The Day of Arafah – Shaykh Faid Mohammad Said

* Originally Published on 20/08/18 What is the Day of Arafah? How do we know that it is so special? And what should we do on this day? Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said covers these topics in this article. In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate, “Indeed, the number of months with […]

The Role of Sayyids and Sharifs in Spreading Islam (Interview) – Prof Syed Naquib al Attas

Prof Syed Naquib Al-Attas was interviewed by Prof. Mehmet Ipsirli on the role that the Prophetic family (Sayyids and Sharifs) played in spreading Islam in South East Asia.   Prof Mehmet: What are the places of Sayyids and Sharifs in the Islamic tradition? Prof Al – Attas: Nowadays, I feel that these two concepts have […]

SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholars Fund

SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholars Fund The Seekersguidance Islamic Scholars Fund supports deserving and needy Islamic scholars and students dedicate themselves to studying and teaching Islam–to benefit individuals and communities, now and in the future, through the reliable spreading of Islamic knowledge and guidance.   “Scholars are the inheritors of Prophets,” said the Prophet Muhammad (peace be […]

How Do We Know When Ramadan Starts? – Shaykh Rami Nsour

Shaykh Rami Nsour discusses how one determines when the month of Ramadan enters and the differences of opinions on the matter. He brings up the debate concerning actual sightings versus calculation, and mentions that the discussion has a long history, but emphasizes that disagreements concerning these methods should not cause harsh words or the breaking […]

Reflections on the Life of Omar ibn Said – Dr Hadia Mubarak

Dr Hadia Mubrak shares her reflections and thoughts on the life and legacy of Omar ibn Said.   In our public discourse, the term “Muslim” tends to be synonymous with words like “foreigner,” “immigrant” and “refugee.” Yet the historical reality of Muslims in America depicts a completely different portrait. The first Muslims to come to […]

The Trodden Path (Episode 2): A Glimpse At the Lives of the Illustrious Scholars and Saints of the 20th and 21st Century.

In this newly anticipated series, Shaykh Shoayb Ahmed of South Africa will take us on a journey through the lives and biographies of some of the most celebrated and well known scholars of the twentieth and twenty – first century. These historical accounts will provide us with refreshing insights and lessons, and motivate us to […]

Talk about Islam with Shaykh Hamza Karamali (Episode 2) – What is the purpose of life?

Dear Readers, welcome back to the second episode of our periodic conversations with Shaykh Hamza Karamali as part of the “Talk About Islam” series. Shaykh Hamza Karamali is the Dean of Academics at SeekersGuidance, and is one of our senior teachers.    Osama: Salam ‘alaykum Shaykh Hamza, As always, it’s a great blessing to be […]

Acquisition of the Clear Light: Part 2

This is the second part of a series of translations of Habib Umar’s work, Qabs al-Nur al-Mubin, an abridgment of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Din.   A Summary of the Heart’s Qualities Within a human being’s nature lie four blemishes: Qualities of beasts of prey, animals, demons and that of a divine nature. When he […]

Zanbal – Visiting the Graves of the Righteous

Nurulain Wolhuter tells of how visiting the righteous dead is a blessed act for those who seek to make their hearts alive.   The place is Zanbal, the resting place of the Ba‘alawi family of descendants of the Prophet in Tarim, Yemen. The time is after asr. The sun is beating on the white sand […]

The Crucial Status of Fatwa in Islam and Its Impact – Habib Umar

Habib Umar bin Hafez recently addressed the Jordanian General Ifta’ Department on the status of fatwas in Islam and the grave responsibility of the scholars who issue them.   The Weight of Giving Religious Verdicts The Habib began by reminding everyone of the tremendous role that the mufti plays in that he is standing before […]