Beyond Hijab: Modesty Amongst Women in Islam

In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives advice on reframing the question of Hijab from one of form (clothing) to one of essence (modesty) by using the Prophetic example and the example of the best of women: Khadijah, Fatima, Maryam, A’isha, and Asiya (may Allah, Most High, be pleased with them all).

The Chosen Times Of Du’a – Adab Of Du’a 23

Allah Most High says, “I am near – I answer the call of the one who calls upon me (2:186).

Yet, many of us wonder: Are my du’as being answered? Is there a certain du’a I have to read for each of my muslim-making-dua-by-the-oceanconcerns? Do my du’as have to be in Arabic?

In this series of short talks, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the reality of du’a (supplication) and how to turn to Allah. It is based on a classical text on the same subject by Shaykh al Islam Zakariyya al Ansari.

This video covers the various blessed times when we are encouraged to make du’a.


Click here to watch all the videos in the series.

The text is divided into the 11 concise, apt sections described below.

1. The reality of du’a
2. Our being called on to make du’a
3. The great virtue of du’a
4. The integrals of supplication, its wings, and its means
5. The conditions of supplication
6. Its proper manners
7. The times of du’a and the state in which it should be made
8. Signs of acceptance of du’a
9. Explaining the religious ruling of du’a
10. Some encompassing supplications
11. Explaining what the greatest Divine Name is

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The Struggle and Strife Of A Believer’s Life

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani narrates stories of struggle of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) companions form Imam Kandahlawi’s masterpiece, Hayat al-Sahaba. This lesson is part of the ongoing class: Studying the Life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

The inspirational stories of Abu Bakr, Uthman, Talha, Zubayr and others portray the deep concern of the Prophet’s companions to uphold and convey Islam and Prophetic guidance.

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Rejoice! Reviving Remembrance and the Prophetic Way – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Eid al-Adha Khutba 2013

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered this powerful, inspiring, and uplifting Eid Khutba at the joint Eid al-Adha Prayer and Khutba sponsored by SeekersHub Toronto, Lote Tree Foundation, and Risalah Foundation.
Shaykh Faraz begins with a reminder of how tremendous the blessing of Allah’s command to rejoice–both in general and in these blessed days of Eid–truly is.
Then, he shares some of the implications of Allah’s command, “When you complete your pilgrimage rituals, remember Allah as you remember your parents or more intensely.” [Qur’an]
The believer lives with passion and intensity, both in their social relations and in their spiritual life, as both are expressions of remembering Allah, seeking Allah, and beholding Allah.
The question arises: how can one rejoice in troubled times? Shaykh Faraz explains that the believer sees troubles and tribulations (fitna) as opportunities of seeking Allah through right response.
What is the right response? It is to revive the Prophetic way (sunna). The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that whoever revives his sunna in times of tribulation (fitna) for his Community shall have the reward of a martyr.
Shaykh Faraz explains the two wings by which the sunna flies: (1) presence of heart with Allah (hudur ma`a Allah) and (2) calling oneself and others to Allah, as explained by the great Iraqi scholar and jurist, Shaykh Abd al-Karim al-Mudarris.
He then closes by urging us to be part of this Prophetic call, by seeking knowledge; by supporting the institutions that seek to spread beneficial knowledge; and by being active members of the community.
And Allah alone gives success.
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Video: Ethics of Advancement: Understanding Islamic Economics – Shaykh Faraz at UTM’s IAW

Ethics of Advancement: Understanding Islamic Economics – Shaykh Faraz at UTM’s IAW

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the ethics and values underlying Islamic economics–going beyond the “minimums” that are the concern of much of “Islamic finance” to the higher purpose and transformative good that underlies Qur’anic teachings and Prophetic guidance related to matters of money and financial activity.

Topics of discussion included the ethics of interaction, self-reform, and mindfulness of others.

Video: Seekers Monthly Training: Service with Excellence – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – January 2012

Video: Seekers Monthly Training: Service with Excellence – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – January 2012

[Saturday, January 28, 2012] In the monthly Seekers Training Session, for SeekersHub & SeekersGuidance team members, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani mentions some of the characteristics of strong believers, from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, though there is good in both,” and then explained the characteristics of the strong believer: “Be avid for all that benefits; rely on Allah; and don’t deem yourself incapable…”

Shaykh Faraz explains what is means to be a “strong believer;” what it means to “be avid for all that benefits;” and the concern underlying seeking knowledge and our service & activism. The significance of societal obligations (fard kifaya) and how they are both more important and greater in reward than personal obligations (fard `ayn).

Closeness & Thankfulness – Eid al-Fitr Khutba 2011 – Faraz Rabbani at SeekersGuidance Toronto – Video & Audio

SeekersGuidance’s Free Islamic Podcast: Eid al-Fitr Khutba – 2011:

In the first Eid khutba at SeekersGuidance Toronto, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains that the central lesson of Ramadan–learned through the fasting, prayer, recitation of Qur’an, and other spiritual acts in the month–is seeking closeness to Allah.

It is this meaning of seeking closeness that we celebrate and express thankfulness for on the day of Eid, and which we must strive to nurture past Ramadan, in all our actions of devotion & life.

It is through realizing our neediness to Allah that we can attain this closeness; and it is only through this realization that we can be truly thankful & find purpose in life.


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Why Learn From a Teacher? – Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Why Learn From a Teacher?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani



Question: What’s the significance of studying fiqh with scholars rather than just reading the text yourself, if it’s a reliable text. The texts have commentaries and are written by scholars, so you would still be getting your knowledge from scholars in a way. So what would you get from a sheikh that you wouldn’t find in texts?


