What Does it Mean to Love Allah – Friday Reminder Series

What does it mean to love Allah?

Friday Reminder by SeekersGuidance Executive Director Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

 

Love for Allah

Too often when someone begins to become serious about religion, their concern for the outward manifestations of faith can cause them to diminish in their concern for parents, family and friends. This arises from a misunderstanding of what it means to truly love Allah.

“And those who believe are most intense in their love for Allah” (Quran 2:165)

So, what is this intense love for Allah?

It is to love for the sake of Allah. A believer is one who has intense love for their spouse out of intense love for Allah, love for their children out of intense love for Allah and love for God’s creation as an expression of their love for Allah.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, conveyed the same message: “Whoever loves for Allah, and hates for Allah, gives for Allah and who withholds for Allah – that is a person who has completed their faith.” (Abu Dawud)

 

Sincere Love for Allah

A person who is sincere not only loves Allah through acts of devotion, but everything a truly sincere servant of God does is out of love for Allah and is in a manner beloved to Allah. The love for their spouse, for example, is an expression of their love for Allah. In fact, every relationship they have is inspired and shaped by their love for Allah Most High.

This state is one that we should cultivate. Do everything that is worth doing in life as an expression of love for Allah. Consider how you express love for Allah in the food you eat? In the coffee or tea that you drink? How might you express love for Allah in your family relationships? How do you love Allah through your parenting?

 

Knowledge that Benefits

Any knowledge that inculcates love for Allah can be considered truly beneficial knowledge. Through the pursuit of such knowledge that benefits, we can unlock the secrets of journeying to Allah in all hustle and bustle of this life.

May Allah make us of these people who in every aspect of our lives are able to express love for Allah. We pray for that pure, sincere intense love for Allah. A love which in turn inspires an intense love for His creation, in a manner beloved to Him. That is the way of our beloved – Habib Allah – the Beloved of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

Ameen.

 

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Recapping Day of Arafat Event 2020

This past Thursday, July 30th, we had an amazing online Arafat event.  We were joined by notable scholars, devotional artists, and community thinkers from around the world.

Click the video above to watch the webinar.

Speakers included:

  • Imam Yama Niazi
  • Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
  • Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan
  • Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
  • Shaykh Abdul Rahim Reasat
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
  • Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans
  • Nader Khan
  • Shaykh Amin Buxton
  • Peter Sanders
  • Shaykha Zaynab Ansari
  • Shaykh Amer Jameel
  • Habib Muhammad Abddur rahman al Saqqaf
  • Ustadh Abdullah Misra
  • Shaykh Muhammad Carr
  • Alman Nusrat
  • Sidi Edris Khamissa
  • Shaykh Jamal Ud Deen Hysaw
  • Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

Click here to watch the full video: The Day of Arafat: Standing Before God Webinar

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Making the Most of Ramadan (Part 1)

As Ramadan gets closer, here are some highlights from our popular On-Demand course, Making the Most of Ramadan: Transformative Lessons from Learned Islamic Scholars.making the most of ramadan

Part 2: The Aims of Fasting by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this section, Shaykh Faraz covers portions of the book, “The Higher Aims of Fasting,” by the great scholar Al-Izz ibn Abd As-salam, who was known as “The Sultan of the Scholars” due to his high rank and profuse understanding in the religion. He was an expert in Islamic law amongst other sciences.

It is divided into 4 sections:

  1. Duty & Virtues of Fasting from Qur’an & Sunna
  2. The Sunnas and Etiquette of Fasting
  3. The Spiritual Works of Ramadan
  4. Fasting and Spiritual Works Beyond Ramadan

Through this course you will get a true sense of the ultimate purpose of fasting based on the Quran and the blessed Sunnah of the Beloved Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. There are plenty of hadiths mentioned throughout the class that you may benefit from listening to or even memorising, to better internalise the meaning.

You will also discover the 7 great virtues of the fast. Such as raising in ranks; expiation of errors, breaking desires and so on.

The book has a very valuable  section on the adab(etiquette) of fasting such as guarding the tongue and what to break the fast with.

As the blessed month of Ramadan, this course is a must have in order to be mentally prepared and energised before its arrival.

For more information about this class or to register, click here.


Ramadan 2020 Reminders | Episode 8: The Higher Aims of Fasting: Closeness | Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

When Allah Most High tells us to fast, He closes the set of verses with a reminder on His closeness. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani sheds light what Allah’s closeness means for us and how we can realize it in our daily lives.

SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary offers structured learning and inspiring religious guidance, completely free. We also offer over a dozen classes with scholars from around the world streamed live this Ramadan. View the full schedule and tune in daily at https://www.seekersguidance.org/live.

We offer FREE courses, with clear learning streams for Islamic studies, Youth Islamic Studies, and Learning Arabic as well as a range of topics. To Register Visit https://seekersguidance.org/course-catalog/.

