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Why Is the Prophet’s Character Described as Being Tremendous?

Why Is the Prophet’s Character Described as Being Tremendous?.

Coming Soon..Mercy Islamic Tutoring

Coming Soon..Mercy Islamic Tutoring.

Coming Soon..Mercy Islamic Tutoring

Have you converted Islam and are now confused? Not sure what you should be studying and how? Just feel lost?

Coming Soon..Mercy Islamic Tutoring an educational online learning service that is actively engaged in helping the Muslim convert to learn the foundational principles of Islam in a guided manner. By following the example of the beloved Prophet (sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and those who followed him.

Coming Soon..Mercy Islamic Tutoring

Coming Soon..Mercy Islamic Tutoring an educational online learning service that is actively engaged in helping the Muslim convert to learn the foundational principles of Islam in a guided manner,by following the example of the beloved Prophet (sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and those who followed him.

My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought – Faraz Rabbani

My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought – Faraz Rabbani

My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought
By: Faraz Rabbani

While growing up, fathers can seem rather annoying to their children. My father didn’t really seem to do all that much, but expected all these seemingly unreasonable things from me. Why, I’d wonder, why?

Now, with children of my own, my father seems a much smarter parent than I thought he was. Maybe he was on to something.

It would annoy me to no end, especially when I was in high school and later in college, that anyone who was home was expected to have lunch and dinner — and on weekends, breakfast — with the family. Non-presence was a non-option.

We had been raised to listen to our parents, and this expectation would be enforced without recourse to any disciplining (besides the fatherly frown when my sister or I tried to opt out).

It would annoy me to no end that there was usually no opting out of less-than-exciting “family outings,” some of which were just bland trips to boring uncle-types with their predictable conversations (and, yes, great food).

It would annoy me to no end that the entire family was normally expected to go on “family shopping trips” for nothing more exciting than buying the weekly groceries.

Some other things weren’t so annoying, but they didn’t seem related to good parenting in any way — at least back then.

My father, known to both friends and family as a lover of good food, would take great delight in “cooking once a week” to give my mother a break. Of course, not being known to know how to break an egg, or for that matter, how to turn on a gas stove, this meant that he would take the family out for a meal at a restaurant — usually one he’d discovered the week before during one of his business lunches.

My father and I were also members of the Madrid Cricket Club, and in the summer months, much of our Sundays would be spent on the cricket field with the rest of the family, including my grandmother, in attendance.

In all these activities, I thought my father was just being annoying, unreasonable, or, in the case of the restaurant trips, just doing what he himself wanted to do. But these activities were really examples of concerned parenting.

As children grow up, there is an increasing tendency for them to drift away from their parents. Activities, such as those my father was so insistent upon, keep strong bonds between parents and children. This is particularly true when certain activities are done on a regular basis.

Studies indicate that children from families that engage in such regular activities are far more likely to be emotionally balanced and successful in life.

So my father was on to something, I guess.

Recognizing Our Parents’ Efforts

It is a central Islamic virtue to be thankful to one’s parents, for everything they have done and continue to do for us. Allah Most High says,

“And We have charged man concerning his parents — his mother bore him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning was in two years — Be thankful to Me, and to thy parents; to Me is the homecoming.” (Qur’an, 31:14) Thankfulness arises from recognizing another’s favor upon one. Allah emphasizes in the above verse that, like Allah’s favor, the favor of one’s parents simply cannot be repaid. After all, they were the reason for our existence and took care of us when we were helpless.

This recognition of parental favor entails both being thankful for what our parents did for us and also to learn from their positive points. It isn’t easy being a parent in these rushed times — where so many matters vie for our precious hours and minutes. But few matters are more important than our precious children and their proper upbringing. There are invariably positive lessons we can learn from in how our parents raised us.
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So, what about our parents’ mistakes? Inevitably, they must have made at least a few. They must have failed, erred, or even been wrong or unjust in some way or the other. A believer looks at the faults of others — even their own parents — as lessons they can learn from, for a believer seeks nothing but benefit in this life. Thus, one shouldn’t think ill of one’s parents because of some (or many) shortcomings they may have. Rather, we learn from their failings as we learn from their strengths; and we should beware of the same tendencies and traits being manifest in us. Finally, we should remain ever-thankful to our parents, because we owe them our very life.

Yes, my father wasn’t quite a perfect parent, but he was certainly a concerned parent who did many things that I could learn from.

Originally published in Islamica Magazine.

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Winter 2011 Session Starts Jan. 24. Register NOW! The New SeekersGuidance Newsletter is Out. Check out the new design, take a course, and suggest to others

SeekersGuidance Courses Winter 2011

Dear Seeker,

Since its introduction to the course catalog, this 12-week course on Islamic parenting has consistently proved our most popular, and it’s not difficult to see why. First, the myriad of contemporary opinions on the subject of parenting available to English-speaking Muslims was confusing, to say the least. Muslim parents would often find themselves asking what action would be most pleasing to Allah, and struggling to find clear answers amongst all of the sources.

Second, as Muslims, we realise the immense blessing that the opportunity to raise the next generation of believers is. Imparting children with God-consciousness, sound values, and proper manners is a trust from Allah, and therefore should not be taken lightly.

This course offers parents and guardians parenting advice based on the Qur’an and the Prophetic example (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Students study the classical text on Islamic parenting (Simt al-`Uqyan) by Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Ramli, one of the leading authorities of the Shafi`i school in the tenth century AH, and its commentary by the Yemeni scholar Shaykh Abdullah ibn Ahmad Basudan. They will learn how to:

* Inculcate Islamic manners and the Prophetic character in their children
* Provide children with sound Islamic education
* Raise a spiritual child who loves Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him)
* Protect one’s children from negative influences, and
* Discipline children when necessary

Our course instructors — Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed — are currently raising and home-schooling their own three children in Toronto, Canada, and are therefore in the best position to address contemporary issues and challenges facing Muslim parents and educators in the West. Final lessons of this course will focus on this practical aspect of parenting. Highly recommended for those with children, those expecting a child, or those considering having children.

