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Becoming A Man – A New Course for Those Coming of Age

MC-Amjad-Bio-resizedComing of age can be awkward, challenging, and confusing–for both parents and their children. Although many of the changes are biological, they also have religious implications as well. This course seeks to provide a framework for young men to learn about the qualities of a true man of faith. By contextualizing the wisdom and example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions to deal with contemporary issues, young men will gain insights into the practice, spirituality, and virtue of the believer. Insha Allah, this course will help give young men clarity and confidence in their religion and life.

Listen to Ustadh Amjad Tarsin’s brief introduction below and don’t forget to register for the course.

“From knowing nothing to becoming a student of knowledge” by Ustadha Shireen Ahmed

“Br. Dawoud, I have to ask you a question…” I said without looking up.  I had to gather up the courage, and really force myself to ask.  I knew I needed to know, and it was time to stop pretending that I already knew the answer.

“This is a really dumb question, but… you all keep mentioning the ‘Khulafa ar-Rashideen’ from time to time and their example in our meetings, but I actually have no idea who or what that is.”

There.

I had finally voiced one of many questions I had as a young university student, who had recently joined the Muslim Students Association for the first time.  I had grown up in a small town, and honestly speaking there were not many practicing Muslims around during my teenage years.  My mother had used to try and take us to weekend ‘Islamic’ classes, however my understand of Islam was still very sparse and fragmented.

There is no such thing as a dumb question

Br. Dawoud looked back at with me with concern, and then gently said, “Sister Shireen, I want to tell you something.  There is no such thing as a dumb question.  If you don’t know what something is, all you have to do is ask.  The only ‘dumb’ question is the one that is never asked.”  He told me the Khulafa ar-Rashideen are the rightly guided caliphs, which refer to Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them all).

I would later learn that there are only two kinds of students who are unable to grow and benefit in their Islamic studies, one being the student who is too shy to ask their questions, and the second being a person who doesn’t ask their question out of arrogance (i.e. by not admitting to what they don’t know).

My experience that day left a lasting impression on me. Years later, I would remember how Br. Dawoud answered my question, and how he encouraged me to keep seeking knowledge.  To always remember that I can do better, and not to be shy to ask what I wanted to know.  It had always bothered me that I couldn’t answer basic questions about Islam that I wished I could answer.  I had finally met other Muslims who I was really impressed by at university, people who were really humble and sincere, who would encourage me time and time again to seek knowledge and strive for improvement.

Two years later, I was married, and my husband and I had decided to fly to Syria to pursue seeking sacred knowledge.  It was a very thrilling experience for me, to finally make up for years of knowledge that were just missing.  To fill a certain void in my life, as the little fragmented knowledge I had was now growing rapidly on a daily basis.  I would learn from the teachers who patiently taught us Arabic, and then alhamdulillah was able to move on to higher studies in the Arabic language itself.

Every single teacher declined money

What always amazed me about the experience was that every single teacher I studied with would decline money when I tried to pay them for their time.  And we’re talking about many Syrian teachers.  They would always have the same response, that when I return to Canada, they wanted me to teach others and they would take their reward from that.  That answer would always amaze me as someone growing up in the West where “nothing is for free”.  They had such good character, humility, and sincere concern for my studies with no ulterior motive.  It would really drive me to work much harder, as it was impossible to show up to class not doing your homework when the teacher was that selfless.

 

We spent several years overseas, and then returned to Canada.  Shortly after, my husband (Shaykh Faraz Rabbani) founded SeekersGuidance, which is now known as SeekersHub, an online website dedicated to teaching students in the West their religion.  To answer their many questions through the Answers Service.  To offer online courses, so that students could download classes with a qualified instructor and ask the questions they have.

The service initially started out with students having to pay for the courses.  I had been encouraging Shaykh Faraz to consider offering a certain segment of courses for free so that students could at least obtain their fard ‘ayn (personally obligatory knowledge) without charge.  I still remember the day when he told me that he decided to make the courses for free.  I was happy he had taken my advice, until he clarified he meant take any class for free.

“But how will we survive?” I asked him. 

At that point we had three young children, and he was talking about giving up the main salary that was paying our bills.  He explained that there are many people out there in the world who cannot afford to pay for classes, and there are many others who are able to donate to support causes like this.  To spread knowledge on a global level, so that attaining knowledge was not limited to one’s income level.  Historically, students would not pay for classes, rather teachers would be supported so that they could teach without worrying about providing for their families.

