Help Scholars Do The Work Of Scholars – A Message from Imam Zaid Shakir

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, this is Imam Zaid Shakir, and I’m here to encourage all of you to support the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund.

The Islamic Scholars Fund helps support students and scholars from all over the world and from every corner of the Umma.

Many scholars that have been affected by the various conflicts are now refugees. They have been uprooted from their homelands, torn away from their sources of income and separated from their students.

As you know, adjusting to a new life in a foreign land, especially as a refugee is very difficult. This is where the Seekershub Islamic Scholars Fund comes in.

It helps these scholars continue to teach, continue to research, continue to study and to continue to serve the Umma with their knowledge and skills.


This is what we need our scholars to be doing – not driving cabs and mopping floors, or other menial jobs.


When you donate to the Islamic Scholars Fund you’re helping scholars in North America and other Western countries, who’ve dedicated large parts of their lives to studying sacred knowledge, teach and benefit their communities instead of driving cabs or doing other menial work.

Every job has its dignity, but our scholars should be teaching, writing and researching. By donating to the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund, you’re helping them to do just that.


The budget is large; over $100,000 is being spent each month to support scholars and students of knowledge.


My dear Brothers and Sisters, we need to step up right now!

We need to help the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund to meet its budgetary requirements.


We need to support our Umma’s scholars and students of knowledge so they can continue to do what they do best: teach, research, guide, nurture communities and write.


This is what we need our scholars to be doing. Not driving cabs and mopping floors, or other menial jobs.

May Allah bless all of you, your families and all those you love. May He give you all great openings during these upcoming blessed months.

– Imam Zaid Shakir

Take a minute right now to support scholars and students who are preserving and spreading sacred knowledge in communities all over the world.

Donate Now.

 

Urgent: Help Us Raise $200,000 for Women’s Islamic Scholarship!

Less than two days remain to raise USD 200,000 for women’s Islamic scholarship! Watch Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s appeal below.

Supporting Women Scholars Is A Necessitywomen's islamic scholarship

SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary recognises the urgency of preserving and promoting female scholarship. Women have always been key to the preservation of the Prophetic Call—including the contributions of jurists, historians, and protectors of the traditions of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

In our societies, there is a lack of institutions and institutional funding for women’s scholarship. Reviving Women’s Islamic Scholarship is our effort at addressing this issue.

Unfortunately, less than half of the funds have been donated so far – a sad reminder of how little support is available for female seekers. This campaign is Zakat eligible and we urgently need your help in order to make it a success.

Your charity and Zakat donations can help as follows:

  • Helper – $30 can help buy groceries
  • Supporter – $50 can help buy study materials
  • Sponsor – $250 can buy key reference books
  • Champion – $500 can help pay for tuition and tutoring
  • Companion – $1,000 can help pay for essential family expenditure
  • Protector – $5,000 can help pay rent for more than one month
  • Leader – $10,000 can help provide long term security

How You Can Help:

  • DONATE – Spend your charity and Zakat in this urgent and worthy cause. Give generously, and be assured that even the smallest donation—with sincerity—can amount to great impact.
  • SHARE – Please share this campaign with family, friends, and your community. Ask those you know—with your own personal appeal—to support this campaign.
  • MAKE DU’A – Success is only from Allah Most High, so your dua’s are of immense value. May Allah reward you with that for which you ask and even more, Ameen.

Click here to view the campaign and to donate! 


Support “The Mother” – Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Give your zakat and charity, urgently, to raise $200,000 to support deserving and needy women scholars and students of Islamic knowledge around the world.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

“The Mother”

As a professional in frontline Health Sciences, she worked on the ground with patients who needed immediate support. She began to take classes at SeekersHub and yearned to learn far more deeply. She felt the benefits in her own life from the free courses she had the privilege to learn from. Learning gave her the personal and spiritual growth that Mothers often sacrifice because of their devotion to their families.
While studying with leading scholars in her community and online, she has also started teaching youth and mentoring students. She is an expert in physical healing and believes in the importance of spiritual health. Her commitment to learning and imparting that knowledge is unparalleled.

 

Your charity and Zakat donations can help as follows:

  • Helper – $30 can help buy groceries
  • Supporter – $50 can help buy study materials
  • Sponsor – $250 can buy key reference books
  • Champion – $500 can help pay for tuition and tutoring
  • Companion – $1,000 can help pay for essential family expenditure
  • Protector – $5,000 can help pay rent for more than one month
  • Leader – $10,000 can help provide long term security

Donate today: Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Help Revive Women’s Islamic Scholarship – Support This Important SeekersHub Campaign

Women make up half of the Ummah and need fair representation and fair opportunity. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more. Please support our Reviving Women’s Islamic Scholarship Fund – a campaign in collaboration with LaunchGood

 

Supporting Female Scholars is Necessary

The beautiful Prophetic tradition encouraged women to attain knowledge, and vitalized their participation in academics and learning in wider society. SeekersHub Global has always strived to recognize a number of brilliant and dedicated female scholars and students, who need amplification and support for their critical work in Islamic studies and sciences.

