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 circumstances and trials we face.
In the Prophetic GPS seminar, 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 individual and communal realities.
About Imam Amin Muhammad
Imam Amin Muhammad is a native of Atlantic City, NJ, who has spent more than a decade studying the Islamic sciences with scholars from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Lebanon. In particular, he has spent extended periods studying with Shaykh Samir al-Nass, Shaykh Salah al-Din al-Idlibi, Shaykh Jamal Dhahabi, and Shaykh Walid al-Rifa’i. He has studied many of the Islamic sciences, including Aqidah, Fiqh, Tafsir, Sirah, Hadith, and Hadith methodology. Presently, Imam Amin lectures weekly on Islamic Theology (Aqidah), Jurisprudence (Fiqh), and Spirituality (Tasawwuf) in various centers of learning in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Imam Amin is known for his community involvement at the grassroots level, serving people far beyond his own community. He continues to be involved in numerous local and national projects, while serving as the imam of Masjid Muhammad, the oldest mosque in Southern New Jersey.
About Imam Mikaeel Amith
Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith is an Islamic scholar, writer, and activist currently serving as an instructor at Qalam Institute, which provides a transformational education of the sacred Islamic sources in a modern context. He grew up in a deeply spiritual Christian home in Buffalo, NY. 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. In 2012, he completed his studies of the Sihah Sitta (six most authentic collections of Prophetic traditions) and Qur’anic Tafseer (commentary), earning his degree in Islamic Studies at the Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario (BA equivalent). Later the same year, he moved to Maryland to become the scholar-in-residence at the Islamic Society of Annapolis. He taught tajweed (Qur’an recitation) and the foundational Islamic sciences at the Makkah Learning Center in Gambrills, MD, and served as a full-time instructor at the Al-Rahmah Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He is currently pursuing his MA in psychology. Imam Mikaeel is passionate about meeting the needs of Muslim converts and students of knowledge, building Islamic literacy, working with youth, and striving for social justice.