Level: Three

Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Course Overview

Understanding the Qur’an opens doors to a deeper knowledge of the Religion and a crucial increase in one’s ability to reflect and focus in the prayer. This course hopes to aid the student in understanding some of the oft-recited chapters of the Book of Allah.

This course is suitable and ideal for an intermediary student who has completed part one of this course.

The course aims to open the students' horizons and expose them to not only understand the literary guidance of the Qur’an but the spirit of the Divine Guidance held within.

This course examines the chapters of the final portion (30th Juz) of the Qur’an. The final portion contains profound descriptions of the Hereafter and an explanation of the core beliefs of Islam.


About the Text

The course is loosely based on the Exegesis of Imam Sabuni, Safwa al-Tafasir (The Cream of Exegesis). Safwa al-Tafasir takes from various different Quranic commentaries and gives the reader a distilled and comprehensive summary. It focuses greatly on the linguistic meanings of Quranic words and terms as well as narrations from the Early Generation commenting on the verses.

Its concise yet profoundly eloquent style distinguishes Safwa al-Tafasir from other summarized commentaries; for this reason, it has an established place in many Islamic seminaries. In the Youth Curriculum, this course serves as a catalyst for the student to broaden their understanding and connection to the Book of Allah Most High and Safwa al-Tafasir is a great place to start.


About the Author

Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sabuni was born in 1930 in Syria and passed away in 2021. Imam Sabuni has a truly unique, simple, and extremely beneficial approach to Quranic exegesis. His method makes learning, comprehension, and understanding easy for the student and gives them a clear understanding of each chapter and verse. He is mainly known for his works in the sciences of the Quran. He also has many works in Islamic poetry, commentary on Prophetic hadith, Prophetic biography, theology, and history. Some of his most famous works are Safwa al-Tafasir, Rawa'i al-Bayan, as well as summaries of the great commentaries of the Quran such as that of Ibn Kathir and Tabari. What makes Imam Sabuni unique is that his studies were not limited to Islamic sciences rather he also studied business, physics, and chemistry.


Who is This Course For?

• The student should’ve completed part one of this course. 


Study Effort

• 1 Hour of Lecture Weekly (attending the live classes).

• 1 Hour of Self Study (reading and reviewing the content).

• 1 Hour for doing the quizzes.


Learning Outcomes

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

• Gain a greater appreciation of Quranic Arabic

• Learn the stories behind the revelation

• Understand the context of the revelation

• Appreciate how each chapter ties into the next

• Understand how practical guidance is derived from the Quran


Course Outline

Lesson One: Sura Al-Naba'

Lesson Two: Sura al-Nazi’at

Lesson Three: Sura al-Abasa

Lesson Four: Sura Takwir

Lesson Five: Sura al-Infitar

Lesson Six: Sura al-Mutafiffin

Lesson Seven: Sura al-Inshiqaq

Lesson Eight: Sura al-Buruj

Lesson Nine: Sura al-Tariq & al-A'ala

Lesson Ten: Sura al-Ghashiya

Lesson Eleven: Sura al-Fajr

Lesson Twelve: Sura al-Balad, al-Shams, al-Lail


About the Instructor

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied inheritance law, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.


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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
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Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Level: Three

Instructors: Shaykh Yusuf Weltch and Imam Yama Niazi 


Course Overview:

This course aims to make guidance practical by looking at the sayings of the Righteous and their wisdom. It takes the students through many aspects important to the life of the Muslim, drawing on the insights of the Companions and the righteous.

This course is suitable for all students but of greatest import and impact to those who have had some background study on spirituality.

The importance of this course stems from the importance of applying Islamic teachings. The teachings of Islam are many and can easily become overwhelming for a student. This course glances at the method by which the Companions and the Righteous taught the Religion in a gradual manner: prioritizing that which is most important at every stage.

This course addresses a plethora of Islamic concepts, such as good companionship, obedience to parents, fulfilling the rights of creation, and servitude of the Creator.


About the Text

This course is based on the well-renowned text Risala al-Mustarshidin (Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance) of Imam Muhasibi. It provides narratives, incidents, and stories from the pious predecessors in order to support the instruction, guidance, prohibition, and warning that this book contains.


About the Author 

Imam Abu Abdillah al-Harith ibn Asad al-Muhasibi was born in Busra, settled in Baghdad where he passed away in the year 243 AH. He was a great gnostic and had a very high level of spirituality. When he spoke, he spoke with great wisdom. He was an ardent worshipper, a Sufi, a jurist, a legist, a theologian, an admonisher, and a scholar and narrator of Hadith. He authored close to 200 works.


Who Is This Course For?

• This is a Level Three course in the SeekersGuidance Youth Curriculum. A student should have taken some of Level One and Two courses before taking this course.


Study Effort

• 1 Hour of Lecture Weekly (attending the live classes)

• 1 Hour of Self Study (reading and reviewing the content)

• 1 Hour for doing the quizzes



Learning Outcomes

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

• Understand how to practically apply Sacred Guidance.

• Gain an introduction to the righteous early Muslims.

• Explain praiseworthy and blameworthy characteristics.

• Acquire an increased reverence for the Righteous.


About the Instructor

Imam 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 in 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.


Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied inheritance law, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.

