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“The Art of Dispute” Ilminar with Sh Yahya Ibrahim!

It is in our human nature to passionately hold firm to our beliefs.

It is in our human nature to defend those beliefs, often at huge cost.

It is in our human nature to criticise others and their beliefs as part of that defence.

But our human nature should work in our interests, and not against us. And it is in our interests to know when to hold tight and when to let go, to critically appraise our own positions and understand the true value of those positions, and what really matters in life and in our community.

This skill is an art. We call it “The Art of Dispute”.

In the run-up to what will be our biggest Ilmsummit yet, held this year in London UK, 19th-28th Dec 2014, we are delighted to present a special promo Ilminar on finding direction and understanding during disagreement, with our Ilmsummit Instructor Sh Yahya Ibrahim.

Do not miss this free worldwide event online on November 16th 20149pm UK Time/4pm Toronto Time, by visiting www.almaghrib.org/live now.

For more information on Ilmsummit UK 2014 where Sh Yahya will be teaching alongside a number of senior instructors, please visit www.almaghrib.org/Ilmsummit and book your place asap. Here’s Sh Yahya with the details!

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Announced! Our surprise NEW Instructor for IlmSummit is…

If you just watched our #LogicalProgression launch then you will have heard some amazing news. Ilmsummit just got even better!

We are so happy and proud to announce that our surprise new Instructor that we had hinted at weeks ago, will be… Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef!

To say this is a coup would be an understatement. It’s incredibly rare to be able to convince Shaykh Muhammad to give us teaching time with his hectic work and study schedule, but as a special gift for what might be the last IlmSummit to be held in the UK, Shaykh Muhammad has confirmed that he will be teaching two topics!

The first will be a double session as an addendum to Shaykh Abu Eesa’s commentary to Kitab ul-‘Ilm called “Making Your Practice Practical!”, showing students how to make a real difference to themselves and others, giving us the code to translate this knowledge into tangible action. This coming from one of the very few who can claim to have done this in the West with their knowledge, means the value will be amazing.

And in another great piece of news, we are DELIGHTED to announce that Shaykh Muhammad will be teaching a special version of his amazingly successful Visionaire programme, LIVE from IlmSummit! If you think you knew about du’a, think again! It’s time to upgrade your worship!

We sound excited here because we truly are! And we know many people will be feeling the same too, so don’t delay a second and book your place – which you should know will be closing out soon as the places fill up – so ENROL HERE NOW!

We hope to see you there soon.

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It’s #LogicalProgression Time Again!

It must be that time of year because #LogicalProgression starts again tomorrow evening at 20:15 UK time!

For those who don’t know, “Logical Progression” is our long-term online study class that is broadcast live every Wednesday at 8:15pm local time direct from the UK, in conjunction with our partner Prophetic Guidance that is absolutely FREE of charge and available for all to enjoy on our fully interactive online study portal.

#LogicalProgression is taught by Sh Abu Eesa Niamatullah, and has been so for the last two years, building up a very loyal and happy group of students who appreciate the Shaykh’s teaching of fiqh, ‘aqidah and Q&A sessions on everything Islam especially contemporary issues in his utterly unique way. Once you get bitten with his fiqh bug, you’ll be addicted! Also watch out for the weekly guest appearances from numerous other scholars as well.

If you haven’t registered already, you can do so now for a limited time on www.LogicalProgression.org before registration will close in a few weeks time. Trust us, when Sh Abu Eesa means limited time, he really does! He demands we close registration very quickly out of respect for his existing students and then it is months before one can get a chance again.

If this is your first time joining #LogicalProgression (called LP for short!) or you’re worried about the two years that you’ve missed, don’t be. Sh Abu Eesa will explain tomorrow evening everything about what has been missed, in a manner which accommodates everyone, and he will also explain the brand new slick student portal that has been custom created for these online lessons.

We are confident that this free class will give you the highest quality and most detailed explanation of our Deen available anywhere online. Every week, minutes after the class is finished, the full lesson video is uploaded, audio files are uploaded, the podcast is prepared the next day, and you will also receive full transcribed notes of the entire lesson. You’ll never miss a thing wherever you are in the world which is probably why there are over 10,000 total students registered for LP all over the world, some never missing the LIVE session whatever the time is in their country, and others just popping in once in a while to catch up using the uploaded resources.

Later, you will be given summary notes and revision notes and aides too. You will never ever believe this is a totally free initiative. The professionalism, organisation and complete service of the #LogicalProgression team will blow your mind and that is their guarantee. Once you experience it, you’ll want to pay for it, but you’ll never have to because this is one of our ways of giving back to our AlMaghrib community who have supported us so loyally for so long.

See you online tomorrow! Remember to tell your friends and family: 8:15pm UK time, Wednesday 5th November!

Register HERE now and as always, with our best wishes,

AlMaghrib Institute

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Location, Location, Location!

