Notes from the SeekersGuidance Winter 2010 General Assembly – Sr. Beenish Akhtar

Notes from the SeekersGuidance Winter 2010 General Assembly

By Beenish Akhtar

SeekersGuidance held its first ever General Assembly for the Winter 2010 semester. Students from over 15 countries tuned in to listen to inspirational messages from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus. The following notes on Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s portion of the program were taken by Sr. Beenish Akhtar of Virginia (US). The audio for Shaykh Faraz’s talk can be found here.

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Registration Now Open – Clarity for Seekers: Perfecting Prayer – Free Monthly Video Seminar

Perfecting Prayer

Keys to Presence of Heart & Excellence in Prayer

How to fulfill the Prophet’s command, “Pray as you have seen me pray,” and realize the tremendous virtues of prayer, of which Allah Most High has called us, “Seek assistance in patience and prayer.”

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
  • Imam Tahir Anwar
  • Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Date/Time: Saturday March 13th at 5pm EST (US)

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LIVE Webcast with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy at MSA West Zone Conference

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MSA National will be broadcasting one main session LIVE from the MSA West Zone Conference!

Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Time: 9pm-11pm, Eastern Standard Time (6pm local Pacific Time)
Location: Chemistry 194, UC Davis Campus
Web Address: http://www.livestream.com/mcontributor

***Charting Our Map: Navigating our Path***

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy

“And surely We have honored the children of Adam, and We carry them in the land and the sea, and We have given them of the good things, and We have made them to excel by an appropriate excellence over most of those whom We have created.” (Quran 17:70)

As Muslim students we have the power to use our spiritual and education/career goals create the paths we cross. We should strive for excellence in everything that we do, not just some of the things we do. What’s tricky is figuring out the right balance. Self analysis is key to developing ourselves into well rounded individuals. How is this accomplished? What are the proper steps to achieve this beautiful balance?

AN EXCLUSIVE Q&A SESSION WILL BE HELD FOR OUR ONLINE ATTENDEES AT THE END OF THE SESSION!!

Please email your questions to [email protected]

Fundraising Results, Thank You, and Next Steps

Tarek El-Messidi (Outreach, SeekersGuidance) thanking supporters of the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser.

Videos from the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Mohamed Magid, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Imam Khalid Latif and Others


Just in case you missed the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser, here are the videos from the event:



Over $105,000 Raised Through the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, and Others Exhort Us to Support Our Neighbors in Haiti

As-salamu alaikum,
May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.


Alhamdulillah!
Earlier today, Islamic Relief, SeekersGuidance, MSA National, United for ChangeFawakih Institute, and Relief Works banded together for an emergency online fundraiser to alleviate the suffering of the victims of Haiti Earthquake. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, resulting in wide spread devastation and destruction. Several Muslim organizations immediately initiated relief efforts, including SeekersGuidance.

Alhamdulillah, thanks to you and your contributions, we were able to raise over $105,000 in just two hours. If you were unable to attend the event, we will be uploading pictures and videos soon, but please take a moment and make a donation to Islamic Relief for the noble cause of eliminating global hunger. You can make a donation here.

Special Thanks
We would like to give special thanks to our wonderful scholars and speakers – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Mohamed Magid, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Tahir Anwar, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Imam Khalid Latif, Joshua Salam, Nader Khan, Nura Sediqe, Christopher Abdurrehman Blauvelt, and Faraz Siddiqui.

We would also like to thank key members of the SeekersGuidance staff and team, especially Sidi Khuram Zaman, Sidi Abu Bakr Batasi (Outreach), Tarek El-Messidi (Direct Programs), Ibraheem Shakfeh (Outreach) for their efforts in making this event a success on such short notice. And to Naeem Muhammad, Anwar Khan, and Sheema of Islamic Relief USA and Sr. Hafsa Hasan of Islamic Relief Canada.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf made a surprise live webcast at the end of the fundraiser

Imam Zaid’s Challenge: Let us raise $1,000,000 for the people of Haiti

The original goal for the fundraiser was $100,000 and by its conclusion over $105,000 was raised. Imam Zaid Shakir said that we as a community must strive our hardest and should try and raise $1,000,000 for the people of Haiti.

