Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi

Level: Two


Course Overview

This course covers the main doctrine taught by scholars for over a thousand years covering a rich and vast understanding of the faith of the Muslims.

It is offered for the youth in a way that will allow them to develop an understanding of the religion that extends beyond the basics.

This class is taught with the youth in mind, subject matters are condensed to make it appealing and dynamic, also easy-to-understand manner.

This course is indispensable for our Muslim youth who are yearning to learn their religion and attain an appreciation of this vast faith and yet protect themselves from the pitfalls of doubt, innovation, confusion, and misguidance. This class covers a wide range of necessary key elements of true faith and Iman. The commentary will be supported with key ayahs and Hadiths that show the sources of our youth how we derive our guidance from the Quran and the sunnah.


About the Text

Imam Tahawi's Creed (Aqida), though small in size, has long been the most widely acclaimed, and indeed indispensable, reference work on Muslim beliefs. It lists what a Muslim must know and believe and inwardly comprehend. The doctrines enumerated in this work are entirely derived from the undisputed primary sources of religion, the Quran and the confirmed Hadith. Being a text on Islamic doctrine, this work sums up the arguments set forth in those two sources to define sound belief, and likewise, the arguments advanced in refuting the views of sects that have deviated from the Sunna.


About The Author

Imam Abu Ja'far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Azdi, popularly known as Imam Tahawi, after his birth-place in Egypt, is among the most outstanding authorities of the Islamic world on Hadith and fiqh (jurisprudence). He was born in 239 AH and passed away in 321 AH. This was an epoch when both the direct and indirect disciples of the four Imams - Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi`i, and Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal - were teaching and practicing. This period was the zenith of Hadith and fiqh studies, and Imam Tahawi studied with all the living authorities of the day. His monumental scholarly works, such as Sharh Ma`ani al-Athar and Mushkil al-Athar, are encyclopedic in scope and have long been regarded as indispensable for training students of fiqh.


Learning outcomes

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

• Explain the pillars of faith (Iman).

• Describe the attributes of Allah Most High

• Describe the attributes of the prophets and Messengers.

• Summarize the beliefs of Muslims regarding angels, Divine books, Divine decree, Day of Judgement, and Afterlife.

• Distinguish between innovation and faith.


Course Outline

Lesson One: Introductory Concepts: Iman (True Faith)

Lesson Two: Allah and His Attributes Part I

Lesson Three: Allah and His Attributes Part II

Lesson Four: Prophets and Messengers

Lesson Five: The Prophet Muhammad

Lesson Six: Angels, Divine Decree, Divine Books

Lesson Seven: The Day of Judgement and Afterlife

Lesson Eight: AfterlIfe and the Eternal Home

Lesson Nine: Praise of the Companions

Lesson Ten: The Role of Major Sins

Lesson Eleven: Innovation and Faith

Lesson Twelve: Deviant Sects


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 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.


Number of Lessons: 12 Lessons
Total Duration: 10 hrs 56 mins
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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

Course Summary

This course is an introduction to understanding fasting and zakat, which are the third and fourth pillars of Islam. Young Muslims will be instructed on all the necessary matters pertaining to these incredibly important obligations which are of the greatest means in gaining closeness to Allah (The Exalted). This course will teach young Muslims the virtues, merits, conditions, and integrals of these pillars.

It will cover the essentials to perform the fast and pay zakat. The course will be presented in such a way that it will include the virtues of the actions and penetrate the deep spiritual dimensions of the acts. It will include, the types of fasts and what is a sound fast that is accepted and what is not.

The Zakat sections will cover the minimum amount of wealth before zakat is required (nisab) and who must pay zakat. A clear explanation will be given on how to calculate one’s zakat, whom to pay it to, who is exempt, and who may receive it. As young Muslims may be first-time learners of this subject, careful consideration has been given on how to present the material in an effective manner that engages the younger generation. 

