Middle Ground

Prayer Times

  • al-Salām ‘alaykum. Fajr Ṣalāh this Saturday (9/23/2023) will be at 5:45AM. Fajr Club Breakfast will be from 6-7AM. Understanding the Qur’ān will be in-person, starting at at 7:30AM in shā’ Allāh.
  • Note: Middle Ground is not open for all daily prayers. Currently Middle Ground is only open for Jumu’ah Prayer on Fridays (1PM) and Fajr on Saturdays.

If you have any questions, please contact us at mgmcupland@gmail.com

Jumu’ah at Middle Ground

Below are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. No registration is required. Capacity is first-come first-serve;
  2. Face coverings are no longer required inside;
  3. Physical distancing is optional;
  4. Those who have fever over 100° or any COVID related symptoms are not allowed to attend;

The Jumu’ah starts at 1PM, in shā’ Allāh. It is the same year round. The time never changes.

Upcoming Classes and Events at Middle Ground

Understanding the Qur’ān is our weekly tafsīr class. It follows Fajr Prayer (currently 5:45am iqamah time) and Fajr Club Breakfast (6am – 7am), starting at 7:30am. Sign up for our newsletter for receive the link to the livestream.

al-Ḥamdulillāh, Middle Ground is excited to offer one of two new classes starting this weekend, July 1st. This will be our intro to worship class, based on a reading of Mālikī Fiqh: Fiqh Made Easy. It will be offered the first two Saturdays of the month, from 8:30am – 9:30am. Next session will be Saturday, October 7th. Check out our playlist below on YouTube for past sessions.

Our second new class (also the first two Saturdays of the month) will be The Book of Faith: A Reading of Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim. This will be from 10am – 11am.

We hope you will enjoy us for these new classes. May Allāh bless them to make them a benefit in this life and the next. Āmīn.ˆ

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We look forward to seeing you at Middle Ground.

Activities At Middle Ground

Fajr Club

Every Saturday Middle Ground members gather for 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 iqamah time is 5:15AM. Front door code is 3923 and the rear entrance code is 0719*. Imam Marc’s Understanding the Qur’ān class follows. Currently, the class is on the Fifth Chapter of the Qur’ān, Sūrah al-Mā’idah.

*Note: this will be the last Understanding the Qur’ān Session until after Ramadan.

Current start time is 7AM.

Understanding the Qur’an

After Fajr Club on Saturdays, Imam Marc teaches Understanding the Qur’an. This course explores such topics as tafsīr, ‘aqīdah (theology and creed), fiqh (jurisprudence), as well as insights into the Arabic language. The class also explores how we might understand Revelation in light of our culture as Americans.

Currently the class is on the Fifth Chapter of the Qur’ān, Sūrah al-Mā’idah, through such works by al-Sa’dī, Ibn Juzayy, al-Ṭabarī, and al-Qurṭubī and others.

For those who wish to attend remotely, please sign up for the e-mail list, or send us an email at contact@muslim.center, to be added to the e-mail notification. The live class is conducted through Google Meet.

Current start time is 7:30AM.

You can see some past sessions on our YouTube channel.

We also do a reading of Ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī’s al-Risalah the last two Sundays of every month.

All classes can be attended remotely. Please send us your email (to contact@muslim.center) if you have not already signed up for the email list.

Here’s the video for our first session for How Islam Works

For more session videos and notes, click here.

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), lifting weights (he’s all about being #FiftyAndFit #50AndFit!) and hiking here in beautiful southern California.

We look forward to seeing you at Middle Ground.