If you need to see our Imam ask a question about The Deen, privately, then this is for you.
You need to make an appointment to see him, or if you are a lady and prefer to speak to a woman, then to see her.
In each case come prepared. Write down what you want to know, and stick to the topic. You might have many questions, but there might not be time to ask all those questions. This session is to find guidance in your personal life, to live on the Deen.
For example, you might be confused by the many things that are preached, that you hear on the radio or see on tv or even hear in the Mosque or Mosques. You want to be clear on what to do, and what not to do, on what time and circumstances allow you to do, and what you can’t do. Do want to do what you can do regularly.
How can you be helped individually to set your mind clear on these
If you would like your family to be a unit of cooperation, then how can guidance in Islam help you with this. What are the simple steps that you as a family can agree on to find more cooperation? You are all willing to do this, but there might be some confusion due to different views and concepts. You might all be arguing more than cooperating.
How can you accept, what is there in The Deen that you should tolerate, and not tolerate, to function as a progressive family?
This is not family therapy. These are Deen Questions. The son might have a view that is different from the father, or the daughter might have different views, or the wife from the husband, or the husband from the wife. What does Allah say? How can we as a family submit to Allah?
These sessions are not meant to be prescriptive or judgmental. It is only intended to answer questions to a family. There will be no preaching. Preaching is for the general public, like on Jumu’ah, or via the radio or tv or magazines.
You come as a family and leave as a family.
Only a professional Psychologist, Psychiatrist, and Social Worker can counsel so that we can nowadays accept that there will be acceptable.
We prefer that these counselors or Positive Psychologist that know how to counter negativity-bias with positivity-offsets.
Our Imams and Teachers and Committee members are not allowed to counsel anyone. Our Imam who gives Deen guidance will refer members of our community to professional counseling when the problems are personal.
We have classes every day and night at our Masjid and at the Salaah Khana. You can choose the one that suits you.
We invite other groups who have excelled in their field to teach us here because we want our community to get to those levels.
Our education is meant to be progressive. We are striving for excellence in education so that this can resonate in the careers of our young people wherever they are.
Our perspective on education is that we learn whatever will help to improve us as individuals, as families, and as communities. Thus we also teach leadership and better governance for those of us who so selflessly volunteer to serve our schools, our police, our sports, and our places of worship.
Sadaquah and Zakaah
Zakaah is different from Sadaqah. Zakaah has its own compulsory rules, while Sadaqah is voluntary. We become human through Zakaah and Sadaqah and inhuman through ignoring Zakaah and Sadaqah.
Our Masjid and every other community organization function only from Sadaqah. Our poor people must benefit from Zakaah.
Afrikaans calls these ‘Liefsdadigheid’, an act of love. In English, it is known as charity. It indeed brings love and expels hatred.
You will only appreciate the value of Zakaah and Sadaquah as a Muslim when you get to see what Allah says bout these. Then you look around you and see how these are the engines that drive love and keep the community together.
Making Salaah and Fasting and paying Zakaah and giving Sadaqah and going for Hajj all are actions that help us physically and spiritually.
Still, having done all these, we like to be part of a gathering, that remembers Allah with tunes and words that we have come to know as children when we liked our nursery rhymes and songs. It is part of our child to love stories, rhymes, and songs. That’s how we learned, and our child part will always be with us. It reminds us of our purity, our innocence and helps us to better connect with our children, More than anything, it opens our minds to learning and keeps us young.
This is what a thikr gathering is. We are trying to be innocent children again, in the remembrance of Allah, who cared for us, when we were so fragile and vulnerable. We realize that we were always vulnerable, but got carried away a bit with our illusion of strength.
In the thikr, we connect again with our true selves; energize our bodies and faith; we become as fearless as our slave parents were when they kept Islam alive here through thikr.