Support SeekersGuidance’s Islamic Scholars Fund – Ibn Ali Miller

Ibn Ali Miller urges you to support SeekersGuidance’s Islamic Scholars Fund.

He laments that many people only donate in Ramadan, while the Fund supports scholars and students work year round.

Ibn Ali explains that if we donate now, these scholars and students will be able to do their jobs during the holy month. “You should never make the teachers ask,“ he reminds, “and you should never make the students beg.”

If we can keep the dignity and honour of the scholars and students, our deen and the message of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) will continue to move forward.

Ibn Ali closes calling on all of us—before the distractions of Ramadan set in—to donate today.

 

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus on Why YOU Should Support the Islamic Scholarship Fund

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus explains why the Islamic Scholarship Fund is relevant to our times, and urges us to  contribute to this amazing cause.

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I wanted to strongly urge you all to contribute to the SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholarship Fund, because supporting people of knowledge, qualified teachers, is one of the most important things that we can do. It is an obligation upon the community to free them up, so that they can spend their time disseminating Prophetic inheritance, which is really one of the most important things of all.

Many of the scholars that SeekersGuidance have been supporting, were it not to be for that support, they would not be able to teach their local community, nor would they be able to teach people from around the world.

So it is really important that you and I do our part and contribute to the SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholarship Fund, so we can free these great teachers, these qualified scholars, to teach students and to take part in this process of bringing hearts to life by dissemination of the Prophetic inheritance.

May Allah give us tawfeeq to do this, accept from us and open up the doors of His mercy for all of us.

 

When You Can’t See the Vision, Trust the Visionary

Imam Siraj Wahhaj share his thoughts on the importance of supporting SeekersHub and the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund.

Assalaam alaykum, brothers and sisters.

I have become a lover of the SeekersHub. I mean I fell in love with Shaykh Faraz. I’ve always loved the Shaykh, Alhamdulillah. You know what you remind me of? I think of you and I think of something that the Prophet, upon him be blessings and peace, did with his wife Aisha. He said one day, “Ya Aisha… Oh Aisha, here is Jibril, and he’s given you the salams. He’s saying to you: ‘Assalam alaykum.’” She said, “Peace and blessings be upon him and the mercy of Allah. You see, what I don’t see.”

“You see what I don’t see.” And sometimes when you can’t see the vision then trust the visionary. The insight and the wisdom of what has been done with you and others is astounding. It is so great I’m embarrassed that more people don’t know about it and I’m embarrassed that more people don’t help it.

So I’m going to spend a couple of minutes in trying to show our support for this fine institution. I want to tell you something. You know Allah blessed me and every time I say this, Shaykh, I get this big response. I’m going to tell you how many children I have.
Allah blessed me with nine children. I told you.

Instilling Sadaqa

And the one thing I will tell you that I’ve always done. I’ve always given my children allowance. How many of you give your children allowance? Raise your hand. How many don’t? Mashallah, mashallah. But I always believed in giving my children allowance. I gave them allowance every week but I would always tell them that whatever allowance I give you you should give some to sadaqa.

And you know when you have children whenever you give them a commandment, you should look at their faces, shaykh. So one of my children, Muhammed, may Allah bless him, he looked like he had an attitude when I said give some money. The allowance, give it to sadaqa. And I said, “Muhammed, what’s the matter?” He said nothing. I knew better. I know my son. I said, “Muhammed what’s the matter?” “Nothing.” I said, “Come on man, I know you. What’s the matter?”

He said, “Dad, how come I got to give some money to Sadaka?” Sadaka is a name of his older sister. True story. And he thought he had to give money to Sadaka. You know you will learn today, none of you ever knew my kunya. You know what my kunya is? Abu Sadaka. Sadaka is my first child. So I am Abu Sadaka. So today I want you to give to Sadaka, she lives in New York. No.

Food for Thought

I just want you to think about this, right? I’m going to ask you for your financial support and the beautiful thing about this; what we’re asking you for tonight ain’t much. When you study the Qur’an you will see that often in the Qur’an Allah is speaking to the Prophet, peace be upon him. It is almost as if we’re like on the outside listening to this conversation that Allah is having with the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him.

Example, you said the word “qalat.” He said “qalat” (she said). But if he said the word “qul” what does that mean? “Say…” It’s a command. But the Arabic language is very precise. So when you say “qul” you’re not talking about two people. You’re not talking about a bunch of people. You’re not talking about women. You’re talking about one person and that’s Muhammed, peace be upon him. I counted over 360 something times in the Qur’an where Allah says to Muhammed, peace be upon him, “qul,” say this.

