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## Umdat Al-Salik Wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller)

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## Law: Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa’iq Explained - Understanding Worship (Hanafi)

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly. ...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

This is the first in a series of courses covering Imam Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa‘iq, one of the four main primers of the Hanafi school. The Kanz gathers issues from several of the key works of the school and summarizes its issues.

The purpose of this class is to consolidate previous foundations on the subject and to introduce the student to the method of the Hanafis while deepening the students’ understanding of the reasoning and legal nuances in the rulings of the fiqh of worship, covering the chapters of purity, prayer, fasting, charity, and Hajj.

Allah Most High says, “I have not created jinn-kind nor mankind for any purpose other than to worship Me.” (Quran, 51:56). It’s important for all Muslims to know and understand the rulings of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and pilgrimage. This is after all that we engage in most regularly, this is what we are called to as Muslims. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said; “The first thing the servant will be asked about on the Day of Judgement is his prayer.”

In order to successfully complete this course, students should first complete Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj) or Mawsili's Mukhtar: On Worship: Understanding Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj before taking this course.

This course is based on Imam Abu Barakat al-Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa’iq, referred to by many as the greatest of the summary works (Mukhtasarat) in the Hanafi school. This work is very precise, nuanced, terse, yet very comprehensive.

The Kanz is a summary of another of the author's works, the Wafi, an advanced text in the Hanafi school. The Kanz can be difficult to understand and grasp at times, this highlights the importance of a study of another primer prior to the study of the Kanz.

The Kanz has many commentaries and super commentaries, one that will be referenced in this class is the commentary of Munla Miskin with the super commentary of Abu al-Sa’ud Sayyid al-Sharif al-Misry.

Imam Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Mahmud al-Nasafi was among the greatest Hanafi imams of his time, hailing from Nasaf in modern-day Uzbekistan. He authored major contributions in Hanafi law, legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith. He is also renowned outside the school, particularly for his Quranic commentary Madarik al-Tanzil. He died in 710 AH.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for students of Islamic Law.

• It is a Level Three course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take the course Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj) or Mawsili's Mukhtar: On Worship: Understanding Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj.

### Learning Outcomes:

• Read more nuanced and terse works in the science of Islamic Law.

• Understand the rulings related to worship at an intermediate level.

• Gain a deeper appreciation of legal reasoning in deriving rulings.

• Develop a deeper understanding of the legal details, nuances, and the method of the Hanafi school.

• Gain comfort in using the large reference works of the school.

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Six Month Introductory Certificate Program in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul

Matn Abu Shuja’ (Level Two) with Imam al-Haramayn’s Waraqat  (Level Two) conducted by Shaykh Muhammad CarrIn the Name of Allah, Merciful and Compassionate, with blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad, his folk, and companionsProgram DescriptionThis Progra...

### Matn Abu Shuja’ (Level Two) with Imam al-Haramayn’s Waraqat  (Level Two) conducted by Shaykh Muhammad Carr

In the Name of Allah, Merciful and Compassionate, with blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad, his folk, and companions

Program Description

This Program is a Beginner Program in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul. It covers Level two of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul.

This program will encompass a thorough study of:

• Matn Abu Shuja’ (Level Two of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum), in full – with readings from the commentary of the matan, Kifayat al-Akhyar, and Ibn Qasim al-Ghazzi’s Sharh
• Waraqat of Imam al-Haramayn in full

Class Format

Three pre-recorded classes per week, 45-60 Minutes each and one bi-weekly live discussion. Students are expected to follow the recordings and attend the live session.

Preparation, participation, and asking questions is strongly encouraged – as is the following of recommended readings.

There will be an online forum for questions, discussion, and related texts and resources.

Conditions for Joining the Class

This is an introductory level class in Shafi’i fiqh (Level Two) and Usul (Level Two). It is therefore essential for students to have completed the study of the following works or their equivalent:

Required Text:

• al-Risalah al-Jami’ah (Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained)
• al-Mukhtasar (Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgement)

This level adequately prepares a student to study the Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) and Level Three Usul.

This class is completely free and open to the public, students should apply in order for the SeekersGuidance Academy team to collect their emails and add them to the course.

Language of Instruction

The Arabic text will be studied with English commentary.

Students Evaluation

Students will be evaluated through a variety of quizzes (a quiz will accompany each class), and a final comprehensive exam for each course. Oral exams are imperative to receive the Certificate.

Student Expectations

The expectations from the students would be to:

i. Prepare for the class.

ii. [a] Attend the class, with attentiveness, [b] participation, [c] asking questions.

iii. Review the class notes and text. Diagramming the text helps.

iv. Take notes. It is best to write out the matn itself, and essentials from the commentary (such as the key details and reasoning). This is also a good Arabic writing practice.

v. Participate in the Class Forum--by asking questions, sharing issues of benefit, and getting involved in the relevant discussions, with the proper manners of a keen seeker of knowledge (talib ilm).

vi. Seek Allah’s Pleasure, and have high secondary intentions of acting upon what

## One Year Intermediate Program in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul

Reliance of the Traveller (Umdat al-Salik) (Level Three) with The Essence of Islamic Legal Theory (Lubb al-Usul) (Level Three) with Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan In the Name of Allah, Merciful and Compassionate, with blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad, his folk, and companions ...

### Reliance of the Traveller (Umdat al-Salik) (Level Three) with The Essence of Islamic Legal Theory (Lubb al-Usul) (Level Three) with Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

In the Name of Allah, Merciful and Compassionate, with blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad, his folk, and companions

Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan, a senior instructor at SeekersGuidance, will be teaching live weekly classes covering two key texts in Shafi’i fiqh and usul over the course of one year:

Program Description

This one-year Specialization Certificate Program is an Intermediate Program in Shafi’i  Fiqh and Usul. It covers Level three of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum in Shafi’i  Fiqh and Usul.

This program will encompass a thorough study of two texts.

• Umdat as-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) (Level Three of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum), in full–with readings from the commentary of umda, Fath al-Wahhab al-Malik, and Mahalli’s commentary on the Minhaj, Kanz al-Ragibin, with its Hashiyah by Qalyubi
• Shaykh al-Islam’s Lubb al-Usul (Level Three)–with reference to his own commentary, Gayat al-wusul.

Class Format

Three live classes per week, 45-60 Minutes each. Students are expected to attend live, or to follow the recordings.

There will be an online forum for questions, discussion, and related texts and resources.

Preparation, participation, and asking questions is expected – as is the following of recommended readings.

Conditions for Joining the Class

This is an intermediate level class in Shafi’i fiqh (Level Three) which adequately prepares a student to study the Minhaj al-Talibin of Imam al-Nawawi. It is therefore essential for students to have completed the study of the following works or their  equivalent:

Required Text:

• al-Risalah al-Jami’ah (Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained)
• al-Mukhtasar (Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement)
• Abu Shuja’ with experience readings from ibn Qasim’s commentary with its’ Hashiyah by Imam Bajuri

Recommended Text:

• Safina al-Naja

As this course encompasses Level Three usul, students are required to have completed a study of the Waraqat of Imam al-Haramayn.

For students without this, we recommend that they begin with Level One, then Level Two of the Islamic Studies Curriculum [link].

Although this class is completely free, students are expected to apply for the course and will need to be approved by the SeekersGuidance Academy team.

Language of Instruction

The Arabic text will be studied with English commentary.

Timings

Monday at 12:00 (GMT +2 | Cape Town)
Wednesday at 12:00 (GMT +2 | Cape Town)
Thursday at 12:00 (GMT +2 | Cape Town)

Location

This class will be offered online only via Zoom

Student Expectations

The expectations from the students would be to:

i. Prepare for the class.

ii. [a] Attend the class, with attentiveness, [b] participation, [c] asking questions.

iii. Review the class notes and text. Diagramming the text helps.

iv. Take notes. It is best to write out the matn itself, and essentials from the commentary (such as the key details and reasoning). This is also a good Arabic writing practice.

v. Participate in the Class Forum–by asking questions, sharing issues of benefit, and getting involved in the relevant discussions, with the proper manners of a keen seeker of knowledge (talib ilm).

vi. Seek Allah’s Pleasure,and have high secondary intentions of acting upon what you learn with excellence, preserving and transmitting Prophetic guidance, to benefit yourself and to benefit others, and to gain all the benefits mentioned by Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) for those who seek and transmit sacred knowledge for the sake of Allah.

And Allah alone gives success.

 Number of Lessons: 34 Lessons Total Duration: 91 hrs 37 mins

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## One-Year Specialization Certificate in Islamic Theology, Logic and Contemporary Challenges

Program Description This program will encompass a thorough study of three texts. 1) The first is Sharḥ al-‘Aqā’id al-Nasafīya, one of the most important works ever written in Ilm al-Kalām, which will take the full duration of the program (50 ...

### Program Description

This program will encompass a thorough study of three texts.

1) The first is Sharḥ al-‘Aqā’id al-Nasafīya, one of the most important works ever written in Ilm al-Kalām, which will take the full duration of the program (50 weeks).

2) The second text is Shaykh al-Islam Zakarīyā al-Ansārī’s Commentary on al-Abaharī’s Īsāghūjī titled: al-Maṭlaʻ, an integral part of the Logic curriculum at al-Azhar of Egypt and the Madrasas of al-Shām, which will be taught in parallel to Sharḥ al-‘Aqā’id during the first half of the program.

3) The third text is al-Intibahāt al-Mufīda ‘an al-Ishtibahāt al-Jadīda by Imam Muḥammad Ashraf ‘Alī Thānvī, one of the most powerful attempts to revitalize Ilm al-Kalām in the early 20th century, which will be also taught in parallel of Sharḥ al-‘Aqā’id, but during the second half of the program, so after the conclusion of al-Matla.

### Class Format

Two pre-recorded classes per week, an hour and a half each; and one bi-weekly live discussion.

Students are expected to follow the recordings and attend the live session. Preparation, participation, questions, and doing recommended readings are expected.

There will be an online forum for questions, discussion, and for related texts, and resources. The PDFs of the assigned texts and other important readings will be provided.

### Program Objectives

The objectives of this program are:

(1) to begin the journey of gaining mastery of Sunni theological reasoning;

(3) to be prepared and equipped for the study of Philosophical Theology;

(4) to engage with contemporary theological challenges; and above all,

(5) to seek the pleasure of Allah through benefiting oneself and others by preserving, acting upon, and transmitting this noble Prophetic inheritance.

### Course Teacher

This course shall be taught by Shaykh Ahmed Hussein El Azhary, a Senior Instructor at SeekersGuidance. He is also a teacher of Kalam, Logic, Hadith, and Usūl at Rawdatul-Naīm under the supervision of Habib Ali al-Jifrī; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismaīl Sadiq al-Adawī (Allah have mercy upon him), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss advanced-level texts of different sorts and over a long period of time. Formerly, he worked as a Lead Researcher at Tabah Foundation. He was appointed by Habib Ali al-Jifrī to architect the philosophical framework of Suaal initiative – an initiative concerned with modelling an Islamic philosophical response to contemporary existential questions. Shaykh Ahmed continues to participate in Suaal Initiative through essays, public lectures, and workshops. Alongside five published works on the Art of Deep Reading, Philosophy of Education and Pedagogy, Linguistics and the Art of Scientific Investigation, he has published a commentary on “Kifayat al-Muhaqiq,” Imam al-Arwādi’s Logic manual. He also has two published research papers by Tabah Foundation; one on the permissibility of inquiry in matters of creed and the other is a critical response to Sam Harris’ “The Moral Landscape.”

### Conditions for Joining the Program

This is an upper-intermediate to advanced class in Ilm al-Kalām—the science of Islamic beliefs (‘Aqīda). It covers Level Four of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum.

Students need to have completed a study of at least two of the following texts or their equivalent: al-Dardir’s Commentary on al-Kharīda, al-Bajūrī’s Commentary on al-Jawhara, and al-Sanusi’s Commentary on Umm al-Barāhīn.

This program will be taught in English, but knowledge of Classical Arabic and familiarity with Classical Arabic texts is necessary.

### Student Expectations

The expectations from the students would be to:

Prepare for the classes, by

[a] thorough reading of the matn;

[b] deep reading of the commentary–with focus on the theological reasoning mentioned in the commentary;

[c] preparing properly thought-out questions related to the text and its implications.

It is encouraged, especially for more advanced students, to research key issues in the various super-commentaries and glosses written on Sharḥ al-‘Aqā’id and al-Maṭlaʻ. This, however, is a recommendation, but not a requirement. Students who are ready to engage super-commentaries are welcome to email the teacher for advice on this.

Watch the recordings of the class with

[a] attentiveness, through cutting out distractions (no surfing, messaging, texting, etc);

[b] taking notes of essential details, especially matters related to unpacking the text and analyzing its content;

[c] asking questions based on their preparation or related to anything they found to be unclear whether in the text or the recordings of the teacher.

Review of the class notes and texts. Research of issues that arise is encouraged and asking questions regarding things that remain unclear is essential. The more you can keep reviewing the text and its commentary the better.

Test yourself by checking whether you remember the key details. Diagramming the text helps.

Take notes. It is best to create your own copy of the texts (‘Aqā’id al-Nasafī and Īsāghūjī) itself and add to it essentials from the assigned commentaries and preferably from the recommended super-commentaries. This is also good Arabic scholarly writing practice.

Participate in the Class Forum by asking questions, sharing issues of benefit, and getting involved in the relevant discussions, with the proper manners of a keen seeker of knowledge.

Seek Allah’s assistance, make this a means of seeking His pleasure, have high secondary intentions of acting upon what you learn with excellence, preserving and transmitting Prophetic guidance, to benefit yourself and to benefit others, and to gain all the benefits mentioned by Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) for those who seek and transmit sacred knowledge for the sake of Allah.

### Students Evaluation

Students will be evaluated through a variety of quizzes, written assignments, projects and oral exams. Each class will be accompanied by a quiz. Writing assignments and projects will be demanded periodically (a detailed schedule will be announced). Oral exams are imperative to receive the Ijaza Certificate.

 Number of Lessons: 29 Lessons Total Duration: 31 hrs 40 mins

• sufyan qufi
• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Hadith: Ibn Abi Jamra's Abridgement of Sahih Bukhari Explained

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

In this course, you will cover an abridgment of one of the main works of Islam, Sahih Bukhari. This course sheds light on key meanings of Prophetic guidance

This course covers Ibn Abi Jamra’s Mukhtasar Sahih Bukhari. This summary distills one of the most famed works of Islam into a highly practical manual presenting a key selection of Prophetic teachings.

In this course, Shaykh Faraz will read through nearly 300 hadith found in the work and present the key lessons. This course presents a valuable introduction to the hadith of our beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Mukhtasar Sahih Bukhari is a concise abridgment of Imam Bukhari’s famed Sahih—a work regarded by Muslim authorities as to the most reliable book after the Holy Quran. This summary distills a work intended for hadith specialists into a highly practical manual, containing nearly 300 narrations that present a key selection of Prophetic teachings. The author of the abridgment, Imam Ibn Abu Jamra, was a magisterial scholar of deep spirituality, who could truly say of himself, “I have not disobeyed Allah even once,” and this text is highly regarded by scholars as a valuable introduction to the hadith of our beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace).

### Learning Outcomes

• Appreciate the succinct beauty of the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• Develop a love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) by reviewing his sayings.

• Apply the lessons from hadith to their lives.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Beginning of Revelation

Lesson 3: Faith

Lesson 4: Knowledge

Lesson 5: Wudu, Menstruation

Lesson 6: Prayer, Times of Prayer, Adhan

Lesson 7: Friday Prayer, Prayer of Fear, Eid

Lesson 8: Witr, Seeking Rain, Night Vigil

Lesson 9: Virtue of Prayer in the Mosques of Mecca and Madina, External Actions in the Prayer, Forgetfulness

Lesson 10: Funerals, Zakat, Hajj, Virtues of Madina, Fasting

Lesson 11: Trade, Irrigation, Partnerships, Collateral, Emancipation, Witnessing, Reconciliation, Bequests

Lesson 13: Beginning of Creation

Lesson 14: Reports of the Prophets

Lesson 15: Virtues

Lesson 16: Exegesis, Virtues of the Quran

Lesson 17: Marriage, Divorce, Provision

Lesson 18: Food, Hunting and Slaughter, Sacrifice, Drink

Lesson 19: Illness, Medicine

Lesson 20: Etiquette, Seeking Permission, Claims

Lesson 21: Destiny, Oaths and Vows, Inheritance

Lesson 22: Tribulations, Singular Narrations

Lesson 23: Holding Fast to the Book and Sunna

Lesson 24: Divine Unity

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: 22 Lessons Total Duration: 46 hrs 0 mins

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Beliefs: Bajuri's Hashiya al-Sanusiyya Explained: Allah's Attributes and Proofs for His Existence

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

This course is a traditional word-by-word exposition of Imam Bajuri’s commentary on Imam Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin (The Foundational Proofs), which covers the core beliefs of mainstream traditional Islam along with their key proofs.

Students will learn Islamic theology: the attributes of Allah Most High, those of His messengers (peace be upon them), matters of the unseen, and their logical proofs, culminating in how all of these meanings are contained in the Statement of Divine Oneness, there is no god but God.

The value of a subject is known by what is studied, and there is none greater than establishing and defending belief in Allah Most High and the points of knowledge to which He has granted eternal consequence.

Imam Bajuri’s commentary on Imam Sanusi’s Umm al-Barahin establishes not only what we believe in but also why it must be true with logical rigor. Additionally, students will learn how to unpack the terse expressions of classical texts, preparing them for further study in the Islamic sciences and in Islamic theology in particular.

This text is a traditional word-by-word exposition of one of the most popular manuals in Islamic theology, Imam Bajuri’s (d. 1276 AH / 1860 CE) commentary on Imam Sanusi’s Umm al-Barahin.

Imam Sanusi’s primer focuses on the main proofs for the issues of belief in Allah Most High.

Imam Bajuri’s commentary, though brief, is deep, and precise. It unpacks the theological issue in the text with clarity and nuance. Most importantly, it breaks each of these proofs down and shows how those conclusions were reached.

Imam Bajuri writes in a method that forces the student to think and ask “why?” This course not only teaches the proofs of God Most High, but also the method a student of knowledge should embody in everything they engage with.

Imam Ibrahim al-Bajuri was a prolific scholar, authoring works in many different Islamic disciplines. His works are authoritative, and deeply admired, taught, and used as references. Among the subjects he wrote in were: theology, logic, hadith, Islamic law, estate division, Arabic morphology, Arabic grammar, and Arabic literature.

His works have been highly regarded by generations of teachers and students for their precision, comprehensiveness, and depth of scholarship.

He studied and taught at al-Azhar, becoming its foremost scholar and rector (Shaykh al-Azhar) in 1263 AH / 1847 CE, a position that he retained until his death. His commentary on the Umm al-Barahin is one of his most widely studied works.

Among his other most significant works is his Hashiya on Imam Laqani’s Jawhara al-Tawhid (Tuhfa al-Murid), in Islamic beliefs; his Hashiya on Ibn Qasim’s Sharh Matn Abi Shuja, in Shafii fiqh; his commentary on Imam Busiri’s Burda, in praise of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), just to name a few.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for knowing the proofs of God Most High

• This is a Level Three course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should have taken any of the Level Two Islamic Beliefs courses at SeekersGuidance, or similar.

• This course is useful for anyone who wants to understand the rationale proofs related to our belief in Allah Most High; the method and nuances of the science of Islamic beliefs; and to appreciate the depth and nuance of the Islamic intellectual tradition, and learn to think and analyze issues as scholars do.

### Learning Outcomes

• Explain the logical proofs for the attributes of Allah Most High.

• Break down the proofs for the existence of Allah Most High step by step.

• Explain the attributes of His Messengers (peace be upon them) and their proofs

• Understand how all of these meanings are contained in the statement of Divine Oneness: there is no god but God

• Understand how to unpack the terse expressions of classical Islamic texts and works on theology.

• Cultivate a deep method in thinking required from a student of knowledge

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Beliefs: Ushi's Bad‘ al-Amali, A Classical Primer

Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Level: Three Course Overview  This course will cover the basics of what all Muslims must know in order to live their lives believing correctly. This includes the attributes of Allah Most High, the attributes of the prop...

### Course Overview

This course will cover the basics of what all Muslims must know in order to live their lives believing correctly. This includes the attributes of Allah Most High, the attributes of the prophets (peace and blessings be upon them all), transmitted beliefs and issues related to the Hereafter.

These tenets of belief are important for every Muslim to know because they relate to the very foundation of faith. Furthermore, in these times, with so much talk of different beliefs or the absence thereof, people may have influenced beliefs without realizing it. It is thus imperative to have a basic understanding of the Islamic creed.

This class will provide a good understanding of what the line is between truth and falsehood. It will allow one to understand the parameters of conceptualizing Allah and understand what to believe about the Creator and Maker of everything.

### Learning Outcomes

• Know and understand the basic beliefs of Islam

• Substantiate the reasons for the Islamic beliefs

• Understand the foundations of scholarly methodology

• Appreciate the nuance and precision of the Islamic creed

• Cultivate faith and certitude

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Law: Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa’iq Explained - Understanding Financial Transactions (Hanafi)

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.Live on F...

