AlMaghrib News

Trends Discussion with Sh Saad and Ust Ammar

Did you miss the dynamic duo of Shaykh Saad and Ustadh Ammar discussing Muslims as trendsetters?! What if the hijab took off as a fashion statement for the masses? Could there be up and coming Muslim fashion designers? What if modest clothing started trending inspired by Muslims? There are already some pockets in the USA where Muslims are setting the fashion norms!

 

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Welcome, New Zealand!

Welcome to the AlMaghrib Family, New Zealand! 

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‘If Allah desires good for a person He gives them understanding of the deen.’ (Bukhari) 

Shaykh Ahsan Hanif will begin the three-day AlMaghrib promo tour in New Zealand on Dec 8 – 10, 2016. His short talks will entail a look at Surah Yusuf , speak about one of the most import pillars of our faith, Salah, and end with a discussion on the family of Imran.

Come and attend this jam-packed days of ‘ilm and ajar! Don’t miss these fantastic events leading up to the opening of the AlMaghrib in New Zealand!

Visit almaghrib.org/newzealand for more details.

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Dua of Ibraheem

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In a barren land, there stood an elderly man with his trusted companion of a son. As they worked tirelessly with their hands, they layed each stone carefully, one on top of the other. This was prophet Ibraheem, and his son Ismaeel, and as they obeyed Allah’s commandment of building the kabah, they spoke these words:

“Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily! You are the All-Hearer, the All-knower. Our Lord! Make us submissive unto you and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manaasik, and accept us our repentance. Truly, you are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful. Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book (this Quran) and Al Hikmah and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All Mighty, the All Wise.”

Many, many years later came the answer to his dua: the birth of Muhammad, son of Abdullah, صلى الله   عليه وسلم.

Even in the blessed birth of our prophet, صلى الله   عليه وسلم,  were lessons.

This action of Prophet Ibraheem teaches us that while performing good deeds, we can also be making dua to Allah, not only for Him to accept it but also for anything we’d like, whether its faar into the future or as near as the present.

Learn in depth how Allah heard and accepted the dua of Prophet Ibraheem, through the birth and life of our beloved nabi, Muhammad. صلى الله   عليه وسلم,  in our course: Desert Rose (the Makkah Seerah).

Desert Rose will be happening in the following cities around the AlMaghrib World:

Bay Area, CA – Nov 18th, 2016
Toronto, ON - Nov 25, 2016
Montreal, QC – Jan 27, 2017
Boston, MA – Feb 3, 2017
Edmonton, AB – Mar 10, 2017

Don’t miss out! Sign up today.

Have you found other gems from Prophet Ibraheem’s dua? Share them in the comments section below.

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To Umrah or not to Umrah

It’s that moment when you realize another special time of year has passed by again: Hajj.

Taking place during the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, the window of opportunity often escapes us without much warning. News outlets capture highlights from the extensive pilgrimage made by Muslims traveling to modern-day Saudi Arabia from across the globe.

You may have been preoccupied with other important tasks, such as family and household matters, a demanding day-job, or perhaps a crucial school term. Worldly responsibilities almost seem to prioritize themselves, and understandably, you’re just trying to balance it all at the end of the day.

Interestingly, we are reminded that unlike its adjacent four pillars, Hajj comes with a thoughtful disclaimer. Muslims of physical and financial ability are encouraged to make the spiritual journey at least once in a lifetime. Year after year, going to Hajj makes our to-do list of goals and resolutions. But in reality, our worldly lives can exempt us from being a ready candidate for Hajj.

Fortunately, that Hajj disclaimer also includes the understated alternative of Umrah.

Umrah, or the “lesser pilgrimage”, provides an option to perform many of the same rituals at any time of the year (while also collecting immense spiritual rewards along the way). Opting for Umrah may seem ideal to those of us still hoping to pursue Hajj one day.

The Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi salaam) once narrated that performing Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan is equal to Hajj (in rewards). With lots of incentive and motivation for Umrah out there, it’s also worth understanding the differences and similarities between the two.

