Eid ul-Adha, Friday July 31st:
Time Change in Jummuah Prayers:
Since COVID-19 is spreading fast in Jacksonville, so BIC will be decreasing the Khutbah time to 15 minutes. Please do not socialize in the masjid after the prayers for your own safety.
Below are the new Friday prayer timings,
1st Khutbah 1:30PM & Iqama 1:45 PM
2nd Khutbah 2:15PM & Iqama 2:30PM
It would be First Come First Serve, if you don’t find the space in the First Khutbah please wait for the Second Khutbah. You can use men dining area (extra space) for the prayer.
Please understand the risk of attending the gathering include COVID contagious disease.
All attendees must wear FACE MASK inside the building, bring your OWN PRAYER RUG, come with Wudu, try not to use restroom at BIC, keep a social distance of 6 feet, and abide by all the rules and regulations of BIC.
In Solidarity with African American Community
The Muslim community of Jacksonville is deeply concerned about the inhumane murder of George Floyd that occurred on May 25, 2020. This horrible incidence of police brutality has again brought to the forefront the deep-seated issue of racism and social injustice in our societies.
Racism is not a new issue; it is an evil that has caused suffering to billions and has taken the lives of millions of innocent humans. Racism appears in different places in different shapes and forms; however, the root cause is the same. Racism is founded on the concept of self-superiority. This thinking of superiority has led to discrimination, intolerance, hatred, and oppression in society.
“God has created all human beings from the single pair of a male and a female, and made them into tribes and nations so they may know each other. In the sight of God, the most honored is the one who is most righteous.” (Quran 49:13). God has made people in different colors, ethnicities, nationalities, languages and appearances. Discriminating against people on the basis of God given inherited characters are as disliking against the GOD choices.
Muhammad PBUH taught people that “God neither looks at your figure nor at attire but He looks at your heart and deeds.” In his last sermon he said “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; also a white [person] has no superiority over a black [person] nor does a black [person] have any superiority over a white [person] except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”
Islam appreciates diversity as mentioned in Quran “And amongst his signs is the creation of heaven and the earth, and variation in your language and colors; Verily, in there are signs for those who know” (Al-Quran, 30:22). Islam stands firm on Justice for all. God said in the Quran, “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God (Allâh), even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So, follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do. (4:135).
In this time of crisis, the Muslim community of Jacksonville stands firm with the Black Community and shows our utmost concern on social injustice and discrimination in society. It is our collective obligation to help the oppressed, stand for justice and work for peace, security and harmony in our neighborhoods.
Muslim Community of Jacksonville
Baymeadows Islamic Center
ICNA Council of Social Justice