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

Muharram: The Islamic Calendar’s January | A Reader

The new Islamic year is almost upon us and although setting New Year’s Resolutions based on the Islamic calendar isn’t a common practice, there are a few things we should do; reflect over the previous year and take a moment to assess our accomplishments, and think about how we can make the next Islamic year better.

The first month of the Islamic calendar is Muharram; a very special month in Islam. Not only does it mark the start of a new year but it is from what Allah deems “the sacred months”.

Allah says:

God decrees that there are twelve months- ordained in God’s Book on the Day when He created the heavens and earth- four months of which are sacred: this is the correct calculation. Do not wrong your souls in these months- though you may fight the idolaters at any time, if they first fight you- remember that God is with those who are mindful of Him. (9:36)

In this reader, we have compiled for our valued readers most of our articles, questions, videos, and audio segments related to this blessed month.

Articles

Bidding Farewell to this Year and Welcoming a New Year – Muwasala

  • How should we end the year and how should we start the upcoming one?
    • “At the end of the financial year businessmen analyse their year’s trading, but our trade is with Allah and is more worthy of being evaluated. “

Muharram: Mankind’s Memorial – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

  • Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said explains why Muharram, the first in the Islamic calendar, is an especially auspicious month on many levels.

Sacred Months by Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

  • An article highlighting the virtue of fasting in these sacred months amongst other things.

Answers

Can I Purchase Household Accessories in Muharram?

  • Clearing up some misconceptions

Is it Forbidden to Buy New Clothes During Muharram?

  • Clearing up some more misconceptions

Fiqh of The Islamic Month of Muharram

  • A detailed reply to a question posed to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, “What is the fiqh of the Islamic month of Muharram?”

Can I Combine My Intentions for a Missed Ramadan Fast and An Optional Sunnah Fast?

  • If you’ve decided to fast some days this month but have fasts you still have to make up from Ramadan, can you combine them?

Videos

Muharram: An Opportunity to Transcend Hypocrisy

  • Dr Yusuf Patel discusses the importance of transcending the recurrent partisan and divisive issues of Muharram, and rather focus on following the universal values that Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him) and other great personalities stood for.

Audios

Muharram & New Beginnings, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

  • A Friday sermon delivered by the Shaykh regarding the concept of shahada, commonly translated as “martyrdom.” The term in reality, goes much deeper than its’ simple translation.

Black Lives Matter: Racism, Social Activism, Justice | A Reader

SeekersGuidance is always committed to provide clarity, answers, and guidance, especially when new issues emerge.

We feel that in these times it is important for us to listen to our black leaders. In this reader we are featuring the voices of some of our most impactful black Muslim leaders, including Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Dawud Walid, Shaykha Zaynab Ansari, and others.

May Allah make us of those who stand up for justice, truth and equity with principles. In the spirit of the Quran:

People, We created you all from a single man and a single woman, and made you into races and tribes so that you should recognize one another. In God’s eyes, the most honoured of you are the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware. (49:13)

You who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following your own desire, so that you can act justly- if you distort or neglect justice, God is fully aware of what you do. (4:135)

Articles

Blackness, Racism And How The Arabic Language Rises Above It All

  • When “Black” is good. An insight to what “blackness” truly means in the Arabic language

Black Lives Matter: If You’re Right With God, You’re Right – Imam Zaid Shakir

  • Imam Zaid Shakir has led funeral prayers (janazas) due to blue-on-black crime and black-on-black crime. In this video he touches on the history of the black struggle and sheds some spiritual light on the issue. Allah tells us our lives matter, we don’t need a movement.

Race To The Top – Imam Zaid Shakir – New Islamic Direction

  • It’s okay to get involved. Racism existed, and still does. Let us talk about it.

Spiritual Activism and the Tradition of Salawat in West Africa

  • Imam Dawud Walid discusses the inspiring story of a west African scholar, Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba

 

On Demand Courses

Social Justice In The Islamic Tradition: How to Approach Justice and Uphold Truth with Wisdom and Principle

  • Islam is a truly complete religion; a way of life. Does it lay down foundations for social justice? Of course!

