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Ramadan 2020 Reminders | Episode 1: One Less Samosa – Dr Yusuf Patel

Food is one of the greatest gifts that God has given humankind. However, as with most things in life, an excess of food is inimical to the physical and spiritual states of human beings. Let us not waste our arduous struggles of fasting through the act of gluttony.

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Bring Prophetic Light into Your Homes | Ramadan 2020 Welcome Message with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Executive Director) welcomes you to this Ramadan and invites you to take advantage of SeekersGuidance’s offerings during this blessed month. Join us from the comfort of your own homes and help to spread prophetic light and clarity within our communities.

This Ramadan, SeekersGuidance—the Global Islamic Seminary—is offering a rich range of daily classes, giving much-needed clarity and inspiration in these confusing times. We have over a dozen classes with scholars from around the world streamed live; view the full schedule and tune in daily at https://www.seekersguidance.org/live.

Some examples of our structured learning and inspiring religious guidance in Ramadan include the launch of our Complete Qur’an Tafsir with Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat, the daily Ramadan Rejuvenation at SeekersGuidance Canada, and other daily classes from scholars around the globe.

We have also launched our SeekersGuidance Open Courses with clear learning streams for Islamic studies, Youth Islamic Studies, Learning Arabic and On-Demand Courses on a range of topics. To register visit: www.seekersguidance.org/courses

This series was brought to you by SeekersGuidance. SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary offers online courses from beginners to advanced, with qualified scholars, completely free.

 

10 On-Demand Courses for Ramadan

We are blessed to reach another Ramadan. Let’s make the best use of our time. These On-Demand courses will help you to focus and get maximum benefits from this month of the Qur’an.

Each course contains a downloadable lesson set which you can listen to at your convenience.

1. Preparing for Ramadan: Lessons and Advice from Leading Scholars

This series of lessons by various scholars revolves around Sura al Baqara 2:183.

“Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may have taqwa.”

Each scholar unfolds the meanings of this and related verses, the practical aspects, and the hidden spiritual depths and heights one is called to attain in the blessed month of Ramadan.
Central to it all is Allah’s call to love Him and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Scholars included in this course: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Zaid Shakir, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Habib Umar ibn Hafiz, Shaykh Rami Nsour, Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali, Ustadh Abdullah Misra, Ustadh Ali Ataie, Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf, Shaykh Ahmed Saad al Azhari, Habib Muhammad al Saqqaf, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Shaykh Qutaiba Albluwi, Ustadha Umm Umar

2. Renewal by the Book: Daily Qur’an Tafsir Based on Imam Ghazali’s Ihya

In this series, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other scholars and teachers will be looking at points of reflection from key verses in the Qur’an. The series follows the thematic order of Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Din (Renewing the Religious Sciences). The aim is to connect the key verses of guidance from the Book of Allah with the blueprint of renewal, the Ihya so that we experience renewal by The Book.

3. Renewing Religion: Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya

This overview of Imam Ghazali’s great work, Ihya Ulum al-Din (Renewing the Religious Sciences) will serve as a blueprint for how the believer can bring their religion to life. It will aim to help the believer to not just practice the outer form of the religion properly, but to also to bring its spirit to life and practice it with excellence.

Lessons by: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Riad Saloojee, Shaykh Walead Mosaad, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

4. 30 Sacred Acts to Transform the Heart

Our scholars in residence explore 30 simple deeds that could have a far-reaching spiritual impact on our lives – and the lives of others. Whether it’s forgiving someone who’s wronged us or sharing a meal with a neighbor, these powerful lessons will remind us of the great gift the Prophet ﷺ‎ gave us: the best of character. The scholars also remind us to make the intention to put each teaching, each sacred act, into practice.

Lessons by: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes, Shaykh Walead Mosaad, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Imam Amin Muhammad, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Dr. Ingrid Mattson

5. Giving Life to Surat al Kahf – Shaykh Walead Mosaad

In this seminar, Shaykh Walead Mosaad explains this key Sura of the Qur’an – a Sura the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, urged us to recite every Friday. In eight videos Shaykh Walead explains the key lessons of Sura Kahf; the four great stories in it and the four great tests they represent – the tests of faith, wealth, knowledge, and power.

