Join us this Saturday for our community night! Our last community night turned out to be a beautiful and memorable Saturday evening, by the grace of Allah Most High (not possible without your participation).
Trials are in this world by design. Nothing happens without the permission of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (glorified and exalted be He). We have no control over the circumstances we are placed in or the actions of others–nor are we held responsible for these–but we can control the way we react to the situations that Allah decrees for us to experience. In fact, it is our individual reactions to the circumstances that Allah places us in that we will be judged by in the Hereafter.
Whether it be a small fender bender or anything else, the job of a believer is to learn how to respond. The ability to respond in the best way possible is not easy to learn, but for those who are told from the beginning by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (glorified and exalted be He) that “you will be tested”, their reactions should be quite different from others who do not believe this. This is coupled by the fact that we have a Sunnah or a way to follow—the way of a Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam (Allah bless him & give him peace) who was the best of responders to the tests that Allah placed him in. In the Prophet, we are blessed with a living example of how to respond to the trials we face.
In the Prophetic Life Lessons Series, we aim to draw lessons from the Sunnah and Seerah (Prophetic biography) to shed light on how we can better respond to our present-day realities.
About Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith:
Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith currently serves as a resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Annapolis and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. He grew up in a deeply spiritual Christian home in Buffalo, New York. At the age of 18, he embraced Islam after reading the Qur’an and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Within a year after his shahadah, Imam Mikaeel enrolled at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, NY, where he learned to read Arabic and memorized the Qur’an. In 2008, he traveled overseas to study Arabic at the Jami’a Abu Noor in Damascus, Syria. Upon his return, he continued studying the Islamic sciences at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania, where he completed the Alim program and earned his Bachelors in Islamic Studies in 2010. In 2012, he completed his studies of the Sihah Sitta (six most authentic collections of Prophetic traditions) and Qur’anic Tafseer (commentary), earning his Masters in Islamic Studies at the Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario. Later the same year, he moved to Maryland to become the scholar-in-residence at the Islamic Society of Annapolis. He teaches tajweed (Qur’an recitation) and the foundational Islamic sciences at the Makkah Learning Center in Gambrills, MD, and serves as a full-time instructor at the Al-Rahmah Seminary in Baltimore, MD. Imam Mikaeel is passionate about meeting the needs of Muslim converts, building Islamic literacy among youth, and striving for social justice. He shares a love for books and athletics.