These dedicated Ustadhas and Shaykhas provide guidance, learning opportunities and clarity for thousands of students. They are among our best and brightest and urgently need your support for the spiritual well-being of our communities. As women who also hold roles as mothers, wives, daughters and sisters – their personal obligations and commitments mean that it is not always possible for them to be able to research, write or dispense knowledge in a timely manner. With your support, they will have adequate financial means in order to pursue their calling of acquiring knowledge, recording, transmitting and relaying the beautiful learnings from which, ultimately, we benefit.

Tradition of Women’s Empowerment In Islamic Studies

Continuing in its tradition of supporting women’s excellence, SeekersHub Global is proud to present a very special campaign at the dawn of Muharram 1440 for the  Islamic Scholars Fund: Reviving Women’s Islamic Scholarship.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. 

SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary has always been committed to amplifying this critical part of our tradition that facilitates learning in a balanced, reliable, relevant and merciful manner.
Here are some of the scholars and students we are supporting. Real names concealed for privacy.

“The Mother”

Help Revive Women's Islamic Scholarship

As a professional in frontline Health Sciences, she worked on the ground with patients who needed immediate support. She began to take classes at SeekersHub and yearned to learn far more deeply. She felt the benefits in her own life from the free courses she had the privilege to learn from. Learning gave her the personal and spiritual growth that Mothers often sacrifice because of their devotion to their families. While studying with leading scholars in her community and online, she has also started teaching youth and mentoring students. She is an expert in physical healing, and believes in the importance of spiritual health. Her commitment to learning and imparting that knowledge is unparalleled.

“The Scholar Without Students”

Help Revive Women's Islamic Scholarship

During university, this Shaykha questioned her identity and reflected on her faith – as many do. She sought out guidance and with God’s Mercy, she found balanced, wise and compassionate teachers. They motivated her to become a student of knowledge. Shaykha’s studies lasted over ten years and took to her many beautiful places including Turkey, Syria and her ancestral homeland: the Indian Subcontinent. She was blessed to study alongside exceptional men and women in each of these countries, with distinction and high recommendation of her teachers. Since moving back to the US, she resides in a small community and has limited opportunities to teach–and far too few students. But through support from the Islamic Scholars Fund, she will be able to dedicate herself to teaching, both on the ground, and online- across the world.

“The Inspiration”

Ustadha grew up in a practicing Muslim family in a very active community. She turned to Him and studying His perfect faith at a time of personal struggle. She was invited to study further and left the Western University for a traditional setting and was excited to see women scholars, including SeekersHub Global teachers, as educators and influencers. They embodied qualities like mercy, generosity and patience. She took the time to study Islam in depth and flourished in a environment that inspired her journey to teach and transmit precious lessons of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Now she represents the best of that what SeekersHub offers: facilitation for continuing knowledge and guidance; being able to benefit. SeekersHub Global fund helps Ustadha to share her wealth of knowledge as she  inspires students on their journeys.

“The Seeker”

Help Revive Women's Islamic Scholarship

Ustadha graduated from a Canadian University but the urge to seek knowledge compelled her to study abroad for more than ten years in one of the great cities of Islamic knowledge. There, she has become a respected teacher–and one of the senior instructors at an esteemed Islamic seminary.

SeekersHub is supporting her in the role of dedicated teacher and assisting in the transition back to a community in her home country, where she can teach and serve those most urgently in need of her deep knowledge and guidance.

Her passion for teaching is admirable. Her expertise in Islamic Studies is a benefit to Muslims worldwide as she encourages women to engage in and pursue traditional Islamic learning.

Reviving Women’s Islamic Scholarship

SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary recognizes the urgency of preserving and promoting female scholarship. Women have always been key to the preservation of the Prophetic Call- including the contributions of jurists, historians, and protectors of the traditions of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him).

In our societies, there is a lack of institutions and institutional funding for women’s scholarship. Reviving Women’s Islamic Scholarship is our effort at addressing this issue. This campaign is Zakat-eligible and we urgently need your help in order to make this a success.


Many recognized female scholars, and capable female students are not given the facilitation and support they need in order to study, learn and teach.
 
Your donations will help as follows:
Supporter
$30 can help buy groceries
Promoter
$50 can help purchase study materials
Companion
$250 can buy key reference books
 Ally
$500 can help pay rent for one month
Collaborator 
$1000 can help cover tuition and tutoring

In this glorious beginning of the Islamic New Year 1440, please consider donating generously to The Reviving Women’s Scholarship campaign. Our community deserves it, and the Ummah desperately needs it.

How You Can Help

DONATE
Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and supporting this critical work is an Ummatic imperative. Women scholars need our support to help bring light to our families, and in particular to our mothers, our wives, and daughters.

SHARE
Any amplification is greatly appreciated. Please share this campaign with family, friends, and your community. May Allah reward you for your efforts.

MAKE DU’A
Success is only from Allah Most High, so your dua’s are of immense value. May Allah reward you with that for which you ask and even more.

