True Gratitude for Food – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Every age has its considerations and our age is one of encouragement, instilling hope and gratitude. With this Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins this brief but beautiful podcast about why it is from the Prophetic example to be grateful for every morsel of food we are blessed with.

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The Reality of Repentance – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said  calls the believers to realize the reality of repentance, it is not simply repenting and turning to Allah when one sins. But it is to be suspect of one’s repentance. He goes on to mention some secrets of repentance. The one constantly making repentance will make excuses for others as well.

Shaykh Faid also gave a prior talk on the Importance of Repentance found on our SeekersHub Podcast here: https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/2017/11/12/importance-repentance-shaykh-faid-mohammed-said/

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said is the resident scholar at the Larayb Institute For Education, in the UK.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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