If it wasn’t enough to be having such a great instructor line-up, amazing topics, and the guaranteed IlmSummit vibe, we also have an awesome venue which just keeps on giving!

Enrol here now: http://almaghrib.org/ilmsummit/

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Those actions that EVERYONE comes out of the cracks for | Sh Abu Eesa | #ProtectThisHouse

Sh Abu Eesa explains the advice of Ibn ‘Abbas (radhy Allahu ‘anhu) given to a murderer…

#ProtectThisHouse

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Need help paying for IlmSummit? Here it is!

Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah!

The sheer size of the IlmSummit program with the huge logistics involved, coupled with the costs of a ten-night holiday break at a luxury location, does mean the event cannot be subsidised as much as a normal weekend seminar, which might make you think it’s out of your reach.

But alhamdulillah, we have great news!

We are delighted to announce that we are releasing a limited number of qardh-hasanahapplications from today onwards for a restricted time only, in order to help those who need it most. What this means is that those people who need a payment plan to spread out the cost ofIlmSummit can apply right now by emailing ilmsummit@almaghrib.org and our team will be on hand to help.

Now you really don’t have any excuse to keep putting things off…

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

With our best wishes,

The IlmSummit Team

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[GEM] How did we make Wedding Anniversaries Haram?! | Sh Yasir Qadhi | #Denial

Sh Yasir Qadhi clears up the confusion surrounding “imitating the disbelievers”…

#Denial

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October Newsletter!

We hope you’re all recovering well from your ‘Eid celebrations! That goes even more so for those coming off the key days of their Hajj, may Allah return them home safe and accept it from them.

After that little break, we are in full force again with a raft of new classes and developments. Here’s this month’s newsletter!

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‘Eid Mubarak!

Whether on Hajj, or whether at home, whether today, whether tomorrow, whether East, whether West…

…‘Eid Mubarak to all of you!

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Do You Actually Feel “Closer” On ‘Eed’l-Adhā?

By Sh Abu Eesa Niamatullah

As we prepare to focus on the last few special moments of these blessed days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, I do want to give a heads-up on something which I feel is very important to remember for ‘Eed.

The disregard that the Muslim community in the West generally gives to ‘Eed’l-Adhā is undermined by at least two negative factors which effect the Muslim psyche.

Firstly, because this particular ‘Eed is traditionally seen as the one that some Muslims don’t take a holiday for, or don’t make much of a fuss about, the importance of the event as a religious celebration and an exclamation of Allah’s greatness jalla wa ‘alā is decreased in our hearts and the hearts and minds of our families, particularly our children.

Naturally, it’s not easy when this particular ‘Eed isn’t preceded by a tiring, difficult month of fasting, or when the celebration itself is spread over 3-4 days, or when the people some years (quite incredibly considering the pull of those standing on ‘Arafah) still celebrate the ‘Eed day itself over three different days, or when the day itself is freezing cold, dark and dreary etc etc.

Add to this the second negative factor, that of ‘Eed’s current proximity to Christmas and Thanksgiving, and you soon realise we’ve got a real problem. When you see such a consumer-focused materialistic society go into meltdown over Christmas, people prepare so much for it, spend so much on it and mentally psyche themselves up to celebrate it so much, it really does leave the Muslim community in the West looking at their own ‘Eed and feeling rather sad, particularly for our children. It is little surprise then that our children love and value their birthdays, Easter and Christmas parties at school so much, and why they talk about it constantly at home with their parents who really have no-one else to blame but themselves.

Yet all these factors should surely encourage the Muslim community to wake up and start to make both ‘Eed celebrations something really worthwhile, both with respect to the men so as to not let ‘Eed’l-Adhā become a token ‘Eed prayer in the morning followed by a day at the office and a night out with the lads in the evening, but most importantly their children so that our kids really have something to talk about, be proud of, and wait and dream about in anticipation for weeks in advance.

Moreover, when you do find yourself spending some rare quality time with your family this ‘Eed, take another look at how the non-Muslims ear-mark Christmas as the big family reunion and remind yourself that even such a single huge effort is unacceptable for a practising Muslim. If ‘Eed is becoming our only time that we remember the family and so on, then be warned that Allah jalla wa ‘alā demands the very highest standard of maintaining family ties, all the time, every time.

Know that our relations with our extended families are at an all-time low. As the elders become older, and we become more wealthy, independent, professional and isolated from our traditional ghettos of first generation Islam, the apparent need to keep in touch doesn’t seem important any more. Perhaps this is because we’ve forgotten that Allah jalla wa ‘alā has promised the tie of kinship (al-rahim) that He will cut off he who breaks family ties, and will maintain those who maintain family ties. Perhaps we’ve forgotten that the one who doesn’t maintain family ties will not enter Paradise. Perhaps we’ve forgotten that mercy will not descend upon a nation that has within it those who don’t maintain family ties. This is all authentic from the one who we claim to follow unreservedly ‘alayhi’l-salātu w’l-salām.

