al-Ḥamdulillāh we’ve now returned to normal operations, in shā’ Allāh.
وَآتاكُم مِن كُلِّ ما سَأَلتُموهُ ۚ وَإِن تَعُدّوا نِعمَتَ اللَّهِ لا تُحصوها ۗ إِنَّ الإِنسانَ لَظَلومٌ كَفّارٌ
“He has given you everything you have asked Him for. If you tried to number Allāh’s blessings, you could never count them. Man is indeed wrongdoing, ungrateful.” — Qur’an 14: 34
Below are a few guidelines to keep in mind with our reopening:
No registration is required. Capacity is first-come first-serve;
Capacity will be limited to 50 people per prayer;
Face coverings required inside;
Physical distancing of 6 feet;
Bring your own prayer rugs;
No public use of restrooms, ease make wuḍū’ at home;
Those who have fever over 100° or any COVID related symptoms are not allowed to attend;
No children under the age of 8;
No congregating inside after prayer, this includes greeting others, shaking hands, etc.;
Please pray sunnah prayers at home;
To help accommodate for the reduced capacity Middle Ground will be offering two Jumu’ah prayers: the first at 1PM and the second at 2PM. This takes effect immediately this Friday, May 21st, in shā’ Allāh.
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May Allah accept from you all. Amin.
We look forward to seeing you at Middle Ground.
Learning 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 6AM. 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 ‘Āl ‘Imrān, verse 100.
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 Third Chapter of the Qur’ān, Sūrah ‘Āl ‘Imrān, verse 65, 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.
Building Better Believers
Middle Ground is excited to announce the launch of two new classes as part of our new Building Better Believers initiative: #1: A Study in Faith and #2: How Islam Works.
A Study in Faith is more than a class. It’s an initiative to support the growth of faith (iman) in the hearts of believers by taking an intimate look at what, as well as why, we believe. This is strongly recommended that both adults and their children attend together. Amongst other sources, this class will include a guided reading of Ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī’s al-Risalah. This class is held the last two Sundays of the month, from 11am – 1pm. Ḍhuhr Prayer will be done promptly after class.
How Islam Works: Many Muslims believe, but without know the “mechanics” of the religion, this leaves one’s faith susceptible to weakness and doubts. Amongst other sources, this class will use Shaykh Muhammad al-Ṭayyib al-Anṣārī’s commentary, Tashīl al-Wuṣūl ilā al-Thalāthah al-Uṣūl. This class is held the first two Thursdays of the month at Middle Ground from 7-8pm. Time coinciding, we will pray Maghrib prayer before and Isha’ after. Again, this is strongly recommended that both adults and their children attend together.
Both 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.