Why Do Manners Matter – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

“And indeed, You are the pinnacle of character” (Surah Al-Qalam, 4)

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) said the above verse with regards to His Beloved (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)!

But have we ever asked ourselves: Why does character or manners matter? How can I relate to the qualities imbued by the Best of Creation (sallallahu alayhi wasalam)?

In this first installment of its kind, “In Conversation with Shaykh Faid” presents a discussion on the topic of manners.

Look out for further installments in this uncut and candid series, which will feature questions & answers, discussion and insights from Shaykh Faid. Listen and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur. Jummah Mubarak! Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

The Power Of Storytelling with Ustadha Mehded Maryam Sinclair

Renowned Muslim author and story-teller were interviewed by Aashif Sacha, in Auckland, New Zealand. He says: “I was fortunate enough to meet Ustadha Mehded Maryam Sinclair on a sunny Auckland morning. From the moment I met her, she filled the room with grace.  As she gazed out of the window, Ustadha Mehded spoke candidly about her journey into storytelling, the challenges she experienced and she also offers some timeless wisdom that all listeners will benefit from.”

With that, we invite you to listen to the interview.

Checkout Ustadha Mehded’s books here at Firdous Books

Check out all of the SeekersHub podcasts by visiting https://seekerguidance.org/podcasts/

Learn to Live – 04 – Interview with Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

In this episode, Ustadha Raidah tells us about the reasons why she went on a  path of seeking sacred knowledge. She talks about the benefits of moving to Amman, Jordan for her studies. Ustadha Raidah also talks about where and how she was brought up, relating this to why the prioritization of sacred knowledge is so important in our children’s education. She ends with the story of how she joined the SeekersHub Answers service.

This interview with Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil is part of a series we’re calling “Learn to Live” – where we’ll be exploring the journey of the student of knowledge — by speaking with the teachers and students who are traveling that path. We’ll explore what inspired them to pursue the path of knowledge. We’ll chronicle some of their stories and experiences along the way, and we’ll ask them to share their best advice for the student’s of today.

Checkout all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting seekershub.fm

Learn to Live – 03 – Interview with Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this interview, Ustadh Amjad shares with us his story that revolved around one of Imam al-Haddad’s books, which inspired him to study Islam. He tells us about some of the challenges he initially faced and how he overcame them. Ustadh Amjad also shares some of his first memories from going to Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen and the positive and reassuring impact they had.  He then talks about some of the challenges he faced during his studies overseas, and then after he came back. Ustadh Amjad highlights one of the stories that he holds dear with his teacher Habib Umar bin Hafiz. He then shares with us some of the transformative principles that led him along the continuum of knowledge from student to teacher. Finally, he gives key advice to the aspiring students of knowledge.

This interview with Ustadh Amjad Tarsin is part of a series we’re calling “Learn to Live” – where we’ll be exploring the journey of the student of knowledge — by speaking with the teachers and students who are traveling that path. We’ll explore what inspired them to pursue the path of knowledge. We’ll chronicle some of their stories and experiences along the way, and we’ll ask them to share their best advice for the student’s of today.

Checkout all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

Learn to Live – 02 – Interview with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this interview, Shaykh Faraz tells about the inspirations led him to take the path of seeking knowledge. He talks about the importance and definition of religious activism. Shaykh Faraz also shares his memories from his days as a student of sacred learning including an incident with his teacher Shaykh Adeeb Kalas.  He then talks about his  transition from being a student to being a teacher and ends with some  relevant advice to students of sacred knowledge.

This interview with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is part of a series we’re calling “Learn to Live” – where we’ll be exploring the journey of the student of knowledge — by speaking with the teachers and students who are traveling that path. We’ll explore what inspired them to pursue the path of knowledge. We’ll chronicle some of their stories and experiences along the way, and we’ll ask them to share their best advice for the student’s of today.

Checkout all of the SeekersHub podcasts by visiting http://seekershub.org/podcasts/

Learn to Live – 01 – Interview with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In this interview, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus shares with us and reflects on his journey of seeking knowledge. He starts by telling us his story of accepting of Islam and how that eventually led him onto a path of seeking sacred knowledge. He narrates inspirational stories of special people he met on his journey. Shaykh Yahya then talks about some of the challenges of returning to the west after his studies. He stresses on the importance of establishing institutions of sacred Islamic knowledge in the west and tells us some of the challenges regarding that. Finally, Shaykh Yahya gives some key advice to students of sacred knowledge specifically and to the Muslim community more broadly.

This interview with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus is part of a series we’re calling “Learn to Live” – where we’ll be exploring the journey of the student of knowledge — by speaking with the teachers and students who are traveling that path. We’ll explore what inspired them to pursue the path of knowledge. We’ll chronicle some of their stories and experiences along the way, and we’ll ask them to share their best advice for the student’s of today.

