by Ali Asadullah Ibn Mann Sheikh Kalid Yasin is one of the most influential Muslims in dawah today. He has assisted nearly 27,000 non-Muslims in taking Shahada through means of awareness and research in the diverse belief systems of the world. After several years of applying his techniques and knowledge he has developed a systemized dawah program with the intention of it being implemented by all Muslims across the world as a universal way to spread the message of Islam. The program is manifested in a three-part workshop, each being eight hours in duration, including lecture, interactive models, and role-play. The Muslim community of Chicago, IL has finally given the privilege to attend the introductory portion of this workshop. Members of the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs (ISNS), led by Tunveer Syed, took the privilege to coordinate the event in their Masjid located in Rolling Meadows, IL. Several big name figures from diverse organizations attended, such as Eddie from the highly acclaimed Deen Show, Brother Wajahat Sayeed, president of Al-Furqaan Foundation, a non-profit dawah institution, and Sheikh Muhammad Zamli, president of Riyadhus Saliheen Islamic Institute. At the event, Sheikh Yasin illustrated the fundamentals of his Dawah Training Program. Held over a period of two days, many brothers and sisters came to learn about their obligation as Muslims to educate themselves in spreading the message of Islam. Topics such as how to prepare for a dialogue with non-believers to what arguments to expect from opposition were expounded upon in detail. A comprehensive and practical classification system was introduced for the sake of registering the psychological and educational level of each person that one comes in contact with when performing dawah. This unique frame of reference benefits the da’ee by creating measures and strategies helpful to persuading different levels of individuals. As the students absorbed the general information and different methodologies, they were supplemented with touching stories and personal experiences of the lecturer himself. Sheikh Yasin’s blunt, yet commanding demeanor, which he liked to call “getting real” pulled no punches as he laid out his exact views on not only the deviant beliefs that saturate the world, but Muslims as well. It was a breath of fresh air for the participants and a chance for them to laugh at their own discomfort with issues that were otherwise usually left unspoken. Near the end of the lecture series, the participants were given constructive guidelines on how to achieve a more progressive mentality towards dawah, education, and the strengthening of the Muslim community. When all was said and done, the overarching theme became apparent: if we Muslims wish to become a greater influence in this world and protect our youth from negative influences, we must assume the responsibility that Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saws) laid on our shoulders. We must direct our funds towards the education of our community and the proliferation of the message of Islam to all persons in the world today. Only by doing this will we make stronger Muslims, more allies, and more opportunities to bring people to Allah (swt).
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It is our pleasure to invite you to our first weekend Youth Program in which we will learn more about the Quran and Sunnah’s approach on the contemporary Muslim Youth’s issues while looking into practical steps of coping up with daily interpersonal conflicts faced by us, the Muslim youths.
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Date: 6-8 November 2009 Speaker: Shaykh Omar Baloch & Br Fazrul Ismail Fee: $15
The Dilemma of Youths Today
One thousand four hundred and thirty years have passed since our Prophet (pbuh) made the first Hijrah and established the first Islamic state. 1430 years, and today, how have we progressed in being khulafa’ on the earth– better or worse?
History has shown that our struggles have always revolved around bringing about a universally ideal society – the ideal that Islam too, seeks to materialize. Indeed, it has not been a simple mission. Many have struggled and tried only to realize that it takes a collective effort to bring about any type of change.
The Quran reminds us:
“A man receives but only that for which he strives; that his endeavours will be judged, and only then will he receive his recompense in full.” (Quran 53:39-41)
“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Quran 13:11)
The question is; what are our roles as Muslim youths to motivate those changes? What tools do we need to help guide purway towards establishing a better and ideal society?
Indeed, today’s youth are the future leaders and should not be dismissed. The youth of today need to learn the tools to maintain the dynamic momentum in faith to ensure positive advancement in building a better society. But WHY, HOW, WHAT and WHERE should we begin?
Be sure to join us as our speakers address the issues underlying the Muslim youth and how we can assist and make use of our potentials in living our everyday life as well as making impacts on the society we are in.