Thursday, October 29, 2009

Directions and packing list for SHURA council meeting - Oct 30,31- Nov 1st, 2009- 5 states' Muslim Family Camping- Ellensburg, WA .

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As-Salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu ! Peace be unto you and the mercy of Almighty Allah and His blessings. I pray and make duas that this letter of mine finds you in the best of Iman and Taqwa,moods and spirits, health and wealth ! I love you for Allah !

The specific purpose of writing this letter is to give you the directions and packing list for tomorrow's journey. Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate all the hard-working volunteers who have tirelessly been working for the past 60 days from 31 masjids of 5 states to make this event possible. I am also appreciative of all the people who have written to me that they decided to come for this meeting because "there was nothing that we could be doing that could be more important or having more far-reaching effects than this gathering."

My friends, we don't live in a vaccum. During the current circumstances of Islamophobia in the United States and the crises of faith in our children, we need to act synergistically in a decisive, cohesive manner. We have talked a lot about INTERFAITH; I am glad that the muslims of 5 states are coming together for INTRA-FAITH (amongst ourselves). Important networking, sharing of concrete evidence, intellectual property and strategic methods shall take place. Milestone decisions shall be made about Dawah, women's activities, youth identity, muslim cemeteries, property purchasing, insulating ourselves from lawsuits, and safe-guarding the primary interests of US as muslims ! When a 100 brains are working in various committees with synergistic energy, good things are bound to happen with the blessings of Almighty ALLAH. For those of you who are undecided, we make duas for you to kindly reconsider and fight against shaitan and come, join hands to be part of something great!

Please see the video ad for the Shoora council here - -

With love and respect,


Packing List:

1-Warm clothes (2 changes)

2- Sheets and blankets (Cabins are dormitory style and sheets will NOT be supplied; only beds, mattresses and pillows)

3- Friday night dinner (all other 5 meals shall be supplied and are included in the $80.00)

4- Snacks of your choices (esp. if you are diabetic)

5- Stationary for taking notes.

6- Visting cards for networking.

7- Poster board with your masjid activities.

8- Your masjid banner to display at the entrance or at other strategic locations.

9- Sports shoes / sneakers for the challenge course, rock climbing wall.

10- Cell phone charger.

11- Personal supplies, contact lens solution etc.

12- Camea and video-camera.

13- A smile and your thinking caps !

Please see the video ad for the Shoora council here - -

Directions to Lazy F Camping & Retreat Center ( )

16170 Manastash Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. PH : (509) 962-2780
Lazy F provides services and facilities in a camp/retreat. It’s located on 110 acres of mixed forest in the heart of the Manastash Canyon in the Eastern Cascade Mountain Foothills. Click here for a map! (control + click)

From Seattle

I-90 East to Thorp Exit #101
Turn right (south)
Go 1.9 miles & turn right at Cove Road
Go 4.3 miles & turn right at Manastash Road (2nd stop)
Go 6.9 miles up the canyon to Camp

From Yakima

I-82 North to I-90 West
Take Exit #109 (Ellensburg/ Canyon Road) - Turn right
Turn left at Umptanum Road (at Subway, across from McDonald’s)
Go 1.6 miles and turn right at Manastash Road
(Schoolhouse #7 will be on right)
Go 10 miles past the hay fields and up the canyon to Camp

From Spokane

I-90 West to exit #109 (Ellensburg/Canyon Road) - Turn right
Turn left at Umptanum Road (Subway, across from McDonald’s)
Go 1.6 miles and turn right at Manastash Road
(Schoolhouse #7 will be on right)
Go 10 miles past the hay fields and up the canyon to Camp

From Portland

I-84 East for 102 miles to exit 104 for US-97 toward Yakima/Bend
Turn left at US-97 (follow signs for Yakima for approximately 65 miles)
Take I-82 West to Yakima then follow the “From Yakima” directions given above.

Camp is one mile before the paved road ends. Keep coming! You haven’t passed it yet! You will see “Lazy F” on the barn - take the second driveway (by main camp sign). The office is the first building on the left. Note: If none of the above direction routes aligns with your originating city, please use Google maps (or some other mapping tool) and the above camp address for the best way to get to the camp site.

