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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

During the final session of Ilm Fest, and as a change of pace, the shuyookh were asked to share how their path for ilm was inspired or started, and also to share a story from their life, be it emotional, funny, embarrassing, or a combination.

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni spoke of a hilarious and embarrassing story in his life, Yasir Qadhi about how he was inspired to seek knowledge, and shaykh Muhammad Ibn Faqih about a moment in his life with his father. Prior to Shaykh Ibn Faqih, Abdulbary Yahya gave his story, and Ibn Faqih mentioned that this one, Abdulbary, was the strongest amongst them.

Shaykh Abdulbary went right into his story, wasting no time.

About two years after 9/11, his father was shot outside the masjid, his father being the last person after Isha prayer.

His father called him, “Abdulbary”!

Shakyh Abdulbary ran out the back door to his father, and blood was coming out of the abdomen of his father. His father then looked at him, and said “Ashadu an laa illaha ill’Allah, wa ashadu anna Muhammad Rasool’Allah.”
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What is Perfect Presence?

Perfect Presence is ensuring that every single attendee of the last AlMaghrib Seminar takes the exam and aces it. Perfect Presence doesn’t make excuses about being busy or forgetting about the exam date and it definitely doesn’t show up late on exam day. Perfect Presence is making sure that if you’re out of town to take the exam electronically and that if, for some off-the-wall reason, you are unable to attend the exam in person to setup a proctor at a later date to make sure you take it.

Perfect Presence demands perfection from its attendees and nothing short of it. In Perfect Presence you don’t hope to get an A on an exam, you expect to get an A through your hard work and dedication. 100% is the bar for Perfect Presence, nothing less will do.

And oh yeah, Perfect Presence wins liwaa’s. My message to Qabeelah Nurayn: Who’s up for Perfect Presence???

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Bismillah, was Salaatu was Salaam ala Rasool Allah.

SubhanAllah, another Al-Maghrib class has come and gone and now the struggle to keep our Iman as strong has approached. Speaking from my own personal experience, no regular class or halaqa even comes close to the brotherhood I feel during an Al-Maghrib class; it truly is an Iman Rush! For me, this feeling is similar to a valley, where my Iman during an Al-Maghrib class is the mountain top, and the time in-between is the drop-off of Iman; an Iman De-Rush if you will.

I have good news; inshAllah this time will be different. There are things we can do to prevent this! InshAllah I will remind us of two of them, and I would appreciate if you, (yeah, I’m giving you homework on a blog post) can find and post a comment with other ones. All you have to do is find one, they aren’t that hard!

1. Taking control of who you hang out with. A very famous hadeeth Narrated Abu Musa: Allah’s Apostle said, “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 34, Number 314

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy my house standing the way it is. Once we surround ourselves around our “musk sellers” we’ll have less trouble making sure our Iman doesn’t decline.

2. Making sure we’re constantly doing good, even if that good is “small”: Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He added, ‘Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.”Bukhari: Volume 8, Book 76, Number 472

Take the time out of our busy and hectic lives to make a salah at the masjid daily, or attend a weekly after salah halaqa. Whatever it is, do it! Just make sure it’s something you’ll be able to do on a scheduled basis.

JazakAllahu khairan for reading. May Allah accept from us our good deeds and pardon our sins. Ameen!

Bismillah

A great new khutbah by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi. Jazakum Allahu khayran to Qabeelat Wasat for sharing.

(PS- This is NOT about marriage. Sorry to disappoint.)

If your childhood dream was to be a construction worker (and I know that there’s many of you out there), here’s your chance to live out that dream!!!  Insha’Allah Qabeelat Nurayn will be organizing a trip to assist Habitat for Humanity this upcoming month for our monthly social service project.  Habitat for Humanity is an organization that builds homes for underprivileged families that cant otherwise afford a home. 

Now I know many of you are out there thinking: “what if I cant tell which end of the hammer is which?” Funny you should ask, because although Habitat for Humanity welcomes those with construction skills, they have crew leaders on hand to train and answer questions.  If you are willing to learn, they will help, insha’Allah.  Now I know what is going through your head: “how can I get involved??”  Stay tuned as we will be posting more details about the trip in the coming days, insha’Allah. 

Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, was Salaatu was Salaam ala’ Rasool Allah:

The Financial Aid Committee at Qabeelat Nurayn would like every student of Knowledge to attend AlMaghrib seminars despite personal financial constraints.  In our attempt to achieve this objective along with AlMaghrib Institutes’s ideal of affordable tuition, we would like to introduce one of the Qabeelah’s newest and most valuable initiatives, the Financial Aid Committee.

This committee will, insha’Allah, do our best to raise funds in a number of different ways including business sponsorship programs so that we can distribute scholarships to qualified students.  This coming weekend, you will hear more about the tuition financing options that are currently available to the students of Knowledge as well as those that are in the works, Insha Allah.

Bismillah

Alhamdulillah

was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasulillah,

Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “If a Muslim dies and forty Muslims, who do not associate anything with Allah, join in the Salatul Janazah, Allah accepts their prayers for him.” [Muslim]

Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: ” Who ever attends the Janazah until it is finished, will earn a Qirat, and who ever stays until the burial, will earn two Qirats. Someone asked, “What does Qirat mean?” The Prophet answered, “It means rewards as big as great mountain” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Huraira narrates that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Who began this day fasting?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” The Prophet said: “Who participated in a funeral procession (Janazah) today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” The Prophet said: “Who fed a needy person today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” The Prophet said: “Who visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” Then, the Prophet said: “These things cannot all meet in a single person but that they will enter Paradise.” [Muslim]

InshaAllah our objective is to provide the community with updates on janazahs in the area, so that everyone may strive to do the four qualities above (with the Permission of Allah) and sincerely pray on our deceased brothers and sisters before the day comes when the community will pray upon us. InshaAllah we will also send out special opportunities to fast, visit the sick, or feed the poor.

InshaAllah if you would like to receive up-to-the-minute news on Janazahs in our area to your phone as a text message, visit our page here and enter your information in the contact form. Or if you would rather receive email updates only, please join the google group here. InshaAllah you can receive both txt messages and an email, please just specify it in the contact form.

Jazakum Allahu khayran. May Allah ta’ala place barakah in our time, and may He ta’ala make us among those who race to do good deeds, and may He ta’ala forgive the deceased and living Muslims. Ameen.

If you typed your notes up, please email them to Nurayn.Notes@gmail.com.  We are compiling different peoples notes to help make a master copy for our qabeelah and need to make sure nothing has been missed.

Jazak Allah khayr

Shaykh Yaser put it out there:

the best homework assignment will be posted on muslimmatters.org and the three comparison topics you can choose from are as follows:

guidance (hidaayah) vs. misguidance (dalaal)

good (khayr) vs. evil (sharr)

mercy (rahmah) vs. punishment (athaab)

There are no length requirements, the only thing the shaykh emphasized was that our papers be grounded in the Quran.

I’m going to spend some time on this assignment, insha’Allah, so just beware that if you plan on bringing an assignment, you better come correct 🙂

Previous Winners:
A Foundation for Establishing Dialogue with People of the Book
Dialogue with People of the Book

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

Allah azza wa jal says in the Qur’an,

 كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ

“(This is) a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, so that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29] (linguistic explanation of the word yaddabaroo is in the comments)

It is the science of tafseer which is the fruit of ‘pondering over its verses’. Tafseer comes from the root letters fa seen ra, or fassara and means to explain, to discover, elucidate, to disclose (a hidden thing), and to interpret. In Uloom al-Qur’an (the sciences of the Qur’an), tafseer is defined to be, “the science by which the Qur’an is understood, its meanings explained, and its rulings derived.” It is the crux of Uloom al-Qur’an, even though Uloom al-Qur’an comprises many other branches.

Many Muslims assume that learning the science of tafseer is not part of learning the Qur’an, when in fact tafseer is crucial to properly understanding the Qur’an itself. Without knowledge of tafseer, we can easily misunderstand the Qur’an. The science of tafseer is meant to explain to mankind the Book that has been revealed to them from Allah.

Imam as-Suyooti rahimahullah gives three simple reasons on why tafseer is important:

1) Allah uses the most clear, eloquent and concise language, and in doing so the meaning is clear to those who are well-grounded in the Arabic language, but not so clear to those who are not.

2) The Qur’an does not always mention the events or references for which each verse was revealed, but these must be known for the verse to be fully understood.

3) Some words may have multiple meanings, and it is the job of the person who does tafseer to explain what is meant by the word.

Many scholars of the past shed light on the importance of tafseer as well. My favorite parable was given by Iyaas ibn Mu’aawiyah rahimahullah who said Read the rest of this entry »