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Understanding the Meanings of Key Terms in the Qur’an: Based on al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi’s Writings

Join us Monday evenings 7:30 pm-9:00 EST pm for this exciting new class on understanding the Qur'an! Live at:  https://seekersguidance.org/live Course Summary In this fascinating course, we gain greater clarity on key concepts of the Qur’an. This will deepen our understanding of guidance and how to cultivate our relationship with Allah Most High. This course will deepen our understanding of the Q...

Join us Monday evenings 7:30 pm-9:00 EST pm for this exciting new class on understanding the Qur'an!

Live at:  https://seekersguidance.org/live

Course Summary
In this fascinating course, we gain greater clarity on key concepts of the Qur’an. This will deepen our understanding of guidance and how to cultivate our relationship with Allah Most High. This course will deepen our understanding of the Qur’an; help appreciates the beauty and inimitable expression of the Qur’an, and how these concepts of guidance clarify and inspire us to turn fully to Allah—through the teachings of one of the great giants of Islamic scholarship and spirituality, al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (d. 317 AH).

Lesson Plan:

Sept. 21 - Introduction to the Text and Author and Lesson 1: Guidance (huda) and Disbelief (kufr) Sept. 28 - Lesson 2: Associating Partners with Allah (shirk) and Balance (sawa’), Sickness (marad), and Corruption (fasad) Oct. 5 - Lesson 3: Walking, Dress, Evil, and Loss Oct. 12 - Lesson 4: Mercy, the Criterion, the Devoted, and Remembrance Oct. 19 - Lesson 5: Awe, Prayer, People, Record, and Good Oct. 26 - Lesson 6: Cheating, Imam, Umma, Difference Nov. 2 -Lesson 7: Face, Fitna, Enmity, and Obligation Nov. 9 - Lesson 8: Overlooking, Purity, Particles, Dhann, and Wisdom Nov. 16 - Lesson 9: Goodness, Falsehood, Wrongdoers, Serenity, Striving, and Vileness Nov. 23 - Lesson 10: Interpretation, Forgiveness, Religion, Islam, Iman Nov. 30 -Lesson 11: Gratitude, Grace, Patience, Difficulty and Ease Dec. 7 - Lesson 12: Losers, Ability, the Soul, Mindfulness Dec. 14 - Review Session & Conclusion

About the Course Text:

The book is “Attaining Related Meanings of the Qur’an” by al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (d. 317 AH), a great theologian, Qur’anic exegete, hadith master, and giant of Islamic spirituality. The author shows essentials meanings of key Qur’anic terms—and related expressions that bring out shades and nuances of meaning and guidance. He also closely examines how many times each word is mentioned in the Qur'an, and explains the significance of context.
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The Exemplars: The Great Prophets of God, Their Lives, and Life

Join us weekly Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm EST to learn about the prophets of God sent throughout time! Live at:  https://seekersguidance.org/live Course Summary From childhood, we are often enthralled with great real stories of the past, with the astounding mystery they bring, from a time period no longer familiar to people. This especially holds true for the lives of the Prophets of God, as thes...

Join us weekly Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm EST to learn about the prophets of God sent throughout time!

Live at:  https://seekersguidance.org/live

Course Summary
From childhood, we are often enthralled with great real stories of the past, with the astounding mystery they bring, from a time period no longer familiar to people. This especially holds true for the lives of the Prophets of God, as these extraordinary men exemplified great virtues and courage as they called people to the oneness of God. Through these magnificent stories of the prophets (upon them be peace), we learn how these prominent leaders dealt with similar or more severe challenges that we face, and what the outcome was for them when they had Allah on their side. Such stories provide us with examples of real people who were tested in various ways, and the lessons we should take away for our lives when we are tested in the same way, even if it not to the same degree. Join us as Shaykh Faraz Rabbani beautifully explores some of the stories of their Qurʾan and their timeless lessons.

Learning Outcomes

  • the history of the lives of the prophets mentioned in the Qur'an
  • details about the time period in which each prophet was sent
  • the challenges these individuals faced, and how they overcome these problems
  • life lessons for our own lives through these stories
   
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The Fiqh of Everyday Life for Youth: A Discussion of Halal and Haram Matters

Live at:  https://seekersguidance.org/live Executive Summary In this course, Yusuf Weltch will be covering the fiqh of everyday life for a young muslim. There are many challenging issues that confront our daily lives that challenge us to act in accordance with the divine mandate and prophetic model. This course carves the way to upholding uprightness and following the Prophetic guidance. Youth will learn the etiquette and m...

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Executive Summary

In this course, Yusuf Weltch will be covering the fiqh of everyday life for a young muslim. There are many challenging issues that confront our daily lives that challenge us to act in accordance with the divine mandate and prophetic model. This course carves the way to upholding uprightness and following the Prophetic guidance. Youth will learn the etiquette and manners of following the sacred law in various aspects of social conduct and daily routines.

Course Summary

This course discusses common aspects of our daily life in the light of the Sacred law. Guidelines are given shedding light on what is permissible, what is prohibited, as well as the Prophetic guidance that brings meaning to our lives facilitating for us to draw nearer to Allah Most High and attain success in this world and the next.

As Muslims, our purpose in life is to seek the pleasure of Allah Most High. This purpose is oft-understood as being restricted to acts of worship and abstaining from the prohibited. However, the pleasure of Allah Most High can be sought and obtained in every aspect of our lives. That is if we know the limits of Allah Most High in it. Therefore, with clarity of the limits of Allah Most High in each matter, we have a road map to attaining Allah’s pleasure.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Sacred law and the limits of Allah Most High Lesson 2: Dress & Adornment Lesson 3: Gender Interaction Lesson 4: Social Conduct: The Rights of Others Lesson 5:  Money Matters: Work, Money, and Earning a Living Lesson 6: Food & Drink Lesson 7: The Importance of Speech Lesson 8: Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil Lesson 9: The Seven Limbs Lesson 10: The Worship of the Heart Lesson 11: Places to Avoid (May be changed) Lesson 12: Outro: Moving Forward

Learning outcomes

  • A basic understanding of the rulings of each topic discussed
  • Practical guidance on how to prevent or deal with testing situations
  • Prophetic instruction on how to draw near to Allah Most High in our daily activities.
  • Attaining the pleasure of Allah in everything we do.
 
