As Salaamu ‘Alaykum – Peace be upon you!
Ahlaan Wa Sahlaan – Welcome!
“Those who listen to the Word and follow the best (meaning) of it: Those are the ones whom G-d has guided and those are the ones endued with understanding.” Surah Az-Zumar (The Companions) – 39:18
On behalf of the members of Masjid Waarith ud Deen it gives me great pleasure and honor to welcome you to our site. We hope that your visit will be rewarding and inspire you to become a part of our community. Please take some time to review our many services and feel free to contact us should you have any questions or want to learn more.
I hope you are able to gain a sense of the welcoming community of Masjid Waarith ud Deen, the spirit that brings us together, and the vision we aim to realize for the growth and development of our greater community and all its members.
With peace and sincere best regards,
Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef
Al-Islam’s basic beliefs and principles of practice.
Principles/Pillars of Practice
Declaration of Faith (Shahaada)
Testimony or open witness that the first job of the Biblical and Qur'anic Prophets was to establish that there is but One G-d. We accept the One Universal Truth (Allah) and we bear witness that this Reality exist independent of, but in support of everything else. That Truth has witness bearers (Prophets & Messengers) that bring the Truth to people. We recognize that this Truth has now come to us when we recognize that Muhammad is the Messenger of G-d.
Prayer is five times daily for Muslims facing the Ka’bah in Makkah. It is a demonstration and exercise of total obedience to G-d. Man is superior to anything that his mind might suggest for him to worship other than G-d. The worship of Allah dignifies you, but the worship of anything else shames you.
Poor Due / Charity (Zakaat)
The 3rd pillar or commandment of Al-Islam is charity or “ZAKAAT”. You should sacrifice a part of Allah's wealth, which He has blessed you to hold, in the way of charity to help those who are less fortunate. Zakaat is also a universal institution. It not only means going into your pocket to get money for those who need it, it means going into your heart and into your mind to get something to give to those that need it.
The 4th pillar of Al Islam is to fast, especially in the “Blessed” month of Ramadan. Fasting is not new. All of the Prophets of G-d fasted. “Ramadan” is an Arabic word, which means, “heat” or “burning”. When a person is fasting, he is under the burning heat of appetite. But while the Muslim is under this burning heat, a resistance to heat is building up in him. The muscles of his willpower build up under the test of the desire to satisfy his want and during Ramadan Muslims are reconditioned for the rest of the next year.
The 5th pillar of Al Islam is pilgrimage: the Believer is to make the pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Ka’bah in Makkah at least once in his or her lifetime if he/she is healthy and able to afford the journey. This rite demonstrates the Oneness of humanity with a common origin and a destiny for human life under One G-d.
Friday is called The Day of Assembly or Yawm al Jumu'ah. Muslims gather for congregational worship during the Friday midday prayer. Jumu’ah is not a “sabbath” on which no work is done; rather, Muslims take just enough time off from work or school to attend a service at a neighborhood masjid. The Friday prayer is commanded by G-d in the Qur’an:
“Oh you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (The Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if you but knew!” (Surah 62:9, King Fahd trans.)
The Friday prayer is exactly like the ritual prayers, or salat, performed during the rest of the week, except that on Friday the Imam or prayer leader delivers a two-part sermon known as the khutbah, with a pause between the two parts of the sermon to allow for a time of personal prayer, or du’a.