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## Essentials of Islam for Youth: Modern Challenges to Our Faith and How to Respond

Executive Summary In this course, Shaykh Yusuf Weltch aims to pinpoint the 12 biggest challenges that youth face while trying to hold on to their faith. H...

### Executive Summary

In this course, Shaykh Yusuf Weltch aims to pinpoint the 12 biggest challenges that youth face while trying to hold on to their faith. He hopes to share the Prophetic guidance to equip the youth with what they need to respond to these challenges in the best way possible.
Course Summary

This course covers guidance and advice related to the 12 most difficult challenges that everyone will encounter. Guidance will be shared from the Qur’an and the Sunna of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) as well as from personal experiences of Yusuf Weltch who himself converted to Islam and has dealt with many of these issues firsthand.

In a world full of increasing amounts of corruption and a tearing of the moral fabric that once formed our world, youth are the ones who get the brunt of these harms. The youth are the target of much of the corruption we see around us and if they are properly equipped and well-informed on the guidance and teachings of Islam they will be able to make the right choices, overcome difficulties, and avert the harms of this world and the next.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: Companionship

Lesson 2: Why Obey?

Lesson 3: Surviving an Irreligious Environment

Lesson 4: Dealing with the Cultural Divide

Lesson 5: The Islamic Perception of Women

Lesson 6: Finding True Role Models: What to look for?

Lesson 8: How to have productive entertainment

Lesson 9: Finding a Spouse: What to look for?

Lesson 10: Dealing With Difficult Parents

Lesson 11: The Devil’s Plot Against the Youth

Lesson 12: How to navigate the challenges of life. Who to turn to?

### Learning outcomes

• Clarity regarding these challenges
• Advice on how to prevent falling into trials and tribulations
• Shedding light on the realities of what society glorifies
• A change of perception on life, priorities, and our purpose in this world

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## 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 Program is...

### 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

## Living Simple

Course OverviewBuilding 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...

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

## HOPE and CLOSENESS: The Way to Allah

What is the meaning, purpose, and potential of life? What is the good life? This course addresses these critical questions, boldly and clearly. // We will cover how to understand hope and closeness; how to be realized in their realities; how to live them in our (a) worldview; (b) our prayer; (c) our spiritu...

What is the meaning, purpose, and potential of life? What is the good life? This course addresses these critical questions, boldly and clearly. // We will cover how to understand hope and closeness; how to be realized in their realities; how to live them in our (a) worldview; (b) our prayer; (c) our spiritual works; (d) our social relationships; (e) our work; and (f) how to respond to the challenges of life through the empowering and transformative realities of hope and closeness to Allah Most High. //

## The Perfection of the Chosen One

Learning about the perfection and beauty of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the seed to plant the love of the Prophet Muhammad. This course seeks to connect young hearts to the best of humanity. We will rely mainly on the work of Imam al-Tirmidhi and his famous collection on descri...

Learning about the perfection and beauty of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the seed to plant the love of the Prophet Muhammad. This course seeks to connect young hearts to the best of humanity. We will rely mainly on the work of Imam al-Tirmidhi and his famous collection on describing the Prophet. The course is an essential addition to the study of his blessed life and his noble rank. The young students will benefit from learning why the Prophet is truly the perfect model. Muslims are incredibly blessed to know every detail of his blessed character and behavior, and habits. Through learning and connecting to the Prophet, one increases their love of him and draws near Allah Most High.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## In The Company of Prophets

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This course is an analysis of the stories of the Prophets (peace and blessings be on them all) found in the Qur'an. It's focus is to derive practical lessons from the experiences of the Prophets (peace and blessings be on them all) as they lived as believers and faced their challenges on the road to pleasing Allah.

With its unique perspective, this course shows the beautiful relationships all of these blessed individuals had with Allah. This is the first step to enriching our lives with their guidance and experience. The lessons are based on the verses of the Qur'an and the most authenticated narrations.

• Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

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## Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained

“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 S...

“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.

## Intermediate Islamic Law: Halabi's Multaqa al-Abhur

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 re...

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, mains 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.

## Intermediate Islamic Law: Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Financial Transactions

In this Level Two Islamic Studies Curriculum course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapters on financial transactions (fiqh al-muamalat) from Imam Qudur’s Mukhtasar. He relies on the great classical ...

In this Level Two Islamic Studies Curriculum course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapters on financial transactions (fiqh al-muamalat) from Imam Qudur’s Mukhtasar. He relies on the great classical commentaries—including Maydani’s Lubab—and major reference works of the Hanafi School.

This course is ideal for students of Islamic knowledge. Previous study of Fiqh is recommended, but not a requirement.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the legal rulings related to the fundamental concepts related to contracts; the sales contract; permissible and impermissible conditions in contracts; the elements of sound and unsound transactions—and other issues related to commercial transactions, including the prohibitions of riba (usury) and deceptive uncertainty (gharar); how to secure contracts through collateral and guarantors; types of partnerships and companies; contracts of hire and leasing; types of financing; and more.

This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of commercial law.

## Law: Maydani's Lubab Explained

This study of Maydani's Lubab is the perfect way to consolidate one's grasp of the legal issues in Mukhtasar al Quduri, and to explore the methodology of the Hanafi school.

This study of Maydani's Lubab is the perfect way to consolidate one's grasp of the legal issues in Mukhtasar al Quduri, and to explore the methodology of the Hanafi school.

## Prohibitions of the Tongue for Youth

This class teaches young Muslims how to control their tongue from that which is unlawful in speech. Identifying and learning what they are is an individual obligation upon every Muslim. These include, for example, lying, backbiting...

This class teaches young Muslims how to control their tongue from that which is unlawful in speech. Identifying and learning what they are is an individual obligation upon every Muslim. These include, for example, lying, backbiting, talebearing, and many more. Controlling the tongue from the prohibited is one of the crucial characteristics of a person who yearns to enter Paradise.

## Risalatal Mustarshideen

This course aims to make guidance practical by looking at the sayings of the Righteous and their wisdoms. It takes the students through many aspects important to the life of the Muslim, drawing on the insights of the Companions and the right...

This course aims to make guidance practical by looking at the sayings of the Righteous and their wisdoms. It takes the students through many aspects important to the life of the Muslim, drawing on the insights of the Companions and the righteous.

## Tafsir for Youth Pt. 2

Understanding the Qur’an open doors to deeper knowledge of the Religion and a crucial increase in one’s ability to reflect and focus in the prayer. This course hope to aid the student in understanding some of the oft-recited chapters of the B...

Understanding the Qur’an open doors to deeper knowledge of the Religion and a crucial increase in one’s ability to reflect and focus in the prayer. This course hope to aid the student in understanding some of the oft-recited chapters of the Book of Allah

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

Executive SummaryIn this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the legal rulings related to worships according to the Hanafi school. This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of worships.IntroductionIn this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the ...

### Executive Summary

In this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the legal rulings related to worships according to the Hanafi school. This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of worships.

### Introduction

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 worships sound and correct, guidance on difficult issues, and how to beautify one’s relationship with Allah Most High.

Curricular Context

• This is a level two  course
• Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) and On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity
• Take this course before all courses in Level Three

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Ablution (wudu) & The Ritual Bath (ghusl)

Lesson 3: Water, Wells, & Tanning

Lesson 4: Dry-Ablution (tayammum)

Lesson 5: Wiping over Footwear (khuffs) & Bandages (jaba’ir)

Lesson 6: Menstruation (hayd) & Lochia (nifas)

Lesson 7: Filth/Impurities & Conclusion

Lesson 8: Times, Adhan, & Introduction to Prayer

Lesson 9: Prayer Contd.

