Al Firdaus Ensemble - Sufi Songs from Andalusia
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Al Firdaus Ensemble - Sufi Songs from Andalusia

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Al Firdaus Ensemble based in Granada, Spain, will bring their unique sound of Sufi music to the San Francisco Bay Area on October 12, 2019. The program starts at 7 P.M., the doors open at 6:00 P.M.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students. You can purchase your tickets here or at the door or through Eventbrite at https://al-firdaus-ensemble-in-oakland.eventbrite.com.

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About Al Firdaus

Al Firdaus Ensemble based in Granada was founded in 2012 by the English violinist and singer Ali Keeler and includes musicians from England, Spain and Morocco.

The group takes its inspiration from the word Firdaus, which is the Arabic name, of Persian origin, for the most elevated abode in Paradise. The intercultural nature of this name reflects the character of the group in which musicians from different countries and cultural backgrounds are brought together with one purpose. Just as the musicians tune their instruments, so they need to tune their hearts to receive the inspiration of the moment and transmit that to the audience. The traditional Arabic term for this kind of music is sama` which could be translated as “the art of listening”.

The unique sound of their music is due to a synthesis of different musical styles. These include original compositions of a more Western classical character with influences from both Celtic and Flamenco traditions, and new arrangements of songs drawn from the rich heritage of traditional sufi music from Arabic, Andalusi and Turkish sources. The words of the songs are mainly in Arabic drawn from the poetry of the great sufis from Al Andalus and the Arab world such as Ibn Arabi and Al Shushtari.

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Also within their repertoire are musical adaptations of poems in aljamiado, old Spanish written by the Moriscos using the Arabic script. In this way Al Firdaus hopes to revive the heritage of the Moriscos whose culture was forbidden in its day and and has only reached us through manuscripts which they left behind on their expulsion in 1609 and that have been discovered over the years hidden in old houses.

Al Firdaus usually plays in quartet or quintet formation, but is versatile and can perform as a trio, or in larger formations depending on the requirements of the concert. They use a combination of Arabic and Western classical instruments in addition to the flamenco guitar, and have a range of singers, some of whom are soloists and others who sing in the choruses. They can also perform in choral formation accompanied only by percussion instruments.

They have performed in concerts and international festivals throughout Europe, Bosnia, the U.S., Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, and Malaysia.

They released two CDs, Safa in 2014 and Nur in 2017.

For more information about Al Firdaus Ensemble please go to http://alfirdaus-ensemble.es/en/

Also read this article by Washington Post about Al Firdaus Ensemble.

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 Ashura Program - Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Ashura Program - Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Please join us for the special program for Ashura (10th of Muharram 1441) on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 P.M..

The program includes: Dinner, prayer, lectures in Farsi and English, and Azadari. Childcare will be available.

The guest speaker for the Farsi lecture series is Br. Mostafa Daneshgar, and the English lecturer is Br. Ali Sheikholeslami.

The title of Br. Daneshgar’s lecture series is عاشورا و فتح حسینی - تفسیر آیات یکم تا دهم سوره فتح.

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Mr. Mostafa Daneshgar Bio

Mostafa Daneshgar was born in Iran in 1981, and started his studies on Shiite theology and Shiite jurisprudence in 1997. He continued these studies while also attending the School of Engineering. Mostafa Daneshgar earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iran in 2003, then immigrated to Syria where he continued his religious studies at the Seminary of Zanabia at Damascus.

In September 2010, he immigrated to the United States and continued his studies and cultural activities. Mostafa attended the School of Engineering at Wayne State University and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a 4.0 GPA in May 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at Wayne State University in Electrical Computer Engineering.

Mr. Daneshgar has written more than 200 articles and speeches about Islam, Shiite, and relations between religions, specifically Shiite, as well as cultural and social challenges in Persian, Arabic, and English.

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Muharram Program "Tasua" - Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Muharram Program "Tasua" - Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Please join us for the Muharram 1441 program and lecture series on Monday, September 9, 2019 (9th of Muharram or Tasua) at 7:00 P.M..

The program includes: Dinner, prayer, lectures in Farsi and English, and Azadari. Childcare will be available.

The guest speaker for the Farsi lecture series is Br. Mostafa Daneshgar, and the English lecturer is Br. Ali Sheikholeslami.

The title of Br. Daneshgar’s lecture series is عاشورا و فتح حسینی - تفسیر آیات یکم تا دهم سوره فتح.

