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Jan 13 - 15, 2017
Calgary, AB


"This was none other than a reflection of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) on his beloved Khadijah (radhyAllahu ‘anha)."

The best of mankind never forgot his first love, and continued to keep her memory alive long after she had passed away. This is beyond Hollywood/Bollywood/any other wood - this is the love that starts in this world, and continues to benefit in the Akhirah.

  • So how do you keep a marriage at that kind of level?

  • In the daily grind of life how can a marriage be kept alive?

  • What happens when the “seven-year itch” strikes?

  • What if you can't even find that special someone to begin with?

  • Or, do you think you have found someone but don't know how to approach them?

You would have heard that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
mended his own shoes at times.

What you may not have heard was how once as he was sitting in a room with ‘A’ishah (radhyAllahu ‘anha) fixing his shoes, ‘A’ishah happened to look to his blessed forehead and noticed that there were beads of sweat on it. Mesmerized by the majesty of that sight she remained transfixed staring at him long enough for him to notice.

The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “What's the matter?” She replied, “If Abu Bukair Al-Huthali, the poet, saw you, he would know that his poem was written for you.” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked, “What did he say?” She replied:

“Abu Bukair said that if you looked to the majesty of the moon, it twinkles and lights up the world for everybody to see.”

So the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) got up, walked to ‘A’ishah, kissed her between the eyes, and said:

“Wallahi ya ‘A’ishah, you are like that to me and more.”

That is the Sunnah of Love.

So what then has happened to our community?

Why is it so hard to speak frankly of one's love for his wife? Why is it “soft” for a brother to praise his spouse?

How is it the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) can kiss his wife, asto leave his home to lead the faithful in prayer and some in our community find it difficult to just smile?

How is it that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) can stop a whole army, in times of hostility in a region of the desert that had no water to camp near, to look for his wife's misplaced bead necklace and some find it difficult to give a deserved compliment every now and again?

Since when is sternness considered leadership and harshness associated with married life?

AlMaghrib Institute is proud to present Love Notes, a single-weekend seminar on Marriage and Family Life which will show you how to create and maintain a loving relationship which will please both husband and wife as well as earning the pleasure of Allah ‘azza wa jall.

In this seminar, you will benefit from the direct example of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as well as the Sahabah and others from our Tradition, highlighting the different kinds of love and relationships that they had.

Taught by the wonderful and immensely skilled Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim, you will glean from his wealth of knowledge and experience and in the process, you will learn:

  • How to go about approaching someone in a halal manner that you think could be suitable as your future spouse

  • The importance that Islam gives to marriage and family life

  • The most important characteristics to look for in a potential spouse, taking account of our current reality today

  • How the concept of love is understood Islamically along with its various rulings

  • How to best maintain an Islamic marriage

This will be one of the most practical and beneficial classes you will take, whether you are single or not. But don’t just take our word for it…


"Love Notes is definitely a "life changing" course on many levels. It's a great class for anyone who is married or looking to get married. :)"

Sidrah Hanif, Chicago

"This has been my second time taking this course alhamdulillah. The first time; 5 years ago I was single, and the second time I got to take the course again with my wife aA. It was a great experience for both of us to take together; to ask questions to the Sheikh, get a clearer picture of how to work together to solve problems and help us become better individuals and spouses for the sake of Allah. Both times I have taken this course it has given me life changing insights and perspectives. I would take this course a third time if it was offered again :) JAK!"

Ahmad Enosh Kazem, Chicago

"Allahu Akbar, This was a great Seminar. Insha'Allah, I'd advise anyone who just wants general information, thinking of getting married, or already has a spouse to take this class. It’s enlightening and by the end of the course you will have some sort of epiphany about the sociological structures of disposition/manners of society and relationships."

Iniyyatt Nu’man, Raleigh

"I wish that this seminar didn't end, I really enjoyed learning all about love and especially about how the Prophet dealt with his wives and his home. This is perfect whether you’re single or married."