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Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)

Live Class Every Sunday:  2:30 - 4:00 PM [Toronto Time]  Executive Summary In this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the legal rulings related to worship according to the Hanafi school. This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of worship. Introduction In this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the chapters on Worships, relying on the great classical commentaries—including Maydani’s ...

Live Class Every Sunday:  2:30 - 4:00 PM [Toronto Time] 

Executive Summary In this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the legal rulings related to worship according to the Hanafi school. This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of worship.

Introduction

In this course, Yusuf Weltch covers the chapters on Worships, relying on the great classical commentaries—including Maydani’s Lubab—and major reference works of the Hanafi School. Topics covered include ablution (Wudu), the ritual bath (Ghusl), Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, Hajj and other related issues. This is a level two course and is ideal for students seeking to make sound the performance of their worships. A previous study is recommended but not required. The diligent student will take from this class the knowledge required to make their worship sound and correct, guidance on difficult issues, and how to beautify one’s relationship with Allah Most High.

Curricular Context

  • This is a level two  course
  • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) and On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity
  • Take this course before all courses in Level Three

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction Lesson 2: Ablution (wudu) & The Ritual Bath (ghusl) Lesson 3: Water, Wells, & Tanning Lesson 4: Dry-Ablution (tayammum) Lesson 5: Wiping over Footwear (khuffs) & Bandages (jaba’ir) Lesson 6: Menstruation (hayd) & Lochia (nifas) Lesson 7: Filth/Impurities & Conclusion Lesson 8: Times, Adhan, & Introduction to Prayer Lesson 9: Prayer Contd. Lesson 10: Actions Invalidating the Prayer & Make-Ups Lesson 11: Disliked Prayer Times & Supererogatory Prayers Lesson 12:The Forgetfulness Prostration & Prayer of the Sick Lesson 13: Prostration of Recital & The Travelers Prayer Lesson 14: Friday & Eid Prayer Lesson 15: Other Prayers Lesson 16: The Funeral Prayer Lesson 17: Introduction Lesson 18: Zakat on Goods & Money Lesson 19: Zakat al-Fitr Lesson 20: Introduction to Fasting Lesson 21: Valid & Invalid Fasts Lesson 22: Introduction Lesson 23: Description of the Hajj Lesson 24: Qiran, Tamatu`, & Hajj Contraventions

What You Will Learn

  • The core rulings related to purification, prayers, fasting, zakat and hajj;
  • The wisdom and purpose of these legal rulings;
  • The practical implementation, with excellence, of Divine Guidance;
  • How legal reasoning works, to give a better understanding of “how Fiqh works;” and
  • The method of the Hanafi School.
Course Format: Weekly Live Session

About the Course Text

Imam Quduri’s full primer (matn) in Islamic law is so famous, that it is simply referred to as “The Book” (al-Kitab). For 1,000 years, it has served as the starting point for a full study of the science of Fiqh.
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When Hearts Grow Hard: Hadiths on Softening Hearts from Tabrizi's Mishkat al-Masabih

Live Class Every Saturday:  9:00 - 9:30 PM [Toronto Time] SeekersGuidance.org/live Executive Summary The Book of the Heart Softeners [Kitab al Riqaq] is a chapter that is included in many primary hadith collections, included Sahih al-Bukhari. It compiles hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]  that serve to soften the heart or bring about a state of receptiveness to truth and the divine reality. This is don...

Live Class Every Saturday:  9:00 - 9:30 PM [Toronto Time]

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Executive Summary

The Book of the Heart Softeners [Kitab al Riqaq] is a chapter that is included in many primary hadith collections, included Sahih al-Bukhari. It compiles hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]  that serve to soften the heart or bring about a state of receptiveness to truth and the divine reality. This is done by speaking of the reality of this worldly life and its charms, which often serve to harden the heart from heeding divine guidance and distract and engulf the self into lusts and desires, leading to its spiritual destruction. These hadiths also speak about the virtues of poverty, the nature of greed and false hopes, the value of being heartbroken at one’s misdeeds, and the simple lifestyle of the Prophet [peace be upon him], among other subtopics. This course looks at how Imam Tabrizi masterfully compiled just over 210 narrations from various hadith collections and combined them under his chapter of the Book of Heart Softeners in his work Mishkat al Masabih [A Niche of Lamps], and analyzes their meaning and spiritual implications in order to apply their message to our lives today.

Course Summary

In this course, we will read and understand a wide selection of the prophetic hadiths intended to soften the heart from Imam al-Tabrizi's Mishkat al Masahib, under the chapter Kitab al Riqaq, the Book of the Heart Softeners. We intend to implement the import of the hadiths to help in changing our attitude and outlook towards the world and to remove heedlessness of Allah. We hope to lift our gazes towards our inevitable passing and the everlasting Hereafter, and allowing that to condition how we interact and behave in this worldly life with ourselves and others,  and most importantly, with Allah Himself.

Learning Outcomes

  • a guided reading of Hadith and an introduction to the genre of Hadith collections
  • understanding how Hadith commentaries work on multiple levels
  • familiarizing oneself with hadith
  • understanding how chapter subheadings are used
  • reading for understanding, then reflection, then implementation, and finally, changing character and spiritual outlook.
     
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