As Salaam alaykum. Here are times available for appointments with Imam Bilal the end of March 2020 and into April, an upcoming class April 18, and a reminder about the importance of the Full Moon of Sha'ban. Please respond soon if you would like an appointment, and if you can, mention more than one possible time. Suggested donation is $99 or $100 for a session, all appointments will be on the phone (no in-person visits!). An appointment will usually be from one hour to about two hours. He makes the call, so please let us know your number if its the first time he'll be calling you. Times shown are Pacific time.
“Pan-Demic” Do NOT Panic suggested schedule:
Sat. March 28 10:30 AM taken
Sat. March 28 6:30 PM taken
Mon. March 30 10:30 AM taken
Mon. March 30 6:30 PM
Tues. March 31 10:30 AM taken
Th. April 2 10:30 AM
Th. April 2 6:30 PM
Fri. April 4 10:30 AM
Sunday April 5 and Monday April 6 Full Moon of Sha’aban (big deal! Bilal says this is the 'Eid of the Angels) (according to Subhana's calendar it would be the night of April 7)
Tues. April 7 10:30 AM
Th. April 9 10:30 AM
Th. April 9 6:30 PM taken
Fri. April 10 10:30 AM
Sat. April 11 10:30 AM taken
Sat. April 11 6:30 PM
Sat. April 18 10:30 AM to 1 PM The Nature of Nafs #3 (Nafs-al-Mulhimah)
Ramadan expected sunset April 23 to sunset May 23
June 4-7 Retreat in Madison, Wisconsin cancelled; possibly interviews via Zoom
Please contact Subhana at firstname.lastname@example.org to request appointment times, register for upcoming classes (suggested donation $50 to $100 per class; available to regular contributors), and to arrange donations if you aren't local. Please make checks for donations to Nurani Institute, a religious 501(c)3 non-profit. In any class, there may need to be changes based on Bilal’s perceptions of the needs of the moment. Remote attendance is planned using Zoom, with video of Imam Bilal. Recordings available afterwards, same price as attending (included with registration). Advance acknowledgment if you plan to attend, in person or remotely, is very much appreciated. Shukran.
From Muslimbuzz, on Nifs-i-Sha'aban:
The Fifteenth Night of Sha`ban, known in Arabic as Laylat al-Nisf min Sha`ban, literally “the eve of the middle day of Sha`ban,” is one of the greatest nights of the year. (In Islam the night precedes the day so really it is the night before the fifteenth day of Sha`ban.) `Ata’ bin Yasar said that after Laylat al-Qadr there is no night better than the Fifteenth Night of Sha`ban. Its greatness is due to the Divine gifts that are bestowed during it.
[From Hadith:] One night Sayyidah `A’ishah noticed that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) had left her house. She went out to see where he was and found him in the Baqi` Graveyard raising his arms to the heavens in supplication. He said to her that on that night, the fifteenth night of Sha`ban, Allah forgives more people than there are hairs on the sheep of the tribe Kalb. (Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah. Banu Kalb was an Arab tribe renowned for the great flocks of sheep that its members possessed.) He also said (may Allah bless him and grant him peace): “Allah gazes at His creation on the fifteenth night of Sha`ban and then forgives all His slaves except for two types of people: those who attribute partners to Allah and those who have rancor for their fellow Muslims.”(Narrated by Ahmad) The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said that when this night comes we should spend it in prayer and fast the following day, because truly Allah calls out to His slaves from sunset until dawn: “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking provision from Me so I may provide for him? Is there anyone suffering so I may relieve his suffering?” (Narrated by Ibn Majah)