### Course Overview

The first in a series of courses that covers one of the four main primers of the Hanafi school; Imam Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa‘iq. It gathers issues from several of the key works of the school to summarize its issues. The purpose of this class is to consolidate previous foundations on the subject and to deepen one's understanding of the rulings of transactions, covering the chapters of what constitutes a sale, the rulings related to usury, forward transactions, currency exchange and more.

Imam Muhammad al-Shaybani was once asked, "Why have you not written anything on asceticism (zuhd)?" And he replied, "I have written on the rulings of transactions." Knowing the rulings of transactions allows one to be more God-conscious through being mindful when dealing with other people.

The outcomes of this course are to clearly know the rulings related to worship at an intermediate level and consolidating one’s previous study of the subject. The Kanz al-Daqa‘iq is a precise, nuanced and comprehensive text, that prepares one to study the advanced works of the Hanafi school of law.

### Learning Outcomes

• Know the rulings related to transactions at an intermediate level

• Clearly understand the rulings related to transactions

• Complete the study of intermediate work in the Hanafi school

• Be primed to study the advanced works of the Hanafi school of law

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Damanhuri's Idah al-Mubham Explained: A Beginner’s Introduction to Logic

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview Imam Ahmed ibn Abd al-Mun‘im al-Damanhuri was one of the great scholars of his time, a master in the sciences of Islam but also in other sciences. ...

### Course Overview

Imam Ahmed ibn Abd al-Mun‘im al-Damanhuri was one of the great scholars of his time, a master in the sciences of Islam but also in other sciences.

His commentary, Idah al-Mubham, on Imam Abd al-Rahman al-Akhdari’s poem, al-Sullam, is a beginner-level commentary and is mainly studied as a first text in the science of logic (mantiq). It focuses on explaining the Sullam without complicating the issues and without adding too many extra issues.

This course fits into the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum as one of the two Level Two works of logic (mantiq), the other being the Isaghuji.

The purpose of the study of logic is to be able to think soundly without making mistakes in one’s thinking. Thus, the study of logic is crucial for those who seek to be able to think clearly in their studies, but especially so for those studying theology. Those who do not observe the correct manners of thinking may very well live their lives reaching unsound conclusions in their thinking, and possibly - in their beliefs.

Take this course to learn about expressions (alfaadh) and their indications (dilaalaat), universals (kulliyaat) and the types of propositions (qadaayaat), how arguments (qiyaas) are compiled, types of syllogisms, and much more.

Idah al-Mubham min M‘aani al-Sullam is an explanatory commentary, aiming to simplify the meanings of the Sullam. Imam Damanhuri was asked by some of his students to comment on the Sullam with a commentary “at the utmost limits of simpleness,” a request that he answered.

The simpleness of this text is what makes it such an important study for beginners, ensuring they capture the most major components of logic without getting lost in extra details or discussions. Since this work contains all the major components of logic, the scholars would often repeat the study of Idah al-Mubham with the same batch of students a few times before moving on to the next text; establishing sound foundations of understanding of the basics before the study of extra details of logic.

Imam Abd al-Rahman al-Akhdari was born in the year 918 AH and was known for his righteousness, asceticism, and his deep knowledge of the Islamic Sciences. Imam Akhdari wrote the Sullam at the young age of 21.

Imam Damanhuri says in his commentary about the Sullam, “Allah opens doors in the science of logic for all who study the Sullam with good intention and diligence, and I (Damanhuri) have witnessed this.” May Allah benefit us by him. He passed away in the year 983 AH.

Imam Damanhuri was born in the year 1001 AH in Damanhur, and studied at Azhar University. He was known for his knowledge of all the religious sciences and was called “al-Madhaahibi” because of his deep knowledge of the four schools. It was said about him, “[He is] an ocean, yet without any shores!”

After the death of the Shaykh of Azhar in his time, the scholars appointed Imam Damanhuri to take the place as Shaykh of Azhar. He was a prolific author, writing in the religious sciences but also in the other sciences as well; such as in chemistry and medicine. He passed away in the year 1092 AH in the blessed month of Ramadan.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for students of the Islamic Sciences

• It is particularly beneficial for students of Logic and Theology

• It is a Level Two course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should complete Level One first.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of Logic and Theology.

### Learning Outcomes

• Apply methods of sound thinking.

• Understand how to make valid arguments.

• Identify inaccuracies in thinking.

• Prepare yourself for a higher study of logic.

• Protect yourself from believing flawed lines of reasoning.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: None

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Will be provided on the forums

Weekly hours recommended: 2 hours

### Lesson Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Author and Text

Lesson 2: On the Permissibility of Studying Logic

Lesson 3: Types of Created Knowledge

Lesson 4: Types of Coined Indications

Lesson 5: Composite or Simples words

Lesson 6: Words and Meanings Relationship

Lesson 7: Explanation of Universality, Collectivity, Part and Particularity

Lesson 8: Definition - Part One

Lesson 9: Definition - Part Two

Lesson 10: Propositions - Part One

Lesson 11: Propositions - part Two

Lesson 13: Conversion

Lesson 14: Reasoning - part One

Lesson 15: Reasoning - part Two

Lesson 16: Figures of Syllogism

Lesson 17: Conditional Syllogism - Part One

Lesson 18: Conditional Syllogism - Part Two

Lesson 19: Compound Syllogism - Part One

Lesson 20: Compound Syllogism - Part Two

Lesson 21: Types of proof - Part One

Lesson 22: Types of proof - Part Two

Lesson 23: Fallacies - Formal

Lesson 24: Fallacies - Material & Conclusion

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Spirituality: Attaining Taqwa: Birgivi's Tariqa Muhammadiyya

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.Live on&n...

### Course Overview

This course covers Imam Birgivi’s al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya, one of the great manuals on practical spirituality and operationalization of following the way of our beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace). This course analyzes the “fiqh of taqwa”—how to truly follow the way of the Prophet in knowledge, beliefs, and embodying the mindfulness of Allah (taqwa). Included are sections on following the Qur’an and sunna, sound beliefs, innovations, and seeking knowledge—all culminating in an extensive breakdown on the unlawful traits of the heart, how to recognize them, their causes, and their cures.

This class is for students of knowledge with prior study of the essentials of faith, worship, and practical spirituality. The text is read in the original Arabic, but explained in English and is therefore suitable for a general audience.

At the end of this course, students will understand the interrelation of the various religious sciences with the science of the heart. In addition, students will be able to identify the different blameworthy traits of the heart and understand the specific ways to remove, rectify, and replace them with virtuous ones.

Imam Birgivi’s al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya is one of the great manuals on practical spirituality — how to truly follow the way of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in knowledge, beliefs, and operationalizing mindfulness of Allah (taqwa). Included are sections on following the Quran and sunna, the meaning of innovation (bid‘a), beliefs, and a discussion on knowledge. These are followed by an extensive breakdown on the unlawful traits of the heart, how to recognize them, their causes, and their cures, drawing on the works of Imam Ghazali and others. Finally, the author discusses the sins of the other limbs, closing with a discussion on false piety.

Imam Taqi al-Din Muhammad ibn Pir ‘Ali al-Birgivi was a 16th century Ottoman, Hanafi, Maturidi scholar who lived during the height of the Ottoman Empire. He believed that a character distinguished by the qualities of unselfish heedfulness, sincerity, kindness, compassion, generosity, valour, and other virtues of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and his Companions were essential for all Muslims. Among other works, he wrote extensive manuals on practical spirituality and the ways to actualize the meanings of the Islamic tradition in our lives.

### Learning Outcomes

• Describe the blameworthy traits of the heart

• Recognize identifying indicators of the blameworthy traits of the heart

• Understand the relationships and subtle differences between the blameworthy traits of the heart

• Describe the causes and cures of the blameworthy traits of the heart

• Understand the implementation of the virtuous traits of the heart

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Spirituality: Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences Explained Inner Dimensions of Prayer, Fasting, and Zakat

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.Live on...

### Course Overview

Class covering a summary of Imam Ghazali’s Revival of the Islamic Sciences. Join us this session where we will continue this great series from the book of prayer and then fasting and Zakat.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Worship: Quduri's Mukhtasar (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)

In this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the chapters on Worships, relying on the great classical commentaries—including Maydani’s Lubab—and major reference works of the Hanafi School. Topics covered include ablution (Wudu), the ritual bath (Ghusl), Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, Hajj and other related issues.

This is a level two course and is ideal for students seeking to make sound the performance of their worships. A previous study is recommended but not required.

The diligent student will take from this class the knowledge required to make their worship sound and correct, guidance on difficult issues, and how to beautify one’s relationship with Allah Most High.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Coffee and Connections - Discussion on The Book of Assistance

Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf weltch Course Overview In this course, students will cover an amazing text on practical spirituality by one of the luminaries of our tradition; the Book of Assistance of Imam al-Haddad. This text h...

### Course Overview

In this course, students will cover an amazing text on practical spirituality by one of the luminaries of our tradition; the Book of Assistance of Imam al-Haddad.

This text has proven to be a fundamental work in practical spirituality. Its concise yet profound teachings make the application of taqwa (mindfulness of Allah) in our lives a close and tangible reality.

Throughout this course, the student will not only come to know more of what Allah Most High wants from human beings, but they will also come to learn of the all important how.

### Learning Outcomes:

• Understand how to implement Qur'anic guidance

• Learn how to prioritize spiritual self-discipline

• Arrange and prioritize one's acts of worship

• Understand how to remove outward and inward sins

• Distinguish the ranks on nearness and love of Allah Most High

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 travelled 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.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Usul al-Fiqh: Aqhisari's Samt al-Wusul Explained - Understanding the Principles of Legal Interpretation (Hanafi)

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

Allah’s guidance has reached us primarily through words, which are themselves vessels of meaning. Being people of purpose, the scholars of our great tradition developed principles of interpretation by which they could reliably derive sound meanings from these primary texts.

The legal rulings derived, their details, and their applications are termed Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence); the theories of law and aforementioned hermeneutic principles by which these rulings (ahkam or furu’) are derived are termed Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence).

Samt al-Wusul is a summary of the Manar al-Anwar of Imam Nasafi, a relied upon the intermediate epitome of the principles of jurisprudence employed by Imam Abu Hanifa, which he inherited from his teachers and are employed by his adherents, the most numerous of the four schools of jurisprudence, to the present day.

While not immediately necessary in order to conform with the command of Allah, knowledge of these legal principles are necessary in order to deepen our appreciation and understanding of divine guidance as it relates to our outward actions and a necessary prerequisite to studying Fiqh in the intermediate stage.

This text covers the discussions on the sources of law, the command, the prohibition, intrinsic and extrinsic good and bad, the levels of indication of words and their usages, the levels of the decisiveness of establishment of texts, consensus and analogy, moral responsibility, and some closing discussions.

Students will learn the principles by which meanings are understood from words according to the Hanafi School, and how rulings are derived from primary texts. Students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Islamic Law and the ability to study it deeper.

Samt al-Wusul is a summary of the Manar al-Anwar of Imam Nasafi, a relied-upon intermediate epitome of the principles of jurisprudence employed by the Hanafi School.

Imam Aqhisari, seeing the difficulty in reading the Manar in one’s early stages of study, decided to simplify it. So he summarized issues, simplified expressions, and explained the more subtle parts of the Manar. His summary has more detail and nuance than Ibn al-Halabi’s Mukhtasar al-Manar and is thus frequently studied after it.

Samt al-Wusul is an important work for all Level Two Islamic Studies Curriculum students. It gives a good grounding in the essential concepts of Usul al-fiqh, and is a stepping stone for the student to then study a commentary on the Manar thereafter in Level Three.

Imam Hasan ibn Turkhan ibn Dawud al-Aqhisari al-Busnawi was a great Bosnian scholar of humble and religious origins. He was born in the year 951 AH and although his parents weren’t scholars, they directed him towards a scholarly upbringing from a young age.

Imam Aqhisari was known for his deep piety, calling to Allah (dawa) as well as his participation in the battles of the Muslims. From the several works he wrote, he had a commentary on Quduri, several treatises on prayer, treatises on the rulings that pertained to soldiers, and also works in the science of beliefs. The Imam passed away on the 15th night of Shaban, 1025 AH.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults

• It is particularly beneficial for students of fiqh

• This is a Level Two course. The Mukhtasar al-Manar course, also in Level Two is recommended before this.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in understanding how the laws we act on are derived.

### Learning Outcomes

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

• Understand the core interpretative method by which the Hanafi school’s rulings are derived.

• Understand why people differed in their understanding of the Quran and Sunna.

• See the issues studied in fiqh with a deeper understanding of how they are derived from the primary texts.

• Understand how the Quran’s words and indications are understood.

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 Faraz Rabbani

## The Sanusiyya and Isaghuji: Sound Beliefs and Sound Reasoning

Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El-Azhary Course Overview This course is a unique combination of beliefs and logic based on Imam Sanusi’s foundational theology treatise Umm al-Baraheen (The Summary of Theological Proofs) and Abhari’s indispensable Logic manual Isaghuj...

### Course Overview

This course is a unique combination of beliefs and logic based on Imam Sanusi’s foundational theology treatise Umm al-Baraheen (The Summary of Theological Proofs) and Abhari’s indispensable Logic manual Isaghuji. A solid study of these two texts prepares seekers of knowledge to study the Rational Sciences at a higher level as they cover the most essential notions of Theology and Logic. In addition, combining the study of these two sciences together allows students to be equipped with both theory and practice. In this course, students will not only learn the methods of reasoning in general, but they will also learn about how to reason, specifically, in theological contexts. Students will also learn about the different approaches to the study of Beliefs and they will be able to define the role and scope of Theology.

Isaghuji by Imam Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) is the most popular foundational logic primer in traditional Islamic schools (madrasas). It provides students with the necessary basic principles and introduces them to the key terminologies and methodologies of Logic. The Sanusiyya by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yusuf al-Sanusi (d. 895 AH / 1489 CE) has arguably been the most popular introduction to mainstream Islamic Theology ever since it was written five hundred years ago by the learned and pious West African theologian.

Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) is famous as an astronomer, scientist, and philosopher, but he was also a scholar of Islamic Theology (kalam) and Sacred Legal Theory (usul al-fiqh). His primer on Logic is his most famous work, studied in religious seminaries all over the Islamic world ever since it was written all the way down to the present day.

Shaykh Muhammad b. Yusuf al-Sanusi (d. 895 AH / 1489 CE) was a North African theologian and mystic. He is widely known for his series of theological manuals. He authored an entire curriculum of theological treatises of varying lengths and for varying pedagogical levels.

### Learning Outcomes

• Explain what Muslims believe about Allah Most High and His Messengers.

• Prove the truthfulness of these beliefs.

• Respond to common objections to belief in Allah Most High and His Messengers.

• Describe the historical development of mainstream Islamic Theology.

• Appreciate the scholarly depth of the Islamic theological tradition.

• Understand the importance and the nature of Classical Logic.

• Identify and explain key Logic concepts and terms.

• Distinguish the different forms of logical reasoning within traditional texts.

### Note:

Both are level two required courses in Islamic Studies Curriculum

Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usūl, Logic and Kalam at Rawdatul-Naīm under the supervision of Habib Ali al-Jifrī; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismaīl Sadiq al-Adawī (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.

Shaykh Ahmed studied Anthropology at American University in Cairo and received his training in Leadership Communication from Tulane University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a life-long learner. He holds a diversified portfolio of almost 50 certificates in a variety of subjects – extending from Teaching Character and Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People to Complexity Theory, Model Thinking and Conflict Analysis.

Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format, and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss advanced-level texts of different sorts and over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world.

Beside a number of edited works about to be released in Islamic pedagogy, linguistics and Hanafi Usūl, Shaykh Ahmed has authored Rūh al-Ilm – a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, based on a survey of roughly 200 traditional Islamic texts, and has been endorsed by Dr. Jamāl Fārūq, the Dean of Islamic Dawah College at al-Azhar University and Dr. Ahmed Mamdūh, the Chair of Research Division at Dar al-Iftaa’ al-Masrīyah. Rūh al-Ilm will be published by Tabah Foundation in the early of summer of 2019.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Getting Started with Your Belief and Practice : Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained (Shafi i)

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Farid Dingle Course Overview “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah thereby facilitates for him a path to Paradise.” (Muslim) This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge by Ahmad bin ...

### Course Overview

“Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah thereby facilitates for him a path to Paradise.” (Muslim) This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge by Ahmad bin Zayn al Habashi, one of the great Shafi'i scholars of Yemen. It explains what your religion is, what you must know about it, and how you should learn it. This course is taught according to the Shafi‘i school.

The Encompassing Epistle (al-Risala al-Jami'a) is one of the most celebrated introductory textbooks in the Shafi'i school.

Ahmad ibn Zayn ibn ‘Alawi ibn Ahmad al-Habashi was from Hadramaut region of South Arabia at the beginning of the year 1069H (1659ce). He was a great Shafi'i scholar and a student of Imam Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad who taught him more than seventy books including Islamic books on spirituality.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This is the first course of law in Level One course in worship for anyone seeking to know the most basic details of the five pillars of Islam according to the Shafi'i school.

• Any student who wants to learn about the basics of belief and worship and wants to start their journey of gaining sacred knowledge should start with this course.

### Study Effort

• 1 Hour of Lecture Weekly (attending the live classes).

• 30 minutes of Self Study (reading and reviewing the content).

• 30 Minutes for doing the quizzes.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand how to seek religious knowledge

• Learn the basics of Islamic belief

• Learn the basic rules of wudu, ghusl, prayer, fasting, and zakat

• Learn how to worship Allah Most High with sincerity

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Text

Lesson 2: Explanation of Faith & Beliefs

Lesson 3: Explanation of Submission & Islamic Jurisprudence

Lesson 4: The Different Types of Bleeding for Women

Lesson 5: Conditions, Integrals & Sunnah of the Prayer

Lesson 6: Inner Dimensions & Nullifiers of the Prayer

Lesson 7: The Friday Prayer & Supererogatory Prayers

Lesson 8: Fasting

Lesson 9: Zakat

Lesson 10: Hajj & Umrah

Lesson 11: Purification of the Heart (Part 1)

Lesson 12: Purification of the Heart (Part 2)

Shaykh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Law: Halabi's Multaqa al-Abhur

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

This is a Level Three course in Islamic Law (fiqh) in which Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the “Meeting of the Oceans” (Multaqa al-Abhur) by Imam Ibrahim al-Halabi (d. 956 AH). This is one of the most commented-upon texts, for good reason - as it gathers, with clarity and precision, the main issues and legal details in Hanafi fiqh.

Multaqa al-Abhur is an intermediate-level “meta-primer” (matn) that gathers the issues of the four core primers in Hanafi fiqh: Quduri’s Mukhtasar, Mawsili’s Mukhtar, Nasafi’s Kanz, and the Wiqaya, with key issues from the Marghinani’s Hidaya and Ibn al-Sa’ati’s Majma al-Bahrayn.

With this, the text is written in a clear style, and the author selects the most relied-upon positions in the differed-upon issues and mentions them first.

Among its main commentaries are Majma al-Anhur of Shaykh Zada (d. 1078), whose work was deeply influential in subsequent Hanafi scholarship, and is frequently referred to by the commentators of the late Ottoman legal code, the Majalla. This is due to its clarity of explanation, its lucid presentation of legal reasoning, and its precision.

This is a Level Three Upper-Intermediate course in the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum. It is meant to deepen a student’s understanding of legal details, nuances, and legal reasoning.

It is for someone who has completed at least one—or, ideally, two—complete primers (mutun) in Hanafi fiqh. It assumes the student has active familiarity with the core issues, across chapters, and is ready to understand:

(1) legal details

(2) more nuanced issues

(3) the legal reasoning, and

(4) to refer to core reference works.

This course is important for students who wish to deepen their understanding of legal details, nuances, and legal reasoning.

The core Level Three Hanafi fiqh course is Imam Nasafi’s Kanz. This course complements, supplements, and completes a student’s consolidation of their understanding of the core issues of Islamic law.

A faqih (true jurist) is “one who has mastery of the core issues (furu) with understanding and the ability to apply them. This course is a proven classical text that trains the student of Islamic law.

The text, Multaqa al-Abhur, is more nuanced than any one of the primers in the Hanafi school—such as Quduri or the Kanz (as it contains the issues of all four main primers).

As such, the student will be exposed to much of the issues that commonly occur in their lives and others’ lives across the chapters of Islamic law: worship; marriage and divorce; financial transactions; halal and haram; and public law.

It will enable students to act on the Divine Command with more clarity; and to be able to convey legal rulings, explain them, and answer questions with more clarity, precision, and nuance.

They will also have a greater understanding of how fiqh works; how to navigate differing narrations and positions within the Hanafi school; and how to research in the commentaries and reference works of the school.

The “Meeting of the Oceans” (Multaqa al-Abhur) by Imam Ibrahim al-Halabi (d. 956 AH) is one of the most commented-upon texts in Islamic law (fiqh), and for good reason—as it gathers, with clarity and precision, the issues of the four main primers (mutun) in Hanafi fiqh.

Another major commentary that will be actively referred to is al-Durr al-Muntaqa by Imam Ala’ al-Din al-Haskafi (d. 1088 AH), who is one of the foremost of the late reference-scholars (muhaqqiqin) of the Hanafi school. His other major legal work is al-Durr al-Mukhtar, upon which is Ibn Abidin’s Radd al-Muhtar (famous as Hashiya Ibn Abidin, or simply “Shami”).

