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I returned to MEC today for their Jummah Khutbah. I never like going here, but I am an optimist and really want people to succeed, even if they tend to be the obstacles to their own success. Today's khutbah is proof of that. The khutbah is transcribed below for your enjoyment.
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This week I returned to the ICC mosque for Jummah. For the most part, the khutbahs here are mild and short. Just how I like them. Yeah, so read on.
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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
I am pleased to announce the end of my New York campaign. It's been fun, and Alhamdulillah, ALL the khutbahs in the Big Apple have been worth listening to. The last Jummah I attended was a couple hours ago at the NYU Islamic Center. They had a nice little room on campus, couldn't tell if it was a permanent spot, but it definitely felt like praying in a university. All the tell tale signs were there. People loitering outside while Qur'an is being recited inside. Shoes galore. Brothas and sistas trying not to bump into each other while stealing subtle glances at one another. (Yeah I saw that pink hijabi chick wink at the brotha in front of me, good for him, good for him). Not to mention that you had all the typical characters.
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It's a multi-story building, much like the first mosque I attended while in New York, Masjid Uthman ibn Affan, or better known as the Midtown Mosque.
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I hope you are all doing magnificently well, Insha'Allah. I do have a present for you all, a khutbah critique, Today, I went to the Islamic Cultural Center of New York located on 96th St and 3rd Ave. It's a nice center and they have a private school that they run there as well. It was a nice and clean mosque, the people were mixed in both ethnicity and perhaps even religious alignment, please continue reading for more insight.
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As life would have it, I am to be stationed in Manhattan for several weeks, why? Well, that's none of your business. But, what is indeed your business are the continued stream of khutbah critiques. I have successfully chronicled 13 months of khutbahs in my beloved Windy City, I guess it's time to see how some of the other big cities compare.
I went to the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan, the mosque itself is called "Masjid Uthman Ibn Affan" (named after the third Khalifa), located near 55th and Lexington. A convenient location for me. I actually missed it the first time I tried to look for it a couple days ago. It's just a slender door in the side of a tall building, but it seems to be multi-layered, I know for sure they have at least 5 floors. It's actually very similar to the DIC in Chicago. Anyway, I went in, not knowing what to expect, saw many different kinds of people, some that even looked like me, haha. There were cabbies, business people, food cart owners, the whole garden variety of Muslims, or shall I say, "New York Muslims"? Because there is indeed a distinction to be made between Chicago Muslims and New York Muslims, I will share my findings once I have them.
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So this is going to be a quick and dirty khutbah critique, not cheap and easy, but quick and dirty.
You will be getting my unedited notes on the khutbah and a brief commentary, also, I apologize for the delay in getting this up, it's been a hectic week!
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Jummah at ICC has never been a bad experience, per se, today is no exception. The talk was relevant, brief, and to the point. I actually enjoyed this khutbah, it's nice to listen to good khutbahs from time to time, it instills a sense of hope for the Ummah at large. Wouldn't you say?
Anyway, go ahead, read on.
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I hope you all had a merry time these last two weeks, clearly, KK was on hiatus due to the festivities. No, I am not a Christian (I hope that should go without saying), but I do love Christmas, it is actually my most favorite time of year, especially Christmas in Chicago, it can feel quite surreal and wonderful.
But let's get the new year off to a good start, well sort of. I attended Jummah today at Mosque Foundation in the South Side (not the Ghetto South per se, but the Arab South), and well, the khutbah had some idiosyncrasies that I would very much like to share with you all, so continue reading!
Today I attended the jummah khutbah at the long standing Masjid - e - Noor, literally translated as "The Mosque of Divine Light". A mosque with such a name should be spewing insight and wisdom from every conceivable orifice...
Or so one would think...