Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
What is change? How does change happen? What is the purpose of change? What are the spiritual and worldly keys to change—for the individual, for groups, for communities, and for believers?
In this first segment, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explores the idea of change by clarifying the key terms related to this concept. He looks at the scholarly definitions for (1) change (taghayyur), (2) changing (taghyir), (3) reform (islah), (4) corruption (ifsad), (5) justice (ʿadl), (6) excellence (ihsan), (7) rights (huquq), and responsibility (fard/wajib) and how these key concepts fit into the Islamic idea of personal and social change.
In the second part, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by looking at Qur’anic verses (6:52-53), where he explains the verse “Allah does not change a blessing He bestows upon a people until they change what they are upon.” Commenting next on a verse where well-off people who met Allah’s favors with ingratitude were recompensed with hunger and fear (16:112), he explains that gratitude is a key to change, and outlines some practical steps for its deployment. Next Shaykh Faraz looks at the relation of striving and struggle with change, looking at two sets of verses of the Qur’an: “And those who struggle for Us, We will surely guide them along our ways,” (29:69) and “And by the human self and how He fashioned it and inspired it to its corruption and its consciousness. Successful indeed is the one who purifies it. And a true failure is the one who corrupts it.” (91:7-10)
In the third part of this seminar, Shaykh Faraz looks at making change happen and key Prophetic guidance on change. He starts out by exploring the Prophet’s command to change any wrong one sees with one’s hand, one’s tongue, or, finally, one’s heart. Next, he looks at the hadith ”The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer,” and explores the idea of having true strength. Shaykh Faraz begins the final segment “The Prophetic Vision—Prophetic Silence and the End of Religion” by listing the five higher aims of the religion outlined by the scholars: preserving (1) religion, (2) life, (3) intellect, (4) property, and (5) honor. He sheds light on a hadith on the long silence of the Prophet. He closes by looking at the end of religion—closeness through excellence—and how to find one’s pathways to closeness in one’s personal life, social life, work, and free time.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Define change and key terms related to the concept of change.
• Understand the Islamic perspective of personal and social change.
• Explain practical steps to the deployment of change.
• Understand the concept of strength in Islam.
• Contextualize the hadith of changing a wrong with one’s hand, tongue, or heart.
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.
|Number of Lessons:||4 Lessons|
|Total Duration:||2 hrs 32 mins|
- 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