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Navaid Aziz


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Let's start with this. I love all the instructors and the vetting process of hiring the best candidates is clearly seen in our mock up. So you have a camaraderie, a brotherhood fraternity of people that love each other, support each other want the best for each other. And it's all grounded in Islam. Number two is leadership has always been phenomenal leadership based upon a prophetic model that is based on this deen and spreading it far and wide and educating the masses about Islam. And I think that concept of being united, we're spreading the deen of Allah subhanaw. Taala is perhaps one of the most beautiful things you can see in any organization. And then last but not

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least, in terms of wild Maghrib. They've also been perhaps one of the most supportive organizations that I've ever worked with, in the sense that if there's any skill set that I wanted to develop, they are at the forefront of encouraging me in developing that skill set. And that's so rare to find within Muslim organizations that you find an organization that wants to support its employees, its contractors, its teachers that build your skill set because we want to see you succeed not only in Al Maghrib, but outside whatever else you're doing before a mugger came onto the scene. There were just your typical Hello because there weren't weekend seminars, they weren't weekend workshops.

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Almagro really revolutionized that. And one of the things that it did was that when it aligned itself with massage it, those massage it came to life, they brightened up, you know, not only for the salons, but even for the Halacha as the Joomla Cottbus, people wanted to be there. So I think it'll create a sense of community within the community, because there is massage everywhere. But not everyone will feel at home at the masjid. But when an old mclubbe came to town and you know, affiliated with a masjid, that must have started to feel like home and people started to feel at home at that Masjid. So that's something that we really see that once a man who came into town, that

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greater sense of community and a greater sense of belonging came about. Number two, a sense of, you know, this quote that I've always shared that either you unite on something good, and that's what Allah subhanaw taala uses you for, or Allah subhanaw taala says a common enemy that forces you to unite. Almagro was always a common good, where people across the community in different realms of work, all came together to help promote the deen of Allah subhanaw taala and create a sense of loving knowledge. And then third and last, is that when you look at the impact thereafter, you know, the old Amara model, when you had double weekends that we can between you're like, I can't wait, I

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can't wait. I can't wait till the second weekend. But now that that model doesn't exist as much, it's now about okay, one class is over. When can we have the next and I want you to think about that for a second. When was the last time that with regards to something religious? You said to yourself, I can't wait till it happens again. And that's what I'm not going to brought to the community. What am I going to did for the Dawa so far, like it revolutionized the concept of Islamic education. From you know, what, it doesn't have to be you traveling overseas only, and you only attending your Halaqaat but there is this version of you could attend in person and suit your lifestyle and your

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the time that you have available. And now the pandemic changed all of that as well, like all models have drastically had to alter the way that it approaches education. And I think that's what's going to continue to happen that when we look at different trends in Islamic education, the evening Allah He to Allah, ICL, McGraw being at the forefront. And what I really love about this concept is that when we were restricted to in person classes, only places where the people love a Maghreb, and its instructors and the dean that is taught throughout Maghrib, like India, like Pakistan, like Bangladesh, like Indonesia, you know, where we can't physically be, they now have access to it. So

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what I see happening in the future is this old Kabila system of having a fraternity and having, you know, a close knit community, bringing that online, right, not just globally, but even locally, like how do you create online chapters where people still get together to study and revise, and practice and implement and create mutual love that's based upon learning at the local level online. So I think that's something that I would love to see. I would also love to see even the way that it revolutionizes AI in this teaching, right, GBT? Is this whole thing that's changing everything now, how is that going to impact you know, Islamic education? I think that's something that will McGraw

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will be exploring and will be bringing about as well as artificial intelligence in other realms, as well. If you want to support Islamic education, and you want to sustain Islamic education, and you want to create an Islamic identity for your youth, that is not contradictory with Western values and the places that they live, then that's why you need to support a Muslim so my first memory without McGraw you know, believe it or not, is actually two things. So number one was when I got the contract, because I remember I was sitting in Medina on my desktop, and I'm like, Allahu Akbar when I can't believe someone wants to hire me.

