Religious Dispatches – Post Retreat Thoughts

It was my supreme pleasure to have attended the 2012 Ella Collins Winter Retreat. I was honored to have shared a stage with the likes of Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Ustadh Abdur Rahman Murphy, Shaykh Wisam Sharieff, Chaplain Omer Bajwa, Mo Sabri, Chaplain Khalid Latif, Sister Ibtihaj Muhammad, Brother Hamza Abdullah and so many others. I was also honored to have met all the wonderful folks who attended. You input and questions showed your deep commitment to Islam and this Ummah. Since returning I have received a number of Tweets and emails about, “what do we do now?” It is natural after experiencing something so elating that when one comes back home, it can often leave a feeling of isolation, boredom and even depression. So my response is mainly to keep in touch! Not just with myself, or the imams, but perhaps even more importantly, with each other. Maintain your friendships. Show care and concern for one another even if you are separated by hundreds or thousands of miles. I know this is easier said than done but, God willing, we’re up to the challenge. I pray we all can meet again in 2013 (Mayan FAIL!).

2012 Ella Collins Winter Retreat

Join me with Imam Suhaib Webb, Dr. Altaf Husain, Imam Ibrahim Abd Al Rahim, Khalid Latif, Shaykh AbdulNasr Jangda, Shaykh Muhammed Sayanvala, Shaykh Suheil Laher, Shaykh Taha Abdulbasser, Sister Ibtihaj Muhammad, and most importantly, YOU!, on December 28-30 in Boston (pronounced ‘Baahstan’):


Start: 6pm Dec 28th, 2012. Finish: 8pm Dec 30th, 2012.


ISBCC – Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, 100 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02120.


Early Registration: $60. Ends December 16th. Standard Registration: $70. Ends December 25th. At-the-door price: $85. Discounted price for ECI Students (onsite only): $25.

Register today!

A Portrait of the Prophet: Reflections on the Messenger of Allah

Verily, I have left amongst you the book of Allah and the example of His Messenger. If you hold fast to it, you shall never go astray.

From the farewell sermon of the Prophet

We may have heard about the example of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) before, but have we? If his life is just a story to us, and nothing more, then we have not truly heard it. If our eyes do not shed tears pondering over his beautiful character, then we do not truly know him. If our moral character is not a reflection of his Sunnah then there is more that we need to learn.

Join Al-Madina Institute in “A Portrait of the Prophet: Reflections on the Messenger of Allah“, a one-day conference devoted to reinvigorating our lives by contemplating on the light and mercy of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Emphasizing the relevance this contemplation has in our own personal journey towards our Creator, “A Portrait of the Prophet” will focus on internalizing the Prophetic message and applying it to our everyday life, while cultivating the immense love for the Messenger that is necessary for its proper application.

Develop a better focus in your life by gaining a better picture of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) in Al-Madina Institute’s “A Portrait of the Prophet”, with Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Shaykha Reima Yousef, Ustadh Moutasem Atiya, and myself.

The event will be held at New Brunswick Islamic Center, 1330 Livingston Ave, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 on November 3rd from 10am to 8pm.

For more information and how to sign up, click here.

UPDATE: Sadly, this event has been canceled due to hurricane Sandy. Keep tuned to the al-Madinah Institute’s website for future events.