ISLAMIC STUDIES PROGRAM
Posted on May 30, 2016
Last year the Madina Institute USA (Atlanta, GA) launched its 1-Year Usul-ud-Din Intensive Program, and al-hamdu Lillah we are very happy with the progress. We have been working continuously and rigorously to develop and improve our curriculum, teaching & examination methods.
This year, we are happy to announce that we are expanding our offering of programs into what is now the “Islamic Studies Degree Program”. Click here for more information.
Unity within Diversity
Islam and Sustainable Development
Posted on November 21, 2014
By Dr Abbas Barzegar
Islam and sustainable development are both vital for life regardless of their perceived global threats to humanity. But is it possible for the two notions to work together?
The 2011 Arab Spring was considered a Middle Eastern wake-up-call for good governance, a heightened consciousness for transformation, intact social capital, and a fight against corruption, but strangely enough, these concepts also constitute to the DNA for Islamic sustainability. Whilst Islam and sustainable development may be considered unusual partners, little focus is placed on how they are both "vital for life"............
Islam and Interfaith Dialogue
A Concept of Humanity
Posted on November 02, 2014
Dialogue, or peaceful negotiation, is the path prescribed by Islam, for Islam is based on the principle of ‘da’wah’- another term for peaceful negotiation. So does Islam push for the notion of interfaith dialogue? If yes, then how can it be achieved?
The Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) started his unique mission in 610 A.D- this mission was to communicate his ideology to people by talking to them, listening to their objections and trying to convince them of his viewpoint by means of conversation. One of the initial Qur’anic verses revealed to him was that the ideology given by Allah (Glorified and Exalted) to the Prophet should be spread by him among the people (93:11). The Prophet’s ideology was based on monotheism, whereas his Arab contemporaries had believed in polytheism. The Prophet would communicate his points to people and listen to their responses- in this way his mission became a practical demonstration of what we now term “dialogue” or “Interfaith dialogue”. To make this dialogue fruitful, the Qur’an lays down certain meaningful guidelines:
"Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious." (16:12)...............
Love, Marriage and Islam
Posted on January 15, 2014
A topic which always draws attention in our lives, whether that be from parents, grandparents, friends or siblings- MARRIAGE is the most talked about part of growing up. With today being Valentine’s Day, it is timely to discuss Islam’s take on marriage and how that loving bond of marriage can complete every believer’s faith.
All scholars are in agreement that marriage is something which is recommended and called for in Islam- with some scholars adding that it is obligatory (waajib) for those with the ability to do so. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
"Whoever has the ability should marry for it is better in lowering the gaze and guarding one's chastity. Whoever is not able let him fast for it is for him a restraint." (Al-Bukhari)............
Rabi'ul Thaani 1434
Growing Closer to the Creator
Posted on January 05, 2014
Assalaam Alaykum dear brothers and sisters, we pray that you are in the best of Imaan, Ihsaan and Health.
We are now entering the fourth month of the Islamic calendar- Rabi’ul Thaani- a month which according to the Qur’an and Sunnah prescribes no specific worship or function. Does this mean the month should be one of rest? Surely not! We can utilise this extended FREE time to increase our closeness with Allah (Glorified and Exalted) and close the gap between us and our creator. The all important question - “How is your heart with Allah (Glorified and Exalted) today”?
"When my servants ask thee concerning me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me: let them also, with a will, listen to my call, and believe in me: that they may walk in the right way." (Surah Al-Baqarah 2, verse 186)............