We’re Hiring

By the Grace of Allah Almighty, SeekersGuidance Islamic Seminary is looking to add a few new hires to our dynamic team to help take our work to the next level

Positions we’re seeking to employ:

 

Outreach Marketing Officer
Full Time | 40 Hours Per week

SeekersGuidance Global Islamic Seminary is hiring a qualified Outreach Engagement Officer with strong project management, copywriting, online marketing, and community engagement skills, with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

 

Social Media & Email Marketing Officer
Part-Time | 20 Hours Per week

SeekersGuidance Global Islamic Seminary is hiring a qualified Social Media Officer with strong online marketing, and community engagement skills, with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

 

Graphic Designer 
Part-Time | 20 Hours Per week

SeekersGuidance requires a Graphics Designer specializing in web-design to join its dedicated team of professionals working on a growing platform of online Islamic services. The role is best suited to someone with knowledge of disciplines within web-designing for a WordPress website with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

 

Copy Editor
Part-Time | 20 Hours Per week

SeekersGuidance requires a copy-editor to work with our team and create quality content in English & Arabic that educates, informs, and inspires, to join its dedicated team of professionals working on a growing platform of online Islamic services. The role is best suited to someone with knowledge of disciplines within web-designing for a WordPress website with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

 

For further information contact [email protected]

Copy Editor

Job Description

An exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced Islamic Online Seminary on a full/part-time basis working remotely.

SeekersGuidance requires a copy-editor to work with our team and create quality content in English & Arabic that educates, informs, and inspires, to join its dedicated team of professionals working on a growing platform of online Islamic services. The role is best suited to someone with knowledge of disciplines within web-designing for a WordPress website with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

If you would like to work in a collaborative and creative environment with like-minded experts, this opportunity should not be missed.

Communication & self-motivation skills are essential in this role as you will be an integral part of a tight-knit team working very closely together on a virtual platform.

Key Job Parameters:

  • Status:
    • Part-time (20 hours a week); flexible days & hours (with compulsory hours to overlap with the team)
  • Location & Schedule:
    • Remote
  • Salary:
    • Very competitive

Expectations and responsibilities:

  • Check text to ensure it is well written and logically structured
  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Ensure the text is in line with the SeekersGuidance ‘house style’
  • Check facts and raise queries with the author (where possible)
  • Look out for potential legal problems and discuss them with the publisher
  • Check illustrations and captions are correct.
  • Resolving queries directly with the author, e.g. style and text inconsistencies
  • Assist with create ad-copies for Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Youtube
  • Coding manuscripts for design features, such as the hierarchy of headings, to instruct the production team
  • Producing or working to a style checklist to ensure consistency in hyphenation, capitalization, formatting of references, etc
  • Preparing preliminary pages for the title, contents, and preface of a publications

Copy editors must have:

  • Excellent written English & Arabic, including good spelling and grammar
  • A meticulous approach to their work and an eye for detail
  • The ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines
  • A love of and feel for the language.

A successful candidate will have/be:

  • 2 years+ experience working in a similar non-profit organization (highly beneficial)
  • 2 years+ experience in B2C marketing (beneficial)
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Strong email marketing knowledge
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Strong relationship builder with wider teams
  • Ability to work under pressure and at a fast pace
  • Be open to change and challenge in order to drive the business forward
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proactive team player
  • Self-motivated uses initiative and problem solver
  • Work to tight deadlines with a can-do attitude
  • Willingness to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done
  • Strong communicator internal/external

How to Apply
We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If interested, please apply in confidence to [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter by August 25, 2020.

Graphics Designer

Job Description

An exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced Islamic Online Seminary on a full/part-time basis working remotely.

SeekersGuidance requires a Graphics Designer specializing in web-design to join its dedicated team of professionals working on a growing platform of online Islamic services. The role is best suited to someone with knowledge of disciplines within web-designing for a WordPress website with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

If you would like to work in a collaborative and creative environment with like-minded experts, this opportunity should not be missed.

Communication & self-motivation skills are essential in this role as you will be an integral part of a tight-knit team working very closely together on a virtual platform.

Key Job Parameters:

  • Status:
    • Full-time (40 hours a week); flexible days & hours (with compulsory hours to overlap with the team)
  • Location & Schedule:
    • Remote
  • Salary:
    • Very competitive

Expectations and responsibilities:

  • Bilingual
    • A strong grasp of the Arabic & English language
  • Take ownership of design projects
  • Execute the design layout & elements outlined by the Outreach Manager
  • Design a variety of layouts to meet the needs of the English or Arabiyya website
  • Design the website’s visual imagery and ensure it’s in line with company branding policy or the requirements set by the department managers
  • Work with front-end web developers to deploy designs
  • Design templates for Email Newsletters
  • Assist in digital content creation in other areas of the organization
  • Assist in producing design assets for use in social media and marketing channels