Shaykh Faraz will also be referring to other commentaries on the Multaqa, most notably Kamal al-Diraya of Imam Izmiri (d. 1165 AH) and Muhtada al-Anhur of Allama Wahdati (d. 1130 AH)

Imam Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Halabi was one of the leading jurists of the late Hanafi school. Originally from Aleppo, Halabi eventually settled in Constantinople, where he served as imam of the Fatih mosque, dying over age ninety in 956 AH. His deep scholarship is highlighted by his works in Islamic law, particularly Multaqa al-Abhur and his commentary on Kashaghri’s Munya al-Musalli, which were both of the most widely taught legal texts in the Ottoman Empire.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This is a Level Three Upper-Intermediate level course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. As such, it is recommended that the student has completed Level Two, or its equivalent, first.

• In fiqh, a complete study of at least Quduri’s Mukhtasar or Mawsili’s Mukhtar, and ideally the Kanz as well, is desirable. After this, the diligent student will be well-prepared for studying Tumurtashi’s Tanwir, Mawsili’s Ikhtiyar, or Marghinani’s Hidaya.

### Learning Outcomes

• The nuances and details of the foundational issues of Islamic law

• The methodology, reasoning, and key principles of the Hanafi school

• How to navigate different narrations and positions within the school—and how to find the relied-upon positions

• How to research issues in the commentaries and reference works of the school.

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.

• Imam Yama Niazi
• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Law: Maydani's Lubab Explained - Understanding a Key Commentary on Quduri's Mukhtasar

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat Course Overview Shaykh Abd al Ghani al Maydani’s commentary is one of the best written on the Mukhtasar of Imam Ahmad ibn Muha...

### Course Overview

Shaykh Abd al Ghani al Maydani’s commentary is one of the best written on the Mukhtasar of Imam Ahmad ibn Muhammad al Quduri. It is the perfect entry point to the more detailed texts of the Hanafi school and is taught as a Level Three SeekersGuidance course.

The author (d. 1298 AH) was a prominent Damascan scholar, and a close student of one of the greatest jurists of the later Hanafi school, Imam Muhammad Amin b. ‘Abidin. The text, al Lubab fi Sharh al Kitab is a commentary and expansion of Quduri’s work that has been praised and taught by scholars all over the Muslim world since it was penned.

The main purpose is to gain a thorough understanding of the text. This will, in turn, give the student a clear grasp of the core legal issues in Hanafi school, an insight into legal reasoning and its application beyond the text, and an introduction to the more detailed works of the school. It is an important connective point between the study of mutun such as the Mukhtasar and Mawsili’s Mukhtar and the more detailed commentaries like al Ikhtiyar.

The course will give a sound understanding of the framework of the Hanafi school. This includes developing the skills needed to answer questions accurately, and a fairly detailed analysis of the key practical legal questions one is faced with.

Shaykh ‘Abd al Ghani al Ghunaymi al Maydani al Dimashqi was born in 1222 AH and died in 1298.He is the author of the text, and of other beneficial works. He is known for his expertise in multiple sciences, such as Law, Theology, Hadith, and Arabic. Some of his other main works are Al Lubab Fi Sharh al Kitab and Sharh al ‘Aqida al Tahawiyya. He benefitted significantly from Imam Muhammad ‘Amin b. ‘Abidin, spending many years with him in deep study. After the passing of his teacher, he purchased the majority of his library from his heirs, giving him access to many otherwise difficult to acquire works in various sciences.

Al Lubab Fi Sharh al Kitab (The Essence; a Commentary of the Book), covers the main legal questions answered in the Hanafi school, with additional legal reasoning, explanation of the hierarchy of issues and scholars, and additional rulings.

It is a later work of the school, summarising many positions and discussions presented by scholars over the centuries. Presenting the dominant positions of the school, the text’s lower to a mid-tier level of detail is perfect as an entry point to the more expansive commentaries on Hanafi fiqh.

The text fits in at level three in our curriculum. There are no other commentaries on the text.

### Who is This Course For?

• It is a Level Three course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take all the Level One and Two Hanafi law courses [Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi): Getting Started With Your Belief and Practice, On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity, Quduri's Mukhtasar or their equivalent].

• This course can be taken by anyone who is interested in learning more about Hanafi law at an advanced level.

### Learning Outcomes

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

• Memorize the names and positions of important authorities of the school.

• Differentiate between the key legal positions of the Hanafi school.

• Understand the legal reasoning used to arrive at them.

### Study Effort (Per Week)

• 3 Hours of Lecture Weekly (attending the live classes)

• 3 Hours of Self Study (reading and reviewing the content)

• 1 Hour for doing the quizzes

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with erudite scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish, and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic with teachers such as Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr. Mansur Abu Zina, and others. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabir and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return, he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

• Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
• Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Seekers Qur’an Circle: Understanding the Great Opening

In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains opening of the Quran: Sura Fatiha and the beginning of Sura Baqara. This contains the central message, guidance, ...

In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains opening of the Quran: Sura Fatiha and the beginning of Sura Baqara. This contains the central message, guidance, and call of the Quran, based on classical commentaries of the Quran, especially Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Kamal Basha’s Tafsir.

## On Worship: Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgment

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr

### Course Overview

Do you want to worship Allah confidently? Take this course to get comprehensive and knowledge-based answers to all the questions that you are likely to face in your worship of Allah Most High.

This is a Level One course in Shafii school of jurisprudence in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is beneficial for anyone seeking to rectify their ritual acts of devotion to Allah.

This course empowers you to fulfill your ritual acts of worship confidently and provides a basic, yet comprehensive breakdown of worship. It focuses on the detailed rules of purification, prayer, funeral rites, zakat, fasting, spiritual retreat (itikaf), pilgrimage (Hajj), trade, and marriage. An outcome of the course is to memorize the text. Its bite size allows for easy memorization.

This indispensable primer text also serves as the ideal platform for further studies. The Short Abridgement was authored by the great Yemeni Shaykh Abdullah Ba Fadl (d. 918 A.H. / 1512 C.E.), whose works have been taught for centuries in traditional institutions all over the world.

The Mukhtasar al-Saghir (Short Abridgment) is an indispensable text taught the world over. It is regarded as foundational for every Shafii student. The short abridgment regarding that which is absolutely essential to know for every Muslim in the ritual acts of devotion.

The text covers the rules of purification, prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj, according to the Shafii school, along with a brief introduction to the rules of trade, marriage, and divorce.

The main investigation (area of study) is to expose students to a basic yet comprehensive fiqh text that covers all the ritual acts of worship and the very basics of Islamic Contract Law.

The book was authored by the great Yemeni Shaykh Abdullah Ba Fadl (d. 918 A.H. / 1512 C.E.). An erudite scholar, Ba Fadl is significant to the course being taught because Tafaqquh (understanding) is developed through reading and understanding the works of the likes of Ba Fadl that possess understanding.

Ba Fadl is mainly known for his works on fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Ba Fadl authored many works of which 12 are listed in the introduction of the Bayan. The most well-known is the Muqaddima al-Hadramiyya. He has also authored: Mansak al-Hajj (Rites of Pilgrimage), Risala al-Falak ( A treatise in astronomy), and Majmu al-Fatawa (Collection of Fatawa) amongst others.

Other than being an erudite scholar, he was always benefitting students and striving to fulfill the needs of the Muslims. As a result, he was much loved and sanctified by the leaders and populace alike. Ba Fadl truly epitomized Islamic scholarship by worshipping Allah and serving His creation.

### Who is This Course For?

• This is the second course in Level One.

• Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i).

• Take this course before taking any course in Level Two.

### Study Effort

• 1 Hour of Lecture Weekly (attending the live classes).

• 1 Hour of Self Study (reading and reviewing the content).

• 30 Minutes for doing the quizzes.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand slave-hood to Allah Most High and why it is important.

• Learn the rules of purification and prayer that you are likely to encounter in your daily life.

• Memorize the most important rules of wudu and ghusl, prayer, zakat, fasting, hajj, and contracts.

• Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh).

### Course Outline

Lesson 1 -   Introduction

• Biography of Imam Abdullah Ba Fadl
• The Text: Al Mukhtasar al Saghir
• Author’s Introduction
• Wudu – Integrals
• Wudu – Sunan
• Wudu – Nullifiers
• Wiping over the Khuffs
• What is prohibited in ritual impurity

Lesson 2 - Purification

• Etiquettes of relieving oneself
• Cleaning oneself – al Istinja’
• Ghusl – Reasons
• Ghusl – Integrals
• Ghusl – Sunan
• Conditions of purification from ritual impurity

Lesson 3 - Impurities

• Water and Impurities
• Impurities
• That which can be purified and that which cannot be purified

Lesson 4 - Tayammum

• Tayammum – Integrals
• Tayammum – Conditions
• Tayammum – Wounds and bandages

Lesson 5 - Women's Purification

• Menstruation
• Lochia
• Prohibitions during Menstruation and Lochia

Lesson 6 - Prayer Times

• Prayer – Times of prayer
• Prayer – Prohibited times

Lesson 7 - Prayers, Rules and Conditions

• Prayer – Obligation to pray
• Prayer – Conditions
• Prayer – Excused Impurities

Lesson 8 - Prayers Sunan

• Prayer – Integrals
• Prayer – Sunan

Lesson 9 - Prayer Nullifier

• Prayer – Nullifiers

Lesson 10 - The Prostration of Forgetfulness & Recitation

• The Prostration of Forgetfulness
• The Prostration of Recitation

Lesson 11 - Prayers

• Those whom it is invalid to pray behind (The Imam)
• Conditions of the congregational prayer
• The Traveller’s prayer

Lesson 12 - Jumuah prayer

• The Friday Prayer – The Obligation to Attend
• The Friday Prayer – Conditions
• The Friday Prayer – Integrals of the Sermons
• The Friday Prayer – Conditions of the Sermons

Lesson 13 - Funeral Rites:

• Washing
• Shrouding
• The Funeral Prayer
• Burial

Lesson 14 - Zakat:

• Conditions
• Types of Wealth that Zakat is due upon
• Zakat on Livestock, Agriculture, Gold and Silver, Mines, Buried Treasure, Trade Goods

Lesson 15 - Zakat al Fitr:

• Conditions
• Times
• Amount
• Deserving Recipients

Lesson 16 - Fasting:

• Sighting the Moon
• Integrals
• Prohibited Days
• Conditions for fasting to be obligatory

Lesson 17 - Fasting:

• Nullifiers
• Exemptions

Lesson 18 - I’tikaf

• • Conditions
• • Integrals
• • Nullifiers

Lesson 19 - Hajj and Umrah:

• Those whom it is obligatory upon
• Integrals of Hajj
• Necessary acts of Hajj
• Departing from Mina
• Integrals of Umrah
• Conditions and Integrals of the Tawaf
• Conditions and Integrals of the Sa’i
• Exiting from Ihram

Lesson 20 - Hajj and Umrah:

• Prohibitions during Ihram

Lesson 21 - Buying and Selling:

• Conditions and Integrals

Lesson 22 - Riba (interest):

• Interest factors and Conditions

Lesson 23 - Cancellation of sales transactions:

• Types of Cancellations
• Defective Goods
• Prohibited Sales

Lesson 24 - Marriage and Divorce:

• Marriage: Conditions, Integrals, Sunnan
• Divorce: Integrals and Types
• Waiting Periods (‘Idda): Types, Duration, Prohibitions

Shaykh Muhammad Carr has dedicated his life to studying and transmitting our beautiful faith. His studies have taken him around the globe, where he has benefitted from many luminaries. Under the guidance of his teachers - Shaykh Taha Karan, Shaykh Yaseen Abbas, Shaykh Muadh Ali, and many others - Shaykh Muhammad has grown to appreciate the beauty and benefits of diverse scholarship. He completed his memorization of the Quran at Dar al-Ulum Zakariyyah in September 1997 and received an Alimiyya Degree in 2006. He is also affiliated with Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town (the oldest mosque in South Africa), where he serves as a co-imam, and Dar Al-Safa, where he has taught since 2018. As a teacher, he imparts the wisdom of our heritage and tradition by opening the door for students. As an Imam, he has the unique opportunity to serve his community in daily life. He continues to pursue traditional Islamic Sciences, possessing a keen interest in Islamic Contract Law and Finance. His contributions to SeekersGuidance are welcomed, as we strive to grow as righteous believers under the guidance of qualified scholars such as Shakyh Muhammad Carr.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## The Rights of the Parents: Attaining Honor by Serving One’s Parents

Level: Three Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview This is a Level Three course in the Youth curriculum. It is based on the book, The Rights of Parents, by the great West African scholar Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud.

### Course Overview

This is a Level Three course in the Youth curriculum. It is based on the book, The Rights of Parents, by the great West African scholar Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud.

The rights of the parents are from the most important duties of every single Muslim. Gratitude to parents is a command in the Qur’an and we need to learn how to fulfill this command. One cannot draw close to Allah without having a good relationship with the parents. It is essential knowledge for our Youth as the treatment of parents is from both the greatest of good deeds and the worst of sins if one is disobedient to them.

This class addresses a very big problem in the Muslim communities which is the continued decline and neglect of the parents. In addition, the commentary summarized by Imam Yama Niazi will provide the student with a practical and clear path to attaining paradise by giving their parents the rights they deserve.

This important text covers the details related to being dutiful towards parents. It covers the virtues and importance of filial piety. Written in poetry form, it is concise and full of wisdom and guidance. This is a text whose popularity has grown in the west over the last 20 years or so.

This text is considered as personal obligatory knowledge which all Muslims must learn. It is therefore incumbent for youth and children to learn what Islam teaches in regards to the lofty status of parents. Parents are an essential part of our lives. We receive honor and reward for being dutiful and kind to them. This particular book has a rich commentary by another West African scholar named Muhammad Hasan ibn Ahmad al-Khadim.

Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud (1844-1905 AD) is known for his books on the subject of spirituality and his high level of piety. He has had a significant impact on many Muslim scholars in the West who have studied in West Africa. His book on this subject matter is considered an excellent source of clear guidance on the topic of filial piety.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for Youth in the age range of 12-18 years of age.

• It is particularly beneficial for young Muslims living in the West.

• This course can also be taken by anyone interested in learning what Islam teaches in honoring and respecting parents.

• It is a Level Three course. At least one class in spirituality should be taken from Level One or Two as a prerequisite.

### Study Effort

2 hours weekly

Recommended Reading: The Rights of the Parents by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud, translated by Rami Nsour.

### Learning Outcomes

• Complete their true understanding of being a good Muslim.

• Learn the obligations towards parents.

• Learn the common mistakes in behavior towards parents.

• Apply these teachings in their lives.

• Gain insight into practical and clear solutions for fulfilling the rights of parents.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Text

Lesson 2: Piety in Speech

Lesson 3: Piety in Interaction

Lesson 4: Assisting Parents

Lesson 5: Parents and Marriage

Lesson 6: Piety Towards Parents After Their Demise

Lesson 7:Major Sins Related to Parents

Lesson 8: Disrespecting the Parents

Lesson 9: The Dangers of Mistreatment of Parents

Lesson 10: Warnings of Disobedience to Parents

Lesson 11: The Duties Owed to the Mother

Lesson 12: The Rights of Children

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 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.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## The Fiqh of Worship: Rules of Purification and Prayer

Level: One Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview This is a Level One course in the Islamic Studies Youth Curriculum.It is primarily based on the book “Ascent to Felicity” by Imam Shurunbulali. It is a ...

### Course Overview

This is a Level One course in the Islamic Studies Youth Curriculum.

It is primarily based on the book “Ascent to Felicity” by Imam Shurunbulali. It is a thorough explanation of the rulings of purification and prayer. Some of the topics covered include wudu (ablution), ghusl (purificatory bath), tayammum (dry ablution), the daily prayers, and Friday and Eid prayers.

This course helps Youth to learn the details of worship so that mistakes are avoided and also corrected. This will enable them to draw closer to Allah through knowledge and action.

This is the second course in Level One. It can be taken along with The Essentials of Belief for Muslim Youth: Necessary Knowledge to Practice Islam.

Who is This Course For?

• This course is for Youth in the age range of 12-18 years of age.

• It is beneficial for all Youth and in particular teachers of Youth.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning the beginning level of purification and prayer.

• It is a Level One course.  Students do not need any prerequisite to complete this course.

### Study Effort

• 1.5 hours weekly

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the details of purification and prayer.

• Analyze and correct mistakes in wudu and prayer.

• Identify the different parts of the prayer which are obligatory and recommended, etc.

• Pray properly and perform wudu with confidence and accuracy.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Virtues of Worship

Lesson 2: Virtues and Method of Purification

Lesson 3: Purificatory Bath and Tayammum

Lesson 4: Timings of the Prayer, Adhan, Conditions of the Prayer

Lesson 5: The Integrals and Mandatory Elements of the Prayer

Lesson 6: The Emphasized Sunnas

Lesson 7: Invalidators of the Prayer

Lesson 8: Friday Prayers and Eid

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 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.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## Dhahabi's The Major Sins Explained: Avoiding the Pitfalls to Attain Salvation

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly. ...

### Course Overview

This beneficial General Level course is essential for every believer. It is based on the text Kitab al-Kaba’ir (The Book of Major Sins), a short treatise, written by the encyclopedic Damascene scholar Imam Dhahabi.

The Major Sins, or the Enormities, are sins that are so grave that they come with a curse or threat of punishment in this world or the next for the one who commits them without repenting. Allah Most High tells us in the Quran that if these sins are avoided, it will result in forgiveness of the minor sins and entry into Paradise (Quran 4:31), with minor sins being forgiven through the worship and good deeds one does. It behooves every Muslim to know what these Major Sins are in order to avoid them.

The goal behind learning the major sins is to use this knowledge to protect oneself and those around them from those things which bring harm in this life and ultimately, to one’s soul in the next life. Every one of the major sins is also tied to saving humanity from difficulties and hardships that occur as a result of those sins. This course contains vital information to protect both the individual and society from detriment and wrong. Protecting oneself and community then leads to justice and goodness in this life and the next.

This course gives a foundational level of Taqwa (God-Consciousness) that is essential for every Muslim, but especially important for anyone embarking on the journey of seeking Islamic knowledge to avoid hypocrisy in one’s state and actions. Each of the major sins is tied to a practical benefit and avoidance of a societal or personal injustice that should be avoided. It starts with safeguarding faith and then enables a society free from killing, exploitation, family discord, corruption, and despondency.

The Book of Major Sins is an important text in the Islamic tradition because it succinctly lists and provides the primary evidence for 70 major sins according to Islam. Imam Dhahabi based each sin in his list of enormities on the primary sources of Quran and Hadith without writing at length to facilitate the average reader to read and comprehend what major sins to avoid. This makes it ideal for students and laypeople alike to grasp the essentials of what must be avoided to safeguard oneself and establish a base level of Taqwa (God-Consciousness) in one’s life as a Muslim. It is essential knowledge (fard-’ayn) and therefore becomes a pre-requisite for any further study of Islam as the avoidance of harm and sin takes precedence over the doing of good, let alone seeking further knowledge of Deen.

Imam Hafiz Shams al-Din al-Dhahabi (1274 to 1348 CE/ 637-748 AH) was an encyclopedic Damascene scholar. He was an expert hadith critic and historian of Islam. He authored Siyar A’lam al Nubala, a biographical work of major Islamic personalities through history, and Mizan al-I’tidal, an encyclopedic reference work on hadith narrator criticism, among many other works.

He was known to be a strict critic of hadith narrators and a commentator on hadith texts. It was said about him that it was as though all the famous personalities in Islamic history were standing in front of his mind’s eye, and he could tell every detail about their lives through his prodigious memory.

His notable teachers include Shaykhs Ibn Daqiq al-’Eid and Ibn Taymiyya, while his famous students include Ibn Kathir and Ibn Rajab al Hanbali (may Allah have mercy on them all). Hadith expert Imam Ibn Hajr al Asqalani, who lived after Imam Dhahabi, used to drink ZamZam water with the supplication that Allah grants him “Imam Dhahabi’s rank in hadith.”

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for every single Muslim, even those who are younger but would like to enter adulthood aware of the major sins to avoid.

• It is particularly beneficial for those who would like to know the wisdom of why certain acts were classified as major sins and why they are harmful to society and one’s soul.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in Islamic law, or basic spirituality, and Islamic ethics.

• It is a beginner-level course. It should be the prerequisite before any other study is undertaken.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand what the agreed-upon major sins are.

• Understand the wisdom and benefits behind why the major sins are classified as such and the practical benefit in avoiding them.

• Implement the avoidance of the major sins to avoid divine punishment in the Hereafter or worldly crimes related to the major sins.

• Actualize Taqwa (God Consciousness).

• Understand the difference between a major and minor sin, and realize in reality what changes even a minor sin into a major sin, and vice versa.

• Learn the method of true repentance and how to atone for the sins one committed in the past

• Understand how to overcome a sinful past, and work towards a better, happier relationship with one’s Lord, oneself, and fellow creation in the present and in the future.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary, and currently resides in Toronto with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

 Number of Lessons: 11 Lessons Total Duration: 14 hrs 53 mins

• Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
• Anik Misra

## Youth in Prophetic Times: An Analysis of 40 Hadiths Where Youths are Mentioned

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

This is a General-level course for youth that highlights what it was like to be young in the Prophetic times. This course inspires and empowers the youth by drawing on the examples of young people of the past.

