Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari
Imagine a garden with many beautiful plants and flowers. Over time, weeds start to grow among them, and eventually, they take over. It is essential to remove the weeds in order for the flowers and plants to thrive. This is the original meaning of the word zakat.
Zakat is a means of purifying oneself and one’s wealth in a manner that promotes growth. This growth is for the individual, those who receive zakat, entire communities, and potentially then entire Umma.
Having said that, knowing its greater wisdom is not enough. We are obliged to pay zakat if we meet the right conditions. Knowing this takes study – especially in our times when financial matters are much more complicated than they were in the past.
This excellent course covers all that one needs to know, from the wisdom of zakat, to what it is, who must give it, who can receive it, who it should not be given to and more. Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani beautifully expound the letter and spirit of the law to make this an act of worship which results in spiritual growth and one’s zakat to thrive.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Define the term ”zakat.”
• Understand the wisdom of giving zakat.
• Explain who zakat is incumbent on.
• List the recipients of zakat defined in the Quran.
• Understand who cannot be given zakat.
• Summarize how zakat results in spiritual growth.
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.
Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al-Azhari is a graduate of Al Azhar University. He studied traditional Islamic sciences at the hands of senior scholars and specialists in Egypt, the most notable of whom are his late father Shaykh Muhammad Saad, Habib Abu Bakr Al-Adni bin Ali Al-Mashhur, and the Grand Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Ali Gom’ah. He memorized the Quran at the age of ten and also memorized various Hadith and Arabic books. He holds one of the highest chains in the narration of Hafs from Asim. He also holds numerous ijazas in books of hadith, Shafi`i and Maliki Fiqh, and other sciences. Shaykh Ahmad Saad loves poetry and writes it frequently, mainly in Arabic and sometimes in English.
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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