Harvard Islamic Society

Harvard Iftars moved to Lowell House

Asalamu Alaykum,

The Harvard Islamic Society’s iftars, which will continue on Fridays and Saturdays for the duration of Ramadan, will now be moved to Lowell House (10 Holyoke Place, Cambridge) starting July 11th. As before, the iftar will begin shortly after the Maghrib adhan (~8:23 PM for the next two iftars). We hope to see you there, inshaaAllah.

As with all that we do during the summer, our iftar program would not be possible but for the generous contributions of this community. We thank you for your continued support and, should you want to support our iftars, urge you to visit the support page on our website, located above.

Taraweeh and Iftaar Schedule


Taraweeh prayers will not be held at Harvard this year. Our neighbors at MIT, and locals mosques, including ISBCC, will be hosting this service. Additionally, please have a look at our Iftaar Schedule if you are living on or near campus.

Jummah Location Change

Salaam Everyone,

Due to some confusion, we wanted to make clear that Jummah will be held in Holden Chapel, NOT in Lowell Lecture Hall. We apologize for the confusion and miscommunication.

Harvard Islamic Society

Ramadan 2014!

Assalamu Alaykum,

We are pleased and excited to welcome back the holy month of Ramadan for 2014, and hope that it is a month full of prayer, fasting, and spiritual rejuvenation for all who partake in it. This auspicious month is a time for community and unity through spirituality, and so the Harvard Islamic Society is excited to continue its Ramadan iftar program for 2014.

In conjunction with the Harvard Summer School, HIS will host iftars for the broader Harvard and Cambridge communities on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning July 4, at Quincy House’s Stone Hall. (58 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138). All are welcome and invited to join.

Daily prayers will be ongoing on Harvard’s campus in the HIS Musullah, located in the basement of Canaday Hall E in Harvard Yard. For those on Harvard’s campus for the summer, swipe access to the Musullah can be requested by emailing HIS with your HUID number.

On Fridays and Saturdays, Maghrib prayer will be held in Stone Hall, immediately preceding the iftars.

As always, we depend on the generous support of our community to continue all of our programming. We appreciate any aid and donations, whatever the size. Information on supporting HIS can be found in the support tab on top of this website page. Thank you for your support.

We are excited to continue HIS Ramadan programming for 2014, and hope you join us for a few of our programs. Stay tuned to HIS-list for further information on additional programming throughout the month.

Jamaat Times

We are now offering Jamaat in the Musallah at the following times:

Fajr: 6:15 AM
Dhuhr: 2:45 PM
Asr: 5:15 PM
Magrhib: 7:15 PM
Isha: 9:00 PM

Special thanks to Mohammed Ahsan and Zaahid Khan for organizing this!

Congratulations HIS Executive Board of 2014!

We are proud to announce the next executive board of Harvard Islamic Society that will be transitioning in starting January 2014. Please join us in congratulating the next board who will insha’Allah lead HIS into a shining future! We wish them the best of luck!

President: Yacine Fares
Vice President: Saheela Ibraheem
Secretary: Ameen Chaudry
Treasurer: Zaahid Khan
Director of External Relations: Omar Khoshafa
Director of Internal Relations: Lana Idris
Director of Islamic Learning: Abeer ElTemtamy
Director of Development: Hassaan Shahawy

Please reach out to any of the current or next board members with any questions, comments, or concerns, at harvardislamicsociety@gmail.com.

Thank you and best regards,

Harvard Islamic Society
Executive Board of 2013

Eid Mubarak!

HIS will be meeting at 6:30 a.m. (Tuesday 10/15/13) by the Harvard Square T-stop to head over to the ISBCC for Eid Prayers. Please join us!

Welcome Class of 2017!!!!

Welcome to Harvard!

We are all very excited to meet you!

There will be Spiritual Night in the musallah (Canaday Basement E) tonight (9/06) at 10 p.m.

Also join us tomorrow at our general meeting at 4 p.m. in the musallah and this will be followed by a trip to Yogurtland around 4:30 (our treat!).

Jumaa Prayer Location Update

Salaam All,

This is a reminder that Jumaa prayer will once again be in held in Lowell lecture hall for this school year. Khutbah begins 1:15 p.m. approximately.

Eid Mubarak!

The Harvard Islamic Society would like to wish everyone Eid Mubarak.

The HIS tradition on Eid is to attend the Eid Salaat together at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). Takbeerat start at 7:30 am and the Salaat itself is at 8:00 am. Khutba ends at 8:45 am. For more information about the Salaat, please visit the ISBCC website at isbcc.org.

