Current service Drives


Food pantry at reagan high school

Too many children in our community struggle each day not having enough food to eat. Many schools offer breakfast and lunch options but often time the dinner table is scarce or empty. 

Muslim Space has set a goal of providing 25 meals a month to help maintain and stock the food pantry at Reagan High School, an AISD Title 1 school. Each meal feeds a family of 4 and costs around $9. 


little free libraries

Two-thirds of low-income families have no children's books at all in their homes. These kids often don't have access to any reading material once school is out for the summer, causing a cumulative, significant reading achievement gap that compromises students' learning potential and ability to succeed. And it robs them of the joy of reading! 

One way to help remedy this disparity is to provide kids with easy access to books year-round. This where Little Free Libraries come in. These little wooden boxes on stands serve as neighborhood book exchanges, where kids can borrow and return books at any time. 

Muslim Space volunteers constructed and installed 4 Little Free Libraries as in underserved areas of Austin. Your contribution will help in maintaining an inventory of books in each of these Little Libraries. 


back to school supply drive

Let's get the school year off right! Muslim Space has partnered with MCSS to provide back to school supplies to refugee and low-income students in our community. Your support will help provide a new and fully stocked backpack to these kids, many of whom are still adjusting to their new environment. 

The cost of each bag is $45 and any contribution is helpful.

Feed it forward


muslim community serves - god's family dinner

Each week the University Baptist Church, Austin hosts God's Family Dinner, serving hot meals to hungry souls. Meals are healthy and served with dignity. 

In an effort to include more religious diversity, the church reached out to the Muslim Community seeking representation of clergy. Sh Mohamed-Umer Esmail will be on the serving line every 3rd Thursday of the month. Please sign up to join the project. 8 volunteers are needed each week. Let's try and fill half the spots inshAllah.

To sign up to serve, follow these steps:
(1) Go to the Care Calendar at http://carecalendar.org/
(2) Log on using this information: 
Calendar ID: 80598, 
Security Code: 9350
(3) On the calendar, look for the date where you want to volunteer. Needs that have already been filled are in green; unfilled needs appear in red. Click on the need (in red) you would like to fill.
(4) In the "Helper Signup" section, enter your name, affiliation, phone, and email.
5) Click the Sign Up button.

Building bridges


School LIbrary book drive

March 19 - April 4, 2018

Alhumdulilah this year's project was a great success! We delivered over 100 book bundles to 7 ISD's in the Austin area.

April 4 is National School Librarian Day and April 11 is National Library Day. Last year we delivered Ramadan-Themed book bundles to elementary schools in the Austin area as a way to not only enhance an understanding of Islam and Muslims, but also to normalize the presence of Muslim narratives in our school libraries. This year we want to expand to middle and high schools with age-appropriate books  and include a book related to racial justice and equality.

Middle Schools: "Amina's Voice" by Hena Khan & "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai

High Schools: "No God But God" by Reza Aslan & "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

Each book bundle costs $20 and we plan on delivering a total of 112 bundles to local schools. 

You can sponsor a bundle by donating here. If you'd like to help distribute the book bundles please contact us here.


National Police Week

Coming soon!

Sponsor a bundle today

"Some stereotypes are too delicious to dispel. Others, not so much."

In honor of National Law Enforcement Day, Muslim Space will be delivering donut bundles to law enforcement offices in the Austin area. Each bundle will also contain a copy of the UPF produced short film "American Muslims: Fact vs. Fiction". We at Muslim Space believe that the sharing of information and knowledge is the best way to eliminate stereotypes and enhance cultural understanding. These DVD's were designed to dispel negative stereotypes of Muslims and the perceived threat of Islam in the West.

Each bundle will cost $25 and we are hoping to deliver a total of 30 bundles.

You can sponsor a bundle and schedule a time and location to deliver to. For more info contact us here.

friday prayers

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Church of The Savior

3402 Little Elm Trl, Cedar Park 78613

 

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open community friday prayer

Open, inclusive and barrier-free Friday prayers are conducted weekly and welcoming to everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, sect affiliation, ethnicity, etc. Sermons will be in English with content that is timely and relevant to our lives. Children are encouraged to attend.

Khutbah/sermon and jumah prayers will be lead by men. 

Sermons and prayers are often delivered and led by volunteers. If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer please fill out this form.

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sisters only friday prayer

A unique opportunity for women in the community to gather, strengthen the bonds of sisterhood and pray together as one. 

We also invite our interfaith sisters from all religious backgrounds to join us as observers, participators, and supporters. Children (boys under 12) are encouraged to attend. 

Khutbah/sermon and jumah prayers will be lead by women. 

