In Light of Surah Al-Kahf

Faith Amidst Turbulence

Calibrating Our Compass in Contemporary Times




In Light of Surah Al-Kahf

Faith Amidst Turbulence

Calibrating Our Compass in Contemporary Times

"There shall come a time in which the person who remains steadfast upon his faith will be like the one holding on to a burning ember.”  (Tirmidhi).




9:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Since the advent of modernity, the ummah has been in a state of collective and perpetual disarray: politically, socially, economically, and most crucially, religiously. Maps have been redrawn, and long standing institutions and traditions of our community have been excised and replaced, opening the way for ideologies and worldviews alien to those our faith upholds. Moreover, for the first time in our history, Muslims are immigrating in massive numbers and living as minorities among non-Muslim majorities. How do we explain the social and political upheaval in the Islamic World? How do we hold on to our traditions in a time when we are witnessing a radical global shift in ethics and values? How do we practice our faith in a secular environment where religiosity in general is viewed as a vestige of more primitive times and our faith in particular is viewed with contempt?

These critical issues will be addressed in this year's Retreat, entitled "Faith Amidst Turbulence: Calibrating Our Compass in Contemporary Times."

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Dajjal Unchained: Surah Kahf as Protection Against Dajjal
Finding the Safe Zone: Protecting Our Faith
Devilish Deceptions & Defeating the Demons
You Are What You Eat: The Effects of Consumption
The Biggest Loser: Chasing the Temporary, Ignoring the Permanent
From the Life of Zulqarnain: Leveraging our Blessings
Success by Association: The Effects of Companionship



Youth Qiyam Schedule


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[accordion-item title="▽ Mufti Azeemuddin Ahmed"]

Azeemuddin Ahmed serves as director of Masjid DarusSalam. He was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. At a tender age, he memorized the Holy Qurʾān. Thereafter, he traveled to South Africa where he studied a rigorous eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ course at Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā. During his studies, he was blessed with the opportunity to spend extensive time in the company of one of the world’s elite jurists and scholars, Mufti Rada al-Haqq. After graduating with top honors from South Africa, he went on to earn a BA in Psychology from Elmhurst College. He served as the director of AIA Masjid in Frankfort, Illinois from 2006 to 2012.

Azeemuddin’s dedication and passion for Islāmic education is unparalleled. He is continuously in the service of both scholars and students. An individual with sincere love for scholarship, he strives to ensure that everyone at the institute is well and benefiting from the program. His love and enthusiasm bring the classes he teaches to life, every class conveys priceless points that enrich and benefit those in attendance. As well, he serves as an associate Imām at Masjid DarusSalam.


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Usman Akhtar completed the memorization of the Quran at Darul Uloom New York and then went on to study in South Africa. He completed the six-year curriculum under the guidance of world renowned scholars and earned authorizations in Hadith from many scholars. Upon graduation he traveled to Egypt to further his studies and received authorizations while studying privately under many Ulama.

Upon return from Egypt, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Psychological Sciences and served as the Imam & Director of Religious Affairs of the Danbury Masjid|ISWC in Connecticut from 2013 to 2018. He was also a weekend academy instructor at Darul Uloom New York where he taught Arabic and other subjects. He is certified in mental health first aid and is a certified crisis counselor.


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The Mariott Fairfield Inn is located just a block away from DarusSalam at 645 E North Ave, Lombard, IL 60148


Babysitting available 10 am - 6 pm.

$15 per child.

Lectures for All

Complimentary Meals

Nasheeds & Salawat

Sisters' Program

Book Sales

Babysitting Service


Graduation Ceremony

Q&A Session