the many roles of Rasūlullah ﷺ

“A time will come when the one who is steadfast on his deen will be like a person holding a burning coal.” (Tirmidhi)




10:00 AM - 6:00 PM




10:00 AM - 6:00 PM




10:00 AM - 6:00 PM




10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Masjid DarusSalam

21W525 North Ave., Lombard, IL 60148

Everyday, Muslims in America are faced with new ideologies and views that cause them to question their core beliefs.

Why does evil exist? What does Islam say about evolution? How do I reconcile liberal, secular, and radical ideologies with Islam? Should I follow a School of Thought? How did the Schools of Thought form?

Unfortunately we do not possess the requisite knowledge to answer these questions, let alone inform others of what Islam says about these topics. This leads many Muslims to intentionally or unintentionally leave the fold of Islam or have the wrong set of beliefs.

DarusSalam's Winter Intensive provides an opportunity to withdraw from the clamor of our daily lives into an intensely engaging and intellectually stimulating environment of Islamic scholarship. Immersing in this world of traditional 'ilm, participants will engage in a deep, classical study of essential topics that will inshaAllah ground them in conviction, allowing them to confidently uphold their faith, unflinching in the face of other popular ideologies of the day.

This four-day course includes interactive classes with ample opportunity for questions and discussion. In addition to the conducive studying environment, over the four days you will enjoy good companionship and special sessions aimed at spiritual rectification. After a full day of studying, take a break and enjoy the beautiful City of Chicago, its attractions, and the great Halal Cuisine.

InshaAllah after attending this course, you will be confident in your religion, confident in your beliefs, be able to educate others on the topics covered, and be able to hold on to your faith and not be swayed by the popular ideologies of the day. Gain the tools to identify and protect your faith against the doubts of the Modern Era.


Unit 1 - Atheism and Modern Ideologies

Problem of Evil


Rational Arguments for Belief in Allah (swt) and the Prophet (saw)

Refuting Post Modernism/Radical Left Ideologies in Islam

Refuting Radical Right Ideologies of ISIS and Takfiris

Unit 3 - Signs of the Day of Judgment

Minor Signs

Major Signs

Unit 2 - Lessons from Islamic History


The Fall of the Ottoman Khilafa and its Aftermath

Colonial Era in the Muslim World

Lessons from the Crusades

Rise and Fall of Muslim Spain

Unit 4 - Islamic Intellectual History

Evolution of Schools of Thought in Fiqh

Following a School of Thought


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Dr. Shadee Elmasry was born and raised in New Jersey. He began studying at the age of eighteen, traveling to a number of countries including Egypt, KSA, Yemen and Morocco.

In addition to traditional learning, Dr. Elmasry has received has an M.A. from The George Washington University and a PhD from the University of London SOAS.

Dr. Elmasry went on to teach at several universities including Yale University, University of London SOAS, Trinity College, Hartford Seminary and Manhattanville College.

Currently, he serves as Scholar in Residence at the New Brunswick Islamic Center in New Jersey. He is also the founder and head of Safina Society—an institution dedicated to the cause of traditional Islamic education in the West.


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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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Shaykh Shibly Rahaman was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where he completed the memorization of the Quran. From a young age, his interactions with people of different religious backgrounds helped him cultivate an interest in studying Aqida which ultimately lead him to pursue studies in South Africa where he completed the six year Alimiyah program.

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Minhajuddin Ahmed serves as the Principal of the Academy as well as one of the institute’s directors. Born and raised in Illinois, he memorized the entire Qurʾān at a young age. Later in life, when he reached college age, he opted to dedicate his life to Islāmic Studies and traveled to South Africa.He studied the eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ program graduating with teaching licenses and the permission to issue fatwā in the Ḥanafī School.

Upon returning to the United States, he served as the director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis for several years before becoming involved at Masjid DarusSalam. He oversees the administration of the institute. His passion for knowledge and dedication to providing a high-quality institute to serve the North-American Muslim community is phenomenal. Along with imparting knowledge to students in the classroom, he envisages creating a brilliant beacon of knowledge that will inspire future generations by offering an opportunity to study Islām in a way that is relevant in contemporary contexts while holding fast to tradition. Along with teaching and overseeing the institute’s administration, he serves as the imām at Masjid DarusSalam.


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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. 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. 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.



Course Fee

Student: $100

Individual: $200

Couple: $350

Family: $500

Out of State Early Bird: $50

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Lombard

645 W North Ave, Lombard, IL 60148


For brothers only

InshaAllah we will be having limited accommodations for brothers in the masjid for a nominal donation of $25.00/night to cover expenses of the Masjid. This will also include breakfast and dinner inshaAllah. To register for overnight stay, please click here.


Interactive Classes

Lunch & Refreshments

Dhikr Sessions


Discussion and Q&A