6. Ramadan Explained: Virtues and Fiqh of Fasting (Hanafi) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

This preparation course teaches the fiqh of Ramadan and fasting, according to the Hanafi school.

This essential four-part course is designed to

    1. Remind you that Ramadan is a true blessing from Allah Most High.
    2. Teach you the proper way to approach this blessing.
    3. Motivate you to make the most of this blessed month.
    4. Ensure that you understand and implement all key aspects of Ramadan, including the Prophetic sunnas according to the Hanafi school.

7. Ramadan Explained: Virtues and Fiqh of Fasting (Shafi‘i) – Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

This preparation course teaches the fiqh of Ramadan and fasting according to the Shafi‘i school.

This essential four-part course is designed to:

    1. Remind you that Ramadan is a true blessing from Allah Most High.
    2. Teach you the proper way to approach this blessing.
    3. Motivate you to make the most of this blessed month.
    4. Ensure that you understand and implement all the key aspects of Ramadan, including the Prophetic sunnas according to the Shafi‘i school.

8. Ramadan Explained: Virtues and Fiqh of Fasting (Maliki) – Shaykh Rami Nsour

This preparation course teaches the fiqh of Ramadan and fasting according to the Maliki school.

This essential four-part course is designed to:

    1. Remind you that Ramadan is a true blessing from Allah Most High.
    2. Teach you the proper way to approach this blessing.
    3. Motivate you to make the most of this blessed month.
    4. Ensure that you understand and implement all the key aspects of Ramadan, including the Prophetic sunnas according to the Maliki school.

9. The Tafsir of Sura al-Hujurat with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Religion revolves around respect and reverence. Sura Hujurat summarizes the keys to true religion by outlining the right adab with Allah, His Messenger (peace be upon him), and with Allah’s creation. In just 18 verses, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives believers a clear roadmap on how to walk the Straight Path with excellence in conduct and attitude.

10. Living the Quran: Ghazali’s Manners of Qur’an Recital with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this lesson set Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will guide students through Imam al Ghazali’s work on the adab of the Qur’an and aims to inspire the student to bring the book of Allah into their life fully.

 


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Preparing and Dealing with COVID-19 – SeekersGuidance Reader

coronavirus COVID 19

The current Covid-19 pandemic has caused anxiety, fear and chaos across the globe. Many countries have declared state of emergencies with national lock downs in order to contain the transmission of the virus. The lives of millions of people have have come to a standstill. Some people are confused of how to go about their daily activities whilst others are going through existential crises. At this critical time it is important that Muslims have access to sound knowledge which will be able to prepare them for the practical, theological and religious complexities they many face due to the physical, psychological and social effects of Covid-19. Below you will find links to an array of videos, podcasts and articles which will help prepare you to deal and navigate this confusing and uncertain time of Covid-19.

Videos:

Fortifying Faith in an Age of Faithlessness – Dr. Ali Ataie

Why We Suffer: Understanding the Problem of Evil, Tribulations & Suffering – Shaykh Hamza Karamali & Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Tribulations from a Faith Perspective – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Tribulation and Ease – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf:

Understanding Evil: Why Does Allah Allow Suffering – Shaykh Omar Qureshi

Can I Perform Friday Prayer at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic? – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Guidance on COVID19 (Part 1) – Mufti Taha Karaan

Guidance on COVID19 (Part 2) – Mufti Taha Karaan

Guidance on COVID19 (Part 3) – Mufti Taha Karaan

Guidance on COVID19 (Part 4) – Mufti Taha Karaan

Coronavirus Lessons From Its Butterfly Effect – Shaykh Sadullah Khan

17 Benefits of Tribulation – By Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

 

Podcasts:

