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Back in quiet Naperville, I returned once again to the Al Hilal Mosque for Jummah prayer.
Before I begin the khutbah, I will rant. Why do people think it's necessary to drive 40 mph in a parking lot full of people walking from their cars to the mosque? Do they think they will achieve goodness in the eyes of God for hurrying to the mosque at the risk of another's life? I say this because I almost got hit walking from my car to the pavement, a mere 50 foot distance. Some young punk thought it appropriate to needle his way through groups of people, unfortunately for myself, walking alone didn't make me as visible to the driver as did a group of five or six. I should have followed that kid to where he parked and let him know. But, knowing people these days, criticism is a very hard pill to swallow, even if it's justified.
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I attended Jummah Prayer at MEC in Morton Grove today. I always hear about some really ridiculous khutbahs that take place here. I even hear about people, getting up after the khateeb has concluded the prayer, who start denouncing him and whatever he discussed. I guess that makes me very lucky.
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Guess what this one's about. Go on. I dare you.
The khateeb at the Islamic Center of Naperville (Ogden Campus aka ICN-Al Hilal) was a fiery 30-something immigrant Arab. He had such passion for what he was lecturing us all about. What was he speaking about? About Da'wah and how it is EVERY Muslims duty to go out there and show the Kafirun (Infidels, Kafir -sing.) what we are made of!
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I attended Jummah today at the Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN).
For starters, they don't allow women to the first jama'a which is at 1:10pm. It's reserved strictly for men. Interesting. There are mosques in Chicago that don't allow women period, such as Makki Mosque in the Albany Park neighborhood or Jame Masjid in Rogers Park. It is interesting because the majority of the community at the Naperville mosque is comprised of well educated professionals. One typically gets the idea that such people are "progressive" and don't fall prey to "old" ideas.