Viewing Life through the Lens of Surat Al-Kahf

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Surat al Kahf, the 18th surah found in the exact middle of the Qur’an, contains 110 ayaat rich with stories and parables that are constantly engaging the reader. It is a Meccan surah that is full of deep insights and tackles serious subjects that concern us both in this life and the hereafter. The surah gives us a perspective to examine life differently in pursuit of finding its reality.  Surat Al-Kahf pertains to everyone, no matter his/her situation. If one is poor, weak, and oppressed, he will find the whole surah addressing his problems, giving him support, and suggesting solutions. If one is wealthy, healthy, and powerful, she will find it primarily speaking to her as well.

It was reported by the Prophet (pbuh) that “whoever reads Surat Al-Kahf on Friday, it lightens what is between the two Fridays.#” How can we best understand this light? This light is a guiding light throughout the week. Since we all face challenges that are both large and small, and we can very easily get confused as to how best to address our issues, we need a frequent reminder of the right perspective.  Surat al-Kahf gives us a criterion to make decisions and form opinions. It helps us understand challenges and gives us the ability to deal with them, whether they involve our finances, our personal relationships, or our pursuit to seek knowledge.  There is no doubt that this surah will, time and time again, be an indispensable gem in our lives if we use it in accordance with the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).

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June 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm 7 comments

100 Reflections on the Egyptian Uprising: A Lighthouse Episode

In this Lighthouse Episode, we will be sharing 100 Reflections on current events. Keep reading after the video for the first 10 opening reflections.

All of the world’s eyes are on Egypt and current events are, by all accounts, historic. Whatever our connection to the uprising, there is no doubt that as MAS members we are drawn to any call for liberation and every fight against oppression. The peaceful methods of change, the enterprise of people in gathering and protecting each other despite obstacles, the economic and social divides that have been crossed in the organic, grassroots mobilization for justice are all aspects that resound with us.

We invite you to participate in a reflection process to show our own people a different side of the Muslim world in this peaceful, organized movement for democracy. It can help us guide our families and friends to channel their energies into productive activism instead of being over-idealistic or apathetic.  Finally, these reflections help us engage in an interactive, experiential tarbiya process, in which we are seeing the lessons in real life instead of through books and speeches.

The Lighthouse Team invites everyone to contribute  to 100 REFLECTIONS on the current situation in the Middle East, which will be shared online on the MAS Tarbiya blog. Send your reflections on the comment section of the blog. Reflections can be any length and any style.

To get your ideas flowing, the Lighthouse team drafted 10 opening reflections. Read, reflect, learn, then give back by sending in your own!

1. From Hope to Belief

We all know that we should never lose hope in Allah and His support. However, this belief sometimes becomes a theory. The Egyptian uprising ignited this belief and made it real. Many of us were almost hopeless after many attempts to reform. This uprising removed the dust from our hearts and taught us to always believe that Allah will bring justice, even after a while. Allah gives people the chance to struggle, put effort, try possible means, and become almost desperate. Only then His support comes to revive our belief and comfort our hearts. In light of the events in Egypt, the verse “Until when the messenger almost gave up on their people and thought they are deemed liars, our victory comes to them…” takes on a completely different taste.

2. Power lies in the Hands of Allah (more…)

February 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm 20 comments

TAM Registration Now Open

The registration for TAM 2010 is NOW OPEN for all locations. Visit http://www.mastarbiya.org/tam2010 to register and for more information about the TAM, program, locations, and other details.

TAM West – San Diego – Oct. 8-10
TAM East I – Maryland – Oct. 15-17
TAM South –
Houston – Oct. 22-24
TAM East II – Hartford, CT (hosted by NY) – Oct. 29-31
TAM Mid-West –
Milwaukee, WI – Nov. 5-7

The 2010 TAM Team and the TAM host chapters are working hard throughout this Ramadan to create a memorable and powerful TAM experience that will equip MAS members with an invaluable set of skills. Stay tuned for many more details and sneak peeks into this year’s program and highlights.

Make the intention this Ramadan to attend TAM, deepen your commitment to the cause of Allah, and play an active role in this important national MAS event by registering TODAY!

August 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

A Special Ramadan Message

Dear MAS members,

MAS Tarbiya would like to congratulate you on the upcoming month of Ramadan. There is no time of year that is filled with the potential and opportunities as the days ahead. The Prophet (saw) said, “Ramadan has come upon you. It is a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition in good deeds, and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in this month of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.” [Narrated by Tabarani]

For Ramadan-related inspiration and ideas on how to maximize self-development, don’t miss the Lighthouse Project episode from last year, “Flee to Allah”, which contains instructions on how to make Ramadan a turning point, combat inconsistency and laziness, increase our reward through charity, and become among the people of the Quran. You can view the pdf document here.

For MAS members, Ramadan should be much, much more than just a season in the conventional sense–when greetings are exchanged, fasts and prayers are performed collectively, and families and friends come together. Get ready from this very moment to take advantage of the enormous opportunity for self-development and purification before you. Stretch yourself and push yourself to the limit in charity, activism, and self-purification–we have the whole year to pace ourselves so this is not the time for rest and taking it easy. Do not allow Ramadan to come and go without achieving a breakthrough in your relationship with Allah (swt).

Let’s compete before Allah (swt) to take advantage of Ramadan, for we are coming upon a special time when rewards and forgiveness are given out left and right and there is an unbelievable discount on jannah itself. If we walk away empty-handed, we have only ourselves to blame. Remember MAS, your brothers and sisters, and the upcoming TAM 2010 in your supplications–ask that Allah (swt) forgives us all, bestows His guidance on us, and grants us the energy, time, and sincerity to carry His mission forward in America.

Yours sincerely,
The MAS Tarbiya National Team

August 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm 1 comment

Announcing TAM 2010 Cities

MAS Tarbiya is proud to announce the five locations of TAM 2010!

TAM East I: Maryland

TAM East II: New York

TAM Mid-West: Chicago Milwaukee

TAM South: Houston

TAM West: Phoenix San Diego (boycotting due to Arizona Immigration Law SB1070)


TAM 2010 will take place between the dates of Oct. 1 and Nov. 7. The exact dates for each location will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more details.

We hope that all chapters in every region will contact the host chapters to see how they can help and begin to plan to push registration in their localities to ensure that TAM ’10 is a positive opportunity for every MAS chapter.

June 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Objective 2: Expand the Five Qualities – Tarbiya MindMap

The sharing of MAS Tarbiya objectives for the year continues with this post. Below is our second objective:

Objective 1: To increase the contribution of MAS members to the tarbiya effort and resources – Contribute over Consume

Objective 2: To further describe the five major tarbiya qualities

What is this objective?

When we started the term, our team came up with five major tarbiya qualities that we would like to achieve in MAS members individually and in MAS as a society to be able to carry out MAS mission. The qualities can actually be used to describe any American Muslim who wants to engage in a mission like ours. The five overarching qualities are: (more…)

May 21, 2010 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

Moderation Webinar Coming Up on Sunday

Mark your calendars for the first of two webinars in the Lighthouse Project’s Moderation episode. “Moderation Unleashed,” by Dr. Jamal Badawi will be on Sunday, May 9, from 8-10 p.m. EDT. Register for the webinar here.

Jamal A. Badawi is a Canadian-based professor and world-renowned speaker, author, and advocate of Islam and Muslims. He has authored several books and articles on Islam. He also researched, designed and presented a 352-segment television series on Islam, aired in Canada, the US and other countries. Audio and video copies of this series are widely available.

May 3, 2010 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

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