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Mr. Mostafa Daneshgar Bio

Mostafa Daneshgar was born in Iran in 1981, and started his studies on Shiite theology and Shiite jurisprudence in 1997. He continued these studies while also attending the School of Engineering. Mostafa Daneshgar earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iran in 2003, then immigrated to Syria where he continued his religious studies at the Seminary of Zanabia at Damascus.

In September 2010, he immigrated to the United States and continued his studies and cultural activities. Mostafa attended the School of Engineering at Wayne State University and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a 4.0 GPA in May 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at Wayne State University in Electrical Computer Engineering.

Mr. Daneshgar has written more than 200 articles and speeches about Islam, Shiite, and relations between religions, specifically Shiite, as well as cultural and social challenges in Persian, Arabic, and English.

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Muharram Program - Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Muharram Program - Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019

Please join us for the Muharram 1441 program and lecture series on Sunday, September 8, 2019 (8th of Muharram) at 7:00 P.M..

The program includes: Dinner, prayer, lectures in Farsi and English, and Azadari. Childcare will be available.

The guest speaker for the Farsi lecture series is Br. Mostafa Daneshgar, and the English lecturer is Sister Fatemeh Montazeri.

The title of Br. Daneshgar’s lecture series is عاشورا و فتح حسینی - تفسیر آیات یکم تا دهم سوره فتح.

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Mr. Mostafa Daneshgar Bio

Mostafa Daneshgar was born in Iran in 1981, and started his studies on Shiite theology and Shiite jurisprudence in 1997. He continued these studies while also attending the School of Engineering. Mostafa Daneshgar earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iran in 2003, then immigrated to Syria where he continued his religious studies at the Seminary of Zanabia at Damascus.

In September 2010, he immigrated to the United States and continued his studies and cultural activities. Mostafa attended the School of Engineering at Wayne State University and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a 4.0 GPA in May 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at Wayne State University in Electrical Computer Engineering.

Mr. Daneshgar has written more than 200 articles and speeches about Islam, Shiite, and relations between religions, specifically Shiite, as well as cultural and social challenges in Persian, Arabic, and English.

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Muharram Program - Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Muharram Program - Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

Please join us for the Muharram 1441 program and lecture series starting on Saturday, September 7, 2019 (7th of Muharram) at 7:00 P.M..

The program includes: Dinner, prayer, lectures in Farsi and English, and Azadari. Childcare will be available.

The guest speaker for the Farsi lecture series is Br. Mostafa Daneshgar, and the English lecturer is Dr. Payman Amiri.

The title of Br. Daneshgar’s lecture series is عاشورا و فتح حسینی - تفسیر آیات یکم تا دهم سوره فتح.

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Mr. Mostafa Daneshgar Bio

Mostafa Daneshgar was born in Iran in 1981, and started his studies on Shiite theology and Shiite jurisprudence in 1997. He continued these studies while also attending the School of Engineering. Mostafa Daneshgar earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iran in 2003, then immigrated to Syria where he continued his religious studies at the Seminary of Zanabia at Damascus.

In September 2010, he immigrated to the United States and continued his studies and cultural activities. Mostafa attended the School of Engineering at Wayne State University and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a 4.0 GPA in May 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at Wayne State University in Electrical Computer Engineering.

Mr. Daneshgar has written more than 200 articles and speeches about Islam, Shiite, and relations between religions, specifically Shiite, as well as cultural and social challenges in Persian, Arabic, and English.


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Eid al-Ghadir Celebration
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Eid al-Ghadir Celebration

ICCNC invites all the lovers and followers of Ahl al-Bayt to join us for the Eid al-Ghadir celebration on Saturday August 17, 2019 starting at 7 PM. The program includes Quranic recitation, lecture by Sister Mahjabeen Dhala followed by Q&A session, prayer, and dinner.

Sr. Mahjabeen Dhala holds a MA in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theologian Union (GTU), Berkeley, California. She studied Islamic Aqaid & Fiqh at Imam Al Hussain Foundation (1992-1999), Canada, and learned Islamic Studies & Arabic in Syria. Currently, she is a PhD student in Islamic Studies at GTU.

She has given lectures in different Islamic centers for the past 15 years and has served Muslim communities in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, and UAE.