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The Point of Worship in Ramadan – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this timely reminder, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds us that our acts of worship in Ramadan are means to an end – seeking Allah Most High. He uses the Qur’anic verses on fasting to show us the objectives of such works of worship. Furthermore, he urges us to find our purpose in our devotional acts by seeing them as a means to seek our Lord.

*This video was recorded on  May 15, 2018.

Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan – Ramadan Playlist

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Shaykh Adeyinka Mendes and other leading scholars provide lessons on how to embody the values and realities of the month of Ramadan. This video series was recorded during Ramadan 2016.

Bring Prophetic Light into Your Homes | Ramadan 2020 Welcome Message with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Executive Director) welcomes you to this Ramadan and invites you to take advantage of SeekersGuidance’s offerings during this blessed month. Join us from the comfort of your own homes and help to spread prophetic light and clarity within our communities.

This Ramadan, SeekersGuidance—the Global Islamic Seminary—is offering a rich range of daily classes, giving much-needed clarity and inspiration in these confusing times. We have over a dozen classes with scholars from around the world streamed live; view the full schedule and tune in daily at https://www.seekersguidance.org/live.

Some examples of our structured learning and inspiring religious guidance in Ramadan include the launch of our Complete Qur’an Tafsir with Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat, the daily Ramadan Rejuvenation at SeekersGuidance Canada, and other daily classes from scholars around the globe.

We have also launched our SeekersGuidance Open Courses with clear learning streams for Islamic studies, Youth Islamic Studies, Learning Arabic and On-Demand Courses on a range of topics. To register visit: www.seekersguidance.org/courses

This series was brought to you by SeekersGuidance. SeekersGuidance: The Global Islamic Seminary offers online courses from beginners to advanced, with qualified scholars, completely free.

 

COVID-19 Webinar: A Global Islamic Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Global Islamic Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Announcing the SeekersGuidance COVID-19 Webinar This Sunday!

As this pandemic spreads across the world, the Muslim community is struggling to find answers to many questions. Along with the critical advice of health and medical professionals, we are in dire need of Prophetic Guidance. SeekersGuidance has put together an important program to provide clarity in these challenging times with Muslim scholars, teachers, medical professionals, and thought leaders from around the world.

COVID-19 Webinar: A Global Islamic Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, will live stream on our website at seeke.rs/live and our Facebook page, this coming Sunday, March 22nd, at 1:00PM EST.


Some of our confirmed speakers:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani | Toronto, Canada

Mufti Hussain Kamani | Texas, United States

Dr. Asim Yusuf | West Midlands, United Kingdom

Imam Khalid Latif | New  York, United States

Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan | Cape Town, South Africa

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat | Bradford, United Kingdom

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari | Knoxville, United States

Ustadh Mohammed Tayssir Safi | Istanbul, Turkey

Shaykh Salman Younas | London, United Kingdom

Dr. Hadia Mubarak | North Carolina, United States

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed | Toronto, Canada

Dr. Idriss Sparkes | Waterloo, Canada

Imam Hamid Slimi | Toronto, Canada

Shaykh Amin Buxton | Edinburgh, Scotland

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch | Toronto, Canada

Imam Yama Niazi | Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Yusuf Patel | Cape Town, South Africa

Ustadh Abdullah Misra | Trinidad

Moulana Zakariyya Harnekar | Cape Town, South Africa

Moulana Muhammad Carr | Cape Town, South Africa

 

Don’t miss out on this beautiful event .

 

May Allah bless you all and keep you all healthy, amin.

Seeking Allah: Finding the Divine in Your Life – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In the beautiful historical mosque called Molla Zeyrek Camii or Zeyrek Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered a talk entitled, “Seeking Allah: Finding the Divine in Your Life” taking concepts pertaining to Arabic grammar and applying them to the heart in what some call, “The Higher Grammar”.  When explaining the famous grammar text al-Ajrumiyyah, Shaykh Ibn Ajibah (d. 1809 CE/1224 h) discusses the five things that are definite (ma’rifa) and mentions that the definite in knowing Allah is also manifested in five matters. 

These matters are:

  1. The pronouns
  2. Proper nouns (names of people and places)
  3. The Ambiguous (al-Mubham)
  4. Seeking to be known
  5. That which is ascribed to one the aforementioned categories

Watch the video to learn about these pertinent points.

How To Be Sad: Understanding the Sorrow of the Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him)- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains lessons from the Year of Sorrow of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Contrary to some misunderstandings, the Sorrow of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was not of dejection or depression.

Rather, his Sorrow was the most beautiful of sorrow: a deep sense of awe and neediness to Allah; and deep care, concern, and mercy for people.

This beautiful Sorrow was rooted in faith and certitude; contentment and steadfastness and drove the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) to turn to Allah, and to spread mercy and good around him.

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