Deen Essentials

What: The Deen Essentials program is a weekly halaqa

When: First 3 Sundays of every month at noon

Where: Minhaj Ul Quran, 36 Vreeland Ave. Hackensack, NJ 07601

Instructor: Sidi Saleh Clemons

Islamic Studies, Dar al Mustafa, Tarim

Psychology, B.A.

Washington University in St. Louis, Masters in Legal Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution (expected)

“The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children, but only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart." (Ash-Shua’ra 26:88-89)

Mu’awiya reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

“If Allah intends goodness for someone, He gives him understanding of the religion.” (Bukhari)

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

“Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah makes easy for him a path to Paradise.” (Muslim)

Sakinah Institute welcomes you to a weekly halaqa focusing on knowledge, belief, prophetic practice, and spirituality. This halaqa aims to create an opportunity to build, strengthen, and adapt our understanding of essential elements of the Deen in a way to make it more practical, impactful, and enriching in our daily lives. The halaqa will be led by Br. Saleh Clemons, and will meet on a weekly basis.

The halaqa will focus on building ourselves to create sustained meaning and implementation of prophetic practice to transform and elevate our daily activities. The halaqa will run on a continuous basis and cover several books, but will begin with a focus around “Adh-Dhakheera Al-Musharrafa”, or The Glorious Treasure, written and compiled by Al-Habib Umar Bin Muhammad Bin Salim Bin Hafidh, may Allah preserve him.

The Glorious Treasure is a work that has been prepared for young and old Muslim alike. It has been prepared for newcomers to the faith, those looking to rediscover their faith, and as a beneficial reminder to those who have some knowledge in religious practice already. Our blessed Prophet ﷺ has said: “Seeking knowledge is obligatory for every male and female believer.” Our seeking beneficial knowledge that can enrich our lives in this world and bring us closer in devotion to Our Merciful Lord in the Hereafter is of the utmost importance. In order to beautify our worship and our lives to present to Allah on the Day of Standing, we require a solid foundation to build on. Without a sound and solid foundation, any beautification we attempt in our worship to be pleasing to our Lord will crumble from under itself. This work is dedicated to fortify our foundational knowledge in the religion and help create a significant relationship between our own self and our Creator. This book is one of the first books taught at the Dar Al-Mustafa Islamic Seminary in Tarim, Yemen, where Habib Umar resides and is the Founder and Dean.

Attendees are requested to purchase the book for these sessions.

The halaqa sessions will be led by Brother Saleh Clemons. Saleh left the United States in the path of Sacred Knowledge in 2013 and studied the sciences of Arabic and Tajweed with various scholars in Cairo, Egypt. Following studies there for one year, he travelled to Tarim, Yemen to study at the Dar Al-Mustafa Islamic Seminary under Habib Umar and other scholars of Tarim. At Dar Al-Mustafa, Saleh completed a one year intensive in Islamic studies learning various sciences in Theology, Spirituality, Islamic Law, Hadith Methodology, and Da’wah (calling to Allah). He returned back to the United States in late 2015 where he has worked with organizations in creating holistic programs for social and emotional development among children and families in the non-profit sector. Saleh travelled to Tanzania, Africa in 2017 for approximately one year in order to serve as a consultant to a rural village in the Ngorongoro Conservation area of Tanzania. In Tanzania, he applied his religious and secular knowledge in creating a program for personal discovery and development for both Christian and Muslim children and young adults. After living in this village and working with them for one year, Saleh again returned back to the United States and currently resides in New Jersey. Saleh has a bachelors degree in Psychology, and is completing his Masters in Legal Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution in Law School at the Washington University in St. Louis.