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Experience Ziyara with Mainstay


Whether it is your first time or tenth, experiencing Ziyara with Mainstay is one of a kind. Join us for a spiritual retreat in Iraq — the Cradle of Civilization and the Home of the Shrine Cities: Najaf, Karbala, Kadhimiya and Samarra. We are committed to having everyone who joins to not only leave spiritually uplifted in their journey to the shrine cities, but to come away with a greater understanding of their faith. This is guaranteed through English guides and programming to allow all who participate to learn in the language they understand best. Experience Ziyara — not as [...]

Experience Ziyara with Mainstay2022-11-21T23:51:44+00:00

Inspire Retreat – Chicago


The INSPIRE Retreat The INSPIRE Retreat is a leadership development program targeting university students and young professionals, specifically targeting the American Shia Muslim Community. The INSPIRE Retreat is part of a larger capacity building initiative that aims to empower young leaders in our community by providing training that revolves around innovation, emotional intelligence, communication, self-awareness, and other professional skills. The retreat is designed for serious and dedicated individuals that are striving for self betterment and empowerment to be active members in their communities. Our Speakers / Presenters Details about the Retreat Date: October 8, 2022 Time: 9AM - [...]

Inspire Retreat – Chicago2022-09-27T19:26:09+00:00

Registration for the Najaf Retreat is Now Open!


The Najaf Retreat’s Aims and Objectives: Opportunity for young leaders in our communities to be exposed to the rich Islamic heritage in Iraq by visiting the Holy Shrines and connecting with scholars in the Islamic Seminary in Najaf. Connect the young community leaders and Muslim professionals in the West with the knowledge hub in Najaf – the center of Islamic learning. Participants will engage directly with the senior-most ranking scholars of the seminary and benefit from their knowledge and experience. An opportunity for scholars to better understand the the youth and pertinent issues they face across communities in the west. [...]

Registration for the Najaf Retreat is Now Open!2022-09-28T17:15:45+00:00

Celebrating 10 years


EVENT INFORMATION October 28, 2022 7:00PM EST Bint Jebail Cultural Center 14201 Prospect St Building 2, Dearborn, MI 48126 Ticket Price $100 / ticket $1,000 / table RSVP By October 24, 2022

Celebrating 10 years2022-10-17T14:52:27+00:00

Book Talk with the Author: Husayn – The Saga of Hope


HUSAYN The SAGA OF HOPE Hajj Jalal Moughania is a lawyer, lecturer, and author. He has written and translated original works on Islam such as Grand Ayatollah M.S. Al-Hakeem’s ‘Marjaeya: A Candid Conversation’. He is the co-author of ‘The Pope Meets the Ayatollah: An Introduction to Shi’a Islam’. His most recent work is a historical narrative on the life of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, ‘Ali: The Elixir of Love’. EVENT INFORMATION September 10th, 2022 6:00PM EST The Mainstay Foundation Innovation & Leadership Center 15170 N. Commerce [...]

Book Talk with the Author: Husayn – The Saga of Hope2022-09-02T18:16:51+00:00

A Conversation with the Author: The Prophet’s Heir


THE PROPHET'S HEIR, The Life of Ali Ibn Ali Talib Dr. Hassan Abbas is Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), at the National Defense University in Washington DC. He also serves as a senior advisor at Harvard University’s Program on Shiism and Global Affairs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Earlier he served as professor and department chair at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs (2011-2019) and as the Distinguished Quaid i Azam Professor at Columbia University (2009-2011). He held various fellowships including at Harvard Law School’s Islamic [...]

A Conversation with the Author: The Prophet’s Heir2022-07-01T13:42:25+00:00

What is our obligation of the believers towards Imam Mahdi (a)?


In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful The office of His Eminence, the Supreme Religious Authority Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, may God prolong his life. Peace, mercy, and blessings of God upon you. In a few days, the anniversary of the birth of Imam al-Mahdi (may God hasten his honorable reappearance) will come upon us, in the middle of Shaʿbān. On this joyous occasion, please explain what our master, the Supreme Authority, sees as the obligation of the Shīʿah of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) during the time of his absence, may God’s peace be upon him? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ [...]

What is our obligation of the believers towards Imam Mahdi (a)?2022-03-15T15:46:50+00:00

Why Are We So Materialistic?


Our societies recently have experienced unparalleled advances in science and technology. Throughout the course of humankind, we have never achieved this advancement we see in our society. However, the byproduct of this advancement is that we have been more materialistic. One of the spiritual diseases in our societies is the materialism. God informs in the Quran about being materialistic. In Chapter 3 verse 92 He says, Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah ] from that which you love. And whatever you spend - indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.” When we [...]

Why Are We So Materialistic?2021-07-25T14:46:30+00:00

Value-Based Leadership: The Only Leadership Model Worth Emulating


The predominant culture today idolizes the “charismatic” leader; a leader who possesses a larger than life persona and carries a certain appeal that attract followers in droves. These leaders have a natural ability to inspire and motivate followers; think Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela – all individuals whom fit this bill. These individuals displayed great leadership and made great contributions to the betterment of society, and humanity at large. But that isn’t always the case with charismatic leaders. Many leaders who fit this archetype leveraged their magnetic personalities for ulterior motives; motives that resulted in [...]

Value-Based Leadership: The Only Leadership Model Worth Emulating2021-07-25T14:46:42+00:00

The Pursuit Of Perfection Begins With One ‘Practical’ Step


By: Shiek Hammam Naserdeen The Holy Quran has presented a clear statement that shocks those who like to believe that it is impossible for a person to change his habits or morals, as it states: قد أفلح من زكاها (سورة الشمس آية ٩)) "Successful is the one who purifies it " (Shams 91 verse 9) Self-building and self-purification require that a person recognizes his faults and strives to remove or correct them. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) is narrated to have said in this regard: وعلى العاقل أن يُحصي على نفسه مساويها في الدين والرأي والأخلاق والأدب، فيجمع ذلك [...]

The Pursuit Of Perfection Begins With One ‘Practical’ Step2021-07-25T14:46:52+00:00
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