Rabi Al Awwal 1442 Greetings

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Rabi Al Awwal 1442 Program: Perfect Mercy

 

Let us rejoice and commemorate the month of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad’s arrival (peace and blessings me upon). Allah Most High has bestowed upon us another opening to remember our Master. Seize this opportunity to fill the mind, heart and soul. 

SeekersGuidance has woven together an online program, beaming with scholars, educators and artists from around the world. Every night, starting from the 18th of October – continuing till 29th of October – come together to learn about our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Each session is dedicated to a role he embodied during his life. A unique focus every evening on his role as a father, as a neighbor, as a husband and many more. 

We will be joined by renowned scholars, leading educators and creative artists from around the world, including SeekersGuidance internal scholars. The sessions will feature short lessons, Qur’anic recitation, poetry and devotional songs.

Guests include Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Amin Buxton, Dr. Hisham Hellyer, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Peter Sanders, Dr. Ahmed Keeler, Baraka Blue, Ali Keeler and many more…

 

Register for the Perfect Mercy event (click here)

 

Prepare for Rabi Al Awwal

Get to know our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

We are honored to have Ustadha Zaynab Ansari as one of our esteemed guests for the Rabi Al Awwal program – Perfect Mercy. In this video, she introduces who the Prophet was and his role in Islam.

Send Blessings Upon our Beloved

When we send blessings (salawat) upon our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), it has immense benefits in this life and benefits in the next life. Dr. Hisham Hellyer shares a detailed description of the benefits of keeping our tongues bejeweled with remembrance of the Prophet. 

Dr. Hisham Hellyer will be one of the key scholars of the Perfect Mercy program.

His Blessed Names

One way to know the Prophet is to study his beautiful names. Listen to beautiful praise on the Prophet (salawat) by Ali Keeler who will be part of SeekersGuidance upcoming event: Perfect Mercy. 

 

Believers around the world unite globally to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. We can welcome this month by praising him through poetry. One such poem, and one of the most notable expressions of love for the Final Messenger of Allah, is the Qasida Burdah by Imam al-Busiri.

 

The Qasida Burdah – Stunning Praise of The One Who Deserves Praise

When historians study the Burdah, it is very quickly realised that it is the most influential popular and single poem in the history of any language. There is simply no other text that has been translated into so many languages in a way that penetrates the heart and the soul of the community of Islam. 

– Dr Abdul Hakim Murad

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the poem in this lecture: A beautiful expression of love for our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). 

Mark your calendars and let this Rabi Al-Awwal warm your hearts with the remembrance of the Final Messenger of God.

Register for the Perfect Mercy event (click here)

The SeekersGuidance Media Equipment Appeal

 Help SeekersGuidance To Raise $50,000 to Purchase Essential Media Equipment For Our Teaching Academy

 

Allah Most High says:

 

“…and whatever you spend of good – it will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.” (Quran 2: 272)

 

SeekersGuidance is committed to its vision of becoming a truly Global Islamic Seminary, providing benefit and positively impacting the lives of millions of people around the world.

By the Grace of God, each and every day SeekersGuidance is blessed to work alongside an array of leading scholars of Islam from across the globe, who use our platform to disseminate invaluable Prophetic guidance, light and clarity. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a surge in demand for online learning. As we further bolster our structured learning streams, it is of critical importance that our media team has access to the equipment they need to continue providing high quality Islamic educational offerings and clear structured learning streams.

During this critical time of our growth, SeekersGuidance is looking to raise $50,000 immediately, to help equip our global teachers with the tools they need to present new courses to the highest of standards. 

A Sadaqah Jariyah – Endless Charity, Endless Rewards

Donate to the SeekersGuidance Media Appeal

By donating to this worthwhile cause, you are providing a sadaqah jariyah – a continuous charity – that will continue to benefit hundreds of thousands of students for years to come.

Your contributions will help SeekersGuidance instructors with the essential media equipment that will allow us to record, edit and publish a range of dynamic Islamic educational content in the most aesthetically beautiful way, executed to the most excellent standards. 

Your support towards the SeekersGuidance Media Campaign will immediately increase both the quantity and quality of the SeekersGuidance video content, allowing us to produce more courses, events and online campaigns as well as enhancing the range of teachers that are on our platform.

“Charity does not decrease wealth.” (Muslim)

 

Just as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, whatever is given for Allah’s sake will never decrease one’s wealth; rather, it will bless, purify and increase it.

Reap countless rewards by donating to the SeekersGuidance Media appeal today. Your support is crucial in helping us reach our $50,000 target for this immediate need at SeekersGuidance. 