This course analyzes 40 hadiths in which the word “youth” has been mentioned. According to the established tradition in Islamic knowledge of compiling collections of 40 hadiths on various topics, this course will use the “Arba’un al-Shababiyya”, or Forty Hadiths on Youth, a compilation of authentic hadiths by Shaykh Muhammad Khair Ramadan Yusuf, as the basis for an original analysis on the role and potential of youth from prophetic times to now. The compiler is a contemporary Syrian scholar and editor of Islamic texts.

As a contemporary compilation following the tradition of 40 Hadith compilations (the most famous being Imam Nawawi’s Arb’een), the topic of looking at how normal youth appear in hadith literature has perhaps never been done before, making this a welcome contribution to Islamic literature. The collection spans the authentic sources and does not limit itself to any one topic nor even hadiths addressed to youth specifically - they are just hadiths where youth appear, often nameless, to show what it was like to be a young person in the Prophetic Era.

This course will address a wide range of issues affecting youth including social activism, sexuality, coming of age, and more.

Shaykh Muhammad Khair Ramadan Yusuf was born in 1956 CE in Syria. He has done editing of Islamic texts, compiled and authored many works.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for teenagers and young adults.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning what it was like to be young in the Prophetic times.

• It is a General-level course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand what life was like for youth both in ancient Arabia and also Prophetic early society.

• Understand how Islam applies to young people and their role in society.

• Analyze hadiths and learn to extract meanings from them.

• Reflect on how this can help us today and what we need to change or address for youth.

• Appreciate how hadiths contain gems of information on various topics even indirectly.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary, and currently resides in the West Indies with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

 Number of Lessons: 11 Lessons Total Duration: 11 hrs 26 mins

• Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
• Anik Misra

## Ghazali's Dear Beloved Son Explained: Advice for Living Right

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

This text crystallizes and encapsulates the Imam’s personal advice to a senior student, a scholar in his own right, who asks for brief guidance in what will ultimately benefit them in the next life. The goal of the course is to find out what pieces of knowledge will benefit one most in the next life, and what one really needs to know and practice. The benefit is that we are being advised by a classical scholar who is one of the best positioned in the nation to do so. Very rarely do we get personal coaching from such a consummate scholar of the past.

This course answers the questions of what we should really focus on, or put our hopes in. It reminds us why we seek knowledge in the first place, and where it should take us other than learning the material at hand. Often, we lose sight of the point of the information we learn and need to be reminded constantly that the bigger purpose is to please Allah and gain nearness to Him for our eventual return to Him in the afterlife. Keeping this in mind helps us live right here and now, and choose what is most beneficial for ourselves of the things we can spend our time doing and pursuing.

Ayyuhal-Walad, translated as “Dear Beloved Son”, is a short letter of advice written by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali to a nameless senior student, in response to a question about what is the most beneficial of all religious knowledge to have and act upon for the Hereafter, out of all the many things that scholars learn.

The text covers the reality of knowledge and its true essence. It also informs about the critical importance of doing good actions and having a pure inner state in order for the knowledge to be worthwhile and applied. Without this, knowledge itself does not benefit and rather becomes a burden.

This text is significant because it is a summary and brief reminder of all one needs to succeed in this life and successfully spiritually travel to Allah for the next life. It also emphasizes the importance of fulfilling one’s worldly obligations and treating others well, rather than focusing only on oneself. This is ideal for any curriculum of Islamic knowledge because it reminds a student and a scholar that despite the many things we learn, we must be wary of the pitfalls and focus on what benefits in the Hereafter.

Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali, born in 450 AH in Nishapur (modern-day Iran), was a towering scholar who was acknowledged as the Imam of his time, especially in the regions of Khurasan and Iraq. Having risen to the highest position in scholarship, he was sought after by scholars and authored many texts in different subjects, namely legal theory, beliefs, refutation of heresies, and spirituality.

His magnum opus is Ihya Ulum al-Din, but he is also known for the Mustasfa in Usul (legal theory); the Iqtisad, and Tafriqa in Beliefs; Tahafut al Falasafa in philosophy; and smaller texts in spirituality such as this one. After reaching the height of scholarship and teaching at the prestigious Nizamiyya madrasa, he had a calling to leave that life and pursue purification of the heart in solitude. He traveled the world for a number of years until he returned finally to teaching and penned amazing works reflecting his new experiential spiritual perspective. Many scholars who followed took from his works and ground-breaking combination of practical and theoretical sciences and Islamic spirituality. He passed away in 505 AH.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is suitable for all audiences.

• It is particularly beneficial for those who are seeking religious knowledge.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in understanding Imam Ghazali’s over-arching views on the relationship between knowledge and spirituality.

• It is a General-level course. Students do not require any prerequisite in order to successfully complete this course.

### Study Effort

• 1.5 hours weekly

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand what true knowledge is, and what to prioritize in it.

• Understand the pitfalls that a student or scholar should avoid.

• Understand the relationship between spirituality and religious learning.

• Apply the things that one learns to benefit them in the Hereafter.

• Understand what really matters out of life and religion, and how to seek it.

• Understand how the greatest scholars advised their students and emulate this.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary and currently resides in Toronto with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

 Number of Lessons: 5 Lessons Total Duration: 5 hrs 1mins

• Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
• Anik Misra

## Lessons in Divine Unity: An Explanation of Muslim Creed

Level: General Instructor: Ustadh Omar Popal Course Overview If you want to excel in the science of Islamic Belief, this is your starting point. This course serves as an overview and introduction to the science of Islamic Belief. It is bas...

### Course Overview

If you want to excel in the science of Islamic Belief, this is your starting point. This course serves as an overview and introduction to the science of Islamic Belief. It is based on the short primer Durus al-Tawhid (Lessons in Islamic Belief) written by one of the greatest scholars in recent history, Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafidh.

Take this course to understand the foundational terms and concepts that more advanced Islamic Theology is based on. You will learn the deeper meanings of verses in the Quran regarding Allah Most High, His attributes, His messengers, and the unseen. The knowledge that you will learn in this course will increase your certainty. It is also a stepping stone needed to understand Islamic Theology at a higher level.

“Lessons in Islamic Belief” or Durus al-Tawhid is a short primer in the science of Islamic Belief. The author is the prolific scholar and caller to Allah’s way, Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafidh. The uniqueness of this text is that not only is it short and concise but it contains knowledge that other texts do not include at this level such as a discussion on the judgments of the intellect and textual proofs regarding the attributes of Allah Most High. This text is studied in the Hadramawt region of south Yemen as an introduction to the broader subject of Islamic Theology. This text is best studied before more famous primary texts like Kharida al-Bahiyya and Jawhara al-Tawhid.

Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafidh was born in the city of Tarim, Yemen in the Year 1332 AH. He wrote this book to ensure people of all ages know their beliefs. He was known for his excellence in Islamic Law, Spirituality, and calling to Allah’s way (dawa). His other famous works include A Summary of the Science of Inheritance, The Key to understanding the Law of Marriage, The Hadrami Epistle in regards to the religious knowledge women must possess, and A Collection of Religious Verdicts (Fatawa).

He chose to remain in Tarim even though he was persecuted and eventually martyred by the communist regime.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for teenagers and adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for all Muslims and beginning students of knowledge.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning more about Islamic Beliefs and their proof.

• No prerequisites are required to successfully complete this course.

### Study Effort

• Weekly hours recommended: 1 Hour Live Class. 1 Hour Review

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand and learn the foundational terms and concepts in the science of Islamic Belief.

• Analyze the textual and rational proofs for the attributes of Allah Most High.

• Memorize the attributes of Allah Most High and His messengers along with their related verses in the Quran.

• Appreciate the scholarship behind the broader Science of Islamic theology.

• Increase in the certainty of their Creator and the religion as a whole.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction - Introduction to Class, Biography of Author, and a summarized history of Islamic Theology.

Lesson 2: Divine Obligation & Judgements - A discussion on the Categories of Rational Judgements and an Explanation of Divine Obligation or Takleef.

Lesson 3: Allah’s Necessary Existence - A Summary of what is Necessary, Impossible, and Possible for Allah Most High and The Necessity of Allah’s Existence.

Lesson 4: Allah & His Attributes (Part 1) - A study of the Necessary Attributes of Allah Most High along with an Explanation of their Textual and Rational Proofs. (Part 1)

Lesson 5: Allah & His Attributes (Part 2) - A study of the Necessary Attributes of Allah Most High along with an Explanation of their Textual and Rational Proofs. (Part 2)

Lesson 6: Allah & His Attributes (Part 3) - A study of the Necessary Attributes of Allah Most High along with an Explanation of their Textual and Rational Proofs. (Part 3)

Lesson 7: A Study of Theodicy - Categorization of the Divine Attributes and a Study of Theodicy (the problem of evil)

Lesson 8: The Prophets and Their Qualities (Part 1) - What is Necessary, Impossible and Possible for the Prophets (Part 1)

Lesson 9: The Prophets and Their Qualities (Part 2) - What is Necessary, Impossible and Possible for the Prophets (Part 2)

Lesson 10: The Unseen (Part 1) - A Study of the Articles of Faith which are known only by Transmission (Part 1)

Lesson 11: The Unseen (Part 2) - A Study of the Articles of Faith which are known only by Transmission (Part 2)

Lesson 12: Review - Review and Ending Comments

Ustadh Omar Popalwas born and raised in northern Virginia. He began studying the Islamic sciences at the age of 16, devoting himself to memorization of the Quran at Madrasah In‘aamiyyah in Durban, South Africa. His pursuit of knowledge led him to study at Madinatul Uloom in Virginia and Dar al-Qasim in Chicago. In a commitment to lifelong learning, he has continued his studies sitting at the feet of various scholars, most recently spending time in Istanbul for intensive studies.

Ustadh Omar’s formative studies took place at Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen.

Ustadh Omar has taught Arabic and Islamic studies at several mosques and institutes in northern Virginia. In 2018, he founded Tanwir Institute, with the mission of serving the educational and spiritual needs of the large Muslim population in the DC metropolitan area. He teaches Arabic and Islamic studies at Al-Maqasid.

 Number of Lessons: 8 Lessons Total Duration: 7 hrs 6 mins

• Omar Popal

## Law: Shurunbulali’s Nur al-Idah Explained

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly. ...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

This course is based on Nur al-Idah wa Naja al-Arwah (The Light of Clarification and the Salvation of Souls), an intermediate work in the fiqh of worship. Written by the erudite scholar, Imam Shurunbulali, it gathers between the great works of the Hanafi school on the issues of purification, prayer, and fasting. These issues are present in other books but are spread out and difficult to read, or they simply require clarifying. In this course, these issues are presented in a manner that is organized, easy to understand, and leaves no ambiguity. Another matter that sets this course apart from others is that Imam Shurunbulali was from “ahl al-takhrij,” those scholars at the rank of choosing positions in the school. This eliminates confusion and provides the reader with a good grounding in the subject.

For centuries, this has been one of the most widely taught texts in traditional Islamic institutes and seminaries. This course will leave the students well-prepared to deal with the majority of issues that they encounter in their daily worship.

Nur al-Idah wa Naja al-Arwah (The Light of Clarification and the Salvation of Souls) aims to cover the issues of purification, prayer, and fasting at an intermediate level. Not only does this work exhaust those issues, but it is also written in a very deliberate and scholarly method, gradually ramping up its level of nuance.

Nur al-Idah is not a beginner's work, it adds issues and nuance to the basics that should have been studied previously. If one knows their basics well, then adding to that skeleton with Nur al-Idah would really strengthen this person's understanding of the fiqh of worship.

Imam Shurunbulali also later summarized Nur al-Idah into a smaller work named Maraqi al-Sa'adat - also translated as Ascent to Felicity and he completed this work near the end of his life.

Abu al-Ikhlas Hasan ibn Ammar al-Shurunbulali was born in Upper Egypt in the year 994 AH and he passed away in 1069 AH. When he was six, his father took him to Cairo where he memorized the Qur’an as well as studied the Islamic sciences. He then studied at Azhar University where he flourished, surpassed his peers, and then later became a professor there. Imam Shurunbulali became widely known as one of the foremost scholars of Fiqh in the Hanafi school of his time and his work, al-Shurunbulaliyya became a crucial reference work in the Hanafi time quoted and used right from his time until today. He also wrote several works in the fiqh of worship; he wrote two commentaries on his primer Nur al-Idah, Imdad al-Fattah, and an abridgment of the Imdad, Maraqi al-Falah. He then later wrote his work, Ascent to Felicity, near the end of his life, summarizing Nur al-Idah into a simpler primer for beginner students. To say the least, Imam Shurunbulali was a highly influential figure in Hanafi Fiqh and the prominence of his books is a true testament to that.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for teenagers and adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for students of Islamic law.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who wants to have confidence in their worship.

• It is a Level Two course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should first take the course:

On Worship: Shurunbulali's Ascent to Felicity.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand deeply the rules of purification, prayer, and fasting.

• Have confidence in their worship.

• Appreciate how Islamic law works.

• Understand what caused differences of opinion between the scholars.

• Appreciate the rigor of the science of Islamic law (fiqh).

• Understand how to deal with difficult or rare situations in worship.

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: 6 hrs 36 mins

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## The Forty Foundations of Family: How to Improve One’s Marriage and Nurture One’s Children

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

This is a General level personal development course on how one can improve in their interpersonal relationship with their immediate family members. This can lead to a more tranquil household in which children can naturally reach their full potential as young Muslims.

The key to this is to learn about the key etiquettes with immediate relations, which will be covered in this course, as well as common mistakes some families fall into which can adversely affect their closest relationships.

One of the foundational objectives of Islamic studies is to teach students to have etiquette in line with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). In this class, this knowledge is applied to the family setting in a practical manner so as to improve the well-being of Muslim households.

The points used in this course were developed by the instructors, based on different works of Imam Sulami. They aimed to address the most pressing contemporary issues based on years of teaching and life experience. The text they have developed is aimed to help families deal with common issues in a graceful manner so that they can attain more tranquility within their homes, God Willing.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for adults and Muslims of marriageable age.

• It is particularly beneficial for parents.

• This course. can also be taken by anyone contemplating marriage, as a means of preparing themselves for their future.

• It is a General Level course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

### Study Effort

• Recommended hours: 1 hour weekly

• Recommended reading: Imam Sulami’s The Etiquette of Keeping Companionship (Adab as-Suhba)

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand how to have a greater level of etiquette at home with your immediate family members.

• Foster a sound intention in your motivation to help others in their home.

• Resolve common issues which often threaten the tranquility of the home environment.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Course

Lesson 2: Points 1-4

Lesson 3: Points 5-8

Lesson 4: Points 9-12

Lesson 5: Points 13-16

Lesson 6: Points 17-20

Lesson 7: Points 21-24

Lesson 8: Points 25-28

Lesson 9: Points 29-32

Lesson 10: Points 33-36

Lesson 11: Points 37-40

Lesson 12: Conclusion

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 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.

 Number of Lessons: 5 Lessons Total Duration: 5 hrs 0mins

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Faith Renewed: Explanation of Sura al-Hadid - Cultivate Faith Through Understanding and Reflection

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

How do I renew my faith and renew my connection with my Lord and Creator? Sura al-Hadid is a 29-verse sura containing key guidance on renewing faith through reflection (fikr) and remembrance (dhikr).

It contains powerful reminders on awakening to the reality of the Glory of Allah, the fleeting essence of this life, and the lasting reality of the next life.

It contains key calls to live our faith through sacrifice, charity, concern for good, and strengthening our connection to the Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).

It asks the deep question: “Has the time not come for believers’ hearts to be humbled by the Remembrance of Allah and what has been revealed of the Truth?” [v.16]

Then it outlines the way of the Prophets, the way of faith and striving. This way is the means to “the doubled share of Divine Mercy,” [v. 28] and all true joy.

This course explores these themes through reference to the great Tafsirs (commentaries) on the Quran, and brings out the life lessons on faith, devotion, submission, and spirituality. It will give students a lot to reflect on their relationship with Allah, and their approach to life, their priorities, and time.

The Quran is the Book of Guidance. Allah Most High calls us to reflect deeply on it, and the Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best of you are those who learn and teach the Quran.” [Bukhari]

The course is based on the great tradition of Quranic exegesis (tafsir), through which the understanding of the Quran has been preserved, protected, and its guidance clarified.

Among the major Tafsir works Shaykh Faraz Rabbani refers to: (1) Tafsir Abu Suud; (2) Tafsir Ibn Kathir; (3) Tafsir al-Qurtubi; (4) Hashiya al-Sawi on Tafsir al-Jalalayn; (5) Ibn Ajiba’s al-Bahr al-Madid; (6) Razi’s al-Tafsir al-Kabir; (7) Tafsir al-Alusi; (8) Ibn Ashur’s al-Tahrir wa’l Tanwir; (9) Qushayri’s Lata’if al-Isharat; and (10) Biqai’s Nadhm al-Durar, among others

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for Muslims of all ages seeking to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the Book of Allah.

• It is particularly beneficial for those seeking to renew their connection to Allah Most High, to the Quran, to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and to renew their faith and practice.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in Quran Studies, Islamic Beliefs, and Spirituality.

• It is a general course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

### Study Effort

• Recommended: 2 hours weekly

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand a complete, beautiful Sura of the Quran.

• Appreciate the beauty, depth, and rich meanings of Sura al-Hadid.

• Reflect on the Glory of Allah, His Attributes, and the Truth of His Promise.

• Consider their life relationship with Allah, their priorities, and have the guidance to put what matters first in their life.

• Act on key principles of guidance, and specific calls to good that will enable them to prioritize their faith, and bring meaning, beauty, and the clarity and contentment of certitude in their lives.

• Learn key concepts of Islam, including the Glory of Allah Most High, how we view this life and its purpose, the reality of the Hereafter—and, most importantly, what ultimately matters.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Sura al-Hadid

Lesson 2: Verses 1-3 - The Glory of Allah

Lesson 3: Verses 4-6 - The Creator, Mastery, the Close

Lesson 4: Verses: 7-11 - The Call to Faith, Charity, and The Eternal Promise

Lesson 5: Verses 12-15 - The Light of Believers in the Hereafter, and the Woe of Hypocrites and Disbelievers

Lesson 6: Verses 16-17 - It Is Time to Be Humbled by the Remembrance of Allah

Lesson 7: Verses 18-20 - The Promise for Those Who Give and Believe

Lesson 8: Verses 21-24 - Rush to Forgiveness and a Limitlessly Vast Paradise

Lesson 9: Verses 25-27 - The Way of the Prophets, Iron and the Wisdom of the Material

Lesson 10: Verses 28-29 - The Call to Doubled Mercy, Eternally

Lesson 11: The Life Lessons of Sura al-Hadid

Lesson 12: The Spiritual Lessons of Sura al-Hadid

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: 11 Lessons Total Duration: 14 hrs 38 mins

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Course

Instructor: Ustadh Omar Popal Course Overview Do you ever feel unorganized or confused in trying to get close to Allah Most High? This course serves as a practical study in the science of drawing closer to Allah Most High (Ilm al-Suluk). It is base...

### Course Overview

Do you ever feel unorganized or confused in trying to get close to Allah Most High? This course serves as a practical study in the science of drawing closer to Allah Most High (Ilm al-Suluk). It is based on the treatise, Good Manners of the Spiritual Disciple's Wayfaring (Suluk al-Murid) by Imam Haddad.

Take this course to not only understand the main duties required for the Muslim who hopes to draw closer to his Creator but also to ensure that one’s beginning is grounded and firm. This course will clarify the core terminology and concepts found in the larger books of Islamic Spirituality (Tasawwuf).

The Author, Imam Haddad, was known for his simple yet profound discourse. This course is a stepping stone to understanding the larger books in Islamic Spirituality such as Imam Ghazali’s Revival of the Religious Sciences and Imam Haddad’s The Book of Assistance.

The Treatise on the Good Manners of the Spiritual Disciple's Wayfaring or Adab Suluk al-Murid is a manual written for anyone who desires to return or draw closer to Allah Most High. It was written by the noble scholar and pillar of guidance, Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad. Imam Haddad composed this work in response to one of his students who requested summarized instruction in regards to the good manners required in drawing close to Allah Most High. Although it is short in size, this text offers both the beginning and advanced seeker practical advice and instruction. Every lesson can be applied in one’s life immediately.

Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad was born on the 5th of Safar 1044 AH. He died on the 7th of Dzulqa’dah 1132 AH.

The Imam was known for his immense concern for the Nation of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his books reflect this. Imam Haddad was a scholar in all of the Islamic Sciences but well known for his renewal in the science of Islamic Spirituality & calling to Allah Most High (Dawa).

Some of the main works he authored are The Book of Assistance, The Lives of Man, The Book of Mutual Reminding, and A Diwan or Book of Poetry.

### Who is This Course For?

• It is particularly beneficial for all Muslims wanting to better themselves.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning how to practically implement spiritual wayfaring in their life.

• It is a General Level course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

### Study Effort

• 1 Hour of Live Class & 1 Hour of Review

• Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Imam al-Ghazali’s the Beginning of Guidance

### Learning Outcomes

• Articulate what it really means to draw close to Allah Most High.

• Understand how to remain on the path to Allah Most High in all situations of life.

