Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Walead Mosaad & Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
Shaykh Faraz explains the parenting duty in light of the aspects of tarbiya (taking the child, stage by stage, to his/her ultimate fruition), ta’deeb (instilling discipline/adab) and ta‘leem (facilitating knowledge). Parents must instill in their children love of Allah, of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), of his family, and the Holy Qur’an. They should also instill the daily sunnas and the prophetic virtues. Shaykh Faraz advises parents to attach their children to religion, and to keep them away from bad company.
Ustadha Shireen argues that a good murabbi (one who takes the child from stage to stage, to his/her ultimate fruition) must rectify their own spiritual shortcomings. They must seek knowledge and exemplify the prophetic sunna, because their children will emulate them. Spouses should respect and have good manners with one another, and learn from each other’s experiences of being raised in different ways. The mother is particularly important, as she sets the atmosphere in the home.
Shaykh Walead explains the nature/nurture debate. He says the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave the most weight to nurture, saying children are born in a state of fitra (natural instinct), and parents make them Jewish, Christian, or Magian. He argues that children today have conflicting environments: an Islamic one in the home and an ego-driven one shaped by the global monoculture. He emphasizes the importance of building the Muslim community and defying the surrounding lifestyle.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Understand how to raise righteous children.
• Model prophetic manners themselves so that children can emulate them.
• Understand the importance of seeking knowledge to rectify their shortcomings.
• Realize how to nurture children in order to build a stronger Muslim community.
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.
Walead Mohammed Mosaad is a teacher and researcher of the Islamic sciences. He is the Director of Muslim Student Life at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and an adjunct professor of Ethics in the philosophy department at the same university.
He has completed degrees from Rutgers University, the Fath Islamic Seminary in Damascus, al-Azhar University in Cairo, the University of Liverpool, and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK.
He has lectured on various topics of interest, including Muslims as minorities, interfaith understanding, and the importance of purification and spirituality in addressing the human condition.
Ustadha Shireen Ahmed is an experienced teacher, educator, and mentor, specializing in marriage, parenting, and character development. Born and raised in Canada, she graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Thereafter, she traveled to Syria, studying Arabic and sacred knowledge at the University of Damascus and Abu Nour Institute. She took private classes in Qur’anic recitation, Prophetic traditions, sacred law, and Prophetic biography. After ten years abroad, she returned to Toronto, Canada. She currently serves as Managing Director of SeekersGuidance Canada, where she draws from years of experience as a community leader and activist.
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- Teacher: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
- 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