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Ambassadors of Faith: Exemplifying Excellence in Conduct

Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend (Fussilat 34).

As Muslims, we have a duty to make the world around us a better place. Our religion teaches us to become proactively involved in our society, to honor our neighbors, to protect our environment, to uphold justice, and to enact positive change. If we choose to remain insular and our concern does not extend beyond the aspirations and ambitions of our immediate family, consuming and not contributing, then we have none to blame but ourselves should others view us with suspicion or negativity.

Please join DarusSalam Foundation for this year’s annual retreat, entitled Ambassadors of Faith: Exemplifying Excellence in Conduct, where we will explore the pristine teachings of our religion regarding the role of a Muslim in his capacity as a family member, a friend, a colleague, a community member, and a citizen, someone who not only represents his faith through his words but through his deeds and his character.


May 12-14, 2017

Topics (Click to listen!)

Abassadors of Faith Mawlana Abdulla Jaber
Keeping the Pact: Fulfilling Covenants and Agreements Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Weight of a Nation: The Life of Mawlana Ilyas Mawlana Ahteramul Haque
The Greatest Generation: Character of the Sahabah Mufti Minhajuddin Ahmed
Sagacious Gems: Sayyid Ali Nadwi Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi
Embodying Mercy: The Immaculate Personality of the Prophet ﷺ Mufti Ehzaz Ajmeri
Befriending Foes: Kindness in the Face of Hostility Mufti Azeemuddin Ahmed
Caretakers of the Earth: Man’s Duty Toward His Environment and Fellow Creatures Mufti Sohail Bengali
Bringing It Home: Upholding the Rights of Women Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Love Thy Neighbor Mawlana Ifdhal Khan
Knowing Our Boundaries: Maintaining Our Identity Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi
Profitable Venture: The Spread of Islam by Merchants and Mystics Shaykh Hamzah Wald Maqbul


Practical Parenting Workshop Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Struggle & Sacrifice Workshop Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi


Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam

Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari is a traditionally-trained Islamic scholar who has studied the Arabic language and various other traditional Islamic sciences including Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir), Hadith and Fiqh in different parts of the world including the UK, Pakistan and Syria. His Shuyukh/teachers include his father, Shaykh Mawlana Adam, Shaykh Yusuf Motala, Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Shaykh Abd al-Razzaq al-Halabi and others. He has received authorizations (ijazahs) in various Islamic disciplines including the six major collections of Hadith and the science of issuing religious verdicts (Fatwa). His authored works include: Islamic Guide to Sexual Relations, Elucidation of Forty Hadiths on Marriage, Birth Control & Abortion in Islam, The Issue of Shares and Simplified Rules of Zakat, and is widely known for providing answers to people’s everyday issues and comprehensive fiqh related articles; which can be found at his website

The Shaykh has taught many courses and lectured extensively on a range of topics, and continues to travel regularly teaching and lecturing both in the UK and abroad. Presently, he resides in Leicester, UK. He is a teacher of various traditional Islamic sciences, and Director and researcher at the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa,

Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi

Tameem Ahmadi is a San Francisco Bay Area native. After initially studying at San Francisco State University he went on to pursue the higher calling of sacred knowledge. Over the greater part of the next decade, Shaykh Tameem engaged in a rigorous curriculum of religious knowledge, studying under some of the foremost scholars of North America, Africa, & South Asia.During this span Shaykh Tameem was granted numerous ijazaat, surpassing the equivalent of a masters degree, in the Islamic sciences including Fiqh, Hadith, Aqidah, Tafsir, Usul, Arabic Grammar & its Branches, Spirituality, and more. In addition he was granted ijazah with isnad in numerous books of ahadith including the Sihhah Sittah, the 6 most authentic colections of hadith.

After completing the highly regarded Dars Nizami curriculum and being granted the Shahadah Alamiyyah (recognition of Islamic scholarship), Shaykh Tameem immersed himself in the study of the Islamic Spiritual Sciences of the Heart under the private tutelage of one of the most honorable Spiritual Masters of our time, focusing on the subject of tazkiyah & tarbiyah (Purification of the Heart). Being granted the mantle of authorization to teach and transmit, he returned to the Bay Area under the advice and suggestion of his Shaykh. Since his return to the Bay Area, Shaykh Tameem has dedicated himself to teaching and benefiting the community with what he had mastered abroad. Shaykh Tameem currently teaches classes on Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Aqidah, Tazkiya, and Arabic Grammar. He is a regular lecturer at numerous Masajid and Halaqahs throughout Northern California. He has translated and authored a number books and articles, and continues to strive in his literary efforts. The respected Shaykh currently heads many scholastic efforts and is a counselor and mentor for religious seekers of all ages, teaching both the dedicated student of knowledge and the casual learner. He is fluent in Arabic, English, Farsi and Urdu. He currently resides in Fremont, CA with his family.