Hajj and Umrah differ in significance, observance and practice. Hajj constitutes an obligatory pillar of faith, while Umrah is regarded as Sunnah. One can perform Umrah individually; Hajj can be performed with fellow pilgrims. Hajj is associated with several ritualistic practices, lasting longer in duration, whereas Umrah can be completed within just a few hours.

Delving further into specifics can shed light on interesting facts and tidbits about Hajj vs. Umrah. However, it’s impossible not to highlight the life-changing takeaways from entering the valley of Mecca or exploring the radiance of Madīnah. Muslims experience intense love and closeness to their Creator as they follow Abrahamic tradition, witness sacred grounds and move closer towards the “Blessed House” or Ka’aba.

The world’s every race and nationality seem reflected in the millions of visitors desiring to have their supplications heard by the Al-Mighty. Despite the crowd’s multicultural flair, all Umrah-goers react similarly when hearing the call to prayer that echoes through the sanctuaries and spiritual haven of Mecca and Madīnah. Everyday struggles and personal trials dissipate as Muslims unite in devotion, strengthened faith and purified hearts.

Have you been thinking about fitting an Umrah trip in your schedule? Do you prefer to ensure you’re covered in terms of the “ins and outs” of all-things Umrah related? Make sure to check-out Al-Maghrib’s upcoming “Blessed Voyage Umrah journey.

Travelers are accompanied by spiritual leaders during a four-day guided 2016 Umrah package trip. Join scholars like Waleed Basyouni, Omar Suleiman, Abu Eesa Niamatullah, Yahya Ibrahim, Kamal El Mekki and Hasib Noor starting December 2016. For more information, visit the link for an exclusive video trailer of what to expect.

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Career Opportunities

We’re looking for all-star professionals to join our highly-skilled team!

Offering premier English-language Islamic education to the largest international student body, AlMaghrib Headquarters operates in a fast-paced environment. That’s why we’re looking for highly motivated superstars in full-time, permanent positions.

We now have 2 career opportunities available.

  • USA Manager
  • Social Media Manager

How to Apply

Please submit your resume with a cover letter to jobs@almaghrib.org. Please include the position title in the email’s subject line.

1. USA Manager

In this fast-paced environment, we’re looking for a USA Manager to lead the American chapters from our Houston office. Currently, AlMaghrib operates in 19 American cities such as New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago with strategies in place for expansion.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage operations in all American city chapters
  • Coordinating fundraising for AlMaghrib Institute Waqf
  • Ascertaining growth opportunities financially and geographically
  • Lead and motivate teams of volunteers across the nation
  • Oversee planning and execution of effective marketing plans for each chapter
  • Develop and foster relations with grassroots organizations
  • Streamline instructor logistics at all levels
  • Recruit, select, and develop chapter heads
  • Liaise between USA chapters and global headquarters
  • Report to senior management (CEO, VP Operations and VP Finance)

Requirements

  • University degree (minimum Bachelor’s)
  • Legally allowed to work in the US
  • 3-5 years in a managerial/leadership role for a recognized organization
  • Experience with fundraising and product sale
  • Flexibility to travel domestically and internationally for short or long durations
  • Availability on evenings and weekends
  • Passion for Da’wah and Islamic Education
  • Exceptional manners, etiquettes and Islamic behavior

Skills

  • Business-mindedness and persuasiveness
  • Visionary and inspirational leadership
  • Acumen for coaching and skill development
  • Advanced project management
  • Strategic, long-term and creative thinking
  • Excellent communication – written and verbal
  • Ability to advise, lead and report colleagues at all levels
  • Flexible approach to the job and its requirements
  • Exceptional performance even when under pressure

 

2. Social Media Manager

You’ll be the creative juice behind AlMaghrib’s online presence and personality, a highly driven, autonomous professional in charge of various social media accounts (Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, etc), preferably out of either our Houston or Toronto offices.

Responsibilities

  • Design and execute social media strategy including social ad campaigns;
  • Create daily content (original text, images, video) and adapt to each social network;
  • Build, facilitate and moderate online community engagement;
  • Cultivate leads and generate inbound traffic;
  • Set up and optimize each platform to increase visibility of social content;
  • Capture and analyze appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices;
  • Conduct competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification;
  • Collaborate with other departments to manage online messaging and positioning, identify key players, and coordinate actions;
  • Monitor trends in social media tools, applications, channels, design and strategy.