This new turn of events, which would later be called Knowledge Without Barriers, also resonated with me as it was the way of my teachers in Syria, to teach purely based on seeking the good for another person.  That perhaps the reward of helping that person to grow in their religion and become a better person is sufficient as a reward.  There is a way to donate financially so that supporters can keep the movement of spreading knowledge at no cost going, and so far it has been working for us as a model.

Your past does not have to dictate your future 

I want to sincerely advise students, especially the sisters, to now seek knowledge.  I have given you a glimpse of what it was like to go from someone who barely knew anything about the religion, to becoming a student of knowledge.  I understand that there are many sisters out there who still have a sparse, fragmented understanding of religion, because our parents are only capable of giving us what knowledge they know.  I was there, so I know what that feels like.  Many of our parents have not had an opportunity to study, but they did their best in raising us.  Your past does not have to dictate your future.

By just spending even an hour or two weekly listening to classes, you can steadily grow in understanding in a variety of Islamic subjects.  You can even choose which subjects you feel weakest in, or consult our staff as to what courses are best suited for you given your history.  I know for a lot of mothers, attending classes is very difficult because their children are not able to sit quietly for public classes.  However, with an online learning platform, even mothers with energetic young kids can regularly attend classes, so that in turn they are better able to educate their own children, which are the next generation.

The remedy for ignorance is to spread sound Islamic knowledge

Seeking knowledge helps one to become a better Muslim, to seek Allah Most High sincerely, to turn towards Him with the core of your being in prayer, and to become a better decision maker when weighing one’s actions with what will benefit one most in the Afterlife.  Especially in this day and age, we see many atrocities being done in the name of religion – when in reality they are being committed out of lack of knowledge about the religion.  Part of the remedy for ignorance is to spread sound Islamic knowledge from teachers who are qualified to teach, who have a chain of transmission from their teachers back to the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him).

We pray that these efforts are accepted, and that students across the globe can benefit by being able to study.  That they in turn are able to become contributors to their own communities.  Now no one needs to feel shy about asking questions about Islam, even if it is “who are the Khulafa ar-Rashideen?”

 

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed is the Course Development Manager at SeekersHub. There are over 35 courses on offer across all major disciplines, for beginner and advanced students – find out more here.

Full House at Muslim Marriage Seminar

Seekers hub Toronto - Marriage Seminar“Full house with two of our teachers, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Fatima Ahmed at SeekersHub Toronto’s Marriage Seminar”, on 14th February 2015. Photo credit: Sadia Qaderi.

Resources for Seekers:
Understanding Marriage – A conversation with Imam Zaid Shakir
Lasting Love: What Makes for Successful Marriage?
When Love is Not Enough
Getting Married Seminar Helped make Marriage A Reality for SeekersGuidance Student
The Intentions of Marriage – Shaykh Ali bin Abu Bakr al-Sakran
Is Marriage Sinful? – Faraz Rabbani
Women, Debts, and Marriage

 