Lesson 10: Actions Invalidating the Prayer & Make-Ups

Lesson 11: Disliked Prayer Times & Supererogatory Prayers

Lesson 12:The Forgetfulness Prostration & Prayer of the Sick

Lesson 13: Prostration of Recital & The Travelers Prayer

Lesson 14: Friday & Eid Prayer

Lesson 15: Other Prayers

Lesson 16: The Funeral Prayer

Lesson 17: Introduction

Lesson 18: Zakat on Goods & Money

Lesson 19: Zakat al-Fitr

Lesson 20: Introduction to Fasting

Lesson 21: Valid & Invalid Fasts

Lesson 22: Introduction

Lesson 23: Description of the Hajj

Lesson 24: Qiran, Tamatu, & Hajj Contraventions

What You Will Learn:

• The core rulings related to purification, prayers, fasting, zakat and hajj;
• The wisdom and purpose of these legal rulings;
• The practical implementation, with excellence, of Divine Guidance;
• How legal reasoning works, to give a better understanding of “how Fiqh works;” and
• The method of the Hanafi School.

Imam Quduri’s full primer (matn) in Islamic law is so famous, that it is simply referred to as “The Book” (al-Kitab). For 1,000 years, it has served as the starting point for a full study of the science of Fiqh.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

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

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## The Fiqh of Everyday Life for Youth: A Discussion of Halal and Haram Matters

Executive Summary In this course, Yusuf Weltch will be covering the fiqh of everyday life for a young muslim. There are many challenging issues that confront our daily lives that challenge us to a...

### Executive Summary

In this course, Yusuf Weltch will be covering the fiqh of everyday life for a young muslim. There are many challenging issues that confront our daily lives that challenge us to act in accordance with the divine mandate and prophetic model. This course carves the way to upholding uprightness and following the Prophetic guidance. Youth will learn the etiquettes and manners of following the sacred law in various aspects of social conduct and daily routines.

### Course Summary

This course discusses common aspects of our daily life in the light of the Sacred law. Guidelines are given shedding light on what is permissible, what is prohibited, as well as the Prophetic guidance that brings meaning to our lives facilitating for us to draw nearer to Allah Most High and attain success in this world and the next.

As Muslims, our purpose in life is to seek the pleasure of Allah Most High. This purpose is oft-understood as being restricted to acts of worship and abstaining from the prohibited. However, the pleasure of Allah Most High can be sought and obtained in every aspect of our lives. That is if we know the limits of Allah Most High in it. Therefore, with clarity of the limits of Allah Most High in each matter, we have a road map to attaining Allah’s pleasure.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Sacred law and the limits of Allah Most High

Lesson 3: Gender Interaction

Lesson 4: Social Conduct: The Rights of Others

Lesson 5:  Money Matters: Work, Money, and Earning a Living

Lesson 6: Food & Drink

Lesson 7: The Importance of Speech

Lesson 8: Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil

Lesson 9: The Seven Limbs

Lesson 10: The Worship of the Heart

Lesson 11: Places to Avoid (May be changed)

Lesson 12: Outro: Moving Forward

Learning outcomes

• A basic understanding of the rulings of each topic discussed
• Practical guidance on how to prevent or deal with testing situations
• Prophetic instruction on how to draw near to Allah Most High in our daily activities.
• Attaining the pleasure of Allah in everything we do.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Worship: Kanz al-Daqa’iq - Rules of Worship

Imam Nasafi’s Kanz al-Daqa’iq (Level Three of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum), in full–with extensive readings from Imam Abu ’l-Su’ud’s Hashiya on Mulla Miskin’s Commentary; Afghani’s Kashf al-Haqa’iq; and other Hanafi reference works.

Imam Nasafi’s Kanz al-Daqa’iq (Level Three of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum), in full–with extensive readings from Imam Abu ’l-Su’ud’s Hashiya on Mulla Miskin’s Commentary; Afghani’s Kashf al-Haqa’iq; and other Hanafi reference works.

