Let’s Bring Back the Power of 10!

Don’t you just love the feeling of having your closest friends attending an AlMaghrib seminar with you?  Isn’t it great to spend two weekends gaining beneficial knowledge with your brothers, sisters, parents and cousins all by your side?  It’s great to attend a seminar with people you know, but sometimes the people you know might need a little nudge (or a little assistance) actually enrolling in the seminar before the ‘Sold Out’ sign comes up.

One of the best ways to ensure that all your closest family and friends actually enroll in an AlMaghrib seminar is to make them part of a Power of 10. A Power of 10 is when a person collects the names, emails and payments of 10 people who wish to attend the seminar.   Guess what?!?  We’re bringing back the Power of 10 as a CHALLENGE (for the upcoming seminar Shahadah: Fiqh of Da’wah), and we’re offering some great prizes for those who participate!  Check out the rules of participation below!

Rules of Participation:

1 – Collect the names, emails and payments for all the people you want to submit

2 – Save the Names and Emails into an excel document.

3 – Email the excel document to almaghrib.minnesota@gmail.com and choose the email subject as Power of 10 Challenge.

4 – The Marketing team will compile the Power of 10’s on a weekly basis and provide the status on our Facebook page.

5 – Each Student that submits a Power of 10 will receive $25 off the seminar; those who submit 2 or more Powers of 10 will receive $60 off the seminar, insha’Allah.

**Challenge ends Friday, February 3rd***

Alright folks, let the Challenge begin!


Were I to Interpret One Verse of the Qur’an Without Knowledge…

Abu Huraira narrated that Rasoolullah (saw) said, “Opinion-based argument about the Qur’an is KUFR (he repeated this three times). What you know of the Qur’an, act upon it, and what you are ignorant about, refer it to one who knows (scholar).” (Musnad Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal)

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “المراء في القرءان كفر” (وقالها ثلاثة مرات) ثم قال: “فما عرفتم منه فاعملوا وما جهلتم منه فردوه الى عالمه” – مسند امام احمد

The Prophet sternly warned his companions and later generations of Muslims of interpreting the Qur’an based on speculation and unsubstantiated opinion–especially when influenced by philosophical, western or secular ideas. This is because the Qur’an is the FOUNDATION of Islam, and its study, therefore, must remain pure and untempered with. The only acceptable tafsir is that which is done with proper knowledge, and adhering to the following sequence: tafsir of a verse in light of other verses; then by the sunnah (actions & statements of the Prophet via hadith); then by the explanations of the sahabah (who lived through revelation & witnessed the Prophet implement it); then by a study of the Arabic language and then by ijtihad (calculated opinions of the scholars).

What sky will shade me, what earth will hold me if I were to interpret ONE verse of the Qur’an without proper knowledge?”

Just another reason to register for “Heavenly Hues: Thematic Tafsir of the Qur’an.” May Allah

Parents–AlMaghrib Seminars are for You Too!

Parents, AlMaghrib Seminars Are for You Too!

Whoever said AlMaghrib seminars are exclusively for the youth has been mistaken!  AlMaghrib Institute and Qabeelat Madinatayn understand that seeking a high-quality and engaging Islamic education is important for everyone, parents included.  That is why we make it a priority to provide for parents a variety of resources and accomodations to help facilitate and make enjoyable the AlMaghrib experience.  Scroll down below to check out our different child-care options!

Parents are among the students taking part in a class activity (Light of Guidance, 2010)


For those parents who would like their child(ren) to stay with them during the seminar, Qabeelat Madinatayn will be providing an adjacent hall for parent-sitting; this hall will have ‘live streaming’ of the seminar so parents can watch their children and benefit from the seminar at the same time. A seat in the main hall will also be available for each paid parent in the event the parent wants to switch places with someone to watch his/her child; unpaid parents cannot sit in the mommysitting hall.   Mommy-sitting is open to parents with children under 9 years old, however, children over 9 who are brought to the class must be put in babysitting. Parents in mommy-sitting are responsible for providing their own food as well as making sure their child is engaged in a quiet activity and not disrupting the class.   Parents may be asked to leave or place their child(ren) into babysitting if there is a continued disturbance. The Mommysitting option is FREE of charge!


