Islam 101


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The Islamic Society of Boston holds several classes to educate our neighbors about the basic beliefs and practices of Islam. Four different classes are available. Classes are held at both the ISBCC (100 Malcolm X Blvd in Roxbury, MA) and the ISB (204 Prospect St in Cambridge, MA).

All classes are free, and walk-ins are welcome! The classes are for everyone including non Muslims and New Muslims. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact us using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Islam 101
The Islam101 program is a 5-week series that covers the basics of Islam: the Articles of Faith, the Prophet’s Life, the Acts of Worship, the Qur’an, and Islamic Ethics. This is the recommended first step for non-Muslims seeking an introduction to Islam. Classes meet in the classroom to the left of the prayer hall.
Thursdays (7pm- 8pm)held at the ISB (this mosque) @ 204 Prospect St in Cambridge, MA
Mondays (7pm- 8pm)held @ The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) - 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury MA 02120  - Phone: 617-858-6114 - Website http://isbcc.org/ 

Islam in Focus
The Islam in Focus program is an in-depth class for women only. This 8 month course covers Creed, the Prophet’s Life, Worship, Islamic Lifestyle, Spirituality, Women’s Issues, and more. This class features extensive discussion, social interaction, and a support-group atmosphere. It is recommended for all women (Muslim or non-Muslim) seeking a comprehensive understanding of Islam. Classes meet in the lower level of the mosque.
Mondays (6pm- 8pm): held at the ISB (this mosque) @ 204 Prospect St in Cambridge, MA

Living Islam
The Living Islam program is an on-going weekly discussion on how the Qur'an and the Principles of Islam can be translated and implemented in our daily lives. This class is recommended for recent converts to Islam and/or non-Muslims who have completed either the Islam101 series or the Islam in Focus program. Classes meet in the classroom to the left of the prayer hall.
Wednesdays (6pm- 8pm): held @ The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) - 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury MA 02120  - Phone: 617-858-6114 - Website http://isbcc.org/ 

Convertsations
The Convertsations program is a monthly gathering for new Muslims held on the first Saturday of every month. While new Muslims are the main attendees, all are welcome to join the conversation. We especially encourage converts’ friends and family to come get to know the community. Classes meet in the 3rd floor function hall.
1st Saturday (3pm- 5pm): held @ The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center - 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury MA 02120  - Phone: 617-858-6114 - Website http://isbcc.org/ 

New Muslims Online Classes
Muslim Now is the new Muslim department of iERA dedicated to welcome, empower and provide education for New Muslims - click here for more information www.muslimnow.com. Existing Muslims should also take note of this course material so that they may better communicate Islamic practices to new Muslims and non Muslims. It highly recommended for New Muslims to visit the local Mosque for one on one training (ask for it).

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Beginners Q and A

What is Islam?
Islam is not a new religion. It is the same truth that God revealed to all His prophets throughout history. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent.

Who are Muslims and what do they believe?
There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide. No more than 20 percent of Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking world. The country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. Muslims believe in One, Unique, and Incomparable God. They believe in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon, and Jesus. God’s eternal message was reaffirmed and finalized by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on them all). One becomes a Muslim by saying, “There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” By this declaration, the person announces faith in all of God’s messengers.

What is the Quran?
The Quran is the record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. It was memorized by Muhammad and then dictated to his companions. The text of the Quran was cross-checked during the life of the Prophet. The 114 chapters of the Quran have remained unchanged through the centuries.



What are the “Five Pillars” of Islam?
1 - The Declaration of Faith: This consists of the two sentence declaration described above.
2 - Prayer: Muslims perform five obligatory prayers each day. Islamic prayers are a direct link between the worshiper and God. Islam has no hierarchical authority or priesthood. A learned Muslim chosen by each congregation leads the prayers.
3 - Zakat: One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth is held in trust by human beings. Zakat, or charitable giving, “purifies” wealth by setting aside a portion for those in need. This payment is usually two and a half percent of one’s capital.
4 - Fasting: Every year in the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from first light until sunset. The fast is another method of self-purification.
5 - Pilgrimage: A pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, is an obligation for those who are physically or financially able.

What about the American Muslim community?
There are an estimated 7 million Muslims in America. The Muslim community in America is made up of people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and national origins. There are almost 2,000 mosques, Islamic schools and Islamic centers in America. Muslims are active in all walks of life. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and around the world.

What about Muslim women?
Under Islamic law, women have always had the right to own property, receive an education and otherwise take part in community life. Men and women are to be respected equally. The Islamic rules for modest dress apply to both women and men equally. (Men cannot expose certain parts of their bodies, wear gold or silk, etc.) If a particular society oppresses women, it does so in spite of Islam, not because of it.

What is Jihad?
“Jihad” does not mean “holy war.” Literally, jihad means to strive, struggle and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the battlefield for self-defense (e.g., – having a standing army for national defense), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.

Have more questions ?
Please come and attend one of our free classes, we look forward to meeting with you.

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