendments of the Bylaws, and then it must be approved by at least 2/3 of the full members in a general body meeting that reaches a quorum.
 
¨       Enforcing the policies and carrying out the decisions of the general body.
 
¨   Acting on behalf of MGI for the purposes of purchasing, acquiring and maintaining any property rights, privileges and securities that are Islamically permitted.
 
¨   Managing the financial affairs of MGI in a responsible manner. Assessing the necessity and appropriateness of borrowing without interest upon the credit or assets of MGI. Should such actions be deemed necessary, the Executive Board is responsible for acquiring the loan and making provisions for its timely repayment.
 
¨       Managing and supervising all transactions involving financial institutions and the MGI checking account. The financial secretary and two other Executive Board members are authorized as signatories of the MGI checking account. The signatures of the financial secretary and one of the other two authorized Executive Board members are necessary to validate any check or document issued by MGI.
 
¨       Board members cannot personally have any financial, investment, ownership or business interest with any organization with which MGI is transacting. Such interest should be disclosed and evaluated by the board for adequate actions.  
The board should obtain enough information or appoint a disinterested person to investigate the conflict of interest. Should such conflict be proven, the board reserves the rights to take corrective actions as judge necessary.
The actions may include but are not limited to suspension of voting rights, and prohibition to           access sensitive information. Each board member must read, understand the recorded witness testimonies, and be given a full copy of the conflict report. 
The board will designate experts to conduct annual reviews to ensure the safeguard of MGI’s interest.    
 
 
 
 
Section 4. Executive Board Meetings. There are two types of meeting, Regular meetings and Special Meetings.
 
Regular Meetings: The Executive Board shall hold meetings on a monthly basis or as frequently as they consider necessary.
 
Special Meetings: Any Executive Board member can call for a special meeting.
 
The presence of a majority of the Executive Board members shall constitute a quorum.
 
Executive Board members present at the special meetings shall be required to take a majority vote for a decision to be ratified.
 
Section 5. Specific Duties and Responsibilities of Executive Board Members. The following is a list of responsibilities and duties of the Executive Board:
 
CHAIRMAN:
 
¨       Implement and uphold the MGI constitution.
 
¨       Call and preside over the Executive Board meetings and the general membership meetings.
 
¨       Direct and coordinate the day-to-day affairs and activities.
 
¨       Act as spokesperson, representative, and coordinator of MGI in internal and external activities.
 
GENERAL SECRETARY:
 
¨       Prepares and maintains the minutes of the Executive Board meetings and the general membership meetings.
 
¨       Prepares and publicize the agenda of meetings.
 
¨       Maintain membership records.
 
¨       Check and direct all regular correspondence via mail and email, and respond appropriately and in a timely fashion to website inquires and voicemail.
 
FINANCIAL SECRETARY:
 
¨       Collect and deposit all funds received on behalf of MGI in MGI’s bank accounts.
 
¨       Maintain impeccable records of all financial transactions.
 
¨       Co-sign withdrawal checks with another authorized Executive Board member.
 
¨       Prepare and present comprehensive financial reports to the general body.
 
¨       Organize the fundraising activities.
 
¨       Prepare and submit all necessary returns to government agencies.
 
 
PUBLIC RELATIONS SECRETARY:
 
¨       Brief the Executive Board on current community events and broader Muslim affairs.
 
¨       Maintain the MGI website and media center, prepared publications, announcements, press releases and other forms of communication through various media outlets.
 
¨       Collect and document written suggestions and comments from the community.
 
¨       Review and determine the suitability of all announcements, handouts or fliers that have been submitted by the members of the general public, prior to their distribution or exhibition at MGI facilities or activities.
 
 
 
IMAM:
 
¨       The Imam is the religious leader of the MGI community. His primary role as it relates to the Executive Board is to guide them according to the laws of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
 

Article VI

General Nominations 

The Executive Board will determine the date of general nomination within the 1st Quarter of the Hijrah calendar. The general body will be notified at least four weeks in advance.
 
Section 1. Eligibility for Nomination to the Executive Board. The following conditions make one eligible for nomination to positions on the Executive Board:
 
¨       Full member (as set forth in Article III) for at least one hijrah calendar year in good standings.
 
Section 2. Nomination Procedures. 
 
