3 Ingredients to Wasat’s Secret Recipe

ingredients.jpg“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?

Taha Ahsan

12 Comments

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head, Cyrax, especially the third ingredient. I really feel that our whole team loves doing the work that we do, alhumdulillah.

    I also feel it’s our drive to be organized. Our team is always trying to be in tip-top shape, and is down to audit our process after every class to see how we can improve ourselves.

    May Allah [swt] help Qabeelat Wasat increase in its level and calling people to get closer to Him.

  2. Our success is 3 fold:

    1. Allah subhaanahu wa ta’alaa giving us sucess in His infinite wisdom and we thank Him alone for this.

    2. Our need to please Allah subhaanahu wa ta’alaa with our work.

    3. Subsequently the hard work that is put into it due to point #2.

    May Allah subhaanahu wa ta’alaa continue to make our classes a success, accept our deeds, and choose us for His work. Ameen.

  3. “Audit our processes”

    That someone is thinking of auditing or talking about processes reminds me of how far we’ve come since we first started, alhamdulillaah 😀

    Siraaj

  4. Going off of the first comment, there is no success without discipline, I think our Dream Team over time really learned to discipline our activities, our time, and our way of managing all the tasks that come up.

    I think one way to gauge our success is how it affects ourselves internally. Working for Wasat has helped us become better people =).

  5. This blog needs more publicity.

    The comments go:
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  6. Looks like the same people who help organize are the only ones responding on the blog.

  7. Well, it’s a step by step process, and learning comes along the path.
    May Allah (swt) help us learn from those “hiccups” and become better and better in our journey of da’wah.
    Like you said, we are not perfect and we may think we’re giving it a 100%, but the truth is that there is ALWAYS room for improvement.
    GO WASAT!!!

  8. Well, I’m compelled to chime in here and give my two thumbs up to my Wasati’s. You guys did a remarkable job masha’Allah and I’m making dua that you hit 500+ for the LUL…

    Way to go…

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