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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

What am I talking about here? Am I talking about the 8 cylinder motor in your Cadillac? It’s a riddle, one of my favorite things. Because I don’t like using a lot of real estate, let me get to the point.

Start your Engines

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
من سلك طريقا يلتمس فيه علما، سهل الله له طريقا إلى الجنة
“Whoever embarks on a path to seek knowledge, Allah facilitates for him the path to Jannah.”

How’s that for motivation? The feeling you get when you’re on the road, traveling on the black asphalt, with the wind blowing in your face…………(okay okay, I’ll stop) 🙂 For real though, there really is a sense of peace that Allah puts in your heart when you are on the road to seek knowledge. Leaving your worldly priorities behind and dropping them for your journey to knowledge.

One big chunk of the traveling experience is the group of friends or acquaintances you travel with. You actually begin to learn about who they are deep down inside and what bothers them. But in all honesty, it really is a bonding experience between all the people in the ride. You share some laughs, and you discuss some controversial issues, and just have a good time worshiping Allah together. This fact reminds me of and makes me appreciate the wisdom of Umar ibn al Khattab, who considered traveling with somebody one of the three definitive ways to really get to know who a person is. You want to know what the other two are, dont ya? Well, the other two are: 2. Doing business with a person, and 3. Being a long time companion of a person.

Probably though, the worst part of traveling with some friends to seek knowledge is at the end of the trip, when everyone is being dropped off at their houses or cars, and say their goodbyes. So sappy, so corny it is, but yet, how true it is.

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد الله و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله

Complements of Amatullah (Jazzakillah Khair), We know that Abdullah ibn Mubarak said,

The first step towards (seeking) knowledge is the (sincerity of) intention,
then it is listening,
then it is understanding (this knowledge),
then it is memorising (this knowledge),
then it is acting (upon this knowledge),
then it is spreading (this knowledge).”
–Jaami’ Bayaan al-‘Ilm wa Fadhlihi – Volume 1, Page 118

Well, To attempt to adhere to this methodology, It is my honor to present Project Revision. It’s back in Bidniz. Check out the flyer below:

Project Revision - Light of Guidance

Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala’ Rasool Allah.

Once upon a time, there existed a little mosque in Tysons Corner. Some call it IHC. Some call it the Markaz. Others call it Heritage Center. Yet others just call it “THE MASJID.” To me, it is my home away from home. A place where I can kick back and take a breather from the hecticness of the dhunia. A place to learn my religion and acquire beneficial knowledge. A place that constantly reminds the muslims with, “Qal Allah and Qala RasuAllah.” A place flourishing with good deeds. But there is a dilemma. IHC is in danger of being shut down. Why? Because there is a severe shortage of donations to keep the place running. Part of the reason why is that a new company came in and jacked up the rent double the amount.

I can’t express to you how much a benefit this masjid is. You only have to attend to understand this. The Imam there is Sheikh Abu Abdurahman. For those that don’t know him, He is in my humble opinion a diamond in the rough. He has studied for MANY years under Sheikh Ibn Baaz, Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen, Sheikh Abu Bakr Jazaairi, Sheikh Muqbil, to name only a few. He has IJAZA in the 6 books of hadith. His two specialties are Fiqh and Hadith. You better believe that I am milking him for everything that I can :). The Sheikh and his family does so much for the community. Below are some of the activities that have been held at one point or another:

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بسم الله الحمد لله وصلاة وسلام علي رسول الله اما بعد

(That’s right….. I’m typing in Arabic these days) 🙂

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It’s time to announce a class taught by a Sheikh that doesn’t need an introduction for those that know him. Sheikh Safi Khan, founder of Dar-us-Salam in College Park, who happens to be my contemporary role model these days, الحمد لله . He is starting a new semester this weekend (Feb. 9th, 2008) insha’Allah. The class is held Saturday Mornings at Dar-Us-Salam in the Cafeteria, from 10:30 am – 1:00 p.m. The focus of this semester’s class is Tawakkul.

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Beliefs and Practices of Islam: Relying on Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala)

 tawakkul


Saturdays, starting February 9th from 10:30am – 1:00 pm Relying on Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and having confidence in what He (subhanahu wa ta’ala) wants for us, as revealed in the Qur’an and Sunnah, is a critical part of our faith. It means that we work hard and trust Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) for the results.We don’t get discouraged. We know that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) wants good for us and we’re confident in this. But at the same time, we don’t get lazy and think that things will happen by themselves.In this class we will discuss benefits, obstacles, and misunderstandings, as well as how we can improve our confidence in Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).Class is open to brothers and sisters. Taught by Br. Safi Khan. Email the Islamic Information Center at info@LearnAboutIslam.org or call 301-982-9463 for more info.

Childcare available for those who pre-register. Please register online at www.LearnAboutIslam.org.