Re-Broadcast-Common Misconceptions about Istikhara – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses salat al-istikhara (the prayer of guidance) by

  • defining it,
  • debunking misconceptions regarding it,
  • the best way to perform it, and
  • easy ways to integrate it into our lives in a meaningful manner

Some of the common misonceptions include

  • Istikhara is a prayer in matters of marriage
  • The signs come in the form of dreams
  • A sinful person must ask a pious person to perform the prayer on his behalf
  • Istikhara is only for the big decisions, not small matters

 

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Re-Broadcast: Challenges and Choices: Lessons from the Great Day of Ashura

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses the lessons of the great day of Ashura – the 10th of Muharram. This is one of the greatest days of the year – a day the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) highly encouraged us to fast.

This is the day in which…

  • Prophet Adam was absolved of his error;
  • the day in which Prophet Nuh was saved from the flood;
  • the day in which the people of Prophet Yunus were forgiven;
  • the day in which Prophet Musa and Bani Israel were saved from the Pharaoh

It is from the days in which Allah has favoured and honoured those whom He has tested with trials and challenges – and who responded right through the right choices.

Shaykh Faraz explains the sunnahs related to fasting and devotion on the 10th of Muharram, as well as how the great historical events that happened on this day can help us respond right to the challenges in our life.

The importance of knowing the history of faith – the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself, the past Prophets, the righteous, scholars, saints, and virtuous – is that it gives us embodied examples of turning to Allah through the tests of life, towards becoming of His honoured and beloved servants.

Two Year Specialization in Hanafi Fiqh

Attention to all interested students. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will be teaching:

 

Dars al-Tanwir al-Absar wa Ifadat al-Anwar

 (A Two Year Specialization in Hanafi Fiqh)

In the Name of Allah, Merciful and Compassionate, with blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad, his folk, and companions

  1. Imam Tumurtashi’s Tanwir, with extensive readings in Haskafi’s Durr
    al-Mukhtar and Ibn Abidin’s Radd al-Muhtar;
  2. Imam Haskafi’s Ifadat al-Anwar Sharh al-Manar, in intermediate Hanafi
    usul, with extensive readings from Ibn Abidin’s Nasamat al-Ashar.
  3. Later, we will cover Ibn Abidin’s Sharh Uqud Rasm al-Mufti, and
  4. Select readings from Ibn Nujaym’s al-Ashbah wa’l Nadha’ir.

Class Format

Two live classes per week, 2.5 hours each. Students are expected to attend live, or to follow the recordings.

Preparation, participation, questions, and doing recommended readings is expected.

There will be an online forum for questions, discussion, and for related texts, and resources. The pdf of the commentary, and other important works will be provided.

Purpose of the Class

The goal of the class is to begin the journey of gaining mastery of the fiqh details of the Hanafi school.

We will study the meta-matn (Tanwir al-Absar) that is the basis of the central commentary for legal details (al-Durr al-Mukhtar) in the later Hanafi school–and for the central work for the fatwa positions of the Hanafi school
(Radd al-Muhtar).

We define “mastery” as thorough understanding of the text itself, its legal reasoning, and key details. Fiqh is deep knowledge, with understanding of nuances and implications.

The purpose in this mastery is to seek the pleasure of Allah, through benefiting oneself and others by preserving, acting upon, and transmitting this noble Prophetic inheritance in ways that assist others in seeking the pleasure of Allah by following Divine Guidance with conviction and clarity.

The means to mastery would be through understanding of eight matters related
to the text:

  1. Tawdih (clarification of the text, in expression and indication)
  2. Taqyid (conditioning the text, where essential conditions are needed)
  3. Tafsil (detailing the text, where essential details are needed)
  4. Taswir (describing the text’s issues, through practical examples)
  5. Taq`id (clarifying the legal principles the text’s issues are based on or entail)
  6. Tafri` (important derived rulings, classical and contemporary, that serious
    seekers must know)
  7. Ta`lil (understanding legal reasoning and wisdom underlying text’s rulings)
  8. Tadlil (understanding the legal proofs for the rulings of the text)

Conditions for Joining the Class

This is an upper-intermediate to advanced class in Hanafi fiqh. Students need to have completed at least two complete works in all chapters of Hanafi fiqh, including at least one intermediate-level commentary (such as Sharh al-Wiqaya, or the Ikhtiyar, or Hidaya, or similar), with understanding.

