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 104.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 12pm – 1pm. Ṭhuhr 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 email@example.com) 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.