No registration is required. Capacity is first-come first-serve;
Face coverings are no longer required inside;
Physical distancing is optional;
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.
Every Thursday Middle Ground hosts an ifṭār. We recommend people fast Mondays and Thursdays as prescribed by the Prophet ﷺ. Currently the iqamah on Thursdays is 8:15PM.
On Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays, Imam Marc hosts a virtual Qur’ān reading circle for facilitating the practice of Tajwīd (التسهيل المفيد في قواعد التجويد). Current time is 6am – 7am after Fajr. If you would like to join, please send an firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Activities At Middle Ground
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 time is 5AM. 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 Third Chapter of the Qur’ān, Sūrah al-Nisā’.
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 Fourth Chapter of the Qur’ān, Sūrah al-Nisā’, 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 email@example.com, to be added to the e-mail notification. The live class is conducted through Google Meet.
Current start time is 7AM.
You can see some past sessions on our YouTube channel.
Thursday Ifṭārs Ten Principles For Purifying the Soul
As part of Middle Ground’s new programming we have some new classes and activities. One of them is the Thursday ifṭār followed by a short reading of Ten Principles in Purifying the Soul/عشر قواعد في تزكية النفس by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaq bin ‘Abd al-Muḥsin al-Bad/عبد الرزاق بن عبد المحسن البدر. We read between Maghrib and al-‘Ishā’.
We also do a reading of Ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī’s al-Risalahthe last two Sundays of every month.
All classes can be attended remotely. Please send us your email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have not already signed up for the email list.
Here’s the video for our first session for How Islam Works
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.
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.