Make sure not to miss #FiqhofDeath when it’s next in your city! #TheLastBreath
It’s all about Hajj 1435!
To all of those Hujjaaj fortunate enough this year to be visiting the House of Allah, from all us here at AlMaghrib, we ask Allah to make your journey easy, accept your Hajj, and bring you home to your families safe and forgiven! Ameen!
“If you are thinking or having any doubts about attending this class … DON’T. Remarkable class! Anybody and everybody should attend this class because they will learn something from it. Yasmin Mogahed is truly a very gifted instructor.”
Danial Agha, Montreal
Do not delay in securing your place because this series of classes will sell out! Enrol HERE now.
So first of all, why is it me who’s writing this to you?
Because I am incredibly honoured to announce that I’m personally heading up this year’s ILMSUMMIT bismillahi mA. =)
Now if you’re asking “What on Earth is Ilmsummit?!” then may I ask where on Earth have you been in the last few years?!
Ilmsummit is AlMaghrib’s premier study programme, a 10-day intensive knowledge retreat. It’s unique as every student “lives” with the instructors – from early Fajr time until late night, from side gatherings to down-time, from tarbiyyah sessions to joint meals and dinner debates, from checking individual tajweed to group sessions on your chosen topics – you will never get such an opportunity to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience our teachers will offer you during every moment of this unforgettable experience.
And this year’s Ilmsummit will be proudly hosted again in Reading, England at the superb Devere Venues Wokefield Park on the 19th – 29th of December 2014 and with our instructors including Sh Omar Suleiman, Sh Yahya Ibrahim, Sh Mohammed Faqih, Sh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Ustadh Wisam Sherieff and a li’l dabble from my miskeen self too (as well as a few surprise special guests!) you had better be quick because the entrance numbers are very controlled with far less seats available compared to one of our typical weekend seminars. And remember, it is likely that this year’s Ilmsummit will be the last one taught in England for a very long time. You’ve been officially warned!
But anyway, that’s enough writing, why don’t you watch this explanation instead on why Ilmsummit 2014 promises to produce more of that awesome sauce!
Folks, all in all this is going to be a fabulous program by the permission of Allah. Add all the rest of what we known Ilmsummit to offer and I can only say this is going to be a retreat iA that we will cherish for ever. It’s a balanced set of topics, all the essential sciences, significant depth where appropriate, great activities and down-time in between, a wonderful and varied panel of teachers – our most ever mA – and a real sense of excitement which is half the buzz!
Don’t miss out and register NOW at www.almaghrib.org/Ilmsummit and make sure you #ShareTheKhayr by telling your friends and family too.
See you soon iA!
Best regards, wa waffaqakumullah,
Abu Eesa Niamatullah
Don’t miss this free ilminar online tomorrow which looks absolutely fascinating! Sh Kamal El-Mekki offers up a prelude to his new class All Around Us with this insightful look into one of the prominent signs of the hour: the increase in killing.
Join us live at 3pm EST/2pm CST at: www.almaghrib.org/live
You would have thought August being Ramadhan that things would have been quiet but you’d be wrong! Here’s our latest news in the world of AlMaghrib:
Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh!
‘Eed Mubārak to all of you! It’s everyone’s favourite day of the year once again alhamdulillāh! We glorify our Lord, extol His greatness and thank Him for his unlimited bounties.
“He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful.” (185, al-Baqarah)
Thus let us be the first to respond to the ayah: Allāhu Akbar! Wa lillāhil-Hamd!
And in a first, we thought we’d give you all an ‘Eed hug like you’ve never seen before!
We hope and pray that you all have a great celebration with your family, and we ask Allah to accept from all of us our fasting, our praying, our supplications, our charity and our good deeds even if only few, and that He transforms us through this month to become people who are al-Muttaqīn! Amīn!
We all know that this Ramadhān has been a very painful one for us all. Our family in Syria, Palestine, Burma, Iraq, CAR, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, and so many other parts of the world have been suffering untold difficulties.
We pray that Allah lightens their burden and blesses them with the greatest of ease and rewards in both worlds, and we pledge not to let them down in working for their cause and bettering ourselves as Muslims so that their sacrifices are not wasted.
We are so proud of you all for supporting our appeal for Gaza in our #Overcome Ilminar which raised just over half a million dollars of aid! Thank you so much! May Allah accept it from you all and may the Ummah be motivated to support many more campaigns and projects to help our brothers and sisters as we enjoy our family celebrations right now, and that we move forward into the year as better people, and even closer to Allah whilst we still have the opportunity. Not everyone is fortunate enough to make it for another chance next year, as we ourselves only know too well with the loss a few days ago of our beloved former Ameer, Mostafa Khalifa rahimahullāh.
His legacy was for people to not waste a second in seeking knowledge and practising every type of good wherever possible. Let that be our motto for the rest of the year too.
The very best and happy returns of the year to you!
With our best wishes,
You’ve enjoyed some great videos in this Ramadān series by the grace of Allah and we are now at the end. But we followed the old cliché and saved the best for last.
