Ramadan At Middle Ground

Imam Marc would like to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan on behalf of everyone at Middle Ground. Isha’ will be at 9:30PM followed by Tarawih prayer. We look forward to seeing you there, in sha’Allah. Ramadan Mubarak!

In sha’Allah Eid al-Fitr will be Tuesday morning, June 4th, at the Azure Hotel in Ontario (Google Maps). Takbirat starts at 8:30AM and the prayer at 9AM.

Middle Ground offers iftars (breaking fast) and tarawih prayer every day during the month of Ramadan. Our guest qari (Qur’anic reciter) is Shaykh Ibrahim Merdad from Makkah. In addition to our daily iftars which are held Monday through Saturday, Middle Ground also hosts a community iftar every Sunday. Reservation is required with the times, links, and locations below.

May 12th Middle Ground Community Iftar Dinner: register here.

May 19th Middle Ground Community Iftar Dinner: register here.

May 26th Middle Ground Community Iftar Dinner: register here.

June 2nd Middle Ground Community Iftar Dinner: register here.

Jumu’ah At Middle Ground

Middle Ground offers Jumu’ah Salah (Friday Prayers) every Friday. We start at 1:15PM and typically last about 20-30 minutes. We’re an ideal location for those who need to get back to work on Fridays. There’s plenty of parking as well.

Middle Ground also live streams its khutbahs (sermons) as well, so even if you can’t make it, you can experience one of Imam Marc’s — or one of our other special guest khatib’s — khutbahs, live via Youtube.

You can look, and listen, to some of our past khutbahs here.

Listen to past khutbahs on SoundCloud:

Learning At Middle Ground

Fajr Club

Every Saturday Middle Ground members gather for Fajr Club: prayer and breakfast. We start the morning with Fajr Salah and then break bread with one another. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other members in the community as well as treat yourself to Shaykh Chef’s (Imam Marc!!) famous coffee and breakfast. Current time is 5:30AM. The front door code is 7365 and the rear entrance code is 7365*. Imam Marc’s Islam In-Depth class follows.

Islam In-Depth

After Fajr Club on Saturdays, Imam Marc teaches Islam In-Depth. This course explores such topics as theology and creed (aqidah), jurisprudence (fiqh), Arabic language but also allows for explorations in culture as well as dealing with the major philosophical challenges Muslims face today. We are currently reading M. A. Draz’s “The Moral World Of The Qur’an”. Download a PDF of the text here. You can listen to past class sessions here:

A Year With The Qur’an

A Year With The Qur’an is a weekly class taught by Imam Marc that helps us explore the meanings of the Qur’an and how to not only gain a deeper appreciation, but also how we can incorporate the Book of Allah into our daily lives. Current time is 7PM Friday evenings.

Articles & Blog Posts

The Middle Ground website also features the writings of Imam Marc. He has not only been teaching but also writing about affairs concerning the American Muslim community for nearly two decades. You can find his posts here.

About Middle Ground

Middle Ground Muslim Center began as an idea; an ideal. We are a small group of concerned Muslims looking to create a new space that will serve as a place for the community to connect with God and with each other. We are located in Upland, California, in the heart of the Inland Empire. We hope Middle Ground’s intimate setting will provide you with a space to nurture and grow your Islam amongst friends.

Our methodology is simple: religious and spiritual development through hands-on tutelage and camaraderie. Everyone at Middle Ground, from the staff to the participants, are here to learn and grow.

As you experience Middle Ground please feel free to leave us feedback so we may improve upon the services we offer. We look forward to serving you.

Religious Director

Imam Marc Manley is the Religious Director for Middle Ground. A convert to Islam (1992), Imam Marc has had the opportunity to sit and study with many of the top Muslim teachers in Detroit, Philadelphia and Saudi Arabia. Imam Marc has been an active educator having taught Arabic and Islamic Studies as well as being appointed the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania and starting the Muslim chaplaincy program at Drexel University.

Imam Marc enjoys cooking (Shaykh Chef being one of his nicknames), cycling and hiking here in beautiful southern California.

We look forward to seeing you at Middle Ground.