AlMaghrib & Bayyinah Instructors’ Schedules at ISNA 2010

ISNA is back this year with the 47th Annual ISNA, MSA National, & MYNAl Conventions all in one weekend. The program is packed with great sessions with AlMaghrib’s Yasir Qadhi, Yaser Birjas, and Suhaib Webb, all three Bayyinah instructors, and many more.

Here is a break down of the schedule with AlMaghrib instructors, as well as those from Bayyinah Institute and former Wasat student AbdelRahman Murphy with sessions for the youth. Also look out for your chance to sign up for one-on-one Q&A sessions with instructors.

PURPLE = AlMaghrib Instructor | RED = Bayyinah Instructor | BLUE = Youth

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010


Tasting Transience

AbdelRahman Murphy, Saad Quadri
3:00 – 4:30 PM Main Session 1
Room 23 (Convention Center – MYNA)

From the very moment we are born, our lives start a constant countdown to our death. Our time on this earth is truly transient—it is constantly moving forward, despite our efforts to stop it. Our lives are simply marked by the steady flow of sand through an hourglass; with every second that passes, another grain of sand falls…and it will never return. Our actions on this earth are represented by the dash between the date of our birth and our death, nothing more. Allah (swt) has given us this limited time on His Earth to make a difference. As Muslims, we should take make the most of every second we are blessed to have; for certainly it is our duty to take hold of the fleeting moments granted to us by our Creator.


Pathway to Paradise: Lessons from Abu Bakr & Khadija

AbdulNasir Jangda
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm Lecture Session 1a
Rosemont C (Hyatt – MSA)

Throughout human history, there have been extraordinary examples of service. This is the first of a three part series on the most notable examples of those who walked the pathway to paradise. It is important that we look at each of the noble companions and deeply examine their lives. Khidmah (service) was the dominant theme in the lives of both Abu Bakr and Khadija (may Allah be pleased with them both). Come to understand what we can take away from their lives as well as implement and inculcate these teachings for ourselves and those around us.


Serve Yourself Right: The Prophetic Guide to Diet & Healthy Living

Kamran Riaz, Saliha Shakir, Yaser Birjas
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm Lecture Session 1b
Rosemont A (Hyatt – MSA)

The Islamic lifestyle is defined by balance, including balancing one’s spiritual as well as physical health. Our bodies have a right upon ourselves — a right to be nurtured, maintained and protected, all of which we are accountable for. This session discusses how to best server ourselves by maintaining a healthy lifestyle based on the prophetic model.


Grasping the Rope of Allah: Developing a Meaningful Relationship with the Qur’an

Faisal Matadar, Nouman Ali Khan, Muhammad Al Ninowy
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm Lecture Session 1d
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

As Muslims, we enjoy the ability to have a direct relationship with Allah. Any time we desire our Creator speak to us, all we have to do is read His book. It’s as simple as that. All we have to do to serve our Lord and bring blessings into our lives is read Qur’an. If you are trying to gain an increased motivation for reading and understanding Qur’an, this is where you need to be.


Shielding our Hearts: Facebook, Twitter, & the “Me” Generation

Suhaib Webb, Omar Mahmood, Zaid Shakir
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm Main Session 2
Grand Ballroom ABCD (Hyatt – MSA)

It’s what’s hot today: the latest MySpace post, tweet, poke, or reality TV show. What’s the big deal? All of us are doing it, and we love it! Islam advocates for a very different message cautioning us against this self-absorption where, our privacy, modesty, spirituality, and humility may suffer. This session explores how this phenomenon can impact our character and how we serve ourselves best when we reconcile it with Islamic values.


Tempering Turbulent Tides: Overpowering Our Inner Desires (SISTERS ONLY)

Nouman Ali Khan, Aneesah Nadir, Altaf Husain
11:00pm – 12:30am
Rosemont A (Hyatt – MSA)

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d: The Prophet said, “Whoever guarantees me (the chastity of) what is between his legs (i.e. his private parts), and what is between his jaws (i.e., his tongue), I guarantee him Paradise.” (Bukhari)

Note: This session contains mature content and attendees are asked to use their discretion. Growing up brings a world of opportunities, excitement, and experiences. What may seem like a small, innocent indulgence or even something we stumble upon accidentally could very well take us off track. Fortunately, overcoming our desires doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Come for a candid discussion on dealing with our lower desires (focusing on pornography) and its impact on Muslim youth, our religion and our relationship with our families.


Rethinking Romance: What’s Love Got to Do with It
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Faraz Rabbani, Heather Laird, Yaser Birjas
11:00pm – 12:30am
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

Love is a mysterious enigma waiting to be explored. Let’s learn about love, Muslim style. We’ll demystify myths about love. Are we even allowed to fall in love? Come discover some of the companions who fell in love and learn what it takes to fall in/out of love.