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## 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 KhanIn the Name of Allah, Merciful and Compassionate, with blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad, his folk, and companionsShaykh ...

### 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.

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

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

Program DescriptionThis is a one-year Specialization Certificate Program in Islamic Theology, Logic and Contemporary Challenges. It covers Level Four of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum in ‘Aqīda (Islamic beliefs), and Level Three of Manṭiq (Logic). This program will encompass a thor...

Program Description

This is a one-year Specialization Certificate Program in Islamic Theology, Logic and Contemporary Challenges. It covers Level Four of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum in ‘Aqīda (Islamic beliefs), and Level Three of Manṭiq (Logic).

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.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## Prophetic Hadith: Mukhtasar Sahih al-Bukhari

Executive SummaryIn this course, you will cover an abridgement of one of the main works of Islam, Sahih al-Bukhari. This course sheds light on key meanings of Prophetic guidance.

### Executive Summary

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

## The Path of Piety: Birgivi’s Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya

Executive Summary

## On Worship: Shurunbulali’s Maraqi al-Falah Sharh Nur al-Idah: In-Depth Study of Purification, Prayer, and Fasting [Elective]

This course covers a comprehensive commentary on the five acts of worship written by one of the authorities of the Hanafi school of law.

This course covers a comprehensive commentary on the five acts of worship written by one of the authorities of the Hanafi school of law.

## The Fiqh of Everyday Life: A Discussion of the Halal and Haram

Executive SummaryIn this course, Yusuf Weltch will be covering the fiqh of everyday life for a young muslim. There are many challenging issues that confront our daily lives that challenge us to act in accordance with the divine mandate and prophetic model. This course carves the way to...

### Executive Summary

In this course, Yusuf Weltch will be covering the fiqh of everyday life for a young muslim. There are many challenging issues that confront our daily lives that challenge us to act in accordance with the divine mandate and prophetic model. This course carves the way to upholding uprightness and following the Prophetic guidance. Youth will learn the etiquette and manners of following the sacred law in various aspects of social conduct and daily routines.

## Course Summary

This course discusses common aspects of our daily life in the light of the Sacred law. Guidelines are given shedding light on what is permissible, what is prohibited, as well as the Prophetic guidance that brings meaning to our lives facilitating for us to draw nearer to Allah Most High and attain success in this world and the next.

As Muslims, our purpose in life is to seek the pleasure of Allah Most High. This purpose is oft-understood as being restricted to acts of worship and abstaining from the prohibited. However, the pleasure of Allah Most High can be sought and obtained in every aspect of our lives. That is if we know the limits of Allah Most High in it. Therefore, with clarity of the limits of Allah Most High in each matter, we have a road map to attaining Allah’s pleasure.

## Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Sacred law and the limits of Allah Most High

Lesson 3: Gender Interaction

Lesson 4: Social Conduct: The Rights of Others

Lesson 5:  Money Matters: Work, Money, and Earning a Living

Lesson 6: Food & Drink

Lesson 7: The Importance of Speech

Lesson 8: Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil

Lesson 9: The Seven Limbs

Lesson 10: The Worship of the Heart

Lesson 11: Places to Avoid (May be changed)

Lesson 12: Outro: Moving Forward

## Learning outcomes

• A basic understanding of the rulings of each topic discussed
• Practical guidance on how to prevent or deal with testing situations
• Prophetic instruction on how to draw near to Allah Most High in our daily activities.
• Attaining the pleasure of Allah in everything we do.