Checkout all of the SeekersHub podcasts by visiting http://seekershub.org/podcasts/

Why Are We Muslim? – Preserving Faith in Testing Times – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Have you asked yourself why you are Muslim? Is Islam an identity? How can our faith be preserved in testing time?

In this Friday khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how faith is the fuel of religion. Muslims should be be clear about why they are Muslim, and then nurture that in their children. Shaykh Faraz clarifies that we are not Muslim just because we follow the religion of Islam. That is just what the implications of being Muslim are.

The Quran and Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) actively call us to think, reflect and understand. We need to ask ourselves: what does Allah represent in my life? What does the Messenger of Allah represent in our life? What does the Quran reflect in my life?

The resulting quality of this reflection is gratitude. Gratitude is the driver of lasting benefit. We are Muslim because we are grateful to our Creator, Sustainer and Benefactor. We are Muslim because we believe in Allah.

This Islam that is fuelled by faith, stands the test of adversities. As opposed to Islam that is just based on identity which withers when tested.

Shaykh Faraz calls us to nurture our strength of faith by not just going through the motions of religion. Rather, we should make every action and act of faith: “Know that your prayer is an act of faith. Know that your fasting is an act of faith. Know that your charity is an act of faith. Know that sticking to the halal and avoiding the haram is an act of faith. Know that visiting your parents is an act of faith. Know that your being involved in the community, your social activism, your political activism, your maintaining ties with family and friends all of it is an act of faith.”

Before any action the believer should turn their heart to Allah. They should ask: what does Allah seek from me? Don’t just focus on the action. Focus first on Allah. If you do that, nothing will harm you.

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him said): “If you ask, ask from Allah. If you rely, rely upon Allah.” Religion is about Allah Most High alone.

This Friday khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani in February 2017 at the the International Muslim Organization of Toronto (IMO).

Cover photo by alankrita singh.

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Parting Words From Shaykh Walead Mosaad, #YourRamadanHub Xtra

Shaykh Walead Mosaad’s residency at SeekersHub comes to an end. If you missed the livestream of his final sessions, you can listen to them in full on the SeekersHub podcast on iTunes. Please subscribe for automatic updates. If you could take a moment to rate the podcast and leave a review, we’d really appreciate it! In the meantime, we present you with #YourRamadanHub Xtra – a final round-up interview with Shaykh Walead by Abdul-Rehman Malik.

 

Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

Farewell to The First 10 Days & To Each Other, #YourRamadanHub Xtra

Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes sat down with Abdul-Rehman Malik for a quick debrief on his stay at SeekersHub Toronto. What was the crux of the first 10 days of Ramadan? Listen on this brief podcast.

We thank Shaykh Muhammad for accepting our invitation. It’s been an edifying and reinvigorating experience for us. May Allah always keep Shaykh Muhammad in His Shade, ameen.

The Hymn of Muslim Slaves: Ratib al-Haddad in Cape Malay History

Our qari (Qur’an reciter) for the month of Ramadan is a young hafidh (one who has has memorised the Qur’an) from the heart of the Cape Malay tradition of South Africa.

At a special gathering at SeekersHub Toronto, Hafidh Abdullah Francis recited the Ratib al-Haddad, which is a collection of invocations and supplications from the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet, compiled by Imam Sayyid Abd Allah ibn Alawi al-Haddad (1634-1720), may Allah have mercy on him.

The Ratib al-Haddad is recited by hundreds of millions across the Muslim world but the Cape Malays of South Africa have an extraordinary history with it.

The Ratib came to this part of the world with the Muslim scholar, Shaykh Yusuf Makassar, exiled by the Dutch colonisers of 17th century Indonesia. Little did his slavemasters know that through him would spring forth the birth of Islam in this part of the world.

In this very special recording, you’ll hear the following:

  1. A brief history of how Islam flowered in the Cape, despite the colonial ban. Discussion between Dr Yusuf Patel of Cape Town and Abdul-Rehman Malik of SeekersHub Global.
  2. How the Ratib al-Haddad was guised by Muslim slaves with hymn-like melodies, making the litany so distinctive in this part of the world
  3. A brief snippet of the Ratib Al-Haddad as it is sung today in congregation at Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town (from 7 min 22 seconds)
  4. A full recitation of an extended version of the Ratib al-Haddad in the Cape Malay style by Hafidh Abdullah Francis at SeekersHub Toronto (from 10 min 27 seconds)
Photo: The burial place of Shaykh Yusuf Makassar in Cape Town, South Africa