Recommended reading: Ascent to Felicity  by shaykh Faraz Khan

 

Learning Outcomes

 

  • Understand how to fast - the rules and prophetic practices. 
  • Understand and apply the principles of zakat
  • Learn the common mistakes in fasting and zakat
  • Learn key verses and narrations on the subject which will 
  • An introduction to understanding primary texts
  • Learn and memorize key terms related to the subjects in jurisprudence (fiqh)

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Total Lesson: 8
Number of hours: 7
Weightage: 3
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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

Level: Two


Course Overview

The Book of Assistance by the great master Imam Haddad is vital for gaining spiritual and practical guidance, ultimately forming a balanced understanding of life. It connects the outward with the inward; carefully guiding us through pitfalls and mishaps, so that we may be of those who are protected and guided on the straight path.


An individual’s relationship with Allah in the early years of adolescence is one of the most important phases of a person’s journey on the path. At the heart of the human-Divine relationship is Divine love. Divine love and nearness are the pinnacles of all success and happiness. The purpose of all human beings, in reality, is to attain this nearness to the Divine and to gain gnosis [ma`rifa]. At times this requires an action of the heart, and at other times it requires a physical act, like prayer.


Sometimes what is required is more subtle, like reflection. The pleasure that is derived from the materialistic world is limited and also short-lived. However, the spiritual pleasure that one gains through learning and realization, and acting upon one’s knowledge is something that will be eternally savored.

This course is essential for Muslim youth in order to learn and acquire a foundation for their spiritual growth. Attaining a pure heart is the single most important asset that one gains from this abode.


Learning Outcomes:

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

• Understand how to transform everyday acts into worship.

• Learn the key terms of the science of Islamic spirituality.

• Explain what it means to have good character with people.

• Learn how to turn away from this world and focus on Allah Most High.

• Appreciate the depth of the Muslim spiritual tradition.

• Cultivate sincerity in their actions.


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 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
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Total Lesson: 12
Number of hours: 13
Weightage: 5
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 Yusuf Weltch

Level: Two


Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the SeekersGuidance Youth Curriculum.


Understanding the Quran 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 student's horizons and expose them to not only understand the literary guidance of the Quran but the spirit of the Divine Guidance held within.


This course examines the chapters of the final portion (30th Juz) of the Quran. 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.


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.


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.

Category Featured: No
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Total Lesson: 12
Number of hours: 10
Weightage: 1
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: Two

Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi


Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the Youth Curriculum.

It is a beautiful, short, but concise description of the meanings of the ninety-nine names of Allah based on Imam Sanusi’s text. Imam Sanusi was one of the greatest scholars in Islamic history. He is accepted as a rightly guided scholar and his works have been taught worldwide for centuries.

This course will help the student learn more about God and His Divine attributes. By learning about Allah and His names, you will come to love Him and yearn to worship Him. The Divine names allow us to become aware of the greatness of Allah and His matchless beauty.

The course will assist the student in connecting to God in a manner that allows them to reflect upon their character and see if it aligns with the Divine mandate. Learning about the ninety-nine names will allow a person to realize the meanings of perfection and how they can work towards the human qualities of perfection embodied in Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This class is a good supplement to the Level One theology courses. This course will further clarify the belief of the Muslims concerning God and His Divine attributes. It provides a further explanation to a beginner regarding the reality of Allah. It will expand a person’s understanding of the essence of God as well as His attributes.


About the Text

This text of Imam Sanusi will give the students an introduction and clear explanation of the Divine names of Allah, Most High. It is a succinct and brief work and is perfect for a simple yet sufficient text in guiding the student to understanding the Divine attributes of Allah. It is written by a master of this science and a brilliant scholar of Islamic theology. It helps the student to gain a deep understanding of the Divine Names and their implications.

This text is important for beginners and young Muslims because the ultimate achievement of existence is to truly know Allah. This text will help guide new and young Muslims who know the basics of Islamic beliefs but now want to expand their understanding of God and yearn to attain His love. This is a traditional text and very authoritative and most suitable for a beginner.