Tribulations from a Faith Perspective – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Believers and Tribulations: Faith Entails Being Ambassadors of Mercy with Certitude and Contentment – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Tests and Tribulations Are Blessings: The Divine Promise That We Will Be Tested, Explained – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Dealing with the Coronavirus – Mufti Taha Karaan

 

Articles:

Counsel For Students of Knowledge Regarding COVID19 – Dr. Hisham A. Hellyer

The Shafiʿi School On Friday Prayer and Congregational Prayer During Epidemics

The Believer, Futuwwa, & Times of Crisis – Shaykh Salman Younas

Prophetic Guidance in Times of Tribulations – Habib Umar

Are Diseases Contagious?

Concepts of Health and Disease within an Islamic Framework – by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Protection From Disease – Habib Umar

Poem : COVID19 – By Novid Shaid

The Shafiʿi School On Friday Prayer and Congregational Prayer During Epidemics

The Shafiʿi School On Friday and Congregational Prayer During Epidemics by Shaykh Muhammad Salim Buhayrī al-Shafiʿi

Translated By Moulana Zakariyya Harnekar

All Praise is due to Allah and Blessings and Salutations upon our Master, the Messenger of Allah.

These are some points in Fiqh pertaining to the calamity of the coronavirus (covid-19)—may Allah keep it away from the land and the people, and remove its evil—.

The fear of being infected by the coronavirus is a valid excuse to abstain from Jumuʿah and daily congregational prayers. Shafiʿi jurists have stated clearly that fear for the life, limb or use of limb of an innocent person is one of the valid excuses for abstaining from congregational prayers: The fear of being infected by this virus falls within this category.

When this fear becomes prevalent in a city, it cancels the obligation of Jumu’ah for the residents of that city. Imam Shihab al-Din al-Ramli issued a fatwa, with the concurrence of his son Imam Shams al-Din al-Ramli, to the effect that Jumuʿah falls away when an excuse becomes prevalent in a locality.

He was asked: “When a mitigating factor like heavy rain comes to encompass an entire locality, does Jumuʿah fall away for the residents of that place, or not?” He responded: “Jumuʿah falls away for the residents of a place in which the aforementioned excuse is prevalent.”

Hence, the option that some countries have taken of temporarily suspending Jumuʿah and the daily congregational prayers is one that poses no problem in terms of the Shariʿah.

It might of course be maintained that precautions can be taken by having worshippers at a distance from each other, not shaking hands and praying on individual prayer mats; or that the mosque’s carpets could be continuously sterilized, whilst upholding the congregational prayer with a small group; and that difficulty does not absolve one of what can easily be done.

In theory, this is not incorrect. However, in reality, it would be impossible to prevent people from mixing and shaking hands and to force them to bring their own prayer mats.

Anyone in a city where the congregational prayer has been suspended should not deprive himself of attaining its virtue. It is recommended for him to establish the congregation with his family by praying with his wife and children at home. By doing this, they will attain the virtue of congregational prayer by the Will of Allah.

In this respect Imam al-Nawawi said in al-Rawḍa: “If a man prays in his home with his friend, wife or child, he will attain the virtue of congregational prayer.”

Whoever is in a city where Jumuʿah prayers have been suspended should pray Dhuhr. It is not permissible for him to follow an imam via an electronic medium of broadcasting such as a television.

It is recommended to recite the Qunut for calamities in salah, supplicating thereby to Allah to remove the epidemic from us.

Its place in salah is in the iʿtidal of the last rakʿah after saying “Rabbana wa laka l-ḥamd”. One should then recite the supplication: “Allahumma ihdina fi man hadayta…,” and call upon Allah to remove the epidemic.

This is equally recommended for the person praying individually or in congregation, male or female.

I ask Allah to remove from us all epidemics and evils.