Six years since my Shahadah – A Reflection by Sr. Chloe

la ilahaThe 28th of March was the 6 year anniversary of my Shahadah, the day that I officially embraced Islam. My Shahadah anniversary is always a time of great reflection for me, and I try to commemorate it by acknowledging my blessings and expressing my gratitude to God for the life He’s given me.
The past 6 years have brought so much change and growth in every single area of my life, that it’s difficult to condense all this learning into a single blog post.
However, I wanted to summarise a few key lessons that I’ve learnt along the way, in the hopes that this will bring benefit to someone else.
[Surround Yourself With People of Good Character]
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
This expression by Jim Rohn is true in so many ways. When we spend time with other people we tend to pick up their habits and characteristics, whether these are positive or negative. It is crucial to your spiritual growth to spend time with those that will encourage and inspire you to become a better person.
Honour your time and give it the value it deserves by choosing to spend it wisely in the company of those that will help lift your iman up through their good character and manners, and wherever possible, limit the time you spend with those that drag your iman down. By seeking out gatherings of knowledge and remembrance, it brings opportunities to become closer to those that are also seeking nearness to God. Don’t miss those moments.
[Seek Knowledge]
This is a lesson that I hold very close to my heart, and my own decision to seek sacred knowledge has completely changed the plans I once had for my life.
When I was a new convert, I was asked to speak at a public event about my conversion to Islam. A few days before the event, this request was withdrawn and I was forbidden from speaking, because someone had produced an online fatwa which stated the impermissibility of women speaking in public.
I knew deep down that this couldn’t be right, but I didn’t know where to turn to learn more. My lack of knowledge left me feeling helpless and confused. It was shortly after this event that I discovered Seekers Guidance, and I began my own journey of seeking sacred knowledge by taking courses, and even emailing the Scholars with questions (Side note: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani emailed me back personally to advise that it was indeed permissible for women to speak in public).
Once I’d recovered from the shock of the experience, I became motivated to learn more. I channelled all my frustrations into seeking sacred knowledge, and I made a promise to myself that I would never be in the position again where someone’s interpretation of Islam was used as a way to keep me (and other women) quiet and out of sight.
Even though it was a difficult time for me, it made me realise how important it is for our communities to have women who are active and highly educated in the religion, so that they can be a catalyst for good and encourage others. The importance of female scholarship in Islam is undeniable, particularly when we look at Aisha (God be pleased with her) and the impact that she has had on our entire tradition. As Muslims we need to be proactive in seeking this knowledge, so that we can better serve our communities and help others in accordance with the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
I would really encourage everyone to sign up for a course with Seekers Guidance. All the courses are completely free, taught by qualified scholars, and the flexibility of the courses means you can fit them around your schedule. Don’t miss this chance to increase your knowledge! Registration is now open – see: www.SeekersGuidance.org/courses for the full course list.
[Take It Slowly]
“This religion is easy, none makes it hard upon himself except that it overwhelms him; therefore be firm, steadfast, and balanced” [Bukhari]
This is a vast religion – it is comprehensive, intricate, and deep. If you try to take everything on board at once, you risk being overwhelmed and maybe even giving up as a result. It’s important to take it slowly – do what you can, when you can. Don’t aim for perfection. Instead, start small and focus on one thing at a time.
Remember, everyone is on their own journey to God, and we are all at different places. It is important to know yourself, and progress at your own pace. Endeavor to create positive and sustainable habits that will last a lifetime.
We should always strive to improve ourselves, but we need to do so whilst knowing that God is the All-Merciful. He never asks for our perfection, simply our honest and sincere effort.
[It’s Your Relationship with God That Counts]
At the end of the day, it all comes down to one truth: We were created to know and worship God.
The good deeds we do, the people we help, the community work we’re involved in, it should be all for God. He knows us more intimately than anyone else ever could, and this life is about turning ourselves towards Him completely.
These actions are simply a means of getting closer to God. They’re not ends, in and of themselves. Don’t get so caught up in the prayers, the fasting, the charity, the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet, that you forget the real reason behind it all.
All we have, and all we are, is for God. And that’s what really matters.

Free SeekersGuidance Courses:

New Muslim Series Part 1: What Muslims Believe

New Muslim Series Part 2: Pillars of Islam
Principles of Islamic Spirituality
Fiqh of Life: Essentials of Halal and Haram
Relevant Resources:
Is it Possible to Return to Islam After Leaving It?
An Amazing Story from Imam Afroz Ali

Marvelling at the Heart – Reflections by Sidi Suhayb

“Verily, in the body is a small piece of flesh that if it is healthy, the whole body is healthy and if it is sick, the whole body is sick. This small piece of flesh is the heart.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