Maybe the most shocking development is our disintegrating relationship, adab and manners with our parents. Not only is our frequency of contact decreasing, but our manner of interaction is at another all-time low despite this being from the most deadly of the destructive sins and that the one who continues in ill-manners with one’s parents being condemned to the hell-fire. We seem to have forgotten as in the last ten years, with the increasing percentage of Muslim parents entering old peoples’/residential homes, that they have an absolute right they hold over us. The fact that we are humiliated by not getting to Paradise by not looking after them ourselves, and indeed the startling fact that Allah jalla wa ‘alā emphasises care of the parents only second to worshipping him (al-Isrā’, 23) seems to be left by the wayside. Again, this is all authentic from the one who we claim to follow unreservedly ‘alayhi’l-salātu w’l-salām.

Another concern which reduces the impact and sacredness of our ‘Eed’l-Adhā is our insistence in always offering our udhiyah (qurbani) abroad, albeit with the noble intention of giving it all to charity, especially currently in areas of major need as we all know so well . Leaving out those few who are just taking the cheaper option of doing it abroad where it can cost upto four times less than it does in the West, by “going abroad” one misses out on the Sunnah of eating from that blessed meat itself. Actually, after the intention of worship for Allah’s sake during the sacrificing, the eating of the meat is the most important aspect of the whole qurbani and is the main aspect which has been rigorously authenticated from the Prophet. Later scholars suggested that the meat should be divided into three parts: one for the family to eat from themselves, one part to be donated out amongst family, friends and neighbours and then the final part to be distributed to the poor in the locality.

Although it is accepted that we don’t have extremely poor people in our midsts, by missing out on the first two aspects of the sacrifice, we have not taken the best route. An important wisdom to remember is that it is the Muslim community’s obligation to help the poor around the world in offering them food and meat for that matter all through the year during their times of difficulty, but at ‘Eed’l-Adhā the focus turns to ourselves and our friends, family and neighbours. That is why the scholars have agreed on the excellence of sharing the sacrificial meat with our close ones whether they are rich or poor. Likewise, in those poorer areas of the world, the local wealthy people should be encouraged into the habit of looking after their own poorer neighbours in the same way. And if those areas don’t have local supplies or such wealth, then we should be supporting them throughout the year more, and or giving extra sacrifices at ‘Eed’l-Adhā if we are able to do so, to maximise all of the benefits on offer to us at such a blessed time.

An example can be given with zakāh: the scholars are always trying to discourage those who wish to give their obligatory zakāh in certain areas and projects in which they should be offering sadaqah throughout the rest of the year instead. One of the intrinsic wisdoms of restricting the recipients of zakāh to only the eight groups mentioned in the Qur’ān is so that the people are ‘forced’ to give to the other needy projects from the rest of their wealth, thereby ensuring greater social responsibility for all quarters of the community at all times of the year. The qurbani at ‘Eed’l-Adhā should also be seen in a similar light.

These statements might be idealistic looking at the realities of the world today, but one could respond that Islam achieves our ideals completely (and indeed goes beyond) and the only reason our ideals are criticised by some Muslims is because the apathy and lack of taqwa of the international Muslim community has allowed their own Muslim countries to fall into such destitute poverty, and not just due to natural factors and anti-Islamic aggression alone.

Returning to the issue of offering a local qurbani, it is accepted that local farming laws make offering the sacrifice in some Western countries very difficult and in some cases illegal, but that doesn’t mean all other means shouldn’t be exhausted such as instructing the local abbatoir to do it on your behalf or finding various suppliers that will be able to help. In the Muslim societies around the world, ‘Eed’l-Adhā is completely based on the excitement, challenge and enjoyment of the qurbani - excellently named (taken from the verb “to be close/near”) as it illustrates our qurbah or achieving “closeness” to Allah by this great act of worship. By returning back to this Sunnah, we will give ourselves a real fighting chance of making ‘Eed’l-Adhā a real event for us here in the West too so we can feel the vibe as well!

Finally, it’s back to our children. If we don’t give them the same concern we show them on ‘Eed every day, we’re only going to allow something else to replace that, something which will invariably be more damaging in the long run. Undoubtedly, this will take great effort on our behalf but this is what communal gatherings and celebrations help us to do: remind us of what we need to prioritise and sort it out before it’s too late.

Let’s ensure that our family become our absolute priority in these times, in the very best of manners, and that we then carry on these sentiments that we find in a correctly celebrated ‘Eed or simply in the example of individuals fulfilling their family obligations in a worthy and responsible way.

In any case and in advance, the very happiest of ‘Eed Greetings to all of you from myself and my family – may Allah accept our righteous deeds, and bring us peace, joy and glad tidings all year, every year. Amin!

Taqabballāhu minnā wa minkum sālih’l-a‘māl, wa kullu ‘āmin wa antum bikhayr!


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