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Urgent: Help Us Raise $200,000 for Women’s Islamic Scholarship!

Less than two days remain to raise USD 200,000 for women’s Islamic scholarship! Watch Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s appeal below.

Supporting Women Scholars Is A Necessitywomen's islamic scholarship

SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary recognises the urgency of preserving and promoting female scholarship. Women have always been key to the preservation of the Prophetic Call—including the contributions of jurists, historians, and protectors of the traditions of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

In our societies, there is a lack of institutions and institutional funding for women’s scholarship. Reviving Women’s Islamic Scholarship is our effort at addressing this issue.

Unfortunately, less than half of the funds have been donated so far – a sad reminder of how little support is available for female seekers. This campaign is Zakat eligible and we urgently need your help in order to make it a success.

Your charity and Zakat donations can help as follows:

  • Helper – $30 can help buy groceries
  • Supporter – $50 can help buy study materials
  • Sponsor – $250 can buy key reference books
  • Champion – $500 can help pay for tuition and tutoring
  • Companion – $1,000 can help pay for essential family expenditure
  • Protector – $5,000 can help pay rent for more than one month
  • Leader – $10,000 can help provide long term security

How You Can Help:

  • DONATE – Spend your charity and Zakat in this urgent and worthy cause. Give generously, and be assured that even the smallest donation—with sincerity—can amount to great impact.
  • SHARE – Please share this campaign with family, friends, and your community. Ask those you know—with your own personal appeal—to support this campaign.
  • MAKE DU’A – Success is only from Allah Most High, so your dua’s are of immense value. May Allah reward you with that for which you ask and even more, Ameen.

Click here to view the campaign and to donate! 


Mumtaz Mahal –15 Centuries of Female Scholarship

In this series, Shaykha Tamara Gray narrates the stories of great Muslim women through the centuries, who excelled in fields of Islamic knowledge, science, and philanthropy. This segment female scholarshipfeatures Mumtaz Mahal from the 11th century.

Mumtaz Mahal is best-known for being buried in the Taj Mahal tomb, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. However, little attention is given to her full and active life.

At a time when the sanctity of marriage was overrun with political ambition and greed, Mumtaz Mahal was married to the emperor, Shah Jahan in a love marriage. She was a very devout woman, and would perform many night prayers, seeking good for her husband and for her people. It is said that she was able to ease her husband onto the straight path through her piety.mumtaz mahal

Mumtaz would travel with him on his military expeditions and on his Hajj pilgrimage, and he trusted her so much that he gave her the Imperial Seal.  She gave birth to 14 children, although 7 of them died in stillbirth or while still young.  Throughout this time, she remained an active part of court, and was particularly concerned about gardening and beautifying the palace. She was also interested in watching sports, and was a balanced and well-rounded woman.

She died giving birth to her 14th child, which caused Shah Jahan to go into grieving for a full year. When he emerged, his hair had turned white, and he had a bent back. Their daughter, Jahanara,  stood by his side and nursed him  until he was healthy enough to return to rule the country.  Over the next 23 years he built the Taj Mahal as a final resting place for his late wife, in an attempt to display what she had meant to him and to the world.


With gratitude to Shaykha Tamara Gray and Rabata.


Support “The Seeker”– Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Give your zakat and charity, urgently, to raise $200,000 to support deserving and needy women scholars and students of Islamic knowledge around the world.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

“The Seeker”

Ustadha graduated from a Canadian University but the urge to seek knowledge compelled her to study abroad for more than ten years in one of the great cities of Islamic knowledge. There, she has become a respected teacher– and one of the senior instructors at an esteemed Islamic seminary. SeekersHub is supporting her in the role of dedicated teacher and assisting in the transition back to a community in her home country, where she can teach and serve those most urgently in need of her deep knowledge and guidance.
 
Her passion for teaching is admirable. Her expertise in Islamic Studies is a benefit to Muslims worldwide as she encourages women to engage in and pursue traditional Islamic learning.
Donate to our Launchgood campaign to support her and other female scholars.

