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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Bismillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala Rasool Allah

The amount of benefit from Ilm Fest 08 was amazingly great as expected.  I learned so much alhamdulillah but I’ll share just one of the things that really “touched” me.  Someone asked Shaykh Waleed the following question, “Whenver I gain new knoweldge I feel proud, is this wrong?”

Shaykh Waleed in his cute accent replied “Scholars say Knoweldge is of three levels…”  This is when I started listening very carefully because to me whatever was to be uttered from his tongue afterwards was very important.  The levels of knowelge are…

1) Pride – This is the first level when a person feels proud that he/she has learned something new that others do not know.

2) Humbleness – After he/she has gained more knoweldge then they reach this level and become more humble.

3) Ignorance – This is the highest level when a person realizes that how much he/she really does not know.

I thought that was very intresting and TRUE! I hope this benefitted everyone 🙂

Brothers BBQ Bash

On Saturday, May 5th you brothers are in for a treat….Insha’Allah we will be hosting our first-ever Brotherschicken BBQ Bash (BBB) at Burke Lake Park. We are asking everyone to bring five bucks to help cover costs. Come out for a day of food and fun!

We will be playing volleyball, soccer, and football

Location: Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 US
Date: Saturday, May 3, 12:30PM

PLEASE RSVP to Ali (the host) if you are able to attend so we know how much food to purchase.

I recently checked my AlMaghrib transcript online to see my list of seminars and exam grades and immediately noticed a number of errors.

Six seminars that I had taken were not listed at all. Two seminars that I did not take were listed. Exam grades for seven seminars were not listed. And four of my seminars had incorrect financial information.

In the two weeks since I emailed AlMaghrib about the issue, the financial information has been corrected and updated, the seminars listed that I did not take were deleted, but still no word yet on the seven seminars and exam grades that are not listed.

Check your AlMaghrib transcript today because this could adversely affect your ability to receive your earned credits and to be selected to attend AlMaghrib’s Elite Summer Program.

To check your transcript, go to AlMaghrib.org and click on the Enroll Online tab and then click on the My AlMaghrib tab.

Bismillah wa hamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaam ‘ala Rasoolullah

To reflect upon is to think about, give thought to, consider, review, mull over, contemplate, cogitate, meditate on, brood on, turn over in one’s mind. Reflection is sort of like chewing; you can chew just enough to swallow and get the whole thing over with (brussel sprouts), or you can chew and chew and chew in order to fully savor every yummy morsel (chocolate). I feel like I’ve been chewing on Heavenly Hues since the last class ended and it’s still as sweet as the first bite. Yum!

So, now would be the time to point out that if you’re looking for inspiration, this is probably not gonna be the post to give it to you. Sorry. (But really the whole chewing metaphor should’ve been your first clue.) Just posting this reflection is an odd enough experience. As a newcomer to Al-Maghrib classes, at times during the course of the course (ha!) I felt like the weird new person who intrudes upon a party already in progress. You know the one who walks in and immediately trips over the cord and brings everything to a screeching halt and suddenly has all eyes on them? Yup, that’s kinda what it felt like. It wasn’t uninviting, mashAllah I met some really nice sisters. I was just new. People were discussing previous courses and using acronyms and laughing at previously told stories and I was still trying to figure out where to park my car. So what could I possibly say that someone hasn’t said before? What insights could I give that haven’t already been given in a more eloquent fashion? What if my whole post turns out to be a trip the cord moment? Eh, oh well. Here goes…

The quick and short version is this – I thoroughly enjoyed Heavenly Hues. I mean, who didn’t? It was thought provoking and probing. It was enlightening. MashaAllah, it was amazing. The morsels of knowledge that Shaykh Yaser doled out like so much yummy chocolate were at once soothing and jarring, accessible and yet just out of reach. Sort of like a comforting reality check, if that makes any sense.

I think the best way to sum up what Heavenly Hues meant for me is to briefly (and clumsily) expound upon a metaphor that Shaykh Yaser presented during the class – that of the ocean and the one who possesses knowledge. The ocean at its deepest is quiet and still and it takes an expert to reach its depths and discover the treasures hidden within. At the shore however, that same ocean is a source of constant noise and shallow enough that even a passerby can wade in and pick from it as they choose. Heavenly Hues was for me like a dip into the center of the ocean; a chance to get away from the noise at the shore (bar exams, work, etc.) and take solitude in the beauties and wonders of the Quran. Alhamdulillah! What a gem!

