In 2007, there was talk in the Muslim blogosphere of MSA National being dead. There were several articles, an independent survey and private meetings to discuss it. Five years later nothing has changed. Just the names of the people managing it. I attended the ISNA 2012 conference in Washington, D.C. and sat in the MSA main session in the main hall Sunday night. I heard Dr. Altaf Husain speak and call upon people to donate to MSA National. Appealing to the parents of children that attended campuses across America to donate because the MSA helped their children find their Muslim identity. This is true. MSA helped me and literally thousands of Muslims. The MSA has inspired Muslims to go overseas and study and come back and build institutes and educate the masses. The MSA has guided many from clubbing and drugging to praying and learning. The MSA has helped people find half their deen in a spouse that they love and appreciate (jokes aside this is a good thing). The MSA is wonderful and awesome for those who participated in it. Many who graduate and move on always reminisce on the MSA days. Many say they don’t miss school, they just miss the hanging out with their friends at the MSA.
Update: Added Audio track from Sidi Nazim Baksh:
The track below is taken from the Album “To the Guide’s Chamber:A Journey to the Prophet of Islam” by the Libyan Ensemble Bustan Al-Madihin (trans. Orchard of Devotional Singers). The Ensemble comprises 30 professional singers and musicians united in their love of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The group is led by Shaykh Bahlul Sa‘id Abu ‘Arqoub, one of the most accomplished Libyan munshidin. The ensemble was formed in 1998 on the exact day the Muslim World was commemorating the birth of the Blessed Prophet. My friend Sohail Nokhooda at Kalam Research and Media (U.A.E.) wrote: “With the launch of this new and exciting album, “To the Guide’s Chamber”, the group brings their rich musical repertoire and soulful lyrics to a wider audience of listeners who long to be touched by the weaving of faith and poetry.” The album, released in 2010 by KM&R, was recorded in Syria – two countries rocked by shocking violence. To those who feel love not hate, enjoy this beautiful track by Bustan Al-Madihin and let us pray together that sanity triumphs over unspeakable cruelty.
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The hard earned freedom of the Libyan people has been sullied by a band of zealots. In the last few months they’ve desecrated countless graves, bulldozed mausoleums and even exhumed and discarded bodies that have been interred for centuries.
Attacking the dead is sacrilege in every faith tradition and in every culture of the world except perhaps in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While the majority of Libyans and indeed the global Muslim community have condemned these heinous acts and are insisting that the ignorant be punished, some senior Saudi religious scholars advocate the opposite opinion.
The recent destruction of the grave of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq came as wake-up call to all civilized people, that something is seriously wrong in Libya.
Thanks to the commentaries of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Muslim students in the West have come to appreciate the scholarship Sidi Ahmad Zarruq, the 15th century scholar who was born in the city of Fez. His grave in Misrata is now an empty hole, his body unceremoniously removed and allegedly discarded.
Shaykh Faisal Abdur Razak calls out the extremist Salafis on the destruction of Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq’s Masjid
“Enough is enough.”
Seems like Canada is about 5 years behind the United States with a extremist Salafi problem.