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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


Level: Three

Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi


Course Overview

This class is based primarily on a famous text that teaches young Muslims how to control their tongue from that which is unlawful in speech. Identifying and learning what they are is an individual obligation upon every Muslim. These include, for example, lying, backbiting, talebearing, and many more. Controlling the tongue from the prohibited is one of the crucial characteristics of a person who yearns to enter Paradise.

This course is essential in the spiritual development of an individual. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has attached the importance of speaking 'that which is good' to belief in God and the last day. Therefore, it is incumbent to learn them so thereby a person can safeguard themselves from the pitfalls of the tongue.

This class helps address an essential element in our lives which is our relationship with others. We often find that most of the fights between friends, families, spouses are all a result of the harm caused by the tongue. If one can improve their speech with kind and gentle words rather than harsh and destructive speech, we will see a significant change in our lives and those around us.


About the Text

Prohibitions of the Tongue is a didactic poem composed by the great Mauritanian sage Muhammad Mawlud. It is considered a reliable and excellent text that is clear and precise.


About the Author

Muhammad Mawlud was a great scholar of West Africa and a master of the sciences of Islam. His books are recognized to be very accessible and full of knowledge and wisdom.


Who is This Course For?

•  A student should have a general understanding of Islamic spirituality.  

• This course is specially designed for youth age 12-17 years. 

• It is a level three course in the youth curriculum and a student should have taken few courses in the level one and two of the youth curriculum before taking this course. 

• This course can be taken by anyone who is interested in knowing the halal and haram of speech.


Learning Outcomes

• Gaining a firm understanding of the pitfalls of the tongue

• Strengthening our good deeds by controlling our speech

• Bettering our relationship with others by learning not to harm others with our tongue.

• Gaining nearness to Allah and His Messenger


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Author and the Topic

Lesson 2: The Virtues of Upright Speech

Lesson 3: Lying and Boasting

Lesson 4: Backbiting and Talebearing

Lesson 5: Profanity and Idle speech

Lesson 6: Speaking about Religion

Lesson 7: Prohibitions related to Sacred Texts

Lesson 8: When to Give Advice

Lesson 9: Insulting Others and Mocking

Lesson 10: Joking and Sarcasm

Lesson 11: Arguing

Lesson 12: Divulging secrets



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 programs as well as conducting programs in local communities/ masjids in North America.

He is married and has 3 children.

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Total Lesson: 12
Number of hours: 11
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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


Level: Three

Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi


Course Overview

This is a Level Three course in the Youth curriculum. It is based on the book, The Rights of Parents, by the great West African scholar Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud.

The rights of the parents are from the most important duties of every single Muslim. Gratitude to parents is a command in the Qur’an and we need to learn how to fulfill this command. One cannot draw close to Allah without having a good relationship with the parents. It is essential knowledge for our Youth as the treatment of parents is from both the greatest of good deeds and the worst of sins if one is disobedient to them.

This class addresses a very big problem in the Muslim communities which is the continued decline and neglect of the parents. In addition, the commentary summarized by Imam Yama Niazi will provide the student with a practical and clear path to attaining paradise by giving their parents the rights they deserve.


About the Text

This important text covers the details related to being dutiful towards parents. It covers the virtues and importance of filial piety. Written in poetry form, it is concise and full of wisdom and guidance. This is a text whose popularity has grown in the west over the last 20 years or so.

This text is considered as personal obligatory knowledge which all Muslims must learn. It is therefore incumbent for youth and children to learn what Islam teaches in regards to the lofty status of parents. Parents are an essential part of our lives. We receive honor and reward for being dutiful and kind to them. This particular book has a rich commentary by another West African scholar named Muhammad Hasan ibn Ahmad al-Khadim.


About the Author

Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud (1844-1905 AD) is known for his books on the subject of spirituality and his high level of piety. He has had a significant impact on many Muslim scholars in the West who have studied in West Africa. His book on this subject matter is considered an excellent source of clear guidance on the topic of filial piety.


Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for Youth in the age range of 12-18 years of age.

• It is particularly beneficial for young Muslims living in the West.

• This course can also be taken by anyone interested in learning what Islam teaches in honoring and respecting parents.

• It is a Level Three course. At least one class in spirituality should be taken from Level One or Two as a prerequisite.


Study Effort

2 hours weekly


Recommended Reading: The Rights of the Parents by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud, translated by Rami Nsour.


Learning Outcomes

• Complete their true understanding of being a good Muslim.

• Learn the obligations towards parents.

• Learn the common mistakes in behavior towards parents.

• Apply these teachings in their lives.

• Gain insight into practical and clear solutions for fulfilling the rights of parents.


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Text

Lesson 2: Piety in Speech

Lesson 3: Piety in Interaction

Lesson 4: Assisting Parents

Lesson 5: Parents and Marriage

Lesson 6: Piety Towards Parents After Their Demise

Lesson 7:Major Sins Related to Parents

Lesson 8: Disrespecting the Parents

Lesson 9: The Dangers of Mistreatment of Parents

Lesson 10: Warnings of Disobedience to Parents

Lesson 11: The Duties Owed to the Mother

Lesson 12: The Rights of Children


About the Instructor

Imam 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 in many Muslim platforms and programs throughout the US and Canada.

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

He is married and has 3 children.

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Total Lesson: 8
Number of hours: 7
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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