Maria Morales, Raleigh

"Love concerns? Looking for a partner for the rest of your life? You want to live a healthy marriage!? What in the world are you waiting for?! Register for this class NOW <3"

Seyda Guroglu, Seattle

"I feel so sorry for everyone who has the opportunity to take this seminar and let's it pass. YOU MISSED OUT...BIG TIME! You're probably thinking 'A seminar about Love, well that's just cheesy. Definitely not my kind of topic.' Let me just say, this seminar will BLOW...YOU...AWAY! Love Notes with Sheikh Yaser Birjas was THE event of the joke! Don't say 'I'm married so I don't need it,' or 'I'm single do I don't need it.' BECAUSE you are married or BECAUSE you are single, you NEED to take this seminar. This seminar was sooooo beautiful, enlightening, practical and downright hilarious! Masha'Allah Sheikh Yaser delivered the seminar with energy and confidence. He was able to transform our outlook on a topic (Love) made up of myths, fairy tales, and misconceptions into something realistic and coherent. The Sheikh created an atmosphere of excitement and fascination-- the students were so enthralled by the topic they did not want the seminar to finish."

Samia Abuisnaineh, Minneapolis

Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim

Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim, is the man with the golden touch – touching Known as “the Smooth”, and “the Chill”, for us Shaykh Yahya simply is an awesome role model and our latest addition to the AlMaghrib teaching staff. Shaykh Yahya started his journey into knowledge with the memorisation of the Qur’ān in his teens and then pursued his studies in exegesis, jurisprudence and hadith with scholars from the Hijaz, and in Egypt as well.

As a proud Canadian yet happy Aussie, he travels the world regularly from his base in Perth, enriching the lives of thousands with his wise and balanced commentary on the matters which are most important to Muslims in our time. His initiatives, in Australia, include diversity training, cultural sensitivity programs, educational lectures and media presentations. His expertise is sought by schools, universities and a wide range of government & non- government organisations.

Although, Shaykh Yahya is known for his spiritually uplifting discussions and addressing topics of Qur’ānic exegesis, Sunnah and tradition and juristic limitations, he is passionate also presenting on non-conventional topics including domestic violence, misogyny, gender discrimination, child protection, respectful relationships, disability and mental health.

Reflecting his dedication to these goals, Imam Yahya was awarded the West Australian Multicultural Community Service Award for Individual Excellence in 2013. He was also the selected facilitator for the federal government’s Muslim Community Reference Group for the Conference of Australian Imams.

About Almaghrib

We started up in 2002 with a simple question - how could we teach you Islam in a way that was fun, social, quality, spiritual, and oh yeah, academic?

We asked around, and it turned out people wanted teachers who knew their stuff and who didn't turn learning Islam into a snoozefest, they wanted super quality and they didn't want endless weeks of lectures that would get in the way of their busy lives. 

We listened. And AlMaghrib Institute was born. Based upon an ethos of excellence and a refusal to accept excuses for poor quality, we offered single and double-weekend seminars, with the most engaging instructors around, using top professional multi-media materials. Since that time, your response has been insane! You’ve asked us to establish chapters (also known as Qabeelahs) in over 40 cities worldwide, from North America, to Europe, to Asia, to the Middle East and to Australia too! Amazingly, we've now taught the Islamic Sciences to over 80,000 unique students and growing every day. 

With the blessings of Allah, Most High, AlMaghrib is now the leading Institute teaching premiere Islamic education in the West with the largest on-site student body. Year by year, we’ve set the standard and launched exciting new projects, inspired so many more to do great work in their communities, and raised the bar on how knowledge is not only sought...but loved! 

AlMaghrib is exceptionally selective about its instructors to ensure that all of them are fluent in the language of instruction. It delights us and our student body that our seminars are taught by highly specialized scholars and educators who are among the best in their field, bar none.

Take the website for a spin: discover our seminars, explore the curriculum, find out about our high-impact projects, log in to your MyAlMaghrib Student Portal, and engage with us on our social networks. We think you will agree that what we offer by the Will of Allah is nothing but the best.

AlMaghrib is a non-profit organization.

"Jump into the garden of Love"