Mufti Ehzaz Ajmeri

Ehzaz Ajmeri grew up in Chicago. In pursuit of traditional Islāmic knowledge, he traveled to South Africa where he pursued a rigorous seven-year ʿālimiyyah program under some of the world’s foremost scholars, including Mufti Rada al-Haqq, who gave him formal certifications (ar. ijāzah). Following his graduation, Mufti Ehzaz enrolled at Madrasah Inamiyyah in Camperdown, South Africa. There, he spent two years working on specialized studies in the field of iftāʾ under the world-famous scholar Mufti Ebrahim Desai. Upon returning to the United States, he worked in the Iftāʾ Department of the Sharia Supervisory Board of America and served as the imām of Masjid al-Islam in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

He is deeply passionate about teaching and education, and is always striving to convey knowledge in the best way possible. One attending his lessons witnesses his knowledge conveyed through his specialized teaching methods. His knowledge and ability to connect to eager learners make the classes he presents incredible sources of benefit for all those who attend.

Mufti Minhajuddin Ahmed

Minhajuddin Ahmed is the institute’s director. Born and raised in Illinois, he memorized the entire Qurʾān at a young age. Later in life, when he reached college age, he opted to dedicate his life to Islāmic Studies and traveled to South Africa. There, he attended the prestigious Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā in Johannesburg. He studied the eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ program graduating with teaching licenses and the permission to issue fatwā in the Ḥanafī School. He studied this program under one of the greatest scholars of our time, Mufti Rada al-Haqq. He also received authorizations in the Holy Qurʾān’s modes of recitation from al-Qārī Ayyūb b. Ibrāhīm Iṣḥāq.

Upon returning to the United States, he served as the director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis for several years before becoming involved at Masjid DarusSalam. He oversees the administration of the institute. His passion for knowledge and dedication to providing a high-quality institute to serve the North-American Muslim community is phenomenal. Along with imparting knowledge to students in the classroom, he envisages creating a brilliant beacon of knowledge that will inspire future generations by offering an opportunity to study Islām in a way that is relevant in contemporary contexts while holding fast to tradition. Along with teaching and overseeing the institute’s administration, he serves as the imām at Masjid DarusSalam.

Mufti Azeemuddin Ahmed

Azeemuddin Ahmed was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. At a tender age, he memorized the Holy Qurʾān. Thereafter, he traveled to South Africa where he studied a rigorous eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ course at Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā. During his studies, he was blessed with the opportunity to spend extensive time in the company of one of the world’s elite jurists and scholars, Mufti Rada al-Haqq. After graduating with top honors from South Africa, he went on to earn a BA in Psychology from Elmhurst College. He served as the director of AIA Masjid in Frankfort, Illinois from 2006 to 2012. 

Azeemuddin is the Takmīl Institute’s principal. His dedication and passion for Islāmic education is incredible. He is continuously in the service of both scholars and students. An individual with sincere love for scholarship, he strives to ensure that everyone at the institute is well and benefiting from the program. His love and enthusiasm bring the classes he teaches to life, every class conveys priceless points that enrich and benefit those in attendance. As well, he serves as an associate imām at Masjid DarusSalam.


This year’s retreat will feature two parallel workshops for both adults and youth. Attendees may choose from the following options:


Times are changing. Fast. In an age where sexuality, atheism, and immorality have become glamorized, the challenges facing our children today are vastly different than the ones we faced growing up. As these challenges evolve, so too should our parenting and the way we tackle them. In this workshop, Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari, who has authored several works regarding familial relations, will share practical parentingadvice with guidance from Qur’an and Sunnah as well as modern educationalists and psychologists. 


Why me? This is a question we often ask ourselves when faced with a difficult situation. Life isn’t easy. The Prophet ﷺ told us that this world is a prison, and we have experienced firsthand the pain of dealing with issues with everything from family to friends to school and beyond. But the Prophet ﷺ also reassured us that there is goodness in every affair of a believer. How do we make the best of a bad situation? In this workshop, Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi will share his advice on understanding, overcoming, and benefiting from the tests and trials that afflict us, with lessons from the life of our Beloved ﷺ.

The workshops will take place Sunday, May 14 from 10:15 AM – 11:50 AM. They are open for both brothers and sisters.

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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. 

Out-of-State Visitors

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.

Graduation & Open House

This year, our retreat will also include the graduation ceremony for our Tanwir Intensive 1-Year Arabic & Islamic Studies Program as well as an Open House for those who are interested in joining for the 2017-2018 academic year. This Open House includes:

-A tour of the facility
-Student presentations
-Live classroom experience
-Overview of courses
-Meeting with teachers and current students
-Q&A session

If you are interested in joining the Tanwir Program, click here to learn more and apply, and be sure to reserve your spot in the Open House here.

Airport Shuttle Service

If you are flying in from out of town and would like us to arrange for your pick-up and drop-off, please click here.


Alhamdulillah, this program is being offered free of cost for all attendees. This is only possible through the help of Allah SWT as well as your support. Please click the Donate button below to help cover the cost of this retreat. Even if you are unable to attend,  your donation will ensure that you receive the reward for all those who attend and benefit from this program inshaAllah,


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