March 22, 2021 - Weekly Update

March 22

Message from Moutasem Atiya

March 15, 2020

As-Salamu Alaykum wa RahmatulLah dear Al-Madina Family,

I pray that you are all well inshaAllah!

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Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Your brother,

Moutasem Atiya
Founding Director
Al-Madina Institute

Ayah of the Week

"If you give thanks, I will give you more." [Qur'an 14:7]
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Quote of the Week

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Hadith of the Week

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "A person is upon the religion of his friend, so beware of whom you befriend." - Tirmidhi

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Not Feeling It - Dr. Mohamed Ghilan (PODCAST)

How we feel often dictates what we do. What then, when we don't "feel" the spiritual elation we expect or crave in acts of worship? Should we leave it if we don't feel it? Dr. Mohamed Ghilan returns to the ImanWire podcast to discuss finding connection in a modern world that breeds disconnection and distraction.

To listen to the podcast click here.

Not feeling it

Friday Reflections

Friday

Jumu’a Reflection: A Clean Cup

In the lead-up to Ramadan is gift upon gift. First, the sacrosanct month of Rajab to begin my sacred preparation. Next, Sha‘ban, to familiarize myself with the friend of fasting. There was no month more beloved to the Messenger (ﷺ) to fast, other than Ramadan, than Sha’ban.

Now, another gift: The night of the 15th of Sha‘ban. In their study of all of the texts on this subject, the great masters of the hadith sciences affirm that the night of the 15th is special and blessed.

Of its many virtues: Allah forgives a multitude of his servants except those who are polytheists; harbour grudges, hatred and animosity; sever family ties; and are hurtful to their parents – among others.

One beautiful text relates that Allah draws close to us on this night and says: “...Is there one that seeks forgiveness from Me, that I may forgive him? Is there one that seeks provision from Me, that I may grant him provision? Is there one who is undergoing trial, that I may grant him relief? And He continues to ask, “Is there…? Is there…?” until dawn.

How can I take the most advantage of this blessed night?

First. I must recognize from the theme of the texts that evil character (akhlaq) in my interpersonal relationships is a barrier that bars me from Divine grace on this night.

Second. I must critique myself. Have my relationships with others been poisoned by the diseases of hate, jealousy, rancour, grudges, spite, anger, and severing familial ties?

Third. I must mend my relationships by forgiving, reaching out and re-connecting – especially with those nearest and dearest to me.

Fourth. I must expose myself to the Divine breezes of Allah’s Loving-Mercy on this night through seeking forgiveness (istighfar), reciting the Qur’an, praying at night (qiyam al-layl), Divine remembrance (dhikr) and supplication (du’a).

Our early, pious predecessors would ‘give life’ to this night by spending it in worship. Giving life to at least part of this night will, by Allah’s grace, give life to my Ramadan to come.

Let me enter into Ramadan’s sacred space with my heart a clean cup, pure, empty, a crystal chalice, ready to receive every Divine favour. And with Allah is all success.

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