[Marvels of the heart course]
Knowledge of the heart is considered to be fard al-ayn (an individual obligation), and after completing the Marvels of the Heart course with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, I understand why.
This is my first time doing a course with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus. I found him to be a person who reminds you of All Mighty Allah when you look at him. He exudes gentleness and mercy and I was left wanting whatever it is that he has. His character alone would guide people to Islam.
[Transforming and life changing]
The course is nothing short of amazing and to this day remains my favourite Seekers Guidance course, and if acted upon, the most transformative and life-changing. From the beginning of the course to the very end it is full of insight and deep meaning.
I have only done this course once but intend to do it again God Willing. With this course in particular, I bought a translation of the text. I would read the relevant chapter in English before listening to the lesson and then read along again during the lesson, ultimately reading the book twice throughout the course. This really helped me to grasp the concepts.
I converted to Islam around thirteen years ago Praise be to be God, and really just thought that after taking my shahadah that somehow I would be miraculously cured of all the problems I had in life. Somehow without making any effort except saying I believe that All Mighty Allah would grant me a huge spiritual experience and all would be well. Thirteen years later I realise this is not going to be the case for me and that I am going to have to struggle against my ego and my desires, that I need to really strive to seek Allah’s pleasure, All Mighty Allah owes me nothing but I owe Him (God Almighty) everything.
The thing that really hit me throughout the course was the realisation of the state I am in. I am a person who has suffered from addictions in life to one thing and another and doing this course made me realise that even though I am in recovery alhamdulillah, I am still what you might call a suffering addict in my behaviour. I am impulsive by nature and often act on a whim to please myself. This course brought these things to my attention and made me realise that there is a better way to live my life.
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“The special characteristics of the heart are that by which we draw near to All Mighty Allah. These special characteristics are based on knowledge and will, ‘ilm and irada. The will follows the guidance of the intellect. If the intellect sees something as beneficial it will drive the will to do it. It is different to the animals as the will of the human being can go against your desires based on the judgement of the intellect”.
After hearing this I realised that I have an intellect and that I need to use this to keep my ego and desires in check.  Amazingly, even though the book was written so long ago, the lessons from it are so relevant today, especially in dealing with addiction. When overcoming an urge to use, the addict is encouraged to listen to the rational part of his or her brain to control that urge. Very much like the battle that takes place for the heart with the intellect acting as the advisor to the kingdom (heart) and directing the foot soldiers (our ego and desires) to stay in line. There is a battle underway for this kingdom and we must be ever vigilant.
Perhaps the scariest part is that I have now learned that the heart is ever-changing, and the science of the heart (tasawwuf) is required in every single moment because of this. There is no miraculous overnight cure heading my way, only a lifetime of struggle. But perhaps my miraculous cure is the realisation and acceptance of that.
I recommend this course to everyone and feel that it is perhaps one of the most important things we should learn. From the way it is taught to the teachings it conveys, it will change your outlook on life and how you practise your deen. If more of us are aware of the state of our hearts, its disease and how to treat them then the world will be a better place.
“If you know your heart you will know yourself, and if you know yourself you will know your Lord”
———
Purchase the book, Click here 

SeekersGuidance Course:
The Marvels of the Heart with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
Relevant Resources:
Habib Umar’s Morning Lessons on Imam Ghazali’s Marvels of the Heart – Day 1 – Select Quotes
The Importance of Study in One’s Spiritual Development – Imam al-Ghazzali
On Knowing Yourself to Know God – A SeekersCircle Reflection

Prepare Yourself for Your Parents Old Age – Advice from Imam Tahir Anwar

Imam Tahir Anwar recently posted an interesting statement of advice on his Facebook page.

“If your parents are over 50, you have to read this:
– Your parents are getting old
– They can’t do the things they were able to do before
– If we are able to do something for them, we are lucky

2 things:
1) Begin supporting your parents financially, even if they don’t need any help. Purchase their groceries, buy their appliances. Get used to making room for their needs from your earnings while they don’t need us. So that when (and if) they need financial support from us, it’s less difficult. And in some cases, our parents may be totally dependent on us. If they are, and you have the honor to serve them, remember, it’s an honor, not a burden.
2) Parents can’t do half they things they used to be able to do. If there’s heavy lifting, moving large things, etc; do it for them. They should be able to call on us to assist, and we need to make time for them, so they are not burdened with such things.
– – Both of these suggestions have been inspired by 2 very sad incidences that I personally came across in the community within the last few days. I won’t mention the incidents, and in both cases, the parents didn’t mention a thing, I but I felt sorry for them, knowing they have children who could/should be doing such things for them – – ”

Supplication of Excellence to Parents – Du`a’ Birr al-Walidayn

Related, free, course at SeekersGuidance:

GEN160The Rights of Parents, taught Shaykh Rami Nsour, register here.

Watch a preview of the course here.

Related Answers:

Married Daughters Supporting Elderly Parents

Which Parent Has a Greater Right to Obedience Within the Home?