¨       MGI full members will have 14 days to submit the completed nomination forms to the Executive Board.
 
¨       Nomination by at least two full members is required for a candidate’s nomination to be considered.
 
¨       All considered nominees will be posted for general body review 7 days prior to the Board’s appointment process.
 
Section 3. Appointment Procedure.
 
¨                   All considered nominees will have their qualifications reviewed by the Executive Board for selection to the Board.
 
¨                   All selected nominees require a majority vote from the Executive Board before appointment.
 

Article VII

Termination & Succession of Executive Board Members 

Any Executive Board member who has committed any of the following acts shall be asked to resign by the Executive Board.
 
 
¨       Charged with and proven to be in direct violation of the MGI constitution.
 
¨       Misused or misappropriated MGI funds.
 
¨       Missed three consecutive or five separate Executive Board meetings without a reasonable and acceptable excuse.
 
¨       Failed to maintain the qualifications set forth in Article VI.
 
Outgoing Executive Board members shall immediately surrender all MGI equipment, property, access keys, paper and electronic documents to the Executive Board.
 
Vacant positions shall be filled by temporary appointees of the Executive Board until the next nomination.

Article VIII

Dispute Resolution 

Dispute brought by any member of MGI must adhere to the resolution guidelines in the following order:
 
¨   All disputes shall be referred to the Imam for resolution.
 
¨   Disputes that cannot be resolved by the Imam shall be forwarded to the advisory council.
 
¨   The Executive Board will select an advisory council consisting of Imams and Scholars who adhere to the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah, based upon the understanding of the companions of the prophet. The list of advisory council members will be updated every year.
 
¨   The advisory council will have the final decision in all disputes presented before it.
 
¨   The Imam will coordinate all communication between the disputing parties and the advisory council.
 
¨   Disputes among the members of the Executive Board follow the same guidelines set forth in Article VIII.
 

Article IX

Appointment and Duties of the Imam 

The Imam is the religious leader of the MGI community. His duties include:
 
¨       Effectively communicating the mission of MGI, and its values.
 
¨       Leading daily congregational prayers, Jumuah (Friday) prayers, Eid (ceremony) prayers, etc.
 
¨       Conducting marriages as well as providing counseling for individuals and groups.
 
¨       Establishing Dawah programs, halaqat (study circles) for men, women and the youth.
 
¨       Overseeing educational programs and activities such as the weekend school, summer camps, etc.
 
¨       To attend Executive Board and general membership meetings in an advisory capacity.
 
¨       And other duties assigned by the Executive Board.
 
Section 1. Qualifications. The Imam must:
 
¨       Be a male believer in Islam.
 
¨       Have thorough knowledge of the Qur’an and Authentic Sunnah.
 
¨       Strive to maintain the highest standards of manners and Islamic conduct.
 
¨       Have excellent communicational skills in both the Arabic and English languages.
 
¨       Exercise sound judgement.
 
Section 2. Selection Process. If the position of the Imam becomes vacant, an Imam will be selected by the Executive Board. The appointment of the Imam will be confirmed after a 60-day probation period.
 
Section 3. Contract. The Imam’s contract shall be negotiated by the members of the Executive Board and shall include the following items at the very minimum:
 
¨       Duties and responsibilities
 
¨       Term length
 
¨       Salary and benefits
 
Contract negotiations will commence six months prior to the termination date. If not, contract shall be renewed automatically at the end of the negotiated term. 
 
Section 4. Contract Termination. The Executive Board based on findings consistent with Islamic law and evidence may terminate the Imam’s contract. However, the Imam’s termination can only occur with the sanction of 2/3 of the full members in a general body meeting that reaches a quorum.
 

Article X

Amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws 

Section 1. Amendment Procedure.   This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Executive Board by a two-thirds vote after the following takes place:
 
¨             All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Board.
 
¨             The Executive Board has no more than thirty days to act upon proposed amendments.
 
¨             A general membership meeting will be scheduled upon the Executive Board’s approval.
 
¨             The membership will be notified at least 14 days prior to the scheduled general membership meeting.
 
¨             Full members must ratify the Constitution and Bylaws Amendment by a two-thirds vote of those present at the general membership meeting.
 
¨             Denied proposed amendments will be returned to the general members with full explanation.
 