Bismillah

http://khalidalifund.wordpress.com/donate-now/

“This week, a Muslim family in Ottawa lost their home in a fire. There were 7 children in the family, and as the mother tried to round them up to escape, the youngest, Khalid Ali, got confused and ran in the opposite direction. Baby Khalid did not make it out of the fire, he was 2 and a half years old. The father was at work, and checked in on his family that evening before the fire. This family has nothing left. They escaped with the clothing on their backs. Please donate anything you can for this family. The mother is in shock and is not able to speak or respond when spoken to. The father is trying to be strong for his 6 children.”

If you live outside Canada, you have the following options:

1) Write a cheque payable to Khalid Ali Family Fund and mail it to the following address:

Khalid Ali Family Fund
TD Canada Trust
Bank branch 0229, account number 5215301.
Address: 1596 Bank Street, Ottawa ON, K1H 7Z5

2) Donate via paypal account by visiting this site, set up by Qabeelat Nurayn 
“He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Resurrection; Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother…” [Muslim]

If anyone fulfils his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfil his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection…” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Note: The funds goal from local students was $10,000 by April 20. update says over $9,000 raised already in less than 72 hours, Alhamdullilah. The new goal: $35,000, minimum.

Bismillah, wa hamdullilah, wa salatu wa salam ‘ala Rasoolullah.

It’s our first weekend after Heavenly Hues, and while reading Zulander’s post, I was reminded of the hadith of our beloved Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam. He stated that, “the Shaytaan continually pursues humans as a wolf pursues sheep. The wolf only dares to attack those sheep which have separated from the rest of the flock and are standing alone…” (Imam Ahmad). I think this is such an awesome hadith. It challenges our conventional understanding of will power and inner strength. It emphasizes that the essence of the individual is, in all aspects of his being, dependent on his community. Dependent on his brothers and sisters to safeguard his life, his iman, and his link to Allah. It’s this trust and reliance that has me coming back to Al Maghrib seminar after seminar after seminar. The protection of my heart is in the hands of my brethren, and within Qabeelat Nurayn that I feel my heart is most safe; amongst a group of Muslims who strive to please Allah subhanhu wa ta’ala, who strive to implement the sunnah, and who struggle to be believers. This last seminar is a testament to our efforts. Through our mutual goal of bettering ourselves, we were able to provide nearly 180 students a clear understanding of the Quran. It’s our collective efforts, by Allah’s permission, that are allowing us develop and sustain a thriving community. That’s so impressive, maashaAllah! I truly feel blessed to be part of the revival, the New Reign within Nurayn 🙂 Mariam 3:36 said it best- being part of Nurayn has redefined friendship. And subhanAllah, between a flock of sheep and a loner, friendship could mean your life.. Written by Little Bo Peep

‘baaaaaa’

Bismillah

Alhamdulillah the Heavenly Hues exam date is fast approaching! Important information regarding the exam is below:

Exam Date: Sunday April 20th 2008, Locations in MD and VA are TBA inshaAllah. (Most likely at ADAMS and Dar-us-Salaam inshaAllah)

Why take the exam? Well, there are a lot of reasons J Firstly: To Please Allah azza wa jal. Secondly: It’s Fardh! Thirdly: We want to be among Al-Muhsineen and strive for excellence in all of our affairs–taking the exam will help us reach this inshaAllah. Lastly: PERFECT PRESENCE!! InshaAllahu ta’ala.

Study Groups:

Sisters Sessions: have already begun.  please contact projects.nurayn@almaghrib.org

Brothers Session:Sunday, April 13th
11:00am – TBD
Johnson Center, GMU – Meet near the mu’salla (prayer area)

Insha’Allah here is the info for the brothers’s Heavenly Hues study session. insha’Allah we will be going over the main topics and reviewing, not details. Please study till then, and in the mean time check with others to fill your notes.  yeah get crackin, insha’Allah the exam is a little over 2 weeks from now, may Allah increase you in knowledge, make it beneficial, and cause it to not be forgotten, ameen!  Please email services.nurayn@almaghrib.org for more information.

Please spread the word by email and word-of-mouth to VA/MD/DC to sisters and brothers who may be interested.