Seek Knowledge with our FREE Online Courses

Take one of our FREE online courses this term with SeekersHub

Seeking knowledge is one of the surest best ways of drawing closer to Allah, and finding Divine assistance in one’s life & religion. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whomever Allah wishes well for, He grants deep understanding of religion.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
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1. Encourage friends and family to take the courses. Email them, and try to give a personalized recommendation. Please share this blog on social media.
2. Become a SeekersHub Online Ambassador on Facebook: SeekersHub Online Ambassadors.
The goal of this group is to educate our peers about SeekersHub events through social media. Members are encouraged to share more ideas to get the word out with everyone else in the group.
“Whoever points to the good has the reward of those who act on it,” said the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).
free online coursesWhy are our courses FREE?
Our course are free due to ”Knowledge Without Barriers”. This is an expression of our commitment to spread the light of Prophetic guidance as far & wide as we can–without barriers. Knowledge without Barriers is a direct response to the contemporary challenge Muslims are facing globally regarding access to authoritative and sound knowledge in Sacred Sciences.
With SeekersHub you can learn directly from quality teachers, who are highly qualified.
Teachers such as Ustadh Abdul Latif Al-Amin who has been nurtured by SeekersHub from student to teacher. We also have some excellent up and coming scholars who will, God-willing, be the leaders of the future.
Which Courses Should You Take?
All our courses focus on topics that are “beneficial knowledge,” but we would recommend:
1. If you’re starting on the path of knowledge I suggest:
The Absolute Essentials: Beliefs, Prayer, and Spirituality
Taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Ustadh Abdullah Misra
The 40 Foundations of Religion (by Imam Ghazali): Excellence in Faith and Actions
Taught by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan
2. If you want to learn about life of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and to acquire Prophetic character & conduct:
Meccan Dawn: The Life of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad
Taught by Ustadh Abdullah Misra
Prophetic Conduct: Islamic Manners in Everyday Life
Taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Ustadh Abdul Latif Al-Amin
Gardens of the Righteous: the Sunnah of the Sunnah
Taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Ustadh Abdul Latif Al-Amin
3. If you are a seeker of knowledge:
SeekersSteps: We highly recommend that you join the SeekersSteps Curriculum if you want a clear path towards learning. We currently offer three courses in the curriculum, which should be taken in order at your own pace for maximum benefit. Please see the website for more information on this groundbreaking initiative.
4. If you are seeking spiritual guidance and to improve your relationship with Allah:
The Marvels of the Heart
Taught by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
5. For clarity on key life concerns:
Islamic Parenting: Raising Upright Children
Taught by Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
Money Matters: Islamic Finance in Everyday Life
Taught by Faraz Rabbani
… and more. See the full list of courses at courses.seekershub.org and join other keen seekers on the path of knowledge guidance.

Fiqh of Life Course Testimonial

Bismillah,

Alhamdulillah, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Shaykh Faraz, Ustadh Abdul Latif, Ustadha Shireen, and everyone at SeekersGuidance. They are a massive blessing in my life, and a constant reminder to strive for ihsan in all my acts and states. I pray Allah rewards you all, and I pray that wherever Allah takes me in life, I remain at the feet of the likes of Shaykh Faraz and the other SG teachers, even if mostly through online classes, though we pray even more to be in their actual presence as much as possible. I have already registered for a class next semester, and I strongly recommend everyone else to do so as well. Even if you have not completed the current lessons totally, register for a new course. The beauty of SG’s system is the ability to continue reviewing lessons after the semester ends.

To close, I wanted to mention something from Imam `Abdallah ibn `Alawi al-Haddad’s Book of Assistance, a book praised by scholars. The sayyid writes:

“The people of remembrance are those who have knowledge of God and His religion, practice what they know for His sake, have no desire for the world, are not distracted by commerce from His remembrance, summon to Him clear-sightedly, and to whom His secrets are unveiled. The presence of one such on the face of the earth has become so rare that some great men have even said that they no longer exist. The truth is that they do exist, but because of the unawareness of the elite and the turning away of the commonality, God has hidden them under the cloak of His possessiveness and surrounded them with veils of obscurity. However, those who seek them with sincerity and zeal will not, by God’s Will, fail to find one of them. Sincerity is a sword that is never used against anything without cutting it. The earth is never without those who uphold the matter for God.”