About the Author

Abu Abdillah Muhammad ibn Yusuf al-Sanusi was born in the year 832 AH and passed away in 895 AH. He is regarded as one of the greatest theologians of the later period and his commentary on the Divine names is very appropriate.

He is known mainly for his works in the science of theology or creed (aqida). He is known for his book, “Umm al Barahin” or “The Essential Proofs” of creed.


Who is This Course For?

- This course is for youth ages 12 and up.

- It is also suitable for new Muslims and beginners to Islam.


Study Effort

Pre-requisites: It is preferred you complete Level One Beliefs courses in the Youth Curriculum before taking this course.

Weekly hours recommended: 1.5 hours weekly

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: The Name and the Named by Tosun Bayrak


Learning Outcomes

- Understand the meanings of every name of the ninety-nine names of Allah

- Strengthen one’s faith through learning more about God

- Develop certainty in the reality and greatness of Allah

- Improve one’s supplication by using the appropriate Divine name

- Improve your character by learning the effects of the names in your own life

- Gain a deep understanding of what true belief in Allah entails


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Names and Attributes of Allah

Lesson 2: The First 9 Names

Lesson 3: The Names from 10-19

Lesson 4: The Names from 20-29

Lesson 5: The Names from 30-39

Lesson 6: The Names from 40-49

Lesson 7: The Names from 50-59

Lesson 8: The Names from 60-69

Lesson 9: The Names from 70-79

Lesson 10: The Names from 80-89

Lesson 11: The Names from 90-99

Lesson 12: The Conclusion and Dua


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 organization, 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 at SeekersGuidance and is leading the 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: 4
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: Yes
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No
Sunday: No


Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Level: Two


Course Overview

This course discusses common aspects of our daily life in the light of the Sacred law. Guidelines are given shedding light on what is permissible, what is prohibited, as well as the Prophetic guidance that brings meaning to our lives facilitating for us to draw nearer to Allah Most High and attain success in this world and the next.

As Muslims, our purpose in life is to seek the pleasure of Allah Most High. This purpose is oft-understood as being restricted to acts of worship and abstaining from the prohibited. However, the pleasure of Allah Most High can be sought and obtained in every aspect of our lives. That is if we know the limits of Allah Most High in it. Therefore, with clarity of the limits of Allah Most High in each matter, we have a road map to attaining Allah’s pleasure.


Learning outcomes

• A basic understanding of the rulings of each topic discussed

• Practical guidance on how to prevent or deal with testing situations

• Prophetic instruction on how to draw near to Allah Most High in our daily activities.

• Attaining the pleasure of Allah in everything we do.


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Sacred law and the limits of Allah Most High

Lesson 2: Dress & Adornment

Lesson 3: Gender Interaction

Lesson 4: Social Conduct: The Rights of Others

Lesson 5: Money Matters: Work, Money, and Earning a Living

Lesson 6: Food & Drink

Lesson 7: The Importance of Speech

Lesson 8: Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil

Lesson 9: The Seven Limbs

Lesson 10: The Worship of the Heart

Lesson 11: Places to Avoid 

Lesson 12: Moving Forward


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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Total Lesson: 10
Number of hours: 13
Weightage: 2
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: Two

Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi


Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the Youth Curriculum.


The author Imam Abdallah Ibn-Alawi Al-Haddad (d. 1720), lived at Tarim in the Hadramaut valley between Yemen and Oman and is widely held to have been the ‘renewer’ of the twelfth Islamic century. A direct descendant of the Prophet, his sanctity and direct experience of God are clearly reflected in his writings.


This text is an excellent precise summary of key Islamic spiritual insights. The goals of this course would be to (1) Understand how to transform everyday acts into worship (2) Learn the key terms of the science of Islamic spirituality (3) Attain the knowledge of good character traits (4) Cultivate sincerity in good deeds.