Please see the video ad for the Shoora council here - -

Shoora Council of the Pacific Northwest – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington

Fri Oct 30th:

· Check in/Registration, introductions, ICEBREAKER games. [4 pm]

· Poster presentations, young Muslims’ competitions, races, challenge course. [5 – 10 pm]

· Presentation by CAIR member / Lawyers on "How the masjids can protect themselves from lawsuits and legal hassles" between Maghrib and Isha’a prayers [6:15 - 7:15 pm]

Sat Oct 31st:

· Fajr then short religious reminder (hadith) [6:45 – 7:15 am]

· Free period [7:15 – 8 am]

· Breakfast [8 - 9 am]

· Opening- Quran Recitation, then, Recap of last yr's events, intended goals of the forum, mission, ... etc. and introduction of the attendees [9 - 9:15 am] – Omer El-Amin

· Discuss bylaws (people should have already gone over them, and discussion should be on points needing alteration, further elaboration ...) [9:15 - 10:15 am] – moderated by Mohamed Ayub

· Elect/select first board of directors/executive committee [10:15-11:15am] Invitation committee retires. New board takes charge. Change of guard’s ceremony.

· Discuss details of registration, office location, potential budget and resources for money collection [11:15 am - 12 pm]

· Lunch break followed by salat [12 - 2 pm]

· Religious talk “The importance of unity in Islam and the potential role of the MFPNW in uniting muslims of the PNW region” – Sheikh Joban [2 – 3:00 pm]

· Networking/ Relaxation/ Sports/activity session [3 - 6 pm]

· Maghrib prayer [6 – 6:15 pm]

· Dinner [6:15 – 7:15 pm]

· Isha'a prayer [7:15 – 7:30 pm]

· Religious talk “Raising the next generation of Muslims, our goals as families and as a community” – Sheikh Fazl- 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

Sun Nov 1st:

· Fajr then short religious reminder (hadith) [6:45 – 7:15 am]

· Free period [7:15 – 8 am]

· Breakfast [8 - 9 am]

· Religious talk on “Future challenges for Muslims in America, and how we should prepare ourselves and the next generation for that.” – Sheikh Pasha [9 – 9:30 am]

· Brain-storming- Set a few plausible targets to be achieved by next yr and set timing for next yr's meeting [9:30 – 10:30 am]

· Adjourn [10:30 am]

· Allow time for newly selected members to meet together and set up their plans for the next yr, everyone else is free to pack up and enjoy the outdoors

· Lunch [12 – 1 pm]

· Cleaning up, Duhur and Asr prayers [1 – 2 pm]

· Return home- 2:00 PM

Camp In-charge of Logistics- Dr. Omar El-Ameen, Yakima, WA. Cell- 508-314-5000. (Your Go-to Person)

Please make duas for the Invitation Committee – Dr. Riazul Islam, Pullman, WA. (cell-509-432-9547), Dr. Naeem Abdurrahman, Tri-Cities, WA,(509) 528-4474, Shaikh Marotha Pasha, Tacoma, WA, (253) 948-8176, Dr. Ruhul Amin, Bozeman, MT (406) 587-7162, Dr. Shahriar Ahmed,Portland, OR, (503) 516- 8685, Br. Idris Elhamar (Seattle, WA), Mohammed Al- Haddad, Islamic Center of Boise, ID and Br. Imtiyaz – Masjid As-Saber, Portland, OR.

Salaams to all my buddies ! Imam Joban and 100 muslims call you to the SHOORA council meeting - Oct 30,31- Nov 1st, 2009- 5 states' Muslim Family Camping- Ellensburg, WA .

Many of us talk about unity of the muslims quite a lot- Here is a REAL opportunity to DO something concrete and show positive change amongst all the muslims of the 5 states of the pacific northwest. Please give this some serious consideration.

Attached are directions to the CAMP, Agenda, By-laws. Welcome to all the families from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington states. Please see the video ad for the Shoora council here - -

Please see attached invitation letter and membership form. There is a rough draft of the by-laws to peruse before you come there for ratification / modification.

Shawwal 15, 1430 October 4, 2009

Dear Brother/Sister,

Peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and His blessings. I pray to Allah (swt) that this letter finds you in good health and good spirit!

The Muslim Forum of the Pacific Northwest Invitation Committee is pleased to announce the Forum’s Second Inaugural Muslim Leadership Conference to take place near Ellensburg, Washington between October 30 and November 1, 2009, insha’Allah. The forum was inaugurated at last year’s meeting which occurred at the same place and similar timeframe. Muslim leaders and community members from all over the Pacific Northwest convened at that meeting and agreed upon the forum’s mission, goals and potential activities. Since then, a rough draft of the bylaws was written and memberships were filed and accepted. Currently there are 21 member organizations constituting the forum. The purpose of this year’s meeting will be to finalize the bylaws and select a board of trustees to run the activities of the Forum for the coming term.

For organizations that have not yet joined our Forum, it is our honor and pleasure to invite you and other interested members of your community to attend the conference and be part of this important milestone. For those organizations that have already joined the Forum, please ensure at least 2 representatives of your organization attend the meeting. However, let me also point out that this meeting will serve as a social gathering event with camp activities to be done in parallel with the meetings. So please bring your families along and let them enjoy the stay at the camp and make use of its leisure facilities including soccer, volleyball, table-tennis, billiards and fishing, or just enjoy the outdoors.

Please find attached to this letter a membership form (to be filled out and sent to the address shown) for the non-member organizations, and a copy of the current draft of the bylaws (for review prior to the meeting) for member organizations. The Invitation Committee sincerely hopes that you will take an active role in this noble effort at its formation stage. You will be joining your brothers and sisters from all over the Pacific Northwest to work together toward advancing the cause of Islam and Muslims in our communities and throughout the Pacific Northwest region.

May Allah (swt) guide us all to what’s in the best interest of Islam and Muslims, and honor us to be among His sincere servants who strive in his cause, Aamin!


Omer El-Amin

On behalf of the MFPNW Invitation Committee

Peace be unto all of you and Allah's blessings and His Mercy !
fyi- SAVE THE DATE! Oct 31- Nov 2nd 2009- 5 states' Muslim Family Camping- Ellensburg, WA .
This is just a placeholder, more details to follow from Dr. Omar Al-Ameen of Yakima (cell- 508-314-5000) and WSU- Pullman, Dr. Riyazul Islam (cell- 509-432-9547).
Inshallah, just like last year, there shall be muslims from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.
Come, refresh and rejuvenate yourselves and family !
We shall also work on bylaws, electing a new board / president / office-bearers and future directions/ projects to undertake.
Camp facility -
Camp directions -

If your masjid / organization has NOT filled up a membership form to be part of the SHOORA council, please tell your board members to do so ASAP. Call to ascertain if your masjid is registered too - Dr. Omar Al-Ameen of Yakima (cell- 508-314-5000) and WSU- Pullman, Dr. Riyazul Islam (cell- 509-432-9547). Please see invitation letter from the committee below.
Attached: - Membership form to give to your Imam / Board president.

This is a good model to follow -

Dear Brother/Sister
Assalaamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuhu

And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from
one another. And remember the blessings which God has bestowed upon you: how,
when you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so that through His
blessing you became brethren; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery
abyss. He saved you from it. In this way God makes clear His messages unto you, so
that you might find guidance. 3:103
By the grace of Allah the inaugural conference of the Muslim Forum of the Pacific Northwest was
held between 31 October and 2 November in Ellensburg Washington. The Forum membership will
consist of Islamic centers and nonprofit Muslim organizations in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska,
Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington).
The conference selected an Invitation Committee with the task to contact and invite prospective
centers and organization to join the Forum. On behalf of the invitation committee, it’s my pleasure
to extend this official invitation to your center/organization to join the Forum as a founding
member. We sincerely hope that you would join us and be part in this noble effort for the good of
Islam and Muslims in the entire Pacific Northwest.
Attached to this invitation letter is a synopsis of the meeting proceedings along with the meeting
recommendations for the forum's vision, mission statement, potential programs and activities,
and the membership eligibility criteria. Also attached with this letter is the membership form to be
completed by your organization. Please fill out the form and mail it with the nominal membership
fee of $25 to the address noted on the form within six weeks from the receipt of this letter.
Finally, we pray to Allah to grant us His support and guidance to help serve our communities in
the best possible way and positively impact the status of Muslims and Non-Muslims alike.
Mohammed Riajul Islam, Ph. D.
Coordinator, Invitation Committee
Muslims' Forum of the Pacific Northwest

I remain,
Yours sincerely,

M. Ayub
Cell - 360-489-2830
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." - Bishop Desmond Tutu.

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