Our income as a community is $170 billion. Brothers and sisters, what is one million out of $170 billion? Its nothing! We can do this and inshaAllah, we will do this! … We are a community that is on this earth to make a difference and to do positive things … Remember the saying of our Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) “Allah will continue to help His servant as long as His servant is helping his brother.”

To facilitate this, SeekersGuidance will give a free course for the Winter 2010 semester to anyone who donates over $500. (To view our course catalog, go to https://seekersguidance.org/site/online-academy.html) Once you’ve donated, send an e-mail to our help desk stating “Haiti Online Fundraiser Donation” in the subject.

Donate Now!

You can donate at any one of the following links:

IR USA: http://www.islamicreliefusa.org/home

IR UK: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/

IR Worldwide: http://www.islamic-relief.com/

IR CA: http://www.islamicreliefcanada.org/

The Call of Compassion

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, founder of and instructor at SeekersGuidance, drew connections between the character of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and the last speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968 –  just four days before his assassination.  (“Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation …. It seems that I can hear the God of history saying, “That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” That’s the question facing America today.”

This is the call of the Prophets. It is the call of compassion. It is a call of mercy. Let us answer that call. For it is, “The merciful who are granted mercy by the all-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth and the Lord of the Worlds will be merciful to you,” said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He said, “Be merciful to those on earth:” Whoever they may be, if any person who is in need, if any thing that is in need, it is the believer’s duty to hasten and assist.”

May Allah (Most High) grant us success and accept our efforts. Ameen!

wassalam

SeekersGuidance Staff

Heal Haiti Earthquake Live Online Fundraiser – Featuring Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Khalid Latif, and others – Presented by SeekersGuidance, Islamic Relief, MSA National, Relief Works and Fawakih Institute

The earthquake that hit Haiti this past weekend has resulted in the deaths of over 100,000 people. The devastation is widespread and people are in dire need of immediate assistance.

You’ve seen the devastating images of Haiti and the immense havoc it’s caused, and you’re asking, What Can I Do? InshaAllah, we should strive to do our part to be of assistance.

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: “Allah is in the aide of His servant as long as His servant is in the aide of others…”

Join us on Sunday January 17th at 2 p.m. EST for an Online fundraiser with Islamic Relief, SeekersGuidance, Relief Works, MSA National, and Fawakih Institute.

What: Help Haiti, Heal Haiti Online Fundraiser
When: Sunday, January 17th, 2 p.m. EST (click here to convert to your timezone)
Registration: Register to attend this event by clicking here

 

Confirmed Speakers:
– Imam Zaid Shakir
– Imam Tahir Anwar
– Imam Khalid Latif (Chaplain NYU)
– Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (SeekersGuidance)
– Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (SeekersGuidance)
– Nader Khan (Reliefworks)
– Nura Sediqe (MSA National)
– Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt (Fawakh Institute)

Invited Speakers:
– Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy
– Imam Siraj Wahhaj
– Azhar Usman
– Dr. Sherman Jackson
– Much more…

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SeekersGuidance Supports Islamic Relief’s Efforts for Victims of Haiti Earthquake

The people of Haiti are in dire need of support after their country was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake this past Tuesday. 45,000 to 50,000 people are feared to be dead and many more injured. (BBC) Homes, schools, and hospitals have collapsed with people trapped inside them.

IslamicRelief has announced that it is teaming up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to give $1 million in aid to the survivors of the earthquake. (Washington Times) Naeem Muhammad of Islamic Relief (and Native Deen singer) is leaving the US on Saturday for Haiti to assist with the relief efforts. Donations to Islamic Relief can be made here.

Eyewitness Accounts

Several brothers and sisters from Haiti and the Dominican Republic have given SeekersGuidance eyewitness accounts and updates.

