In response to one of Umar Lee's points, here's the first and small step towards greater participation of converts in AlMaghrib programs.
Scholarships are being offered for the next two Aqeedah classes, one in NJ and one in MD, both within reasonable commute of the major communities of converts:
"Rays of Faith: Fundamentals of Faith 103" @
Shaykh Waleed Basyouni March 16-18 & 23-25 2007
"Light Upon Light: Aqeedah 102" @
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi February 23-25 &
Deadline for applying for Aqeedah 103 (Waleed B.): March 2, 2007
*The earlier you apply, the better the chances. If the student meets all 3 priorities, then he'll get in on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The scholarships are offered by the Clear Lake Islamic Center's (CLIC) Knowledge program, which has supported these before in Houston for Aqeedah 101.
Scholarship will be for $100 each. Remaining amount has to be incurred by students or requested from Al-Maghrib independently (to the best of our information, Al-Maghrib does have programs to offset partial costs for needy students).
Scholarship priorities are as follows (in order of importance):
Muslim converts (required)
Financial need (not required but preference will be given)
- First-time students (not required but preference will be given)
In order to apply, simply send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, telephone, & where you fit (or not fit) in the scholarship priorities. We'll take it on from there.
IMPORTANT POINT: Scholarships will actually be LOANS, qarda hasanah. The way to repay the loan is very easy. Every student that gets this loan, has to attend the class (of course) and ALSO take the exam... That's it! With that, his or her loan is forgiven! Simple as that. Those who do not take the exam without a good reason will owe us the scholarship amount. Our purpose is clear: the scholarship is for those who are genuinely interested in seeking knowledge!
A total of 15 scholarships will be offered between the two classes. Preference will be given to Aqeedah 102, with up to 10 scholarships assigned there. Please note that CLIC (sponsors of Texas Dawah) is not affiliated with Al-Maghrib in any official capacity.