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

Level: two Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf Weltch Course Overview 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. ...

### Course Overview

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.

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.

### Who is this course for?

• 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

### Learning Outcomes:

• 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.

### 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

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

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

### 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

## 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.

• 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
• 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 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 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
• 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
• 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 Faraz Rabbani
• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
• Faraz Rabbani

## 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
• 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

## The Perfection of the Chosen One

Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview 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 huma...

### Course Overview

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 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.

### Learning Outcomes :

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

• Increase in love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

• Describe his blessed physical features.

• Gain insight into his noble character.

• Recognize his perfection.

• Learn about his beautiful habits in everyday life.

• Draw close to Allah Most High.

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 on 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 as conducting programs in local communities/ masjids in North America.

He is married and has 3 children.

• Imam Yama Niazi

## 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.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
• 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
• 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 bin Hasan ould 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 3 course. At least one class in spirituality should be taken from level one or two as a prerequisite.

### 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 Essentials of Belief for Muslim Youth: Necessary Knowledge to Practice Islam

Level: One Instructor: Imam Yama Niazi Course Overview This is the first and most essential course in Level One of the Islamic Studies Youth Curriculum. The main purpose of this course is to teach Youth the...

### Course Overview

This is the first and most essential course in Level One of the Islamic Studies Youth Curriculum.

The main purpose of this course is to teach Youth the necessary matters related to faith or creed.  It is an obligation to learn about God and His Prophets and matters related to the hereafter and the unseen. Without this important class, one is unable to recognize and distinguish between sound faith or a corrupt creed. In this course, the focus is to teach the core beliefs that all Muslims must hold on to, and align their hearts and minds with. The concepts covered in this course include knowledge of the divine and the purpose of life.

Correct understanding of our faith is the most important duty for our youth to understand. This course provides all the necessary elements of knowledge which lead one to correct beliefs and a sound heart. It also solves some of the doubts that youth have about God and faith. This course is instrumental in establishing a strong foundation in religion.

This course is primarily based on the Hadith of Jibreel. It is not based on a particular text. It is supplemented by other commentaries which aid in clarifying the deeper angles of creed for a beginner. The Hadith of Jibreel is very comprehensive and articulate. It covers major aspects of the Islamic faith. It is short yet full of rich meanings. It is a hadith you must connect to and live by for all your life.

Who is This Course For?

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

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in knowing the basic tenets of faith concerning God, Prophets, Angels, Revelation, the Hereafter, and Destiny.

• 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 foundations of the Islamic faith.

• Connect to their faith in a confident manner.

• Gain clarity on the purpose of existence.

• Distinguish between sound creed and disbelief.

• Develop an awareness of the consequences of their actions.

• Identify the difference between revelation and intellect.

### Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Three Branches

Lesson 2: Existence of Allah

Lesson 3: The Messengers

Lesson 4: The Angels and Jinn

Lesson 5: The Last Day

Lesson 6: Destiny

Lesson 7: Hell

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.Live on Su...

### 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.Live on Thursd...

### 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.

• 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.Live on ...

### 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.

• 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.

• 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 based ...

### 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.

• 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.

## 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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## 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 Zayn...

### 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 crafts 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

## 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.

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• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## 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
• Faraz Rabbani

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

Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview Imam al-Damanhuri’s commentary, Idah al-Mubham, on al-Sullam al-Munawwaraq of Imam al-Abhari is a traditional versified primer to the study of Logic. Students will study logic beginning with the study of words and ...

### Course Overview

Imam al-Damanhuri’s commentary, Idah al-Mubham, on al-Sullam al-Munawwaraq of Imam al-Abhari is a traditional versified primer to the study of Logic. Students will study logic beginning with the study of words and how they indicate meanings, definitions, propositional reasoning, and deduction.

This commentary unpacks the terse expressions of the poem and makes accessible the study of logic; a necessary prerequisite to intermediate and higher studies in the Islamic Sciences and Islamic Theology in particular.

### Learning Outcomes

• Understand how words indicate meanings

• Recall key definitions

• Understand propositional reasoning

• Understand deductive reasoning

• Interpret works of writing and detect errors in them

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

## 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

## 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

## 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.

## 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

## 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

Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi is a doctoral candidate at Ibn Haldun University. At the university’s Islamic Studies department, he specializes in Ḥadīth Studies, with a particular focus on the epistemological framework used in the technical study of ḥadīth. In parallel with his academic studies at the university, Mohammed has been a long-time student of the Islamic Sciences in traditional educational circles. To that end, he has spent years studying in Damascus (Syria), Cairo (Egypt), Tarim (Yemen), and most recently, Istanbul (Turkey). He is also a graduate of Sultan Ahmet Madrasa’s “IKAN,” program, which focuses on Islamic theology (Kalām). Mohammed holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in applied linguistics (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language), as well as a certificate in Manuscript Editing from Istanbul’s main Islamic Research institution, ISAM.

Shaykh Mohammed currently teaches courses in Islamic Theology (Kalām) and Ḥadīth Studies for SeekersGuidance and resides with his family in Istanbul

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
• 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