Ibn Ambroise (Haiti):

“Brother Abou Bakr lost his sister when their house crumbled (she made shahada a few months ago). They are gathered at a masjid in Port-au-Prince that still stands, alhamdulillah! Their condition isn’t too good. They have no food, no water, no clothing . . .  [very little] medicine.”

Abdus Salam (Dominican Republic):

“We are in contact with brothers that are in the masjid in Haiti and it was said that all the masjid are standing while all the churches were destroyed. So the brothers and siters are waiting there for the help of Allah. Ya Allah make it easy on them . . . Ameen!

[Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s response: “O Allah, protect the mosques and the churches–the Muslims, Christians, and others!”]

“They are really in need. They need food and all the help [they can get]. They [said] that their houses are all destroyed.”

Sr. Rodriguez Rosie (Dominican Republic):

“[Shaykh] Faraz, We have bad news. Our Haitian brother Abdurahman lost his sister, his  brother and his cousin yesterday because of the earthquake. He is very  sad, I ask you to please make lots of duas for him and his family.  We really need to give our brothers a hand…inshAllah.”

Healing Haiti Online Fundraiser

InshaAllah, SeekersGuidance, Islamic Relief, and MSA National will be hosting an emergency online fundraiser for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The online fundraiser is scheduled for this Sunday January 17 at 2pm EST. So far the following speakers are confirmed: Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Khalid Latif, and Nader Khan.

SeekersGuidance Winter Session Courses Open: Learn to Live.

Pictures from the 8th Annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention in Toronto – Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and Others

Alhamdulillah, SeekersGuidance attended the 8th Annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention this past weekend in Toronto,  Canada. This year’s convention featured Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri,  Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Mokhtar Magroui, Shaykh Abdallah Idris Ali, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Suleiman Mulla, Ustadha Zainab Alwani, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Dr. Tariq Suwaidan, Tariq Ramadan, Amr Khaled,  Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Sr. Tayyiba Taylor, and others. Allah Made Me Funny and Junaid Jamshed gave highly entertaining performances. Over 17,000 people attended this years conference.

SeekersGuidance set up its first booth at a conference. The booth featured our scholars, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Omar Qureshi, and Mufti Umer Ismail as well as Nader Khan who gave a live performance of one of his latest songs “Alhamdulillah.” We launched the 2010 Winter Semester with a 15% discount for on-site registration.

Here are some pictures from the conference:

Shaykh Faraz along with many others welcoming Shaykh Habib Ali al-Jifri to the convention.

Shaykh Faraz showing Mufti Umer Ismail the new homepage

World-famous graphic designer Peter Gould jokingly to convince Shaykh Faraz to sign up for a course. Peter’s firm, Azaan, designed the new SG banner and logo.

A computer monitor featuring the newly redesigned homepage for the SeekersGuidance site

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad meeting with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani in the bazaar.

Nader Khan finishing up a live performance at the Firdous Books booth in order to bring awareness to the “Winter Feed Me Campaign” put together by Relief Works

SeekersGuidance met with key individuals from the Fawakih Institute to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the two institutes. Here, Shaykh Faraz is talking with Saad Ansari over lunch.

Visit SeekersGuidance at RIS! Register for a Class at Our Booth and Get a 15% Discount!

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Dear Seeker,

We hope you are able to join us at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference (RIS) in Toronto from December 25-27, 2009. In addition to signing sessions by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (for “The Absolute Essentials of Islam”) and Nader Khan (for “Take My Hand”), we are pleased to announce a special 15% discount to RIS attendees who register for a Winter 2009 course at our booth. Visit us at Booth #924 for more information.

Booth Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help out with the SeekersGuidance booth at RIS.

“Whoever points to the good has the reward of those who act on it,” said the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

All of SeekersGuidance services have been facilitated by a small group of dedicated volunteers–by the grace of Allah. They’ve dedicated countless hours to keep these services running.

Now, we need helping hands on the ground.

Please consider joining us at the SeekersGuidance booth for at least one 2-hour shift throughout the 3-day conference.

For more information or to sign up for a 2-hour shift, contact: [email protected].