Just like numerous other articles on this site, we will see another group of Muslims who are not interested in assimilating into America. Their interest is to live a complete Islamic life while expanding the reach of Islam. Today we will take a look at Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society. Located at 1501 Germantown Avenue, the society is not hiding their agenda.
Aqsa Islamic Society has been established to maintain the ‘Islamic Identity’ and to protect the Muslim people, the children and students alike for generations to come from the adversities of the surrounding non-Islamic environments. This effort is fulfilled through many services the Society presents to the Muslim and Arab communities in the Philadelphia area.
Yes, this is not an Islamic country. But unfortunately instead of moving to one this society’s members have created their own Islamic enclave. Please keep in mind that the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, has also said they need to protect their community from non-Islamic environments.
Al Masjid: The main prayer hall is located on the first floor of the facility. It accommodates about one thousand worshipers. The ongoing activities include: the five daily prayers, Friday prayers, Eid prayers, in addition to the ongoing religious classes and functions. A variety of Muslim scholars from all over the Muslim world and from the U.S. are sometimes invited as guest speakers in these functions.
Some of those ongoing classes are studies of the hadith (words and deeds of Mohammad), and fiqh. The knowledge and understanding of Islamic Law.
Established in 1989,
Muhammad Shahada, the Imam, leads us in prayer. His son and Daughters’ all attend Al-Aqsa Academy. subanallah
The Mosque is run by Muhammad Shahada, who also participates in interfaith conferences. So which is it Imam, are the non-Muslims who attend these conferences your friends, or are they people that Muslims need to be “protected” from? It sure sounds like you are talking out of both sides of your mouth…
Al Amana Grocery Store: Al- Aqsa Islamic Society is proud to offer to the Muslim and Arab communities in Philadelphia Al Amana grocery store, which provides a variety of Middle Eastern and oriental commodities. Halal Meat and Poultry are also available. In addition, a catering service of Middle Eastern style is available by reservation. A book store is available for purchases of Islamic books.
What kind of Islamic enclave would it be without their own grocery store?
Sisters’ Activities: In the sisters’ section there is a weekly class every Wednesday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm in which Quranic Sciences, Hadith, Sirah, other Fiqh subjects are discussed.
Maybe one of the sisters would care to explain how she justifies this hadith verse:
Bukhari Hadith Volume 1, Book 9, Number 490:
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people).” I said, “You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away. for I disliked to face him.”
Another slice of America falls to Islam….
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