FAQ – Islamic Society of Baltimore

The address of our office is 6631 Johnnycake Rd, Baltimore, MD 21244. Once you pass the parking lot, the ISB Office is located to your left as you walk/face towards the ISB Main Building. 

We do not allow soccer, tennis and football (or rugby) because they pose a safety hazard.

Every place of worship should be treated with utmost respect and care. The house of God welcomes everyone.  Upon entering the space, a Muslim ready to worship is encouraged to be in the state of wudu, or having performed the ablution that is necessary before touching the Quran or praying. He or she should know, now is not the time to engage in arguments or shouting. Phones are encouraged to be silenced in order to avoid any distractions. Many Muslims will enter the space and perform an optional two cycles of prayer individually to greet the masjid before taking a seat, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to do before services commence. During actual prayer, there is no talking—that in fact breaks the prayer and necessitates it to be repeated. One is encouraged to not be loud and run around, and any other activities that could disrupt a fellow person’s worship should be avoided. 

The Prophet SAW has said  “Make use of medical treatment, for Allah has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease, namely old age.” (Abu Dawud and authenticated by Al-Albani)

At ISB, we care about the health of our community members. The ISB clinic promotes health and wellness by providing quality services, at no charge, to people without access to basic care. We accomplish this through our physicians, nurses, and staff who work with care, compassion, and competence and by respecting the dignity of each individual; serving a diverse community; working collaboratively with volunteers; fostering individual and community partnerships and; responding to the changing health and wellness needs of the community.

The Clinic is open on Sundays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. For any further questions please contact us at 410-744-1690 during clinic hours.

  1. Any Muslim applying for zakah must come into the ISB office with a completed zakah form, two forms of ID including one picture ID, and supporting documentation for zakah eligibility. It is important to note that it takes upto 2-3 weeks from the time of submitting the zakah application to receive assistance.

No, this class is free to all. It is held twice a month, on the first and third Saturdays of the month, in Room 195.

To find this classroom, go up the stairs to the 2nd floor, and walk towards the right side of the hallway, away from the Gymnasium. Go through the double doors that you see into the classroom wing, and you will find Room 195 on the left side.

  • We include external event flyers in our Weekly Announcements email. Contact the ISB Office to get started.
  • To setup a table (Fridays at Jumuah only) please contact the ISB Office.
  • If you are vending, there is a fee to sell items on campus. Contact the ISB Office to get started.
  • Fundraiser events or khutbahs must be approved by the Council and must follow related ISB procedures and policies.

To get a current copy of your donation statement, please contact the ISB Office. If you have a question or concern regarding a one-time or recurring donation, please contact the Accounts Department.

Please contact the ISB office to make an appointment at (410) 747-4869 or email us at [email protected] in order to schedule an appointment. 

ISB requires a reservation for all private, community and athletic events. Please contact the ISB Office with the reservation date and time. If there is an availability and your request is approved, the Office will require you to fill out a form and pay your deposit (not required for athletic events).

We do not offer any Hajj groups. We do offer an annual Umrah trip, usually for 10 days starting towards the end of March. If you are interested, please contact the ISB Umrah team.

Yes it does, to schedule an appointment contact the isb office at (410) 747-4869 or email us at [email protected]

Islam recognizes the importance of mental health care and here at ISB we like to make sure that our community’s needs are being  met, especially when it comes to taking care of your health. A psychiatrist is available the second Friday of every month from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM. For any further questions please contact us at 410-744-1690 during clinic hours.

In addition to this, ISB offers free counseling by our very own Imam Ismet. To schedule an appointment please call us at (410) 747-4869 or email us at [email protected].

At the Islamic Society of Baltimore, we like to make sure everyone has access to knowledge. We offer a number of classes in urdu. To find out which classes we offer please click on this link:https://isb.org/weekly-activities/

At the Islamic Society of Baltimore, we like to make sure everyone has access to knowledge. We offer TAFSEER UL QURAN HALAQA every Saturday which is from Maghrib to Ish’a in the Prayer Hall. Led by Dr. Ra’id Awadallah. (Resumes after Ramadan). We also offer  ARABIC LANGUAGE & GRAMMAR every Sunday From 11:30 am-12:30 pm in Room 194 taught by Dr. Ra’id Awadallah (resumes after Ramadan).

