Have you seen our advertisement in the The Muslim Link?

Would you like to…
DESIGN a community that reflects your values.
SOCIALIZE and worship with your neighbors.
INTERACT across generational & cultural boundaries.
SHARE community meals & activities.

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We’re seeking families and singles of all kinds to create the first Muslim cohousing community in the DC area. We’ve put an advertisement in The Muslim Link — a bi-weekly newspaper that is distributed throughout the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas — in an effort to reach out to those who are looking for cohousing, but don’t know (yet) that such an incredible concept exists or that others in the area are working on creating a Muslim cohousing community locally.

JOIN Good Tree Village!
Contact us to join or learn more.
Do you have a friend who may be interested?
phone: 301.541.3223 (Kori) or 301.337.7171 (Ishaq)
email: GoodTreeVillage [at] gmail [dot] com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoodTreeVillage

Faith and Home Finance: University Islamic Financial Corporation

university islamic financialWhen undertaking a venture that involves buying a home, a clear understanding of your options can open up what you may have thought were boundaries. Yesterday, I attended University Islamic Financial‘s presentation on Islamic financing yesterday at Dar Al-Hijrah. UIF Vice President, Aijaz Hussain, was able to thoroughly and clearly answer all my questions about financing a home while keeping Islamic principles in mind.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • Differences between Conventional and Islamic banking
  • Pricing: Is Islamic Financing really more expensive?
  • Sharia Financing – Models, Applications and Benefits
  • Sharia Board – Approval Process and Auditing

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Mr. Hussain will conduct two more FREE sessions today at Dar Al Noor (Manassas, VA) at 12:30PM and MAS Community Center (Alexandria, VA) at 7PM.

Key take-away: there is a way to get Good Tree Village built!

What Can Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Do For You in 2013?

midAtlanticCohousingDid you know that Good Tree Village is a member of Mid-Atlantic Cohousing (MAC)? MAC is a non-profit “organized for the expressed purpose of educating and informing the public at large and those folks actively engaged in cohousing about the benefits and challenges of forming, building and living in cohousing.” One of the ways we are planning for success (inshaAllah / God Willing) is by learning from and working with others who have already been where we’d like to be: spending the rest of our lives in a community that eats together, works together, and shares together.

At the end of the meeting we brainstormed about what exciting programs, events and activities we could we could provide for folks in the DC Metro area next year. A cohousing film festival? Workshops on getting the community built? Programs on consensus decision-making and governance? What would you like to see from MAC in 2013?

Eid Mubarak from Good Tree Village

Eid Mubarak! Blessed Eid!

During Eid al Adha, we honor Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah. We also celebrate Allah’s mercy when He intervened to provide Prophet Ibrahim with a sheep to sacrifice instead. As one contemporary Islamic scholar has noted:

“The objective of sacrifice is to express gratitude to the Almighty. When we offer our life symbolically to the Almighty by offering the sacrifice of an animal, we are in fact expressing our gratitude on the guidance of submission which was expressed by Abraham by sacrificing his only son. On this occasion, the words uttered to declare the exaltedness and oneness of the Almighty are done so for this very objective. The Qur’an has explained this directive in the following words: The flesh and blood [of your sacrificed animals] does not reach God; it is only your piety that reaches Him. Thus has He subjected them to your service so that you may give glory to God for guiding you. [This is the way of the righteous] and [O Prophet!] give glad tidings to these righteous. (Qur’an 22:37).” [Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, Mizan]

Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair! May every year find you in good health!