Muhammad Salim Buhayri al-Shafiʿi


الحمد لله، والصّلاة والسّلامُ على سيّدنا رسول الله، أمّا بعدُ؛
فهذا فقهيّات تتعلّق بنازلة «كورونا»، صرف الله عن البلاد والعباد وشرَّها.
مخافة الإصابة بفيروس «كورونا» = عذرٌ مُبيحٌ للتخلف عن الجُمَعِ والجماعاتِ، فقد نصَّ الشافعيّة على أنه من أعذارِ التخلف عن الجماعة: الخوف على معصومٍ من نفسٍ أو عضوٍ أو منفعته، ومخافة الإصابة بهذا الفيروس من هذا القبيل.
إذا عمّ هذا الخوفُ بلدةً .. كان مُسقطًا لوجوبِ الجمعة على أهلها، فقد أفتى الشهابُ الرَّمليُّ، وتابَعُهُ ولدُهُ الشمسُ الرمليُّ، أنَّ العُذرَ إذا عمَّ محلَّة .. سقطت عنهم الجمعة، فقد سئل: «سئل عما لو عَمَّ عذرٌ كالمطر، هل تسقط الجمعة عن أهل محله أو لا ؟»، فأجاب: «بأنه تسقطُ الجمعة عن أهل محلٍّ عَمَّهُ العذرُ المذكُورُ».
وعليه فما اتّخذ في بعض البلدانِ بتعطيل الجُمعِ والجماعات .. ليس فيه إشكالٌ شرعيٌّ.
نعم، قد يُقال: يمكن الاحترازُ بالتباعُدِ بين المصلِّين وترك المصافحة والصَّلاة على بساطٍ خاصٍّ، أو تعقيم سجاجيد المسجد بشكلٍ دائمٍ، مع إقامة الجماعة بالعدد القليل، والميسور لا يسقط بالمعسور، لكن هذا نظريًّا لا بأس به، أمَّا في الواقع فإنك لا يمكنك منع الناس من المخالطة والمصافحة، ولا إلزامهم بإحضار سجّادة خاصّة ليصلي عليها.
من كانَ في بلدةٍ مُنعت فيها صلاةُ الجماعة .. فلا يحرم نفسَهُ من جوزِ فضلها، فيُستحبُّ له أن يُقِيمَ الجماعة في أسرته، بأنْ يُصَلِّي بزوجته وأولاده جماعة في البيتِ، وبذلك يَحُوزُونَ فضلَ الجماعة إن شاء الله.
قال النوويُّ رحمه الله في «الرَّوضة»: «إذا صَلَّى الرجلُ في بيته برفيقه، أو زوجته، أو ولده، حَازَ فضيلة الجماعة».
من كان في بلدةٍ مُنعت فيها صلاةُ الجمعة .. صلَّاها ظهرًا، ولا يجوزُ له الاقتداءُ بإمامٍ عبر التلفاز ونحوِه.
يُستحبُّ القنوتُ لنازلة الوباءِ، أي: الدُّعاء بأن يرفع الله سبحانه عنَّا الوباءَ، ومحلُّه في الصَّلاة: في اعتدالِ الرَّكعة الأخيرة، بعد قوله: «ربَّنا ولك الحمد»، يأتي بدعاء القنوت: «اللهمَّ اهدنا فيمن هديت …»، ثمَّ يدعو الله سبحانه برفع الوباء، سواءٌ في ذلك المنفردُ والجماعة، والرجلُ والمرأة.
والله أسألُ أن يصرف عنّا كلّ وباءٍ وشرّ ..
~ محمد سالم بحيري الشافعي


Seeking Allah: Finding the Divine in Your Life – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In the beautiful historical mosque called Molla Zeyrek Camii or Zeyrek Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered a talk entitled, “Seeking Allah: Finding the Divine in Your Life” taking concepts pertaining to Arabic grammar and applying them to the heart in what some call, “The Higher Grammar”.  When explaining the famous grammar text al-Ajrumiyyah, Shaykh Ibn Ajibah (d. 1809 CE/1224 h) discusses the five things that are definite (ma’rifa) and mentions that the definite in knowing Allah is also manifested in five matters. 