Donate to the SeekersGuidance Media Appeal

 

We are Hiring: Full-time Content Assistant

JOB TITLE: Content Assistant

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

SeekersGuidance – The Global Islamic Seminary, is looking to expand its educational offerings and online services for the Muslim community around the world.

Looking to work in a dynamic, high energy and spiritually uplifting environment? SeekersGuidance is the place for you.

We are looking for a well qualified individual to serve as a full-time assistant to the Content and Programs Manager.

This person would be responsible for carrying out tasks related to content development, program strategy, publication development, and overall department operations.

As a Content and Programs Assistant, you’ll be interacting regularly with international scholars and artists and working to develop dynamic programming and content – including but not limited to, monthly events, podcasts, and articles.

 

Overview:

SeekersGuidance – the Global Islamic Seminary, is witnessing tremendous growth and recognition online. This is due to its unique offerings: structured Islamic learning and guidance with qualified scholars, completely free of charge.

As part of this ongoing growth, we are looking for a Content Assistant with strong digital marketing, social media, copyediting, proofreading and project management experience.

 

Job Description:

The Content Assistant role would be a full-time position. A person working in this role would be responsible for carrying out day to day operational tasks for the SeekersGuidance content and programs department. This position will review and provide quality control over the various content streams- the Seekers Answers service, SeekersDaily, Podcasts, Articles and Blogs, Programs, and other external engagements. The Content and Programs Assistant should have experience in multitasking and have working knowledge in fundraising, digital marketing, project management, and creative writing. These skills will be instrumental in deploying  and overseeing projects that relate directly to content and programs. The position of a Content Assistant requires an efficient and well organized individual who can communicate clearly with department managers, senior management, and external scholars from around the world.

 

Working Requirements:

Location:  Remote Working
Hours: 40 Hrs/Week
Salary: Based on qualifications and relevant experience

 

Qualifications:

  • High School Degree or Equivalent (essential)
  • College/University Degree (essential)

 

Experience:

  • Previous project management experience
  • Social media and digital marketing management
  • 5 years experience with copy-writing and copy-editing
  • Experience with Muslim educational or charitable institutions (desirable but not essential)
  • Published work (desirable)
  • Intermediate understanding of Islamic principles, spirituality, and law (desirable)

Candidate must also have a sound understanding of our core audience, the global Muslim community, and must demonstrate an understanding of core traditional Islamic values. This is to ensure they are able to communicate with audiences effectively.

 

How to Apply:

We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If you feel you have what it takes to contribute to SeekersGuidance, please apply in confidence to [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter.

 

Job Posting: Outreach Coordinator

 

Outreach Manager

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

 

Overview:

SeekersGuidance, the Global Islamic Seminary is witnessing tremendous growth and recognition. This is due to its unique offering: structured Islamic learning and guidance with qualified scholars, completely free of charge.

As part of this ongoing growth, we are looking for an Outreach Coordinator with strong marketing, social media, and communication skills/experience.

 

Key Job Parameters:

  • Status: Full-time (40 hours a week)
  • Location: Remote Working 
  • Remuneration: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

 

The role is a hands-on, disciplined, high energy position that is primarily responsible for:

  • Supporting Outreach Senior Manager in responsibilities & duties
  • Supporting SeekersGuidance Outreach activities throughout all departments 
  • Support the creation of regular, rich messaging which increases engagement with students, visitors, and the donors
  • Enhancing current digital communication channels (email, social media, website, etc.) to support the growth of reach and audience
  • Enhancing digital presence & engagement on social media
  • Communicate in both English and Arabic to highlight content (courses, articles, podcasts, answers) to English and Arabic speaking audiences.
  • Work closely with Development, Online Services, and Programs for all required Outreach elements to support organizational programs in these areas.
  • Curating regular mailing list emails for Academy activities and announcements

 

Key Outreach Tasks

The below tasks cover both Arabic and English areas of SeekersGuidance

  • Graphics design coordination
  • Website quality control & updates
  • Social media content curation & scheduling
  • Newsletter content curation & creation
  • MailChimp automation
  • Ad-Campaign Support

 

Systems to be used

Evident familiarity with the following applications will be highly beneficial

  • MailChimp
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Suite
  • Google Suite
  • Buffer
  • Basecamp

 

Requirements:

  • Work within the Outreach team ensuring that the appropriate systems, competencies, and values are executed in order to meet and exceed the strategic goals of Outreach.
  • Developing and executing the annual outreach plan with the outreach manager.
  • Strong communication skills in fluent Arabic & English
  • Coordinate a system of reports and communications for all information from the outreach team to senior management.
  • Work with all departments to ensure consistency of external communication across the organization.
  • Partake in regular communication with other departments to provide outreach services and support organizational goals.

