The Sahaba longed for the warm company of Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam). His wives yearned for his encompassing love and affection. His enemies sat in respectful awe of his presence. Until the end of time mankind strives to emulate his perfect example.
AlMaghrib Institute is honoured to launch a seminar of noble content discussing the Shamaa’il (Characterstics) of Rasoolullah (saw). Not only a Prophet and Messenger, he (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam) was also a caring husband, a loving father, a loyal friend, a charismatic leader, a wise general, a patient teacher, and above all, a mercy to mankind.
It was by the mercy of Allah that you were lenient with them (O Muhammad), for if you had been stern and fierce of heart they would have dispersed from round about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult with them upon the conduct of affairs. And when you are resolved, then put your trust in Allah. Lo! Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)
Aali ‘Imraan (3): 159
How can one make the Prophet (saw) dearer than his own children if he does not ¬know the Prophet (saw), how he behaved and interacted with his family, friends, and adversaries? To love the Prophet (saw) is to also love his noble character, way of living, and to love that which he loved.
Many names and what they mean
Style of speech and humour
Humble, just, truthful and loving character
Method of walking and traveling
Preference in arts and hobbies
Personal possessions and wealth
Mannerisms in sitting and sleeping
taste in food and drink
all that his heart longed for and devoted to
Grow to love him increasingly more
Appreciate that he was al-insaan ul-kaamil (the perfect man)
Embody his noble characteristics in your everyday living
Aspire to be among the Sahaba who will dwell with him in Paradise, insha Allah
Say [O Prophet]: "If you love Allah, follow me, [and] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; for Allah is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace."
Aali ‘Imraan (3): 31
This character-building seminar is taught by our very own heart-provoking instructor:
Shaykh Yaser Birjas
“Sh. Yaser is amazing mashallah. He has an awesome sense of humor, which makes time fly! His lectures are so packed with ilm, that you are constantly learning something. I find myself constantly referencing what we have learned, and alhamdulillah, the second weekend has yet to come, and I've already changed my life! Dude, this Shaykh is getting so much ajr inshallah ta'ala. I only wish the class was longer!”
“There is something about these classes that sets them apart from other classes I have taken, something that makes me come back every time, and there is no one single reason.
Rather, it is a plethora of experiences that have been imprinted on my mind and have settled in my heart. JazakumAllaho khairun for giving me this opportunity to learn Shaykh Yaser. It is indeed a blessing."
LImbers, New Jersey
Bring your heart closer to your beloved Prophet (salla Allahu alahyi wassalam)
Know what it means to follow his Sunnah
Transform into a person who by virtue of his character brings goodness and love to those around him
Connect on a deeper level to the man who will intercede for you on the Day of Judgement as a result of your grand love for him.
Unlike Seerah classes that discuss the Sahaba, incidents and events, The Prophet’s Smile focuses on our beloved Prophet (saw) and only him. Filled with stories, emotions, and life lessons, this seminar is bound to tug on your heart strings, broaden your horizon, and leave you breathless.
Imagine a class filled with like-minded students constantly sending peace and blessings upon our Prophet. Feel the serenity (sakeenah) that will descend upon the attendees as they come as close to living with the Prophet (saw) for a weekend as one can get.
Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation.
Al-Ahzaab (33): 56
In the Prophet’s (saw) final moments, the reality of his departure made his daughter Fatima (ra) weep. Even in these moments, his words of musk whispered in her ear made her smile.
As his head lay weak in Aisha’s (ra) arms, he shared with his most beloved wife moments of tender care as she softened his siwaak and helped brush his teeth. In her arms, he took his last breath.
Upon hearing the news, Abu Bakr (ra) rushed to the Prophet’s (saw) home, uncovered his face, kissed him on his forehead and uttered the beautiful tear-jerking words:
The loss of the Prophet (saw) was the loss of the greatest man to ever walk the Earth:
This is the weekend in which you perfect your character and elevate your status by emulating the most perfect man (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam) that will ever live...
– and smile the Prophet’s Smile.
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Shaykh, what's it all about?
I have yet to take another AlMaghrib course with an instructor the caliber of Yaser Birjas. While all the instructors are great in their own unique way, Yaser Birjas is the type you envision sitting at the feet of in a traditional madrassa. He stressed etiquette and manners of the talib ul ilm first day of class, and taught us how to ask questions properly. That has been one thing that has stuck since then, the manner in how to ask questions, never addressing the instructor as "you said 'so and so'", but rather, "it was mentioned" or "we had discussed". I think AlMaghrib should offer an elective course (1 weekend) on the Etiquettes of the Student of Knowledge and that it should be taught by Yaser Birjas.
Mahin, Orland Park, IL
This class was amazing because of Sh. Yaser Birjas. He was an amazing teacher. He was the perfect teacher, mashAllah. He made the class beyond enjoyable. And as a teacher, I feel, he subtly taught us how to be good students; the proper adab we should have...in terms of asking questions, etc.
Fawzias, New York
Shaykh Yaser treated both the material and those he was imparting it to with the most perfect adab, he’s definitely one of the most AMAZING instructors
Komal, New York
I don't feel as if any eloquent description of mine would do proper justice to Shaykh Yaser and his personality, perhaps this is why he has had such a lasting impact on me. His manners and teaching style are completely fervent and indicative of his fluent passion for teaching and relating the knowledge he has gained over the years.
Ammar, New York
Shaykh Yaser (may Allah reward him) was the one teaching it made it even better. He is so practical and patient - especially with those who were asking fiqh questions even though he asked us not to. I honestly thought before the class that this class was just for my knowledge and that it would have no practical benefits, but subhanAllah!
Nihaad Zaman, New Jersey
The experience of the Shaykh's manners, humor, and humility. The experience of hundreds of students indulging in Islamic education, while respecting all the rules that we would never imagine following in even our masajids (to be frank), the experience of brotherhood and sisterhood. Another purpose is to dispel stereotypes about the scholars and students of the Sunnah, that they are not carrying a big stick to hit on your heads, that they actually smile and laugh as well.
Abu Abdullah, Newark, Delaware
This class wouldn't be the same without Sh. Yaser who not only has high levels of patience but a sense of humor that makes the class so much more fun. I always had this drive to learn about my wonderful religion and I would strive to attend lectures, and seminars; however, my heart was always what was being nourished (which is good) but never my brain until I began attending AlMaghrib classes. I feel like I gain a mountain of knowledge with each class and the more I attend the more I find out how little I know. I'm addicted to these classes and am praying day and night for this institution.
Rana, Qabeelat Ittihaad
Plus Shaikh Yaser is just so cool. I mean so cool. Just because he is teaching, you should come to the class. Have you all forgotten how he taught Fiqh of love? And have you ever had dinner with the guy? He's a mad interesting Shaykh.
AbdurRahman Mirza, USA.
Needless to say Sh. Yaser Birjas is phenomenal. Sh. Yaser quotes the ahaadith about salaat in arabic (or any other topic for that matter) without even looking at his notes.
Ibnu Ismail, Qabeelat Ittihaad
Sheikh Yaser Birjas has a special aura that he emits to his students. Every time his class ends I feel like crying because he imparts not only knowledge but sincere care for us students. His stories are amazing and his sense of humor is just amazing. I guess this would be more of a testimonial of Sheikh Yaser's teaching ability which directly affects the class of course. When we ask questions, he always remembers each person's questions, to the point that he will come back to you for your second question that you might even have forgotten about.