The ISGL Board of Directors request our community to become ISGL members or if they are already members, to renew their membership early. The special membership drive will be open from March 1 2018 to the end of Ramadan 2018. New membership or early renewal will be valid until Ramadan of 2019. Please support ISGL at this critical time and become new Member or renew your membership. It is important that If you attend ISGL then enroll in at least Associate level membership. An increased number of enrolled members can enhance ISGL’s image as a pivotal Islamic Community Center in this region. Members will also have the privilege of using the new services offered at discounted fee in our new facility. Please join as a member to support ISGL.
A new online membership form has been created with an integrated and secure membership fee payment process for your convenience.
The following are the Membership types and associated fees:
|Membership Level||Annual Fees|
|Associate Member - Individual||$50 per person|
|Associate Member - Family||$100 per family|
|Full Member - Individual||$100 per person|
|Full Member - Family||$200 per family|
|Lifetime Member - Individual||$1,500 per person (one time payment only)|
|Business Member||$500 per business|
Jazak Allahu Khairan
ISGL Board of Directors
Zakat is an annual tithe on one’s wealth or possessions and is one of Islam’s obligations and one of its five main pillars. The Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: “Islam was built upon five pillars: to witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, performing prayer, giving alms (Zakat), performing the pilgrimage, and fasting the month of Ramadan.” [Sahih Al Bukhari]
There are a lot of benefits in giving charity and especially the Zakah. These benefits are mentioned in the Quran and Sunna. Here are some of them: 1. Satisfying Allah SWT and gaining His pleasure, and then gaining Paradise in the Hereafter, as the duty of paying Zakat is a kind of worship ordered by Allah SWT.
2. Purifying the soul from selfishness and purifying the heart from the love of the material.
3. Protecting the society from crime as the poor people would be satisfied by what the rich people pay to them. At-Tabarani relates in al-’Awsat and as-Saghir, on the authority of ‘Ali, that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah has enjoined upon rich Muslims a due to be taken from their properties corresponding to the needs of the poor among them”. The poor will never suffer from starvation or lack of clothes unless the rich neglect their due. If they do, Allah will surely hold them accountable and punish them severely.”
4. Uniting the society where the poor feel the brotherhood with the rich and vice versa.
There are conditions that must be satisfied by the person in order to give Zakat. In brief, these conditions are: 1. Islam. The person must be a Muslim.
2. Adulthood. The Zakat is not needed from a child
3. Sanity. The Zakat is not a must from an insane person.
4. Owning the money that is in excess of what’s needed for necessities.
5. The Nisab. It is a minimum amount of money that is owned by a person before Zakat Al-Mal can be levied. The Nisab for gold is 85 grams and for silver, it is 595 grams.
6. The Nisab must be kept one year by the owner. Human Appeal International accepts your Zakat Al-Mal at any time. You can pay your Zakat Al-Mal through any of our payment options. By donating your Zakat to HAI, you can either specify a destination or ask us to allocate funds to those most in need.
None of us can escape not saying a few misplaced words during Ramadan. It is from the Mercy of Allah SWT that He prescribed on us Zakat al-Fitr to get rid of the bad effect of vain talks and useless speeches in Ramadan, as well as to feed the needy on the day of `eid and make him happy on that day as well.
Zakat al-Fitr is mandatory on every Muslim on his behalf and on the behalf of all people he is in charge of.
“The Muslim gives it for himself and for those whom he takes care of-. young or old, male or female, free or slave – due to the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar, radiyallaahu ‘anhuma: “Allah’s Messenger ordered Sadaqatul-Fitr on behalf of the young and the old, and the free and the slave – whom you provide for.” [ad-Daraqutni and al-Baihaqui : Hasan]”
Also Ibn `Umar said “Allah’s Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, obligated Zakat al-Fitr [for Ramadan upon the people]”.[Bukhari and Muslim]
Another Hadith gives more details :
Ibn ‘Umar said, “The Prophet made incumbent on every male or female, free man or slave, the payment of one Saa` of dates or barley as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (or said Sadaqa-Ramadan).” The people then substituted half Sa’ of wheat for that. Ibn ‘Umar used to give dates (as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr). Once there was scarcity of dates in Medina and Ibn ‘Umar gave barley. ‘And Ibn ‘Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr for every young and old person. He even used to give on behalf of my children. Ibn ‘Umar used to give Sadaqatul-Fitr to those who had been officially appointed for its collection. People used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (even) a day or two before the ‘Eid. [Bukhari]
Ibn’Abbaas, radiyalloahu’anhu, that he used to say: “He who brings wheat it will be accepted from him, whoever brings barley it will be accepted from him whoever brings dates it will be accepted from him, whoever brings rye it will be accepted from him, and whoever brings raisins it will be accepted from him, and I think he said : whoever brings (barley) gruel it will be accepted from him. [Ibn Khuzaimah with a Sahih Isnad]
Zakat al-Fitr has to be given in the form of food. That is the practice of the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam and the practice of the Sahabah. It also has to be given to the poor before Eid Prayer.