Islam in Blackamerica

  • BayanOnline, an online Islamic seminary, is offering this insightful course for only three easy payments of free, yes, FREE.  Check out this beneficial course with Dr. Sherman Jackson.

 

Answers

How Do I Deal With My Racist Spouse?

  • It’s easier to avoid problems outside your home, but what do you do when the problems lie within?

Hadiths on the “Bad Traits” of Black People

  • How do we understand hadiths which seemingly describe black people negatively?

Would it Be Wrong To Avoid Interracial Marriages For Cultural Considerations?

  • Are you racist if you don’t want to marry someone from outside your race? The following answer discusses some prophetic direction in marriage.

How Do I Deal With Racist Attitudes at Gatherings?

  • Self-hate will lead to a dull fate.

Are the Islamic Rulings Regarding Marriage Racist?

  • Islam doesn’t teach us to be racist. Many people, including Muslims, are simply misinformed.

 

Islamic Scholars Fund: Growth, Clarifications, and Financials – June 2020

Assalamu alaikum,

Alhamdulillah, SeekersGuidance has been running the Islamic Scholars Fund–through which zakat and charity funds support eligible scholars and students, around the world.

Alhamdulillah, this Fund grew over 60% this Ramadan, through the active support of donors around the world.

Thus, we have felt it important to clarify and reiterate a number of issues:

Islamic Scholars Fund: 100% Disbursement Policy

This Fund has a 100% disbursement policy: all funds go to eligible scholars and students, as confirmed by our accountant, Faizan Rehman.

See: How Does SeekersGuidance Distribute Your Zakat and Charity Through the Islamic Scholars Fund

The criteria used by the Islamic Scholars Fund have been established in active consultation with senior Islamic scholars.

The Islamic Scholars Fund Committee

The Islamic Scholars Fund Committee is made up of (1) Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Executive Director); (2) Dr. Padela (Chairman of the Board of Directors); (3) Faizan Rehman (Accountant). Their contact details can be found below.

This committee approves the allocation and disbursement of the zakat and charity collected by the Islamic Scholars Fund.


Draft and Finalized Mid-Year Financial Reports 

We have released our draft 2020 Financial Statement for the year so far, compiled by our internal accountant, Faizan Rehman. You can access it here: Download Mid-Year Financial Report 2020 [Draft]

Our accountant will be releasing the finalized mid-year financial report for the Islamic Scholars Fund, and for SeekersGuidance by mid-July.

There, we will be releasing our Financial Reports twice a year–including annual audited reports.

Establishing an External Shariah Supervisory Board

We are in the process of establishing an external Shariah Supervisory Board for the Islamic Scholars Fund–comprised of qualified Islamic legal scholars, to certify Shariah compliance and proper oversight, according to the highest standards.

The Islamic Scholars Fund Grow Over 60% This Ramadan

These are major steps in the growth and consolidation of the Islamic Scholars Fund–which grew over 60% this Ramadan 2020 over last Ramadan, despite the global economic crisis. This is through the support of a wide network of donors around the world. May Allah bless them all.

This growth and responsibility makes it even more urgent to ensure there is clear governance, oversight, and disclosure of this Fund.

SeekersGuidance is committed to establishing the systems and processes to operate with excellence (ihsan), and to grow the Islamic Scholars Fund.

We hope to support even more scholars and students, and to help fund a revival of Islamic scholarship around the world through support of present and future scholars.

The Islamic Scholars Fund Prospectus

For more information about the Islamic Scholars Fund, see: Islamic Scholars Fund Prospectus (Ramadan 2020)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email any one of:

  1. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Executive Director) – [email protected] 
  2. Dr. Asif Padela (Chairman, Board of Directors) – [email protected] 
  3. Faizan Rehman (Accountant) – [email protected] 


In Ramadan, we raised $550,000 of our $1 million goal to support scholars and students around the world during the current global pandemic. Help us reach our target: Support by giving zakat or charity at:
www.seekersguidance.org/donate

And Allah alone gives success.