## Seekers Complete Qur'an Tafsir

This course is a deep dive into the text, themes, and messages of the Qur'an. An analysis of what God chose to say to humanity in His last communication to us. It aims to provide a clear, text focused explanation of the Qur'an, showing its key rhetorical, textual, and thematic nuances. Naturally, much is lost in translation. Context, themes, connections between verses and chapters, and deeper meanings cannot all be conveyed in an attempt at a clear, articulate translation. To fully grasp their implications, the Qur’an needs deeper study. The Qur’an is an Arabic text, and a lot of what it has to say must be understood through the Arabic language. This course is based, primarily, on two tafsirs: the first, one of most authoritative tafsir ever written, Irshad al ‘Aql al Salim Ila Mazaya al Kitab al Karim (Instruction of the Sound Intellect to the Perfections of the Supreme Book), by the great Ottoman Master Scholar Abu al Su’ud al ‘Imadi. The second, al Tafsir al Wasit, by the late Shaykh al Azhar, Muhammd Sayyid Tantawi. A contemporary work that, along with the authors own contributions, draws on the conclusions of authoritative texts of the field. Students will gain an appreciation of style, beauty, and deeply interconnected and coherent tapestry of the Qur’anic text. Many valid textual understandings will be discussed, with a look at how the dominant, most eloquent positions were identified. The course will also give an insight into the nuances learned through an analysis of root meanings of many key Qur’anic words. The analysis will provide all the key elements needed for further reflection on the deeper implications of Qur’an meanings.

## Knowing God

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:

1. Understand what it means to believe in God

2. Understand why belief is important to Muslims

3. Remember and describe the tenets of faith

## Course Overview

This course is a traditional word-by-word exposition of Imam Bajuri’s commentary on Imam Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin (The Foundational Proofs). It covers the core beliefs of mainstream traditional Islam along with their key proofs. Students will learn the attributes of Allah Most High, those of His messengers (peace be upon them), matters of the unseen and their logical proofs. They will also learn how these meanings culminate 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 Muslims believe in but why it must be true with logical rigour. Additionally, students will learn how to unpack the terse expressions of classical texts, preparing them for further study in the Islamic sciences.

## Learning Outcomes

• Understand the attributes of Allah Most High and their proofs

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

• Understand the Matters of the unseen and their proofs

• Understand how the meanings of Islamic theology culminate in the statement of Divine Oneness: there is no god but God.

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

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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

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 ...

## 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 tenants 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

## Transactions: Kanz al-Daqa’iq

This course contains a study of things we as human beings engage in daily. This could range from how one buys something online, exchanges things and even how one runs their personal business. This course includes content such as what constitutes as a sale, the rulings related to usury, foreward transactions, currency exchange and more.
Imam Muhammad al-Shaybani was once asked, "Why haven't you write anything on ascetecism (zuhd)?" And he replied, "I've written on the rulings of transactions." Knowing the rulings of transactions allows us to be more god conscious in our daily lives through being mindful in our dealings with people.
The outcomes of this course is knowing the rulings related to transactions 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

## Course

1 - Wisdoms 1, 2, & 3; Sura al-Fatiha: In this class, we will discuss the spheres of mercy and wisdom, the slave and the Lord, and the benefit of admonishens on the hearts; we will examine the opening chapter of the Qur'an, also known as the oft-recited seven verses.

2 - Wisdoms 4, 5, & 6; Sura al-Duha and al-Inshirah: In this class, we will discuss perfect faith, customs and habits, and companionship; we will examine the chapters of consolation to the Prophet ﷺ al-Duha and al-Inshirah.

3 - Wisdoms 7, 8, & 9; Sura al-Tin and al-'Alaq: In this class, we will discuss contentment with less, discriminating against others, and not objecting to Allah's decree; we will discuss the chapter al-Tin which discusses the soul and its potentials and the chapter al-'Alaq which contains the first verses ever revealed to the Prophet

ﷺ. 4 - Wisdoms 10, 11, & 12; Sura al-Qadr and al-Bayyina: In this class, we will discuss the praiseworthy, permissible and blameworthy world, how to advise people, true freedom; we will examine the chapter al-Qadr and discuss 'The Night of Power and the chapter al-Bayyina containing insights on the best and worst of people.