Section 2. A Proviso (Conditional Clause).   No amendment will be approved, and adopted, that abrogates, circumvents, or alters, in any way, shape, or form, “Article I and Article II”, whether collectively or separately, of this “Constitution and Bylaws”.
 
Such abrogation, circumvention, or alteration will automatically move “MGI” into a dissolution process.
 
MGI will automatically dissolve – “without” – the Executive Board’s, or General Body’s approval, when, or if, “Article I and Article II”, whether collectively or separately, are abrogated, circumvented, or altered, in any way, shape, or form.
 
MGI will not, and cannot exist under any one of these conditions or circumstances, therefore, approval for dissolution, is not mandated under this Proviso, and is not applicable or needed for MGI to be dissolved.
 
Section 3. Addendum. It is, herein, understood and emphatically stressed, that this “Proviso” and “Addendum”, cannot, and will not, be changed, altered, amended, or abrogated in any way, shape or form.
 

Article XI

Dissolution of the Organization 

Section 1. Dissolution Procedure. In the event of dissolution of MGI:
 
¨  The Executive Board shall make a recommendation concerning distribution of all assets.
 
¨       The Executive Board shall direct the Financial Secretary to conduct a written ballot of the full membership to approve or reject it.
 
¨       An affirmative vote by two thirds (66.6%) of those returning ballots within thirty (30) days after their initial distribution shall be required to approve the Board’s recommendation.
 
¨       The assets of MGI shall be given to an Islamic charitable organization with the approval of eighty percent (80%) of its full members. The receiving charitable organization shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as the Board shall determine. Any such assets non-disposed of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the county in which the corporation is located.
 
¨       All outstanding debts acquired by MGI shall be paid in full before the dissolution of the organization.
 
 

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Our Call

 
Returning: to the Noble Qur’aan and the Prophetic Sunnah and understanding the both of them upon the methodology of the Pious Predecessors (i.e. that which our Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) were upon). This is from the command of our Lord,
 
“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way (i.e. the companions of the Prophet Muhammad). We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and enter him into Hell – what an evil destination (an –Nisaa: 115)
 
And
 
“So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then they are rightly guided” (al-Baqarah: 137)
 
Purification: of the Muslims from (Shirk) polytheism and its various shades, cautioning them from innovation and foreign rejected practices and ideologies introduced by later generations into Islaam.   Purifying Islaam from baseless explanations of the Qur’aan that do not return to the understanding of our Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them). Purifying the Sunnah (the prophetic traditions) from weak and fabricated narrations, that has proven to destroy the clearness and purity of Islaam and has also proven to prevent the advancement of the Muslims. This shall be taken on those people of knowledge as the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said,
 
 “This knowledge shall be carried in each generation by those who repel the distortions of those who go too far, the misguidance of those who are astray, and the opinions of the ignorant.”
 
And follow the verse of Allah,
 
“And Help you one another in Al -Birr and At -Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression” (Maaidah: 2)
 
Cultivation and Education: of the Muslims upon the authentic Islaam. Calling them to practice its laws and adorn themselves with its virtues and manners, which we bring about for the pleasure of Allaah and will assure for them happiness and success. Assisting one another upon truth, in order that we may be considered to be from that group of people mentioned in the Qur’aan, who are saved from loss and destruction. Working in accordance to the verse,
 
“And recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience” (Asr: 3)
 
And Allah’s command,
 
“Be you Rabbaniyoon (learned men of religion who practice what they know and also preach others), because you are teaching the Book, and you are studying it.” (Aali Imraan: 79)
 
Reviving: the correct Islaamic Beliefs and Scholastic Manhaj (methodology), in light of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah upon the way of the Pious Predecessors. Calling the people to the teaching of our Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), in order to remove the stagnant state produced by the blind following of man-made schools of thought and ideologies. Removing the blind-tunneled vision of partisanship; this is unfortunately, a severe and sometimes-incurable virus, which controls the thinking of many of the Muslims, distancing them from the true Islaamic brotherhood. We do this following the verse,
 
“Hold on tight all of you to the rope of Allah and do not divide” (Ali ‘Imraan: 103)
 
And the statement of the Messenger (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him)
 
“And be all of you brothers”
 
Presentation: of realistic Islaamic solutions to contemporary problems, and strive to resume a true Islaamic way of life and to establish a true Islaamic society by way of consultation with the Scholars of Islaam.
 