Correction of Error Regarding Shaykh Hamza Karamali

We regret an error in our end of year Islamic Scholars Fund prospectus for 2019. It was wrongly stated that Shaykh Hamza Karamali (then our Dean of Academics) was a part of the Islamic Scholars Fund Committee.

This is incorrect, and an error. We apologize to Shaykh Hamza Karamali for this. Shaykh Hamza Karamali had no role whatsoever in the oversight, disbursements, or allocation of the zakat funds.

And Allah alone gives success.

SeekersGuidance Administration

Invest in Leadership for Our Communities – Imam Siraj Wahhaj

“I’ve come to love this organization and the great work they do in producing our future leaders.” – Imam Siraj Wahaj

An Invitation to Support the Islamic Scholars Fund This Ramadan 

Imam Siraj Wahhaj discusses the Islamic Scholars Fund and the importance of investing in leadership for communities around the world.

We need your help this Ramadan to support qualified scholars and students of knowledge – our future religious leaders – to learn and to teach within our communities.  

Due to the current global crisis, with many mosques and religious institutions being forced to close, many students and scholars have been left without financial support – we can’t let this prevent the spread of benefit and guidance. Help us prevent a faith pandemic.

faith pandemic

Don’t Let a Faith Pandemic Happen: Support Our Islamic Scholars Fund This Ramadan 

We need your help to raise $1 million in zakat and charity to urgently support scholars in need around the world.

There are many deserving scholars and students struggling to continue to serve their communities, despite great financial challenges.

Support to scholars and students

In this sacred month, give your zakat and charity to sustain the Prophetic legacy. 

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) reported to have said: “Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.”  [Related by Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Ibn Maja, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, and others] 

Islamic Scholars Fund

Support the spread of sacred knowledge through the Islamic Scholars Fund this Ramadan, by giving your zakat and charity to help us raise $1 million for deserving students and scholars in need around the world. 

On behalf of everyone here at SeekersGuidance, please accept our gratitude for everything you have contributed, and we pray you have a blessed end to Ramadan.

Wasalaam,

Waseem Mahmood
Business Strategy Manager

SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary

In These Last Days of Ramadan, Support the Spread of the Prophetic Legacy – Imam Yama Niazi

Imam Yama Niazi discusses the Islamic Scholars Fund and the critical importance of supporting students of knowledge and qualified teachers around the world.

“This is a fund that helps and supports our teachers, our scholars, our da’ees and those who call to Allah (subhana wa ta’aala) ).” – Imam Yama Niazi

We need your help to raise $1 million in Zakat and Charity to urgently support scholars in need around the world.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is reported to have said: “Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.” 

But in times of crisis, when our mosques and religious institutions are closed down, our scholars are left unsupported and struggling to survive. Taking up odd jobs to provide for their families, leaving our communities bereft of the light and guidance it’s in utter need of.  Therefore there is no better, more important initiative than the spread of knowledge. 

Don’t Let a Faith Pandemic Happen: Support Our Islamic Scholars Fund This Ramadan 

Give your zakat and charity to the Islamic Scholars Fund in these blessed last days of Ramadan to help deserving religious scholars and students. In these difficult times, knowledge has even greater impact; and your support will help it spread. 

Through your support and contributions of Zakat and Charity – to the Islamic Scholars Fund – you are directly helping deserving qualified scholars and students.  and becoming a part of the Prophetic legacy.

Purify Your Wealth

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Quran 2:261]

Donate now to ensure scholars have the support required to continue their priceless service to their communities.

Support the spread of sacred Knowledge through the Islamic Scholars Fund in these last days of  Ramadan, by giving your zakat and charity to help us raise $1 million for deserving students and scholars in need around the world. 

On behalf of everyone here at SeekersGuidance, please accept our gratitude for everything you have contributed, and we pray you have a blessed end to Ramadan.

