“There shall come a time in which the person who remains steadfast upon his faith will be like the one holding on to a burning ember” (Tirmidhi).
Since the advent of modernity, the ummah has been in a state of collective and perpetual disarray: politically, socially, economically, and most crucially, religiously. Maps have been redrawn, and long standing institutions and traditions of our community have been excised and replaced, opening the way for ideologies and worldviews alien to those our faith upholds. Moreover, for the first time in our history, Muslims are immigrating in massive numbers and living as minorities among non-Muslim majorities. How do we explain the social and political upheaval in the Islamic World? How do we hold on to our traditions in a time when we are witnessing a radical global shift in ethics and values? How do we practice our faith in a secular environment where religiosity in general is viewed as a vestige of more primitive times and our faith in particular is viewed with contempt?
These critical issues will be addressed in this year’s DarusSalam 3-Day Retreat, entitled Faith Amidst Turbulence: Calibrating Our Compass in Contemporary Times.
All brothers are welcome and strongly suggested to spend the duration of the retreat in i’tikaf. Ample space is available for brothers to sleep in the masjid. Individuals performing i’itkaf must bring their own bedding.
DarusSalam is pleased to provide a discount at Fairfield Inn & Suites for families attending from out of town. The hotel is located just half a mile from DarusSalam Foundation.
Simply mention DarusSalam at time of booking or click here to reserve your room, starting at $84/night.
Mawlana Kashif Aziz
Mawlana Kashif Aziz began the memorization of the Noble Qur’an after completing junior high school. He memorized the entire Qur’an by age sixteen. After graduating from high school, he continued studying for the next eight years at Jamiatul Uloomil Islamiyyah, a distinguished Islamic Seminary in Karachi, Pakistan. After graduating from the ‘Aalim course (equivalent to M.A. in Islamic Theology) in 1998, Mawlana Kashif served at the same institution for a year. From January 2002 to June 2004, he served at different Islamic Schools in NYC. Since September 2004, he has been serving as the Resident Imam for Muhammadi Masjid in Elmont, New York.
Mawlana Hamza Mehter
Mawlana Hamza was born and raised in New York. He completed his hifz and went on to pursue an education in the Islamic science. He dedicated nine years to these studies in Canada, after which he continued to study at Madrasa Arabia Islamia Azaadville in South Africa. He had the good fortune of spending a lot of time in the company of Mawlana Fazlur Rahman Azmi. Thereafter in 2012, he served as imam at the Islamic Society of West Contra Costa County, Masjid Al Rahman, Richmond, CA, where he remains today.
Mufti Hussain Kamani
Mufti Hussain Kamani was born and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. His journey to pursue sacred Islamic knowledge began at age six. By the age of 9, he was able to complete memorization of the Holy Quran. To further advance his study of Islamic Sciences, he later traveled to the United Kingdom and pursued formal Islamic authorizations (ijazahs). For 7 years, Mufti Kamani studied a rigorous curriculum covering the Arabic language and literature, Islamic jurisprudence, Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Philosophy, and Aqeedah. Afterwards, he was selected for a post-graduate level course in Islamic Law and Legal Verdicts, which he completed within two years. He later earned his graduate degree in Business Management from the University of Coventry in the UK. Mufti Kamani currently resides in Chicago, IL with his family, where he has served as an Imam for 6 years.
Mufti Haroon Firdausi
Born and raised in Chicago, Mufti Haroon was one of the first American-born scholars to travel abroad to study the Islamic sciences. Having studied electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Mufti Haroon set out to Pakistan to pursue higher education in the Islamic sciences. He first took an intensive course in Arabic and Qur’anic philosophy at the Quran College in Lahore. Later, his desire for more in-depth Islamic knowledge led him to the Madrassa Arabiyya, Masjid Zakaria in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Completing his formal studies of Arabic, fiqh, adab, balaghat, tafseer, and hadith at the Madrassa Arabiyya, Raiwind, Maulana Haroon later traveled to Multan to study at one of the top iftaa programs in the country. He completed his mufti training at Khairul Madaris, Multan, the following year with the blessings of his renowned teacher, Mufti Abdus Sattar al-Multani RA. Mufti Haroon is also a licensed funeral director, and is the founder of Muslim Funeral Services, Inc.