May Allah preserve and increase all of you, our teachers and fellow students. Please remember us in your prayers. May peace and blessings be upon our master Muhammad (SAW), and all Praise is for Allah.

Wasslaaam,
Tawsif Choudhury
Testimonial for the Fiqh of Life: Essentials of Halal and Haram course

Description:

In this course, students will learn about the limits of Allah related to everyday life, and will get answers to a variety of critical life questions on food, dress, gender interaction, work, earnings, relations, speech, and the avoidance of sin. Student will also gain an understanding and appreciation of the wisdom of the Shariah related to the halal and haram, and the way of Prophetic excellence in everyday conduct.

Instructor(s): Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Course Format: 12 downloadable sessions, 3 live sessions 
Length: 1 term(s) – 12 weeks
Course ID: LAH110
Department: Law

Keys to Successful Seeking of Islamic Knowledge: Advice from Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Advice from Sidi Abdullatif al-Amin, SeekersGuidance Teaching Assistant:

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“I have taken several classes on SeekersGuidance and have some experience in taking some classes online. One of the most important keys I’ve found with online classes is not to fall behind on the lessons. One may want to set some time aside everyday or a few times a week whatever one can do with consistency and not only listen to the lesson but review as well.

To benefit from online courses one of the keys is sincerity, and consistency , and not to seek the knowledge in and of itself but using the seeking knowledge as a means to keeping closer to Allah….”

Here are a few links on the importance of knowledge and its purpose that we can benefit from:

The Purpose of Seeking Knowledge by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (audio)

Ten Keys to Seeking Knowledge by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Counsels for Seekers of Knowledge by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

 

You can still register for the Winter 2011 SeekersGuidance Online Courses. Join our large and growing family of seekers: www.SeekersGuidance.org/courses

The Spirit of Cooperation: Al-Madinah Institute Contacts SeekersGuidance to Promote SeekersGuidance Courses

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful

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Allah Most High calls us to, “Cooperate in righteousness and piety,” [Qur’an] but humans naturally have a competitive spirit that makes this spirt of cooperation the exception rather than the rule in our relationships. And this is especially true at the organizational level.

 

A group that we have found to be committed both to excellence in their own educational projects and keen to cooperate with others is our dear brothers at Al-Madina Institute (www.almadinainstitute.org/).

 

Yesterday, Ustadh Moutasem Atiya, one of Al-Madina’s teachers and main organizers, emailed us at SeekersGuidance, asking for some information about the latter’s Online Courses, so that Al-Madina Institute could send it out on their mailing list–in order to help promote the Winter 2010 courses.

 

While SeekersGuidance and Al-Madina Institute have a good cooperative relationship, what resonated was that this wasn’t a “corporate” kind of request. Ustadh Moutasem didn’t negotiate a “mutually agreeable” set of arrangements (“we’ll promote your courses in exchange for xyz from you”). This was done in the spirit of cooperation, brotherhood, and sincere concern.

 

This is a reminder and lesson of how Muslim organizations should work. We should view other organizations as brethren with common concerns and aspirations. We should actively strive to cooperate with them and to assist them in their goals and projects–not because this may be “strategically” advantageous, but because it is a means of pleasing Allah Most High and upholding the example of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).

 

Al-Madina Institute’s Excellent Programs

This request from Al-Madina was just another example of Al-Madina’s commitment to excellence: their programs are some of the best Islamic educational programs you can attend. They not only have some of the best Islamic scholars teaching for them–such as Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy.jpgNinowy and Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui–but their organization and execution of their programs is impeccable. It also reminds us that commitment to excellence and the highest standards of execution isn’t at variance with having a cooperative spirit with respect to other projects. Their mission is, “Enriching individuals by cultivating the capacity for inward excellence and outward service to the community.”

 

If Al-Madina Institute holds a program in your community, or if you can travel to any of their programs, you’ll find great benefit: excellent teachers, excellent program, and excellent organization. And if you are an activist, strongly consider asking Al-Madina Institute to come to your community. They come with light of Prophetic excellence and wisdom, Masha’ Allah.

 

A program we’d highly recommend is their upcoming Pearls of the Qur’an retreat this April:

 

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And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani

Executive Director, SeekersGuidance