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Ilm Summit 2010 (AlMaghrib Institute) Recap: July 26-27

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July 26th – July 27th

Snap, Crackle, Pop:  Tajweed Revisited

Crowd favorite Ustadh Wisam Sharieff returned to Ilm Summit to lay down the law on the sounds of the letters.  Remember all that arcane terminology for letters from last year, like heavy and light?  Yeah, it got even better with the characteristics of the letters, with terms like sharp, blow, commit, click, scratch, spread, stereo, and gargle.  Huh?  Yeah, me too, ’til I saw the demo.  Tajweed would never be the same again.

R.S.V.P:  Tafseer Surah Fussilaat

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Adding more Bayyinah flavor to the mix, Imam Abdul Nasir Jangda brought us an amazing discussion of daw’ah, and the role of the Qur’aan in calling nonMuslims to Islam, as well as dealing with harsh and vocal opposition to the daw’ah.  I have to admit, Shaykh Abdul Nasir always has a new surprise for us – the last time he came by, he was this newcomer deobandi  hanafi dude who the kids thought they had to refute – boy did they guess wrong.  This time around, no one expected the kurta shalwar molvi to tell him, “hey man, that ain’t how I roll.”

It was a much needed heart-softener class among a number of technical islamic sciences courses, and jazakallahu khayran to Imam Abdul Nasir for dropping for two days and giving us so much time, alhamdulillaah.

Money Talk:  Fiqh of Financial Transactions

This was the day, the moment I had been waiting for all my life.  I had read his books, listened to him on CD and cassette, and finally, it was time to learn directly from Shaykh Jamaal Zarabozo, alhamdulillaah.  Shaykh Yasir introduced his teacher and when I heard him speak, with the gentleness that he had in his voice, I knew I seriously loved him for the sake of Allah.

My only regret for this class and others was that the Ilm Summit exhaustion had set in early, and I was already nodding my head back and forth trying to keep my eyes open, even as I was highly interested in all the classes.  Kind of embarrassing when your teacher catches you doing it, but alhamdulillaah, none of the instructors complained.

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Siraaj is the Operations Director of MuslimMatters as well as its new lead web developer. He's spent nearly two decades working in dawah organizations, starting with his chapter MSA in Purdue University, and leading efforts with AlMaghrib Institute, MuslimMatters, and AlJumuah magazine. Somewhere in there, he finds time for his full-time profession as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He holds a bachelor's in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Master's certificate from UC Berkeley. He's very married and has 5 wonderful children

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Pingback: Ilm Summit 2010 (AlMaghrib Institute) Recap: July 23 | MuslimMatters.org

  2. Mansoor Ansari

    August 23, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    July 28-29 post is coming up with an error

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    • Ify Okoye

      August 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM

      That’s because it was published and then unpublished to be held for a later date, it will be back up in the coming weeks, insha’Allah.

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