The fierce battle between the Qabaail finally ended last week! The final moments of combat between Qabeelat Durba and Qabeelat Madinatayn had us all on the edge of our seats. It certainly was a close call. So who won the Liwaa cup again?
Founded just two years ago in 2010, located in the twin cities of Minnesota, Qabeelat Madinatayn managed to achieve what many other Qabaail have been working for since the establishment of Almaghrib Institute. Having attained excellent attendance for their courses and the highest percent turnout for exams, Q Madinatayn pushed their way past three other outstanding Qabaail and won the Liwaa.
How did it all begin?
Volunteers of Q Madinatayn began promoting Almaghrib Institute in March 2010. Although Almaghrib had not yet reached their city, they managed to persuade a number of students to attend seminars in Chicago to get a feel of the education Almaghrib had to offer. Eventually, after some serious promotion, this Qabeelah had their very
first Promo Event in September 2010, where they saw the fruits of their efforts with an amazing turnout of 650 students!
Bringing Almaghrib to their community allowed Q Madinatayn to fulfil their vision of bringing people together from all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds for the same purpose; to gain the pleasure of Allah (swt) and attain Islamic education. In addition to this, Almaghrib also became the foundation for many students who are now pursuing additional avenues of Islamic education.
So what was it about this Qabeelah that enabled them to win the Liwaa in such a small space of time?
Alhamdulillah it is only by the will of Allah (swt) that we have been able to accomplish all this in two years Alhamdulillah. I made du’a every day in Ramadan before our promo that Almaghrib is successful in coming to this state and that the people here would accept it. Nadia Abuisnaineh (Ameerah)
Obaid Zafar (Ameer) gives credit of this success, first and foremost, to his community who had been waiting for an opportunity like this for a very long time. When the volunteers were finally able to bring Almaghrib to their city, the response was incredible. Having sold out five out of six courses the community proved their devotion and zeal for knowledge. Sincere, dedicated volunteers and students were also a primary cause of the Qabeelah’s achievement as well as being able to learn from other Qabaail and Shuyookh. Taking one step at a time this Qabeelah developed and provided a comfortable learning environment for their students.
According to Shaykh Waleed Basyouni this Qabeelah did everything in their capacity to stand out.
How can we look up to this Qabeelah to allow us, as individuals, to excel as Muslims?
Obaid Zafar gave his personal advice:
Always take on what you think you can accomplish first, even if it is small, but excel at it and then build on it, insha’Allah.
An idea may start off small but by using it as a foundation we can build on it and make it huge. Rather than using an impractical idea after
having a sudden imaan boost that shoots down as fast as it shoots up, we should slowly but surely build on something small and realistic.
Islam is about ihsan. That is the level that every Muslim should aspire to achieve so that when they meet Allah they will be in the highest rank of jannah in the company of Al-Nabi (pbuh) and his companions (RA). Only people with excellent standards make the change. Shaykh Waleed Basyouni.
So what can we learn and take from this outstanding Qabeelah? Success is not using a burst of energy and burning yourself out. If you work with sincerity while keeping your standards high but realistic, you’ll soon make the change you want to see bi’ithnillah.
If you conceive in your mind that you have lost, then you have lost. You have chosen to lose. Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef.
Contributed by Sr. Urusa Naseem