Sermons and prayers are often delivered and led by volunteers. If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer please fill out this form.


Quran Reflection & 

Youth islamic study circles


Quran Reflection is a reflective and interactive discussion on one's personal understanding of selected Quranic verses. Appropriate for adult women & men. Please bring along your favorite Quran/books/material to reference.

Youth Islamic Studies Circle is for children of preschool, elementary, middle school and high school age and focuses on various Islamic topics and tenets in a fun and interactive format. Appropriate for school age children 4-18
October’s topic is "GENEROSITY"

Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot.


Quran Reflections - guiding principles

Reflect together upon the Quran in a spirit of 

  • Respect: For all books/people/traditions held in esteem by a participant, whether one agrees with it or not.

  • Honesty: Express your own truth and convey how the Quran becomes relevant in your personal realm.

  • Empathy: Listen without judgement. Listen to the other person's truth.

  • Dialogue: Seek common grounds. Do not feel the pressure to be right like in a debate.

"Silence is the sea and speech is like the river. The sea is seeking you: don't seek the river. Don't turn your head away form the signs offered by the sea."

Rumi - Mathnawi 4


Youth Islamic Study Cirlces

pre-k & kinder

when - Saturday, October 20th  from 10:00 - 11:30am

where -  Austin Central Library, Room 613

what to bring - enthusiasm and a desire to have fun


Grade 1-5

when - Saturday, October 20th  from 10:00 - 11:30am

whereAustin Central Library, Room 614

what to bring - positive attitude and an eagerness to learn


middle & High school

when - Saturday, October 20th  from 10:00 - 11:30am

where -Austin Central Library, Room 615

what to bring - Notebook, pencil & the willingness to participate.


Previous Quran Reflection & Youth Islamic Studies Circles.


code of conduct

 
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Those who attend all gatherings and functions sponsored or hosted by muslim space will be expected to oblige to our Code of Conduct. 

  • All are welcomed - We are a welcoming & inclusive community. Expect a warm welcome, regardless of who you are or where life has led you!
  • We each have our ways - Everyone here is working towards self-improvement and personal growth - in their own way. This is to be respected and honored by all. 
  • Be mindful - Strive to be aware and attentive to the present. Rather than focusing on preconceived notions, approach each moment with an open heart and mind. 
  • Children will be children - Children are always welcome. We entrust parents to be conscious of their children and ask others to be accommodating a child's needs and actions.   
  • What to wear - Modesty and cleanliness have long been respected (and often demanded) by Islamic institutions. There is no required dress code and we ask everyone to see others by the content of their character, not their appearance. 
  • Leave your mark - Every resource is blessing from God so please aim to leave a place better than how you found it. 
 

"Our deepest strengths are not when we are apart but only when we come together in ways we uniquely can." - Khalid Latif

 
 
 

A Night of remembrance

Join us November 20, 2018 at the Ladybird Wildflower Center for dinner in the courtyard followed by the formal program in the Great Hall to celebrate the life of our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمWe will inshaAllah feature qawwali by a local Ustadh, a renowned Nasheed performer of Syrian descent, and stories of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم by two esteemed local Shuyookh.

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Sheikh Ja’far muhibullah

Resident Scholar of the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association in Austin, Sheikh Ja’far completed ten years of Islamic seminary training in America and Iran. He completed his MA in Religious Studies at Duke University in 2005. He spent three years at the University of Texas at Austin completing work towards a PhD in Arabic Studies.He completed his PhD at Tehran University in Qom. His interest is in classical Arabic, Persian, and Urdu literature and specifically in Arabic literature in medieval Sicily. Since 2005, he has owned and managed his own translating and interpreting service business. With over 14 years experience in translating, teaching, and public speaking. Shaykh Muhibullah has made significant contributions to the Arabic translations of key Islamic academic and literary works.

 
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Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail

Sheikh Umer is extremely approachable, beloved-by-students at UT, Canadian-born, and a traditionally trained scholar who began his quest to acquire Islamic knowledge at a young age. 
He studied at the Institute for Islamic Studies in Dewsbury, UK. There he acquired an Ijazah in Hanafi Fiqh, Hadith, Tafsir, Tajwid and the Ten Qur’anic Qira’at.  
After graduating, Mufti Umer Esmail worked six years as the Imam at the North Austin Muslim Community Center in Austin, Texas. In addition to leading prayers, he taught classes in Islamic Sciences, including Arabic, Tajwid, Islamic Finance, Fiqh, Aqidah, Hadith and Tafsir. He has been the spiritual Advisor for the Austin Chapter of MYNA since 2003.

