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Centralizing the Qur’an in Raising a Prophetic Community

Certainly, this Qur'an shows the way to all that is most upright (Al-Isra’: 9)

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Saturday, March 4, 2023 @ Annoor Academy Gym

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Uncover the Light of the Qur'an

We had such a blessed and beautiful night. Thank you for attending. We look forward to sharing more from the event in the coming days! Have feedback? We’d love to hear it! Please email admin@muslimknoxville.org.

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As the ultimate source of guidance and wisdom, the Qur’an holds a central place in the hearts of all Muslims. It is the revealed word of Allah, and through its teachings, we can uncover the path to righteousness.

On Saturday, March 4th, we invite you to join us at Annoor Academy Gym in Knoxville, TN for an enlightening conference on the Qur’an. This one-day event will be an opportunity for us to come together as a community to reflect on the blessings and mercy present in the words of Allah.

Throughout the conference, we will have inspiring talks and beautiful recitations of the Qur’an, as well as workshops on Tajwid and live scholarly reflections. Additionally, we will be offering a series of 40 Hadith that reveal the blessings of the Qur’an.

We also invite you to participate in our 2nd Annual Al-Mizmaar (flute) competition, as we will be hosting our young Qaris of Knoxville on stage!

As we come together to explore the depth of the Qur’an, we hope to strengthen our connection to Allah and unlock the gems of revelation that it holds. May Allah guide us on this journey.

One Day Conference
Saturday, March 4
Register Now for $30

Inspiring Talks

Our local leaders share their jewels of wisdom inspired directly from verses in the Qur'an.

Recitation of Qur'an

Local and national Qaris will elevate the speech of Allah through their elegant vocals.

Qur'an Seminar

Dive deep into the scripture of God through a collection of narrations of our Prophet ﷺ.

Tajweed Halaqa

Learn to articulate and honor the Arabic letters and words when reciting the Qur'an yourself.

Live Qur'an Reflections

Qur'an reciters and scholars respond in tandem with real time exegesis of the Qur'an's message.

The Agenda

9:00-9:30 AM


9:30 AM

Session 1
Quran: Our Spiritual & Mental Healing

In the trials and tribulations of life, where do you find solace? Indeed, the Holy Quran holds eternal guidance and healing for the deepest pains of the human condition. By reflecting on its passages, can we begin to glimpse the infinite mercy and grace of Allah? Join us for reflection and discussion as we seek comfort and purpose in the living words of the Quran.

10:00 AM

Session 2
Quran: Our Hope in Times of Hopelessness

The Holy Quran is filled with promises of Allah’s love and reminders of His power to overcome any challenge. Through recitation and reflection, let us rediscover in the Quran a wellspring of hope that can revive and renew us, even in life’s bleakest valleys. Join us for an hour of finding solace and strength in the words of Allah.

11:00 AM

Session 3
Nasheed: Noor Ensemble

Experience the stirring nasheeds of Noor Ensemble in tribute to Allah and His Messenger (SAW). Through original songs and traditional pieces, Noor Ensemble expresses devotion to the Creator and love of the Prophet ﷺ.

11:30 AM

Session 4
Quran: The Safest Refuge for Our Children in Times of Confusion

The Quran serves as a fortress of peace amidst life’s chaos and uncertainty. Yet, in an age of tumult and confusion for young souls, how can we offer them shelter from the storm? By introducing children to the timeless stories and lessons within its pages, can we help them find stability, grace, and purpose? Parents and caretakers, join us as we explore the Quran’s treasures as a sacred refuge of wisdom for children in times of confusion.

12:30 PM

Session 5
Quran: The Business that Will Never Bankrupt

In a world obsessed with material gains, the Quran reminds us that charity is the eternal investment that will never go bankrupt. While wealth quickly diminishes, the good we do for others is counted and multiplied by Allah. By reflecting on the Quran’s teachings on zakat, sadaqah, and virtuous deeds, can we rethink how we earn and spend in our brief lives? Join us for a reevaluation of our purpose, finances, and charitable giving through the Quran’s timeless wisdom on charity.

1:30-1:45 PM

Dhuhr Prayer

1:45-3:00 PM

Lunch Break

3:00 PM

Qur'an Book Binding Workshop

Join us for a hands-on workshop focused on the art of bookbinding. Under the guidance of an experienced local binder, you will be introduced to traditional techniques for assembling and adorning a Quran mushaf. Develop beginner skills include sewing, embellishments, and binding as well as appreciation for this storied craft.

3:30 PM

Al-Fatiha Seminar

Surah al-Fatiha is the eternal invitation to the Quran’s banquet of wisdom and grace. In its seven short verses lies a map of the soul’s journey to Allah. By exploring deeper meanings and spiritual lessons within this essential prayer, can we unlock the gates of the Quran and the keys to our own hearts? Join us as we study and discuss this sublime chapter — an eternal source of light, purpose, and healing.

4:00-4:15 PM

Asr Prayer

4:30 PM

Al-Mizmaar Competition
and Islamic Relief Presentation and Nasheed Performances

Join us in celebrating the Holy Quran and serving those in need. The program begins with an al-Mizmaar Quran recitation competition with our young ones reciting selected passages from the Book of Allah. This will be followed by an Islamic Relief presentation on relief efforts for the recent tragic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, along with a small fundraiser to support the victims and families affected. The night culminates in stirring nasheed performances praising Allah and our beloved Rasulullah ﷺ.

