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Mokhtar Maghraoui

Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui is one of the most well renowned scholars in North America and is a foundation scholar for Al-Madina. Originally from Algeria, he is thoroughly versed in the Islamic sciences and holds a doctorate joined between the fields of physics and engineering. His expertise includes the disciplines of Tazkiyah and Fiqh, and he is best known for his enlightening retreats and seminars empowering Muslims on their spiritual quest.


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Even though the Qur’an itself honors them, in an age of sectarianism, Muslims who seek to mention the Prophetic Household are accused of either deviancy or discord. As the gap between polarizing opposites widens, restoring the rightful place of Ahl-ul-Bayt in our discourse is the first step to help…

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Sūrah al-Mā’idah comprises of some aḥkām (practical rules and regulations) of our daily human lives — which should be, for our own happiness, in accordance with what Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla instructs us, because He knows us better than we know…

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As we begin Ramadan, we ask Allah to give us the desire, and the energy with that desire, to behave and to do that which is most beloved to Him –  during this month, after this month, and forever insha Allah ta'ala.

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Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui on the role fasting plays on the process of attaining taqwa (God-consciousness) and meaningful change, an excerpt from "Inner Dimensions of Fasting".

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Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui reflects on the Night Journey & Ascension in the life of the Prophet and its significance for us today, in this excerpt from Al-Madina Institute's series on the life of the Prophet.

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When we come to Salah, where are we going? We’re supposed to be going to whom?  To Allah – to liqā Allah (meeting Allah) in Salah. So if in that walk or drive or coming to Salah we are not energized in this way, if we come for the wrong reasons and we come lazy and bored, then that’s a sign that…

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Let not the injustice of others make you also unust. Instead, help each other and do participate in all that is mutual and all that is good. Anything that is virtuous, anything that is righteous that is done by other parties – do take part in it. Help in it. But do not help and do not take part in…

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While you are in ṣalah, you should feel as though time stops. There is nothing in the universe and in life that exists that is worth anything.

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We are a trust from God. We belong to Him. He is the Owner. The way we are, the way we shall use ourselves, the way we shall use our minds, our eyes, our ears, our hands, our tongues, our legs, our stomachs, our sexual organs – each one of those and more are trusts (amānāt) with…

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The message of the Qur’an from the beginning until the end is that we as human beings are to be conscious of our relationships with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

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Social, political, economic, civilizational change – the root of all those changes is the change inside of you. I must do work. It does not come without effort. A spiritual dimension is a higher dimension. 

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As human beings, we are to look at everything in our lives—material experience, intellectual experience, psychological and emotional experiences—in the envelope of our spiritual reality. How do we take care of that spiritual reality?

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Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui discusses the ruling on reading the Qur'an in a group and what the great scholars have said on the issue.

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If what we do or say is stripped from rahma (merciful love), then it has nothing to do with our deen.

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The core message of Surah Ali-Imran is about patience. Be patient in the face of challenges and calamities. Don’t give in. And that requires an action of the heart.

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Those who forgive, they restrain anger, and forgive the wrong that is done to them. And truly Allah loves those who are muhsinoon – those who are generous in the way they behave with others. 

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Allah says you shall not attain the state of good, until you give of that which you love. We cannot reach the state of righteousness until we do that.

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The best of provisions on the journey in this world to the next is the provision of taqwa. 

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In the first story of the Qur'an, Allah is reminding us that our home is jannah, and this life is a journey to come back home. 

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Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui describes the nature of the human soul and discusses the approach we need to reach our highest spiritual potential.

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