Wasalaam,

Waseem Mahmood
Business Strategy Manager

SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary

 

In These Last Days of Ramadan, Help Sustain Sacred Knowledge – Dr. Hadia Mubarak

In the current global crisis, many deserving scholars and students have been left unsupported; knowledge is critical in these testing times, and you can help to sustain it’s spread.

Dr. Hadia Mubarak talks about the Islamic Scholars Fund and the importance of supporting students of knowledge and qualified teachers around the world.

“Whatever crisis we are facing never eliminates our need for accurate and reliable religious knowledge, so it is absolutely critical that we support religious scholars across the world.”  Dr. Hadia Mubarak

Don’t Let a Faith Pandemic Happen: Support Our Islamic Scholars Fund This Ramadan.

We need your help to raise $1 million in Zakat and Charity to urgently support students of knowledge and qualified scholars in need around the world.

Knowledge is critical in these testing times, and you have an opportunity by donating your Zakat and Charity to help sustain it’s spread.

This Ramadan, help people around the world find light and guidance by supporting deserving scholars. Give your zakat and charity to support scholars who need it, when their knowledge is needed most.

Hadith: The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) reported to have said: “Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.”  [Related by Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Ibn Maja, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, and others] 

Faith Pandemic

Islamic Scholars Fund

Support the Spread of Sacred Knowledge through the Islamic Scholars Fund this Ramadan, by giving your Zakat and Charity to Help Us Raise $1 Million for Deserving Students and Scholars in Need Around the World. 

On behalf of everyone here at SeekersGuidance, please accept our gratitude for everything you have contributed, and we pray you have a blessed end to Ramadan.

Wasalaam,

Waseem Mahmood
Business Strategy Manager

SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary

Help Empower and Educate Youth with Imam Yama Niazi

In these times of confusion, help us strengthen the future and legacy of the faith by supporting the growth and religious education of our youth. Support this initiative to bring critically important knowledge to empower our youth.

Imam Yama Niazi talks about the Seekers Youth program and the importance of supporting the religious growth and education of our youth.

Spread Clarity in Confusing Times: Support Seekers Spread the Light of Guidance

Spread Clarity In Confusing Times

Help us raise $1 Million this Ramadan to reach one million students through our online courses and programs.

Give to the Seekers Growth Fund in these last days of Ramadan to help ensure the spiritual wellbeing of our future generations.

Imam Yama Niazi

“Our youth are very important to us, they’re our future, they are the ones that are going to live on this legacy of our deen.” Imam Niazi

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

On behalf of everyone here at SeekersGuidance, please accept our gratitude for everything you have contributed, and we pray you have a blessed end to Ramadan.

Wasalaam,

Waseem Mahmood
Business Strategy Manager

SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary

Spread Clarity in Confusing Times: Support Seekers Spread The Light of Guidance

For a number of years, SeekersGuidance has been supporting displaced Syrian scholars based in Istanbul (Turkey) through the Islamic Scholars Fund. 

This support has enabled them to dedicate themselves to teaching and spreading balanced, mainstream Islamic knowledge and guidance in a dignified manner.

However, our senior scholars felt there was still a clear gap: these scholars were dispersed across Istanbul and neighbouring areas—and it was difficult for students of knowledge to access them, and to have a clear program of traditional Islamic studies.

The Dar al Fuqaha Seminary

Dar al-Fuqaha Islamic Seminary was launched in January 2020 in a partnership with the Sultan Mehmet Waqf University (Istanbul). Our intention is to train future leaders and safeguard authentic scholarship in order to serve the global community and preserve sacred knowledge.

Support Seekers in Istanbul this Ramadan to continue this great work in providing clear learning paths with clarity, convenience and mentorship to hundreds, if not thousands of students.

The Dar al Fuqaha Prospectus

The Dar al Fuqaha Prospectus

Dar al-Fuqaha in Arabic

Visit Seekers Arabic Youtube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQQgpOuQZbaYz005k6hO1WA

Spread Clarity in Confusing Times

On behalf of everyone here at SeekersGuidance, please accept our gratitude for everything you have contributed.

Wasalaam,

Waseem Mahmood
Business Strategy Manager

SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary

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