A group of students will be meeting at the Harvard Square Station at 7 am to attend Salaat. If you don’t see the group or are a bit late, take the Red Line inbound towards Braintree or Ashmont. At Downtown Crossing, switch to the Orange Line going towards Forest Hills. Get off at Roxbury Crossing.

Location of prayer: Football Field in the back of Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA.


Join us today in Cabot Dining Hall for another Iftaar (and Maghrib prayer). This will be followed by Tarawih prayer as usual in Holden Chapel at 10 p.m.

See the Ramadan 2013 tab for more details!

Ramadan Kareem

Tarawih Update

Salaam everyone,

Ramadan Mubarak! As the Harvard Islamic Society is following the calendar of the Islamic Center of New England, we are starting tarawih prayers tonight (07/09/13).

The prayers are in Holden Chapel (map) from 10:00 p.m. to 12 p.m. InshaAllah. They will occur every night until August 6th. Thank you Brother Na’eel Cajee, a hafiz and past HIS president, for leading the prayers.

Everyone is welcome!

Ramadan 2013 Programming

Ramadan is just a few days away, and HIS is pleased to announce our programming for the month.

Here is our weekly schedule, which will remain the same for all of Ramadan, inshAllah.

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – Catered iftars in Cabot House dining hall (map). We will have people stationed at the entrance of the house to direct people to the dining hall. On these nights, we will break fast and pray maghrib at sunset in the Cabot Common Room, which we will also direct people to. Our first iftaar of the month is this Friday, July 12th.

Tarawih: Holden (Same place as Jumua Prayer) 10 p.m.

All events are open to all community members – Harvard affiliate or not – free of charge. We will break fast immediately at sunset, and pray a few minutes later.

Other days (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun) – Break fast and pray maghrib in the musalla in Canaday basement.

Other places having iftars:

(1) ISBCC (Roxbury): http://isbcc.org/
(2) MIT MSA iftars: http://msa.mit.edu/
(2) Yusuf Mosque (Brighton, MA): http://www.yusufmosque.com/
(4) Islamic Center of New England (Quincy and Sharon locations): http://icne.net/
(5) Islamic Center of Boston: www.icbwayland.org

Peace, and Ramadan mubarak from HIS!

Jumaa Prayer Summer 2013 Location Update

Salaam All,

This is a reminder that we will be holding Jumaa prayers in Holden today
and will be there until further notice. Holden is in Harvard
Yard. Khutbah begins 1:30 p.m. approximately.

Iftar Fundraising

As Salam Alaykum Wa Rahamatullah wa Baraktihi,

We hope that your summer has been full of blessings and that you are excited for the upcoming Ramadan!

The Harvard Islamic Society is proud to announce that we will be hosting iftaars throughout Ramadan. Our iftaars usually see 90-100 people, and students and members of the community fondly remember iftaars as their favorite HIS events. In addition to our iftaars, we will lead tarawih prayers on Harvard campus every night. Everyone is welcome to all Ramadan activities! You can find the full Ramadan schedule below.

As the Harvard Islamic Society is responsible for funding all Ramadan iftaars, we rely on donations to help us offer these iftaars.

We hope to continue hosting iftaars for years to come—which we can’t do without your help. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check addressed to: Harvard Islamic Society, Box # 61, 59 Shepherd St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or through Paypal. All donations will go directly to funding the iftaars.

Please contact Asmaa Rimawi if you would like more information.

Congratulations to the 2013 HIS Board!

We are thrilled to announce the 2013 board for the Harvard Islamic Society.

It is our honor to announce to you the newly elected HIS executive board for the year 2013. Please join us in congratulating the remarkable group of individuals who will insha’Allah lead HIS into a shining future starting on January 1st, 2013.

President: Asmaa Rimawi (2014)
Vice President: Muneeb Ahmed (2014)
Secretary: Zarmeena Dawood (2015)
Treasurer: Zehra Naz (2015)
Director of External Relations: Omar Khoshafa (2016)
Director of Internal Internal: Saheela Ibraheem (2015)
Director of Development: Fatima Mirza (2015)
Director of Islamic Learning: Hassaan Shahawy (2016)

We ask that Allah guide the new executive board and make it successful in all its endeavors.

Eid ul-Adha 2012

Eid Mubarak!

This year, HIS is doing several things to celebrate Eid, inshAllah.

