Love of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and his companions
I credit AlMaghrib Institute through each seminar but specifically through the Conquest: History of the Khulafaa seminar with simulating my love for and interest in learning about the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them all).
I converted to Islam simply because I believed in my heart that Allah the Exalted was true, one, undeniable, the creator and sustainer and not because I understood the role of the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam). I could accept that the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was another prophet and man sent by Allah similar to Jesus, Noah, Abraham, and Moses.
Although my previous experience in Christianity had taught me about some other prophets, I knew next to nothing about the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam), his companions, and those that followed them, and our scholars. And I had no great affection for them and wasn’t sure why I should pay particular attention to any of them.
It was through my experience with AlMaghrib Institute that I was introduced to these giants of our deen and that I was motivated to learn about them and emulate their excellent qualities. It was only then, that I came to love and respect them, want to defend them, and that I was equipped with a solid foundation built upon knowledge to do so.
It is through my experience with AlMaghrib, that now, so often when I read a hadith, I recognize the names of the narrators and I remember the details of their lives, their steadfastness, their truthfulness, and it brings the hadith to life for me. And I gain a deeper understanding when I read a group of verses that refer to the companions or an incident and I can draw on some knowledge we learned in a seminar to make connections and apply it to my own life.