• Memorize the terms and concepts found in larger books of Islamic Spirituality.

• Analyze and Appreciate the various duties for the one who seeks their Creator.

• Apply all the instructions found in the book immediately.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction & Biography of The Author - Introduction to Class, Biography of Author, and The Imam’s Introduction.

Lesson 2: The Beginning of the Path and Repentance - A discussion on the reality of the beginning of the path to Allah, how to ensure one stays on it, a study of repentance (tawba).

Lesson 3: Guarding the Heart, Senses & Limbs - A Study of wholly protecting ourselves from inward and outward evils along with learning not to be deceived by the material world.

Lesson 4: Purity, Hunger, and Directing One's Attention to Allah Most High - The need to remain upon ritual purity, preferring hunger over satiety and guarding one's time.

Lesson 5: Prayer, Remembrance & Reflection - How to be present with Allah Most High in prayer, adopting a strict policy of supererogatory prayers, and persevering in Remembrance and Reflection.

Lesson 6: The Cure to Laziness and Love of Sin - How to guard ourselves against being lazy and removing the love of transgression from our hearts.

Lesson 7: Patience & The Various States of the Soul - Learning the various stages that the self (nafs) goes through and what to do in each stage.

Lesson 8: The Good Manners dealing with Provision & Poverty - Learning how to draw close to Allah Most High whether one is granted immense wealth or not.

Lesson 9: The Good Manners in Dealing with People - Learning how to respond to people who blame you for your religiosity.

Lesson 10: Contentment & What the Seeker Should Avoid - The necessity of being content with what Allah Most High has given you, refraining from desiring miracles, and knowing the unseen.

Lesson 11: The Good Manners with One’s Teacher & The Attributes of a Righteous Teacher - How one should behave with their teacher, what are the qualities to look for in a true teacher.

Lesson 12: The Imam’s Closing Comments - Reading through the advice of the Imam on what to be aware of while traveling to Allah Most High.

Ustadh Omar Popal was born and raised in northern Virginia. He began studying the Islamic sciences at the age of 16, devoting himself to memorization of the Quran at Madrasah In‘aamiyyah in Durban, South Africa. His pursuit of knowledge led him to study at Madinatul Uloom in Virginia and Dar al-Qasim in Chicago. In a commitment to lifelong learning, he has continued his studies sitting at the feet of various scholars, most recently spending time in Istanbul for intensive studies.

Ustadh Omar’s formative studies took place at Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen.

Ustadh Omar has taught Arabic and Islamic studies at several mosques and institutes in northern Virginia. In 2018, he founded Tanwir Institute, with the mission of serving the educational and spiritual needs of the large Muslim population in the DC metropolitan area. He teaches Arabic and Islamic studies at Al-Maqasid.

 Number of Lessons: 8 Lessons Total Duration: 6 hrs 48 mins

• Omar Popal

## Course

This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly.

### Course Overview

This beneficial General-level course covers hadiths that soften the heart from primary hadith collections. These include Bukhari, Muslim, Nasai, Ibn Hibban, Hakim, Darimi and Baghawi.

These primary source texts are the closest records we have that are authentically linked back to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). This course is unique in its approach as it analyzes how each scholar selected the hadiths which in their estimation serve to soften the heart best. Often, we explore one chapter in one collection of hadith or even read an entire collection, but we rarely explore the same chapter and topic across various collections to see what each hadith scholar chose for that topic. The benefit in this is that we are exposed to a greater variety of hadiths that aim to soften the heart and benefit from the choice and order of the compiler.

By reading these hadiths, we intend to implement the lessons of the hadiths to help in changing our attitude and outlook towards the world and to remove heedlessness. We hope they serve to soften our hearts and bring about a state of receptiveness to truth and the Divine reality. We hope to lift our gazes towards our inevitable passing and the everlasting Hereafter and allow that to condition how we interact and behave in this worldly life with ourselves and others, and most importantly, with Allah Himself.

First, we will be exploring the Chapter of the Heart Softeners in the renowned Sahih Bukhari. It is by far the most famous of the hadith collections and is often called the most authentic. Imam Bukhari lists 182 hadiths in this chapter. Some of the subjects covered are the reality of this temporary world, the reality of wealth, the virtues of the poor, the lifestyle of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the need for moderation, hope and fear, reliance, patience, prohibited speech, guarding the tongue, crying out of fear of Allah, leaving sins, Hellfire and desires, the nature of actions, ostentation and humility, repentance before death, meeting Allah, the horrors of the Hereafter and Judgement, and the people of Paradise.

Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari (194-256 AH) is the compiler of the hadiths in this work and selected only those he deemed most rigorously authentic, containing unbroken chains of narration. It is in honor of this highest level of authenticity that we begin our series of the Chapters on the Heart Softeners with his book, among the different collections we hope to cover.

Imam Bukhari is considered the greatest hadith scholar of the nation by many. His brilliant work Sahih Bukhari shows his genius in ordering and selecting hadiths as well as his pure and high standards in selecting only the most rigorously authenticated hadiths for his collection.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for all ages.

• It is particularly beneficial for working people and students who are too busy to take courses but want to feel the spirituality and connection through Islamic sciences, as well as those who thrive on hearing the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• This course can also be taken by anyone interested in learning how to disconnect from worldliness amidst the hustle and bustle of life and soften the heart to get closer to Allah Most High.

• It is a General Level course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

### Study Effort

• 30 minutes weekly

### Learning Outcomes

• Gain an introduction to the genre of hadith collections.

• Understand how hadith commentaries work on multiple levels.

• Familiarizing oneself with hadith in general.

• Learn hadiths that soften the heart.

• Realize the ephemeral nature of the world.

• Implement the changes in one’s character and spiritual outlook.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary, and currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

 Number of Lessons: 10 Lessons Total Duration: 5 hrs 7 mins

## The Strong Believer: Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Souls

Instructor: Shaykh Irshaad Sedick Course Overview The Strong Believer is a short course for young Muslims who want Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Souls. This course is aimed at helping Muslims aged 20 years and up who want to live healthy, strong, active, and wholesome lives while not compromi...

### Course Overview

The Strong Believer is a short course for young Muslims who want Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Souls. This course is aimed at helping Muslims aged 20 years and up who want to live healthy, strong, active, and wholesome lives while not compromising their devotion to their faith.

Our aim is to encourage and guide Muslims with fitness and nutrition advice while simultaneously fulfilling their duties as Muslims. We believe that every facet of our lives is guided by Islam, founded in the Qur’an and exemplified by the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace). We strive to attain the best practices of physical and nutritional well-being. We are motivated by the words of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) who said that: “The Strong Believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is goodness in them both...” [Muslim]

We will explore practical steps of how to develop and maintain good health practices congruent to Islam. Why is it beneficial? What does it offer? What practical guidance does it offer? This course would serve to; a) encourage and guide Muslims to be healthy and strong (regardless of their current state of health), b) guide health-conscious Muslims to reframe their health journey with an Islamic ethos, and c) mine the Qur'an and Sunna for hidden treasures related to health, nutrition, and fitness.

With the growing global trend towards healthier lifestyles, I have found that there is very little guidance available for Muslims who want to live healthier lives through wholesome nutrition and training, but not compromise the dictums of their faith.

### Who Is This Course For?

This course is for people aged 20 years and older. It is particularly beneficial for youth, coaches, teachers, and anyone who cares about their health. It is a General Level course. No prerequisites are required. This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning how to have permissible fun in Islam, or anyone who wants to see how relevant Fiqh continues to be.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: None

Weekly hours recommended: 1 hour

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Al-Tibb Al-Nabawi, Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyya; Healing Body and Soul, Amira Ayad.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Importance of Health in Islam

Lesson 2: Being Healthy for Allah

Lesson 3: The Importance of Exercise in Islam

Lesson 4: Muslim Gym-Etiquettes.

Lesson 5: Outdoor Exercise Etiquettes for Muslims

Lesson 6: The Importance of Nutrition in Islam

Lesson 7: Prophetic Guidelines on Nutrition – Halal and Tayyib

Lesson 8: Ostentation and Vanity in Your Health Journey

Lesson 9: Rulings on Games

Lesson 10: Your Health is a Trust (Amana)

Lesson 11: Sleep, Relaxation, and Rejuvenation

Lesson 12: Avoiding Fitna in Your Health Journey

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.

## Reliance of the Traveller: Intermediate Worship Course in Shafi i Fiqh

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Irshaad Sedick Course Overview This is a Level Three course based on the text Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper. This course covers the chapters on Worship taught by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick. The entire...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Three course based on the text Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper. This course covers the chapters on Worship taught by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick. The entire text is co-taught with Shaykh Muhammad Carr who covers the chapters on Contract Law and Commercial Law in the course:

Reliance of the Traveller: Intermediate Contract Law and Commercial Law course.

‘Reliance’ means ‘that which is depended upon,’ since the author meant that this text should be a reliable resource work for whoever goes by it because it aims to present the most dependable (rajih) positions of the Shafii School and omit the weak ones. This course, therefore, aims to comprehensively explain the corpus of dependable views that make up the “Official Shafii School” before venturing into the detailed elaboration thereof and alternative views in the School, in the Minhaj of Imam Nawawi. Students who complete this level will, if Allah wills, be thoroughly prepared for the higher levels of Sacred Law from the Shafii School.

By covering this text (and the earlier introductory texts) thoroughly, students should have a solid understanding of the Shafii School’s Fiqh framework. Having an internalized framework to refer to facilitates a contextual understanding of more advanced and atomistic matters of Sacred Law.

‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper) is an indispensable text, especially for Shafii students of Sacred Law because it comprehensively summarizes the main views in the Shafii School. The author (may Allah have mercy on him) thoroughly covers the entire spectrum of Fiqh in systematic order. He provides a balance of detail so that the text, though not elementary enough to be called beginner-level, is neither too loaded nor too challenging to be categorized as advanced.

Al-Misri based his work on the earlier Shafii works of Imam Nawawi and Imam Abu Ishaq Al-Shirazi, following the format of Shirazi’s Muhadhdhab (The Rarefaction) and the conclusions of Nawawi’s Minhaj at-Talibin (The Seeker’s Road).

In the words of the author, this text “is a summary of the School of Imam Shafii (may Allah have mercy on him) in which I have confined myself to the most reliable positions (rajih) of the School, according to Imam Rafi’i and Imam Nawawi, or according to just one of them. I may mention a difference of opinion herein, this being when their recensions contend, giving Nawawi’s position first and then, as opposed to it, that of Rafi’i.” Based on the above, this text is ideal for the intermediate student of the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum.

The commentaries on this text are:

1. Fayd Al-Ilah Al-Malik fi Hall Alfaz ‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by ‘Umar Barakat (d. after 1307/1890)

2. Anwar Al-Masalik Sharh ‘‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by Muhammad Al-Zuhri Al-Ghamrawi

The most reliable and comprehensive Sharh of the course text is:

3. Fath Al-Wahhab Al-Malik fi Hall Alfaz ‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by Taha Ibn ‘Abd Al-Hamid Ibn Muhammad Hamadi

The author of the text is 14th-century Egyptian scholar, Shihabuddin Abu Al-'Abbas Ahmad Ibn Al-Naqib (Ibn Lu’Lu) Al-Misri. He was a Sunni Shafi'i scholar who excelled in the subject of Sacred Law (Fiqh) and was a student of the renowned Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiyy Al-Din Ibn Subki and several erudite scholars.

Ibn Al-Naqib was born in Cairo, Egypt (Misr), in the year 702 AH (1302 C.E.), and died there in 769AH (1367 C.E.). He was known for his humility, piety, asceticism, and profound relationship with Allah. He authored many books and most of his works were on Shafii Sacred Law. Among them were Tatimma ‘ala Sharh Al-Muhadhdhab (incomplete) and Tarshih Al-Madhhab fi Tashih Al-Muhadhdhab.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for intermediate students (approximately eighteen years and older).

• Students of Sacred Knowledge who desire to dive deeper into Sacred Law and Muslims who are serious about knowing the details of Sacred Law to practice it thoroughly and correctly are ideally suited for this course.

• This is a level Three course in Shafii fiqh which adequately prepares a student to study the Minhaj al-Talibin of Imam Nawawi. It is therefore essential for students to have completed the study of the following courses or equivalent: Al-Risala Al-Jami’a (Habashi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained), Al-Mukhtasar (Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement), Matn Abi Shuja’ with experience reading from Ibn Qasim’s commentary with its Hashiya by Imam Bajuri. Recommended Text: Safina al-Naja, Al-Muqaddima Al-Hadramiyya with experience reading from one of its commentaries such as Bushra Al-Karim.

• It is particularly beneficial for teachers, parents, and young adults.

• It can also be taken by anyone with a keen interest in the details and precision of Law, especially Sacred Law (Fiqh), and how it works.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand and be aware of the full spectrum A-Z of chapters, subjects, topics, and basic details of the most reliable views of the Shafii School.

• Understand the rational framework of Sacred Law according to the Shafii School.

• Analyze whether one’s practice is valid according to the specifications of the Shafii School.

• Understand and Apply some of the basic underlying principles (Qawa’id) of Shafii Fiqh.

• Memorize the basic historical typography of the Shafii School and understand where the most authoritative scholars and books fit therein.

• Memorize the basic framework and order of chapters, sub-chapters, and topics of Fiqh.

• Understand and memorize the most important views of the Shafii School.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: Read the text before class, be present (view and engage) at least 85% of the course videos, complete quizzes on all the lessons, and revise the lessons.

Weekly hours recommended: 2 - 4 hours per week is the recommended time requirement for this course. The above includes preparation and revision time.

Safina al-Naja

reading from one of its commentaries such as Bushra Al-Karim

Fayd Al-Ilahi Al-Malik (Sharh)

Fath Al-Wahhab Al-Malik (Sharh)

Evaluation method: Quizzes and examinations where applicable.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: An Overview

Lesson 2: History of Shafii Fiqh

Lesson 3: Shafii School Literature

Lesson 4: Book of Purification: Water

Lesson 5: Personal Hygiene

Lesson 6: Integrals to the Process of Ablution

Lesson 7: Process to Recommendations of Ablution

Lesson 8: Offensive Actions to Wiping the Socks, & Other Provisions

Lesson 9: Wiping the Socks to the Causes of Hadath

Lesson 10: Acts of Worship Requiring Ablution

Lesson 11: Relieving Oneself & the Lavatory

Lesson 12: Major Ritual Impurity (Janaba)

Lesson 13: Ritual Bath (Ghusl)

Lesson 14: Conditions of Dry Ablution

Lesson 15: Inability to Use Water

Lesson 16: Sunna and Integrals of Dry Ablution

Lesson 17: Nullifiers of Dry Ablution

Lesson 18: The Menstrual Period

Lesson 19: Filth (Najasa) Explained

Lesson 19: What is Not Filth (Najasa)

Lesson 20: What is Not Filth (Najasa)

Lesson 21: Removing Filth (Najasa)

Lesson 22: Book of Prayer (Salah)

Lesson 23: Prayer Times

Lesson 24: Making Up Missed Prayers

## Haddad’s Lives of Man: Passing Through the Stages of Human Existence

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf Weltch Course Overview This is a Level One course based on the amazing work of Imam ‘Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad titled Lives of Man. Imam Haddad was a late 17th, early 18th-century scholar and sage from the city of Tar...

### Course Overview

This is a Level One course based on the amazing work of Imam ‘Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad titled Lives of Man. Imam Haddad was a late 17th, early 18th-century scholar and sage from the city of Tarim, in the Hadramawt valley of South Yemen. The text answers two existential and essential questions that every Human asks themselves at some point in their life, ‘Where did I come from?’ and ‘Where am I going?’

Every Muslim, young or old, should take this course for without answers to these fundamental questions to life, one will be hindered in the pursuit and attainment of life’s purpose. Knowing the ‘Why’ makes accomplishing the ‘What’ easier and more worthwhile. All this in hopes to achieve the ultimate success of Allah’s sweet eternal contentment and nearness.

This class touches on and clarifies important issues relating to the Muslim’s beliefs. Furthermore, it contains great knowledge pertinent to one’s spiritual journey in seeking nearness to Allah Most High. For this reason, beginning students, alongside intermediate and advanced students should have a study of this amazing work. That said, it fits nicely in the learning objectives of each level of study.

We hope to accomplish a fundamental knowledge of the five stages that humans pass through from the beginning of their existence as souls not yet embodied up till they are situated in one of the two final abodes: Paradise or Hell-Fire. Additionally, we will seek to clarify what the Human must do in order to prepare for death and achieve the greatest success in this world and those to come. And only from Allah is the ultimate success.

Of all of his amazing works, Imam Haddad’s Lives of Man is unique and essential to the core realities of what it means to be Human. The text explains the five lives that each human passes through since the initiation of their existence:

• The Pre-Worldly Life

• The Worldly Life

• The Intermediary Life

• The Life of Judgment Day

• The Life of the Eternal Abode.

Imam Haddad ingeniously explains each life and what the human is to do in order to attain ultimate success in the worldly life and those to come. Lastly, this book adds a beautiful benefit to the already beneficial curriculum.

Imam ‘Abdullah bin ‘Alawi bin Muhammad al-Haddad was born on Thursday night, the 5th of Safar 1044AH (appx.1634CE). He passed away on Wednesday night, the 7th of Dhu’l Qa’ada 1132AH (appx. 1719AH).

Haddad’s book on the stages of human life is one of the foremost in the subject due to its unique style and deep spiritual realities. Imam Haddad, though a master in many sciences, was known for his works on the spiritual science of Tasawwuf. His books on Tasawwuf as well as his poems are read worldwide centuries after his passing (Allah have mercy on him). For this reason, he is known as the pillar of inviting to Allah and guiding creation (Quṭb al-D’awa wa’l Irshad).

Some of his other works include: The Book of Assistance, The Complete Summons, Religious Counsels, The Etiquettes of the Seeker, and a compilation of poems some of which have been translated.

The books of Imam Haddad have been translated into hundreds of languages and Lives of Man has been and still is one of the core books because of which many people have entered into Islam.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for people aged 15 - 80.

• It is particularly beneficial for adults.

• It is a Level One course. There are no prerequisite requirements.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in knowing more about Islamic beliefs, or spirituality.

### Study Effort

•  Weekly hours recommended: 1 hour

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand, articulate and apply realities core to their purpose in life.

• Apply these principles in their lives going forward, in their outlook, their goals, and their choices.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction: The beginning of human existence

Lesson 2: The Worldly Life (Dunya) Part One: The sub-stages of the worldly life: birth and childhood

Lesson 3: The Worldly Life (Dunya) Part Two: The sub-stages of the Worldly life: youth and maturity

Lesson 4: The Worldly Life (Dunya) Part Three: The sub-stages of the Worldly life: seniority, decrepitude & death.

Lesson 5: The Intermediary Life: The Grave - A Garden of bliss or a Pit of punishment

Lesson 6: The Life of Judgment Day Part One: Reaping the fruits of our actions

Lesson 7: The Life of Judgment Day Part Two: Reaping the fruits of our actions

Lesson 8: The Final Life Part One: The life of the Eternal Abode: Hell-Fire

Lesson 9: The Final Life Part Two: The life of the Eternal Abode: Hell-Fire

Lesson 10: The Final Life Part Three: The life of the Eternal Abode: Paradise

Lesson 11: The Final Life Part Four: The life of the Eternal Abode: The Greatest Blessing - Seeing Allah

Lesson 12: Closing: The Realities of Truly Living

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a seeker of knowledge and a teacher of the Islamic sciences. He studied in Darul Uloom New York from 2010 - 2014 then went on to complete his studies in Darul Mustafa Islamic Seminary in Tarim, Yemen. Thereafter, he joined the SeekersGuidance team as a teacher.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Nahlawi’s al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hadhr wa-al-Ibaha

A Manual of Proper Conduct Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Talal Al-Azem Course Overview This course is beneficial to all students. Shaykh Khalil al-Nahlawi (d. 1350/1931) was a Hanafi jurist. Hi...

A Manual of Proper Conduct

### Course Overview

This course is beneficial to all students.

Shaykh Khalil al-Nahlawi (d. 1350/1931) was a Hanafi jurist. His book, al-Durar al-Mubaha, reflects the integrity for which he was known as well as his real-world experience as a prominent merchant in Damascus. Al-Durar al-Mubaha is a guide to right action and proper comportment, in all matters of personal conduct: consumption of food and drink; dress and clothing; sight and touch; earning an income and practicing a craft; virtues and blameworthy traits of the heart.

The purpose of this course is to equip the student with knowledge of the standards that Allah Most High expects of us in our personal conduct. It will teach us not just correct behavior, but the proper attitude a Muslim is meant to have towards the blessings Allah has provided, and the outlook towards creation that this embodies.

This course addresses the issues of how to act, how to think about, and how to understand the consequences of our personal conduct.

Al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hadhr wa-al-Ibaha is a concise but beautiful guide to adab, or the proper conduct of a Muslim. It provides – through stories as well as fiqh rules – the proper way that a Muslim should behave in their personal conduct, in accordance with the Sunna as recommended by the Hanafi school.

Khalil ibn ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Shaybani al-Nahlawi (d. 1350 AH /1931 CE) was a prominent merchant and well-respected figure of early 20th-century Damascus. His book is a practical guide to living with dignity in human society.

