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Introduction

Learning Arabic is an act of worship. The first and most intimidating part of learning any new language is learning how to read it. Take this course to learn how to identify and articulate the letters of the Arabic alphabet and how to read complete words and sentences. Learn with Shaykh Farid as he takes you by the hand through a series of engaging videos full of practical examples and then test your own learning through a series of carefully designed exercises. This course is the first step to learning the Arabic language. It is also the first step to reciting the Qur’an.

Curricular Context

  • This is a first-level course in Learning Arabic
  • This course has no prerequisites

Course Outline

LESSON 1

1. Why we should learn Arabic

2. How Arabic is written

3. Letters BaTa, and Tha

4. Short vowels (harakat)

LESSON 2

1. Letters JeemHa, and Kha

LESSON 3

1. Long vowels

2. How letters connect

3. Letter Dal and Dhal

LESSON 4

1. Letters RaZaySeenSheenSadDadTa and Dha

LESSON 5

1. Letters AynGhaynFaQafKaf, and Lam

LESSON 6

1. Letters MeemNoonHaWaw and Ya

2. Ta marbuta

LESSON 7

1. The Hamza

2. The Shadda

LESSON 8

1. Al (the definite article)

2. Sun and moon letters

LESSON 9

1. Adding the N (tanween)

LESSON 10

1. The madd sign (ultra long vowels)

2. Reading independent letters in the Quran (al-huruf al-muqatta)

LESSON 11

1. Silent letters

2. Types of Hamza

LESSON 12

1. Difference between printings of the Quran

2. Reading the Mushaf of Medina

3. Reading the Indo-Pak Mushaf

4. Word-by-word reading of Chapters 103-114 of the Quran

What You Will Learn:

  • Identify and articulate the letters of the Arabic alphabet
  • Read Arabic words and sentences
  • Recite the Qur’an


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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Ustadh Amjad Tarsin


Course Overview

Belief in Allah is not a mere choice, but rather it is an urgent human need. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to not only understand what we believe but also why we believe. By understanding why we believe what we believe, our conviction increases, and we inoculate ourselves against doubts and false ideologies that may creep into our lives. Firm belief also equips us to call others to Allah.

This course provides the student with a foundational understanding of Islamic theology and how it relates to the existence of God. Among the issues addressed in this course are ways to nurture faith and the problem of evil.

Shaykh Faraz and Ustadh Amjad provide us with the keys to faith in an age of doubt, and the answer to the question, “Why Allah?”


Who is This Course For?

• This course is for students of all ages.

• It is particularly beneficial for college or university students.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning the foundations of our faith in God.

• It is an On-Demand course. Students do not need any prerequisites to complete this course.


Learning Outcomes

• Describe what it means to believe in Allah.

• Understand the keys to nurturing faith.

• Understand the implications of Allah being the most merciful.

• Understand how Muslims address the problem of evil.


About the Instructor

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.


Ustadh Amjad Tarsin was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in English Literature and Islamic Studies.

After completing his BA, Amjad spent an intensive year studying at the illustrious Dar al-Mustafa for Islamic Sciences in Tarim, Yemen. He then enrolled at Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program where he completed his Master’s Degree.

He previously served as the Executive Director and Head Chaplain of the Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto, becoming Canada’s first full-time Muslim Chaplain at a university in September 2012. In addition to his administrative duties and leadership responsibilities, he counselled and taught students.

Ustadh Amjad currently is a faculty member at Al-Maqasid.

He currently lives outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


Number of Lessons 5
Duration 03:28:27
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Total Lesson: 5
Number of hours: 03:28:27
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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi


Course Overview

Learning about the perfection and beauty of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the seed to plant the love of the Prophet Muhammad. This course seeks to connect young hearts to the best of humanity. We will rely mainly on the work of Imam Tirmidhi and his famous collection on describing the Prophet. The course is an essential addition to the study of his blessed life and his noble rank. The young students will benefit from learning why the Prophet is truly the perfect model. Muslims are incredibly blessed to know every detail of his blessed character and behavior, and habits. Through learning and connecting to the Prophet, one increases their love of him and draws near Allah Most High.


Learning Outcomes :

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Increase in love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• Describe his blessed physical features.

• Gain insight into his noble character.

• Recognize his perfection.

• Learn about his beautiful habits in everyday life.

• Draw close to Allah Most High.


About The Instructor

Yama Niazi has studied with local scholars in the US for a number of years which culminated in him becoming an imam of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara for 8 years. He served the community by teaching and leading prayers.

In 2015 he founded “ the blessed tree “ a nonprofit specifically for bridging gaps between the Muslim community and others. He has spoken on many Muslim platforms and programs throughout the US and Canada.

He currently teaches and is an instructor at SeekersGuidance and is leading youth education program as well as conducting programs in local communities/ masjids in North America.

He is married and has 3 children.

Category Featured: No
Both Display this course: No
Weightage: 0
Show in catalog: No
What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Instructor: Ustadh Amjad Tarsin


Course Overview

We all have a responsibility to convey the message to those around us, particularly in times of confusion. Take this course to learn about the importance of Da’wa, who is responsible for engaging in it, the revival of the religion, some misconceptions that can ail the person calling to God, and the spiritual courtesies of Da’wa. This is an essential course for the student of knowledge seeking to carry the Prophetic banner of inviting humanity to their Lord.


