We want to “know” God, but as finite beings we are veiled from His Sublime Essence by His Attributes, which are in themselves beyond the capacity of human understanding. We do however everyday witness and experience His Actions in the created world. How can we open our eyes to this reality to make us closer to Him? Beyond describing some of His Attributes on an intellectual level, can we as servants of God ever taste their meanings with our heart?
Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion. (Surah Hadid, 57:20)
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. Even as Muslims’ identity appears galvanized in a response to an endlessly news cycle, Islamophobia and injustice, this reactive activism to those challenges in itself often paralyzes and distracts us from the pressing issues of the soul that are humanity’s greatest need. In this session we will seek to examine how we can shed the weight from our hearts and unlock our spiritual potential.
Even though the Qur’an itself honors them, in an age of sectarianism, Muslims who seek to mention the Prophetic Household are accused of either deviancy or discord. As the gap between polarizing opposites widens, restoring the rightful place of Ahl-ul-Bayt in our discourse is the first step to help mediate these divisions. In this session from Al-Madina Institute’s Pearls of the Qur’an 2015 Conference, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui contemplates on the spiritual path they took, and how it helps guide us to the most beautiful path of conduct.
Sheikh Mokhtar Maghroui discusses the road back home to Jannah, where we once were. Also there is a very important discussion on rectifying our homes in the Dunya so we can have a blessed home in Paradise.
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (33:21) As the overall theme of the convention, educating ourselves on how we can live Islam through the perfect model of faith in man – the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Advice will be given on how to draw on the character of the Prophet (pbuh) to get us closer to Allah (SWT). Find out how knowing more about the personality of the Prophet (pbuh) and exercising that knowledge will lead us as individuals to a more positive role in life and will bring justice, security, tranquility, and help remove obstacles for ourselves, our communities, and our society.
In this session, the shari’ah is discussed within the context of the two dominant attributes of Allah: His grace and His mercy. Are love, compassion and mercy foundational aspects of the shari’ah? At the Islamic Circle of North America annual convention in Atlanta, Mokhtar Maghraoui reminds the audience that Allah has made rahmah mandatory upon Himself. How then is this rahmah manifested in the Islamic law? And how is the concept of rahmah reconciled with the laws of punishment for murder, theft and adultery? At a time when extremism and intolerance are perceived to be the normative Muslim view, and when many Muslims themselves are ignorant of the true Islamic teachings, a serious and objective look is needed at the concept of rahmah in Islam. Discover exactly how Allah intends ease and facilitation, not complication and difficulty with His system of law and how Islam is, indeed, a mercy to all the worlds. (Duration: 1 hour, 2 min)
Every Muslim acknowledges that Prophet Muhammad (P) was sent as “a mercy to all the worlds”. Yet many Muslims fall short in exhibiting the quality of mercy in their lives. There seems to be a disconnect between the theoretical teachings of Islam and their practical application in daily life. Mokhtar Maghraoui attempts to fuse theory and practice in this lecture by relating several examples of mercy and kindness in the Prophet’s life. What follows is a comprehensive overview of the concept of rahmah (love, compassion and mercy) in Islam that includes: Allah’s rahmah to His creation, rahmah that is conveyed in the sunnah to be shared between Muslims, between Muslim and non-Muslim, and between the Muslim and the natural creation such as animals. A wonderfully refreshing lecture and a great message to Muslim extremists or anyone subscribing to the notion that all Muslims are terrorists. (Duration: 31 min)