Monthly Archives: June 2024

Paradise Ave. – MAI Podcast

In today’s fast-paced digital world, podcasts have emerged as a powerful medium, offering unparalleled convenience and accessibility for listeners on the go. For us at the MAI Institute, we hope through a podcast to be able to extend the MAI family, and provide a platform for meaningful conversations. For you our listeners, this means access to insights from our community of practitioners, hearing inspiring stories and practical advice, all available at your fingertips. Whether commuting, exercising, or relaxing at home, a podcast has the potential to empower and enrich our lives, making valuable information easily accessible anytime, anywhere.

MAI Institute invites you to listen / subscribe to Paradise Ave., your guide to living a fulfilling and meaningful life rooted in Islamic principles.

Join us at the MAI Institute as we explore how to navigate the complexities of modern life while staying true to our faith. Our mission is to provide you with the guidance and motivation needed to thrive both in this world and the hereafter by embracing the tenets of Islam.

In each episode, we delve into practical advice and spiritual insights to help you cultivate a life of purpose, peace, and productivity.

  • We tackle pressing issues facing the Muslim community locally in Trinidad and Tobago, throughout the Caribbean, and around the globe.
  • From personal development and family matters to social justice and global events, we address these topics from a mainstream Muslim perspective, offering wisdom and support grounded in our shared faith.

Tune in to Paradise Ave. and embark on a journey of self-improvement and community empowerment. Join us at the MAI Institute and let’s walk together on the path to a better life, for this world and the next.

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…on the Occasion of Arrival Day

To be any Muslim in the Caribbean is to represent the history of the world. Us being here is the result of the world of historical events coming together.

Prophet Muhammad peace be on him delivered the message of Islam in its form in the period 570 to 622. Islam spread to Africa as early as the 600s and later on India in the 1100s. The Mongolian invasions in the 12-1400s had cut much of the trading on the silk routes, and that had some profound effects on us being here. First of all it channeled the spread of Islam through north Africa into southern Europe, and later later it forced the Europeans to find alternative routes to the east – we had Vasco de Gama sailing south in 1450 and Columbus sailing west in 1492.

We would be more familiar with the slave trade which included some Muslim tribes from Africa coming to T&T, and later the Chinese and Indian indentured labourers who brought with them their religions and customs, which they were free to practice. Later migrations result in a rich tapestry of persons that makes up the community as we know it.

Today we stand proud as a cosmopolitan Muslim community, as the product of every major civilization in world history. Africa, India, China, Mesopotamia, Europe…

Looking back, us being here, is a product of the history of world events and of great civilisations. Looking ahead, insha Allah, we too, in our own humble efforts, hopefully can contribute to the march of civilization, and represent Almighty Allah in all that we do, as we strive to live the best life for this world and the next.