No, the Cafe currently only caters for events on-site. Please email the Cafe for more information: [email protected]

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Zakat ul Fitr, also known as “Fitrana” or “Zakah al Fitr,” is a mandatory charity given during the month of Ramadan, and at latest before attending the prayer on Eid day. These donated funds are distributed to Muslims in need around Baltimore, so that they may also enjoy the blessings of Eid.

Worshipers enter the space and all sit down facing the front of the masjid, which will be in the direction of Makkah. This direction is called the qiblah. Wherever a Muslim is praying, he or she is required to face the qiblah before beginning. The qiblah is easily recognizable in a mosque thanks to a structure called the mihrab, or prayer niche at the front of the space. This is where the imam will lead the prayer from. It is usually next to some steps or a platform called a minbar that is utilized during the Friday sermon. The imam can be elevated, and the entire congregation will be able to see him.

It is important to note, men and women have different spaces designated to sit during the prayer. The men’s prayer space (musallah) is located on the second floor and the women’s prayer space (musallah) is located on the third floor. The mosque is a sacred space to focus on God and prayer, and it should be free of any temptations and potential distractions that can result from men and women being in unnecessary contact.

The Islamic prayer is a full body experience. There are elements of standing, bowing, prostrating, and sitting. When listening to a sermon, the worshipers sit on the floor as long as they are able to. There are always chairs available for the elderly or injured on the side.

There is no specific dress code however, it is recommended that one should be dressed modestly, as if ready to take part in the prayer services. Women usually cover their heads and wear long pants or skirts. For your convenience the ISB office may have spare head scarves available. Men are also encouraged to dress modestly. One should remove their shoes before entering the prayer hall of the masjid building, as they often carry dirt from outdoors. The Masjid is a humble place for self reflection and turning to God, and as such, visitors should be dressed the part.

The word ‘nikah’ is an Arabic word, which means ‘marriage’ and is considered to be the religious ceremony where the groom and bride agree to become husband and wife. Marriage in Islam at minimum requires the presence of an officiator, the bride and groom, and two witnesses. A gift called ‘Mahr’ is given from the husband to the wife at the time of marriage or at a later agreed-upon time in the future. As per the tradition of the Prophet (pbuh) the Mahr is supposed to be modest, not extravagant, in value.

Virtues of I’tikaf (Itikaaf)

The benefits & rewards for sitting I’tikaf are immense:

Ali Ibn Hussain (ra) narrates from his father that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who observes the ten days I’tikaf during Ramadhan will obtain the reward of two Hajj & two Umrah.” (Bayhaqi)

Abdullah bin Abbas (ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “Whosoever for Allah’s sake did even one days i’tikaf, Allah (swt) would keep him away from Jahannam by trenches.” (Tabarani)

Ibn Abbas (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, (about him who engages in i’tikaf), “that he is safe from sin & he also gets that reward which everyone (outside of i’tikaf) gets for pious deeds.” (Ibn Majah)

What an amazing opportunity for us to gain such immense & abundant rewards as well as closeness to Allah (swt). We can also take this opportunity to strengthen & boost our imaan (faith) for the rest of the year.

The following are 12 ways to maximize I’tikaf:

  1. Purifying intentions
    “Verily actions are judged by intention.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
    It is crucial that we purify & correct our intentions before doing any act of worship. This is because we may have other underlying intentions in our hearts without even realizing it. Like for e.g. we may have in our hearts that we will sit I’tikaf to have fun with friends or to look good in front of others & family etc.
    So before doing any good deed we need to correct our intentions so that we are more sincere in our worship. The better our intentions, the greater the rewards for whatever good we are doing.
    Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: “Maybe a small action is made great by its intention, & maybe a great action is made small by its intention.”
    So for I’tikaf we should make as many good intentions as possible like for example we are sitting I’tikaf to draw closer to Allah (swt), to strengthen one’s imaan, to correct one’s heart & purify oneself etc.
  2. Schedule & Monitor Daily Worship
    What better way to maximise our worship during I’tikaf than to plan & schedule our time so that we can spend it as effectively as possible. By setting ourselves daily targets we can ensure that we are more likely to achieve them.
    Below are links where you can download an hourly scheduler where you can set yourself hourly worship targets & schedule your daily worship. There is also a daily worship check where you can check & monitor your daily worship throughout the last ten nights.
  3. Exerting oneself in worship during the last 10 night’s
    Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” (Muslim).
    Aisha (RA) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) & used to pray all the night, & used to keep his family awake for the prayers. (Bukhari)
    The last ten days & nights of Ramadan are the most blessed. Therefore the person sitting I’tikaf should exert themselves in worship in each night of the last ten nights particularly the last ten odd numbered nights: 21, 23, 25, 27, 29.
    By worshipping in as many of the last ten nights as possible there is more chance we will catch The night of power & gain the reward of over 83 years of worship! Subhanallah thats longer than an average human life!
  4. Reciting Qur’an abundantly
    The Qur’an was revealed on the night of Power, so we should increase our recitation even more during the last ten days & nights. The pious predecessors used to increase the amount of Qur’an they recited during the last ten days & nights.
    Remember: The reward for reciting each letter of the Qur’an during Ramadan is 700 hasanah or more. Subhanallah!
    So we should make a target during I’tikaf using the scheduler provided of how much Qur’an we will recite each day & night. We should aim to complete at least one whole Qur’an if not more by the end of I’tikaf.
    Along with recitation we should also read & learn the meanings of the Qur’an. We should contemplate & ponder over the verses & implement what we read & learn into our daily lives.
    Note: We should try & recite Surah Ya-sin everyday particularly after Fajr time. We should also recite Surah Mulk before we going to sleep & Surah Kahf every Jumma. Other very rewarding Surahs we can recite much of are Surah’s Zilzalah, Al Kaafirun & Al Ikhlas
    Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas & Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading aquarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A)
  5. Nawafil (Voluntary) prayers
    What better way of drawing closer to Allah during I’tikaf than by praying the voluntary prayers:
    Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
    ….And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, [Bukhari]
    Does anyone want the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah? Then increase in praying the Nawafil prayers:
    Rabi’ah Ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said: ”Ask (anything).” Rabi’ah said: ”I ask of you to be your companion in paradise.” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ”Or anything else?” Rabi’ah said: ”That is it.” The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said to him: “Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., Nawafil prayers).” (Muslim)
    The reward for praying fard prayers outside of Ramadan is the greatest a Muslim can gain but in Ramadan we get the same reward for praying a Nawafil prayer. Subhaanallah! What other time of the year are Nawafil prayers rewarded equal to that of a fard prayer?
    Therefore we should strive to pray as many Nawafils as possible during I’tikaf so we can get closer to Allah, gain the company of the Prophet(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah as well as gain the rewards of a fard prayer for each nawafil prayer!

Sunnah & Nawafil prayers to pray during I’tikaf:

  1. Pray 12 Raka’ahs of Sunnah daily: – 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 2 Sunnah of Maghrib
    Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.”(Muslim)
  2. Salaatul Duhaa (Can be prayed from 20 mins after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins)
    So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur’an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise & pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday.
    ‘Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 – 12 Rakaats & it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.’ (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505)
    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
  3. 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nawafil of Dhuhr
    Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi)
  4. 4 Raka’ahs Sunnah of Asr
    The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi wa sallam) said:”May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka’ahs) before ‘Asr prayer.”(Abu Dawud)
  5. Two Raka’ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid
    Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
  6. Tahiyyatul Wudu – 2 Raka’ahs Sunnah after doing Wudu (Ablution)
    Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)”
  7. The MOST REWARDING Nawafil Prayer of all is Tahajjud
    Allah Most High said: “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, & (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.” (Qur’an, 17: 78-79)
    Imam Abu Sa’id al-Khadimi said, ”There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer.” [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya]

The scholars derived the following in regards to Tahajjud from the Qur’an & Prophetic Hadiths:

