May 24th, 2021 - Weekly Update

May 24

Message from Moutasem Atiya

May 24, 2021

As-Salamu Alaikum wa RahmatulLah! I pray that you are all well inshaAllah.

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Wishing you a blessed week ahead inshaAllah.

Your brother in faith,

Moutasem Atiya
Founding Director
Al-Madina Institute

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Dua for Palestine

Dua for palestine

اللهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أَحْوَالَ المُسْلِمِِينَ فِي فِلِسطِينَ، اللهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أَحْوَالَ ‎المُسْلِمِِينَ فِي فِلِسطِينَ وفي كُلِّ مَكَانٍ، يَا ذَا الجَلالِ وَالإِكْرِامِ

O Allah! Rectify the affairs of the Muslims in Palestine. O Allah! Rectify the affairs of the Muslims in Palestine and in every place, O Lord of Majesty and Bounty.

‎اللهُمَّ إِنَّهُمْ مَغْلُوبُونَ فَانْتَصِرْ لَهُمْ

O Allah! They are helpless, so help them.

‎رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْهِمْ صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَهُمْ وَانْصُرْهُمْ عَلَى القَوْمِ الكَافِرِينَ

Our Lord! Pour upon them patience, make them steadfast, and grant them victory over the Disbelivers.

Eid Al-Fitr: A Grateful Parting of Such Sweet Sorrow


The joy of breaking the daily fast (Iftar) is aligned to the joy of breaking and parting with the fasting month of Ramadan through the Eid (Al-Fitr). This joy is found to be the very peace of our inherent, God-given nature (Fitra).

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Dunya: The Believers Prison - Imam Zaid Shakir

We are often reminded in the Qur'an that the world around us is filled with distractions that can keep us from realizing the true potential of our humanity. The modern world's incessant concentration on material and social pursuits has granted many of us with lots of possessions and ideas, yet we still feel empty inside.

Listen to Imam Zaid Shakir as he examines how we can shed the weight from our hearts and unlock our spiritual potential.

Friday Reflection



The month of Shawwal is a transition to carry through the baraka of Ramadan into the rest of our year.

This is perhaps the wisdom of fasting six days in Shawwal — which is equivalent to fasting the entire year.

The special features of Ramadan afford me a true portrait of my self and my relationship with Allah. But I must seriously evaluate my Ramadan at different levels if I want a clear picture of me and a map for the year to come.

Here's one suggestion:

1. List the positive revelations that you had during Ramadan. Include the benefits that you found for yourself in certain khuluq, ’ibadat and lack of access/availability to certain things.

2. List the negative revelations. Include what you learned about your negative akhlaq, deficiencies in certain ‘ibadat, harmful attachments, and any toxic avenues of access/availability.

3. Use 1 and 2 to generate a personal plan to, inshaAllah, preserve, build upon and strengthen the newfound spiritual awareness offered by the baraka of Ramadan.

4. Make du’a for Allah’s tawfiq in moving forward

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