Advancement: towards establishing a correct Muslim lifestyle and community starting with our homes upon the Prophetic methodology. Developing a scholastic and religious community. Implementing the rule of Allaah in the earth upon the methodology of tasfiyyah (purification) and tarbiyyah (education and cultivation) based upon Allaah saying,
 
“And purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’aan) and Al Hikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him)” (Aali Imraan 164)
 
From our Beliefs:

1 – We believe in Allaah and His Names and Attributes, as they were mentioned in the Book of Allaah and in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, without tahreef (distortion), nor ta’weel (figurative interpretation), nor tamtheel (making a likeness), nor tashbeeh (resemblance), nor ta’teel (denial).


2 – We love the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah, and we hate those who speak against them. We believe that to speak ill of them is to speak ill of the Religion, because they are the ones who conveyed it to us. And we love the Family of the Prophet with love that is permitted by the Sharee’ah.

3 – We love the People of Hadeeth and all of the Salaf of the Ummah from Ahlus Sunnah.

4 – We despise ‘ilmul-kalaam (knowledge of theological rhetoric), and we view it to be from amongst the greatest reasons for the division in the Ummah.

5- We accept from the books of fiqh (jurisprudence), from the books of tafseer (explanation of the Qur’aan), from the ancient stories, from the Seerah (biography) of the Prophet, that which has been confirmed from Allaah or from His Messenger. We do not rejected them, nor do we claim that we are not in need of them. Rather, we benefit from the discoveries of our Scholars and the jurists and other than them. However, we do not accept a ruling, except with an authentic proof.

6 – We do not write in our books, nor do we cover in our lessons, nor do we give sermons with anything except the Qur’aan, or the authentic and authoritative hadeeth. And we detest what emanates from many books and admonishers in terms of false stories and weak and fabricated ahaadeeth.

7 – We do not perform takfeer (expel one from Islaam) upon any Muslim due to any sin, except Shirk (polytheism) with Allaah, or the abandonment of Prayer, or apostasy. We seek refuge in Allaah from that.

8 – We believe that the Qur’aan is the Speech of Allaah, it is not created.

9 – We hold that our ‘obligation is to co-operate with the group that traverses the methodology of the Book and the Sunnah, and what the Salaf of the Ummah were upon; in terms of calling to Allaah the Glorified, and being sincere in worship of Him, and warning from Shirk, innovations, and disobedience, and to advise all of the groups that oppose this.’ ‘So co-operating upon righteousness and piety (taqwaa) and mutual advising necessitates warning against evil and not co-operating with the wicked.’

10 – We do not deem it correct to revolt against the Muslim rulers as long as they are Muslims, nor do we feel that revolutions bring about reconciliation. Rather, they corrupt the community.

11 – We hold that this multiplicity of present day parties is a reason for the division of the Muslims and their weakness. So therefore we set about ‘freeing the minds from the fetters of blind-following and the darkness of sectarianism and party spirit.’

12 – We restrict our understanding of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah to the understanding of the Salaf of the Ummah from the Scholars of hadeeth, not the blind-followers of their individuals. Rather, we take the truth from wherever it comes. And we know that there are those who claim Salafiyyah, yet Salafiyyah is free from them, since they bring to the society what Allaah has prohibited. We believe in ‘cultivating the young generation upon this Islaam, purified from all that we have mentioned, giving to them a correct Islaamic education from the start – without any influence from the disbelieving western education.’

13 – We believe that politics is a part of the Religion, and those who try to separate the Religion from politics are only attempting to destroy the Religion and to spread chaos.

14 – We believe that there will be no honour or victory for the Muslims until they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah.

15 – We oppose those who divide the Religion into trivialities and important issues. And we know that this is a destructive da’wah.

16 – We oppose those who put down the knowledge of the Sunnah, and say that this is not the time for it. Likewise, we oppose those who put down acting upon the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah.

17 – Our da’wah and our ‘aqeedah is more beloved to us than our own selves, our wealth and our offspring. So we are not prepared to part with it for gold nor silver. We say this so that no one may have hope in buying out our da’wah, nor should he think that it is possible for him to purchase it from us for deenaar or dirham.

