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Behind the Scenes (An In-Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations)

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My actions in prayer are hollow,
and I can’t seem to shed a tear

I chase my desires all day long,
but I’m too tired to stand for my Lord

Little do they know… I’m a dead man walking
hiding Behind the Scenes.

Every day, you go through the motions of life; somehow getting yourself to school or work, socializing with friends, coping with stress, running errands, and possibly having a little fun.

Overwhelmed, you find the obligations of Islam burdensome, rushing through a prayer or speeding through dhikr. You felt the beauty of these acts once before, but where has it gone?

“Life’s a hustle” – or so they say.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
 “The contrast between a person who remembers Allah and the one who does not is like that between the living and the dead.”

As Muslims, we abide by a set of rules – to some it may seem like a list of do’s and don’ts, but to others, it’s a grand way of life transcending the mundane and hollow.

While you may very well be performing the acts of prayer, fasting the days of Ramadan or even journeying to Makkah, are you able to maintain a strong connection with Allah (swt)?

The secret to your success is found Behind the Scenesin the very condition of your heart.

AlMaghrib Institute presents a heart-reviving seminar with monumental implications to your spirituality:


An In Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations 

Taught by Shaykh Omar Suleiman


Reviving a Dead Heart

No matter the state of your heart, there is still hope for its rebirth.

In Behind the Scenes, you will unlock the secrets of revitalization by studying Minhaj Al-Qasidin (Methodology of the Seekers), a classical book summarizing the world famous Magnus Opus of Imam al-Ghazali:

Ihyaa’ Uloom ad-Deen
(The Revival of Religious Sciences)

This invaluable and timeless book contains within it:

  • the secrets of worship
  • the inner meanings of our worldly and religious acts
  • the blue print to attaining the pleasure of Allah (swt)
  • the tools to rooting out our destructive flaws

أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

"Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest."

Surat Ar-Ra’d: 28


Don’t deny it… you’ve got voices in your head and they’re always debating whether you should or shouldn’t do something. Am I right?

Tahdeebul Nafs is the science of controlling and disciplining your soul (nafs) and desires. And it’s a skill you’ll pick up with Shaykh Omar Suleiman, among other soul-strengthening strategies: 

  • Mapping out a wird in accordance with the Sunnah (an established schedule for spiritual development)
  • Identifying and writing out flaws & personality disorders hindering spiritual progress
  • Identifying and writing possible practical solutions
  • Writing a letter to Allah (swt), sealed in an envelope (what you’ll do with it is a surprise!)
  • Experimenting with various impacts on the heart
  • Establishing a clear blueprint to your spiritual success

So how badly do you think your soul needs to enroll in Behind the Scenes right now.


 “Give me a break!”, you say, “I can’t possibly be an ascetic monk like the pious of the past. Life is too hard!”

Idleness and heedlessness are poisons of the heart just as hate and envy are. But how can you find the cure to these diseases if you’re too busy struggling with life?

وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعًا وَخِيفَةً وَدُونَ الْجَهْرِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ وَلَا تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَ

"And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech - in the mornings and the evenings. And do not be among the heedless."

Surat Al-A’raf: 205

Shaykh Omar Suleiman discusses Ihyaa Uloom Al-Din in the modern context, shedding light on the concept of zuhd (asceticism) with a pleasant strike of balance.

When you take this seminar, you’ll finally be able to:

  • Embrace the concept of zuhd: “Be in this world but not of it”
  • Extract gems from the spiritual lives of our righteous predecessors
  • Rid yourself from the poisons of your heart
  • Develop a solid and consistent relationship with Allah (swt)
  • Appreciate the deep meanings behind our acts of worship
  • Learn to find meaning in our everyday tasks (mu’amalat), turning them into acts of worship (‘ibaadaat)
  • Understand the sunnah course of spiritual development
  • Develop good character and piety
  • Enshrine the etiquettes of remembering Allah and attaining His pleasure
  • Define the bounds in regards to revering a scholar or teacher


As the smiley, friendly giant from New Orleans, there is something uniquely special about Shaykh Omar Suleiman. The youth gravitate towards him, while older audiences are dignified by his presence.