In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful


The benefits of studying with a teacher include:


1. Sound understanding: the chance of erring without a teacher to guide one in one’s understanding and learning is far greater. Given how serious religious knowledge is, one cannot rely on someone whose knowledge is taken only from books. A teacher “tests” one’s understanding, and picks up on one’s errors; a student is able to ask questions and to verify where they have understood.

2. Correct understanding: books, even the best books, sometimes contain weak positions, errors, false arguments, missing details, unmentioned conditions or implications, special terminological usages… without a teacher explaining how texts are unpacked and interpreted, one can and almost certain will fall into gross errors.

3. Correct progress: if you don’t know, you are likely to have little knowledge or practical understanding of how to gain knowledge. A teacher directs one’s path of learning, and focuses one’s endeavors.

4. Understanding context, wisdom, and how to apply the theoretical knowledge. Not everything can be applied literally…

5. Learning adab and humility, by submitting one’s presumed understanding to the established understanding of an inheritor of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

6. Following the sunna of the Prophets, who didn’t just print a ‘book of guidance’ and distribute it: they taught, and their companions learned.

7. The baraka of this teacher-student relationship. There are great secrets in it. The Prophets themselves were ‘students’ of Jibril (peace and blessings be upon him).

8. Benefiting from the manners, character, and habits of one’s teacher.

And Allah alone gives success.


Faraz Rabbani

Toronto Seminar this Saturday – With a Performance by Nader Khan

Join us for a SeekersSeminar this Saturday 24th July, in preparation for Ramadan


Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Zahir Bacchus

Shaykh Yusuf Badat

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed

Mutfi Umer Esmail

and, a special performance by:

Nasheed artist Nader Khan


Date: Saturday 24th July 2010

Time: 11 – 7

Venue: The Multi Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto

“O People! Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of God. A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. A month which God has deemed the best of months. Its days, the best of days, its nights, the best of nights, and its hours, the best of hours.” (The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace)

The Holy Month of Ramadan is near. The best thing we can do is continue to prepare for this time of spiritual transformation.

Attend this full day SeekersSeminar in Toronto and benefit from the guidance and inspiration of the five speakers. Let them show you the laws of love and how they can help you achieve a more meaningful relationship with Allah, this Ramadan.

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Is Marriage Haram For Some People? by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

At a recent dinner invitation, I noticed that most of those present had business relationships with each other. I feared that if there wasn’t some radical intervention, the conversation would center on things like guerrilla marketing and such—not my cup of tea. So I decided to say something radical, hoping to shift the flow of conversation to human relationships instead. I said, “You know, I think that it is haram for many people to marry.”

Heads turned very fast. Some asked me whether I’d lost my mind. Others simply asked me what I meant.

I wasn’t joking, I said. No, I was very serious.

Many people fall into sin by marrying.

Why? Because they enter marriage without understanding the serious responsibility that marriage entails. Then they fail to fulfill their duty as husband or wife, and end up wronging their spouse. Such failure is sinful, even if one’s spouse is similarly remiss.

This returns to an important principle in the Shari‘a that hurting another is worse than hurting oneself. In fact, you have the full right to hurt yourself—in effect, you have the right to go to Hell, if you so wish. However, you have absolutely no right to hurt another—whether materially, emotionally, or in any other way. In marriages, spouses do amazing things to hurt each other, both directly and indirectly—through remissness in fulfilling their rights; and through simple inability to maintain a healthy marital relationship.

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So, what can be done about it?

The answer to this returns to individuals, parents, and society at large. As individuals, we have to develop an understanding of the keys to healthy human relationships in general and healthy marriages in particular—before and after marriage. Parents have to inculcate an understanding in their children, especially in the later teen years and after, of good character, of taking the rights of others seriously, and of how to maintain strong relationships. With that, as parents we ourselves have a duty to be examples of successful marital life for our children. In society, we have a communal responsibility to raise awareness of what is needed to make marriages work—practical manner, not just through yet more lecturing on “The Importance of Early Marriage,” because early marriage without sufficient preparedness is as likely to fail as late marriage, if not more.

We need to train our community leaders, imams, and activists in marriage counseling. Seminars and programs must be held within the community for those seeking to get married and for those married. Trained counseling and suitable literature needs should be made available in accessible ways for those married, especially for those having trouble in their marriages.

There Is Help Out There

People have to be made aware of the (often many) resources available in the wider society on marriage. Often, Muslims are wary of going outside the community for counseling (and yet fail to find capable counseling within the community). We need develop lists of reliable counseling services—services that uphold the core marital values Muslims hold dear (and which they fear for when seeking outside counseling). Likewise, there is a lot of good literature on marriage that those marrying and married should seriously consider reading.

As Dr. Ibrahim Kreps and other leading Muslim counselors concur, one of the very best books on marriage is John Gottman’s The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. This or similar books give practical guidance on improving marriage relationships in our times.

With this, as Muslims we have to look at the radiant example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself. He reminded us that, “The best of you are those best to their spouses, and I am the best of you to their spouse” (Tirmidhi, on the authority of ‘A’isha, God be pleased with her)). We should look regularly and with reflection at the life and example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), as these give us beautiful examples and clear principles on how to have a successful marriage built on the Qur’anic paradigm of love and mercy, and of striving to live together with a mutual commitment to excellence in dealings.

Originally published in Islamica Magazine


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