These matters are:

  1. The pronouns
  2. Proper nouns (names of people and places)
  3. The Ambiguous (al-Mubham)
  4. Seeking to be known
  5. That which is ascribed to one the aforementioned categories

Watch the video to learn about these pertinent points.

Regarding Sincerity: A Conversation About Truthful Intention and Self Accountability – By Dr. Mahmoud Masri

Dr. Mahmoud Masri

There’s a story in ‘al-Risala al-Qushayriyya’ of a young man who regularly attended a gathering (majlis), when he heard a shaykh discussing sincerity: how is it, how should it be when performing actions, etc. The young man found this heavy upon himself, and from that day forward he made a firm intention that he would not attend the gathering anymore, and refrained from going until the point he was harmed because of that. The Shaykh noticed his absence and asked regarding him. He eventually met with him and asked him why he was absent; he answered, “I heard from your words and was afraid for myself”. The Shaykh replied to him, “My son, that’s not the solution. We point you to sincerity (ikhlas) in actions, not to abandoning actions!”

Act! Thoughts such, “I’m doing this pious act and I fear the interest of people and their interest in my actions” may come to a person. One must not pay attention to this and should correct their intention. Even if he is actually one of the ostentatious, he should remain upon the action, and continue the deed. Like when they said, “We sought knowledge for other than Allah, and knowledge refused to be for any but Allah.”

Every action is such! Just like prayer may not be perfect because of what comes to the person of thoughts and notions; the solution isn’t to abandon prayer all together. Rather, the solution is in rectification, and this is done with training.

It is upon the person to adhere to actions, even if notions, whispers, or thoughts come to him. Thoughts of the self are like whispers of Devil: their remedy is to disregard them.

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In the issue of the person who doesn’t like notoriety, and in this state, thoughts of people noticing this come to him.  This is from the hidden and intricate matters that are warned against in spiritual training.  As mentioned earlier, the approach here is to disregard these thoughts and to continue the actions he was doing. This is how these thoughts and things which resemble them go away.

One thing that helps the person in this is clarity (as-Safaa) and of the means of obtaining it are:

  • remembrance of Allah (dhikr)
  • good companionship (suhbah)
  • self striving (mujahadah)
  • self training and exercise (tadreeb wa riyadhatu-nafs)

You cannot remove darkness, but you can bring light. When light becomes present, darkness disappears. 

Whoever knows Allah is not the slave of fame nor of obscurity; rather, he will be a slave of Allah. Whatever state Allah places him in he submits to Him, outwardly and inwardly, and he doesn’t pay attention to anything else.  If he places him in one situation he is content, if he places him in another, he is content. He doesn’t look back on these matters.

As for the issue regarding people venerating a person for his work in da’wah while he doesn’t see himself deserving such treatment from them since there are people more knowledgeable than him, deserving something comes from Allah. If we were to look at worthiness then none of us would actually qualify by ourselves. What occurred is that which the divine will selected, so it’s from Allah’s decree and we have no control over the matter.

Furthermore, don’t look at the external and apparent. Rather, look at the fact that Allah is the one who moves them and their hearts; and that you are similar to them in that you are in Allah’s possession. You exchange the same love and respect. See in everything that it is from Allah, and say, “All praise is due to Allah” and this will push you to many things.

It is said, “Whoever has good opinion of you, work towards realizing it.”

Not by saying, “You spoke the truth” or “What you said regarding me and your good opinion of me is true, I am exactly what you say and think of me”.

Rather, the meaning is to act in accordance with their good opinion, make them truthful by actually doing the actions; that you are actually like that!

It has also been said:

When a rumor spread that Abu Hanifah used to pray Fajr with the wudu of ‘Isha he forced that upon himself and took it as a sign for himself from Allah. 

O Allah grant us sincerity.

 

Taken from the words of Shaykh Dr. Mahmoud Masri, click here to read the Arabic original.