 
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Sidi Mouaz Nass

Artist Mouaz Nass is of Syrian descent and was born in Flint, Michigan. He studied Inshad and Maqamat (the various styles of religious poetry & songs) under foremost singers in Syria. An expert singer and drummer, he has been involved in many renowned musical performances in the USA, UK, Syria, and Jordan. He currently resides in Houston, Texas and travels frequently for various performances around the country.

 
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Ustadh ghulam farid nizami

Ustadh is of the Senia Gharana tradition and is a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Moghal Emperor Akbar the Great.
 He received instruction in the tradition of Sufism from Khawaja Mohammad Moeen Khan Nizami and Haji Faiz Ahmed. He excels at Classical Indian, Ghazal, Geet, Qawwali, Bhajan, Pakistani Folk, Sufi music, world music. We look forward to his nasheeds about the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. He had an amazing performance recently at iAct interfaith Thanksgiving.

 

Committees

Operational committees are the driving force that keeps Muslim Space in motion and our community active and engaged.  The committees draw together people with different expertise to share information and coordinate actions. Each committee offers flexible time commitments and responsibilities as well as support and guidance from the Board of Directors and the Scholar Advisory Board.

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Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

islamic enrichment

This committee coordinates and arranges for all educational and Islamic programming such as workshops and classes, congregational prayers, hosting guest lecturers, Quran discussion groups and more. The committee relies on the Scholar Advisory Board but encourages free thought in its activities.

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Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

social & recreation 

Developing community strength and unity isn't limited to knowledge-based programs. This committee coordinates social and recreational programs in order to cultivate a strong connection between members of the community while also building a sense of fluidity in all aspects of one's life.

 Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

finance & fundraising

Financial transparency, accountablility and fiscal sustainability are the mechanisms to establish community confidence of an organization. This committee is entrusted with developing creative fundraising efforts that are unique, resourceful and collaborative.

 Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

interfaith & intrafaith

People of faith share a common bond in a belief of a higher power and religion is a means of how to express their faith. This committee works towards fostering relationships and building bridges with communities of faith both outside the realm of Islam and within in and creating joint efforts.

 Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

Community Engaement

Addressing the various needs of the community, both inner and city-wide, is the purpose of this committee. These efforts include service projects & charitable giving, social services, civic engagement, personal development, and more.

 Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

youth   engagement

Tomorrow belongs to our children and teens. Through empowerment, guidance and engagement, they will boldly and confidently take the reins of the future. This committee will create programs for youth of all ages that aim to instill an ownership and pride of their American-Muslim identities. 

 Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

Communications & outreach

This committee serves as the voice and ears of the organization. It coordinates public relations and communications to the community, manages member services and solicits community input and feedback. All of which will aid in adequately addressing the needs of the community. 

statement of principles

 

The policies of Muslim Space are based on the following principles:

  •  The sources of Islam are the Holy Qur'an and the authentic (or 'sahih' in Arabic) practices (Sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Cultural, ethnic and nationalistic traditions are personal practices and not sources of Islam
  • Muslim Space values that diversity strengthens the human experience. “Oh mankind, We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into races and tribes, so that you may identify one another. Surely the noblest of you, in Allah’s sight, is the one who is most pious of you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (49:13)
  • Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an. The language of communication and for conducting activities of Muslim Space is the English language.
  • Sect, school of thought (or 'madhab' in Arabic), cultural/ethnic/nationalistic traditions are personal preferences and not a community policy.
  • Muslim Space is committed to projecting and promoting Islam in its original egalitarian, pluralistic and just manner.
  • Women and men are equally responsible to put forth the effort, develop and implement the policies and activities of the Muslim Space.
  • Muslim Space is an open space with no gender barrier and embraces the values of modesty, purity of heart, and clarity of conscience. Segregation of the sexes is not a guarantee of righteousness.
  • Muslim Space advocates equal access and equal treatment, in line with the ethics and codes of Islamic behavior as practiced in the time of the Prophet. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any form.
  • Muslim Space aims to create an environment where every attendee is welcome and affirmed with kindness, compassion and respect for all fellow humans as sisters and brothers in humanity.
  • There is no compulsion in religion. The role of Muslim Space is to inspire spirituality, not to compel dogma. Muslim Space does not judge people or classify Muslims. Muslim Space aims to be an inclusive and inviting haven and a beacon of light to all.
  • Muslim Space is a local organization, giving priority to local and national American efforts. Preoccupation with cultural and political activities abroad is inconsistent with its mission.
  • Muslim Space honors the constitution of the United States as the guiding legal principle of the Nation and shall abide by all the applicable laws of the land.