Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Asalaamu Alaikum
I have 2 questions in regards to courses offered at SeekersGuidance.
1. I am currently enrolled in the Islamic Law for Seekers Course part -1. I have a tendency to have waswasa (baseless misgivings) when it comes to matters of cleanliness in istinja, wudu, ghusl etc. Through gaining knowledge from reading the answers on qiblah answers and your website, and consulting with my local Imam, Alhemdulilah I have been able to overcome waswasa to a great extent. However, I am prone to being meticulous when it comes to cleanliness. Based on my situation, would it still be beneficial for me to take this course as it covers the topics of purification, impure water etc? Will it help me in fighting my remaining waswasa or could it lead me into getting into more waswasa regarding these matters?
2. This is the very first time, I have signed up on seekers guidance and I do not know what the course load will be like. I still want to enrol in “The Marvels of the Heart” course, but I am not sure if I’ll be able to handle it. Typically how long are lectures? And can you please tell me when is the next time this course will be offered? This way I can decide if I should enrol in it now or wait until the next one.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
(1) Knowledge empowers when taken and subsequently applied in the right way. You’ll benefit from the class if you listen attentively, ask any relevant questions, and then act on the knowledge as instructed. The sunna in matters of purification is to leave caution– but this understanding is learnt from Prophetic inheritors, not simply applied as per one’s whims.
(2) Do what you can reasonably sustain. Study step by step; a little taken and absorbed is far superior to much ignored. The sunna is to be gradual and consistent.
May Allah grant you every success in this world and the Next.
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani