Join us for the ICOB Family Camping Retreat!
May 9th-11th 2014 at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island
The Islamic Center of Bothell summer camp in Whidbey island is a chance for families, friends, and the leaders of the Muslim community to join in an enlightening experience with the goal of unifying our communities, while in a relaxed environment.
Lectures and workshops by local and national speakers will be accompanied by a number of fun camp activities for all ages.
- Sheikh Amin
Fee includes food, however, please bring snacks and food to share with others for a potluck dinner on Friday night when we arrive.
- Field games (soccer, frisbee, baseball, etc.)
- Campfires and other group bonding activities
- Competitions and prizes
All fees includes 2 nights of accommodation and food.
- Adults (ages 13+): $55
- Children (ages 4-12): $50
- Children (under 4): Free
- Check (payable to "Islamic Center of Bothell")
Role of the Masjid
Masjid literally means "a place for prostration" (Sajdah), a humbling position before Allah (swt) and an essential part of salat (formal prayer). Even though salat can be performed anywhere, for the Prophet (pbuh) said, “The whole Earth is made as a place of worship (masjid) and a means of cleansing for me,” Muslims come to the masjid to offer salat, for it is preferable to pray with others, even if only two persons. A hadith says that one receives as 27-fold reward for praying in congregation. Also, the Friday noon prayer must be offered in a congregation.
People learn, teach, and study the Qur’an and other Islamic literature, as well as discuss community issues, in the masjid. This was the Prophet’s practice (pbuh), for he conducted his meetings and most of his duties as Islamic community’s leader at the masjid. The young Muslim community used to gather there for a variety of reasons, even to lead expeditions.
Thus, we should use the masjid to educate, create awareness, and help improve our plight.
Ibadah (worship and obedience)
Some Muslims, especially secularized ones, mistakenly think that Islam and the masjid should be limited to acts of worship. However, Islam means complete submission, commitment, and obedience to Allah (swt), for only the Creator knows what is best for us and the universe. We exist only to serve Him: “I have only created jinns and human beings only to serve me” (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 51:56). Our salvation in the next life, as well as our success here lie in serving Him alone.
ICOB Accomplishments and future plans