July 19th, 2021 - Weekly Update

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Message from Moutasem Atiya

July 19, 2021

As-Salamu Alaykum wa RahmatulLah! I pray that everyone is in the best health inshaAllah!

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Wishing you a blessed week ahead inshaAllah.

Your brother in faith,

Moutasem Atiya
Founding Director
Al-Madina Institute

Yawm al- 'Arafah

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We are informed that on ‘Arafah, Allah revealed that He perfected His religion, completed His favours upon His beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and certified Islam as the way of life.

As we know, the standing in ‘Arafah is an integral of Hajj. Without ‘Arafah, there is no Hajj.

What does the Day of ‘Arafah, as a rite of Hajj, teach me and you?

Hajj means to orient towards something in Arabic. While Hajj is a formal set of Islamic rituals that comprise both an inner and outer dimension, it has one aim: to orient ourselves — our hearts, most especially — on Allah.

In these days of the Hajj, every Muslim should attempt to do this, whether in Hajj or not.

‘Arafah is from the verb to know. On the plain of ‘Arafah, by standing in supplication to Allah and confessing truly who we are, the Muslim will come to know at least three things:

First, himself or herself — who they really are.

Second, we will know Allah and the vast extent of His loving-compassion. Rasulullah ﷺ teaches:

“There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah…”

Third, that the orientation to Allah is the Hajj of our lives with our hearts. The greatest gift of the one in Hajj is to return from Hajj and remain in Hajj with their hearts until they die.

The greatest gift to those of us not in Hajj is that these blessed days of Dhil Hijjah, and the recommended fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah, renews our orientation to be in Hajj with our hearts to Allah until we die.

Allah wants us to re-orient, to return to Him. Rasulullah ﷺ teaches that the fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah “expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.”

May these remaining days of the Dhil Hijjah teach us about ourselves, re-orient us to our Lord and cause us to live in Hajj forevermore. Amin.

Ayah of the Week

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Hadith of the Week

Abu Dhar narrated from the Prophet ﷺ that he said, “Do not disdain a good deed, (no matter how small it may seem) even if it is your meeting with your brother with a cheerful face” (Sahih Muslim).

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Quote of the Week

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Tala Ma Ashku Gharami

Nasheed rendition by Munshid Mohamed Muslimani

Seeking the Divine

Shaykh Mokhtar talks about the abundant mercy and benevolence of Allah ﷻ and how He ﷻ is always gifting us with ways of turning back to him.

Embracing Abstract Forms of Worship

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Ramadan and Hajj are examples of times and events when God wishes to break us of our cycles, embrace the abstract and become totally dependent upon Him.

Continue reading here.

What is Your Name Amongst the Angels?

In this video Shaykh Mokhtar talks about how we are known and what it means to be known in the heavens amongst the angles and amongst Allah ﷻ.

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