Requirements

  • 2-3 years experience in running social media campaigns;
  • Willingness to work extra hours to meet deadlines;
  • Passion for Da’wah and Islamic Education;
  • Exceptional manners, etiquettes and Islamic behavior

Skills

  • Ability to connect with people and stimulate discussion;
  • Copywriting, graphic design and video editing skills;
  • Knowledge of social analytics tools and social networking;
  • Knowledge of online marketing and good understanding of major marketing channels;
  • Enjoys a working knowledge of blogging ecosystem;
  • Strategic, long-term and creative thinking;
  • Excellent communication – written and verbal;
  • Maintains working knowledge of SEO principles including keyword research;
  • Ability to advise, lead and report to colleagues at all levels;
  • Demonstrates winning Social Customer Service techniques;
  • Flexible approach to the job and its requirements;
  • Exceptional performance even when under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to research, digest, analyze, and present material clearly and concisely;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Honesty and reliability

The AlMaghrib Management team is growing rapidly with exciting new projects planned ahead. If you are skilled at what you do and would like to join our team, send us your resume for future consideration – even if the position is not listed below.

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Fiqh of Du’a and Dhikr VLog with Sh Waleed Basyouni

This last weekend, Sh Waleed Basyouni was in Denmark spending the weekend teaching the Fiqh of Du’a and Dhikr with Qabeelah Saaliheen. Check out the highlights from the weekend as student recount their memorable and important gems from class. Make sure to catch Fiqh of Dua and Dhikr in a city near you. Check out www.almaghrib.org to see where it is coming next…..

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And our Newest Instructor is……

Check out Sh Waleed announcing the latest Instructor to join the AlMaghrib family….

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Job Opportunity with AlMaghrib in Mississauga

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AlMaghrib Institute is rapidly growing and opening a new office in Mississauga!

We’re looking for all-star professionals to join our highly-skilled team operating right out of our Mississauga office.

Offering premier English-language Islamic education to the largest international student body, AlMaghrib Headquarters operates in a fast-paced environment.

That’s why we’re looking for highly motivated superstars in full-time, permanent positions.

We now have 3 career opportunities available. All 3 positions will be based out of our new Mississauga office.

  1. Social Media Manager
  2. Student Support Expert
  3. Executive Assistant

 

How to Apply

Please submit your resume with a cover letter to jobs@almaghrib.org.

Please include the position title in the email’s subject line.

 


1. Executive Assistant

You’ll be working closely with AlMaghrib’s senior management, namely its CEO and its Vice President of Operations.

Responsibilities:

  • be the first point of contact on behalf of senior management;
  • devise and maintain office systems, including data management and filing;
  • arrange travel and accommodation
  • screening enquiries and requests, and handling them when appropriate;
  • organize and set up meetings and appointments with clients;
  • maintain meeting minutes and assisting with presentations;
  • produce documents, briefing papers, reports and presentations;
  • taking on some of senior management responsibilities, making decisions and delegating work in management’s absence;
  • being involved in decision-making process;
  • liaising with clients and other staff.

 

Requirements

  • 3-5 years work experience;
  • Availability on evenings and weekends;
  • Passion for Da’wah and Islamic Education;
  • Exceptional manners, etiquettes and Islamic behavior.

 

Skills

  • Advanced project management;
  • Strategic, long-term and creative thinking;
  • Excellent communication – written and verbal;
  • Ability to advise, lead and report to colleagues at all levels;
  • Flexible approach to the job and its requirements;
  • Exceptional performance even when under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to research, digest, analyze, and present material clearly and concisely;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Honesty and reliability;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Discretion and understanding of confidentiality issues.

 


2. Social Media Manager

You’ll be the creative juice behind AlMaghrib’s online presence and personality, a highly driven, autonomous professional in charge of various social media accounts (Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, etc).

