Step One: Essentials Certificate Launch at SeekersHub Toronto Islamic Seminary

On February 4th, 2018, SeekersHub Toronto launched the very first class of the Step One: Essentials Certificate!

Over 100 students attended. SeekersHub Toronto was blooming with lively discussions, great questions and many newly formed friendships. It is an exciting step as we embark on this blessed journey of learning. This is also one of the first steps into turning SeekersHub Toronto into an Islamic Seminary, and launching the Steps Curriculum.

Steps Curriculum

Part of a five step curriculum, this first step focuses on the religious knowledge that every Muslim must learn in order to fulfill their personal obligations to Allah Most High. This gives you a clear grounding in your beliefs, worship, living the religion, in your spiritual turning to Allah Most High, as well as a clear understanding of the Islamic scholarly method.

If you are in Toronto and want to learn more or register to the Step One: Essentials Certificate, click here.

If you are outside of Toronto, you could register for the Global Step One: Essentials through the SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary, here.

A New Partnership

A new and very special partnership has been made between Seekershub Toronto and Global Deaf Muslims Canada (GDMC). Each class, interpreters will be present to interpret the entire lesson for the attending deaf community members. The first class was an absolute success for those attending and needing interpretation, Alhamdulillah.

We pray that Allah make us steadfast and consistent so that we may benefit and spread this benefit, with sincerity. And Allah alone gives success.

Step One: Essentials Certificate Open to the Deaf Community at SeekersHub Toronto

SeekersHub’s vision is to make reliable Islamic knowledge accessible to everyone, anywhere in the world. As such, SeekersHub has partnered with Global Deaf Muslims Canada (GDMC), in order to make accessible the Step One: Essentials Certificate to the deaf community.

Each week, an interpreter will be present to interpret the entire lesson to deaf students. Alhamdulillah, the first class was an absolute success! Watch the following video as Zohaib Qureshi, the Executive Director of GDMC, describes his experience at the first class of the Step One: Essentials Certificate.

Zohaib invites the wider deaf Muslim community to take advantage of this offering and attend the classes. (The video is also close captioned.)

If you are in Toronto and want to learn more or register to the Step One: Essentials Certificate, click here.

 

Full Transcript of the Video

Zohaib: Assalamu Alaikum. GDMC and the Hub (Toronto) are working together on something very exciting. We will ask some questions. Would you like to introduce yourself to us?

Yasmin: Yes, my name is Yasmin Taher. I’m one of the team members here at SeekersHub Toronto. I’m very happy to be with you all Alhamdulillah (Thank God).

Zohaib: I showed up for this class, I was curious about it and I learned so much. I don’t want to learn by myself, I want everybody else to come. I wanted to ask you a few questions about the organization. What does the organization do? How does it benefit people? Do you have to register? Do you have to pay? If you can just explain a little bit more about the curriculum and about the course, so that people
get a better understanding of it.

Yasmin: Perfect, yes. SeekersHub is a non-profit charity. It’s main aim really, insha’Allah (God willing), is to spread knowledge: to spread Islamic knowledge to everyone everywhere around the world. And alhamdulillah (thank God) everything, absolutely all the programing that is being offered at SeekersHub
is free. Anybody can join, anybody can walk in, ask their questions, sit and learn from the scholars. So
alhamdulillah (Thank God), it’s a very open space.

We’re very excited to launch this particular curriculum. It’s called the Steps curriculum. And it’s very exciting because it’s a curriculum that introduces Islam and Islamic knowledge in a step-by-step format. So, it’s a curriculum where you are able to receive a certificate after completion. And this first step is a one-year program and you only come Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Insha’Allah (God willing), you’ll benefit from the teachers, you’ll get to ask your questions, and you do receive a certificate of completion at the end of it.

Zohaib: Ok, is there an age limit for this. Or is there a minimum age for people to attend?

Yasmin: Absolutely not, we saw today, masha’Allah (with God’s will), a huge turnout for our first class. We
had, actually, a gentleman who was, I believe maybe 10 years old, and another boy who was about 7
years old or so joining. And we have aunties and uncles as well.

So, there is absolutely no age limit, minimum or maximum. The only thing is that person coming, wants to learn, they want o commit and take this seriously and learn about their religion and be able to benefit themselves insha’Allah (God willing) and their families and friends.