Shaykh Omar’s style and expertise make him just the man to teach Behind the Scenes as our very own ‘Doctor of Soul’. Born and raised in America, he’s bringing the classical texts to your times with the relevance of modern day challenges and obstacles facing the average brother and sister today.

As a die-hard fan of the New Orleans Saints NFL team, Shaykh Omar Suleiman will hear out your individual shackles and respond with, “I understand, and this is how you shatter them!”


Minhaj Al-Qasidin (written by Ibn Al Jawzee)  is a Summary of that Magnus Opus of Imam al-Ghazali The 'Ihya Ulum Ad-Din, which is used as the main reference for this seminar.

Not only will you appreciate the works of our scholars from behind the scenes, you will also apply these lessons to your own life.

Bring out your best and leave your flaws behind:

  • Build the strength for Qiyam al-Layl (night prayer)
  • Enjoy the fruits of everlasting charity
  • Long for the days of voluntary fasting
  • Embrace the qualities of a Hajji
  • Squash any distractions from the Quran
  • Establish the award (routines) of the day and night
  • Balance the merits of friends and seclusion
  • Avoid the pitfalls of the tongue and bad temper
  • Control your appetite for desires
  • Adopt the means to salvation (repentance, patience, being pleased with Allah, etc)
  • And your list is endless…

So how badly do you think your soul needs to enroll in Behind the Scenes right now.

Course Outline

Table of Contents

Unit 1

A Journey of Instrospection: The Path to Purification

I. Understanding Your Role

  • a) What is Tazkiyah?
  • b) What is Fitnah?
  • c) What is Ikhlāṣ?
  • d) What is Tarbiyah?

II. Understanding Your Enemy

  • a) The Enemy Within: The Nafs
  • b) al-Shayṭān

III. Understanding Change

  • a) Can I change?
  • b) Guidance is from Allāh
  • c) Excuses for Not Correcting Oneself
  • d) The How’s and When’s of Change


IV. Understanding Yourself

  • a) Your Ḥāl vs. Your Maqām
  • b) How far away are you?
  • c) The Three Types of Nufūs
  • d) Baṣar vs. Baṣīrah
  • e) Himmah Never Dies


V. Experiencing Change

  • a) A Deep Look at the Tazkiyah of ‘Umar b. al-Khaṭṭāb
  • b) The Concept of True Ladhdhah (Pleasure)
  • c) Faqīh’l-Nafs


Unit 2

Making the Change

I. Knowledge

  • a) Importance of Seeking Knowledge
  • b) Intention Behind Seeking Knowledge
  • c) Effort of Seeking Knowledge
  • d) Being Purified by Knowledge
  • e) The Pursuit that Never Ends: What is the Greatest Difficulty of Knowledge?

II. Minding Your Own Business


III. Treating Destructive Flaws

  • a) Curing Bad Character Traits
  • b) Forbearance / al-Ḥulm
  • c) Breaking the Habit


IV. Al-Tadabbur wa’l-Tafakkur


V. Developing a Relationship with the Qur’ān


VI. Ṣalāh as a form of discipline

  • a) Meaningful Prayer
  • b) Jumu‘ah Experience
  • c) Voluntary Prayers
  • d) Qiyām


VII. Dhikr and Du‘ā’

  • a) Merits of Dhikr
  • b) Merits of Du‘ā’
  • c) Etiquettes of Du‘ā’
  • d) What if I don’t know how to cry?


VIII. Ṣiyām

  • a) Components of a Fruitful Fast
  • b) Degrees of Fasting
  • c) Optional Fasting


IX. Zakāh

  • a) Ethics and Purpose
  • b) Effect on Individual and Society
  • c) Enhancing the Zakāh Experience
  • d) Virtues of Optional Charity


X. Ḥajj

  • a) Before you go
  • b) Inner Meanings of Manāsik
  • c) Qualities of the Ḥajji


XI. Awrād

  • a) Awrād of the Day
  • b) Awrād of the Night

XII. Istiqāmah

  • a) The Hardest Task
  • b) The Most Praiseworthy
  • c) Consistency
  • d) Discipline in ALL Areas

XIII. Moderation

  • a) Balance
  • b) Meaning of True Zuhd





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