5 - Wisdoms 13, 14, & 15; Sura al-Zalzala and al-'Adiyat: In this class, we will discuss appreciation and consolation, the rights of Allah and the slaves, the assumption of worldly gain and the certainty of death; we will examine the chapters al-Zalzala and al-'Aadiyat in which the signs of the Day of Judgment are discussed.

6 - Wisdoms 16, 17, & 18; Sura al-Qari'a and al-Takathur: In this class, we will discuss breaking resolve, fighting off desires, and the realities of faith; we will examine chapter al-Qari'a and the scales of good and bad deeds, as well as chapter al-Takathur in which we discuss amassing wealth and the responsibility of blessings.

7 - Wisdoms 19, 20, & 21; Sura al-'Asr and al-Humaza: In this class, we will discuss hidden realities, true intellect, and love of wealth and status; we will discuss the chapters al-Asr and al-Humaza: usings our time properly and watching our tongues.

8 - Wisdoms 22, 23, & 24; Sura al-Fil and Quraysh: In this class, we will discuss the examples of the earth and knowledge, the realities of claims, the discernment fo the soul; we will examine the story of the elephant and the journeys of the Quraysh.

9 - Wisdoms 25, 26, & 27; Sura al-Ma'un and al-Kawthar: In this class, we will discuss the signs of the truthful and the liars, ease and difficulty, and poverty and wealth; we will examine the good deeds, the prayer, and those who neglect them and the protection and benevolence of Allah to those who He loves.

10 - Wisdoms 28, 29, & 30; Sura al-Kafirun and al-Nasr: In this class, we will discuss holding back from vain desires, the state of the caller to Allah, and the scholar; we will examine regarding the disbelievers and the help of Allah

11 - Wisdoms 31, 32, & 33Sura al-Lahab and al-Iklas: In this class, we will discuss showing off, praiseworthy and blameworthy shyness, and truth and lies.; we will examine the story of Abu Lahab and the chapter of Sincerity (Ikhlas) which equals one third of the Qur'an in rewards.

12 - Wisdoms 34, 35, & 36; Sura al-Falaq and al-Nass: In this class, we will discuss looking upon the material world, avidness for wealth, and proper avenues of wealth; we will examine the final two chapters of the Qur'an, the chapters of refuge.

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Tafsir for Youth: The Qur'an Explained, Part One

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Introductory Logic: Damanhuri's Idah al-Mubham

This course covers two texts: Imam al-Bajuri’s commentary on the Umm al-Barahin of Imam al-Sanusi which covers the core beliefs of mainstream traditional Islam along with their key proofs, and Imam al-Damanhuri’s commentary, Idah al-Mubham, on al-Sullam al-Munawwaraq of Imam al-Abhari which is a traditional versified primer to the study of Logic.

The value of matters is known by their ends, and there is none greater than establishing and defending belief in Allah Most High and in what He has assigned eternal consequences to from what He has informed us of. Imam al-Damanhuri’s commentary on Imam al-Abhari’s al-Sullam al-Munawwaraq unpacks the terse expressions of the poem and makes accessible the study of logic, a necessary pre-requisite to truly understanding and appreciating the proofs contained in Imam al-Bajuri’s commentary on Imam al-Sanusi’s Umm al-Barahin, The Foundational Proofs, which establishes not only what we believe in but why it must be true with logical rigour.

Students will study logic beginning with the study of words and how they indicate meanings, then definitions, then propositional reasoning, then deduction, and its application to Islamic Theology, beginning with the attributes of Allah Most High, then those of His Messengers (peace be upon them), then matters of the unseen, the logical proofs for these, then how all of these meanings are contained in the Statement of Divine Oneness, there is no god but God. 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.

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Arabic Morphology: Intermediate Arabic Grammar

#### 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 of the depth of the Arabic language

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

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

"Knowledge is the criterion of the right and the wrong, the lawful and the unlawful. It is the light that enlightens the path of the people destined for Paradise. It is the best friend of those who feel alone in the exile of this world. It is a beneficent colleague, a guide for those who feel lost, a sword in the hand of the warrior of God, an adornment that beautifies you to your friends and your enemies alike."