I’m going to show you another, part of another verse where Allah is speaking to the Prophet, peace be upon him. Listen to how Allah says it. “They ask you, oh Muhammed, ‘How much should we spend?’” Allah is telling the Prophet that the people asking you, “What should we spend?” “Qul.” “Say, what is extra.” (Sura al-Baqara 2:219) Why is that important?

In my community, in other communities, we have people literally who work two and three jobs just to make ends meet. They work two and three jobs just to have a place to live in. They work two and three jobs to put food on the plates of their family. Others Allah blessed with more. They have what is called disposable income meaning that after they pay all of their expenses, they pay for their rent, they pay for everything, and yet they still got money left.

Compete in Charity

Let me tell you something about the Sahaba, may Allah be pleased with them. They, you know, they’re so pure. In this hadith some of the poor of the companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him came to him, and I don”t want to use the word complain, so I put it in quotation marks. They complained to the Prophet, peace be upon him. The rich ones, the wealthy are among us. They take away the reward. They pray like we pray. They fast like we fast. But they spend out of the excess of their wealth. We can’t be like them. We can’t compete with them. We want more. We want to compete.

I don’t want more money so I can build a better house. I don’t want money so I can get some jewellery. I want more money so that I can give in sadaqa. So today I’m not asking you to spend your rent money. I’m not asking you to spend your food money. I’m asking you to look if you have anything excessive and to spend that.

I want to give you one person and then I’m going to ask for your money. There’s a woman, I think her name is Laurene. I’ll think of her name in a moment. But this is the 25th wealthiest woman in America. 25th wealthiest woman in America. And she’s the 25th wealthiest person, not woman, person in America and the 45th wealthiest person in the world. And you know how much money she’s worth? 19 billion, 500 million dollars. And to put that in perspective she has more wealth than 80 nations you know gross domestic product. That’s how wealthy she is.

What Is Truly Yours

Lot of money, okay. I didn’t tell you her, that was her maiden name. I just wish I could remember her last name, her maiden name. Laurene, yeah. Where did she get her money from? Where she get that 19 billion dollars from? Where she get it from? I’ll give you a hint. I’ll give you her last name, her married name, Jobs. Where’d she get it from? Steve Jobs. How she get it. That money belonged to him. He died, she inherited it. That’s the way it is.

The reality is everything that you have you don’t use it’ll be inherited. This is why the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said the people said, “My wealth, my wealth.” Really, for real? He said, what is really yours is what you eat and consume, what you wear and wear out and what you send ahead in sadaqa, that’s yours.

How do you know? Steve Jobs, his wealth, 19.5 billion dollars belonged to him until he died and it no longer belonged to him. Think about this. The car that you drive one day won’t be your car. All your beautiful clothing, your shoes. Shaykh, am I allowed to ask the sisters a question? Laurene Powell, mercy, I knew the Shaykh would get it. Shaykh, can I ask the sisters a question? Brothers, can I ask the sisters a question? Your permission, Shaykh, can I ask the sisters? [Shaykh Faraz:] “By all means.”

How Many Pairs of Shoes…

By all means. Now sisters you got to be honest with you, right. How many of you own more than two pairs of shoes? Raise your hand. Mashallah, Allahu Akbar. You should see what I see. How many of you have more than five pairs of shoes? Raise your hand. Allahu Akbar, all right.

I’m almost finished. How many of you own more than 10 pairs of shoes? Come on, Mashallah, Allahu Akbar. How many of you have more than 20 pairs of shoes? Come on, Allahu Akbar. The average American woman, okay good, okay.

Oh, ask the brothers. I should ask the brothers. [Women:] “Yes.” I don’t want to ask the brothers. They ain’t got no shoes. They got one or two pairs of shoes (laughter) Let me tell you though, right. The average American woman has 20 pairs of shoes. Average American woman, average, has 20 pairs of shoes.

What’s my point? The point is that there’s going to come a time. Every soul is going to taste of death. What about what we have left? This excess wealth that we have, what are we going to do with it? Why not spend some of it and get some ajar (reward) for SeekersHub?


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Share Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s passion for SeekersHub Global and help us build a support system for Muslim scholars to attend to their most important duty. Hear what Imam Siraj says about the vision, insight, and wisdom of what has been done by SeekersHub and the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund, which is at the of its mission.