He was a respected Hanafi jurist and merchant. Al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hadhr wa-al-Ibaha is his most promoinent work. His work reflects his own experience as a prominent figure of Muslim society, and thus was taught and commented upon by jurists and spiritual masters after him.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults, but can profitably be attended by children and young adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for everyone.

• It is a Level One course. No prerequisites are required to successfully complete this course.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in knowing how to carry themselves in their personal conduct, in a way that is dignified and pleases Allah Most High.

### Study Effort

Weekly hours recommended: 1 hour in class, 1-hour revision & preparation

Evaluation method: Quizzes

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand how everyday human habits can be transformed into acts of worship, and the relationship between the Sacred Law, life as a spiritual path, and witnessing The Real

• Know how to comport themselves in social situations involving food and drink or when consuming alone, according to the Sunna, and in a way that cultivates gratitude to The Provider

• Approach dress and clothing with an attitude of mindfulness of The Sustainer

• Distinguish between proper and improper interactions between people depending on the relationship, conscious of The Creator

• Know how to engage in work, trade, craft, and commerce in a fashion that reflects the consciousness of The Fashioner and The Just

• Distinguish between virtues and blameworthy traits of the heart

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Adab of everyday life

Lesson 2: Part I: Food & drink: Consumption

Lesson 3: Food & drink: Consumption

Lesson 4: Food & drink: Hospitality

Lesson 5: Food & drink: Hospitality

Lesson 6: Food & drink: Sources of food

Lesson 7: Food & drink: Sources of food

Lesson 8: Food & drink: Etiquettes

Lesson 9: Food & drink: Etiquettes

Lesson 10: Dress & Clothing: Categories & types

Lesson 11: Dress & clothing: Materials & parts

Lesson 12: Dress & clothing: Materials & parts

Shaykh Talal Al-Azem is a teacher and researcher, with interests especially in fiqh, education, and formations of the self in Islam. He studied the disciplines of Islamic learning in Syria and Turkey, before completing a doctorate. He is the translator of "Prayers of Occasions", a handbook of sunnah prayers, and author of "Rule-Formulation and Binding Precedent in the Madhhab-Law Tradition", a study of how rules were determined in the madhhabs.

## Understanding Sunna and Bid‘ a: Tradition and Innovation in Islam

Level: General Instructor: Shaykh Dr. Talal Al-Azem Course Overview This course will clarify the significance of sunna (tradition) and bid‘a (innovation), in both beliefs and practices. It is meant for all students who wish to better understand the meanin...

### Course Overview

This course will clarify the significance of sunna (tradition) and bid‘a (innovation), in both beliefs and practices. It is meant for all students who wish to better understand the meaning of these terms.

The course has no textbook; instead, the series of lectures are based upon a number of important modern and classical works on the topic. By the end of the course, students will possess a broader understanding of how these terms have been understood by Muslim scholars across the centuries and will be able to appreciate the differences between novelties that are praiseworthy and those that are blameworthy, and why.

This course empowers students to understand when a claim that something is a bid‘a is, in fact, consistent with the scholarly tradition, or when the person is misusing the term. It will help Muslims appreciate the relevance and clarity of the tradition (sunna) of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for all Muslims.

• It is a General Level course. There are no prerequisites required to successfully complete this course.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in understanding the breadth, clarity, and relevance of the Prophet’s tradition (sunna).

### Study Effort

Weekly hours recommended: 2 hours

### Learning Outcomes

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

• Acquire a broader understanding of how the terms “sunna” and “bid‘a” have been understood across the centuries.

• Appreciate the differences between novelties that are praiseworthy and those that are blameworthy.

• Understand why a particular practice is being categorized as praiseworthy or blameworthy.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: The importance of understanding the meaning of ‘tradition’ in Islam

Lesson 2: The Prophet’s warnings against ‘innovation’

Lesson 3: Defining bid‘a and sunnah

Lesson 4: Categories and rankings of innovations

Lesson 5: Innovations that were accepted by the Prophet

Lesson 6: Innovations that were accepted by the Companions and early Muslims

Lesson 7: Common misunderstandings, and responses, part 1

Lesson 8: Common misunderstandings, and responses, part 2

Lesson 9: Case studies in worship

Lesson 10: Case studies in transactions

Lesson 11: Case studies in contemporary matters

Lesson 12: Protecting the dignity of one’s fellow Muslims, and seeking ease for them

Shaykh Dr. Talal Al-Azem is a teacher and researcher, with interests especially in fiqh, education, and formations of the self in Islam. He studied the disciplines of Islamic learning in Syria and Turkey, before completing a doctorate. He is the translator of "Prayers of Occasions", a handbook of sunna prayers, and author of "Rule-Formulation and Binding Precedent in the Madhhab-Law Tradition", a study of how rules were determined in the schools of law.

## Reliance of the Traveller: Intermediate Contract Law and Commercial Law

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr Course Overview This is a Level Three course based on the text Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper. This course covers the chapters on Contract Law and Commercial Law taught by Shaykh Muh...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Three course based on the text Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper. This course covers the chapters on Contract Law and Commercial Law taught by Shaykh Muhammad Carr. The entire text is co-taught with Shaykh Irshaad Sedick who covers the chapters on Worship in the course:

Reliance of the Traveller: Intermediate Worship Course

This course aims to adequately prepare students to study the Minhaj Al-Talibin of Imam Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him). It is, therefore, essential for students to have completed the study of elementary-level primers before enrolling in this course.

‘Reliance’ means ‘that which is depended upon,’ since the author meant that this text should be a reliable resource work for whoever goes by it because it aims to present the most dependable (rajih) positions of the Shafii School and omit the weak ones. This course, therefore, aims to comprehensively explain the corpus of dependable views that make up the “Official Shafii School” before venturing into the detailed elaboration thereof and alternative views in the School, in the Minhaj of Imam Nawawi. Students who complete this level will, if Allah wills, be thoroughly prepared for the higher levels of Sacred Law from the Shafii School.

By covering this text (and the earlier introductory texts) thoroughly, students should have a solid understanding of the Shafii School’s Fiqh framework. Having an internalized framework to refer to facilitates a contextual understanding of more advanced and atomistic matters of Sacred Law.

‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper) is an indispensable text, especially for Shafii students of Sacred Law because it comprehensively summarizes the main views in the Shafii School. The author (may Allah have mercy on him) thoroughly covers the entire spectrum of Fiqh in systematic order. He provides a balance of detail so that the text, though not elementary enough to be called beginner-level, is neither too loaded nor too challenging to be categorized as advanced.

Al-Misri based his work on the earlier Shafii works of Imam Nawawi and Imam Abu Ishaq Al-Shirazi, following the format of Shirazi’s Muhadhdhab (The Rarefaction) and the conclusions of Nawawi’s Minhaj at-Talibin (The Seeker’s Road).

In the words of the author, this text “is a summary of the School of Imam Shafii (may Allah have mercy on him) in which I have confined myself to the most reliable positions (rajih) of the School, according to Imam Rafi’i and Imam Nawawi, or according to just one of them. I may mention a difference of opinion herein, this being when their recensions contend, giving Nawawi’s position first and then, as opposed to it, that of Rafi’i.” Based on the above, this text is ideal for the intermediate student of the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum.

The commentaries on this text are:

1. Fayd Al-Ilah Al-Malik fi Hall Alfaz ‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by ‘Umar Barakat (d. after 1307/1890)

2. Anwar Al-Masalik Sharh ‘‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by Muhammad Al-Zuhri Al-Ghamrawi

The most reliable and comprehensive Sharh of the course text is:

3. Fath Al-Wahhab Al-Malik fi Hall Alfaz ‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by Taha Ibn ‘Abd Al-Hamid Ibn Muhammad Hamadi

The author of the text is 14th-century Egyptian scholar, Shihabuddin Abu Al-'Abbas Ahmad Ibn Al-Naqib (Ibn Lu’Lu) Al-Misri. He was a Sunni Shafi'i scholar who excelled in the subject of Sacred Law (Fiqh) and was a student of the renowned Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiyy Al-Din Ibn Subki and several erudite scholars.

Ibn Al-Naqib was born in Cairo, Egypt (Misr), in the year 702 AH (1302 C.E.), and died there in 769AH (1367 C.E.). He was known for his humility, piety, asceticism, and profound relationship with Allah. He authored many books and most of his works were on Shafii Sacred Law. Among them were Tatimma ‘ala Sharh Al-Muhadhdhab (incomplete) and Tarshih Al-Madhhab fi Tashih Al-Muhadhdhab.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for intermediate students (approximately eighteen years and older).

• Students of Sacred Knowledge who desire to dive deeper into Sacred Law and Muslims who are serious about knowing the details of Sacred Law to practice it thoroughly and correctly are ideally suited for this course.

• This is a level Three course in Shafii fiqh which adequately prepares a student to study the Minhaj al-Talibin of Imam Nawawi. It is therefore essential for students to have completed the study of the following courses or equivalent: Al-Risala Al-Jami’a (Habashi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained), Al-Mukhtasar (Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement), Matn Abi Shuja’ with experience reading from Ibn Qasim’s commentary with its Hashiya by Imam Bajuri. Recommended Text: Safina al-Naja, Al-Muqaddima Al-Hadramiyya with experience reading from one of its commentaries such as Bushra Al-Karim.

• It is particularly beneficial for teachers, parents, and young adults.

• It can also be taken by anyone with a keen interest in the details and precision of Law, especially Sacred Law (Fiqh), and how it works.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: Read the text before class, be present (view and engage) at least 85% of the course videos, complete quizzes on all the lessons, and revise the lessons.

Weekly hours recommended: 2 - 4 hours per week is the recommended time requirement for this course. The above includes preparation and revision time.

Safina al-Naja

Fayd Al-Ilahi Al-Malik (Sharh)

Evaluation method: Please delete as appropriate: Quizzes and examinations where applicable

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand and be aware of the full spectrum A-Z of chapters, subjects, topics, and basic details of the most reliable views of the Shafii School.

• Understand the rational framework of Sacred Law according to the Shafii School.

• Analyze whether one’s practice is valid according to the specifications of the Shafii School.

• Understand and Apply some of the basic underlying principles (Qawa’id) of Shafii Fiqh.

• Memorize the basic historical typography of the Shafii School and understand where the most authoritative scholars and books fit therein.

• Memorize the basic framework and order of chapters, sub-chapters, and topics of Fiqh.

• Understand and memorize the most important views of the Shafii School.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Sale

Lesson 2: Contractual Parties

Lesson 3: Cooling Off Period (Khiyar)

Lesson 4: Contracted Item

Lesson 5: Usury (Riba)

Lesson 6: Vitiated Sales

Lesson 7: Impermissible sales

Lesson 8: Defective Goods

Lesson 9: Selling fruit

Lesson 10: Goods - Taking possession thereof

Lesson 11: Mode of Concluding a Sale

Lesson 12: Forward Sales (Salam)

Lesson 13: The Loan Contract (Qard)

Lesson 14: Collateral

Lesson 15: Insolvency

Lesson 16: Interdiction

Lesson 17: Transferral of Debt (Hawala)

Lesson 18: Partnership

Lesson 19: Agency (Wakala)

Lesson 20: Agency (Wakala) continued

Lesson 21: Lending a commodity

Lesson 22: Usurping

Lesson 23: Preemptory right

Lesson 24: Commenda Partnership (Qiraz)

Shaykh Muhammad Carr has dedicated his life to studying and transmitting our beautiful deen. His studies have taken him around the globe, where he has benefitted from many luminaries. Under the guidance of his teachers - Shaykh Taha Karan, Shaykh Yaseen Abbas, Shaykh Muadh Ali, and many others - Shaykh Muhammad has grown to appreciate the beauty and benefits of diverse scholarship. He completed his memorization of the Quran at Dar al-Ulum Zakariyyah in September 1997 and received an Alimiyya Degree in 2006. He is also affiliated with Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town (the oldest mosque in South Africa), where he serves as a co-imam, and Dar Al-Safa, where he has taught since 2018. As a teacher, he imparts the wisdom of our heritage and tradition by opening the door for students. As an imam, he has the unique opportunity to serve his community in daily life. He continues to pursue traditional Islamic Sciences, possessing a keen interest in Islamic Contract Law and Finance. His contributions to SeekersGuidance are welcomed, as we strive to grow as righteous believers under the guidance of qualified scholars such as Shakyh Muhammad Carr.

## Course

Level: Four Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary Course Overview This is a Level Four course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. “How to Address Modern Challenges to Belief” covers the application of traditi...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Four course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

“How to Address Modern Challenges to Belief” covers the application of traditional Islamic Theology (Ilm al-Kalam) to contemporary intellectual challenges. It is based on a deep reading of Mawlana Muḥammad Ashraf 'Ali Thanvi’s al-Intibahat al-Mufida “an al-ishtibahat al-jadida (The Beneficial Intimations Regarding the Newly-Arisen Doubts), which was authored in Urdu and translated to both Arabic and English.

The course focuses on understanding the Seven Guiding Principles provided by Mawlana Thanvi and their applications throughout sixteen sorts of newly-arisen doubts. It helps students grasp the epistemological underpinnings of contemporary challenges and articulate theological responses that utilize their study of the Sacred Sciences in modern-day contexts.

This course is aimed primarily towards students of Kalam (Islamic Theology), but students of other sciences could also benefit from it. While it does incorporate responses to newly-arisen doubts, the course is not organized in a “doubt vs. response” structure. It is more of theological modeling on how to approach and respond to newly-arisen doubts. The doubts and responses included within the course are studied as particular “cases” through which students can observe the application of theological principles.

This course is based on the deep-reading of Mawlana Muḥammad Ashraf 'Ali Thanvi’s al-Intibahat al-Mufida ‘an al-ishtibahat al-jadida (The Beneficial Intimations Regarding the Newly-Arisen Doubts), which was authored in Urdu and translated to both Arabic and English. It is considered to be one of the earliest responses written by traditionally trained Muslim scholars to challenges posed by Modernity. Facing the invasion of Muslim “epistemological spaces” by colonialism, Mawlana Thanvi contextualizes concepts from Sacred Sciences to address newly-arisen doubts.

The book is comprised of a preface that includes three counsels on the Muslim’s duty towards newly-arisen doubts; an introduction devoted to the Classification of Knowledge and the Hierarchy of Sciences; a first part: on seven guiding principles for theological responses to contemporary challenges; a second part: on sixteen intimations addressing sixteen sorts of newly-arisen doubts; and a conclusion.

Known as the Sage of the Umma, Mawlana Muḥammad Ashraf 'Ali Thanvi is undoubtedly one of the most influential Indo-Muslim scholars in recent history. With over eight hundred works that pertained to almost every branch of the Islamic tradition and ranging from treatises and fatawas to commentaries and manuals, Mawlana Thanvi emerged as a major figure in the history of Islam. Mawlana Thanvi, who was born in September of 1863 and died in July of 1943, spent his entire life in his homeland, India, addressing the challenges of colonialism and modernity. In the face of sweeping socio-cultural revolutions and momentous political changes, he played a pivotal role in the preservation of scholarly tradition. Like any other scholar, he was not infallible, but his efforts in utilizing traditional sciences in response to the colonialist’s “epistemological invasion” cannot be ignored. Amongst his remarkable contributions is al-Intibahat al-Mufida ‘an al-ishtibahat al-jadida (The BeneficialIntimations Regarding the Newly-Arisen Doubts), which was authored in Urdu and translated to both Arabic and English.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for students of knowledge, more specifically students of Kalam (Islamic Theology).

• It is a Level-Four course. The successful completion of Level Three of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum is a prerequisite.

• It is also useful for imams, teachers, and educators.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: the successful completion of Level Three.

Weekly hours recommended: 3 hours.

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Al-Intibahat al-Mufida an al-Ishtibahat al-Jadidah. Both in Arabic and English. Provided in PDF format. A list of recommended readings will be provided.

Evaluation method: Presentations / Videos / Short Essays

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand the epistemological grounds of newly-arisen doubts.

• Conceptualize the relevance of the Classification of Knowledge and Hierarchy of Sciences to the current intellectual crisis.

• Articulate theological responses to contemporary challenges.

• Apply theological guiding principles in their responses to present-day questions and doubts.

• Address the roots of challenges posed by Modernity.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1:

Introduction to the Course (Part One): the subject matter.

Introduction to the Course (Part Two): the author and the text.

Lesson 2: Three Counsels on the Muslim’s duty towards newly-arisen doubts.

Lesson 3: The Classification of Knowledge and the Hierarchy of Sciences.

Lesson 4: On the First Principle - One’s inability to understand something is no argument for its being false.

Lesson 5: On the Second Principle - If a thing is rationally possible, and its existence is attested by a sound report, then it is necessary to accept its existence. Likewise, if its non-existence is attested by a sound report, then it is equally necessary to accept its non-existence.

Lesson 6: On the Third Principle - What is rationally impossible can never exist, but what is merely improbable may exist.

Lesson 7: On the Fourth Principle - If a thing exists it is not necessary that it must also be sensible and visible.

Lesson 8: On the Fifth Principle - It is not possible to prove a purely reported fact by a purely rational argument.

Lesson 9: On the Sixth Principle - There is some difference between a precedent and an argument. It may be justifiable to demand an argument from the man who makes an assertion, but it is not valid to demand a precedent from him.

Lesson 10: On the Seventh Principle - Only four situations are rationally possible in which there can be a contradiction between a rational and an argument based on a report (This Seventh Principle goes on to detail these four situations and their rulings).

Lesson 11: First Intimation: Regarding the Temporality of Matter.

Lesson 12: Second Intimation: Regarding the Omnipotence of God.

Lesson 13: Third Intimation: Regarding Prophethood.

Lesson 14: Fourth Intimation: Regarding the Holy Qur’an.

Lesson 15: Fifth Intimation: Regarding the Noble Hadith.

Lesson 16: Sixth Intimation: Regarding the Ijma (Consensus of Opinion).

Lesson 17: Seventh Intimation: Regarding Qiyas (Jurisprudential Analogy)

Lesson 18: Eighth Intimation: Regarding the Realities of the Unseen Beings (i.e. Angels, Jinns, and Satan).

Lesson 19: Ninth Intimation: Regarding the Realities of the Afterlife.

Lesson 20: Tenth Intimation: Regarding certain features of the physical universe.

Lesson 21: Eleventh Intimation: Regarding the question of Predestination.

Lesson 22: Twelfth Intimation: Regarding the Pillars of Islam and modes of worship.

Lesson 23: Thirteenth Intimation: Regarding the worldly dimensions of Religion.

Lesson 24: Fourteenth Intimation: Regarding social customs.

Lesson 25: Fifteenth Intimation: Regarding moral attitudes.

Lesson 26: Sixteenth Intimation: Regarding rational argumentation.

Lesson 27: Concluding Remarks.

Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usul, Logic, and Kalam at Rawdatul-Naim under the supervision of Habib Ali al-Jifri; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismail Sadiq al-Adawi (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. Shaykh Ahmed studied Anthropology at American University in Cairo and received his training in Leadership Communication from Tulane University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a life-long learner. He holds a diversified portfolio of almost 50 certificates in a variety of subjects – extending from Teaching Character and Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People to Complexity Theory, Model Thinking, and Conflict Analysis. Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss various advanced-level texts, over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world. Besides a number of forthcoming edited works in Islamic pedagogy, linguistics, and Hanafi Usul, Shaykh Ahmed has authored ‘Ruh al-Ilm’ – a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, based on a survey of roughly 200 traditional Islamic texts. This work has been endorsed by Dr. Jamal Faraq, the Dean of Islamic Dawah College at al-Azhar University and Dr. Ahmed Mamduh, the Chair of Division of Research at Dar al-Iftaa’ al-Masriyah.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Haddad’s Book of Assistance Explained Part Two: A Strong Foundation for Faith & Belief

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 Ye...

### 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.

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.

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

### 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.

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.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## Connecting to Allah through Supplication: Learn Deeper Meanings of Dua

Level: One Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview This is a general elective for all levels of youth and adults on prayers for all occasions. This is a collection inspired and collected from two majo...

### Course Overview

This is a general elective for all levels of youth and adults on prayers for all occasions.

This is a collection inspired and collected from two major works - the classical works of Imam Suyuti and Imam Nawawi.

This class is good for those who would like to learn the meanings of duas and their meanings. Understanding is key to connecting to Allah meaningfully. It is a general open class not restricted to any levels of the youth class.

It helps in connecting people to Allah by explaining prayers and encouraging them to practice them in their daily life. It helps connect to God and distances one from worldliness thereby purifying hearts to connect to a higher objective which is the pleasure of Allah in the Hereafter.

The supplications taken and explained are based upon the works of Imam Suyuti and Imam Nawawi. They are all based on particular topics related to duas/supplications. It is ideal for all Muslims at all levels to learn and benefit from.

Imam Jalaludin Suyuti and Imam Yahya bin Sharaf Nawawi Imam Suyuti was born in 1445 and died in 1505 and imam Nawawi was born in 1233 and died in 1277. They are reliable great scholars who collected hadiths on prayers for all occasions.

Both scholars are prolific polymaths of their time and revivers of the religion. Imam Nawawi is known for Gardens of the Righteous and the Book of Remembrance. The work of imam Nawawi is one of the most famous books in the history of Islam.

Imam Suyuti is famous for authoring hundreds of books on all subjects including his famous tafsir of the Quran, ‘Jalalayn’ also authored by another Jalaluddin (Mahali).

