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We all know Surah Fatiha like the backs of our hands. We can recite it in our sleep! However, do we all recite it correctly? With proper tajwid?

Come to this free two-hour workshop with your own Qur’an, humility, a sense of humor, and an open mind. And bring a friend!

10 a.m. to noon | Saturday, September 10 | MCC Conference Room | No charge or RSVP needed to attend | Please register only if you want to join the post-workshop lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at mcceastbay.org/workshop-lunch

**The workshop is free. Paid lunch only from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. after the program. Please purchase a lunch ticket only if you’d like to join Ustadh Ashir and other attendees for a meal after the workshop ends. Food provided by IniBurger (hamburger and fries). Purchase a lunch at mcceastbay.org/workshop-lunch

Join in person (much preferred) or watch virtually at mcceastbay.org/live

In this seminar, Ust. Ashir Kirk will give us a letter by letter, word by word, and ayah by ayah breakdown of the tajweed of Surah Fatihah. This is an interactive, engaging family event about the most important surah in the Quran.

This workshop, part of the Surah Fatihah National Tour, is sponsored by Measured Tones Institute of Quran and MCC East Bay

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org

“Indeed We have granted you [O Messenger] the Seven Frequently-Repeated [verses] and the Tremendous Recital.” (15:87)

Experts in Qurʾanic commentary have explained that this verse is a reference to Sura al-Fatiha – due to it being repeated by believers multiple times a day in their prayers. They also say that the Tremendous Recital (al-Qurʾan al-ʿAẓīm) is also a reference to the same sura. Its greatness is such that Allah expressed what a great favor He had done to the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, by referring to it with two great titles – as though each is a separate entity.

Having a deep understanding of this sura is essential for those wishing to imbue their prayers with deep devotion and a sense of presence with their Lord. One of the names of the sura is “The instruction of how to ask.”

In this free two-hour workshop, Ustadh Ashir Kirk beautifully explains the rich, nuanced meanings of this sura – connecting each point with the deeper meanings of living Islam and attaining closeness to Allah. It’s unmissable.

Our learning outcomes:

  • – Discuss the virtues and importance of the Fatiha.
  • – Understand the rich, nuanced meaning of this sura.
  • – Apply the lessons in their daily lives.
  • – Transform their prayers by reciting with reflection.
  • – Acquire the tools necessary to attain presence in prayer.

About the presenter:
Ustadh Ashir Kirk is the founder and Executive Director of Measured Tones Institute of Quran. Born to a Muslim convert mother, he started studying Quran at the age of 10. At 16, he dropped out of high school to pursue his Quranic studies in Damascus for 4 years and 2 years in Morocco, before moving back to the States to continue studying. He received ‘ijaazah in both Hafs Shatibiyyah and Tayyibatun Nashr.

Ustadh Ashir received the Muhammad Ali scholarship to Bayan Theological Seminary in Chicago to pursue his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Islamic Chaplaincy. When he’s not focused on MTI, he divides his time between running two businesses, working with nonprofits, and his local masjid in Memphis, TN.

What: The Surah Fātihah National Tour is a highly engaging workshop that focuses solely on the tajweed of Surah Fātihah. Even though Surah Fātihah is the surah we all know the best, there are many common tajweed hiccups that people make when reciting it. Some of the errors are major and result in changing the meaning of the surah while some are basic. In this workshop, we hone in on all of them by addressing them one by one from start to finish.

Why: Surah Fātihah is the only surah in the entire Quran which is obligatory to recite for salah to be valid. Therefore, most scholars have said that perfecting its recitation is an absolute necessity.

Who: This workshop is intended for the whole family, whether you are a revert or born Muslim. If you have Surah Fātihah memorized, then it is for you. There is no age limit nor is there a specific target demographic.