March 2021
Monthly News and Updates
Al Isra W'al Mi'raj

On March 11, 2021 (Rajab 27,1442 AH), as Muslims we honor the miraculous night journey (isra) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Mecca to Jerusalem, his ascension (mi ‘raj) that night through the seven heavens, and his return to Mecca. During this night (the Isra w’al Mi‘raj), of the Prophet’s miraculous ascension, he meets many Prophets, including Jesus and Moses (peace be upon them), and, most wondrously has a direct experience of Allah (swt). During this ascension experience, the Prophet is enjoined to establish the five daily prayers.

On this holy occasion, MCCT sends prayers of peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad, and we send all Muslims the world over, our sincerest wishes that Allah (swt) will grant all His beautiful blessings to them. We ask Him to strengthen us in our practice of prayer, the beautiful gift to us of the Mi ‘raj. We ask Allah (swt) to liberate all who are suffering persecution and oppression across the globe and that He strengthens us in faith and love for all humanity, Ameen.
Review: MCCT Speakers' Bureau Events in February
February 27, 2021

MCCT Speakers’ Bureau offered a virtual presentation by Dr. Bilal Ansari who spoke to a diverse interfaith audience on the topic “How Black Lives Mattered to the Prophet Muhammad” (peace be upon him). 

Dr. Ansari’s presentation focused on the Prophet’s teachings and several examples from his life story that illustrate the Islamic position on race. He examined the Qur’anic teachings and the Prophet’s life concerning race through the lens of the major principles of Islamic law in order to show how the goals of Islamic law are personified in the Prophet’s tender, unconditional positive regard for black, white, Arab, and Persian - Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Dr. Ansari related the significance of the Prophet’s enlightened example and how it should illuminate our own work on racial divides in our present moment. Discussion ensued highlighting audience members’ interests and concerns on how Muslims see the value of the Prophet’s example in their own efforts to address racism as a religious imperative.
February 28, 2021

MCCT Speakers’ Bureau offered a presentation by Imam Kashif Abdul Karim highlighting “The History of African-American Muslims and the Need for Intrafaith Relationships” to a diverse virtual interfaith audience.

Imam Kashif provided a survey of African American Islam, noting key African-American Muslim figures in the historical context of colonialism, slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era, and in the ongoing struggle against systemic racism, demonstrating how trends in African American Muslim belief and practices have changed during these stages, and also in relation to the post-1965 rise in foreign Muslim immigration to the U.S and its effects on African American Muslims.

He pointed out the types of difficulties African American Muslims have faced as the population of Muslims from abroad increased and he called for serious consideration and action among Muslim leaders to try to build intra-Muslim relationships. A vibrant discussion ensued particularly around the roles and positions of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik al Shabazz), W.D. Muhammad, and Louis Farrakhan, and the voices of the elder local generation of African American Muslims who have lived this history in the 20th and 21st century gave a sense of immediacy, urgency and relevance to these issues.
Upcoming Events
Save the Date:
March 25, 7:00-8:15 pm
(Registration Link Coming Soon)

Imam Gazmend Aga will present on "Islam in Albania and the Albanian American Community" highlighting the effects of the Communist period on today's Muslims there and in America. He will tell the inspiring story of what has sustained Islam among Albanians in spite of every effort made to remove belief and harshly suppress practice over decades. Where is Islam today among Albanians? Find out from Imam Aga.

Imam Aga is a Muslim chaplain for the CT Department of Corrections and at Sacred Heart University, as well as the Imam of the Albanian American Muslim Community, Waterbury, CT. He is pursuing his Master's degree and certificate in chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary.
Virtual Event
April 17, 5:00-6:30 pm

Join us to hear a panel of Muslims from diverse backgrounds talk about what fasting and Ramadan means to them. Panel session will be followed by Q and A discussion.

Event is free and open to all!

Registration is required

Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date

For questions email us at info@mcct.us
or call (860) 242-1707