Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
This is an On-Demand course about how to live simply and practice renunciation. Minimalist lifestyle and decluttering homes have recently become trendy in society. They're purported to help one focus their attention and lead a more fulfilling and organized life.
However, as Muslims, living simply is a result of the practice of renunciation (zuhd) and has a much deeper meaning. The attainment of zuhd is at the heart of what all prophets and messengers called their people to. We live in this world for only a short time, and we are called upon to live in it like travelers.
By taking this course, students will learn what zuhd means and what it specifically entails. They will learn about what the Quran says about zuhd and the particular instances of zuhd seen in the sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). This course also covers the benefits of living simply and how to make it a family affair. Students will also learn practical steps on how to keep their homes decluttered consistently.
Who is This Course For?
• This course is for teenagers and adults alike.
• It is particularly beneficial for parents or any homeowners.
• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning about decluttering and living simply.
• It is an On-Demand course. Students do not need any prerequisite courses to successfully complete this course.
• Define zuhd and what it entails.
• Understand the instances of zuhd in the Quran and Sunna.
• Appreciate the benefits of living simply.
• Apply the principles of living simply in times of abundance.
• Understand how to make living simply a family affair.
• Apply practical steps on consistently keeping the home decluttered.
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.
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 travelled to Syria, studying Arabic and sacred knowledge at the University of Damascus and Abu Nour Institute. She took private classes in Quranic 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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- 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