Web Designer Qualifications/Skills:

  • Proven understanding of graphic design fundamentals
  • Demonstrated ability to take a project from concept to launch
  • Strong command of color theory, image composition, and typography
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to deliver production-ready digital assets in a wide variety of formats
  • Awareness of UI/UX principles
  • Familiarity with digital photo editing
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Comfort working in a deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy

A successful candidate will have/be:

  • 2 years+ experience working in a similar non-profit organization (highly beneficial)
  • 2 years+ experience in B2C marketing (beneficial)
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Strong email marketing knowledge
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Strong relationship builder with wider teams
  • Ability to work under pressure and at a fast pace
  • Be open to change and challenge in order to drive the business forward
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proactive team player
  • Self-motivated uses initiative and problem solver
  • Work to tight deadlines with a can-do attitude
  • Willingness to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done
  • Strong communicator internal/external

How to Apply
We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If interested, please apply in confidence to [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter by August 25, 2020.

Outreach/Marketing Officer

Job Description

An exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced Islamic Online Seminary on a full-time basis working remotely. SeekersGuidance requires an Outreach Officer to join its dedicated team of professionals working on a growing platform of online Islamic services. The role is best suited to someone with knowledge of the full spectrum of disciplines within digital marketing with a focus on social media campaigns.

SeekersGuidance Global Islamic Seminary is hiring a qualified Outreach Engagement Officer with strong project management, copywriting, online marketing, and community engagement skills, with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

The incumbent’s main responsibility will be the implementation & execution of our Outreach function, showcasing the core values of SeekersGuidance, and making our educational services accessible to a wider audience.

If you would like to work in a collaborative and creative environment with like-minded experts, this opportunity should not be missed.

Communication & self-motivation skills are essential in this role as you will be an integral part of a tight-knit team working very closely together on a virtual platform.

Key Job Parameters:

  • Status:
    • Full-time (40 hours a week); flexible days & hours (with compulsory hours to overlap with the team)
  • Location & Schedule:
    • Remotely
  • Salary:
    • Very competitive

Expectations and responsibilities:

  • Bilingual:
    • A strong grasp of the Arabic & English language
  • Contribute to and lead the execution of a coherent and clear strategy (advertising, social, partnerships) for a 12-month marketing plan/efforts for SeekersGuidance.  Focusing on the different areas we have to offer:
    • Academy (new & existing offerings)
    • Development (Growth-Fund – ISF)
    • Answer Service
    • Content – Blogs & Podcasts
    • All of the above has an English & Arabic aspect
  • Plan & implement new ways to attract prospective customers, like promotions and competitions.
  • Own administration elements, including regular reporting for relevant channels, updating marketing/social calendars, and budget reports when required.
  • Create ad-copies for Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Youtube
  • Digital strategy minded and digital content delivery.
  • Creating design briefs & ad-copies for social media marketing and seeing through to content creation of digital assets.
  • Expand the marketing team (internally with employees and externally with volunteers)
  • Ensure weekly check-ins with other team members, and departments regarding current projects.
  • Implementation and execution of the strategy within marketing sub-teams – social media, advertising, email, data, web optimization, etc
  • Increase direct-marketing revenue through donations & registrations
  • Build a dedicated SeekersGuidance following – weekly engagement through new and exciting content and multi-faceted social media strategies within 1 year
  • Work with the design and tech teams to oversee a review of all website copy and ensure consistency with the new marketing strategy voice
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with different personality types as well as other departments & organizations
  • Provide up-to-date information on current trends in content writing and competitor activity
  • Ensuring that publications are prepared on budget and to schedule

A successful candidate will have/be:

  • 2 years+ experience working in a similar non-profit organization (highly beneficial)
  • 2 years+ experience in B2C marketing (beneficial)
  • Expert knowledge of social media platforms’ front and back end, and how best to use them
  • Strong understanding of digital advertising using Facebook, Google and other advertising platforms
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Testing and growth mindset
  • Strong understanding of A/B testing
  • Strong email marketing knowledge
  • Email automation experience (preferred)
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Strong relationship builder with wider teams
  • Ability to work under pressure and at a fast pace
  • Be open to change and challenge in order to drive the business forward
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proactive team player
  • Self-motivated uses initiative and problem solver
  • Work to tight deadlines with a can-do attitude
  • Willingness to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done
  • Strong communicator internal/external

How to Apply

We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If interested, please apply in confidence to [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter by August 25, 2020.

Social Media & Email Marketing Officer

Job Description

An exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced Islamic Online Seminary on a part-time basis working remotely. SeekersGuidance requires a Social Media Officer to join its dedicated team of professionals working on a growing platform of online Islamic services. The role is best suited to someone with knowledge of disciplines within digital marketing with a focus on social media campaigns.