Love and following of the Messenger of Allah is incumbent upon all believers. It is reported that the Messenger of God (peace & blessings be upon him) said, “None of you truly believe until I have become more beloved to him than his father, his children and all of humankind.” This love engenders sincerity in our efforts to follow the Prophet's example, facilitates the application of his teachings in our daily lives, and enables us to remain steadfast in walking on his straight path everyday. In this class, we cover one of the great works on the “fiqh of taqwa” — how to truly follow the way of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in knowledge, beliefs, and operationalizing mindfulness of Allah (taqwa). It is by means of this indispensable knowledge that we may draw closer to Allah Most High, by following the example of the Messenger of God (peace & blessings be upon him), and treading the path to felicity that he has laid out for us and calls us to. This book is taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani who received it from his teachers with a chain of transmission returning to the author, may Allah have mercy on them all. Included are sections on knowledge, innovation, following the book and sunna, and an extensive breakdown on the unlawful traits of the heart, how to recognize them, their causes, and their cures.

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## The Revival Circle - Summary of Ghazali's Ihya

Covering a summary of Imam Ghazali’s Revival of the Islamic Sciences. Join us this session where we will start this great series from the very beginning. We will cover the Books of (1) Knowledge, (2) Faith, and (3) Purity

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## Worship: Shurunbulali’s Maraqi al-Falah Sharh Nur al-Idah

This course covers an extensive commentary on the ﬁqh of worship, Imam Shurunbulali’s Maraqi al-Falah on the five acts of worship written by one of the authorities of the Hanafi school of law. It also discusses key legal details not found in shorter works, in addition to legal differences and reasoning, serving to improve the student’s understanding of the subject and how to improve their worship of the Divine.

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## Worship: Tumurtashi's Tanwir al-Absar - Level Four Hanafi Fiqh

This is an upper-intermediate to advanced class in Hanafi fiqh.The goal of the class is to begin the journey of gaining mastery of the fiqh details of the Hanafi school. It includes the study of the meta-matn (Tanwir al-Absar) which 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 (Radd al-Muhtar).

• 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

## 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

## Hadith: Ibn Abi Jamra's Mukhtasar Sahih al-Bukhari

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## The Revival Circle

Covering a summary of Imam Ghazali’s Revival of the Islamic Sciences. Join us this session where we will start this great series from the very beginning. We will cover the Books of (1) Knowledge, (2) Faith, and (3) Purity

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

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

#### 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

## Usul al-Fiqh: Aqhisari's Samt al-Wusul

• Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

## The Book of Assistance for Youth

Course OverviewThe Book of Assistance by the great master Imam al-Haddad is vital for gaining spiritual and practical guidance, ultimately forming a balanced understanding of ...

Course Overview

The Book of Assistance by the great master Imam al-Haddad is vital for gaining spiritual and practical guidance, ultimately forming a balanced understanding of life. It connects the outward with the inward; carefully guiding us through pitfalls and mishaps, so that we may be of those who are protected and guided on the straight path.

An individual’s relationship with Allah in the early years of adolescence is one of the most important phases of a person’s journey on the path. At the heart of the human-divine relationship is Divine love. Divine love and nearness is the pinnacle of all success and happiness.The purpose of all human beings in reality is to attain this nearness to the Divine and to gain gnosis [ma’rifah]. At times this requires an action of the heart, and at other times it requires a physical act, like prayer.

Sometimes what is required is more subtle, like reflection. The pleasure that is derived from the materialistic world is limited and also short lived. However, the spiritual pleasure that one gains through learning and realization, and acting upon one’s knowledge is something that will be eternally savored.

