Global Impact Report: A Snapshot of the Growing, Global Impact Made Possible With Your Support

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SeekersGuidance presents our Global Impact Report. It expounds on our vision to build an Islamic Seminary with Global Impact while upholding the Prophetic ethos of making knowledge free and accessible to all those who seek it.

A letter from our founder, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, is included. He talks about the focus, the gradual and steady growth of SeekersGuidance, the challenge we are facing.

This is our impact & growth of the last 10 years

We also look at our impact in a concise top-level look

What We Do Reflects World Wide

On the Ground in Toronto

We have also enabled face to face time with notable scholars from around the world

What are we doing in 2020?

2020 continued…

Your support means the world, not in just numbers but in real impact to people’s lives

The Truly Global Seminary

Our Global Faculty

 

Your support will help to grow this impact

 

Knowledge Gives Light: Continue the Ramadan Momentum

Knowledge Gives Light: Continue the Ramadan Momentum By Taking Our Free Online Courses—all taught by qualified scholars.

We all hope to improve in faith and practice during Ramadan. But we frequently struggle to sustain this momentum after Ramadan.

Take our free online courses, all taught by qualified scholars, completely free, in an engaging and convenient manner. Be sure to check out our Steps Curriculum, New Courses, Learning Arabic Courses, Arabiyya Courses (taught in Arabic!), and the rest of the over 100 courses.

The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) said, “Whomever Allah wishes well for, He grants them an understanding of religion.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain reliable understanding of religion.

Check out the full course catalog now—including new courses on Learning Arabic, new Steps Curriculum courses, and new courses taught in Arabic!

SeekersHub Global Impact Report: A Snapshot of the Growing, Global Impact Made Possible With Your Support

Click to access the SeekersHub Global Impact report in PDF

SeekersHub has launched our Global Impact Report. It expounds on our vision to build an Islamic Seminary with Global Impact, while upholding the Prophetic ethos of making knowledge free and accessible to all those who seek it.

A letter from our founder, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, is included. He talks about his focus, the gradual and steady growth of SeekersHub since 2011, and the SeekersHub commitment.

Two case studies are presented which illustrate local work and global impact. Statistics are presented which illustrate 600 course registrations in 2011, and an anticipated 120,000 projected for 2018.

Testimonials are presented from students in Toronto, India, and New Zealand–which demonstrate the global reach to students taking our courses and accessing our online services.

Highlights presented for SeekersHub Toronto Islamic Seminary are:

  1. Step One: Certificate & Seminary Track Students

  2. New Resident Scholar – Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Ba-Dhib

  3. Community Engagement

  4. Collaboration with Global Muslim Deaf Canada

Highlights presented for SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary are:

  1. Launching our Global Arabic Language Program

  2. Launching Seekersub Global in Arabic

  3. Our Commitment to Female Islamic Scholarship

  4. Deploying the World-Class Five-Level Steps Curriculum

We feature our Steps Curriculum Courses with 650+ Toronto registration and 3,000+ Global registrations, as well as our other offerings such as On-Demand Courses, Q&A Service, Podcasts, and more.

This Global Impact Report was launched and presented at our Impact Luncheon at SeekersHub Toronto on 11 August 2018.

All this work is only possible by the Help of Allah and supporters like you, so we ask you to consider becoming a monthly donor. No amount is too small, even $10/month can help us sustain our growth and support the increasing needs of our community. Donate Today.

A New Look For Our Academy Students – Term 2, 2018

Alhamdulillah, with the launch of Term 2, 2018, we have introduced a new look for our Academy dashboard.


The new user interface not only looks good, it also has a number of features that we think that will improve the usability of the dashboard.
Here are just a few of the features:

  1. A Profile Page which is fully designed to give you a quick glance over your entire activities.
  2. A minimal approach to Course Archive page displays only the most necessary details.
  3. A revamped Single Course page provides every possible course related detail at your cursor tips.
  4. A distraction-free learning to a new level with “Full-Screen Mode.”
  5. A cleaner, sleeker and feature rich calendar.
  6. A responsive theme that is adaptive to the device you are using.

The different styles, depending on what device you are using, can be seen below.
Register for a course today, and see the new user interface for yourself.

TABLET VIEW

DESKTOP VIEW

MOBILE VIEW


REGISTER for Term 2 Courses 2018 Now. We’ve extended the deadline!

A New Look for SeekersHub Global

The SeekersHub Global homepage has been redesigned.

The SeekersHub redesign has been underway for some time. We wanted to renew the website to better reflect our core values and mission.

We’re rolling out the new homepage now to announce the change. The entire site will gradually be remade in the same style.

On the homepage, immediately below the navbar, you’ll find the featured items from across the site.

featured

In the following section, the new answers to legal questions appear.

Answers

Then you’ll find a selection of new episodes from our current podcasts.

Podcasts

The blog section then follows with the most recent posts.

Blog

And to round it all off we have a selection of Must Read articles and answers, along with an offer to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Must Read

As you can see our goal has been to improve our content presentation by using clear, legible fonts and classic graphic design.

The overall aim has been to add clarity to the site design and offer our readers an improved user experience.

We hope you approve.


 

Ramadan 2018 Free Prints and Graphics

Dear Seekers, our Development Team has produced a series of free Ramadan prints and graphics for you.

The prints and graphics are in four formats. You can them download directly. Just right-click and save. Ramadan Karim!

Banners 820×312 PNG

 

 

Banners 1200×630 PNG

 

 

Mobile Wall Paper PNG

 

 

Print Posters 8.5″x11″ PDF

 

 


Bring new life to this Ramadan by enrolling in a FREE On-Demand course.


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.

 

Imam Zaid Shakir on the Florida Shootings

The following post by Imam Zaid Shakir was first published on his personal FaceBook page immediately following the shootings. We chose to republish it as it attempts to bypass the emotionally driven factionalism and address the roots causes of what is happening.

School Shootings: More Than Deranged Teenagers

Our condolences to the families of those killed and wounded by Nikolas Cruz in the “Valentine Day Massacre” yesterday in Parkland, Florida. The fact that Parkland was recently rated the 15th safest city in America and the safest in Florida, indicates the kind of mindless violence which has befallen that city can rear its ugly head anywhere.

In looking for causes many will point to the mental challenges the killer was confronting. Others will point an accusing finger at the NRA as a major contributor to this type of continuous carnage. The problem is larger than mental illness and it is larger than the NRA.

“It Is What It Is.”

The problem is a system that demands our country be flooded with guns in order to protect the profits of gun manufacturers.

It is a system that demands the world be flooded with American weapons in order to protect the profits of our weapons manufacturers.

It is a system that demands we engage in an unending series of armed conflicts in order to deplete the inventories of our military stockpiles.

It is a system that allows for the unfettered sale of ever more vicious and violent video games, knowing that such games desensitize human beings to killing (see Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman’s, “On Killing”).

It is a system that spend’s trillions of dollars on war but cannot find money for adequate treatment and housing of the nation’s mentally challenged.

It is a system that is steeped in violence yet cannot admit just how normal violence has become.

The Truth Is…

The truth is that violence has become so normal that a candidate for president can be elected after saying, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters…”

Until we address the nature of the system defining the parameters of our politics, economics, our social and political cultures, and why it breeds such violence these tragedies will continue to occur. As the young folks say, “It is what it is.”

Imam Zaid Shakir

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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.