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for all ages including youth.

• It is particularly beneficial for youth and beginners.

• It is a General Level course and suitable for all ages with no prerequisites that are needed.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning duas of the morning and the evening. In particular, a focus is given to delve deeper into the meanings of the prayers while connecting to Allah Most High.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: None

Weekly hours recommended: 1.5 hours

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Nawawi’s Book of Remembrance (Kitab al Adhkar) as well as Imam Suyuti’s The Work of Day and Night.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand daily prayers for all occasions and their meanings

• Apply the supplications in your daily life

• Learn deeper meanings of connecting to the Divine

• Increase in your knowledge of supplications and how they impact your life

• Learn manners (adab) of how to call upon Allah

• Transform your life to meaningful moments by supplications

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Supplications - This lesson covers an introduction to duas and their merits and manners

Lesson 2: Duas Related to the Day - This lesson covers entering and leaving home, sayyid istighfar, protection from evil

Lesson 3: Duas Related to the Evenings - This lesson covers prayers when sleeping and entering the night, and other core prayers recommended

Lesson 4: Duas Related to Worship - This lesson covers duas related to wudu, prayers and dua of qunut

Lesson 5: Dua of Traveling and Gatherings - This lesson covers the prayers related to traveling and gatherings

Lesson 6: Duas Related to Eating and Drinking - This lesson covers manners and prayers concerning eating and drinking as well as sneezing etc.

Lesson 7: Duas for the Sick - This lesson covers manners and duas related to being sick and prayers for curing insomnia and other health-related issues.

Lesson 8: Duas for Relieving Hardships and Fears - This lesson covers supplications to alleviate hardship and difficulties as well as fears.

Lesson 9: Duas Related to Destinations - This lesson covers duas related to going to the masjid, work, work and markets.

Lesson 10: Duas for Fridays - This lesson covers salawat and other recommended duas for the blessed day of Friday

Lesson 11: Prayer for all Times - This lesson covers famous prayers not restricted to time or situation

Lesson 12: Comprehensive Duas - This lesson covers prayers that should be read that include all good.

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.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## Ibn Sayyid al-Nas’s Light of the Eyes: An Introduction to the Prophetic Biography

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah Misra Course Overview This is a Level One course, as it is an introduction to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). This course is an excellent entr...

### Course Overview

This is a Level One course, as it is an introduction to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This course is an excellent entry-level study of the Prophetic Biography (Sira) that is based on a traditional text, yet covers much more than typical texts of the field which restrict themselves to only historical events, while not exploring other aspects of life, related to the prophetic life-story, such as the character traits or family members of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This course can be the first one in the field of Prophetic Biography. Acquainting oneself with who the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is, is essential to the conviction, spirituality, and confidence of any Muslim, and an introductory course is a very easy way to do that. A student of knowledge is therefore encouraged even more to have a basic understanding of this subject before studying further.

Ibn Sayyid al-Nas wrote a longer work on prophetic biography called ‘’’Uyun al-Athar”, and then abridged it into a much shorter version called “Nur al ‘Uyun” (Light of the Eyes), which is the text used for this course. Nur al ‘Uyun was well-received and unique for its concise overview of the prophetic life story, but also for its focus on the different character traits, personalities, and even animals and personal possessions that played a role in the prophetic biography.

This text is not limited to only a listing of historical events, but rather provides a historic chronological overview briefly and then focuses on the human side of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), including his personality, the people who were around him, and the things he owned and used in his daily life. This is more of a holistic study, therefore, and ideal for those who wish to combine various aspects of the prophetic sciences into one summarizing course.

This text, Nur al ‘Uyun (Light of the Eyes), covers a concise overview of the prophetic life story and then lists different categories of character traits, family members and companions, and even animals and personal possessions that played a role in the prophetic biography.

This text addresses the prophetic biography in brief, but also looks at the beautiful prophetic qualities, lifestyle, the various family members and companions who played a role in daily life, as well as possessions and animals belonging to the Propet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This text is significant because it provides a concise and easy-to-follow telling of the prophetic biography, summarized from a much larger work by the same author. It is not a typical book in its genre, in that it quickly summarizes the chronological biography but then focuses on the personal aspects of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). A person is known not only by their life events but just as much by their character traits, personal habits, family and friends, and also, their personal possessions. The author uses all of these facets to tell the prophetic story. This text was widely accepted, and it is reported that for a time in the kingdom of Morocco in the early 1800s, it was one of only two books in this genre that were authorized by the royal authority to be learned and taught.

This book is unique in that it provides a multi-faceted look at the Prophetic Biography in a concise and direct way. It asserts that the prophetic biography is more than just a chronology of life events and incidents; it is about people, personality, and things around one which all tell a part of the story of the greatest human being and creation of Allah to walk to earth.

It is ideal as an introduction to the series of courses on Prophetic Biography because it is concise yet, all-encompassing and an English translation also exists for the source text.

Shaykh Fath al-Din Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ya’mari, better known as Ibn Sayyid al-Nas (671-734 AH) was an 8th-century Egyptian scholar who focused on prophetic hadith and the prophetic biography. He was also renowned as a poet and was sought-after for his unique chains of hadith.

His most famous works include Uyun al Athar, Nur al Uyun. He wrote two works of prophetic biography, one an abridgment of his longer work, and included many different aspects of the Prophet Muhammad’s life (peace and blessings be upon him). He is said to have unique chains of narration in hadith and was sought after as a transmitter of hadiths also. He was regarded so highly in poetry that he was often made the judge, along with his contemporary Abu Hayyan, in poetry competitions in Cairo.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for all ages.

• It is particularly beneficial for those seeking an introduction into the prophetic biography through a traditional text, without too much detail but many unique aspects.

• It is a Level One course that has no pre-requisites.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in knowing about less-commonly discussed aspects of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), such as his possessions or extended family or scribes.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: none

Weekly hours recommended: 1.5

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Light of the Eyes

Evaluation method: Quizzes

## Learning Outcomes

• Summarize the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) very briefly with all the major events.

• Describe the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in his physical characteristics and lifestyle in a basic way.

• Elaborate on more aspects of the prophetic biography beyond historical incidents, and learn about personalities and see how they connected with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• Have a holistic and multi-faceted look at who the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was, beyond what most books of prophetic biography describe.

• Understand the role other people played in the prophetic biography.

• Reflect on why everything that was around the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reflected some of his story and holds value and lessons for us to gain further meaning on.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Life Before Revelation - Introduction, His Lineage, Birth, Breastfeeding, and Upbringing

Lesson 2: Life After Revelation - His Commissioning, Migration, Campaigns, Expeditions, and Hajj

Lesson 3: The Prophet Described - His Description, Names, and Sublime Character Part 1

Lesson 4: What He Was Like - His Sublime Character Part 2, His Eating Habits

Lesson 5: His Style, His Personality - His clothing, His Joking

Lesson 6: His Pure Wives - His Noble Wives

Lesson 7: The Blessed Roots and Noble the Shoots - His Blessed Children and Uncles

Lesson 8: Other Household Members - His Freed Slaves

Lesson 9: His Friends - His Servants, Guards, Messengers, Scribes, Sword-keepers, Commanders, The Ten Promised Paradise of His Companions

Lesson 10: His Animals and Arms - His Animals and Weapons

Lesson 11: His Miracles  - His Garments, Furniture and His Miracles Part 1

Lesson 12: His Passing - His Miracles Part 2, and His Passing

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies.

He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’).

He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD.

He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology at SeekersGuidance. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

• Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra

## Picture the Prophet: Tirmidhi’s The Sublime Characteristics of the Prophet Explained

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah Misra Course Overview This course is suitable for students of all levels. The students will have a chance to hear the hadiths on the Prophetic description (Shama’il) described and abridged through unbroken chains...

### Course Overview

This course is suitable for students of all levels. The students will have a chance to hear the hadiths on the Prophetic description (Shama’il) described and abridged through unbroken chains of narration from the instructor back to Imam Tirmidhi, back to the Prophet Muhammad himself (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Shama’il of Imam Tirmidhi is the classic collection of 415 hadiths on the characteristics and lifestyle of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The Shama’il, or the Beautiful Characteristics, is a sub-genre of Islamic literature nestled within the broader sciences Prophetic Biography that looks at the physical being, habits, worship, lifestyle and material culture of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him to attain a well-rounded idea of who he was, as opposed to merely listing chronological historical events. We will use the abridgment of the work by Shaykh Abdul Majid al-Sharnubi (d. 1929), who abridged the work by removing the chains of narrations and repetitions while retaining the texts of the hadiths, allowing a student of knowledge to focus on the core of the work faster and easier.

Everyone should truly know the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), not just his life story (Sira), but his personality, habits, and physical description. To love someone, you must know them, and each hadith reveals how the prophetic companions would see the Prophet and note and preserve every detail with love and reverence. Our goal in the course is to do the same, only through their gaze, their narrations.

This course complements the other sciences and is a sub-genre of the wider field of prophetic knowledge and biography (sira).

An Islamic Curriculum aims to educate a Muslim in all aspects of the Islamic sciences; a study of the Shama’il focuses not on the technical aspects of the sciences, but rather the aspect of love and familiarity with the most important being after Allah: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

The student will be able to get a glimpse of what the prophetic lifestyle was really like and what the idea of personality and character is, which acts as a foundation to then build on top of with the other sciences of law, theology, and so on.

This classic text, the Shamai’l of Imam Tirmidhi (abridged by Shaykh al-Sharnubi al-Azhari, d.1929), covers 415 narrations on the prophetic characteristics, from the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) outward appearance to his habits and lifestyle, preferences, character and personality, and more.

The main points addressed in the text are hadiths regarding the physical description of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his personal effects and habits, his lifestyle, his amazing character, his lifetime, passing, and seeing him in a dream(peace and blessings be upon him). In between these topics are many details and wonderful points of benefit to enrich our knowledge and strengthen our love and connection with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

This text is significant because it is the pioneering work in the Shama’il (prophetic characteristics) genre and was compiled by one of the earliest and famous major hadith scholars, Imam Tirmidhi. After this, the field expanded, and other scholars till the current day have written texts about different aspects of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) but all concur that nothing has matched this foundational text in its comprehensive, yet simple and pioneering manner.

This text is important because we do not focus on the prophetic characteristics exclusively in other sciences, whereas this is one of the most important requirements of understanding the second part of the testimony of faith that “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” (peace and blessings be upon him). It also gives us a hadith-based, source-text foundation on which to frame all later works in this genre as it proliferated and expanded in Islamic civilization thereafter.

It is ideal for this curriculum since an introductory course can benefit every seeker of knowledge, while a deep and more detailed study of it can also come in later levels of knowledge. There are many commentaries on this classic text, most notably those by Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari, Imam Suyuti, Imam Munawi, Imam Baghawi, and others, including those in the modern period and also in languages other than Arabic.

The author of the text is Abu Isa Muhammad ibn Isa al-Tirmidhi. His birth is differed upon, but he passed away in 297 AH. He is hadith master and early compiler of the Jami’ (or Sunan) Tirmidhi, one of the 6 most authentic works of hadith known as the Sihaa Sitta.

He was a great 3rd-century scholar of hadith whose comprehensive collection (Jami’/Sunan) is one of the six most authentic books of the Islamic hadith canon, alongside the likes of Sahihs of Bukhari and Muslim. His main collection is considered to have the broadest reach of topics of the 6 books, while his smaller compilation of hadiths on the prophetic characteristics (Shama’il) is considered one of the earliest and most outstanding contributions to that sub-genre.

He was a great 3rd-century scholar of hadith whose comprehensive collection (Jami’/Sunan) is one of the six most authentic books of the Islamic hadith canon, alongside the likes of Sahihs of Bukhari and Muslim. His main collection is considered to have the broadest reach of topics of the 6 books, while his smaller compilation of hadiths on the prophetic characteristics (Shama’il) is considered one of the earliest and most outstanding contributions to that sub-genre.

He was a master of hadith and its sciences. He compiled Jami’ Tirmidhi and Shama’il. He was considered one of the greatest hadith compilers and scholars after Imam Bukhari. His collection of hadith (Jami’) is actually considered the most comprehensive of the hadith books and the one containing the most hadiths related to Sacred Law (fiqh).

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for those who have wanted to understand the prophetic characteristics in its essence but have not been able to take part in an in-depth, detailed course.

• It is a Level One course. In order to successfully complete this course, students do not have to take any other course prior.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in prophetic biography and character, as well as an idea of the spirit of prophetic practice (sunna).

### Study Effort

Weekly hours recommended: 2 hours

Evaluation method: Quizzes

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand and picture what the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)was like physically, socially, in his habits and character, and more.

• Understand how hadith plays a role in preserving the life example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• Understand how scholars analyze hadiths for more meaning and deeper contexts.

• Apply some of the prophetic characteristics into their own lives.

• Develop their own relationship and connection with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Perfect Beauty - Chapters of the physical description and ring

Lesson 2: Head to Foot - The hair (combing, grays, dyeing), eye-medication, dress, and footgear

Lesson 3: Personal Effects - Sandals, the seal of prophethood, sword, turban waistcloth

Lesson 4: Postures and Palates -The walk, leaning, eating, and condiments

Lesson 5: Meals and Manners - Meal-time washing up, blessings, utensils, fruits, and drinks

Lesson 6: Finer Things and Enjoyment - Drinks, perfuming, speech, laughing, and joking

Leeson 7: On Speech and Sleep - Guidance on poetry, night-chats, story-metaphors and sleep

Lesson 8: The Greatest Worshipper - Worship

Lesson 9: The Voice of Humility: Recitation, crying, the bedding, and humility

Lesson 10: The Lofty Character - Character and modesty, blood-cupping

Lesson 11: Many Names, One Life - The prophetic names, lifestyle, and age

Lesson 12: The end and beyond - The passing, inheritance, seeing a dream, and the conclusion

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the Seekers Guidance The Global Islamic Seminary, and currently resides in Canada with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

• Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra

## Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadith: The Axis of Faith

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah Misra Course Overview This is a Level One course that opens the door to further hadith study in the future. Every student of knowledge should at least be familiar with the 4...

### Course Overview

This is a Level One course that opens the door to further hadith study in the future.

Every student of knowledge should at least be familiar with the 40 Hadiths, as part of connecting with the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), but moreover, to have a basic grasp of the most important facets of Islam. This is studied in Level One, yet can be revisited at higher levels to uncover more layers of meaning and application.

This text is considered one of the greatest compilation of forty hadiths in Islamic scholarship and each hadith is considered an axis on which the religion of Islam turns, conveying its most central tenants and values in each of the carefully selected narrations.

This course is important for any Muslim who wants to hear a summary of how the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) taught Islam through his sayings and wishes to connect with the field of hadiths more.

After this course, students can pursue studies in longer hadith compilations, as well as in technical hadith terminology to fully understand the importance of the second of the two main sources of Islam: the Quran and Sunna.

The practical issues this collection addresses are how to understand and practice the most fundamental and overarching teachings of Islam, in forty hadiths. The rest of practice can be said to be the details that fall under the umbrella of these forty hadiths, in many aspects

The 40 Hadiths compiled by Imam Nawawi, or “Al Araba’un al Nawawiyya” as they are popularly called (or even just the “Araba’een”) is not the first text to act on the hadith regarding the reward for preserving forty hadiths, but it certainly is the most famous and relied-upon collection of its kind.

The hadiths that were chosen by Imam Nawawi are all of an authentic grade and are hadiths around which the entire religion revolves in one aspect or another. One could say that Islam itself is summarized in these forty narrations, and its most important lessons are encapsulated therein. This is why it has been the most popular and famous text for teaching hadiths to Muslims of all levels of learning, and why it has been so widely accepted and celebrated. Each hadith adds a new dimension of Islam to the whole and educates the reader. The entire collection has also been considered among the first few texts that students in some parts of the world would memorize in its entirety, given how essential and foundational the hadiths are.

It is also an excellent introduction into the field of hadiths and to gain familiarity with the idea of hearing wisdom and knowledge from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). This is why it is often studied as a first step in actual hadith text study which looks at lessons and meanings derived from the content and language itself (as opposed to hadith technical sciences called Mustalah or Usul al-Hadith which focuses on preservation and authenticity).

Its commentaries are beyond count, and many have perhaps not reached us today or exist in manuscripts or even local Islamic languages. Those in Arabic that are the most well-known are commentaries by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn Daqiq al-Eid, Ibn al-Mulaqqin, and others, including Imam Nawawi himself.

Imam Abu Zakariyya Muḥyi al-Din Yaḥya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi was born at Nawa, a place near Damascus, in the suburb of the city of Howran, in 631 AH (1234 CE). Damascus was considered the center of learning and scholarship, and the students from across the Ummah gathered there for Islamic learning. During that period, there were more than three hundred institutes, colleges, and universities in Damascus.

He wrote many important works such as Al Majmu’ in Shafii fiqh, Kitab al Adhkar on prophetic invocations, Riyad al Salihin in hadith, Sharh Sahih Muslim in hadith commentary, and more. He passed away in his forties after having attained the highest level of scholarship for his time and was renowned for his piety and abstention from worldly life.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for all levels and ages.

• It is particularly beneficial for students of knowledge who want to further study the field of hadiths, as well as general seekers who would like to have one essential course in prophetic sayings.

• It is a Level One course. No prerequisites are required.

• This course can also be taken by anyone interested in learning from Prophetic wisdom and guidance.

### Study Effort

Weekly hours recommended: 1.5 hours

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: A Portrait of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as well as the Shama’il published by Imam Ghazali Institute.

Evaluation method: Quizzes, and memorization track.

### Learning Outcomes

• Connect with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) deeply.

• Understand the higher purpose behind the words of the Hadith.

• Understand the spiritual dimensions of these comprehensive words.

• Increase in faith and love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• Reflect upon the lessons derived.

• Develop the ability to emulate the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and bring a change to one’s lifestyle.

### Course Outline

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology at SeekersGuidance. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.

• Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra

## Beliefs: Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin: Foundational Proofs for Why Islam is True

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary Course Overview About the Text ...

### Learning Outcomes

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Abhari’s Isaghuji: An Introduction to Traditional Logic

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary Course Overview This is a Level Two Course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is based on Abhari’s Isaghuji, a foundational primer in Islamic log...

### Course Overview

This is a Level Two Course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

This course is based on Abhari’s Isaghuji, a foundational primer in Islamic logic. It unpacks the text in light of how it has been understood for centuries by scholars of traditional Islamic sciences, and in light of contemporary scientific and philosophical debates. Students will gain a clear understanding of what it meant to be a thinking and well-educated Muslim according to traditional and contemporary standards.

Traditional Islamic logic explored the rules of correct mental inference. Muslim scholars were exposed to Aristotelian logic as early as the second Islamic century. They improved it and tailored it to the needs of the Islamic sciences, thereby making it an indispensable Islamic discipline.

This course explains what the science of logic is, its history, how Muslim scholars use it in the Islamic sciences, and how it relates to the methods of reasoning in modern science and modern formal logic.

Isaghuji by Imam Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) is the most popular foundational logic primer in traditional Islamic schools (madrasas). It provides students with the necessary basic principles and introduces them to the key terminologies and methodologies of Logic.

Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) is famous as a philosopher, logician, and astronomer, but he was also a scholar of Islamic Theology (kalam) and Sacred Legal Theory (usul al-fiqh). His primer on Logic is his most famous work, studied in religious seminaries all over the Islamic world ever since it was written all the way down to the present day.

### Who Is This Course For?

• This course is for [mention the age range]

• This course is specifically aimed towards students of Sacred Sciences, and more broadly towards students, teachers and educators of other fields of knowledge.

• This is a Level 2 course, but beginners are also welcome.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in reasoning and argumentation, thinking skills, deep-reading and communications of ideas.

### Learning Outcomes

• distinguish concepts and claims

• analyze forms of reasoning and deduction.

• analyze definitions and descriptions of concepts.

• analyze proofs for claims and arguments.

• classify proofs and argumentations.

• differentiate between validity and soundness of arguments.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Logic

Lesson 2: Types of Signification

Lesson 3: Universals and Particulars

Lesson 4: Five Universals

Lesson 5: Definitions and Descriptions

Lesson 6: Types of Propositions:

Lesson 8: Rules of Conversion

Lesson 9: Conjugate Syllogisms (Part One)

Lesson 10: Conjugate Syllogisms (Part Two)

Lesson 11: Interpellative Syllogisms and Introducing Material Logic

Lesson 11: Material Logic and Conclusion

Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usul, Logic, and Kalam at Rawdatul-Naim under the supervision of Habib Ali al-Jifri; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismail Sadiq al-Adawi (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. Shaykh Ahmed studied Anthropology at American University in Cairo and received his training in Leadership Communication from Tulane University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a life-long learner. He holds a diversified portfolio of almost 50 certificates in a variety of subjects – extending from Teaching Character and Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People to Complexity Theory, Model Thinking, and Conflict Analysis.

Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss various advanced-level texts, over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world.