Mawlana Sa’ad Quadri
Shaykh Sa’ad Quadri is the imam of Masjid Al-Huda, located in Greenfield, WI, near Milwaukee. He was born in Park Ridge, IL and grew up in the Chicagoland area. He completed his bachelor’s degree in English and History at Northern Illinois University and his master’s degree in Education at DePaul University.
Prior to beginning college, Shaykh Sa’ad formally began studying the Islamic sciences and with local teachers on a part-time basis for almost fifteen years. After completing his master’s, he traveled overseas to Zambia where he completed his `alimiyya degree, receiving license to teach the traditional Islamic sciences. While studying the Islamic sciences, he began training and was formally authorized in the Islamic science of spiritual development (tazkiyah).
Mufti Minhajuddin Ahmed
He was blessed with the memorization of the Holy Qur’an by age 10 and later received formal authorizations in the sacred Islamic sciences at the culmination of an eight-year ‘Aalim and iftaa program at Darul Uloom Zakariyya in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also received authorizations in Qur’anic recitations (Ten Qira’at) of the from the Qiraat Master, Qari Ayub bin Ibrahim Ishaaq. He studied hadith and iftaa under one of the greatest scholars of our time, Mufti Rada-ul-Haq. He served as the imam and director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri from 2006 to 2011. He currently serves as the director of DarusSalam Foundation.
Mufti Azeemuddin Ahmed
He was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. At a very early age he memorized the Holy Qur’an. Mufti Azeemuddin then set out for South Africa to begin a rigorous eight-year ‘Aalim and iftaa course at Darul Uloom Zakariyya in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, he was blessed with the opportunity to study under one of the world’s elite jurists and scholars of hadith, Mufti Rada-ul-Haq, amongst many other notable scholars of Islam. Following his graduation with top honors from South Africa, Mufti Azeemuddin went on to earn his BA in Psychology from Elmhurst College. He served as the director of AIA Masjid in Frankfort, Illinois from 2006 to 2012. He currently serves as the principal of the Madrasa and DarusSalam Academy.
Mufti Ehzaz Ajmeri
Mufti Ehzaz Ajmeri was born and raised in Chicago. In pursuit of traditional Islamic knowledge, Mufti Ehzaz traveled to South Africa where he pursued a rigorous seven-year ‘Aalim course under some of the world’s foremost scholars, including Mufti Rada-ul-Haq, from whom he received formal certifications (ijazah). Following his graduation, Mufti Ehzaz enrolled at Madrasah Inamiyyah in Camperdown, South Africa where he spent an additional two years working on a specialization in the field of iftaa (issuance of legal verdicts) under the world famous scholar Mufti Ebrahim Desai. He served in the iftaa department at Sharia Supervisory Board of America for two years and also served as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
Mawlana Ahteramul Haque
He was blessed with the memorization of the Holy Qur’an by age 11 at Darul Uloom Detroit and later received formal authorization in the sacred Islamic sciences at the culmination of a seven-year ‘Aalim program at Darul Uloom Zakariyya in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also received authorizations in Qur’anic recitations (Seven Qira’at) from the Qiraat Master, Qari Ayub bin Ibrahim Ishaaq. He served as an instructor at Darul Uloom, Detriot and also served as the imam of the Canton Islamic Center in Michigan. He currently serves as an instructor at DarusSalam Academy.
Mawlana Musaeb Arefin
He was born in Bangladesh and moved to the U.S. at the age of seven. He began memorization of the Holy Qur’an in New York and completed in 2004 in South Africa. Thereafter hecompleted a rigorous six year ‘alim program at Darul Uloom Azaadville. In 2011, He served as an imam of a Masjid in Long Island, NY. He also served as an imam in New York City, where he began teaching at a local madrasa. In 2014, he served as khatib for the Islamic Cultural Center of Niagara Falls, NY. In 2015, he joined the staff at DarusSalam Foundation where he teaches Arabic, Tajwid, and Fiqh in the full time ‘alim program.
The retreat will also include a Open House program for those who are interested in joining our 1-Year Arabic & Islamic Studies Immersion Program. This Open House includes:
-A tour of the facility
-Live classroom experience
-Overview of courses
-Meeting with teachers and current students
Airport Shuttle Service
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