Qiyam ul-Layl: Dwellers of Paradise

AbdulNasir Jangda, Omar Hussaini
1:00 am – 2:00 am
United AB (Hyatt – MSA)

We talk about heaven frequently in our religion, but how well do we actually know it. Can we smell the beautiful fragrance and see the gardens with rivers flowing under them? Come if you want to feel the awe of the hereafter and reap the benefits of this knowledge

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010

AlMaghrib Institute Reunion
Yasir Qadhi, Yaser Birjas
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

Annual AlMaghrib Institute Reunion. Come for an opportunity to reconnect with instructors and students from all over the country.


Exploring Roles: Youth Leadership Workshop

Ubaid Bandukra, Tauqeer Zaidi, Atifa Chiragh, Nouman Ali Khan
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Grand Ballroom ABCD (Hyatt – MSA)

Come for an opportunity to understand and develop your leadership potential. This is your chance to meet MSA leaders and alumni from around North America.


Serve Yourself Right: Modesty for the Modern Muslim

Yahya Rhodus, Heather Laird, Abdul Nasir Jangda
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Lecture Session 2b
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

As the Prophet (SAW) said, “Modestly comes from belief; Belief leads to Paradise. Obscenity comes from antipathy; and antipathy leads to the fire.” (Bukhari)

Maintaining modesty today isn’t easy. It requires young and passionate Muslim brothers and sisters to temper the temptations around them while preserving internal curiosities and aspirations. Come discover the various aspects of internal and external modesty. We’ll explore practical methods of increasing haya’ (modesty) and how it can be implemented into the busy lives of the modern Muslim.


Grasping the Rope of Allah: Our Conversation with God

Tahir Anwar, Omar Mahmood, Wisam Sharieff
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Lecture Session 2d
Rosemont A (Hyatt – MSA)

As another one of Allah’s miracles is that we have the privilege of making salah (prayers) five times each day. Think about it, this is our personal “one on one” time where we actually get to converse with Allah. Serving our Lord is just as simple as talking to Him. Of course disciplining ourselves to pray, pray on time, and pay attention can be hard. If you are trying to gain an increased motivation for praying and improving the quality of your prayers, this is where you need to be.


Deen Talk: The Radicalization of a Generation

Tariq Ramadan, Dalia Mogahed, Suhaib Webb
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Grand Ballroom ABCD (Hyatt – MSA)

Breaking News flashes across the screen, you hear snippets about an attack, and you pray that there is no Muslim implicated. Next thing you know, there’s a counter-terrorism lecture on campus making gross generalizations about Muslims, there’s a pundit advocating stripping Muslims of their civil liberties, and you find yourself struggling with the best way to respond. Friends, colleagues, neighbors, and classmates: it seems like everyone is casting a suspicious eye towards you. Comes to this session to brainstorm ideas of ways to respond or to share projects you or your MSA undertook to respond to these current events and deal with problems of home grown radicalization.

Deen talk is an intimate talk show type set up where students will interact with the speakers each sharing their comments, questions, concerns, & experiences. Seating is limited and will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Effective Means of Educating Others about Islam

Nouman Ali Khan, Amir Mertaban
5:30 – 7:00 PM Session 8E
Room 25 (Convention Center – ISNA)

In the early days of Islam, a major emphasis of outreach was to serve the community. Islam not only uplifted individuals spiritually, it also uplifted the overall social and economic condition. The poor of the society knew where they should turn to for help. We live in one of the most technologically advanced and wealthiest countries in the world. Yet the unfortunate reality is that there are many Americans who are poor and live below poverty level. This session will explore how to integrate the message of Islam with social activities that would benefit the poor and needy of the society. It will take us back to the way of Rasulullah (PBUH) when conveying the message was not only with words but with deeds as well.


Nurturing Compassionate Communities: Connecting Faith and Service

Tariq Ramadan, Ingrid Mattson, Suhaib Webb, Ali Gomaa, Hamza Yusuf
9:10 – 11:15 PM Session 9A
Main Hall A (Convention Center – ISNA)

This session will address the main theme of the convention. Our duty as Muslims is to represent the true meaning of Islam by reaching out to the broader community we serve, the underprivileged and underrepresented. As tensions continue to increase throughout the world, we as North American Muslims have a unique opportunity rarely found elsewhere to serve our community with assurances of security and freedom. Using the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) as our shining example, this session aims — through diverse informed and unique speakers — to motivate inspire and move us beyond mere words and rhetoric, to truly living a way of life dedicated to serving God by serving humanity.