SeekersGuidance Global Islamic Seminary is hiring a qualified Social Media Officer with strong online marketing, and community engagement skills, with a strong grasp of the Arabic & English language.

The incumbent’s main responsibility will be the implementation & execution of our Outreach function, showcasing the core values of SeekersGuidance, and making our educational services accessible to a wider audience.

If you would like to work in a collaborative and creative environment with like-minded experts, this opportunity should not be missed.

Communication & self-motivation skills are essential in this role as you will be an integral part of a tight-knit team working very closely together on a virtual platform.

Key Job Parameters:

  • Status:
    • Part-time (20 hours a week); flexible days & hours (with compulsory hours to overlap with the team)
  • Location & Schedule:
    • Remotely
  • Salary:
    • Very competitive

Expectations and responsibilities:

  • Bilingual:
    • A strong grasp of the Arabic & English language
  • Social Media posting & scheduling; focusing on the different areas we have to offer:
    • Academy (new & existing offerings)
    • Development (Growth-Fund – ISF)
    • Answer Service
    • Content – Blogs & Podcasts
    • All of the above has an English & Arabic aspect
  • Update email marketing database with data from the customer system and email data capture systems
  • Create ad-copies for Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Youtube
  • Ensure weekly check-ins with other team members, and departments regarding current projects.
  • Increase direct-marketing revenue through donations & registrations
  • Build a dedicated SeekersGuidance following – weekly engagement through new and exciting content and multi-faceted social media strategies within 1 year
  • Work with the design and tech teams to oversee a review of all website copy and ensure consistency with the new marketing strategy voice
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with different personality types as well as other departments & organizations
  • Ensuring that publications are prepared on budget and to schedule

A successful candidate will have/be:

  • 2 years+ experience working in a similar non-profit organization (highly beneficial)
  • 2 years+ experience in B2C marketing (beneficial)
  • Expert knowledge of social media platforms’ front and back end, and how best to use them
  • Strong understanding of digital advertising using Facebook, Google and other advertising platforms
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Strong email marketing knowledge
  • Email automation experience (preferred)
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Strong relationship builder with wider teams
  • Ability to work under pressure and at a fast pace
  • Be open to change and challenge in order to drive the business forward
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proactive team player
  • Self-motivated uses initiative and problem solver
  • Work to tight deadlines with a can-do attitude
  • Willingness to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done
  • Strong communicator internal/external

How to Apply

We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If interested, please apply in confidence to [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter by August 25, 2020.

Make Up For Missing Prayers

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu Alaikum, How does one make up for a large number of prayers (let’s say, years of them)? Does he/she have to make up for each individual prayer? Would they have to make up for all those prayers or would a general tawbah be required in such a case?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

I pray you’re well.

The Importance of the Prayer

The prayer is of central importance in Islam, and trying to perfect one’s prayer is a life-long objective of every believer. It is the purest act of worship through which slavehood to Allah Most High is expressed.

From puberty onwards, every believer is expected to perform the five fard prayers – and the wajib witr prayer for Hanafis – every day. If any of these are missing then one will be accountable for them on the Day of Judgement.

Therefore, all missed prayers must be made up – regardless of the reason behind them being missed. One must also repent from any prayers missed due to negligence.

The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “The first thing a servant will be taken to account for on the Day of Judgement from his deeds is the prayer. If it is right he is successful and saved. Otherwise, he is ruined and has lost out.

The Lord – Infinitely Generous and Lofty is He – will say [to the angels], ‘Look; does my servant have any voluntary worship which can compensate for the deficiencies in his obligatory worship?’ Then the rest of his works will be treated in the same way.” (Abu Dawud).

This narration also highlights the importance of  the sunna prayers and voluntary worship.

How To Make Up Missed Prayers

The simplest way is to start from the point you reached puberty. If you do not know the precise month and year then make a good guess.

Once you have this date calculate the number of years, months, and days from puberty until you started to consistently pray properly. It might be wise to add 2% of this figure as a backup.

At this point you should start to make up the prayers. You do need to pray them in order, and there is no rush.

The easiest way is to start making up one day’s worth of prayers a day. The order can be mixed up to facilitate the process, though it is better to pray maghrib and the witr prayer in a place where no one can see you. This is to avoid letting others know that you missed prayers in the past. The other prayers can be passed of as voluntary prayers.

It is also important that you keep on top of your current prayers – they are a priority. Also, do not miss the emphasised sunnas: the two before fajr; the four before zuhr, and the two after it; the two after maghrib, and the two after ‘isha.

A sample routine could be that you make up:

before/after fajr – a previous zuhr

after sunrise until noon – a previous maghrib

after zuhr – a previous asr

before (ideally) / after asr (before the sun goes reddish) – a previous ‘isha

after maghrib – a previous fajr

before bed/tahajjud time – a previous witr.