  1. The minimal night vigil prayer is 2 Rakaats. [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]
  2. Its optimal recommended amount is 8 Rakaats, because this was the general practice of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]
  3. Lengthier recitation of Qur’an is superior to a larger number of Rakaats prayed. [Durr al-Mukhtaar, Radd al-Muhtar]
    If one has not memorized much of the Qur’an then one should recite whatever they know or recite Surah Ikhlas 3 times after Surah Faathiha in each rakah to gain reward of reciting entire Qur’an.
  4. It is recommended to start the night vigil with two short Rakaats, because of the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ”If you get up for night prayer, start with two short Rakaats.” [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud]
    Whilst in I’tikaf we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night in the last 10 nights. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can particularly in the nights of the 21,23,25,27 & 29.
    One should wake up a little earlier for Sehri, making Wudu & pray a minimum of 2 Raka’ahs of Tahajjud. It is best to pray at least 8 Raka’ahs.
    Abu Hurayrah (RA), related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth & proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, & I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything & I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, & I forgive him?(Bukhari, Muslim).
    The last third portion of the night is the most blessed & dua’s are readily accepted at this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah & to make sincere dua, repenting for our sins past & present & to crying & asking of Allah for whatever we want.
    If we cannot cry due to the hardness of our hearts then we should at least make the face as if we are crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quicker & more promptly when it is crying in the same way Allah tends to his servants quicker when they are crying.
    Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with him) was asked, ”I cannot pray at night.” He said, ”Your sins have prevented you.”
  5. Excessive Remembrance of Allah
    Whilst in I’tikaf we should spend as much time as possible in the remembrance of Allah, keeping our lips moist in his glorification & praises. Surely we will have utter regret in the hereafter for each second wasted without remembering Allah:
    Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ”The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah.” Narrated Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513)
    The highest rank in Jannah are for those who remembered Allah the most:
    Abu Sa`id (RA) narrates the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked, ”Which of the servants of Allah is best in rank before Allah on the Day of resurrection?” He said: ”The ones who remember him much.”I said: ”O Messenger of Allah, what about the fighter in the way of Allah?” He answered: ”Even if he strikes the unbelievers & mushrikin with his sword until it broke, & becomes red with their blood, truly those who do Dhikr are better than him in rank.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, & Bayhaqi)
    Therefore we should remember Allah as much as we can & glorify him night & day, not just in Ramadan or in I’tikaf but until our very last breath. What better time to start remembering Allah more than during I’tikaf when we can sit in seclusion remembering Allah:
    The following are 11 Dhikr, supported by Hadith that we can recite throughout the duration of I’tikaf:
    Note: We should try & aim to recite each of these 10 Dhikr a 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 a day minimum.

