Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
I live in Western Australia and there’s a lack of a strong Muslim community compared to somewhere like London, UK. As a young Muslim woman with almost no friends, I’m struggling as I’ve begun to have this excitement to seek knowledge, but where I live, it’s tough. And I have many questions and situations I’d like a sheikh/sheikha to help me with, but I’m all alone.
What should I do? When I’m at the masjid (which is rare as I have no license), should I find the imam? If so, how do I approach it? I wish I could move to London, but that’s not feasible.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
The first thing you should seek out is a community, practicing Muslim companions, and an Islamic scholar as a teacher (either in person or virtual).
Secondly, sit with the scholar and plan out a curriculum of things to study: a step-by-step program to follow. After that, strive to take a consistent and manageable amount of study daily, coupled with constant revision.
Lastly, make lots of supplication (du’a) to Allah Most High that He increase you in knowledge.
Consider using SeekersGuidance’s online platform to assist you in this regard.
Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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 beliefs, 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.