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What is IlmFest?
ILMFEST is our grand yearly festival of knowledge, an unforgettable event as attested to by thousands of you last year!
For those who might be thinking “it’s just another conference”, think again! This is not your normal run-of-the-mill Islamic gathering – rather, IlmFest is a unique blend of those special ingredients that only AlMaghrib can pull off, whether it’s our relevant cutting-edge keynote lectures, or the live performances with a difference, or the engaging chai-chats, or the probing interviews, or the talent show sessions, or the eclectic mix of stalls, and much more! IlmFest truly has something for everyone!
Share the news with everyone you know because they’ll be talking about it for months afterwards, so just make sure you can say that you were there. IlmFest truly is an incredible experience that will leave all of its attendees yearning for more!
World Class Speakers
From the far corners of the world, the line-up of speakers at this years IlmFest is truly special. From young dynamic, knowledgable speakers, to well known shuyookh from around the globe. Hover over and click on the speaker list below to see bio and more.
Minnesota: Saint Paul River Centre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
Charlotte: Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St
Sr Kaltun Karani
Our emotions and how we deal with them determine not only our well-being, but also the type of life we lead. How do we gain more awareness of our internal compass and allow it to lead us through a life we are pleased with in the Dunya and Akhirah?
“Despite facing many hardships, many women in history have been the backbone of society. What qualities did some of the most inspirational women possess that allowed them to leave such remarkable legacies?”
Sh Waleed Basyouni
“The story of Yousef (A.S) is a favourite among many.
We love hearing about how this prophet overcame the difficulties in his life
– how he went from being thrown into a well to interpreting dreams for a king.
In this lecture, we contemplate how we can take lessons from
the story of Yousef and apply them to our own lives. “
“The rewards of praying in congregation outweigh those of praying alone.
Yet we often fail to recognize that fact. In this lecture, we will discuss practical ways to increase our time praying in congregation at the Masjid and the benefits of doing so.”
Sh Ammar Alshukry
The Desire for More: Minimalism and Surat At-Takathur – MINNESOTA
“It’s easy to get caught up in worldly-life desire. Sometimes, that desire can overtake us and spell disaster for our eternity. In these unparalleled times of materialism, let’s see how guidance from the Quran can help us replace
love of the dunya with love of the akhira.”
The Poor: The Followers of the Prophets & the Beloved of the Sincere – CHARLOTTE
Ever since the beginning of Prophethood, the poorest of society have been the first to accept and follow the truth. Why is that, and what lessons can we take from it?
Sh Majed Mahmoud
judged by how they end. How can we ensure that we conclude our lives
in the best way possible way, so that we are ready to stand in front of our Lord?”
Sh Mohammed Faqih
The Power of Forgiveness – MINNESOTA
“One of the most powerful characteristics of our faith is forgiveness.
We find strength in knowing that our Lord loves to forgive. But we often
find it difficult to be the giver of forgiveness within our lives and relationships. It’s time we revisit the guidance of our Lord and His Messenger to re-discover how this one, oft-neglected skill can reshape our entire lives.”
The Ego Factor – CHARLOTTE
“How in control are you of your ego? Too often we let our egos destroy
the good of our lives… along with the good of our Hereafter. Join us for
an eye-opening session where we will learn all about the “ego factor”
and how we can prevent it from growing into an uncontrollable beast.”
Sr Sarah Sultan
“Dwelling on the past results in regret, while overthinking about the future leads to worry. How can we take control of the present and use it to overcome our struggles, to become our best selves and to gain closeness to Allah?”
Sh Abdulbary Yahya
Sh Omar Suleiman
A Life of No Regrets – MINNESOTA
The Prophet (pbuh) once advised his companion: “Do not say anything for which you must apologize and abandon any desire to acquire what other people have.” Today, many of us struggle with the regrets we’ve accumulated over the span of our lives. How can we follow the Prophet’s advice and start living a life of no regrets?
Br Farhan Abdul Azeez
Sweetness of La Ilaaha Illa Allah – MINNESOTA
La Illaaha Illa Allah translates to “there is no God but Allah” and is a declaration of our faith. But what other ideas and feelings does this phrase evoke? This lecture will go into the meaning of La Ilaaha Illa Allah and it’s importance in our lives as Muslims.
Unapologetically Muslim – CHARLOTTE
“What can we do to empower ourselves and our families to be confident in our Islam and identity as Muslims? Join us for an enlightening talk that explores
this important question.”
Ust Yasmin Mogahed
“Many of us feel paralyzed by our problems, becoming prisoners to our circumstances. But our situation isn’t determined by what happens to us. It is determined by how we respond. When we change our lens, our thinking and our response, we can change our lives.”
Sh Mohamed AbuTaleb
“Muslims today struggle under the weight of Islamophobia, the incessant pulls of atheism, materialism and more. At times, it seems like a miracle that we are even able to keep our faith. Prophet Ibrahim (a.s), amidst unimaginable challenges, not only saw a way to survive, but charted a path for future generations to thrive. We explore and commemorate his blessed example while looking inward to examine how that vision can motivate our own dreams for ourselves, our families and our communities.”
Sh Saad Tasleem
Does Patience Mean Suffering in Silence? – CHARLOTTE
Often when we are facing difficulties in life, we are told to “have patience.” But what does having patience really mean? Do we sit idly by and wait for things to get better? Or do we take action knowing that everything is in the hands of Allah SWT? As we look into the meaning of patience, we will discover the right way to deal with difficulty, the proper response to abuse and removing ourselves from bad situations.
Imam Wisam Sharieff
The Art of Quranic Recitation? – CHARLOTTE/MINNESOTA