    1. Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee – Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan.
    2. Subhaanallah
    3. Alhamdulillah
    4. Allahu Akbar
    5. Laa ilaaha illallah
    7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay. Or short version: Asthaghfirullah
    9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
    10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr
      Or the shortened version:
      Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer
    11. Radeetu billahi Rabban Wa bil Islami deenan Wabi Muhammadin Nabiyyan
      We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah.
      Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim
  6. Making Excessive Dua & Repentance
    What better opportunity to repent & make long & sincere dua’s to Allah than whilst devoting oneself to Allah in his house.
    Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an:
    “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [2:186]
    The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: ”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].
    Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance, so repent unto him sincerely as much as possible:
    Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)
    Many of us rush our Dua’s & quite often our hearts are not present whilst we are making dua to Allah. That is why we lose out on much of the benefits & blessings of Dua. Therefore we should not let our minds wonder whilst in Dua & we should concentrate more, making sure our hearts are present whilst asking of Allah. Whilst we are in dua we should imagine Almighty Allah in front of us & so we should humble ourselves in front of him in a state of meekness & humility.
    It may also help if we made a list of what we want to ask Allah during our dua’s. We can then refer to this list as a reminder so that we can cover everything we need to ask him, which may help in making our Dua’s longer & more sincere. This is because we will not always remember everything we want to ask Allah unless we note it down & refer back to it when we need to.
    The times when Dua’s are most accepted during I’thikaf are:
    1. The third portion of the night shortly before sehri ends. 2. Whilst fasting. 3. Between Asr & Maghrib. 4. Just before fast opens. 5. On Jumma before & after khutba. 6. Between Adhan & Iqamah. 7. After Qur’an recitation. 8. The Night of Qadr
    Let us not be of those who pass by Ramadan without gaining any forgiveness:
    Rasullullah (sallahu’ ‘alaihi wasallam) said: …the angel Jibra’il appeared before me & said: Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan & let it pass by without gaining forgiveness…’ Upon that I said: ‘Amin.’ (Al-Bukhari, Al-Tabrani)
    We should ask of Allah whilst in I’tikaf to accept all of our good deeds & efforts throughout Ramadan & be hopeful that Allah will accept it from us. We should also have FULL hope that Allah will accept our Dua’s if not in this world then in the hereafter. We should accept his decree for he knows best in all matters.
  7. Practising the Sunnah
    Following the Sunnah is a command from Allah:
    “Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ”If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Quran & the Sunnah), Allah will love you & forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran: 3:31)
    Almighty Allah says: “There certainly is an excellent example in Allah’s messenger for he who fears Allah & the last day & remembers Allah abundantly” (al-Ahzaab 21)
    By following the Sunnah in every aspect of our daily lives, everything we do will become worship, even going to the toilet, having a bath, dressing & undressing etc.
    Annas (RA) reports Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised, “Whoever cherishes my Sunnah, indeed he cherishes me & whoever loves me will be with me in Jannah.” (Tirmidhi: 2678: Ibid)
    We should practise & implement the Sunnah throughout the duration of I’tikaf like for eg the Sunnah’s of awakening, using miswak, of eating, drinking, going to the toilet, before sleeping etc. Then EVERYTHING we do whilst in I’tikaf will become worship & reward. Doing voluntary good deeds in Ramadan carrys the reward of FARD! Subhanallah!
    Reviving the Sunnah:
    Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Tirmidhi)
  8. Refraining from sin & idle talk
    The person sitting in I’tikaf must take extra care & attention to ensure that they refrain from committing any sins. That includes guarding the ears, eyes, tongue, privates & heart, thus deriving the maximum benefit from I’tikaf & attaining a special closeness to Allah & an increase & strengthening of imaan (faith).
    The mu’takif (person sitting I’tikaf) should remember that they are the guest of Almighty Allah in his house so therefore they should be extremely vigilant of their behaviour in the House of Almighty Allah.
    They must also avoid getting into idle discussions, debates & arguments which will be of no benefit but cause more harm than good.
    Remember: Time will go quick & if we waste our precious time during I’tikaf then surely we will regret it forever. So let us use this valuable time wisely as this may be our last I’tikaf so let us treat it like our very last.
  9. Avoiding over eating & sleeping
    Excessive eating & sleeping during I’tikaf is a major factor in stopping a person from maximizing their I’tikaf.
    Ibrahim al-Nakha’i (RA), one of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa (RA) mentioned: “The people ruined before you were done in by three characteristics: too much talking, too much eating, & too much sleeping.”
    Ash-Shafi’I (RA) said: I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep & makes one weak for worship.
    It used to be said: Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds.
    So a person must ensure that they do NOT over eat or over sleep during I’tikaf. Doing so will make a person feel heavy,tired & lazy resulting in that person not being as productive as they should be during I’tikaf.
    Remember: Set yourself limits & stick to them. Stay focused on your main goals & purpose for sitting in I’tikaf & what you hope to achieve out of it.
  10. Not leaving Masjid unless necessery
    It is not permitted for a man or woman to leave the Masjid during I’tikaf unless:

    1. To answer the call of nature.
    2. To pass wind.
    3. To make wudhu.
    4. To take an obligatory bath.
    5. To proclaim the adhan even if one is not the muadhin.

    It is not permitted for a person sitting in I’tikaf to leave the Masjid to have a Sunnah Friday bath only obligatory bath. It is also not permitted to go out of Masjid to use mobile phone. One should also try not to disturb others. It is permissable to Take head out of the window in the Masjid.