Besides a number of forthcoming edited works in Islamic pedagogy, linguistics, and Hanafi Usul, Shaykh Ahmed has authored ‘Ruh al-Ilm’ – a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, based on a survey of roughly 200 traditional Islamic texts. This work has been endorsed by Dr. Jamal Faraq, the Dean of Islamic Dawah College at al-Azhar University and Dr. Ahmed Mamduh, the Chair of Division of Research at Dar al-Iftaa’ al-Masriyah.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Provisions for the Seekers: Introduction to Short Hadith for Youth

Level: One Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview This is a Level One course in the Youth Curriculum. Ashiq Ilahi al-Bulandshehri was a scholar from India who compiled this work from a famous collection of h...

### Course Overview

This is a Level One course in the Youth Curriculum.

Ashiq Ilahi al-Bulandshehri was a scholar from India who compiled this work from a famous collection of hadith called, “Mishkat al Masabih.” It is a collection of excellent short hadith perfect for beginners on the path of learning about the religion of Islam.

This course is beneficial for youth to learn the hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) and to attain a strong foundation in the key concepts of Islamic teachings. This is a solid supplementary class to our offering on “Introduction to Hadith” class.

In this class, students will learn how to read and understand hadith and practical guidance. This course is excellent as it addresses many topics that are pivotal in a Muslim’s life.

This text is called, “Provisions for the Seekers” and has translated key hadith into English from an array of topics focused on short but precise prophetic statements (jawami’ kalim).

The text is a collection of hadiths that highlight important aspects of the faith ranging from purification and prayer to key topics like gratitude and renunciation and good character and much more. It is significant because it is vital to the knowledge of young Muslims to learn key concepts and practices in their daily lives. This text will give a strong base for youth to understand prophetic teachings.

It is an excellent elective to strengthen one’s faith and practice. The translation itself has an excellent commentary.

Ashiq Ilahi al-Bulandshehri was born in 1924 and died in 2002 CE. The author compiled these hadith. He was a scholar known for tafsir and hadith.

This book has been widely received and people have benefited from it tremendously. It is taught in many western institutions who read books or teach in English.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for youth ages 12-18 and anyone who is a beginner in seeking knowledge.

• It is particularly beneficial for everyone at a beginners level.

• It is a Level One course and General. There are no prerequisites.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning or memorizing hadith.

### Study Effort

Pre-requisites: None

Weekly hours recommended: 1.5 hours

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand foundational principles of faith

• Understand basic structure of hadith literature

• Apply practical guidance to your daily life

• Gain a good understanding of Islamic teachings in general

### Course Outline

Hadiths One to Four - Intentions, Supplications, and Companionship

Hadiths Five to Ten - Prohibitions of oppression and intoxicants

Hadiths 11-16 - Purity in Faith, Gratitude, Salutations

Hadiths 17-22 - Backbiting, Reciting the Quran, Repentance and Intelligence

Hadiths 23-27 - Being Social with Others, Avoiding Music, Being Upright in Financial Transactions, and Avoiding Hypocrisy

Hadiths 28-34 - Major Sins, Being Righteous, Good Character, and Striving

Hadiths 35-42 - Service (Khidma), Seeking Knowledge, and Dreams

Hadiths 43-49 - Teaching the Quran, Being consistent in Practice, Being Content with Wour Wealth

Hadiths 50-55 - The importance of Speaking the Truth to the Oppressor, True Striving for Allah’s Sake, Merits of a True Scholar

Hadiths 56-60 - Being Good to Parents, Rights of Elders, and Repentance

Hadiths 61-65 - Responsibility, Merits of Mosques, Good Company, and Dying in Islam

Hadiths 66-70 - Virtues of Remembrance (dhikr) and Those Who Enter Paradise Through It

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.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## Absolute Essentials of Islam (Maliki): Ibn ‘Ashir's al-Murshid al-Mu‘in Explained

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh JJ Shakur Course Overview The Prophet said that, “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah facilitates for them a path to Paradise” (Muslim). This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge. It...

### Course Overview

The Prophet said that, “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah facilitates for them a path to Paradise” (Muslim). This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge. It explains what your religion is; what you must know about it; and how you should learn it.

This course covers what every Muslim must know about the basic guidance of Islam in its three dimensions: (1) beliefs (iman) — and how to have sound belief in Allah, His Prophets, and the Hereafter; (2) submission (Islam) — how to make your purification and prayer valid, sound, and proper; and (3) spiritual excellence (ihsan) — by looking at key sins and vices to avoid, and key virtuous actions and traits to uphold, in seeking closeness to Allah.

The author of this text is Abu Muhammad Abdul Wahid Ibn ‘Ashir, a great Maliki jurist in Fez during the 11th century. This fundamental Maliki text provides the beginner student a clear understanding of rulings and practices that are necessary for every Muslim to know in order to practice their faith.

This is a Level One course and is the beginning of our five-level structured curriculum. This course is taught according to the Maliki school. You could also take this course in Hanafi or Shafii.

One of the most famous and reliable basic texts, the poem summarizes basic Ashari theology, Maliki fiqh, and Junaidi tasawwuf. This text covers the fundamentals that every Maliki beginner student should know.

al-Murshid al-Mu‘in – the Concise Guide to the Basics of the Deen – is a widely recognized primary text for learning Islam in North Africa. The author, Abd al-Wahid Ibn ‘Ashir, summarises in verse the three sciences of Islam, Iman and Ihsan: Maliki fiqh, Ash’ari Belief (aqida) and Junaidi Spirituality (tassawuf).

This text is fundamental for anyone seeking to practice their faith or students of knowledge at the beginning of their learning journey.

Abu Muhammad Abdul Wahid ibn Ahmad ibn Ali Ibn ‘Ashir Al-Ansari was born in 990 AH and passed away in 1040 AH. He authored one of the most memorized basic texts in the Maliki school. He was known mainly for Islamic Law (Fiqh), as well as Quranic Sciences, Theology, the Principles of Fiqh (Usul al-Fiqh), and others. His most famous work is Murshid Al-Mu’een, known commonly as Matn Ibn ‘Ashir. His text became one of the main Maliki Fiqh texts memorized across the Maghrib for kids and young adults to preserve the basics of the Islamic faith.

### Who is This Course For?

• Anyone interested in learning the basics of theology, shariah rulings, and basic tenets of purifying the heart

• It is a Level One course. There are no prerequisites for this course.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning more about the essentials of the Maliki school.

### Who is This Course For?

• Understand the basics of logical thinking regarding essential belief in Islam

• Understand the basics of Shariah rulings and their definitions

• Understand the fundamental actions of purifying the heart

• Understand and apply the fundamentals of purification

• Understand and apply the fundamentals of prayer

• Achieve knowledge regarding the basic individual obligations of worship (fard-ayn)

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Rulings that apply to Rational Theology & Legal Responsibility

Lesson 3: Necessary Attributes of Allah

Lesson 4: Possible and Impossible Attributions to Allah

Lesson 5: Logical Proofs of Divinity

Lesson 6: Logical Proofs of Divinity

Lesson 7: Necessary Attributes of Messengers and Prophets

Lesson 8: Possible and Impossible Attributions to Messengers and Prophets

Lesson 9: Fundamental Principles of Islam

Lesson 10: Legal Rulings of Shariah

Lesson 11: Fundamentals of Purifying the Heart

Lesson 12: Fundamentals of Purifying the Heart

Lesson 13: Purifying Water, Obligatory and Sunnah Acts of Wudu

Lesson 14: Related Issues, Wudu Nullifiers

Lesson 15: Obligatory and Sunnah Acts of Ghusl, What Obligates Ghusl

Lesson 16: Individual and Communal Obligations & Correcting The Prayer

Lesson 17: Permission for Dry Ablution, Obligatory and Sunnah Acts

Lesson 18: Obligatory Acts of Prayer and Preconditions

Lesson 19: Sunnah Acts of Prayer, Travelers Prayer

Lesson 20: Mandub and Disliked Acts of Prayer

Lesson 21: Communal and Individual Obligations

Lesson 22: Correcting The Prayer

Lesson 23: Jum’ah Prayer, Conditions of the Imam

Lesson 24: Conditions of the Imam

JJ Muhammad Shakur is a convert from Canada that spent 18 years overseas studying classical Islamic Sciences with various scholars from Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Mali, Mauritania, Yemen, Turkey, and South Africa.

He obtained a BA in Islamic Studies and a Postgraduate in Hadith Specialization. His expertise is primarily in Maliki Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Hadith Sciences. He has been teaching throughout his journey overseas; both in-person and online. He was one of SeekersGuidance’s early teachers a decade ago, well known then as Shaykh Abdus-Shakur Brooks. We are grateful to benefit from his teaching and guidance.

## The Cave of Clarity: Sura al-Kahf Explained

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Seekers Complete Qur’an Tafsir: Study the Entire Qur’an in Short Lessons

Level: General Instructor: Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat Course Overview This course involves a comprehensive study of the Qur’an, its themes, messages, rhetorical features and philosophical nuances—all based upon the authoritative tafsirs of our tra...

### Course Overview

This course involves a comprehensive study of the Qur’an, its themes, messages, rhetorical features and philosophical nuances—all based upon the authoritative tafsirs of our tradition. It sufficiently equips general audiences and students of knowledge alike with a thorough grasp and firm foundation in Qur’an studies.

Each thirty-minute class covers approximately half a page of the Qur’an, allowing students to follow along and catch up on missed lessons easily. These classes will build upon one another, demonstrating the general themes of each sura and explaining each verse in light of them.

The preservation of the rich tradition of Qur’anic understanding is of utmost importance for Muslims. By completing this course, students will take part in this significant tradition by preserving the meanings of the Qur’an within their hearts.

Shaykh al-Islam Abu al-Su‘ud al ‘Imadi was the 16th century Ottoman Supreme Judge, Mufti and Qur’anic exegete. He worked closely with Sultan Sulieman “The Magnificent” to play an important political role for the Muslims of his time and a critical religious function in preserving the Islamic tradition.

Shaykh al-Azhar Muhammad Sayyid Tanwati was a contemporary scholar who recently passed away in 2010. He was a Qur'anic exegete, the Grand Mufti of Egypt and the Grand Shaykh of Al-Azhar University. He helped clarify the Islamic legal positions of the many contemporary issues that arose due to technological advances and the rapid changing of the world. He is also the author of a 7000-page exegesis of the Qur'an—a significant work in helping preserve the Islamic tradition for the future generations of Muslims.

The Seeker’s Complete Qur’an Tafsir will be primarily based on a classical and a contemporary work:

‘‘Tafsir Abi al-Su’ud,” by Shaykh al Islam Abu al-Su’ud al ‘Imadi, the great Ottoman Judge, Mufti, and Mufassir. This work is authoritative in the science of tafsir. It was built upon the greatest tasfirs that came before it and had an undeniably strong influence on those which came after it.

“Al-Tafsir al-Wasit,” by Shaykh al Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid Tanwati, the Grand Mufti of Egypt. This tafsir was written over ten years and is based on some of the most influential works in this science, including the tafsirs of Tabari, Qurtubi, Ibn Kathir, and Alusi. It summarises many of the nuanced and detailed discussions found in other works.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand the general theme of each sura.

• Identify the main hadiths related to each sura.

• Understand the broad verse-by-verse meanings of each sura.

• Implement the virtuous acts mentioned in each sura.

• Distinguish some linguistic nuance and theological points of a few suras.

• Understand the common misconceptions of some suras

• Describe the qualities of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give Him peace) and how they relate to the Qur’an.

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with erudite scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish, and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic with teachers such as Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr. Mansur Abu Zina, and others. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabir and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return, he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

## Arabic Morphology: Intermediate Arabic Grammar

Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf Welcth Course Overview This course will take an in-depth look into the famous text Matn al-Ajurrumiyya. It will cover the foundational principles upon which the Arabic language is built and also briefly into Arabic morphology.

### Course Overview

This course will take an in-depth look into the famous text Matn al-Ajurrumiyya. It will cover the foundational principles upon which the Arabic language is built and also briefly into Arabic morphology.

This course, and more specifically the study of the Arabic language as a whole, are crucial for a comprehensive understanding of the Qur'an and the Prophetic ﷺ narrations; the primary sources of the Islamic tradition.

Through this course, the student will achieve a strong grasp on the fundamentals of the language, a larger vocabulary, how to use a dictionary, and the basic skills needed to speak and analyze the Arabic language.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand the basics of Arabic morphology

• Deeply understand the structure of the Arabic language

• Develop and expand the Arabic vocabulary

• Appreciate the depth of the Arabic language

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.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Law: Tumurtashi's Tanwir al-Absar Explained

Level: 4 Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview : The goal of the class is to begin the journey of gaining mastery of the fiqh details of the Hanafi school. This class covers the meta-matn (Tanwir al-Absar) that is the basis of the central commentary for legal det...

### Course Overview :

The goal of the class is to begin the journey of gaining mastery of the fiqh details of the Hanafi school. This class covers the meta-matn (Tanwir al-Absar) that is the basis of the central commentary for legal details (al-Durr al-Mukhtar) in the later Hanafi school–and for the central work for the fatwa positions of the Hanafi school. This is an upper-intermediate to advanced class in Hanafi fiqh.

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 Faraz Rabbani

## Keys to Spiritual Vitality: Ghazali’s Letter to a Disciple

Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary Course Overview This course is an imperative outlook on the relationship between seeking knowledge and spirituality. It draws key distinctions between practical religiosity and theoretical understanding of religion. Through a deep...

### Course Overview

This course is an imperative outlook on the relationship between seeking knowledge and spirituality. It draws key distinctions between practical religiosity and theoretical understanding of religion. Through a deep reading of Imam Ghazali’s “Letter to a Disciple,” this course provides a clear and structured outlook of the spiritual guidelines set forth by one of the most prominent scholars of Muslim tradition.

It also provides a spiritual compass for students of knowledge, as it addresses the distortion of sincerity and the corruption of intentions – one of the most serious challenges that obstruct the fruitage of seeking religious knowledge.

### Learning Outcomes

• Recognize and understand the crucial work and impact of this text

• Understand the spiritual guidelines put forward in this great text

• Evaluate oneself based on spiritual guidelines that are discussed by the teacher

• Discuss the realities of intention and sincerity in one’s life

Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usūl, Logic and Kalam at Rawdatul-Naīm under the supervision of Habib Ali al-Jifrī; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismaīl Sadiq al-Adawī (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.

Shaykh Ahmed studied Anthropology at American University in Cairo and received his training in Leadership Communication from Tulane University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a life-long learner. He holds a diversified portfolio of almost 50 certificates in a variety of subjects – extending from Teaching Character and Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People to Complexity Theory, Model Thinking and Conflict Analysis.

Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format, and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss advanced-level texts of different sorts and over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world.

Beside a number of edited works about to be released in Islamic pedagogy, linguistics and Hanafi Usūl, Shaykh Ahmed has authored Rūh al-Ilm – a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, based on a survey of roughly 200 traditional Islamic texts, and has been endorsed by Dr. Jamāl Fārūq, the Dean of Islamic Dawah College at al-Azhar University and Dr. Ahmed Mamdūh, the Chair of Research Division at Dar al-Iftaa’ al-Masrīyah. Rūh al-Ilm will be published by Tabah Foundation in the early of summer of 2019.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

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## Knowing God

Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview Knowing God is the first course from the New Muslim Curriculum that covers the belief in God and what a Muslim believes. Sound and firm belief is the core foundation for living and practicing Islam. As a new Muslim, und...

### Course Overview

Knowing God is the first course from the New Muslim Curriculum that covers the belief in God and what a Muslim believes. Sound and firm belief is the core foundation for living and practicing Islam. As a new Muslim, understanding the notion of belief in God can be daunting. The instructor, Shaykh Amin Buxton, allows anyone new to their faith or rediscovering their faith, to understand the key tenets of Islamic faith, such as belief in God’s revealed books, the Prophets, angels, the Day of Judgement, and the Divine Decree.

This course is important as it provides an opening to easily expand on your knowledge and to increase your daily practices. In addition, Knowing God is taught by a convert to Islam and Shaykh Amin Buxton is able to relate to the journey a new Muslim is undertaking, from a practical, emotional and spiritual level.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand what it means to believe in God

• Understand why belief is important to Muslims

• Remember and describe the tenets of faith

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 program as well conducting programs in local communities/ masjids in North America.

He is married and has 3 children.

• Imam Yama Niazi
• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Worship: Kanz al-Daqaiq - Rules of Worship

This course contains a study of those things which we engage in consistently. This includes how we use restrooms, how we perform ablution, how we pray, how we pray in the presence of sickness or difficulty and much more. It’s important for all muslims to know and understand the rulings of worship, this is afterall what we engage in daily, this is what we are called to as muslims. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), said; “The first thing the servant will be asked about on the Day of Judgement is his prayer.” The outcomes of this course is knowing the rulings related to worship at an intermediate level and with clarity. The Kanz is a precise, nuanced yet comprehensive text, if a student studies this work well, they are prepared to study the advanced works of the Hanafi school of law.

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Living Simple

Instructor: Shaykh Farid Dingle Course Overview Building the book, Kitab al Zuhd by Imam Waki, the course covers many of the religious attitudes regarding This Life and the Hereafter, how they used to worship, pray, fast, talk, and sayings of the...

### Course Overview

Building the book, Kitab al Zuhd by Imam Waki, the course covers many of the religious attitudes regarding This Life and the Hereafter, how they used to worship, pray, fast, talk, and sayings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the Companions, Followers (Tabiin), and Early Muslims.

The Early Muslims did not only preserve the religion, they were examples of how it should be applied. In order to understand Islam on a deep level, we must look very carefully how at the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and Early Muslims (al Salaf al Salih) lived, worshipped, and view worldly and religious life. This is exactly what Kitab al Zuhd of Waki ibn Al-Jarrah gives us.

By studying this course, we will have a new and refreshed mindset to This World (the Dunya), and a new standard of what it means to be dedicated to Allah and the Hereafter, all in keeping with the balanced and authentic standards of the Early Muslims.

### Learning Outcomes:

• Understand practices of the Early Muslims and how they detached themselves from Worldly matters

• Understand and apply the main key religious values that the Early Muslims embodied

• Understand and reflect on the mindset one should all have towards ours short time on Earth

Shaykh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to crafts lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

## Hadith Terminology : Shaykh Siraj al-Din's Commentary on the Bayquniyya

Level: Two Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi Course Overview Hadith Terminology is generally considered the gateway discipline into the field of hadith studies. And this is for good reason. After having completed an overview course on hadith studies, Shaykh A...

### Course Overview

Hadith Terminology is generally considered the gateway discipline into the field of hadith studies. And this is for good reason. After having completed an overview course on hadith studies, Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin’s famous textbook commentary on the Bayquni poem is the perfect place for students of Islamic studies. This course will focus on covering all of the main terms and concepts studied in hadith terminology while focusing on how said material is studied and investigated in the Islamic intellectual tradition. Finally, this course strives to give students the intellectual context and background to really bring these discussions to life and to tie them to modern conversations and discourses.

This is the second of two courses offered on hadith terminology in level two. After completing it, students will have completed the beginner level when it comes to hadith terminology and will be ready to move on to more intermediate level courses in the field.

The main objective of this course is to cover the central terms and concepts used by contemporary hadith scholars. A secondary objective is to acquaint students with the structure and logic of textbooks in hadith terminology. This will be done with two key demographics in mind. The first are students of the Islamic Sciences who seek to complete a full curriculum. The goal is to prepare them for studying the intermediate level works by focusing on the central terms and their definitions as well as how they tie into the broader epistemic framework. The second demographic are students who are seeking a more general education and do not intend further study. This course will focus on giving them a well-rounded and sufficient understanding of the field and a sufficient introduction to the academic conversations of greatest consequence.

This course will give students the relevant education and literacy to understand many of the conversations taking place about hadith. It will also provide them with a structured and traditional approach to engaging the hadith corpus.

Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin’s commentary on the Bayquni poem is taught across the Islamic work as the central introductory text to hadith terminology. As such, it has wide acceptance as being not only suitable, but also filled with benefit.

Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin [d. 2002/1422], was one of the most impactful scholars of the contemporary age. He lived in Aleppo, Syria and wrote a number of works on the Qur’an, hadith, and the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). Other than this specific text, one of his most significant and well-known works is his book, Our Master Muhammad: The Messenger of God.

### Who is This Course For?

• This course is for a student who already has a broad and brief understanding of the various areas of investigation subsumed under Hadith Studies. They should also have a broad and general understanding of the main areas of classification, as well, as the most essential terms and concepts used in hadith terminology and how they relate to one another.

• The prerequisite to this course, Hadith Studies 201, The Bayquni Poem: An Introduction to the Formal Study of Hadith.

• This is the second of two courses offered on hadith terminology in level two. Any student who wants to advance to intermediate level course in this field must take this course.

### Learning Outcomes

• The central and most frequently used hadith concepts and their associated terms.

• How said concepts and terms relate to one and another in the broader epistemic system.

• The central areas of investigation most common to the field of hadith terminology.

• The general structure and layout of textbooks related to hadith terminology.

### Course Outline

Lesson One: Introduction

Lesson Two: History of Hadith Studies

Lesson Three: Essential Concepts and Initial Distinctions

Lesson Four: Classifying Terms and Concepts

Lesson Five: Sahih Hadith (Authentic) (1)

Lesson Six: Sahih Hadith (Authentic) (2)

Lesson Nine: Classifying Hadith According to the Source of the Report

Lesson Ten: Classifying Hadith According to Contiguity

Lesson Eleven: Classifying Hadith According to the Number of Narrations

Lesson Twelve: Hidden Breaks and Omissions in the Chain