 

Candidate Profile and Skills:

The ideal candidate will be someone who has strong communication skills and an ability to work in a team environment based solely online and with colleagues based all around the world.

  • Highly developed marketing and digital media skills
  • Well versed on social media platforms 
  • Effective team player, open to direction with a collaborative work style, and an unflinching commitment to getting the job done in a fast-paced, dynamic digital context.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • 3-5 years of professional experience

 

How to Apply:

We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If you feel you have what it takes to contribute to SeekersGuidance, please apply in confidence to [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter.

Another Term Completed at the Dar al Fuqaha Seminary – Courses Coming Soon!

In the midst of all the challenges brought forth by the new realities facing us during this global pandemic, the SeekersGuidance Istanbul Team has been working tirelessly to continue bringing life-changing knowledge to students from around the world.

Last week, The SeekersGuidance Istanbul Team finished the second term of lessons at the Dar al Fuqaha Seminary. With the help of technology, we were able to keep students connected to their lessons and teachers, while maintaining best practices during the pandemic. For the safety of our students, term two was held exclusively held online.  Scholars recorded lessons from an empty lecture hall, as students tuned in from home.

 

 

 

 

 

This term, senior scholars including Shaykh Usama Rifai, Shaykh Ismail Majzoob and Dr Mahmoud Masri taught various Islamic sciences including: Fiqh, Hadith, Aqeeda and more!

Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media feeds as we will be releasing the courses online, completely free, for thousands more to benefit shortly.

Interested in registering for a course now? Take a look at our course catalog for over a hundred beneficial courses: seekersguidance.org/courses

A final word — all this is made possible with the help of generous donors like you. Support The Dar al-Fuqaha Seminary and other important projects brought to you by SeekersGuidance. Click here and Donate Today.

The SeekersGuidance Summer 2020 Intensive: Reflections and Testimonials

The SeekersGuidance Summer 2020 Intensive offered three programs of study to serve Muslims with varying needs and concerns. Programs included an Islamic Foundations Program, and Arabic Ijaza Program, as well as a Youth Program.The intensive, originally planned to be held in Istanbul before the pandemic, was adjusted and moved online in order to serve Muslims around the world in this difficult time. With the help of streaming and collaborative technology, we were able to hold daily live lessons with teachers from various countries, while giving students an interactive and immersive learning experience.

Teachers included:

  • Dr. Mahmoud Masri (Turkey)
  • Shaykh Talal Azam (UK)
  • Dr. Abdurrahman Idrissi (Turkey)
  • Shaykh Walead Mosaad (USA)
  • Dr. Faysal Hafian (Egypt)
  • Dr. Nuri Friedlander (USA)
  • Shaykh Yusuf Welch (Canada)
  • and more!

Like all our programs, all this was provided completely free. The response spoke for itself, with over 500 registrations, here’s what some of our students had to say:

“It was a beautiful learning experience. The live sessions allowed for far more interaction with the teachers than expected”

“This is the briefest and probably the most worthwhile experience I have had since Ramadan. It was intensive!”

“I am severely sight impaired and the courses at Seekers Guidance are like light in my life”

“It was insightful to say the least. I enjoyed the program and it taught me many things I didn’t know before”

“Connecting with Scholars from all over the world is in itself a great and life-changing experience”

“Living in Italy, I never had the opportunity or the means to even get a basic Islamic education before, so now I have a much stronger foundation. I also still cannot believe everything is free and state-of-the-art quality. I would urge people to support SeekersGuidance financially, and to make dua for them”

If you missed the summer intensive, don’t worry. Courses will be made available on our website in the coming week!

Meanwhile checkout other great free courses by leading scholars by visiting: seekersguidance.org/course-catalog/

Support Seekers in Building a Truly Global Islamic Seminary

Support Seekers in Building a Truly Global Islamic Seminary

We are pleased and honored to announce the launch of the SeekersGuidance Year-End Campaign for 2020, Alhamdulillah. 

SeekersGuidance has been growing in reach and impact since it began in 2009. 

We have already served over 250,000 students so far – and had over three million unique visitors to our website, during the first half of 2020 alone.

We Need Your Support 

We are currently operating on a skeletal monthly budget of just $40,000 a month, which is less than a mid-sized local Islamic center. 

To present knowledge and guidance services and to fulfill our vision of becoming a truly Global Islamic Seminary – we critically need your support now to reach $60,000 in recurring monthly donations by the end of 2020.

 

 

Our Key Areas For Growth

By increasing our recurring monthly donations, we will be able to further develop our structured learning streams that allow anyone to personally connect with qualified, reliable, and specialized scholars, in a very engaging and interactive format – Completely Free.

