Term 3 at SeekersGuidance kicked off with a brilliant student assembly on Saturday, September 7th EST. Read more and watch the recordings below.
Knowledge is About Struggle
Dean of Academics, Shaykh Rami Nsour, shared some gems on the need for struggle in pursuing knowledge.
“As a seeker, whether you’re just beginning your journey
or whether you’re continuing on your journey,
whether this is your first exposure to studying with us at SeekersGuidance,
whether you’re a returning student,
whether you’ll continue to study with us at SeekersGuidance or
whether you’ll continue on study overseas with someone locally,
as long as you are a seeker of knowledge, realize that there will be struggles.”
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Founder and Executive Director of SeekersGuidance, then shared some priceless and inspiring stories of his teachers and fellow seekers and their commitment to seeking knowledge.
“This is the Prophetic Inheritance. When we’re connecting with it, this is what will give you life, and is the means for the true life, the spiritual life: living under the light of Allah subhanaHu wa ta’ala.”
The six concerns of sincere seekers mentioned by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani were:
1. Commitment to Knowledge – A story from Shaykh Adib Kallas, reading his books in the dark except for the light of the smallest lantern
2. Living the Knowledge gained – A story from Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri, despite being bed-ridden, insisting on giving his guests their due rights
3. Consistancy in Knowledge – Shaykh Nuh Keller, who in 15 years of study only missed 2 classes of hadith with his teacher
4. Concern and dedication to knowledge – Mufti Mahmoud Ashraf who despite being advised to rest from reading, when given a book he had not read before he excitedly kept it under his pillow for reading
5. Walk with knowledge –Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish, who would constantly recite the poetry of Ilm even when walking in the marketplace
6. True commitment – Shaykh Isam Eido states “A student of knowledge who studies for less than 10 hours a day is not REALLY a student of knowledge.”
A question and answer session followed.