Masjid Baitul Mukarram, Astoria
Masjid Baitul Mukarram, Astoria (also known as Astoria Islamic Center, Inc.) is a mosque built by Bangladeshi community in New York. In addition to the daily 5 prayers, it runs weekend school, weekly Tafseerul Quran program, women’s taleem, adult Quran learning program, and a monthly lecture/seminar on a particular topic. Assistance on Islamic burial services are also provided. Weekend and summer school for Islamic learning are conducted with minimal fee.
Activities of Masjid Baitul Mukarram:
- Is held every Saturday after Maghrib prayer
- Highly qualified Imam, Abdullah Kamal, graduated from Al-Azhar University, gives lectures in detail, based on Quran and Hadith in four different languages: Bangla, English, Urdu, and Arabic
2. Free Quran class for male adults
- Is held every Wednesday after Maghrib prayer teaching Quran with Tajweed rules
- Class is taught by the Imam
- The Imam gives his undivided attention to the class, in order to make sure Quran is learned correctly
3. Sisters’ program
- Held twice in a month, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
- Sisters learn Quran with tajweed, meaning and discuss hadith
- Taught by a sister qualified in Islamic education
4. Free family and matrimonial counseling
- Imam gives advice in choosing a partner in order to have a peaceful and Islamic family life
5. Khatm-e-tarawi in the month of Ramadan
- The Quran is recited during tarawi from the beginning to the end in Ramadan
- Iftar arrangements are made by muslims of the community during the month of Ramadan in the masjid. Everyday, about 90-100 people attend Iftar and Maghrib prayer.
President: Mahbubur Rahman
General Secretary: M. A. Mognie
Treasurer: Mizanur Rahman
Organizing Secretary: Abdul Jalil
Executive Members: Helal Khondoker, Md. Mohsin, Moniruz Zaman, Wajed Ali, Ahmed Niazi, Fazlul Haque Chowdhury.