A Busy 30 days
The past 30 days have been busy at Masjid Al-Taqwa (MAT). In addition to hosting the monthly 4th Sunday Community Address (in cooperation with the Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center) on October 27th, where Resident Imam Tariq I. El-Amin spoke to the believers on the importance of civic engagement, we’ve continued to serve the community in a variety of ways:
- October 28th, Imam Tariq I. El-Amin was one of the faith leaders/activist who addressed an interfaith gathering of the Chicago area community to decry the hate inspired shooting that took the lives of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the previous day. Imam Tariq encouraged the attendees to honor the lives of those 11 individuals and to see Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Black Racism as emanating from the same source.
- November 3rd, the Men of Taqwa (M.O.T.)under the direction of MOT Chair, Dr. Lionel Allen jr., brought it’s community service home and performed a deep clean of the masjid, washing walls, baseboards and floors, cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, and more.
- November 14th, viewers were delighted by the MAT/SUN “Seasoned Theater Group’s” performance of “Will You Marry Me?”, an original comedy skit written, directed, and produced by MAT Theater Arts Director Zakiyyah El-Amin. There was an informative panel discussion following the performance.
Cast of “Will You Marry Me?” along with Writer & Director, Z. El-Amin. Attendees socialized and ate lunch prior to the show.
- November 18th, Masjid Al-Taqwa partnered with Zakat Foundation to distribute 100 coats, hats, pairs of gloves, and scarves along with the regularly scheduled Bridging The Gap Lunch PAD, where volunteers prepared and passed out almost 100 hot chili lunches to an appreciative community.
Bridging The Gap Volunteers.
As we approach the end of 2018, we’re looking forward to the possibilities of 2019. If you didn’t know, Masjid Al-Taqwa has recently begun preparations to purchase its own building. We ask for your prayers, and your financial support as we continue to grow in our capacity to serve.