The Islamic Center will be hosting Iftar dinners every weeknight of Ramadan at 238 Thompson St., 4th floor (map and directions included here). Iftar is the meal eaten after sunset during Ramadan to break the day’s fast. The IC offers this service free and it is open to the community. You can volunteer your time or donate to sponsor an iftar.
Following Iftar dinners, the Islamic Center will be conducting Taraweeh prayers in congregation after Isha prayer. Taraweeh prayers are prayed during each night of the month of Ramadan and are not compulsory, but highly recommended to be performed.
Taraweeh Prayer Reciters:
Hafidh Ebadur Rahman was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants. He completed his memorization of the Qur’an at the age of 15 while attending Stuyvesant High School. After graduating in 2004, he enrolled in Zaytuna Institute’s pilot seminary program to study with respected scholars Imam Zaid Shakir, Qari Amar Bellaha, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Tahir (God have mercy on him), Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, and Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. In the highly rigorous four year program, Ebad studied Arabic grammar and morphology, Qur’anic commentary and recitation, hadith sciences, jurisprudence and legal theory, theology, spirituality, and prophetic biography.
Ebad is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, concentrating on Islam in America.
In addition to his academic studies, Ebad has also served as a teaching assistant at the Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive, an instructor and khatib at the Islamic Center of NYU, and has led the taraweeh prayers in a number of different mosques in the city where a portion of the Qur’an is recited each night in Ramadan.
Hafidh Ismail A. Sayeed, was born in New York City to Sabra Amira and Asad Sayeed. Raised in a religious household with six sisters and five brothers, he began his Quranic/Islamic studies at a young age. He and his four brothers started to study in Detroit, MI under Maulana Zubair Abdur -Rahman and Maulana Harun before he, at the tender age of only fifteen, went to Trinidad and Tobago to complete his studies at Jamia-Madinatul-Uloom (University of Islamic knowledge).
Having completed his memorization of the Quran at the age of seventeen, Ismail became the first American student to graduate from the school. Ismail served as an assistant/full-time Imam for a year at Jama Masjid in Port of Spain, the capitol city of Trinidad and Tobago. Furthermore, he led the Taraweeh prayers in the holy month of Ramadhan for 9 years straight. Ismail currently works as the Assistant Imam at The Muslim Center of Manhattan. He is an Entrepreneur [Calligrapher, Designer, Artist, Photographer, Business Man and Blogger www.Calligrafist.blogspot.com] and he owns the Art/Fashion company “Calligrafy“.
Date and Time:
Every weeknight from July 9th/10th until the last day of Ramadan at Sunset
Amongst the many services offered by the Islamic Center at NYU is a weekly jummah prayer open to everyone: men and women, students and non-students, and NYU and non-NYU individuals.
Jummah is held every Friday at the Islamic Center located at 238 Thompson St., 5th floor. Services start at 1:30pm and conclude around 2pm, inshallah. The first adhan is given at 1:15pm.
Please note that a Government Issued ID is required to access the building. Allow for extra time for this process when visiting the IC.