  • Eid Prayer at ISBCC: Prayers are at 7:30am. We will meet in the Harvard Square T station, at the base of the escalators, at 6:45am, and leave promptly at 6:55am, so if you want to travel with us please don’t be late! If you want to travel independently to prayers, take the red line inbound to Downtown Crossing, then the orange line to Roxbury Crossing. Prayers will be held in the Reggie Lewis center, across the street from the ISBCC (follow the crowds if you’re not sure where to go).
  • Brunch at Zoe’s after prayer: Following long-standing HIS tradition, we will go to Zoe’s on Mass Ave. for brunch after prayer. Even if you can’t come to prayers with us, feel free to drop by and hang out! (please not that HIS will not be covering the cost of food for this event.)
  • Eid Sweets – Saturday, October 27th, 7:30-9pm in Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall. Join us for desserts and community.

Please not that there will be no jummah prayers on Eid.

We hope you will join our community in celebrating this day.

Ramadan 2012 Programming

Ramadan is just a few days away, and HIS is pleased to announce our programming for the month.

Here is our weekly schedule, which will remain the same for all of Ramadan, inshAllah.

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – Catered iftars in Lowell House dining hall (note: this is not the same Lowell as in-semester Friday prayers). We will have people stationed at the gates into Lowell to direct people to the dining hall. On these nights, we will break fast and pray maghrib at sunset in the Lowell Junior Common Room, located directly across the corridor from the dining hall. Our first iftar of the month is this Friday, July 20th.

Other days (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun) – Break fast and pray maghrib in the musalla in Canaday basement.

All events are open to all community members – Harvard affiliate or not – free of charge. We will break fast immediately at sunset, and pray a few minutes later.

We will not be hosting taraweeh on campus. However, both the Islamic Society of Boston (Central Square) and the MIT MSA (Kendall Square) are holding prayers, and both are easily accessible from Harvard Square.

Lastly, an exciting fundraising update: thanks to the incredible generosity of many members of the community, we have raised enough funds to cover the the iftars for the entire month of Ramadan!! Special thanks to several sponsoring organizations: the Turkish Cultural Center and the Islamic Studies Program, and extra special thanks to the Harvard University Muslim Alumni (HUMA) for their advice and support, and invaluable help coordinating alumni donations.

Peace, and Ramadan mubarak from HIS!

Iftar Fundraising Program – Please Donate!

During Ramadan this year, HIS will be hosting three fully catered iftars a week, inshAllah, for a total of fourteen iftars during the month of Ramadan (more details coming soon!). The iftars will provide for a large population: summer school students, students staying on campus for research and work experience, as well as our local members of the community.

To pay for the iftars, we will be relying heavily on the generous contributions of individuals to provide this important service to our community. Any amount that you are willing to donate will be greatly appreciated.

To donate, please visit our donation website. May Allah bless you for the assistance you provide during this holy month.

Welcome Summer Students!

To all students who are joining our community for the summer, welcome, and we hope to get to know you before you leave Cambridge. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have about the Harvard Muslim community. For a break from studying and research, HIS will be organizing some social activities during the summer, inshAllah, so keep an eye out for them.

Some key things to do/know:

  1. Get swipe card access to the prayer room (musalla), located in the basement of Canaday Hall, in Harvard Yard. Perfect for a quick prayer break (or a quick nap) between classes, when you don’t want to go all the way back to your dorm.
  2. Get on our email lists to stay up to date about our programming. We have a general email list, that you can sign up for here (check “HIS-List”), and we are forming a more informal list for undergraduates and high school students – please email harvardislamicsociety@gmail.com to find out about that one.
  3. Community Friday prayer is held every week in Holden Chapel, in Harvard Yard. The khutba starts around 1:30, and prayer ends by 2.

There will be sign-up sheets for both musalla access and our email lists at jumah for the next few weeks.

To help you navigate Harvard life, we’ve also put together this Muslim Guide to Life at Harvard – Summer 2012 Edition.

See you around Cambridge!

Welcome Class of 2016!

Congratulations to all students admitted to the class of 2016. We’re really excited to meet you, whether you come for Visitas in a few weeks, or whether we meet you the first time in August.

In addition to our regular religious and social programming, Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) does a lot of great programming to help you adjust to life at Harvard, including class advising, tours, and a big sib program. To learn more about our programming, take a look at our calendar of events and the other sections of the website.

For more information about HIS or life at Harvard, feel free to contact any of our board members, or email harvardislamicsociety@gmail.com. Please get in touch with us soon, especially if you are coming to Visitas.

Check back here for our Visitas programming, and look for us at the activities fair and in the events packet for the weekend.