Responsibilities

  • Design and execute social media strategy including social ad campaigns;
  • Create daily content (original text, images, video) and adapt to each social network;
  • Build, facilitate and moderate online community engagement;
  • Cultivate leads and generate inbound traffic;
  • Set up and optimize each platform to increase visibility of social content;
  • Capture and analyze appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices;
  • Conduct competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification;
  • Collaborate with other departments to manage online messaging and positioning, identify key players, and coordinate actions;
  • Monitor trends in social media tools, applications, channels, design and strategy.

 

Requirements

  • 2-3 years experience in running social media campaigns;
  • Willingness to work extra hours to meet deadlines;
  • Passion for Da’wah and Islamic Education;
  • Exceptional manners, etiquettes and Islamic behavior.

 

Skills

  • Ability to connect with people and stimulate discussion;
  • Copywriting, graphic design and video editing skills;
  • Knowledge of social analytics tools and social networking;
  • Knowledge of online marketing and good understanding of major marketing channels;
  • Enjoys a working knowledge of blogging ecosystem;
  • Strategic, long-term and creative thinking;
  • Excellent communication – written and verbal;
  • Maintains working knowledge of SEO principles including keyword research;
  • Ability to advise, lead and report to colleagues at all levels;
  • Demonstrates winning Social Customer Service techniques;
  • Flexible approach to the job and its requirements;
  • Exceptional performance even when under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to research, digest, analyze, and present material clearly and concisely;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Honesty and reliability.

3. Student Support Expert

You’ll be the face of the Institute for students, providing support and information in the front line.

Responsibilities

  • help develop and implement student service policy;
  • find ways to measure student satisfaction and improve services;
  • provide help and advice to students;
  • communicate courteously with students by phone or email;
  • investigate and solve students’ problems;
  • handle student complaints or any major incidents;
  • process transactions and issue refunds as needed;
  • keep accurate record of discussions or correspondence;
  • produce written information for students;
  • meet with managers to discuss improvements;
  • learn about the Institute’s seminars and services and keep up to date with changes;
  • keep ahead of developments in support services by researching and attending courses.

 

Requirements

  • 3-5 years work experience;
  • Willingness to work extra hours to meet deadlines;
  • Passion for Da’wah and Islamic Education;
  • Exceptional manners, etiquettes and Islamic behavior.

 

Skills

  • Excellent communication – written and verbal;
  • Listening skills to understand exactly what students require;
  • Experience in phone sales;
  • Advanced problem-solving skills;
  • Confidence, patience, politeness, tact and diplomacy when dealing with difficult situations;
  • Flexible approach to the job and its requirements;
  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinking;
  • Exceptional performance even when under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to research, digest, analyze, and present material clearly and concisely;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Honesty and reliability;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Discretion and understanding of confidentiality issues.
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Shaykh Omar Suleiman LIVE on the DriveTime Show

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JOIN Shaykh OMAR SULEIMAN on DriveTime Show on Unity fm 93.5 www.unityfm.net- Thursday 24th Dec at 5pm GMT. Listen in to an EXCLUSIVE interview where Shaykh Omar shares his story – how he came to  AlMaghrib institute and his topic at ILMFEST UK this Jan 2nd and 3rd in Harrogate (Outside Bradford/Leeds) and Birmingham.

There are still tickets available for IlmFest UK so check out: www.ilmfest.com to get your tickets now!

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Make 2016 YOUR Year of Quran!

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Why do so many people struggle or feel awkward when they are asked to recite the Qur’an in public? It’s almost as if they are ashamed and self-doubt starts to steep in?

Am I reciting correctly?
Do I sound okay?
Did I pronounce that letter correctly?

All the while…all ears and eyes are on YOU! Well that is about to change!

AlMaghrib has sought out the best in the industry for what we have planned for you.   2016 is going to guarantee to change the way you see the Qur’an completely and finally be confident in your ability when it comes to everything to do with Qur’an.

So who is this mysterious teacher that will make YOUR Year of Quran in 2016? Find out here: www.QuranRevolution.com

P.S Make sure to sign up and join the revolution! 

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