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This is a heart with life in it, as well as illness. The former sustains it at one moment, the latter at another, and it follows whichever one of the two manages to dominate it. It has love for Allah, faith in Him, sincerity towards Him, and reliance upon Him, and these are what give it life. It also has a craving for lust and pleasure, and prefers them and strives to experience them. It is full of self-admiration, which can lead to its own destruction. It listens to two callers: one calling it to Allah and His Prophet salallaahu ‘Alaihi wa salaam and the akhira; and the other calling it to the fleeting pleasures of this world. It responds to whichever one of the two happens to have most influence over it at the time.  – By Ibn Qayyim

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Always All Merciful.

All Praise is for Allah Alone.

And may the peace and blessings be upon him whom there is no prophet after.

Sitting in a halaqah–in a khutbah–in an AlMaghrib class, learning about the deen of Allah– the emanrush, your heart just flutters with tranquility. With satisfaction. With humility. With peace.

Why do we only feel this way in these gatherings?

Allah azza wa jal provides the answer:


He says in Surah Ra’d ayah 28:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوب
Those who have believed and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, it is the remembrance of Allah which provides tranquility to hearts.

The true believers are those who find peace in the remembrance of Allah. Their hearts find rest. Their hearts are still. Their hearts find satisfaction. When dhikr (the mention of Allah) is made in their presence, their hearts find assurance and security. Dhikr, in this verse, can be the Qur’an or any deed that includes the remembrance of Allah. The Qur’an is the most effective dhikr because it is a shifaa’, a cure, for any illness in our chests.

The believers in this verse are those who remember Allah, recognize His ayaat, and are conscious of their emaan. Their hearts are the ones that find peace and security in the remembrance of Allah.


Why do their hearts find rest?

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Bismillah, wasalatu wasalamu ala Rasoolilah, ama ba’d.

Wise scholar once said… “If your brother can’t reach into your pocket and take what he needs without permission, then this is not brotherhood” or something very similar to this. Now please don’t misunderstand me, not everyone’s supposed to have their hand in your pocket, but it’s a pretty bad sign when no one does.

When was the last time we walked up to someone and said “I love you for the sake of Allah”? Probably yesterday or even today right? Alhamdulilah, we got the lip service part down, but when was the last time we extended our pockets? Now I understand our dilemma, most of us are students and school has probably emptied out our pockets, but the last time I checked (and trust me, I checked) our cell phone address books are still full as ever. So the next time you have 5 minutes of free time, call a brotha (or sista) up and check up on them. You never know, you might actually ‘enjoy’ talking to that person.

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

1- The exam information page is NOT updated as of yet.  ADAMS is still listed as a location for the exam and will not be available on the exam date.  All students intending on taking the exam are expected to go to either Dar Us-Salaam or George Mason University, insha’Allah.  Please see the exam information page for location and timings (just disregard ADAMS as a listing).

2- What if you travelled to take the class from out of town and need to take the exam online???? What if you are not going to be able to make the exam date???? Please go to the AlMaghrib Exam Page and fill out the Traveling Student Exam Form if you are out of town or the Exam Deferral Form if you need an extension. 

Jazak Allah Khayr.  If you have any other questions regarding the exam, please post it as a comment to this post and I’ll try to find someone to get you the answer ASAP.

Bismillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala’ Rasool Allah.

In my quest to elicit Perfect Presence from this qabeelah, it seems as though a general sentiment amongst some of the students is “Who Cares???” Pretty much meaning: who cares about an exam that really doesnt mean anything. It wont impact whether or not you get into a good college, has no impact on your job, and just getting to the exam location can be inconvenient if you dont live nearby.

Well I’ll tell you who cares: I do. And here’s why:
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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.)

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 🙂

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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 »