18 – We love the present day Scholars of the Sunnah and hope to benefit from them and regret the passing away of many of them.

19 – We do not accept Fataawa (Islamic Verdicts) except from that which is based upon legislated evidences with their correct usage.

These are glimpses into our ‘aqeedah and our da’wah. So if one has any objection to this, then we are prepared to accept advice if it is truthful, and to refute it if it is erroneous, and to avoid it if it is stubborn rejection. And Allaah knows best.

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The majority of this text is a summarisation of what is found in “Tarjumah Abee ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee” (p. 135-142) of Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadee.                                                                                                                           

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About the Masjid

 

     

We are a group of Muslims in Laurel, Maryland following the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, upon the understanding of the Salaf-us-Saalih (the Pious Predecessors). They (the Pious Predecessors) are the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the Taabi’een and the Atba Taabi’een. As the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in an authentic hadeeth:”The best of mankind is my generation (the Companions), then those who come after them (the Taabi’een), then those who come after them (Atba Taabi’een).”  Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim.

Our aim is to call the people to the correct Islam, which is the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, pure and free from any additions, deletions and alterations; just as those first three generations of Muslims understood and implemented it. And to connect the people to the Major Scholars and their students, based upon thestatement of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “Indeed, the Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. They do not leave behind Dinaar or Dirham; but rather they leave behind knowledge. Whoever acquires it, has indeed acquired an abundant portion (of the inheritance).”
(Reported by Imaam Ahmad and authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaani in Jaami’ As-Saheeh)

We have established weekly classes in the evenings in which people have been benefiting from for many years. Over the years we have been studying important books of ‘Aqeedah (creed), which the scholars have recommended every Muslim to study. We have studied “Qawlul Mufeed fee adillahit-Tawheed” (Beneficial Sayings regarding the evidences of Tawheed) authored by The Noble Scholar of Yemen, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdil Wahhaab al-Wasaabi (Hafidhahullaah).
We have also studied “Al-Mulakkhasul-Fiqhee” (The Summary of Fiqh) authored by Shaikh Saalih Fawzaan Ibn Abdullah Al-Fawzaan (Rahimahullaah). We have also been studying “Explanation of Luma’tul I’tiqaad ” (Sufficiency in Creed) which is authored by Shaikh Muhammad Bin Saalih Al-Uthaimeen Rahimahul-lah.  All Praise is due to Allaah.
We are currently studying “Fundamentals & Benefits of Imaam Nawawi” rahimahulah’s 40 Hadeeth By Naazim Muhammad Sultaan.

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What is Ghurabaa?

The Prophet and Messenger of Allah (alayhi salatul wasalam) has told us in an authentic hadith, “Islam began as something strange, and it will return as something strange, so give glad tiding to the strangers (ghurabaa).” (Collected by Muslim)
 
In another narration it was said,“O Messenger of of Allah, who are the ghurabaa?”  He (alayhi salatul wasalam) replied “those who are steadfast in righteousness at a time when the people become corrupt.”  (At-Tahahwee in Al-Mushkil (298-1)
 
In another version he (alayhi salatul wasalam) said,those who correct what the people have corrupted of my sunnah.”  (At-Tirmidhee (2765) at-Tabaranee in al-Kabeer (16/17) al-Bazzar (3287) and others.)

Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdillah ibn Baz (rahimallah) said, “If one becomes alienated and is shunned, then he should work harder in his Dawah.”

This condition is the confirmation of what our Prophet and Messenger (alayhi salatul wasalam) has told us in this authentic hadith about the strangers amongst this Ummah.  So this noble hadtih make it clear to the people of intellect that calling to the truth and refuting that which the people have introduced into the religion at a time when Islam is strange is regarded to be from the reformation which the Prophet (alayhi salatal wasalam) encouraged and praised it people for.  This great hadith also makes clear to the readers, that it is obligatory upon the people of truth when Islam has become strange to become more active in explaining the rulings of Islam, giving dawah and spreading it’s merits and virtues, and fighting against the vices.  It is also necessary for them to be firm upon that until they become one of the righteous people at a time when corruption is prevelant, and they become one of those correct the mischief when the people are active in it.  Indeed Allah is the Granter of sucess, Exalted be He.