“Dude, this is so organized!”
“Wow, this is an amazing turnout!”
“I already miss the class!”
If I could list all the positive testimonials people give about AlMaghrib Institute experience with Qabeelat Wasat, that alone could make for a gi-normous blog post. Alhamdulillah, by the Mercy and Blessings of Allah subhaana wa ta’aala, our organization in Chicago has been outrageously successful (alright, so there was that Chain of Command hiccup, no one’s perfect) the past two years, and I thought, why not share some of our secrets with the people who read this blog 😉 If it benefits you, then insha’Allah, I’ll be rewarded as well.
The Dream Team
In order to accomplish anything of worth, you need to have an amazing team of talented individuals around you whose abilities complement one another well. Even Michael Jordan, the greatest baseketball player, needed to surround himself with role players that did their job well, and most of us (myself included) are not the Michael Jordans of daw’ah, so we’re even more so in need of great people surrounding us.
Alhamdulillaah, we’ve been blessed with an amazing team of brothers and sisters, each one knowing and fulfilling their roles well. They keep themselves accountable, and they produce amazing results. We also use numerous techniques to keep everyone up and motivated, both on a collective and individual level which have come from both our own experience as well as that of others.
Aiming for Excellence
In one hadeeth, the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallim advised us that when we do a thing, we ought to do it with excellence (ihsaan). One of the things we all stress on one another is pushing ourselves to do and be better than we were previously. We have a culture of continuous improvement and not stagnation in our daw’ah, and alhamdulillaah, from ILMFEST 2006 til the Shepherd’s Path, I can see that our work has simply gotten better and better over time.
That’s not to say we’re perfect. We’ve had some pretty interesting hiccups in some of our seminars, from the freezing temperatures in the Westin Hotel for the Route 114 class, to the missing projector for Love Notes. Stuff happens, but are you repeating your mistakes and stagnating, or are you learning from them and growing stronger as a result?
Have a Good Time
Did you know that there are daw’ah organizations that simply don’t have fun doing the work they do? It’s true, there are! Alhamdulillaah, we have an amazing fun time doing all the work that we do. We regularly get to meet new people and have amazing learning experiences before, during, and after classes.
For many, learning Islam is not about great experiences – it’s about massive pain and re-learning stuff everyday that one already knows and has been hearing since kindergarten of Islamic Sunday School.
We don’t think it’s against the Sunnah to enjoy studying Islam. We think it can be an amazingly fun AND spiritually refreshing experience. Yup, they don’t have to contradict.
How about the rest of you? What do you think makes AlMaghrib classes in Chicago so successful?