LaunchGood Campaign Page: Help Revive Women’s Islamic Scholarship


Resources for Seekers

Seeing the Bigger Picture: The Eternal Consequences of Faith–Eid Sermon by Sh. Faraz Rabbani

In this Eid reminder, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani advises us to look beyond the pain, suffering and hardship we encounter to see the true purpose and potential of our creation. Touching on key Quranic verses, he counsels us to look at the bigger picture.eid sermon

We see so much difficulty in our lives. We deal with our weaknesses, failings and challenges. One of the greatest blessings we have, is be becoming aware of others people’s suffering. This is not so we can be afraid, but so that we can do something about it. The point of hearing is not to listen, to point is to act.

The believer sees every situation as an opportunity to do good and get closer to Allah. Our approach should not be one of analysis and criticism, but one of action. After all, the purpose of every trial is to test whom will be the best in action.

What is the potential of the human being? To know one’s Lord, and to do good.

We are told in the Qur’an, “Is not Allah the Most Wise of the Wise?” This tells us that everything that Allah does is for a reason, and it is up to us to fulfil our potential as human beings.

Allah repeatedly reminds us to seek forgiveness. However, it is not a case where we ask, and He may forgive, or may not. He says, “Call upon Me, and I will surely grant you.” The forgiveness is waiting, and Paradise is waiting. Therefore, we ask Allah to help us fulfil our potential and make us from those who do good.

There is a Russian saying, “Yesterday was bad, today is awful, and tomorrow will be even worse.” However, that is not how a believer thinks. Allah has promised us Paradise, where all the pain and brokenness will be removed. We should let go of any negativity we have, and be grateful for these immense blessings.


Resources for Seekers

 

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!

Free Zakat Guide, Calculator, and Scholarly Advice

Ramadan is the time where most people look to pay their Zakat. We get numerous questions on how and when to give Zakat, and more importantly to whom?

SeekersHub scholars have put together this free Zakat Guide that addresses the most common questions and provides spiritual guidelines on how to approach the question and act of paying Zakat.

SeekersGuidance Zakat Guide

The best of charity [and zakat] is that which fulfills the greatest need, or is a means to the greatest benefit. – Ibn Abidin

Zakat Explained: The Fiqh of Giving – Understanding Islamic Worship

This lesson by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is also a wonderful resource.

Shaykh Faraz explains the fiqh of zakat (obligatory charity) and how one gives in accordance with sound understanding of the Qur’an and Sunna of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Zakat Calculator

On the same page you will also find a FAQ on Zakat, and if there are any questions you can’t find answers to in the FAQ you can submit them to our scholars.

May Allah reward you for all your efforts during His most Holy Month. Ramadan Karim.


 


Help Scholars Do The Work Of Scholars – A Message from Imam Zaid Shakir

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh,

Dear Brothers and Sisters, this is Imam Zaid Shakir, and I’m here to encourage all of you to support the SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholars Fund.

The Islamic Scholars Fund helps support students and scholars from all over the world and from every corner of the Ummah.

Many scholars that have been affected by the various conflicts are now refugees. They have been uprooted from their homelands, torn away from their sources of income and separated from their students.

As you know, adjusting to a new life in a foreign land, especially as a refugee is very difficult. This is where the Seekershub Islamic Scholars Fund comes in.

It helps these scholars continue to teach, continue to research, continue to study and to continue to serve the Ummah with their knowledge and skills.


This is what we need our scholars to be doing — not driving cabs and mopping floors, or other menial jobs.


When you donate to the Islamic Scholars Fund you’re helping scholars in North America and other Western countries, who’ve dedicated large parts of their lives to studying sacred knowledge, teach and benefit their communities instead of driving cabs or doing other menial work.

Every job has its dignity, but our scholars should be teaching, writing and researching. By donating to the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund, you’re helping them to do just that.


The budget is large; over $100,000 is being spent each month to support scholars and students of knowledge.


Unfortunately most people wait until Ramadan to give their Zakat and Sadaqa, but the need is immediate.

My dear Brothers and Sisters… we need to step up right now!

We need to help the SeekersHub Islamic Scholars Fund to meet its budgetary requirements in the months before Ramadan.


We need to support our Ummah’s scholars and students of knowledge so they can continue to do what they do best: teach, research, guide, nurture communities and write.


This is what we need our scholars to be doing. Not driving cabs and mopping floors, or other menial jobs.

May Allah bless all of you, your families and all those you love. May He give you all great openings during these upcoming blessed months.

– Imam Zaid Shakir

Don’t wait until Ramadan to give your Zakat! Take a minute right now to support scholars and students who are preserving and spreading sacred knowledge in communities all over the world.

Islam and the Spiritual Realm by Sheikh Ahmed Abdo

How much do you know about the spiritual realm?

We think we know ourselves. We know that we need fresh air, water, food, and shelter for our bodies to survive. We know that because we are discomforted when these things are absent.

In addition to the physical realm, there is another: the spiritual realm. This realm is even more deserving of attention, because it’s more expansive. For example, a physical cancer lasts as long as the body does, but a spiritual disease lasts for eternity.

In this lecture, Sheikh Ahmed Abdo talks about the spiritual realm and how it relates to our afterlife.

Want to know more about the spiritual realm? Sign up for SeekersHub’s FREE online course “The Marvels of the Heart” taught by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

 

Resources for Seekers