Tempering Turbulent Tides: Overpowering Our Inner Desires (BROTHERS ONLY)

Omar Hussaini, Altaf Husain, Suhaib Webb
11:45pm – 1:15am
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d: The Prophet said, “Whoever guarantees me (the chastity of) what is between his legs (i.e. his private parts), and what is between his jaws (i.e., his tongue), I guarantee him Paradise.” (Bukhari)

Note: This session contains mature content and attendees are asked to use their discretion. Growing up brings a world of opportunities, excitement, and experiences. What may seem like a small, innocent indulgence or even something we stumble upon accidentally could very well take us off track. Fortunately, overcoming our desires doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Come for a candid discussion on dealing with our lower desires (focusing on pornography) and its impact on Muslim youth, our religion and our relationship with our families.


Rethinking Romance: Discovering Islam’s First Love Story

Yaser Birjas, Tahir Anwar, Yasir Qadhi
11:45pm – 1:15am
Grand Ballroom ABCD (Hyatt – MSA)

For some, ‘new love’ fills each day with excitement. While being on cloud nine is fun, the realities of marriage do eventually settle in. But who said the honeymoon has to end? Let’s learn about love, Muslim style. Discover Islam’s first love story, what we can learn from it, and how to keep the spice and sizzle.


Qiyam ul-Layl: Standing in Front of the Gates of Hell

Wisam Sharieff, Omar Hussaini
1:45 am – 2:45 am
United AB (Hyatt – MSA)

“No! When the earth is pounded to powder, and your Lord comes with His angels, rank upon rank, and Hell, that Day, is brought [face to face] – on that Day will man remember? But how will that remembrance profit him?” – (Qur’an, 89: 21-23)

On the Day of Judgment the inhabitants of Hell will see their destined abode face to face and will realize the error of their ways. But, of course, it will be too late. We talk about hell frequently in our religion, but how well do we understand it. Can we see the fire and feel its heat? Come to this session if you want to feel the awe of the hereafter and reap the benefits of this knowledge.

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010


iMuslim: Doing the Deen in a Web 2.0 World

Saad Omar, AbdelRahman Murphy
9:30 – 11:00 AM Main Session 9
Room 24 (Convention Center – MYNA)

It’s time for your daily dose of Facebook when you see some unexpected names along side your homepage. Prophet Muhammad (S), Fatima (R), and Abu Bakr (R) are all listed under your ‘Suggested Friends’ list. Let’s reflect: would we add them as friends? Would we set them on a restricted profile? Are we too embarrassed of our online lives? Refreshing the homepage, we see a new poke from Shaytan. Do we poke back or block him? Often times we are tempted to do a deed that may not necessarily fall within the scope of our Deen. The Internet opens up a whole new world of opportunities and possibilities – it’s our job to tackle the grey areas and sort through what is and what isn’t Halal.

Office Hours with Yasir Qadhi
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

This is your chance for one-on-one Q&A with Yasir Qadhi. Students will be allotted a single five minute slot to ask whatever he/she wants. Only ten slots will be available. Slots will be scheduled at a first come first serve basis. No one will be allowed to book more than one slot. Anyone who has to leave will lose his/her slot. No exceptions will be made.


Office Hours with Abdul Nasir Jangda

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Rosemont C (Hyatt – MSA)

This is your chance for one-on-one Q&A with Abdul Nasir Jangda. Students will be allotted a single five minute slot to ask whatever he/she wants. Only ten slots will be available. Slots will be scheduled at a first come first serve basis. No one will be allowed to book more than one slot. Anyone who has to leave will lose his/her slot. No exceptions will be made.


The Prophetic Model in Nurturing Compassionate Communities

Yasir Qadhi, Yaser Birjas
11:30am – 1:00pm
Room 14 (Convention Center – ISNA)

Muslims believe that the exemplary model left by Mohammed (PBUH) is the best model to emulate. Through his teachings and lifestyle, Muslims learn learn each and every facet of what it means to be a true servant of Allah. In this session, Sh. Yasir Qadhi and Sh. Yaser Birjas will take a close look at the Seerah of the Prophet in light of community activism and nurturing communities. By studying his example, Muslims will be better prepared to follow the prophetic tradition and achieve the greatest potential from our works.


Caliph Connections: Learning from their Legacies

Suhaib Webb, Omar Mahmood
12:00 – 1:30 PM Main Session 5
Rooms 21 & 22 (Convention Center – MYNA)

It seems as if the glory, the beauty, the spirit of the days of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs were so long ago. After the death of our beloved Prophet (S), four powerful and unique leaders were chosen to be the torchbearers to light the road for the Ummah. Yet as we flip through the thin pages of our Sunday school textbooks, we can scarcely understand the life these powerful men had led. Who were these men? What legacy did they uphold? Come join us as we decipher the scrolls of history and attempt to fathom the efforts of the Caliphs that strengthened our Ummah and built upon the foundations set by our Prophet (S).