This way you’ll be able to place the missed prayers in the slots of the recommended voluntary prayers without disrupting your routine much. Alternatively, you could find a 20 minutes slot in the day and pray them all back to back.

The Intention

The simplest intention is to say “I intend to make up the last fajr/zuhr/asr, etc prayer that I missed and have not prayed yet.” Do this for every prayer, and each time you perform a prayer one will be knocked off the list and the one prior to it will become ‘the last prayer you missed’

Keep a separate written record of how many days you have made up, ideally in a place you won’t lost it, such as iCloud.

Beware Of Burnout

The Devil will undoubtedly come and make you rush through the prayers, and also make you think the number you are doing isn’t enough. Ignore him. Start with making up one day a day, and when you have consistently done this for three months consider adding another day to the routine.

This way you will keep advancing. A small amount over a long period of time is better than a big sudden splash and then nothing. I know many people who have built up to consistently making up five days worth of prayers a day, and kept at it. This requires a bit of sacrifice but the fruits are well worth it.

As with everything, ask Allah for help, and tell Him you are doing this to please Him, and to fulfil His rights that you were deficient with. This way you will be rewarded for it all even if you die before completing them all. Allah is very kind and generous.

(Shurubnulali, Maraqi al Falah)

May Allah facilitate all matters for you.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with erudite scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina, and others. He was also given licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabir and Shaykh Yahya Qandil. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Recitation Error During Prayer

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: In Surah Fatiha and Surah Ikhlas i didn’t pronounce from throat not pronounce correctly, made all these mistakes without knowing it and i have made these in all my previous prayer since i have started. Now what should i do? Do i have to repeat all those prayers? Dose mistakes done in recitation during without knowing them even if they changed the meaning are forgivable?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

I pray you are well.

No, none of those prayers need to be repeated. According to the Hanafi school such mistakes are overlooked. (Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al-Muhtar). Not all mistakes in Tajwid alter the meaning.

It would be a good idea, however, to find a Tajwid teacher locally and rectify your recitation if possible. Don’t worry about the errors though. Sometimes, it takes a while to perfect pronunciation. Use it as a means to get closer to Allah with a good intention.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. He moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time, such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies in Fiqh, Usul al Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil. With Shaykh Ali Hani he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.

Reading Qur’an For A Deceased

Answered by Ustadh Farid Dingle

Question: As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum,

A few years ago I signed up to read a juz of the Quran as part of a khatm sign up sheet for someone’s passing.. I had forgotten about that for a while and now I don’t even remember what juz number I signed up for.. I feel very worried. What should I do? Do I read the whole Quran with the intention of all of it being towards that same khatm? JazakAllah Khair.

Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

The moral weight of promises

Allah Most High has said:

Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous. [2: 177]

And the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘The signs of a hypocrite are three, even if he fasts and prays and claims to be a Muslim: when he speaks he lies, when he gives a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he is treacherous.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

We can learn from these divine teachings that fulfilling one’s promise is of the perfection of faith, and breaking one’s promise is of the signs of hypocrisy.

The believer vs. the hypocrite

That said, there is a big difference between making a genuine promise with full intent to fullfil, and just lying to someone’s face. The latter is what is meant by the hadith.

So, if one makes a promise, one must keep it, but if you unable to or you just happen to forget this is not a sin: ‘Indeed Allah has overlooked for my the mistakes of my nation does, and that which they do forgetfully or under compulsion.’ [al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Majah]

This means that if you generally meant to fulfill the promise but then forgot, you are not sinful, and the hadith of the signs of hypocrisy does not apply to you.

It is however a deficiency in one’s faith, even if it is not sin, to forget about something that you are supposed to do. May Allah forgive us all?

What to do now?

InshaAllah, you are not sinful for forgetting to recite then portion of the Quran you had promised to do, but this is a wake-up call from Allah to raise you to a higher level of trustworthiness with Him and His creation.

What you should do is, this month, when you are reciting Quran intend that the whole khatm is dedicated to whatever the original cause was and when you finish each day make a special dua to Allah to make you a trustworthy slave. Please make that dua for me too, if you remember.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to crafts lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

Ramadan 2020 Reminders | Episode 9: Never Lose Hope | Shaykh Edris Khamissa

Ustadth Edris Khamissa reminds us that we should never lose hope in the mercy and blessings of Allah. However, if we wish to be recipients of Allah’s mercy and bounties, we need to ensure that we are manifesting mercy to our fellow human beings. Let us take the opportunity this Ramadan to strengthen our bonds with family, friends and strangers.

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09-Take Not For Granted- Shaykh Sadullah Khan

In this ninth episode, Shaykh Sadullah reminds us about the daily blessings we took for granted. Now, due to the Covid-19 measures, basic activities and acts of love cannot be expressed. Humanity in the 21st century thought that they were powerful, advanced and developed. However, a small organism has shown us our true nature.

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