Zohaib: That is really amazing! Masha’Allah (with God’s will). It’s a great opportunity. Make sure you don’t miss out on that. Will there be an interpreter provided, going forward, for the classes?

Yasmin: Yes Alhamdulilah (Thank God), we plan to have an interpreter every class here. And so, I really encourage everyone to come out and benefit insha’Allah. And there is always a dedicated time for you to ask your questions with the interpreter to the teacher and to be able to clarify any points.

Even if it’s before class, we can schedule time and there are sessions during the classes where you are able to have that conversation and discussion and questions with the teacher and the interpreter present to clarify
any points taught in class.

Zohaib: That is amazing masha’Allah (with God’s will). Well, it was first time to join it and I thought I would take a look at it. And I was amazed. It is a great opportunity and it is good knowledge and Allah (God) will reward you and insha’Allah (God Willing) benefit us and benefit future generations to come.

For the kids, I had a question, if there are going to be Deaf children attending and if hey are not understanding something, would the Imam be willing to show up here at the location maybe half an hour before or if someone lives far away or close, would they have to come here, or do you have different locations as
well?

Yasmin: We only do have this one location, which is in Mississauga. We are located in a central area in Mississauga. Dixie and Eglinton is the main intersection. So, the teacher inshallah when required can be here a little bit before class to help clarify and answer questions here in person. As well, we do have a course forum where you are able to ask questions online ahead of time and we are able to take it up in class as well.

Zohaib: For anyone who lives far in the West end or East end, they would be able to take it online correct?

Yasmin: There’s also this program, the Steps program, being offered online, yes, that is correct.

Zohaib: Alhamdulilah, masha’Allah. We’ve been working together with SeekersHub and GDMC and we want to make sure it’s successful. Thank you for your time. Do you have anything else you want to add?

Yasmin: Alhamdulilah, we are very happy to be working with GDMC and we really hope to see more of the community come out and learn and really be able to show everyone else, you know, that you’re able
to sit here and learn in classes with teachers as well. So, don’t be shy, come to drop by even to just look.
And insha’Allah (God willing), we get to see more of you.

Zohaib: Insha’Allah, I look forward to seeing more of you here, not only myself. And so that afterwards we can have discussions and study groups. So be ready for that. Assalamu Alaikum.

We Need $70K to Protect Our Future

Each month, SeekersHub Global financially supports scholars and students of knowledge in dire need. We need $70,000 every month to make sure our Islamic Scholars Fund can continue to assist them. Help us help them by giving generously, now.

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When the month of Ramadan was here, you gave your money open-heartedly because you thought with your heart.
Just because the month has come and gone does not mean the needs of our scholars and students of knowledge go away, as Imam Zaid mentions here.

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Prayer: A Comprehensive SeekersHub Reader

Prayer forms the fourth chapter of Imam Al-Ghazali’s seminal work, the Ihya, which is widely regarded as the greatest work on Islamic spirituality in the world.

Here, we share some of the best SeekersHub resources available on this subject plus video recordings from SeekersHub Toronto, where live sessions will be held everyday this Ramadan.

 

Knowledge and Guidance: A Comprehensive SeekersHub Reader

Seeking knowledge is the subject that occupies the first chapter of Imam Al-Ghazali’s seminal work, the Ihya, which is widely regarded as the greatest work on Islamic spirituality in the world. Why did he begin with knowledge, before moving on to the chapter on prayer?

Here, we share some of the best SeekersHub resources available on this subject plus video recordings from SeekersHub Toronto, where live sessions will be held everyday this Ramadan.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam, by H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad

A new book by H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan has just been launched to critical acclaim. In this video, he explains why the contents are so relevant and timely.

The world is at a crossroads today. A tiny minority of Muslims seems to be bent on hijacking the religion of Islam and bringing it into perpetual conflict with the rest of the world. Because of their actions, very few non-Muslims understand the real difference between Islam as it has always been, and the distorted perversions of Islam today. This book is an attempt to positively say what Islam actually is—and always was—as well as what it is not.

This talk delivered by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan at Waterstones bookstore on Gower Street, London, United Kingdom.