Share with us our concern for Muslim scholars and allowing them to carry on their mission to spread the prophetic light of guidance and knowledge; despite all the economic burdens that they shoulder.

Give now! Whether it is your zakat or sadaqa, it’s not too late to give your end-of-year charitable donations to a worthy cause, one that pleases Allah and supports the heirs of His prophets in our time.


Support “The Scholar Without Students” – Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Give your zakat and charity, urgently, to raise $200,000 to support deserving and needy women scholars and students of Islamic knowledge around the world.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

“The Scholar Without Students”

During university, this Shaykha questioned her identity and reflected on her faith – as many do. She sought out guidance and with God’s Mercy, she found balanced, wise and compassionate teachers. They motivated her to become a student of knowledge. Shaykha’s studies lasted over ten years and took to her many beautiful places including Turkey, Syria and her ancestral homeland: the Indian Subcontinent. She was blessed to study alongside exceptional men and women in each of these countries, with distinction and high recommendation of her teachers.
Since moving back to the US, she resides in a small community and has limited opportunities to teach—and far too few students. But through support from the Islamic Scholars Fund, she will be able to dedicate herself to teaching, both on the ground, and online- across the world.

 

Your charity and Zakat donations can help as follows:

  • Helper – $30 can help buy groceries
  • Supporter – $50 can help buy study materials
  • Sponsor – $250 can buy key reference books
  • Champion – $500 can help pay for tuition and tutoring
  • Companion – $1,000 can help pay for essential family expenditure
  • Protector – $5,000 can help pay rent for more than one month
  • Leader – $10,000 can help provide long term security

Donate today: Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Support “The Mother” – Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Give your zakat and charity, urgently, to raise $200,000 to support deserving and needy women scholars and students of Islamic knowledge around the world.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

“The Mother”

As a professional in frontline Health Sciences, she worked on the ground with patients who needed immediate support. She began to take classes at SeekersHub and yearned to learn far more deeply. She felt the benefits in her own life from the free courses she had the privilege to learn from. Learning gave her the personal and spiritual growth that Mothers often sacrifice because of their devotion to their families.
While studying with leading scholars in her community and online, she has also started teaching youth and mentoring students. She is an expert in physical healing and believes in the importance of spiritual health. Her commitment to learning and imparting that knowledge is unparalleled.

 

Your charity and Zakat donations can help as follows:

  • Helper – $30 can help buy groceries
  • Supporter – $50 can help buy study materials
  • Sponsor – $250 can buy key reference books
  • Champion – $500 can help pay for tuition and tutoring
  • Companion – $1,000 can help pay for essential family expenditure
  • Protector – $5,000 can help pay rent for more than one month
  • Leader – $10,000 can help provide long term security

Donate today: Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Charity in Ramadan – Ustadh Abdul Muhaymin

In this video, Ustadh Abdul Muhaymin speaks about the merits of giving sadaqa (charity) and how we should go about giving it in this blessed time, even if we don’t have that much money.

Sadaqa, or charity, is one of the pinnacle aspects of our actions this Ramadan. It can be in the form of money or something tangible, but it doesn’t have to be. For example, it can be removing something dangerous from the road, smiling at someone, a word of kindness–anything of benefit.

The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, was known to be the most generous, and his charity would increase in the month of Ramadan. We know that the rewards for our good deeds are multiplies this Ramadan, so we should strive to do as many good things as possible. It’s amazing how much Allah is giving us this Ramadan.


With gratitude to Tayba Foundation.


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Ramadan: Reflecting on the Great Opportunity – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin highlights the great opportunity to draw closer to Allah in Ramadan and gain salvation. He urges us to increase our aspirations for the good.

One of the things that scholars often say about Ramadan is that Ramadan is a school. It’s like an intensive course. And it’s really important whenever we engage in something of benefit or something that has long-term repercussions that we come prepared.

That we come in having that intention and having that drive to make the most of this Ramadan. And one of the ways that we make the most of Ramadan is through learning about the blessings and benefits that Allah bestows in Ramadan, because Ramadan is very unique. What we get from Allah and the opportunities that we have in Ramadan are something that we will not get outside of it.

Although there are other opportunities, obviously, it’s not quite the same. Another thing is having some sort of plan. Having some sort of schedule. Having goals that you implement or that you plan within yourself so that you come out on the other side in a better state.

And lastly, preparing for it in a way that’s pleasing to Allah: making sure that we properly fulfill this important pillar of Islam.

