Hope Academy acquired the former Saint James Lutheran Church property in White Center, Seattle, Washington.The property is 38,848 sq. ft. including an open green space courtyard between the two buildings with sufficient parking spaces. The North Building (“St. James Church”) has been converted into the main center for the community, housing the prayer center for both men and women, a basement that serves as the multi purpose room, and also has the offices of the Imaam and the youth committee. The South Building serves as the location of Hope Academy’s Private K-8 School. The south building has a total of 9 rooms that on the weekdays serves the students that attend the school. On the weekends it is used for Quran Programs.
THE ISLAMIC PILLARS
What makes one a Muslim is the acceptance of Islam’s core beliefs found here. Islam is built on five pillars.
The testimony of faith in Islam is the that one testifies that there is no God except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. The testimony is what one says to become a Muslim Ash-hadu Ana Lā ilāha illā Allah wa ash-hadu Ana Muhammad Rasul Allah.
Muslims must pray 5 times a day. This prayer is not to be confused with supplication or calling on God which can be done at anytime. These ritual prayers consist of standing, reciting some Qurʾān, bowing, prostrating, and glorifying God. The prayers are done before sunrise, in the afternoon, late afternoon, sunset, and night.
Zakah is an obligatory charity for Muslims who are not poor. This charity must go into the hands of the poor and not given to institutions, mosques, or schools. The charity is 2.5% of one’s extra money that has been sitting for a year. For example, if one has $100 in their bank account on Jan 1, and then a year goes by and they still have $100 sitting in their bank account on Jan 1 of the next year, they are to give 2.5% of that money in charity directly to the poor and needy.
Once in their lifetime, any Muslim who is financially and physically able to make a journey to Mecca during the pilgrimage season must do so. During the pilgrimage, Muslims wear two pieces of white cloth. By replacing all their attire with these two pieces of cloth it brings the individual down to their basic humanity.
There is a month in the Islamic calendar called Ramadan. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. They refrain from eating, drinking, and intercourse during the daylight. Fasting instills a sense of discipline and control over one’s desires and most basic needs.