Course Outline

• The importance of Da’wa, intentions, and purpose

• The categories of people in need of Da'wa

• The dangers of withholding knowledge

• Scholarship, acting on one's knowledge, and the true heirs of the prophets, peace be upon them

• How religion is revived

• How scholars are deluded

• The dangers of ignorance

• Sincerity, action, facing harm and rejection

• How to correct people of oppression


Course Requirements

• It would be helpful for students to obtain the course text: Dawat at-Tamma by Imam Haddad.


Learning Outcomes

• Understand the difference between theoretical knowledge and beneficial knowledge

• Appreciate the relationship between sacred knowledge and da'wa

• Understand what makes someone an effective caller to Allah Most High


About The Instructor

Amjad Tarsin was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in English Literature and Islamic Studies.

After completing his BA, Amjad spent an intensive year studying at the illustrious Dar al-Mustafa for Islamic Sciences in Tarim, Yemen. He then enrolled at Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program where he completed his Master’s Degree.

He previously served as the Executive Director and Head Chaplain of the Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto, becoming Canada’s first full-time Muslim Chaplain at a university in September 2012. In addition to his administrative duties and leadership responsibilities, he counseled and taught students.

Ustadh Amjad currently is a faculty member at Al-Maqasid, and he also teaches for SeekersGuidance Online Islamic Seminary.

He currently lives outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


Number of Lessons: 12 Lessons
Total Duration: 13 hrs 9 mins
Category Featured: No
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Weightage: 0
Show in catalog: Yes
What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Course Overview

Whether you’re alone in a car, in the middle of a crowd, throughout the day, as the sun sets, and in the solitary depths of night, Allah is always close. Realizing this can bring much-needed solace in the darkest hours of need, and it can bring new to life the celebrations of His favors.


Knowing that Allah is close, listening when one calls on Him, is what fills a believer with hope, courage, strength, patience, longing, and love. Facing any challenge is made much easier knowing that He is with you. In fact, a constant awareness of Him is the very perfection of faith according to the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace.


In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani guides us through the concept of Allah’s closeness, and how it can be used to enrich one’s practice of the religion and one’s relationship with Him.


Drawing on Qurʾanic verses, prophetic hadiths, and the aphorisms of some of the greatest saints of the Muslims – such as Shaykh Ahmad ibn Ataʾillah al-Sakandari, and Shaykh Shuʿayb Abu Madyan – it aims to furnish us with the means of realizing what Allah’s closeness means.



Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Increase in love and closeness to Allah.

• Acquire a constant awareness of Allah.

• Gain hope, courage, and strength to face the challenges of life knowing that Allah is close.

• Renew one’s faith through Quranic verses, hadiths, and aphorisms of saints.

• Find solace in the nearness of Allah.


About The Instructors:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.


Number of Lessons 8
Total Duration 13 hrs 11 mins
Category Featured: No
Both Display this course: No
Weightage: 0
Show in catalog: Yes
What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Level: General

Instructor: Shaykh Dr. Talal Al-Azem


Course Overview

This course will clarify the significance of sunna (tradition) and bid‘a (innovation), in both beliefs and practices. It is meant for all students who wish to better understand the meaning of these terms.


The course has no textbook; instead, the series of lectures are based upon a number of important modern and classical works on the topic. By the end of the course, students will possess a broader understanding of how these terms have been understood by Muslim scholars across the centuries and will be able to appreciate the differences between novelties that are praiseworthy and those that are blameworthy, and why.


This course empowers students to understand when a claim that something is a bid‘a is, in fact, consistent with the scholarly tradition, or when the person is misusing the term. It will help Muslims appreciate the relevance and clarity of the tradition (sunna) of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).


Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for all Muslims.

• It is a General Level course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in understanding the breadth, clarity, and relevance of the Prophet’s tradition (sunna).


Study Effort

Weekly hours recommended: 2 hours


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

• Acquire a broader understanding of how the terms “sunna” and “bid‘a” have been understood across the centuries.

• Appreciate the differences between novelties that are praiseworthy and those that are blameworthy.

• Understand why a particular practice is being categorized as praiseworthy or blameworthy.


Course Outline

Lesson 1: The importance of understanding the meaning of ‘tradition’ in Islam

Lesson 2: The Prophet’s warnings against ‘innovation’

Lesson 3: Defining bid‘a and sunnah

Lesson 4: Categories and rankings of innovations

Lesson 5: Innovations that were accepted by the Prophet

Lesson 6: Innovations that were accepted by the Companions and early Muslims

Lesson 7: Common misunderstandings, and responses, part 1

Lesson 8: Common misunderstandings, and responses, part 2

Lesson 9: Case studies in worship

Lesson 10: Case studies in transactions

Lesson 11: Case studies in contemporary matters

Lesson 12: Protecting the dignity of one’s fellow Muslims, and seeking ease for them


About the Instructor

Shaykh Dr. Talal Al-Azem is a teacher and researcher, with interests especially in fiqh, education, and formations of the self in Islam. He studied the disciplines of Islamic learning in Syria and Turkey, before completing a doctorate. He is the translator of "Prayers of Occasions", a handbook of sunna prayers, and author of "Rule-Formulation and Binding Precedent in the Madhhab-Law Tradition", a study of how rules were determined in the schools of law.

Category Featured: No
Both Display this course: No
Weightage: 0
Show in catalog: No
What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No