Translated by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

SeekersGuidance Launches the Dar al-Fuqaha’ Islamic Seminary in Istanbul

The Dar al Fuqaha Seminary In Istanbul

In Partnership with the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Waqf University — and Classes Begin

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate 

For a number of years, SeekersGuidance has been supporting displaced Syrian scholars based in Istanbul (Turkey) through the Islamic Scholars Fund. 

This support has enabled them to dedicate themselves to teaching and spreading balanced, mainstream Islamic knowledge and guidance in a dignified manner.

However, our senior scholars felt there was still a clear gap: these scholars were dispersed across Istanbul and neighbouring areas—and it was difficult for students of knowledge to access them, and to have a clear program of traditional Islamic studies.

The Next Step: The Dar al-Fuqaha’ Islamic Seminary Launches—and Begins with Hundreds of Students

To address this, Dr. Mahmud Masri, our Senior Academic Advisor, proposed the Dar al-Fuqaha’ Islamic Seminary, and the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Waqf University embraced the proposal and partnered with SeekersGuidance in January 2020 to launch this visionary program.

The Dar al-Fuqaha’ Islamic Seminary connects leading mainstream, traditionally-trained senior scholars with students of Islamic knowledge from around the world, completely free—at the beautiful Ottoman Madrasa, the Yenikapi Mevlevihanesi, founded over 420 years ago.

Launch of the Ijaza Program

Classes began on January 25, 2020, the Ijaza Program began with 15 weekly classes—each at the maximum 100-student capacity—with leading scholars including Shaykh Usama al-Rifa’i, Shaykh Khalid Kharsa, Shaykh Ismail Majdhub, Dr. Mahmud Masri, and many others. 

This program is meant to revive the classical system of scholarly authorization (ijaza) in a meaningful way: students who complete a text, or level of study, or program with understanding and mastery will receive specific scholarly authorization (ijaza) in what they have completed.

The Specialization in Islamic Law and Method

These classes—in a wide range of classical Islamic studies disciplines—will culminate in a Specialization in Islamic Law and Method (Takhassus fi’l Fiqh wa’l Usul). Details of the current weekly schedule and the Specialization can be found below.

The goal of this Specialization in Islamic Law is to produce scholars who can address the critical challenges facing Muslims and humanity in our times—through deep training in both classical texts and contemporary issues, under-trained, qualified specialist scholars.

These classes are open to students from across the world. Already, there are students from several dozen countries attending the Ijaza Program—despite it not being widely announced yet. Alhamdulillah.

The Dar al Fuqaha Seminary In Istanbul

The Launch Ceremony

At the launch ceremony in mid-January, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (founder and Executive Director of SeekersGuidance) emphasized that this Dar al-Fuqaha’ Seminary, and the Ijaza Program seeks to connect seekers of knowledge with leading mainstream, trained scholars, through the system of direct study (talaqqi) that is the key to recognize traditional Islamic learning. 

He stated that the hope and aspiration is that the Specialization in Islamic Law and Method will facilitate the transfer of the Prophetic inheritance that these leading scholars have to a new generation of upcoming scholars—around the world—who will be able to uphold, live, and transmit this life-giving Prophetic legacy, and spread knowledge, guidance, and good.

Abdüs Samet Koçak, representing the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Waqf University, made clear the esteemed institution’s commitment to facilitate the success of this globally-impactful project, as part of fulfilling its own vision of being a leading institution of higher learning.

Dr. Mahmud Masri introduced the Dar al-Fuqaha’ Seminary project, as a collaboration of SeekersGuidance and the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Waqf University

He explained why the classes were beginning under the title of the Ijaza Program (Dawrat al-Ijaza). The point of Islamic knowledge isn’t scholarly authorization (ijaza). Neither the scholars teaching nor the students are in this program for mere authorization. Rather, the purpose of Islamic knowledge is drawing closer to Allah, through seeking and spreading the good, for oneself and others. 

However, the ijaza system requires revival as part of the revival of traditional Islamic studies—through rigorous curricula of Islamic studies, with high standards, and careful, conditional granting of qualified authorizations that can be trusted and relied upon.