Yes, we swear to you, Sh Ahsan Hanif is about to blow your mind!
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we inform our AlMaghrib family that one of its dearest and earliest members, indeed one of its pioneers, Mostafa Khalifa has passed away to the mercy of his Lord. Mostafa was the original Ameer of Qabeelat Durbah (New Jersey), and what an Ameer he was! Rahimahullah.
Mostafa had been battling illness for a number of years until this point and passed away tonight. Please make du’a for him from the deepest of your heart.
May Allah envelop Mostafa in His mercy, may his returning to his Lord in the month of Mercy be a good ending for Him, may his family be granted patience in their calamity, to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.
Sh Yaser Birjas, in attendance at his funeral, said:
#MostafaKhalifa a dear friend, a beloved brother and an amazing Ameer. Just passed away on a blessed night of Ramadan. Ya Allah forgive him.
Sh Yasir Qadhi said:
“One of my dearest students and someone whom I considered a close friend has just passed away an hour ago.
Br. Mostafa Khalifah from New Jersey, a righteous man (نحسبه كذلك ولا نزكي على الله أحدا) whom everyone who ever interacted with loved and respected and admired, passed away after battling with an illness. He leaves behind his mother and brother and sisters. Mostafa was a role model for many youth of the New Jersey area: a good student of knowledge, a social worker, a mentor for the teenagers, always cheerful and laughing, yet dedicated and hardworking.
What makes this tragedy even more painful is that his father recently passed away as well, hence this is a double tragedy for the family. Yet, the Khalifah family is known for its high morals and values, and I have no doubt in my mind that they are being tested because they are, insha Allah, worthy of passing that test, and so that their ranks are raised in this world and in the next.
What a fortunate death! To die in the last few nights of Ramadan, on an odd night, after Friday, and to die in a state that so many people genuinely love and respect you!
Ya Mostafa! You are now in a much, much better place insha Allah, but you will be sorely missed. The heart grieves, and the eyes cry, but we only say what pleases Allah: to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return!
O people, learn from this lesson. Our brother Mostafa was at the prime of his youth, yet the inevitable end that awaits us all came to him.
Please, make a special du’a for our brother Mostafa, and his family, and for all Muslims.”
Sh Muhammad AlShareef in tribute to his close friend, said:
“One of my closest friends passed away earlier today. Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon. Mostafa Khalifa, from New Jersey, USA. He was one of the pioneers of AlMaghrib Institute, from back in 2003. I didn’t post earlier because I was in shock and in tears.
The first time I met Mostafa was at MSA East Zone conference n NJ, back in 2003. Two brothers wanted to bring AlMaghrib to NJ, but they said they were not the ones to lead it. They said if anyone was the man to lead AlMaghrib to success in NJ, it would be Mostafa.
Since then, many years of AlMaghrib work in NJ and nationally, and many years of performing Hajj together, Mostafa became someone I would consider as close as a blood brother.
When I taught NicheHero in London, UK in 2012, I invited Mostafa to attend. As an incentive, I told my dear beloved friend that he could share my apartment with me in London. Subhan Allah, that week teaching class with Mostafa accompanying me was one of the happiest most beloved times to me in my life. I was just thinking a few days ago in Ramadan that I wanted to teach another class in London, in the same place, in the same time of winter year, so that I could re-feel those beautiful memories I had with Mostafa back in 2012. (And everyone who took that class in 2012 in the UK knows Mostafa because his love, smile, and warm laughter was shared with everyone.)
The project Mostafa was working on “Talk to the Beard”, where he last posted publically, was actually a project he launched from NicheHero. We spent days in that London apartment discussing his community announcement project.
I’m in Madinah right now where I heard the news a few hours ago. At first there’s this massive shock, but when that wears out, you’re just left with constant flowing tears. And the thing that keeps repeating in my mind is the last four verses of surat AlFajr:
[To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him], And enter among My [righteous] servants, And enter My Paradise.”]
And i’ve been thinking all day about Mostafa and thinking perhaps today this was said to him.
Mostafa always loved people to make Dua for him. Please continue pray for him today that Allah enter him into Jannatul Firdaws.
When his beloved father passed away two years ago, I said to Mostafa, look we hear in the news about how people become billionaires overnight when their companies go public, like what happened with Facebook at that time. I said, but that’s Dunya, and you’re father invested in the hereafter — this is HIS billionaire payout.
That’s what I said for Mostafa’s father two years ago, and today I say the same for my beloved friend Mostafa. May this day be the day YOU received your billionaire payout for all the pioneering work you did for the sake of Allah.
To Mostafa’s mother; Mohab, Melody, and Malik, I’m like your older brother and i’m here for you for anything you need.”
One of the greatest scholars of our time, one who showed his legacy in how he responded to those who attacked him, and also the one who…actually just listen to Sh Waleed Basyouni explain in this beautiful – yet sadly the penultimate – Ramadān Reminder of our series.