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So that was my first like, vivid memory of all Maghrib

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But that's just in terms of like the contract. The second thing was prior to that was seeing Sheikh Muhammad Sharif Rahim Allah Who Ramadan wasa Tito sola or soul Folk is a very dense topic very difficult very difficult to to approach very difficult to teach very difficult to keep you know, students attention in the class, but seeing Sheikh Mohammed Al Rahim, hola come up with his, you know, unique terminology in vernacular, like, bucket list and football field goal and and all this other stuff that he was teaching in class made it a very unique experience. And I think that's when I learned that you know what Islamic education can actually be fun. So it's not about being engaging

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alone, but it's actually being fun. And that's what Sheikh Muhammad Rahim Allah brought to the class. And then Sheikh Mohammed is mentioned this a couple of times.

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To me and publicly, but the reason why he hired me because in that class, I asked him, How do I become, you know, the best teacher possible. And that's what led him eventually to hire me. So I would say that is perhaps my first two memories. Now, my most fond memory, our Multilib Institute, I think, was probably when I taught my last class. So I taught the Prophet smile for the last time in Scotland. And at that time, I had sort of made up my mind that I wasn't going to be teaching as much. And a couple of things happened. Obviously, the the class didn't know that, but inside I knew it. So I gave it my best effort and you know, try to deliver it as best as possible. So it was a

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very emotional experience, which obviously transferred into the class like till this day, people still look up to could still come up to me, they're like, Hey, I remember the Prophet smile in Scotland. And I was like, Allahu Akbar. But something funny came out of that this and this is like the, you know, the internet never forgets, there is this young brother probably 1415 years old.

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He's like, You take you changed my life? Do you mind if I take a picture with you? I'm like, Sure, no problem. So we take a picture together, he puts it up on social media. And he says, best day of my life, and someone puts in the comment section is that DJ Khaled.

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That's something I will never forget. And the internet is not forgotten. Because every couple of years now, someone always brings it back up and tags me in it. So yeah, those are some of my fond memories of all noclip. It was a very difficult moment in my life when I came back from Medina university, because I had sort of made up my mind that I don't want to become an imam. But as a graduate of an Islamic Institute, if you don't want to become an Imam, what do you do? And I remember that he had come to Montreal, and we went on this retreat to mount Trump law. And one late night, we had this conversation in terms of okay, what do I want to do in the future? What do I

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enjoy, and where's my heart at. And eventually, you know, we came to the conclusion that the best thing that you can do is to be in the service of people to be in the service of community. And if you enjoy that even a little bit, then that's what you need to pursue. So I think in terms of growth, there's a lot that I owe to Sheikh Mohammed after Allah subhanaw taala, in terms of public speaking skills, you know, his ABCD of public speaking till this day, I still use that. Number two, in terms of making content fun and engaging, that's always at the forefront of my mind, because he created this burden. And I use that word intentionally, that we literally make or break people's

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Islam. If we make it relevant, fun and engaging in sha Allah, they become proud, confident Muslims. But if we make it boring, and you know, burdensome on them, then this is you know, one of those things that perhaps they may end up leaving Islam, they may end up hating Islam, they may not end up liking Islam as much as they should. So I think that really created a mindset of you have to try your best and strive for your best. And then last but not least, the concept of professionalism. Right. I have never seen anyone that brought a degree of professionalism to Islamic education and Islamic work. Like Sheikh Mohammed Al Rahim, Allah hota, Allah did. And till this day, you know, I

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stand by those principles that we learned, when you look at this concept of identity. Prior to Al Maghrib, there was nothing on a national or international level that brought people together and created a sense of community. So I think that is what amalgam has brought is a sense of pride in Islam, a sense of community, a sense of confidence, a sense of relevance of their faith, to their worldly life, is broad, all of those things, and it's impossible just to isolate one and pinpoint one. So I would say all those things combined, like a Maghrib is its instructors, right? And it's stuff, it's the it's the people, right, so my dua for Al Maghrib. And everyone that is affiliated is

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that Allah subhanaw taala keeps us sincere, that Allah subhanaw taala unites our hearts that Allah subhanaw taala grounds us in the Sunnah, and that Allah subhanaw taala makes us though

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To whom they are accepted from particularly in as they said aka God on their behalf