 

Bibi Raji –15 Centuries of Female Scholarship

In this series, Shaykha Tamara Gray narrates the stories of great Muslim women through the centuries, who excelled in fields of Islamic knowledge, science, and philanthropy. This segment female scholarshipfeatures Bibi Raji from the 9th century.

 

Bibi Raji was from Delhi, and lived in the 9th century of the Islamic calendar. She is known for her establishment of buildings and institutions, some which are still standing today, including the Dargha Suleman. By doing this, she was leaving a legacy that would remain for years to come.bibi raji

She was deeply concerned about the accessibility of education, and would give scholars stipends and awards for their work. She would also give students scholarships and pay for their expenses.  This was a far cry from today’s education system, where teachers make low wages and students fall to huge loans. Bibi Raji was dedicated to giving to both educators and students, so that could concentrate on the quality of their work.

Bibi Raji was also dedicated to uplifting women’s education. She opened a girls’ school with the ethos of ensuring that women could access education and the resources that came with it. She was a trailblazer for women’s education and female representation, centuries before the Western societies caught on.


With gratitude to Shaykha Tamara Gray and Rabata.


 

 

Support “The Inspiration”– Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Give your zakat and charity, urgently, to raise $200,000 to support deserving and needy women scholars and students of Islamic knowledge around the world.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

Ustadha grew up in a practising Muslim family in a very active community. She turned to Him and studying His perfect faith at a time of personal struggle. She was invited to study further and left the Western University for a traditional setting and was excited to see women scholars, including SeekersHub Global teachers, as educators and influencers. They embodied qualities like mercy, generosity, and patience. She took the time to study Islam in depth and flourished in an environment that inspired her journey to teach and transmit precious lessons of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Now she represents the best of that what SeekersHub offers: facilitation for continuing knowledge and guidance; being able to benefit. SeekersHub Global fund helps Ustadha to share her wealth of knowledge as she inspires students on their journeys.
Donate to our Launchgood campaign to support her and other female scholars.

Support “The Scholar Without Students” – Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Give your zakat and charity, urgently, to raise $200,000 to support deserving and needy women scholars and students of Islamic knowledge around the world.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 USD in a Zakat friendly campaign in order to support six female seekers of knowledge: two students and four female scholars. It is imperative that we support female scholarly voices who are experts on dealing with women’s issues in Fiqh, Islamic social sciences, and more.

“The Scholar Without Students”

During university, this Shaykha questioned her identity and reflected on her faith – as many do. She sought out guidance and with God’s Mercy, she found balanced, wise and compassionate teachers. They motivated her to become a student of knowledge. Shaykha’s studies lasted over ten years and took to her many beautiful places including Turkey, Syria and her ancestral homeland: the Indian Subcontinent. She was blessed to study alongside exceptional men and women in each of these countries, with distinction and high recommendation of her teachers.
Since moving back to the US, she resides in a small community and has limited opportunities to teach—and far too few students. But through support from the Islamic Scholars Fund, she will be able to dedicate herself to teaching, both on the ground, and online- across the world.

 

Your charity and Zakat donations can help as follows:

  • Helper – $30 can help buy groceries
  • Supporter – $50 can help buy study materials
  • Sponsor – $250 can buy key reference books
  • Champion – $500 can help pay for tuition and tutoring
  • Companion – $1,000 can help pay for essential family expenditure
  • Protector – $5,000 can help pay rent for more than one month
  • Leader – $10,000 can help provide long term security

Donate today: Help Us Raise $200,000 to Support Women’s Islamic Scholarship Now (Zakat-Eligible)

Razia Sultan –15 Centuries of Female Scholarship

In this series, Shaykha Tamara Gray narrates the stories of great Muslim women through the centuries, who excelled in fields of Islamic knowledge, science, and philanthropy. This segment female scholarshipfeatures Razia Sultan from the 7th century.fatima al-fihriMaryam al-Istirlabiyyafatima bint Saad

Razia Sultan was the Sultan, or political leader of the Delhi Sultanate, appointed by her father at his deathbed as he saw her as the most capable leader of all his children.

