السلام عليكم, Welcome to Northwest Islamic Community Center of Minnesota
The Northwest Islamic Community Center was established in 2009. We started this journey to provide Islamic education and services to the Northwest suburb of Minneapolis. Due to the rapid growth of the Muslim community, we feel that there is a greater need for a Masjid/Community Center in this area. Our goal is to provide Islamic education and services to our Muslim and Non-Muslim community. We will cater to the traditions of Islam by conducting social, cultural and educational activities.
Election Committee Announcement
Assalaam Alaikum Dear NWICC Members,
Insha Allah you are doing well.
Alhumdulillah, the voting has ended and the results have been counted.
It is with great honor that we announce Br. Adeel Ahmed, Sr. Sadia Tarannum and Br. Tamim Saidi as the 3 members elected to the Board of NorthWest Islamic Community Center.
Jazak-Allah to all community members who participated in the election process, especially to all the candidates who accepted their nominations to run for the Board. May Allah reward them for their time and effort for the sake of the community, may Allah put barakah in these results and help us benefit from the energy of the Board members.
NWICC Board will set-up a Meet & Greet with the new Board soon.
If you have any questions about the results, the Elections Committee will take questions until Thursday, January 12th Insha Allah.
After January 12th, please direct any questions that you may have to NWICC Board members Mateen Ali or Amir Moheet.
2016 NWICC Elections Committee.
Syria is Calling
At NWICC on 1/28/2017 from 5:30 to 8:30
- Silent Auction
To register go to this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/119191735244570/
This event is coordinated by NWICC and sponsored by several organizations in the Twin Cities.
Community for Humanity
By: Hebba Aburia
North West Islamic Community Center’s clothes drive for Syria sends ripples of unity through the Twin Cities.
A breeze of unity flooded the North West Islamic Community Center (NWICC)/Masjid Al Kareem dining hall as it cascaded down the Mount Everest of donations and swept through the abundance of volunteers all working towards one goal, aid for Syria.
Syria has been in turmoil since 2011 with thousands fleeing to seek refuge in other countries and thousands more becoming displaced in their own country. A once beautiful country is now no longer recognizable from the trauma it has suffered. The hundreds of thousands of refugees are all missing basic necessities of life that we all too often take for granted.
The NWICC, located in Plymouth MN, decided to step forward and take action to help the refugees in what way they could.
From October 2, 2016 to October 23, 2016, NWICC in collaboration with over 20 mosques and organizations across the Twin Cities and even one from Rochester MN, collected new and gently used winter items such as blankets, winter clothes, mittens, hats and coats. Along with these items, donations included baby formula, diapers and other essentials not readily available in Syria. Monetary donations were also collected.
Their efforts paid off greatly as the donations came in at an overwhelming rate. “If you give people a way to help, they will help,” said Mona Askalani, one of the fundraiser organizers in regards to the eagerness of volunteers and the massive donations.
This could not have been more evident when walking into the NWICC dining hall where one side was teeming with large plastic bags filled to their maximum with donations and piled up in a mountainous heap reaching almost to the ceiling. Volunteers, who signed up in two hour shifts, were divided amongst the different stations. Almost each slot, which had 30 volunteers each, had been filled with people eager to help the cause.
The sorting and packing process ran like a well-oiled machine, with volunteers working hand in hand. The process consisted of one set of volunteers opening and sorting the bags. They sorted items onto different tables, each designated and labeled for specific items such as male, female, girls, boys, blankets, etc. Another set of volunteers stood on the other side of the tables and neatly folded and placed the items into sacks provided by the Rahma Relief Foundation. Each item was checked to ensure there were no defects and were not too worn out. “We want to make sure they feel valued and supported, not as if they are an afterthought,” said Alaa Houri, a fundraiser supporter.
Lastly, a third set of volunteers moved the completed sacks to the opposite side of the room and stacked them neatly. During this process, there were several volunteers floating throughout the hall providing support for the teams of volunteers by handing out bags, gloves, masks, water, etc.
It was truly a hive of high spirited volunteers all donating their time and efforts to make the cause successful. There were volunteers from age eight and up working each station. Younger children sat on the side and colored messages to put in the sacks for the refugees to receive. There were volunteers from every walk of life, every age group, cross cultures and of all religions. It was truly one community for one cause.
A volunteer noted that the clothing drive provided a different platform to donate through. They noted that some people donated money, some material items, some their time and some a sweet message to lift the spirits of hardship stricken refugees. Two volunteers even came from Michigan for two days to help stitch and close the bags.
In addition to the momentous amount of material donations NWICC, along with other organizations and mosques raised funds of over $10,000, part of which was used for the shipping costs. The costs will cover the shipping of the 40 foot container which will be shipped from the Twin Cities to Turkey and there it will be distributed to the refugees and those displaced. There will be another container arriving on November 19, 2016 for the remaining donations that did not fit in the first shipment.
The hope is to provide any and all support for Syria and in that process bring awareness to the community in a way that brings about sensitivity to the issue. Having the youth involved was also a major goal as the organizers hoped it would mobilize them for a greater purpose and allow them to understand an essential principal of Islam which is to help one another, especially those in need and those less fortunate.
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NWICC is a 501c(3) Religious Organization
Prayers Iqama Timings
|Sunday Dhuhr||1st Jamaat after Athan2nd Jamaat 1:30 PM|
Friday Jumaah Khutbah
1st 12:00 PM
2nd 01:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM for Youth
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Youth Halaqah
Updated - January 10th, 2017
We are looking for Sunday School parents, students and NWICC members to join the Green Team of Masjid Al-Kareem.
The responsibilities of this team will be to establish and maintain an environmentally conscious Muslim community
Vision: The Green Team is committed to supporting the Northwest Islamic Community Center Masjid Al-Kareem in building an environmentally sustainable community in a comprehensive and collaborative effort. The program’s main focus is to inspire NWICC members, weekend school students, staff and all visitors of our masjid to embrace environmental sustainability and focus on reducing each individual’s negative impact on the earth—to follow the teaching of our religion in becoming good stewards of this planet
- "It is He who has appointed you viceroys in the earth … that He may try you in what He has given you." (Qur’an, 6:165)
- “Eat and drink from the provision of Allah, and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption." (Qur'an, 2:60)
- Increase the informed stewardship of nature, personal environmental responsibility, civic accountability and passion for sustainable living practices.
- Adopt high-quality environmental sustainability courses and a curriculum promoting environmental literacy.
- Enrich students’ learning experience by developing their skills.