TESTIMONIAL: “I love the method of instruction and the live sessions Q&A opportunity and especially the forums. I was also able to use all of the material given as references including all the reading and viewing material (articles, video and audio, etc.) even after the course ended. Also the ability to download, and low cost.” (Fall 2009 Student)

Money Matters Islamic Finance in Everyday Life

Sh. Faraz Rabbani  ·  12 downloadable lessons  ·  3 live sessions

This course is intended for all adult Muslims who want to ensure that their daily financial dealings are legitimate and pleasing to Allah Most High. This unique course is based on both classical and contemporary texts, such as Mufti Taqi Usmani’s Islamic Finance: An Introduction. Students will acquaint themselves with the basic principles of Islamic finance; several contemporary issues will be covered as well, such as investing in financial securities and Shariah-compliant financing.
Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship

Sh. Faraz Rabbani  ·  12 downloadable lessons  ·  3 live sessions

This course covers the fundamentals of the religion that all believers are obligated to know and practice: sound beliefs, valid purification and prayer, zakat, fasting, and the key principles related to one’s life and dealings. The course is based on Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s The Absolute Essentials of Islam. The course covers the basics of the religion in an approachable and practical format, making it an ideal course for new Muslims and all those wishing to learn how to perfect their faith and religious practice.
Prophetic Conduct: Islamic Manners in Everyday Life

Sh. Faraz Rabbani  ·  12 downloadable lessons  ·  3 live sessions

“What would the Prophet do?” That is a question we often ask ourselves, but sometimes the answer is not clear to us. This course provides important and insightful glimpses into the Prophet’s inspirational personality and manners, empowering students to build their own Islamic manners by attempting to emulate that of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The course is an explanation and contextualization of Shaykh `Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah’s influential and celebrated book Islamic Manners.

Join us this Winter!

We are pleased to offer classes in Arabic, Guidance, Qur’an, Beliefs, Spirituality, and Law.
View our Course Catalog for more details.

SeekersGuidance – A class for serious seekers: Dars Maraqi al-Falah – Mastering the Fiqh of Worship according to the Hanafi school – with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – Blog

Mastering Worship

Dars Maraqi al-Falah

درس مراقي الفلاح

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For seekers of knowledge who have covered at least two complete texts in the fiqh of worship, and who know Arabic, Mastering Worship will be covering Imam Shurunbulali’sMaraqi al-Falah in full, with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The commentary (Maraqi al-Falah) will be read in Arabic, and explain in both Arabic and English, through twice a week live online lessons. The lessons will be recorded for those unable to attend live.

There will be an online forum for QA, discussion, and for related texts & resources. [The pdf of the commentary, Tahtawi’s hashiya, and other important works will be provided.]

The goal of the class is simple: to master the fiqh details of the chapters on worship (purification, prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj). We define “mastery” as thorough understanding of the text itself, its legal reasoning, and key details. Fiqh is deep knowledge, with understanding of nuances and implications.

The purpose in this mastery is to seek the pleasure of Allah, through benefitting oneself and others by preserving, acting upon, and transmitting this noble Prophetic inheritance.

The means to mastery would be through understanding of eight matters related to the text:

1. Tawdih (clarification of the text, in expression and indication)

2. Taqyid (conditioning the text, where essential conditions are needed)

3. Tafsil (detailing the text, where essential details are needed)

4. Taswir (describing the text’s issues, through practical examples)

5. Taq`id (clarifying the legal principles the text’s issues are based on or entail)

6. Tafri` (giving the important derived rulings, classical and contemporary, that a serious seeker must know)

7. Ta`lil (understanding the legal reasoning and wisdom underlying the text’s rulings)

8. Tadlil (understanding the legal proofs for the rulings of the text)

The expectations from the students would be to:

1. Prepare for the class, by [a] thorough reading of the matn; [b] careful reading of the commentary–with focus on the legal details and 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 reference works, commentaries, and other complete works on the fiqh of worship. (This is not an expectation. Students are welcome to email the instructor for advice on this.)

2. Attend the class, with [a] attentiveness, through cutting out distractions (no surfing, messaging, texting, etc); [b] participation when the instructor asks questions; [c] asking questions, from their preparation or from things unclear in the text or the instructor’s explanations.

3. Review of the class notes and text. Research of issues that arise is encouraged, and asking questions regarding things that remain unclear is essential. The more you can keepreviewing the text (especially the matn), the better. Test yourself, by checking whether you remember the key details. Diagramming the text helps.

4. 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 good Arabic writing practice.

5. 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).

6. 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.

The class coordinator is Sidi Abdullatif al-Amin (abdullatif@seekersguidance.org) at SeekersGuidance (www.SeekersGuidance.org), which is hosting this semi-private class. The class will cover the text as a whole. It is being taught as an ongoing dars (twice a week), and we expect it to take 12-15 months to complete. There is a suggested class fee of US$180 per 24 classes. The classes will be held on Sunday and Tuesday nights at 11 pm Eastern time (8 pm Pacific; 4 am UK, Monday and Wednesday mornings; 6 am Amman, Monday and Wednesday mornings). Class registration is currently open (email abdullatif@seekersguidance.org, with some information about yourself and your Islamic educational background). First classes begin on Sunday, November 28th, 2010, insha’Allah.

And Allah alone gives success

SeekersGuidance – A class for serious seekers: Dars Maraqi al-Falah – Mastering the Fiqh of Worship according to the Hanafi school – with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – Blog.