Your support will help us to facilitate critical and impactful projects now – reaching our goal of serving 1,000,000 students by 2022.

 

No other Islamic Seminary reaches as many people, so consistently, so easily, and with such clarity, so imagine how much greater that impact and benefit could be if we are able to increase our organizational capacity.

Help SeekersGuidance Build A Truly Global Islamic Seminary and Support the Vision of Our Growth Fund Today

On behalf of everyone here at SeekersGuidance, please accept our gratitude for your continued support and contributions.

 

 

Download a Copy of Our Latest Growth Fund Brochure

Saving Our Souls Series

Our teacher, Shaykh Yusuf Weltch, guides us through a journey, a path that ultimately leads to true happiness; the love of Allah.  Join us as we take this trip.  Keep an eye on this page for updates to new articles and podcasts.

Part 1: Introduction | Click here

  • An article on the heart and the need to take care of it

Part 2: Obligations of the Heart | Click here

  • We’ve heard of bodily obligations, but what are the obligations of the heart?

Part 3: A Precious Counsel from a Revered Scholar | Click here

  • The believer’s state

Part 4: 22 Sins of the Heart | Click here

  • Yes, even the heart can sin, which are the worst of sins

Part 5: 12 Sins of the Stomach | Click here

  • Everything we digest has an impact on the heart

Part 6: 12 Sins of the Eyes | Click here

  • Seeing eye to eye with the legislation

Part 7: 38 Sins of the Tongue | Click here

  • Do you want Paradise guaranteed for you?

Part 8: The Sins of the Ears

Part 9: The Sins of the Hand

Part 10: The Sins of the Private Parts

Part 11: The Sins of the Feet

Part 12: The Sins of the Body

Ashura 2020 Online Event


Today, August 29th, 2020, the SeekersGuidance team has organized an amazing program in honor of Ashura, which will feature scholars and speakers from around the world. With a wide array of topics discussed- from lessons on historical events to spiritual reflections, our speakers will help shed light on the significant events that took place on the 10th of Muharram.  The day of Ashura is recognized by all – celebrated by some and considered a day of mourning by others, but why the contrast? Join us today to find out.

Click here to learn more.

The Day of Ashura

The Day of Ashura, the tenth of Muharram, is an auspicious day. It has been narrated that it was the day on which Allah forgave our father Adam, the day on which the Ark of Nuh came to rest on the mountain known as al-Judi after six months at sea, and the day on which Allah forgave the people of Yunus (peace be upon him and all the Prophets).

When the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) came to Madinah, he found the Jews fasting the Day of Ashura. He asked them why they were fasting and they told him that it was the day on which Allah saved Sayyiduna Musa (peace be upon him) and his people and drowned Pharaoh and his people. Musa fasted out of gratitude to Allah and his people continued the practice after him. The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) told the Jews that his nation was closer to Musa (peace be upon him) than them. He then fasted that day and ordered his Companions to fast (Bukhari and Muslim). He taught his nation (Ummah) to commemorate this great day, to reflect upon its connection to the previous Prophets and to seek a portion of the immense outpouring of Allah’s mercy that those Prophets received on Ashura.

The most important thing he taught us to do is to fast. He informed us that if we do so, Allah wipes out the sins of the previous year (Muslim). We may ask: if we have already fasted the Day of `Arafah then Allah has already erased our sins in the previous and coming year so what more can be gained from fasting Ashura? Some scholars mention that continuously fasting both days leads to a deeper erasure of one’s wrongdoings, protection from falling into sin in the future and also has the effect of wiping out the wrongdoings of one’s family and neighbours.

Why does fasting the Day of `Arafah wipe out the sins of two years, whereas fasting the day of Ashura only wipes out the sins of one year? One reason, the scholars say, is that the Day of `Arafah is a day attributed to Sayyiduna Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) which is clearly superior to Ashura which is attributed to Sayyiduna Musa (peace be upon him). The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) also taught his nation (Ummah) to fast the day before or the day after so that our tradition be distinct from the tradition of the Jews.

We should renew our repentance on Ashura. The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) said that it is a day on which Allah allowed a certain people to repent and He will continue to allow others to do the same (Tirmidhi).

The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) also taught us that if someone spends generously on their family on the Day of Ashura, Allah will treat them with generosity for the rest of the year (Bayhaqi).  Sufyan Ibn `Uyaynah said, “We tried this for fifty years and all that we saw was good.”

It has likewise been narrated that the one who gives charity on this day will have the reward of a whole year’s charity.

On this day we also recall the courage and sacrifice of Imam al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him) and renew our attachment and love for him and for the Prophetic Household.