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 far east to the far west, this years IlmFest. is packed with all star calibre speakers that will provide you with an unforgettable experience.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
Is the Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute. He is one of the few people who has combined a traditional Eastern Islamic seminary education with a Western academic training of the study of Islam.
Shaykh Omar Suleiman
Young evergreen scholar with the big smile. Born and raised in Louisiana, he has a unique way of relating to a western audience through his character, and has gained the love of people of all ages and backgrounds. As an AlMaghrib instructor, he teaches the hugely popular ``Behind the Scenes`` seminar which focuses on the strengthening of the soul and disciplining the nafs.
Shaykh Abdulbary Yahya
Known as the most laid back, easy-going instructor in the AlMaghrib line-up. He is often used as the example for patience at its best, and is famous for his personal funny experiences that he uses wittingly to teach and help you remember an Islamic concept.
Shaykh Saad Tasleem
Shaykh Saad studied Art History, Modern Art, Graphic Design, and Psychology at the University of Maryland. He started his Islamic education at IIASA in Fairfax, VA. He then went on to study in the Islamic University of Madinah where he dedicated himself to the study of Islamic Sciences. He graduated with a Bachelor’s from the Faculty of Shariah, University of Madinah.
Shaykh Kamal El Mekki
Dubbed the Black Belt of Dawah. With decades of experience in the Dawah scene, Shaykh Kamal combines his ground-breaking teaching style with his own dash of humour, certain to leave students feel at ease & entertained, but above all skilled and empowered.
Ustadh Wisam Sharieff
Ustadh Wisam Sharieff is the founder of Advocating Qur’anic Literacy (AQL), an institute focused on educating communities on how to read, memorize, and understand the Qur’an. He has taught over 15,000 students worldwide through traveling seminars, long-term study, and online instruction.
Ustadh Majed Mahmoud
Majed went on to obtain a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University. During this period, he finished his memorization of the Quran. In his pursuit for Islamic studies, he has taken over 60 courses with AlMaghrib, Bayyinah and other institutions, including topics in theology, Islamic jurisprudence, and Quranic sciences.
Asmaa Hussein is the author of ``A Temporary Gift,`` a registered social worker, and mother of a spirited daughter. Asmaa has a BA in English and Sociology and a MA in Social Work. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and has been actively involved in the Muslim community there for many years. She currently lives in Toronto with her family.
``Sameer Sarmast is the Host and Executive Producer of “Sameer's Eats”, the popular Halal restaurant review show on YouTube. In 2013, Sameer and his team launched ``The Halal Food Tour`` in 5 U.S. cities across the country. The tour was a series of Halal Food Festivals highlighting local Halal restaurants while Sameer and Yvonne Maffei of “My Halal Kitchen” entertained the attendees by hosting cooking demos and “Iron Chef” style cooking challenges
Tickets & Registration
$ 45Per PersonNon-Guaranteed
On The Day Of Pricing
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$ 30Per PersonBased on Availability
Minimum Family of 5
Kids 8 And Under are FREE!
(Allowed in main hall with an Adult)
Ages 9 And Above require a Full Ticket
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Garden State Exhibit Center
JULY 23, 2016
50 Atrium Drive
FranklinTownship, NJ 08873
In The Eye of the Storm
Sh Yasir Qadhi
When we’re in the fog, it’s difficult to know where we are and how to get out. Difficult times might come with lapses of judgement, but the answers are always found in the religion of Allah.
In this session, increase your reliance on the wisdom and justice of Allah, and develop the needed ingredients of taqwa, sabr and preparation.
To Live By One Verse
Sh Omar Suleiman
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud called it the most comprehensive verse in the Quran, essentially condensing the entire range of Islamic teachings into just a few words. By it, ears perked and hard hearts softened. By it, leaders and their followers accepted Islam. “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” Surat Al-Nahl: 90. In this session, delve into the marvelous Surat Al-Nahl as we learn its context, time of revelation and how it teaches us to engage with the wider society beyond the Muslim community.
When It’s Good to be Bad
Sh Saad Tasleem
Our knee-jerk reaction in controversial scenarios is an indication of our true character. How we subconsciously behave in contentious and dubious circumstances lets us know what kind of people we are.
In this session, let’s get real about our character. Allah teaches us in the Quran how to behave in times of adversity and uncertainty like divorce, accusations, and rumours. This session is all about who we are as people in relation to one another.
Diving for Pearls
The more you spend with Quran, the more it will give you of itself. Contemplating upon the verses of Quran is an essential aspect of our growth. As Allah said, “Do they not reflect upon the Quran, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?”
In this session, learn how the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wassalam) and companions engaged with the Quran. Strengthen your skill of tadabbur (contemplation) and uncover its physical, spiritual and mental manifestations.
The Light and the Mirage
Sh Kamal El Mekki
Your relationship with Allah determines your entire life. Allah describes Himself as the Light in one of the most popular and commented upon verses in the Quran (light upon light). The use of imagery in this verse is superbly vivid and layered with meaning. In contrast, Allah describes someone who is far from the guidance of Allah as disillusioned like the mirage.
In this session, self-assess your connection with Allah, expose the sources of distraction in your life and draw ever nearer to the Light of Allah.
The Art of the Call
Sh Abdulbary Yahya
The era of prophethood has ended and the onus of calling to the truth falls upon us. Allah says, “Upon you is only the [duty of] notification.” Our job is to convey, as taught to us by the Quran, with knowledge, wisdom, and kind words. In the Quran, Allah uses hope and fear, analogies, thought-provoking questions and beneficial stories to engage the listener. In this session, learn Quranic techniques of da’wah to effectively provoke thought and touch the hearts.
Quran Beyond Ramadan
Ust. Wisam Sharieff
It amazes us what we can do in Ramadan. Each year we feel like this is it; this is the year we carry our new habits beyond Ramadan. Yet every year, we fumble. What is the key ingredient we are missing? How do we maintain our new-found relationship with the Book of Allah throughout the year? In this session, revive the same vigour for Quran you developed in Ramadan and develop your no-nonsense action plan moving forward.
God of Mercy
Ust. Majed Mahmoud
No matter your sin, no matter how far you feel from Allah, and no matter how deep in the dark you feel, know that Allah is Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim, Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafur, Al-’Afuw and many other names of mercy, generosity, love and forgiveness.
Allah says, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” The Quran is filled with uplifting verses of hope, reminding us to never despair.
In this session, recharge with hope and optimism in the promises of your All-Compassionate Lord.
We will all be tested. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when. In the face of the tragic, painful, or destructive events that are bound to touch our lives, we can react in one of two ways. We can use the tragedy to seek nearness to our Lord, fostering patience and lighting the fire of hope; or we can collapse, throw our hands up in the air and say I give up. In this session, hear Asmaa Hussein recount her story of losing her husband to the massacres of post-coup Egypt, and learn how to rekindle your hope in Allah after facing painful trials.