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The East Bay Annual Mawlid will be in-person & online this year, featuring talks and recitations (Nasheeds) about “The Guiding Light: Muhammad ﷺ” with Shaykh Faraz Khan, Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra, Qari Amar Bellaha, Ustadh Tarif Arabi, and Bay Area Munshids.

6:40 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Friday, October 7 | MCC Prayer Hall | No RSVP needed to join Mawlid programs (only for pre-Mawlid dinner & babysitting)

The Rabbi’al Awwal Annual Mawlid is presented by San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, Islamic Center of Livermore, Ta’leef Collective & MCC East Bay.

Program Schedule

  • – 6:40 p.m. – Maghrib prayer
  • – 6:55 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Pre-Mawlid dinner (capped at 350 guests) – RSVP required at mcceastbay.org/mawlid-dinner
  • – 7:45 p.m. – Pre-Mawlid program begins (no RSVP needed to join the pre-Mawlid program)
  • – 8:30 p.m. – Isha prayers
  • – 8:50 p.m. – Main Mawlid program begins (no RSVP needed to join the main Mawlid program)
  • – 10:30 p.m. – Program ends

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Alhamdulillah, this year’s gathering will be our first to include dinner and accommodations for children, including babysitting, like we had annually pre-Covid.

This is a family-friendly event. Bring the entire family. Goodie bags for all kids at the end of the event. Free babysitting after Isha at 8:30 p.m. until the main prayer ends at 10:30 p.m. Your children are welcome to join you prior to that time at dinner and the pre-Mawlid program. RSVP for main program complimentary babysitting at mcceastbay.org/mawlid-babysitting

The Tri-Valley Annual Mawlid ’22 coincides with the weekend of 12th Rabi ul Awwal 1442.

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org

The Mawlid is a joyous expression of the greatest blessing from Allah.

Mawlid (or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif) is the observance of the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is commemorated in Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

About the Speakers:

Shaykh Faraz Khan is a scholar of Ashʿarī and Maturidi philosophical theology with field specialties in Hanafi Jurisprudence, Prophetic Biography, Hadith, and Logic. At Zaytuna College, he has taught Kalam Theology, Creedal Theology, Prophetic Biography, Readings in Muslim Spirituality, and Logic in the Islamic Tradition. Shaykh Faraz also serves as the coordinator of the Honors Program, in which he has taught Kalam, Prophetic Biography, Logic, Tafsir, and Hadith.

After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, he moved to Amman, Jordan, in 2004 and read classical texts with distinguished scholars in Ashʿarī and Māturīdī scholastic theology, Hanafi jurisprudence, prophetic narration, logic, and other religious sciences, receiving scholarly authorization (ijāza) after seven years of full-time study.

Shaykh Faraz’s most recent book, An Introduction to Islamic Theology: Imam Nūr al-Dīn al-Sābūnī’s Al-Bidāyah fī usūl al-dīn, was published under the Zaytuna College Curriculum Series in 2020. In work, he translates and annotates a manual on Māturīdī theology authored by Imam Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī (d. 580/1184), a prominent Muslim theologian from Bukhara, which provides a foundation upon which modern Muslim discourse can be built. The text explains the central tenets of the Islamic creed and refutes erroneous positions of alternative theologies.

Shaykh Faraz is fluent in Arabic and has speaking fluency in Urdu.

Shaykh Faraz joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in 2013. Learn more about him at https://zaytuna.edu/academics/faculty/faraz-khan

Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra was born in Toronto, Canada. Raised in the Hindu tradition, he embraced Islam in 2001 while studying at the University of Toronto, where he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen, for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies.

He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan, where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also serving as Director of Programs at the Qasid Arabic Institute. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya), authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and has studied one year of specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (Ifta’).

He also holds a certificate in Islamic Counseling and often works with those with religious obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD/waswasa). He is an instructor and researcher in the Islamic Sciences and has taught online and in person for a number of learning institutes and organizations.

He is author of the Seerah Song, the first complete Seerah poem written in rhyming English verse to be used as a teaching tool, performed by Zain Bhikha. He currently resides near Toronto, Canada with his family.

Ustadh Amu Tareef is an international scholar who studied traditional Islamic Sciences at Al-Fath Institute, al-Azhar branch in Syria.

Affectionately known to the community as ‘Ammu (or Uncle), he was born and reared in Damascus, Syria. His teachers include Shaykh Abdul Rahman al-Shaghuri, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Dr. Mustafa al-Khin and Shaykh Dr. Samer al-Nass.

Qari Amar Bellaha was raised in Morocco where he memorized the Qur’an at 17 from Madrasat Imam Nafia. He has ijaza for the Hafs and Warsh forms of Qur’anic recitation. In 1994 and 1995, he was awarded top prizes in the National Moroccan Tajweed competition. He is recognized for the beauty, clarity and excellence of his recitation and is one of the Bay area’s foremost Qur’an teachers.

Here also another Mawlid celebration at Masjid Abu Bakr in Hayward.

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org