Ibn `Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, enjoined Zakat al-Fitr on the one who fasts to shield one’s self from any indecent act or speech and for the purpose of providing food for the poor. It is accepted as zakah for the person who pays it before the `Eid Salah, and it is a mere sadaqah for one who pays it after the Salah” [Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah : Hasan]
It can be given a day or two before Eid as well and [Shaikh Ali Hasan and Shaikh Salim al-Hilali say :] it is from the Sunnah that there should be a person with whom it is gathered just as the Prophet entrusted Abu Hurairah, radiya Allahu ‘anhu, who said: “Allah’s Messenger entrusted me to look after the zakah of Ramadan.” [Bukhari]
Also, Ibn ‘Umar, radiya Allahu ‘anhu, used to give some of it to those who would collect it – and they were those whom the imam sent to collect it, and that was a day or two before `Eidul-Fitr. It is reported by Ibn Khuzaimah by way of ‘Abdul-Waarith from Ayyoob: I said: “When did Ibn ‘Umar used to give the saa’?” He said: “When the collectors had finished.” I said: “When did the collectors finish?” He said: “A day or two days before the day of Fitr.”
As for its wisdom, “It has been prescribed by the Wise Legislator as a purification for those who fasted, from loose and indecent talk, and to feed the poor Muslims so that they have enough provision for that day – as is shown by the previous hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas, radiya Allahu ‘anhuma.”Read More
The ISGL Board is organizing an Eid Bazar and will allow space for vendors to sell different items to community during last 10 days of Ramadan according to the rules and policy outlined below. Fill this form to register as a vendor for Eid Bazar for last 10 days of Ramadan. Details on the time and day will follow in an email.
Rules for Participation:
- There will be no fees. Donations to ISGL are welcome
- Registration does not mean approval. Please wait for confirmation
- ISGL reserves the right to stop any vendor from selling any item or cancel registration
- Selling and storage of merchandize must be confined within the designated area
- No open flame, fire or other hazardous material allowed
- There will likely be worshipers in the masjid all the time, please be cognizant of their needs, privacy and peace
- Vendors need to follow the timings strictly
- Vendors must pack all their stuff daily. ISGL is not responsible for any loss of goods kept on premises
- All financial and trade transactions are sole responsibility of the vendor. ISGL will not be liable for any business dealings
- At the end of the Eid Bazar event, vendor is responsible for cleaning up after themselves and removing their trash
We invite the ISGL community members to sponsor iftar at ISGL for Weekdays (Monday to Thursday) or Weekend days (Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays). The preference for specific days to sponsor the iftar will be assigned on first-come-first-serve basis. You may sponsor for an entire iftar or decide to co-sponsor with others.
To sponsor an iftar at ISGL, please fill the signup form here .
Please check the guidelines for more details about the iftar sponsorship.
Iftar Sponsorship Schedule
|Date||Day||Status||Iftar Cost||Ref #||Sponsor|
|5/20/2018||Sun||BOOKED||V||SSHJ, TaRa (Indo-Pak food)|
|5/22/2018||Tue||BOOKED||9||Andover-Methuen Bangladeshi Community|
|5/25/2018||Fri||BOOKED||18||Ibrahim and Ayat Onilude (African food)|
|5/29/2018||Tue||BOOKED||23||Billerica-Lowell Bangladeshi Friends|
|6/2/2018||Sat||BOOKED||V||HHRD-BISNE (Indo-ISGL food)|
|6/3/2018||Sun||BOOKED||V||Rainbow Coalition (Multi-national food)|
|6/4/2018||Mon||BOOKED||5, 24, V||ReIs, UmTa & others|
|6/8/2018||Fri||BOOKED||V||Servants of Allah group(Indo-Pak food)|
|6/9/2018||Sat||BOOKED||3||Middle East Group|
|6/10/2018||Sun||BOOKED||33 to 36||MZK, Emaan Grp, Rob & Other (Indo-Pak food)|
|6/11/2018||Mon||BOOKED||V||27th Night Group (Indo-Pak food)|