The Look of Forgiveness

Allah Most High looks upon His servants in the month of Ramadan. That means that on the first night of Ramadan and throughout the month of Ramadan that Allah looks at certain servants and whoever Allah looks at it is a look of mercy. It is a look of forgiveness, meaning that Allah will not punish them after that.

Human beings are funny creatures when we have these opportunities. People buy lotto tickets every day. That’s obviously haram, but people do it all the time because it’s just like that one chance that I might hit it big. I’m gonna keep buying this, you know? As Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad says: “It’s a tax on stupidity.”

I don’t want to be mean to people who buy a lot of tickets but human beings are like that. We want to pay one dollar and to get a million dollars. We want these kinds of like get-rich-quick things. But the amazing thing is that Allah, time and time and time again, gives us opportunities for great rewards and we sleep on it because we don’t see the immediate benefits.

Greater Than a Thousand Months

But Allah Most High has has made Ramadan so special that within it there is a night that we’re all aware of that is greater than a thousand months. It’s not greater than a thousand nights, it’s greater than a thousand months. That’s 83 years.

You pray one nafila. It’s as if you prayed that nafila for 83 years. You give one dollar in charity. It’s as if you’ve given that charity for 83 years. You read Qur’an on that day. It’s as if you’ve been rewarded for that recitation for 83 years.

So look at the the blessing that Allah has bestowed upon the Umma of His beloved Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon him. That’s one of the secrets as to why the lifespan of the Umma is so short. Whereas previous people’s lifespans were much longer.

The Best of All Ummas

How can we be the best Umma when we don’t live long enough and achieve the accomplishments that people who worshiped Allah for hundreds of years achieved? Because we have things like Layla al Qadr. We have things like the day of Arafa. Days like the days of Ashura.

Allah has given us so many opportunities. It’s a sign of Allah’s generosity and mercy. But one of the dangers is that when Allah is generous, if we don’t honor that generosity, we put ourselves in a very precarious position. It’s as if someone says: Here I’m giving you something. You say: Oh, thanks. And you throw it to the side. The person says: I just gave you that. Why do you throw it aside like that?

That’s not the way you should value it. When Allah gives us this opportunity, we have to value it. We have to take advantage of it. Maybe our salvation depends on it. Maybe Allah has decreed for us that this Ramadan will be that Ramadan our names are recorded in the record books of those who will be freed from the Fire. Maybe. Insha Allah. So we have to expose ourselves.

True Hope in Allah

The scholars say: What does it mean to have hope in Allah? Nowadays people have a lot of false hope. – Allah is merciful. He’ll forgive me. — That’s not hope. That is not what is meant by having hope in Allah.

True hope in Allah is that you exert yourself to the utmost hoping that Allah will reward you generously. That you seek Allah’s forgiveness hoping that you will be of those that He forgives. That’s what hope is. You hope for the greatest of what Allah gives and you strive for it.

It’s like someone wants to make money. “I have all these hopes and dreams. I want to make money. I want to get a job. I want to get married.” But they sit at home all day playing video games. How do you expect to achieve that?

Well, you work at it and see what doors Allah opens and strive to implement those hopes. And make those hopes into a reality through having a plan, through working hard. That’s how it’s done. That’s how we enter into the month of Ramadan.

 


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Eternal Creed: Universal Guide For Perplexing Times

Mawlana Hamzah Maqbul’s Eternal Creed Project presents Aqida Tahawiyya in the context of our times, with reference to issues raised in the modern world. The project has been such a success that Mawlana Hamzah plans to publish the text in book form. For this reason, he started a campaign at LaunchGood to realize this aim.

Defining Ahl al Sunna

The terms “Ahl al Sunna” and “Sunni” are thrown around nonchalantly and without definition or meaning, increasingly not just by Muslims, but also the mainstream media and secular academia. Although, Sunnism increasingly is being taken by secular-minded Muslims and people of other faiths to be a cultural marker with some sectarian identity politics tied to it, classically that wasn’t the case at all.

Rather the Sunni tradition was a set of ideas, a methodology and a way of viewing the world which was the common currency of all Muslims who trace their ways through an unbroken chain to prophecy and revelation. One of the earliest and most universally accepted summaries and attestations of what those ideas are comes from the renowned Egyptian Scholar of encyclopedic mastery of the sciences of the sacred Shari‘a, Abu Ja‘far al-Ṭahawi (d. 321 AH/933 CE) in his short work known as the ‘Aqida Tahawiyya.