We have rented out a room and hired babysitters for the parents that prefer to be engaged in the class. You can avail this service at a nominal charge per child/per weekend. The fee will be $30.00 for 1 child per weekend or $45.00 for 2 children per weekend (charge for additional children TBD). If you decide that you would like to take advantage of this offer, please click on the link below and fill out the babysitting registration form no later than Thursday, November 17th. PLEASE NOTE: If you miss the deadline of the babysitting registration, accommodations will NOT be made for your child(ren) and you will not be able to utilize babysitting for this class.

Parents – come & enjoy the environment of getting ‘ilm LIVE with other students of knowledge and not just sitting at home feeling left out!

Ahlan wa sahlan Parents, no more concerns about your kids and no more excuses!

Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!

“Tafsir” of the Topic, “Thematic Tafsir”

Preparing a khutbah for a local MSA?

Trying to give your college friend some da’wah?

Craving an intimate relationship with the Book of Allah?

Good news: Whatever it is you’re pursuing, QMadinatayn’s upcoming seminar, “Heavenly Hues: Thematic Tafsir” harmonizes well with your Qur’an-related goals.

But what is thematic tafsir?

Thematic Tafsir (or “tafsir mawdhu’ee” {تفسير موعوضي} in Arabic) is a contemporary approach to exegesis of the Qur’an that pertains to the themes therein.

The mufassir (scholar of tafsir) begins with a particular theme–refer to the list below for some examples–and then surveys the Qur’an for a deeper understanding of this theme in a purely Islamic context. The premises, therefore, are formulated prior to the actual study. In other words, thematic tafsir serves the MESSAGE of the Qur’anic text rather than the order of verses. This is a slight diversion from classical tafsir, which calls for a chronological, sequence-driven analysis of the Qur’an, verse-to-verse, chapter-to-chapter.

To give you a glimpse of Qur’anic themes, consider the following topics addressed in the Qur’an:

  • Marital rights in Islam
  • Social justice
  • Rules of worship
  • Heart and soul purification
  • Human relations
  • World of the unseen
  • Concept of God

Say a mufassir chose the topic of HUMAN RELATIONS. He would determine the scope of this subject by exploring its various dimensions (i.e. marital relations; interpersonal communications, dissolving conflict, etc.); next, he would compile all the verses pertinent to the subject in study, making sure they cover the various dimensions; then he would classify this list of verses based on subtopics; and from there, he would study the list from different tafsir books and infer lessons and guidance from the tafsir to apply in real life.

And remember when Hasan al-Basri said, {إنّ من كان قبلكم رأو القرآن رسائل من ربهم فكانوا يتدبرونها بالليل وينفّذونها بالنهار} “There were once a people before you who regarded the Qur’ân as a message from their Lord; hence they would contemplate upon it in the night and act upon it in the day…” May Allah grant us all the greatest gift: the gift of understanding, internalizing, implementing and appreciating His Divine Book. Ameen, Ammen, Allahumma Ameen.

QMadinatayn’s One Year Anniversary!

Every Qabeelah has it’s hallmarks, and ALHAMDULILLAH, we’ve crossed our 1-year anniversary and we’re still alive and kickin’!  Just how alive are we, well that’s another question…

Our volunteer crew worked arduously these past few weeks to put together this nice presentation that displays our Qabeelah’s work this past year. A special request from our awesome team:  Remember those Facebook/Twitter/other acounts you so strategically utilized during our much-heated-much-talked-about 2011 Liwaa’ competition?  Well here’s what your Qabeelah is asking of you:

  • LIKE the original post on the Qabeelat Madinatayn Facebook page:  “ONE YEAR IN THE MAKING…WALHAMDULILLAH! SHARE this video on your profile if you’re as PUMPED UP about this as we are!!!” http://www.facebook.com/QMadinatayn
  • Post your comment under this video, thereby increasing traffic on our Facebook page.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, share this video by posting it on your profile and by sharing it with your friends and family; either tag them in the post or if you feel like being a super-QM-advertising-junkie then post it directly to their wall.

Alright, that’s all folks! Let’s get the buzz started…