Dr. Mahmud explained the full Specialization in Islamic Law and Method, with its stages and levels. You can read its details below. This is, insha’Allah, a truly Ummatically-impactful project.

Shaykh Usama al-Rifa’i and Shaykh Isma’il Majdhub Emphasize Mastery, Roundedness, Sincerity, and Truly Benefiting From One’s Teachers

Two of the seniormost scholars in the Dar al-Fuqaha’ Seminary, Shaykh Usama al-Rifa’i and Shaykh Ismail Majdhub spoke about their great joy at the launch of this project.

They both highlighted how “ijazas” (scholarly authorizations) have become in danger of losing their significance—with people giving and receiving “baraka ijazas” or ijazas without complete, rigorous study and training under qualified scholars. 

Thus, a revival of sound scholarly authorizations that are (1) through rigorous, complete study; (2) limited to the text or level of study completed; and (3) demonstrated uprightness of the one receiving the authorization is a significant step forward.

These senior scholars reminded students of the need to (1) take their studies seriously and to strive towards mastery; (2) to have well-rounded study of all components of a complete curriculum of Islamic studies; (3) to ensure that their knowledge is sought sincerely for the sake of Allah; and (4) to make the most of the opportunity of direct benefit from their teachers’ example and wisdom.

Classes Began on January 25, 2020, With 15 Classes—All At Capacity

By the grace of Allah Most High, the Ijaza Program of the Dar al-Fuqaha’ Islamic Seminary began on January 25, 2020, with 15 weekly classes. Every class is at the (100-student) capacity. Over 400 students—Turkish, Syrian, Western, and other—had applied. Already, it is clear that this program is addressing a critical need, both locally and globally.

All these classes are being recorded. These classes will be offered as complete online courses through the SeekersGuidance Arabiyya (Nur al-Huda) online portal, insha’Allah.

“I have spent over five years studying in Istanbul, but I haven’t found any opportunity that offers the level of scholarship that Dar al-Fuqaha offers.” said a student from Italy.

“This is an Ummatically-impactful project,” said Shaykh Mumin al-Annan (Syrian scholar, now in Sweden).

This program is open to both men and women, and over 40% of the students are women.

“Whoever pursues a path seeking knowledge therein, Allah facilitates for them a path to Paradise,” said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). 

We ask Allah Most High that the Dar al-Fuqaha’ Islamic Seminary be a means of His facilitating a clear path of seeking and spreading such knowledge—for seekers everywhere—and a part of a global revival of the light of Prophetic guidance, in an authentic, relevant, merciful, balanced, transformative manner.

The Dar al Fuqaha Seminary In Istanbul

The Summer Program: the Ijaza Intensive

This Summer, SeekersGuidance has announced the Summer Ijaza Intensive—one of three Summer Intensive Programs in Istanbul. 

Already, several hundred students have applied, to study classical Islamic texts in Arabic, at various levels, directly with trained, authorized traditional Islamic scholars. This program, like all SeekersGuidance offerings, is provided completely free—as part of our Knowledge Without Barriers commitment and ethos. 

In total, almost 2000 students (yes, almost 2000) have applied for the three Summer Intensive Programs. You can still apply, till the end of February.

These programs are supported through the SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholars Fund—which you can support through your zakat and charity and help support the scholars and students who will preserve, revive, and spread the light of Prophetic guidance across the world, now and in upcoming generations. 

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

Istanbul Summer 2020 Ijaza Intensive – Postponed Until Further Notice

Istanbul Summer 2020 Ijaza Intensive

ISTANBUL SUMMER 2020 IJAZA INTENSIVE 

This program is especially designed for students of knowledge that want to build strong foundations in the basic Islamic Sciences in both rational and transmitted, such as Theology, Islamic Law, Sacred Legal Theory, Islamic Spirituality, Sciences of Hadith, Logic and others, in a manner that builds upon each other

ISTANBUL SUMMER 2020 IJAZA INTENSIVE –  Postponed Until Further Notice