6:15-7:00 PM

Maghrib Prayer & Dinner

7:00 PM

Qur'an Night
Shuyukh Recitations, Scholars’ reflections, Nasheed, Announcing Al-Mizmaar Winners, Passing Certificates to Participants

8:00 PM

Isha Prayer & Qiyyam Led by Visiting Shuyukh

Al-Mizmaar Competition

A number of young Qaris in our community elevate the speech of God in this unique competition. Join us for a special presentation, inshaAllah!

Guest Speakers
Imam Khalid Shahu

Imam Khalid Shahu is the Imam of Muslim Community of Knoxville. His background includes multiple M.A.s and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Language from GC-CUNY. Inspired by the teachings of Imam Yassine, he is diligently working on the raising of a Prophetic Community that can serve as a model for the Muslim Community, not only in the Knoxville Area, but also in other parts of the US.

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari​

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari has served as a member of the full-time faculty of Tayseer Seminary since its inception in 2014 when she joined the Muslim Community of Knoxville in the pioneering role of women’s scholar-in-residence, one of the first women to serve in such a capacity in an Islamic institution in North America.

Dr. Michael Dann

Dr. Dann studied the traditional Islamic sciences in Egypt with scholars from Al-Azhar University and in Morocco at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion at Princeton University in 2015, and his B.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006. He is currently a faculty member of Tayseer Seminary.

Imam Rafiq Mahdi

Imam Rafiq Mahdi is a Knoxville native and is one of the pioneers of MCK. He holds an Islamic education from the Islamic University of Madinah, where he studied Arabic language and Islamic law. In addition to his role as an imam and educator, he also serves as the Director of Disaster Relief and Outreach for ICNA Relief. 

Sh. Àbdul'Hakīm Dickenson

Shaykh Àbdul’Hakīm Dickenson is an on-going student of Shaykh Amin since 2008. He accepted Islām 26+ years ago. Since then he has traveled to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, U.A.E, and Saudi Arabia. After being blessed with a 9 year formal education in Islamic Ùlūm, he was granted permission by his teachers to teach various ùlūm of Islam. He has served as an Imām in NYC, NJ, and Chicagoland for over 15 years and he is currently a lecturer at Darul Qasim Knoxville.

Sh. Abdallah Marhoum

Sh. Abdallah Marhoum is a highly accomplished religious leader and teacher. At the age of 14, he completed his memorization of the Qur’an and went on to obtain Ijazza in reading the Qur’an in seven different ways. He is the founder, principal, and lead instructor of the Marhoum Institute, an institution dedicated to teaching the recitation of the Qur’an in the Washington DC area.

Br. Mohammad Harithi
Br. Mohammad Harithi is a well-respected figure in the Knoxville and Maryville community. With a passion for education and business, he has made a significant impact in the lives of the youth and residents of the area. Br. Harithi is affectionately known as Mike by locals and has been instrumental in shaping the Annoor Academy and his car business in Maryville.
Sh. Abdallah Marhoum

Sh. Abdallah Marhoum is a highly accomplished religious leader and teacher. At the age of 14, he completed his memorization of the Qur’an and went on to obtain Ijazza in reading the Qur’an in seven different ways. He is the founder, principal, and lead instructor of the Marhoum Institute, an institution dedicated to teaching the recitation of the Qur’an in the Washington DC area.

Sh. Abdullah Elsharkawy

Sh. Abdullah Elsharkawy completed his memorization of the Qur’an at the age of 9 and went on to graduate with a BA from Al-Azhar. He has 11 Ijazaat in different Qira’at, demonstrating his expertise in Quranic recitation. He currently serves as the Imam and Director of the Qur’an Program at the MCYC Mosque in California.

Munshid Abdul Adam and Noor Ensemble

Munshid Abdul Adam and Noor Ensemble is a nasheed group that performs melodies such as those to praise the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. They use traditional Islamic music and lyrics to convey spiritual messages. The group is also known for their powerful performances.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event?

The event will be all day at Annoor Academy (724 Foxvue Road, Knoxville, TN 37922) on Saturday, March 4 from 10 am to 10 pm.

Where will the event be held?

The location is Annoor Academy (724 Foxvue Road, Knoxville, TN 37922)

Will food be provided?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your ticket cost.

Will it be livestreamed?

Yes, inshaAllah. All events are livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Is registration required?

Yes. Registration is required for all participants. There are a limited number of seats so we encourage everyone to sign up as soon as possible. 

Is there a registration fee?

To help cover our expenses including honorariums, workshop materials, and refreshments, we are charging a nominal fee of $30 per person. Financial aid is available upon request at admin@muslimknoxville.org.

Can I bring my children?

We welcome your children at this event. For children aged 10 and below, we provide child care for free. Please select the correct option when registering for the event.

I have another question not answered here.

We are happy to help! Please reach out to the MCK Administrator at admin@muslimknoxville.org with your questions, comments, and suggestions.

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