Dropping A Few Pearls

UPDATE: Despite not receiving the full funding for the PearlsforPearls campaign, I was able to attend the Pearls of the Quran conference this April, alhamdullilah. A few weeks prior to the conference, my family made the decision to homeschool our children and I've been immersed in that journey since returning. I did want to resurface prior to Ramadan however, and make sure I share what I learned at the conference. It was a beautiful experience ma sha Allah, and I'm extremely appreciative of Al-Madina Institute for the opportunity to attend, as well as all of those people who contributed, shared, and made du'a for the campaign. I pray you benefit from my efforts to record something beneficial, please make du'a for the organizers, speakers, and all those responsible for putting the conference together.

So with out further ado, here are the notes from two of the lectures that I attended, I'll be uploading additional posts soon in sha Allah:

This is Our House: Hasan, Husain & the Prophetic Household

Allah intends to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet's] household, and to purify you with purification. (Surah Ahzab, 33:33)

Description from program: In an age of political upheaval and sectarian divides, reflections on the importance of Ahl-ul-Bayt, the Prophetic Household, are often muted or silenced. Even though the Qur'an itself honors  them, Muslims who seek to mention them are accused of being voices of either deviancy or discord, as if love for the Companions and love for Ahl-ul-Bayt must be mutually exclusive. 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. Contemplating on their merits and learning from the spiritual path they took, in fact, will help guide us to the most refined and beautiful path of conduct in every facet of our lives. 

Speaker: Shaykh Moktar Maghroui

Strengthening Belief in Times of Uncertainty

Description from program: With worldwide chaos and tribulation and increasing attacks on the foundations of religion itself, it is not surprising to hear of a crisis of faith- we may be having doubts ourselves. Is faith naturally congruent with our intellect or does skepticism and introspection erode it? How do we develop strength in our faith that brings us into harmony with the world around us?

Speakers: Mohamed Ghilan and Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda


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