Keeping Connections: Activism After Marriage

Asma Ghori, AbdelRahman Murphy, Faisal Matadar
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Workshop Session 2b
Rosemont A (Hyatt – MSA)

Once Allah SWT has blessed us with the special someone, it’s easy to file away our activism as another memory. Sure we may find ourselves with more responsibilities, but the lessons we’ve learned from our experiences can help enrich the lives of others. Come learn how we can not only keep, but increase our momentum to serve ourselves, our Creator, and His creation after marriage.


Back to the Drawing Board: Reconstructing your Soul through the Qur’an

Wisam Sharieff & more
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Workshop Session 2d
Rosemont B (Hyatt – MSA)

Hear renowned Qur’an reciters as they demonstrate the beauty of the Qur’an through recitation and tafseer.


Bayyinah Institute Reunion

Nouman Ali Khan, AbdulNasir Jangda, Wisam Sharieff
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Rosemont A (Hyatt – MSA)

Annual Bayyinah Institute Reunion. Come for an opportunity to reconnect with all three instructors and students from all over the country.


Office Hours with Suhaib Webb

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Rosemont C (Hyatt – MSA)

This is your chance for one-on-one Q&A with Suhaib Webb. Students will be allotted a single five minute slot to ask whatever he/she wants. Only ten slots will be available. Slots will be scheduled at a first come first serve basis. No one will be allowed to book more than one slot. Anyone who has to leave will lose his/her slot. No exceptions will be made.


Office Hours with Yaser Birjas

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Rosemont D (Hyatt – MSA)

This is your chance for one-on-one Q&A with Yaser Birjas. Students will be allotted a single five minute slot to ask whatever he/she wants. Only ten slots will be available. Slots will be scheduled at a first come first serve basis. No one will be allowed to book more than one slot. Anyone who has to leave will lose his/her slot. No exceptions will be made.


Pathway to Paradise: Lessons from Uthman & Mariam

AbdulNasir Jangda
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Lecture Session 3a
Rosemont C (Hyatt – MSA)

This is the last of a three part series on the most notable examples of those who walked the pathway to paradise. Attendance at the previous sessions is not required. Karam (generosity) was the dominant theme in the lives of both Uthman and Mariam (may Allah be pleased with them both). Come to understand what we can take away from their lives as well as implement and inculcate these teachings for ourselves and those around us.


Grasping the Rope of Allah: The Power of Supplication

Mokhtar Maghraoui, Nouman Ali Khan, Yasir Qadhi
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Lecture Session 3d
Room: Grand Ballroom ABCD (Hyatt – MSA)

When we turn towards Allah raising our hands to make du‘a’ (supplication), He is shy sending us away empty handed. As Muslims we are blessed that even asking from our Creator is considered serving Him. So let’s take some time to learn about the power of du‘a’, its benefits, and effect on our lives. If you are trying to gain an increased motivation for making du‘a’, this is where you need to be.


Making Waves, Riding the Currents: Living the Life of Service

Yasir Qadhi, Nouman Ali Khan, Suhaib Webb, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf
5:45 pm – 7:30 pm Main Session 5
Main Hall A (Convention Center – ISNA)

Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri, radiyallahu ‘anhu, said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say: “When any one of you sees anything that is disapproved (of by Allah), let him change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then let him change it with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then let him change it with his heart, though that is the weakest (kind of) faith.” [Muslim]

Muslims in America are amongst the most educated and affluent of the global Muslim community. Our situation gives us the potential to accomplish so much in way to our religion. With such a blessing comes a real responsibility. We must realize who we are, what our responsibilities are, and how we can use our strengths to contribute to Islam, ourselves, our Lord, and our communities.

MONDAY, JULY 5, 2010

BONUS CLASS: The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam
Suhaib Webb, Imam Mohamed Magid
10:00am – 2:00pm
Paris Room (Hyatt – ISNA)

“Ghazali is considered by many to be one of the revivers of Islam, offering inspirational guidance that transcends time to strengthen each generation of our Ummah.” Remember, only ISNA Convention registrants may attend this enlightening event. Mukhtar Ahmad, ISNA Programs Director, states, “This half day event is just one of the many enlightening sessions offered and reasons to register for the ISNA Convention today!”

Taha Ahsan

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  1. Assalam alaikum. Is there a fee to attend any of these lectures in ISNA?

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