The High Rank of Sayyida Khadija – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast, Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said  explains the blessings of the high rank of Sayyida Khadija, and how she reassured the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). Shaykh Faid goes onto to explain how  Sayyida Khadija was blessed with a number of first. She w as the first to believe, the first to do wudu, and the first to pray. Allah the Most High blessed  Sayyida Khadija with a house in paradise and give her sallams. Shaykh Faid closes by calling the believers whether male or female to learn about the high rank of  Sayyida Khadija.

This talk took place at the Harrow mosque in the U.K.

Larayb Institute for Education 

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The Prophet Muhammad’s Love for Sayyida Khadija – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In this podcast, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus calls the believers to reflect on the history in the Qur’an being a sacred history. Shaykh Yahya goes on to explain the high rank of Sayyida Khadija and how every time the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)left the house he mentioned her out of a heartfelt connection.

Shaykh Yahya goes on to give a lovely metaphor when he said Sayyida Khadija was like the womb for the birth of Islam. She nurtured, comforted and gave reassurance to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and supported him. The first bond of Islam was with Sayyida Khadija.

At the first revelation she gave testimony of 5 things about the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him): 1)He maintains family ties 2) You bare the burdens of others 3) You give to the needy and raise them4) You show hospitality 5) You assist during times of calamity

Shaykh Yahya ended by saying when he thinks of Sayyida Khadija he thinks 3 things: Support, Sacrifice, and Service.

This talk took place at the Harrow mosque in the U.K.

Larayb Institute for Education 

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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

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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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Listening for God: Developing an ear for the Qur’an, By Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Listening for God

Listening for God: Developing an ear for the Qur’an, By Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan
Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation

Every night our Ramadan scholars will explore one of the three key spiritual goals of Ramadan. Each talk will conclude with a dynamic conversation as we explore mercy, forgiveness and salvation deeply and see how we can attain these divine gifts practically. These talks will enliven and inspire us as we begin our nightly ‘isha and tarawih prayers.

Daily at 10:00 pm EST. Attend in person at SeekersHub Toronto or watch live. 

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.

Photo Credit: Ozma

What is Modest Clothing for Men and Women?

A woman in a headscarf or face veil is one of the most, if not the most, commonly associated image with Islam but the concept of modesty in Islam is a fascinating, profound concept. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a methodical and thorough explanation of how it relates to both men and women.

The Importance of Female Scholarship in Islam, by Habib Ali Al-Jifri

Habib Ali al-Jifri answers a question about the importance of female scholarship in Islam at the SeekersHub in Toronto, Canada. He describes female scholarship as “fulfilling the divine balance”.

“We are in need of women who are active within the Islamic discourse, so they can counter the oppressive filth created in the name of the shariah.”

Translated by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Beyond Hijab: Modesty Amongst Women in Islam

In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives advice on reframing the question of Hijab from one of form (clothing) to one of essence (modesty) by using the Prophetic example and the example of the best of women: Khadijah, Fatima, Maryam, A’isha, and Asiya (may Allah, Most High, be pleased with them all).

Praying for a Trust Bearer: On Child-Bearing, Surat al-Anbiyā’ (verse 89), Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

Shaykh Ahmed addresses a sensitive and sometimes painful topic: why does Allah bless some of us with children, and others not? Is it better to be a happy, childless couple than to be an unhappy pair of parents to a child, who has been sent to test us? When praying for Allah to grant us children, what should we pray for – just any child or one that is a “trust bearer”?

This is a beautiful, concise explanation – just ten minutes, that is sure to move you and humble you.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

Maryam: Blessed Mother & Child

How does Allah bless intentions, how does upbringing blossom in a child’s character and how does it empower a child to face most difficult situation; we can see some answers to these questions in the story of Maryam.

This is part of a series of remarkable Quranic stories of the Prophets (peace be upon them), retold by Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari, a master of the Quran and scholar in residence at SeekersHub this Ramadan.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.