This course completes part one of this course. It helps resolve many questions youth have about attaining piety and being more connected to their faith. It is a course designed to inspire youth to connect to Allah and His messenger and adopt a strong spiritual practice that ultimately cultivates their faith. terms of the science of Islamic spirituality (3) Attain the knowledge of good character traits (4) Cultivate sincerity in good deeds.


About the Text

The Book of Assistance covers a wide area of spiritual practices that are essential in the lives of Muslims every day.


The main topics in this course that will be addressed are things related to cleanliness and prayer, following the sunna, the five pillars, charity, counsel, social duties, and more.


The text is significant because it is very brief and concise yet rich and thorough, leaving the reader a wealth of knowledge to benefit from. This text is recommended for spiritual growth. It is ideal for our youth curriculum as it completes a full reading of the entire book.


About the Author

Imam Abdullah bin Alawi Al Haddad was born in the year 1634 CE and died in 1720 CE. He was a great scholar and reviver of the religion (mujaddid) and a spiritual master. He is known for his great works on Sufism and spirituality.


Some of his works include Lives of Man, Knowledge, and Wisdom, Gifts for the Seekers, and many others. His writings draw hearts to be present with Allah, by this quality, not by mere knowledge.


Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for anyone from ages 12-18 ideally

• It is particularly beneficial for youth and beginners

• It is a Level Two course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take Haddad’s Book of Assistance part one

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning the basics of spirituality and prophetic practice in one’s daily life.


Study Effort

Pre-requisites: Haddad's Book of Assistance Explained: A Strong Foundation for Faith & Belief

Weekly hours recommended: 1.5 hours

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Knowledge and Wisdom by Imam Haddad, Counsels of Religion by Imam Haddad


Learning Outcomes

• Understand how to transform everyday acts into worship

• Learn the key terms of the science of Islamic spirituality

• Explain what it means to embody a good character

• Learn to draw spiritually away from the worldly life and its pursuits and focus on Allah and the Hereafter

• Appreciate the contribution of wonderful and profound spiritual teachings of Islam

• Cultivate sincerity in performing good deeds

• Apply practical steps in your daily life


Course Outline

Lesson One: On Cleanliness - This lesson covers matters related to inward and outward matters of cleanliness

Lesson Two: Following the Sunna - This lesson covers lessons on the importance of following the sunna

Lesson Three: Conduct in Mosques - This lesson covers the etiquettes of being in the mosque

Lesson Four: Ritual Prayer - This lesson covers the prayer and matters related to congregational prayers

Lesson Five: On Zakat and Fasting - This lesson covers the importance of this pillar and the need to purify one’s wealth and the pillar of fasting and attaining piety (taqwa)

Lesson 6: Scupulousness/ Hajj - This lesson covers briefly the hajj and matters related to extreme caution in practice

Lesson 7: Enjoining the Good - This lesson covers the importance of religious duties around commanding the good and forbidding the evil.

Lesson 8: Social Duties and Kindness - This lesson covers behavior with others and avoiding oppression

Lesson 9: On Counsel and Greeting Others - This lesson covers reminding others to do good and keeping relationships strong by spreading peace (salutations)

Lesson 10: Hope and Fear/ Fortitude - This lesson covers the balance of hope and fear. The lesson will also address fortitude or patience (Sabr)

Lesson 11: Gratitude and Renunciation - This lesson covers the topics of Shukr and Zuhd. These are key spiritual terms and teachings of Islamic Sufism

Lesson 12: Reliance on God and Divine Love - This lesson covers the method of relying upon God. Loving Allah is the most important duty of every Muslim. In this lesson, we cover love and reliance.


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 organization, 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 at SeekersGuidance and is leading the youth education program as well as conducting programs in local communities/ masjids in North America. He is married and has three children.

Category Featured: No
Both Display this course: No
Total Lesson: 11
Number of hours: 12
Weightage: 6
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