The heart of Al-Maqasid lies in our programs. Our learning methodology is based upon the al-Maqasid al-Thalatha: knowledge (‘ilm), devotion (suluk), and service (da’wa). We aim to weave together a diverse set of programs that allow for various levels of formal learning as well as regular opportunities to sustain and increase one’s religious knowledge and practice.
Linguistically related to the spirit (ruh), the Rawha is a weekly class centered around Islamic spirituality. It explores the text-based tradition that outlines the spiritual path and aims to inspire seekers to both embark upon it and attain its realities.
Loving the Beloved
This weekly program includes a recitation of the prophetic biography in poetry form followed by a counsel intended to connect the listener to the Prophet ﷺ and his teachings. The more we know about his life, character, and way, the more we will come to love and follow the one beloved to Allah.
“The Gathering of the Penitent” was established by the illustrious scholar, Imam al-Haddad, during his lifetime. Transmitted for over three centuries, it contains a study of passages from several works of the Imam—all of which are the epitome of beneficial knowledge—along with recitation of the Quran and spiritual poetry.
This weekly program, taught by Ustadha Azza El-Ashry, focuses on teaching the essentials of sound Quranic recitation (tajwid) and memorization (hifz) and seeks to engender a deep attachment to the Book of Allah.
This monthly program allows for sisters to come together and attend a class on various general topics of interest, and permits participants to ask open questions and foster meaningful discussion. Babysitting is provided to facilitate the participation of sisters with young children.
At the Al-Maqasid Weekend School, children and youth from the ages of 5-16 come together each Friday evening to grow in religious knowledge and practice, as well as to nurture their connections with Allah and His beloved Messenger, with each other, their teachers and the community. Students who complete our program through age 16 should be well-prepared to assume their responsibilities as a young adult Muslim, confident in their faith and heritage and well-integrated into the adult community.