When she ascended the throne, her first project was to  build diplomatic ties with the Abbasid Caliphate, which ruled over the Muslim lands. This was an extremely significant political step, as it legitimised the lands of the Delhi Sultanate as part of the wider Muslim Ummah. She also took great pains to ensure that the non-Muslim civilians under her rule were treated with dignity and honour.

She was a patron of the arts and education. She established various libraries and centres of learning to ensure that literature and knowledge, both religious and secular, were a firm part of the society. She was also deeply concerned for the infrastructure, and took care that roads and bridges were built to serve the people.

Razia Sultan dealt with her fair share of political challenge. There were many people who protested against her leadership, not only because she was a woman, but also because her family came from slave origin and were not from a noble tribe. When rebellions would happen, she would go out herself to fight against them, as she was a talented horsewoman.  Eventually, she and her husband were both ambushed and killed. Her brother, who took over after her death, was not capable of the role and was also removed, proving that their father was right when he said that Razia Sultan had been the only one worthy of the throne.

 


With gratitude to Shaykha Tamara Gray and Rabata.


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Fatima bint Saad al Khayr –15 Centuries of Female Scholarship

In this series, Shaykha Tamara Gray narrates the stories of great Muslim women through the centuries, who excelled in fields of Islamic knowledge, science, and philanthropy. This segment female scholarshipfeatures Fatima bint Saad al Khayr from the 6th century.fatima al-fihriMaryam al-Istirlabiyyafatima bint Saad

 

Fatima bint Saad al Khayr was born in China to a family originally from Valencia in Islamic Spain. She grew in a home of great scholarship, and at age seven she was sitting in hadith circles as a serious student of knowledge. At age 19, she was an accomplished scholar, which indicates that perhaps she was a child prodigy.

After she got married, she moved to Damascus with her husband. He was a secretary to Nur al-Din Zenghi, the teacher and mentor of Salahuddin. She became a sought-after teacher in Damascus. and later moved to Cairo where students would travel  to learn from her.

Fatima bint Saad al Khayr is an immense example of dedicating one’s life to the study of Sacred Knowledge.

 


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SeekersHub Impact Report Highlights

SeekersHub Global Impact Report: Growing, Global Impact Made Possible With Your Support.

Are you curious about exactly how far SeekersHub reaches? How many people we serve? What are the different programs we run, and partnerships we are involved in? How many female and male scholars teach with us? Is there a difference between the online and on-ground curriculum?

Watch the above presentation of the Global Impact Report, given at the Impact Luncheon at SeekersHub Toronto on 11 August 2018. Highlights include messages from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, our Executive Director, Operations Director, and student Sr. Sandra Noe.

Access an overview of the report here, or read the full report below (click image to scroll).

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Nafisa al-Tahira–15 Centuries of Female Scholarship

In this series, Shaykha Tamara Gray narrates the stories of great Muslim women through the centuries, who excelled in fields of Islamic knowledge, science, and philanthropy. This segment female scholarshipfeatures Nafisa al-Tahira, a great scholar from the second century of Islam.nafisa

Nafisa al-Tahira was a great Egyptian scholar. She was a descendant of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, and she was raised in his blessed city.

When she was a young girl in Medina, her father would take her to the Prophet’s Mosque to pray every single one of the five daily prayers. She memorised the Qur’an at a young age, and began memorising the Hadith as well. Before long, she became a scholar of the various Islamic sciences.

After she married, she moved with her husband to Egypt. There, she became a famous scholar. People would line up for hours to ask her questions and seek her advice, and the line would extend down the street. In fact, the great scholar, Imam Shafi, counted her as one of his teachers.

She went on the Hajj pilgrimage 33 times, and would stand in prayer through the night, crying to Allah for herself and the Ummah.

She was a very kind and caring woman. She was once asked to take care of a Christian child who was unable to walk. She cared for her and prayed for her ability to return. By the time the parents returned, the child could walk again.

Nafisa was a great woman, and we continue to celebrate her till today.


With gratitude to Shaykha Tamara Gray and Rabata.


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