A website for the Islamic Center in Gulfport

1- Site visitors

Not quite. It is not run, updated, or even monitored by the Islamic Center. It is, however, the only website for the center and practically the only way one can contact this Islamic Center beside physically going there when it is attended.

This website was developed by a volunteer community member who manages al aspect the website including online communication and emails. This member is not a board member; therefore, it may take longer than desired to come back with answers to questions and requests communicated online.
Moreover, while this website is the sole online representation of this Islamic Center, it is not to be considered an official website for the center. The developer tries to provide as accurate as possible information and representation of the center, but absolute accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

The site administrator tries to adhere to the Center’s message and guidelines. There is, however, no oversight from the Center. Therefore, any errors or omissions are the result of the admin’s shortcomings and not to be blames on the Center.

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2- About this Center

  • Prayer place
  • Jumaa khutba and prayer
  • Funeral Service

We do not have any program or activity to convert anyone to Islam.
we do, however, believe in the message of Islam that can lead to the betterment of individuals and societies. It is the pathway to God that we have chosen. Therefore, we do welcome and support individuals who are learning about the true values of islam and are considering converting to Islam on the basis of clear understanding of the religion and educated willingness to adhere to its rules and guidelines.

Nevertheless, we do not have scholars or individuals certified to educate people on Islam. Conversations can be arranged with individuals in our community who can present tier own understanding and practice of Islam. Knowledge seekers are encouraged to use additional resources available nationwide, in larger nearby Muslim communities, and from reliable, verified online sources. mPlease be cautious with the last one. There’s probably more falsehood that truth about Islam online.

3- Services

We don’t charge any fees except what we have to pay third parties for funeral services (transport and digging). Everything else is free and is provided by volunteers. In order o not overwhelm our volunteer–who oftentimes pay costs out of their pockets– we limit our services to our local community that’s not otherwise serviced. If there is an Islamic center in your town, we ask that you seek their services.

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4- How, where, & when?

The Masjid is located at 4226 Central St. Gulfport, MS 39501.
It is divided into two sections, by gender. This is meant to help our brothers and sisters focus on the purpose of coming to the masjid —to pray to God, not being distracted by any worldly matters.
Eid prayers can take place indoor, outdoor, or both as needed. Food is usually served after prayer
Funeral prayer is usually established outdoors.

The Center currently serves as prayer place only.
The center is not manned except for certain prayers; mainly, Fajr, Maghrib, Isha, and Jumaa. The doors are locked at all other times.
In Ramadan, it may be open at additional times or for longer periods, but we do not have a time table to provide here.
Azan times calendar is posted on the website but the actual prayer time may be lightly different. Will update when information is available.
Khutba for Jumaa prayer starts at 1:00 PM. This may change so please keep an eye out for our announcements. Both Khutba and Salat are relatively short and can be easily missed if you don’t arrive early enough. Parking space on the property is limited.

5- How to Support

None. We own our property rely entirely on our members donations. We have not applied for any public (federal, state, local..) grants, funding or assistance. We welcome donations from our gulf coast community.

6- Our Community

We are a small, yet quite diverse, group of individuals who chose Islam as their religion and core belief and got together to establish a religious center where they can practice their religion, socialize, help each other learn more about their religion, and serve their community.

Our Islamic Center in Gulfport is not affiliated with any other organization. It was established by a group of individuals in our community and continues to be completely independent.

7- Islam

Question on Quran translations. The answer lists important points to be aware of while reading any translation.

Website visitors questions

I’m looking for guidance on a good English translation on the Quran …

Question from Michael on our website:

When looking for a good translation of Quran to English, or any other language, please consider the following points:

  • Translation is often done word for word. more solid translations try to capture the meaning of the sentence or verse to provided a more accurate translation. Either way, it is not perfect, and should be taken for what it is—a translation, not an interpretation.
  • Quran was delivered in a such a sophisticated utilization of the Arabic language that even the most eloquent masters of the language at the time had never heard before. To try and understand, Arabs sometimes needed to turn to their linguistic authority figures to decide the exact meaning of the words used within context. Nowadays, educated Muslims turn to the well known books of interpretation of Quran to understand the accurate meanings. Misinterpretation is not uncommon among Muslims who understand Arabic, let alone those who rely entirely on translations.
  • Quran was revealed to profit Mohammad (saaws) over a period of 20 years. Many verses were delivered to the Profit as a direct response to certain incidents or events. To properly understand, one needs to know the historic background and the reasons certain verses came about.
  • One has to understand the extremely harsh desert environment Arabs lived in those days, what life was like before Islam, and the level of oppression and torture Muslims were exposed to in the early years of the religion. A universal rule of thumb is to take word and sentences within context. This is particularly important with certain verses like the one that address wars and battle rules. Further specific guidance was provided by the Profit and his nation-leading followers. The Profit’s words and actions (referred to as “Sunna”) came to explain and further teach Muslims how to practice and properly follow the guidelines of their religion. Sunna is not included in Quran. It has been collected in books that were translated into many languages
  • Even with best efforts, the exact meaning of certain verses of Quran remain mysterious. However, advances in science and technology have been enabling Muslims to understand some of the verses that had been mysterious for many years.
  • Islam is a timeless religion that was sent to humanity. While certain topics were extensively covered, and mathematic formulas were used were God decided it was necessary, some other aspect of life were left intensionally less constrained to accommodate for changing times, including the changes in people’s cultures, perceptions and behaviors, and the scientific and technological advancements.

Now–understanding the Quran background, and the caveats of any translation, to recommend the best translation, one has to have proper linguistic and religious knowledge, and proof-read all available translations. This is certainly beyond our capacity; therefore, we asked Google for help ad we found others did the leg work and thought we should share.

On this page (click here to open in a new tab), Timothy provided a detailed answer. Notice how he explains how many translations come with inherit biases. He ends his answer by “Always remember that no matter how good a translation is, it will never truly be the Quran; that is only the original, pure Arabic text, revealed by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).” We can’t agree more! no translation will ever be perfect.

On the same website, Riadh suggests visiting this website (click here) to read many translations of each verse on one page. Not an aesthetically pleasing website but quite a bit of effort has been put into it.

While we couldn’t recommending any specific translation with a high level of confidence, we tried to present some options, and point out some of the caveats.

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