May 10th, 2021 - Weekly Update

May 10

Message from Moutasem Atiya

May 10, 2021

As-Salamu Alaikum wa RahmatulLah!

I pray that everyone is well and in the best of health inshaAllah.

By Allah's immense mercy and blessings we have been able to join into some beautiful sessions during the Al-Madina LIVE™ Ramadan Program this year, though virtual we truly felt the hearts of the Al-Madina family united and we are extremely grateful to all those who participated. May Allah bless and increase you all and allow any benefit you took from the program to be a means of goodness and baraka for you in this life and the next.

A Blessed Opportunity For Us During These Last Ten Nights Of Ramadan

As we approach the final nights of this blessed month we request that you all keep Al-Madina in your du'a. May Allah ﷻ allow these last few nights to be the best yet and may your Eid be filled with joy and happiness, amin.

Wishing you a blessed week ahead inshaAllah.

Your brother in faith,

Moutasem Atiya
Founding Director
Al-Madina Institute

Quote of the Week

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Dua to Repeat During Ramadan

It is recommended to read this Dua repeatedly during Ramadan and especially on Laylatul Qadr.

The Mahabba of Allah

Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui discusses the essential meaning of loving God (Hūb Love) and how it can be a means for transformation

Laylatul Qadr - The Night of Decree

Night of decree

Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Decree or Night of Power, is one of the most sacred nights of the year. It takes place in the last ten days of Ramadan and was the night in which the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

It is also the night in which Allah shows great mercy to His creation and the night in which one's fate is decreed. Allah says in the Qur'an, "The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months" (97:3). The Prophet ﷺ said, "Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven" (Bukhari).

The exact date of Laylatul Qadr is unknown, although it is thought to occur on an odd night in the last ten days of Ramadan. The Prophet ﷺ said, "Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights" (Bukhari).

When Sayida Aisha (may Allah be well pleased with her) asked the Prophet ﷺ "O Messenger of Allah if it is Laylatul Qadr, then what should I supplicate with?" he replied with the famous dua: "Allahumma innaka' afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa'fu 'anni" – "O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me."

Many Muslims choose to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in seclusion (i'tikaf), where one solely focuses on worshipping Allah and refrains from involvement in worldly affairs. It is time to reflect, increase worship, and increase one's religious knowledge, seeking closeness to Allah.

Ibn' Umar (Allah be pleased with both of them) reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to observe i'tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan.

The sunnah is to remain in i'tikaf for ten days, but it can be one day and one night as a minimum. I'tikaf is a great opportunity to reconnect with Allah in solitude. It is also a time to implement good religious practices, which can be carried on throughout the whole year.

This seclusion usually takes place at the mosque but with many mosques closed this Ramadan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a secluded space within the home can be designated, free from noise and distractions.

May Allah grant eternal success to the ummah of Muhammad ﷺ and may we learn to emulate the Prophet's grace, both in Ramadan, and outside of it.

Stories from the Qur'an for Kids: Isra and Miraj - Episode 4

Moutasem Atiya takes young hearts on an expedition through some of the stories of the Qur’an. Grow in love and awe of Allah’s book as his stories stir their imagination and ignites their passion for their heritage.

RAMADAN: The Last Ten Days

Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui explains the benefits of the final ten days of Ramadan and how we can spiritually prepare ourselves for the special days and nights.

The Family Remembrance Program

The Family Remembrance Program is a one hour gathering where we recite from the Qur’ān, remember Allah and His Beloved ﷺ, listen to beautiful renderings of spiritual songs (with their translation and a brief commentary), learn core Islamic concepts essential for family spiritual growth, and share our reflections and experiences.

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To watch this week's gathering click here.

My Dear Friend, Ramadan

As Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui bids farewell to Ramadan, he is overwhelmed with a terrible sadness and said it breaks his heart to see it go.

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