Theme: “Journey of the Soul”
By Aisha El-Amin
“Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the Remembrance of Allah; for without doubt in the Remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.
“For those who believe and work righteousness is (every) blessedness and a beautiful place of (final) return.” (Qur’an, Surah 13, Ayat 28-29)
NEW MEDINAH, Mississippi – As we are enduring very cold weather, my heart is warmed by the fond recall of previous New Medinah Islamic retreat experiences.
I feel nostalgia and a longing for the blessedness, satisfaction, comfort and peacefulness of this model Islamic community. The New Medinah Islamic community lives up to its established motto: “An environment which makes it easy to remember Allah (SWT). “
I invite you to visit New Medinah’s website, www.newmedinah.com, and view the slideshow from the 2013 retreat event. Some of the images there are seminars, other sessions, and vendors at work, camping, the banquet and our children at play.
I hope these pictures will inspire you to attend the 2014 retreat. Mark the date: May 23-25, 2014. More specific information will appear in future Muslim Journals and on New Medinah’s website. Additionally, on this website user-friendly registration will be possible.
Incidentally, this year will be the 28th year that this small community has sacrificed and worked steadfastly and righteously to create a weekend which will be memorable and rewarding.
Actually, it is a must for my husband, Mutawally, our great granddaughter, Sabre, my brother-in-law, Akram, and myself. We have camped out every year. We strongly urge others to join us and camp near the compound of the El-Amin and Abdul Salaam families.
However, if camping out is not to your liking, feel free to reserve a room(s) at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Columbia, Mississippi; call 601-731-9955 before rooms are booked during that busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. Just ask for the New Medinah Block Group.
I have other desires for this year’s retreat. I will pray for the greatest possible turnout. The late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed (may Allah reward him a place in the highest Paradise) supported the efforts of the New Medinah Islamic community. It would be fitting if all who called him their leader would also promote and support the endeavors of this community.
Support and promotion may be in many forms: Register as early as possible, organize a group to attend, give a monetary donation online or by mail, become a sponsor, purchase an advertisement in the ad brochure and spread the word through announcements in your masjid, social media or submitting to Muslim Journal memorable past retreat experience
The New Medinah Islamic community belongs to all Muslims. Surely, its success is a righteous goal of all of us Muslims.