As those ideas are becoming obscured and lost to successive generations of Muslims, what unites us as an Umma will weaken, leading to many problems. This is not the first time in our history that a situation of this kind has occurred. Whenever such a tribulation has hit Muslims in the past, a group of upright and sincere scholars has stood to renew the faith among Muslims, not through political, economic or social ideas, but through a renewal of belief and faith, which benefited the Umma in the hereafter, as well as in the aforementioned matters of this world.

Addressing our Acute Needs

The English-speaking public is increasingly bombarded with all manner of extremism and misguidance. Our youth who cannot access classical works in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish or Malay, are being presented with choices for how they view the world from ISIS, materialists, secularists and other groups who will not benefit their faith, nor their life in this world, nor the next.

There is an acute need for the rank and file of English-speaking Muslims in North America, Europe and, increasingly, around the world material of the ‘Aqida Tahawiyya as an alternative to other poisonous narratives, which are harming the Muslims.

With this in mind I pitched the idea to a very small group of enthusiastic young brothers that not only is there a need to revive the positive, non-polemical presentation of Sunni creed, but that there is also very much a practical way to implement it. In one weekend seminar consisting of fifteen hours of instruction, I told him I could transmit the contents of the ‘Aqida Tahawiyya, accompanied not by a classical commentary, but one which addressed the day to day needs of people who live in post-modern context.

Initial Successes

We started a pilot class in Drexel University in Philadelphia to much success, and in the two years ever since, we have done the class again nearly a dozen times, getting invitations from places as far as Turkey, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Caribbean.

Although there are a handful of translations and commentaries available which are rendered into various levels of scholarly quality and English, there is yet a need for a work that is not only a correct translation of the text into an accessible idiom, but also accompanied with a commentary that connects with the contemporary day-to-day life and challenges of our people. This project will put our successful presentation of the Aqida Tahawiyya into a book form, in a modern style, with examples and references which will be familiar to a modern audience and connect with them intuitively.

Such a book will not only be a necessary addition to a contemporary Muslim’s library, it will also be an indispensable teaching aid to scholars and the teachers of the sacred sciences who recognize the need to transmit the beautiful ideas that make up our sacred creed, but my not be in a position to synthesize a useful method for transmitting them.

Support the Eternal Creed Project today.

 

Urgent support for scholar in medical emergency — Zakat-eligible

We need to raise $70,000 for three specific cases of scholars in desperate need. Once you’ve donated, please email us at [email protected] indicating the amount donated for the urgent scholar appeal.

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[1] A prominent North American scholar — an active teacher, caller to Allah and community figure — is tens of thousands of dollars in debt, unable to meet basic living expenses and is in extreme pain due to a medical condition. He does not have medical insurance and is unable to pay for the treatment he urgently needs.
[2] Another seeker of knowledge, senior student and community activist has been affected by a disability. He is suffering from PTSD due to the effects of the Gulf War. Despite health and disability challenges, he is still actively serving his community but is now on the verge of homelessness.
[3] A respected Syrian scholar, who fled the troubled situation in Syria, is now unable to provide for his family. He is living in a country where there’s a glut of Syrian refugees and there is no work available for him, not even menial work. He is having difficulty surviving, let alone teaching and serving.
We need to urgently raise at least $70,000. Please give generously from your Zakat and charity. The above are three examples from at least half a dozen critical cases of scholars and students in urgent need.

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Once you have donated, please email us at [email protected] indicating the amount donated to the urgent scholar appeal.
Baraka’llah fikum,
Faraz Rabbani,
Executive Director, SeekersHub Global

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Feeding Humanity: The First Message – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

When Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) came to Madinah, the first message that was narrated by Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) after leaving Makkah not voluntarily but was forced to leave. Everyone was contemplating upon what the first message will be, will it be the revenge against Quraysh?

No, but it was the message of spread peace, feed people and perform ibadah at night where nobody can see you.
So in this very Ummah we could see even after 14 centuries there are people spreading this message of peace and feeding hungry people, and as our efforts to teach our children about the importance of food and serving which is the main message of this very religion, we welcomed the effort of some great people that have assembled this Kitchen Bus that will feed thousands of refugees, we were much grateful for their visit especially the children who asked many questions.
In this we remember the Hadith of Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) which is, ”My Ummah is like rain, we don’t know which part of the rain is the reason of Khayr, is it the beginning or the end”.
– Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
Harrow Central Mosque & Masood Islamic Centre