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Mr. Abdolali Bazargan Lecture Series - Explanation of Dua Arafah
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Mr. Abdolali Bazargan Lecture Series - Explanation of Dua Arafah

Please join us for a lecture in Farsi by Mr. Abdolali Bazargan on Saturday August 10th. Mr. Bazargan will discuss Imam Hussain’s (PBUH) exquisite dua Arafah, followed by the Arabic recitation of the dua, and congregational prayers, and light dinner

The central theme of Abdolali Bazargan’s lectures is focused on the ethical dimensions emphasized in the Qur’an and traditions (or hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Ahl al-Bayat. Mr. Bazargan addresses the history and processes of scriptural interpretation that have often given rise to dubious understandings of the text. He argues that the commitment to equality, liberalism, and pluralism resonates with the spirit of early Islam, when an emerging theology was intrinsically wedded to one of liberty.

Mr. Abdolali Bazargan was born in 1943 in Tehran, Iran. He is the second child of the late Mohandas Mehdi Bazargan, the first Prime Minister of Iran after the Islamic Revolution. He has a Masters in Architecture Design from Shahid Beheshti (Melli) University, Tehran, Iran and has more than 45 years of experience in designing buildings. Mr. Bazargan has spent much of his life devoted to the study and teachings of Quran. He has over 20 publications in social and religious subjects, including Qur’anic research and Islamic teachings.

For a detailed biography and list of Abdolali Bazargan’s publications please visit his website at http://bazargan.com/abdolali/

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Living Room Conversations with the Faith Trio at Montclair Presbyterian  Church
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Living Room Conversations with the Faith Trio at Montclair Presbyterian Church

Please join us for A Living Room Conversations with the Faith Trio on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. This time the conversations will take place at Ihe Montclair Presbyterian Church. A Living Room Conversation is planned for congregants from Kehilla, the Montclair Presbyterian Church, and ICCNC.

We will meet in small groups of five and have the opportunity to respond to questions about ourselves. It is a wonderful opportunity to listen to each others’ perspectives and feeling about each of our faiths. To learn more about Living Room Conversations please look at the website https://www.livingroomconversations.org/

The Living room conversation we are following for August 4th is,
https://www.livingroomconversations.org/topics/politics-in-faith-communities

If you like to participate in this meaningful conversation, please RSVP with sending an eamil to info@iccnc.org by July 30, 2019.

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Eid al-Fitra Paryers
Jun
5
8:00 AM08:00

Eid al-Fitra Paryers

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Please join us for the Eid al-Fitr prayers at ICCNC starting at 8 A.M. We will have the second prayer at 10 A.M. The Imam for the prayers is Br. Ahmad Rashid Salim and the Khutba will be in English.

After the prayer we will have a community breakfast to celebrate this joyous occasion.

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Ramadan Lecture, Community Iftar, and Dua Abu Hamza Thumali - Ramadan 26th
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Ramadan Lecture, Community Iftar, and Dua Abu Hamza Thumali - Ramadan 26th

Please join us for the Ramadan lecture series with Br. Mostafa Daneshgar and community Iftars. Program includes the following:

  • 7:00 Quranic Recitation

  • 7:30 Lecture in Farsi by Br. Mostafa Daneshgar discussing “Surah Hujarat” followed by Q&A

  • 8:40 Prayers, and Iftar

  • 9:45 Dua Abu Hamza Thumali and Special Laylatul Ghadr Prayers

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Dua Kumayl and Community Potluck Iftar - Ramadan 25th
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Dua Kumayl and Community Potluck Iftar - Ramadan 25th

Please join us for recitation of Quran, lecture, Dua Kumayl, congregational prayers, and community iftar at ICCNC.

Program starts at 7:30 PM with Quran, followed by a lecture in Farsi by Mr. Daneshgar discussing “Surah Hujarat”, Dua Kumayl, prayers, and iftar.

The Iftar is potluck so bring the best examples of your home cooking to share with the community. All meal must be Halal or vegetarian.

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Special Laylatul-Qadr Program - Ramadan 22nd
May
27
8:30 PM20:30

Special Laylatul-Qadr Program - Ramadan 22nd

Please join us for the special Laylatul Qadr Program on Sunday May 27, 2019 starting at 8:30 PM. May 27, 2019 is the 22nd of Ramadan 1440 AH.

The program includes: congregational prayers, Iftar, short lecture Farsi lecture by Br. Mostafa Daneshgar, English lecture by Br. Hashim Alauddeen, special Laytul Qadr ceremony (Ahaya), and Azadari.

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