“Call the NYPD” profiling awareness event

Last week, HIS joined a project started at the Yale Muslim Students Association to raise awareness about the racial and religious profiling carried out by the NYPD. To protest this violation of privacy and illustrate the absurdity of devoting law-enforcement resources based on stereotypes rather than evidence, Muslim students at Yale started a photo campaign. For the campaign, students hold signs with some aspect of who they are:

I’m a ____,
Call the NYPD

For the Harvard version of this campaign, HIS members stood outside the Science Center, talking to people who walked by. Many people stopped to learn more and take a picture. Some of the characteristics people chose to display were comical, and many others were serious – and all helped raise awareness of this important topic. You can view the final pictures on facebook here.

HIS Response to the NYPD Surveillance of MSAs

On Monday, February 18th, a story was released by the Associated Press describing the 2007 surveillance of Muslim Students Associations at fifteen schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. This surveillance, carried out by the New York Police Department, was conducted without any indication of wrongdoing on the part of any MSA, and included such intrusions as sending undercover agents on MSA trips to take note of leadership, prayer habits and discussion topics of MSA members. Although the Harvard Islamic Society has no knowledge of any similar surveillance program occurring here, we strongly condemn the actions of the NYPD as an unjustified instance of religious and racial profiling. We stand in strong support of the MSAs included in the report, and joins in the demand that our rights to privacy and protection from warrant-less surveillance be upheld.

We are disappointed by the continued insistence of the NYPD leadership that the surveillance programs are appropriate and necessary, and call on Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD to stop the broad-sweeping demonization of the Muslim community, as these actions only burn bridges between law enforcement officials and the communities they are bound to protect. We hope that future interactions between the police and the Muslim community will be conducted in a more open, civil and productive manner, rather than the continuation of damaging and baseless suspicions directed against innocent members of our community.

HIS Spring Semester Classes Restart This Thursday!

HIS will resume its spring semester classes this Thursday, February 23 with other courses from last semester starting soon as well inshaa Allah. The two classes are:

Climbing the Tree of Faith/Iman

Time: Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm
Location: Sever 107
Taught by: Hafidh Na’eel Cajee ’10, HSDM ’14

About the Lecture Series

Imam Al-Bayhaqi’s 77 Branches of Faith provides a thorough understanding of Islam by articulating the necessary virtues that reflect true faith. Join us as we delve into the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to discover the beliefs, convictions, and actions of a believing Muslim. This class is suitable for those new to Islam as well as seasoned seekers of knowledge.

The concept of Iman/Faith in its entirety consists of three components: acceptance in the heart, on the tongue, and through the bodily actions of a person. To this ends, Imam al-Bayhaqi has divided the subject of Iman into 77 branches which fall within the following categories:

1. Concerns the intention, belief, and action of the heart
2. Concerns the uses of the tongue
3. Concerns the limbs of the body.

Widely accepted amongst Muslims globally, the Branches of Faith will offer beginning and advanced students an engaging systematic understanding of Iman/Faith itself.
Each week, one to two branches will be covered. Texts are available online in both English and Arabic.

Reciting the Word: the science and art of tajwid

Time: Thursdays 8:30 pm.
Location: HIS Musalla (3 minutes from Harvard’s T-stop) in the Canaday E Basement.
Taught by: Hafidh Na’eel Cajee

About the Class

Looking to improve your recitation and have Thursday evening open? Trying to memorize Juz Amma, but need direction?
Learning Tajweed provides you with the opportunity to draw near to the Divine through the articulation of His Word. The class will be divided between theory (25%) and practice (75%). Each class will begin with the theory of tajwid and will then consist of the teacher sitting with each student to help them work at their own pace.

Jummah Location and New Board

Salaam alaikum,

We have 3 very important announcements for the HIS community.

1 – Due to safety concerns in Lowell Lecture Hall, Friday Prayers have been moved to Leverett Old Library located at 8 Mill Street until the end of January while the space is renovated.

2 – There will be no prayers on the 23rd and 30th of December due to the Winter Holiday at Harvard. Prayers will resume on the 6th.

3 – HIS has elected a new board! They will take control over the society on January 1. We had a very exciting election, and are very excited about the many amazing feats they will accomplish during their term, insha’Allah.

President: Anastasia Nast ’12
Vice President: Asmaa Rimawi ’14
Secretary: Armaghan Behlum ’15
Treasurer: Talhah Zubair ’14
Director of Internal Relations: Nikhat Dharani ’14
Director of External Relations: Muneeb Ahmed ’14
Director of Islamic Learning: Yacine Fares ’15
Director of Development: Fatima Mirza ’15
Graduate Student Advisors: Muhammad Rehman (HBS ’12), Nura Sedique (HKS ’12) and Khalid Abdalla (HLS ’13)

We wish the new board the best, and hope their endeavors are blessed by God, the most Glorious.

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