This course is essential for Muslim youth in order to learn and acquire a foundation to their spiritual growth. Attaining a pure heart is the single most important asset that one gains from this abode.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## Keys to Spiritual Vitality: Ghazali’s Letter to a Disciple

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

## Beliefs and Logic: the Sanusiyya and Isaghuji

The Art of Logic is a vital instrument for anyone who seeks to form accurate defintions and draw sound conclusions; and for centuries, a rigorous study of Logic has been an essential aspect of traditional Islamic studies all across the Muslim world. Scholars utilized Logic as an argumentation technique in crafting their opinions, a verification method in examining concepts and judgements, a structuring tool in writing their manuals and primers and a metacognition approach in understanding reasoning and thought processes.

For the past eight hundred years, Īsāghūjī by Imam Athīr al-Dīn al-Abharī (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) has been the most popular foundational Logic primer in traditional Islamic madrasas. It provides students with the necessary basic principles and introduces them to the key terminologies and methodologies of Logic.

This course takes students in a step-by-step journey through this indispensible text exploring the the rise of Logic in the Muslim world and its relationship to Islamic sciences, uncovering the rationale behind the incorporation of Logic within the structure of traditional texts and most importantly, and illustrating in simple terms the elementry rules and ideas of this curcial art.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## An Introduction to the Science of Hadith

Course Overview

All of the various Islamic Sciences and our very understanding of Islam itself rely on revelation. The broad ḥadith corpus, along with the Qur'ān, are the two main sources of that revelation from Allāh (Exalted is He). Understanding the importance and role of reports from the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), the great scholars of our intellectual tradition not only strove to collect said reports but also to investigate the authenticity of any given ḥadīth. They understood the importance, power, and dangers associated with claiming that the Prophet said or did any particular thing. Therefore, they built out a sophisticated edifice and critical apparatus with many subfields that we now refer to as, Ḥadith Studies.

This course introduces the student to the basic technical terms and categorizations associated with Ḥadith Studies. Beyond that the student will be introduced to the core questions investigated in the field, as well as the critical method employed by ḥadīth scholars in testing a given report’s authenticity. Finally, the course aims to highlight the importance and place of Ḥadith Studies in the greater framework of the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand and conceptualize core technical terms in Ḥadīth Studies,

2. Have a firm grasp of the scope of Ḥadīth Studies and the basic critical tools used when investigating a report’s authenticity

3. Have an overall understanding of what various subfields a scholar of ḥadīth must navigate and be trained in.

## Worship for Youth

Course SummaryThis course is an introduction to understanding fasting and zakat, which are the third and fourth pillars of Islam. Young Muslims will be instructed on all the necessary matters pertaining to these incredibly important obligations which are of the greatest means in gaining clo...

Course Summary

This course is an introduction to understanding fasting and zakat, which are the third and fourth pillars of Islam. Young Muslims will be instructed on all the necessary matters pertaining to these incredibly important obligations which are of the greatest means in gaining closeness to Allah (The Exalted). This course will teach young Muslims the virtues, merits, conditions, and integrals of these pillars.

It will cover the essentials to perform the fast and pay zakat. The course will be presented in such a way that it will include the virtues of the actions and penetrate the deep spiritual dimensions of the acts. It will include, the types of fasts and what is a sound fast that is accepted and what is not.

The Zakat sections will cover the minimum amount of wealth before zakat is required (nisab) and who must pay zakat. A clear explanation will be given on how to calculate one’s zakat, whom to pay it to, who is exempt, and who may receive it. As young Muslims may be first-time learners of this subject, careful consideration has been given on how to present the material in an effective manner that engages the younger generation.

Recommended reading: Ascent to Felicity  by shaykh Faraz Khan

Learning Outcomes

• Understand how to fast - the rules and prophetic practices.
• Understand and apply the principles of zakat
• Learn the common mistakes in fasting and zakat
• Learn key verses and narrations on the subject which will
• An introduction to understanding primary texts
• Learn and memorize key terms related to the subjects in jurisprudence (fiqh)

• Imam Yama Niazi