H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan (b. 1966 CE) was educated at Harrow School, UK; received his BA Summa cum Laude from Princeton University, NJ, USA; his first PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK, and his second PhD from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. He is a Professor of Islamic Philosophy and his book Love in the Holy Qur’an has been widely acclaimed, has gone into ten editions and has been translated into a number of languages. He also serves as Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs to H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan.

H.R.H. Prince Ghazi is the author of A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam which may be purchased through Turath Publishing in the UK.

Islamic Logic: Bring Order and Clarity to Your Religious Reasoning

An Introduction to Islamic Logic: Abhari’s Isagoge Explained

Have you ever had trouble arguing for your Faith? Have you ever wished you knew of a better way to clarify what others might find obscure in Islam?

About the course

Islamic Logic is an ancillary science, the main purpose of which is to
• protect Muslim scholars, students and laymen from mistakes in reasoning
• analyze anti-religious arguments in order to show their falsehood
• construct arguments to vindicate the tenets of faith of Sunni Islam

About the teacher

Shaykh Hamza Karamali joined the SeekersHub Global teaching faculty in 2016. This will be his first course with SeekersHub. You can read more about him here.
We are very excited about this new course. We think you should be, too. Sign up now.
If you’re not quite ready to jump into Islamic Logic, we have loads of other courses for you to take a look at. Check out the course catalog.

Update on the Scholar and Family Facing Death Threats

On October 18th, 2016, we made an appeal for urgent support for a scholar and his family facing repeated death threats and whom needed to relocate — see previous blog post here.

We wanted to update you that Alhamdulillah, we were able to raise well-over the amount we’d set as our goal, through your generous support!

With the amount raised, the scholar and his family will now have the funds to relocate to a different country as well as additional funds for expenses for the first few months as they settle in to their new home.

The funding is in the process of being transferred, through coordination by SeekersHub and local partners in the region, for the scholar to be able to settle down in the host country immediately.

There are also ongoing efforts well underway for the scholar to find suitable teaching opportunities.

It is from the ethos of SeekersHub Global that our commitment to #KnowledgeWithoutBarriers seeks to remove the barriers impeding the flow of the life-giving water of Prophetic guidance, so that its benefit and light can spread in these challenging times.

We pray that Allah accepts from each and every one of you who gave generously. May your generosity increase the baraka in your wealth and provisions and be a testament for you on the Day when we’re all in need of such deeds.

This was only one of many cases of needy, deserving scholars and seekers of knowledge we come to know of on a regular basis that are in difficulty and distress and need the community’s support.

Help us in supporting them through the SeekersHub Global Zakat FundSupporting them is key to fight the darkness of ignorance and misunderstanding with the light of knowledge and beautiful understanding of religion.

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Will you join the fight of the century? #FightwithLight

Let’s defeat the darkness of ignorance by spreading the light of knowledge. Give now to help SeekersHub reach $60,000 in monthly donations by year end.

Here’s Shaykh Faraz Rabbani kicking off the #FightWithLight campaign.

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This is the fight of the century

We’re being attacked by religious extremists who are committing unspeakable crimes in the name of our religion and our Prophet (peace be upon him).
Every generation of Muslims faces challenges. The challenge of our times is to defeat the darkness of ignorance with the light of knowledge and guidance.
At SeekersHub, our mission is to help each and every Muslim connect with the life changing guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

  • We are the largest free Islamic learning institute in the world serving 30,000 students in our academy. 
  • Over a million people access our website to get answers to their questions and connect with the guidance of our scholars.
  • We’re building a free online Arabic program that will enable students anywhere in the world to connect with the Quran, at no cost.

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SeekersHub Global already reaches 1.7 million people across every corner of the globe. What if billions of people had access to sound, reliable Islamic knowledge?
All of our programs are offered free of charge where everyone has the opportunity to study Islam with reliable scholars, at no cost.
This is where we need your help. We rely on the generous support of people like you to make all of this possible.
SeekersHub has an operating budget of $60,000 per month. We currently bring in $32,000 in monthly donations. We need to close that gap by the end of 2016 to remain financially viable. 
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What does Islamic knowledge do for us? Shaykh Idris Watts

What does Islamic knowledge do for us, what is its nature and how does it transform us? Shaykh Idris Watts elucidates in this brief video at the UK’s Micro-Madrasa.

 

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