  11. Searching for the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr)
    So valuable is the Night of Qadr (Power) that the Quran devotes a special surah to it: “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months”[97:3]
    This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. It may also occur on any of the even nights.
    Therefore we should strive to stay up & worship on all of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. If we can’t do that then we should at least worship the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If we still can’t manage that then let us pray on whatever nights we can, minimum on the 27th night.
    There is NO doubt that if we pray on all of the last ten nights of Ramadan then we will catch this auspicious night & gain the rewards of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhaanallah! Most do not live upto such an age!
    The following dua should be recited as much as possible during the last 10 nights of Ramadan:
    Aisha (RA) said: I asked the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): ’O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said Say:
    “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee
    Trans: ’Say: O Allah, You are pardoning & You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “ (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, & Tirmidhi).
    May Allah enable us to make the best of the last ten days & nights of Ramadan. May Allah enable us to find the night of power & may he accept our I’tikaf & make it a salvation for us on the day of judgement. Ameen
  12. Keep the masjid clean and actively seek to maintain it.
  13. Keep oneself clean and smelling well.

Taking a shahada is a enormous moment in a person’s life. The requirements are to say the declaration of faith (shahada) with conviction, without any force, and in front of witnesses. The ISB Office is here to support and guide you through the steps, give us a call at (410) 747-4869.

We also recommend attending our Clean Slates class to support you as you learn more about Islam and being a Muslim.

Muslims use the abbreviation “SWT” when writing God’s name, to refer to the word “Subhanahu wataAllah’ that in English translates to “Glory be to God/Him”. For the Prophet, the abbreviation PBUH is used for ‘Peace Be Upon Him’ or more commonly, SAW is used for ‘Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam’ which means ‘Blessings of God Be Upon Him’.

A person will make the call to prayer, the adhaan, to indicate the prayer time has entered. Many worshipers will stand up and perform individual extra prayers called sunnah. Then something called the iqamah will be recited, indicating the congregation for the obligatory prayer is about to start. If people were spread out across the hall before, they will begin lining up shoulder to shoulder, waiting for the imam to say Allahu Akbar (God is Greater) and raise his hands to begin the prayer.

In congregational prayers, the imam is the leader who will recite certain things aloud, and everyone else will follow quietly. The prayer ends when the imam sits and says Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah, turning his head to the right and then the left. After the congregational prayer, the imam will usually say some supplications before people then begin to stand up and either do more extra prayers or make their way to the exit.

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You must have 12 months of paid membership associated with your profile. This can be one of two ways:

  • You make a one-time full payment of your membership fee by January 31.
  • You start monthly payments of your membership fee by January 31 and complete payments by January 31st of the following year.

If you have satisfied one of these options, then in the following year’s or future year’s election cycle, you become eligible to vote.

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Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “(A believer) who accompanies the funeral procession of a Muslim out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s reward and remains with it till the funeral prayer is offered and the burial ceremonies are over, he will return with a reward of two Qirats. Each Qirat is like the size of the (Mount) Uhud. He who offers the funeral prayer only and returns before the burial, will return with the reward of one Qirat only.”

Salatul Janazah is usually prayed in the musallah or in the gym.

Janaza is the Arabic word for funeral, which encompasses both the prayer and burial. Muslims follow the Quranic mandate of a burial occurring within 24 hours of a person’s passing away. The preparation process is simple: the deceased’s body is washed by and wrapped in a simple white cloth. The deceased is then taken to the closest mosque for the funeral prayer.


Non-Muslim family members, relatives, friends and co-workers are welcome to attend funeral prayers held at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. We ask that you remain seated for the duration of the funeral prayer.

During this prayer, which is mostly silent, the Imam (prayer leader) and attendees recite various verses from the Qur’an along with making a supplication for (1) the deceased person, (2) those who have passed away and (3) those who are still alive. Muslims stand in un-even rows facing Makkah, with the deceased’s body in front of them. There is no bowing or prostration in this prayer. The call to prayer is not made at the funeral, because it has been made to the person at his / her birth. This is meant to remind every Muslim of the shortness of life and encourage every one to focus on doing as many good deeds as possible.

After the prayer, the deceased is taken for burial, where the body is placed into the ground without a casket, with the entire body tilted slightly in order to face Makkah. Supplications are made for the person’s forgiveness and for God’s mercy while the grave is closed.

No, the Janazah is a set of Islamic funeral rituals and rites performed on a deceased individual who belongs to the Islamic faith. For individuals of other faiths, we encourage them to use other avenues affiliated with their own religious beliefs.

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