Student Expectations

The expectations from the students would be to:

  1. Prepare for the class, by [a] thorough reading of the matn; [b] careful reading of the commentary–with focus on the legal details and reasoning mentioned in the commentary; [c] preparing properly thought-out questions related to the text and its implications. It is encouraged, especially for more advanced students, to research key issues in the reference works and commentaries. (This is not an expectation. Students are welcome to email the instructor for advice on this.)
  2. Attend the class, with [a] attentiveness, through cutting out distractions (no surfing, messaging, texting, etc); [b] participation when the instructor asks questions; [c] asking questions, from their preparation or from things unclear in the text or the instructor’s explanations.
  3. Review of the class notes and text. Research of issues that arise is encouraged, and asking questions regarding things that remain unclear is essential. The more you can keep reviewing the text (especially the matn), the better. Test yourself, by checking whether you remember the key details. Diagramming the text helps.
  4. Take notes. It is best to write out the matn itself, and essentials from the commentary (such as the key details and reasoning). This is also good Arabic writing practice.
  5. Participate in the Class Forum by asking questions, sharing issues of benefit, and getting involved in the relevant discussions, with the proper manners of a keen seeker of knowledge (talib `ilm).
  6. Seek Allah’s assistance, make this a means of seeking His pleasure, have high secondary intentions of acting upon what you learn with excellence, preserving and transmitting Prophetic guidance, to benefit yourself and to benefit others, and to gain all the benefits mentioned by Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) for those who seek and transmit sacred knowledge for the sake of Allah.

 

And Allah alone gives success.
Faraz Rabbani


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The Time Is Now: Returning to Allah, the Merciful, in Gratitude and Joy Without Delay- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds us of the great bounties and blessings that God has bestowed upon us in this sacred month of Hajj. Shaykh Faraz calls upon us to recognize and appreciate the moments of life that God has gifted us with. The scholars of Islam state that the greatest moment that a believer finds him or herself in is the moment of the present. By returning and repenting to Allah with sincerity and a firm resolve we can elevate our ranks to that of a friend of God.
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The Doors of Mercy Are Wide Open: Blessings of Dhul Hijja and the Day of Arafa- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Are There Any Supplications for My Health Issues?
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares inspiring reminders on the vastness of Allah’s mercy, and the gratitude and joy a believer should experience when realizing the blessings and opportunities before them.

The Days of Dhu’l Hijja are special. The Day of Arafa is special. Eid is special.

Here are keys to truly benefit and rise through them.

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Responding to Allah’s Call to Friday Prayer With Joy- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a beautiful and uplifting reminder on how to respond to Allah’s Call to the Believers regarding Friday prayer, with joy, gratitude, urgency, and resolve.

Allah calls us, “O you who believe, when the call to prayer is given on Friday rush to the remembrance of Allah and leave all trade…” (Qur’an, Surat al-Jumuah:9

Shaykh Faraz shares beautiful insights on how the believer, the Muslim, approaches life and work; what the true life is; who are the truly alive; our true homeland; the wisdom of religious duties; key outward and inward sunnas of Friday prayer, and more.

 

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Srebrenica Massacre of Bosnian Muslims: Lessons of Faith, Steadfastness, Learning from History, and Unity- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this talk, at the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys–rightly classified as a genocide–Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares reflections on some lessons for all believers:

One: Faith and how we view tests and tribulations.

Two. How we respond to tribulations, and how we ready ourselves to be able to respond.

Three: The critical need to learn from history, past and recent.

Four: The imperative of unity for Muslims, locally and globally.

 

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The Prophet’s Constant Cheerfulness and Consistently Being Sorrowful- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Sunna of Expressing Emotion — Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains some of the proper manners of expressing emotion and celebration in light of the sunna. He highlights that while the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) exhibited the best of character and experienced happiness and sorrow, inwardly his heart was always content with his Lord.

Embracing Excellence – 34 – On Pilgrimage (Hajj) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the chapter on pilgrimage (hajj) from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first highlights the importance of the pilgrimage and of performing it as soon as one is able. He also underscores the importance of properly learning the relevant sacred knowledge related to the pilgrimage in advance of the journey. He also discusses the virtue of visiting the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Next, Shaykh Faraz moves on to discuss how to make consultation and the istikhara prayer when making decisions. He also looks at the importance of fulfilling religiously sanctioned vows and oaths and warns against false oaths and testimony.

Embracing Excellence – 31 – Gratitude- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz covers the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on gratitude (shukr). He explains how, if we reflected, would we would find much to be grateful for in every state. He cites Qur’anic verses showing that gratitude bequeaths increase in blessings. Next, he discusses gratitude for wider blessings as well, such as faith and guidance. He closes by mentioning the basis of gratitude (recognizing that the blessing is from Allah, not you) and its consequence (using it in His obedience), as well as highlighting various manifestations of thankfulness.

This is part of the series presented by SeekersGuidance Canada in Ramadan 2019.

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