Arabic, an asset or liability in schools?

This week, an American school’s foreign language department arranged for the US Pledge of Allegiance to be read in a different language each day for a week. The day it was Arabic’s turn, things didn’t go down very well. The school district superintendant, Joan Carbone, told the Times Herald-Record newspaper that the Arabic pledge had “divided […]

Overwhelmed and Confused in Trying to Understand and Practice Islam: What Can I Do?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: (1) I keep on hearing that those who miss a single prayers beyond its time are disbelievers. Does that make me a non muslim? (2) I personally find it difficult to believe that most of humanity will be in the hellfire eternally. What are the rulings on apostasy? What […]

Seeker’s Expectations – How to Seek Knowledge

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful Seeker’s Expectations Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, Three keys: (1) Prepare carefully for class (2) Attend attentively (3) Review regularly How to Prepare for the Class Minimally: (1) Read the text (2) Prepare your questions Ideally: (1) Do the related readings (2) Take notes (3) Note/Look up […]

Zaytuna College, Year One: Making Faith and Learning Coexist

Zaytuna College, Year One: Making Faith and Learning Coexist Zaytuna College has completed its first year. Its inaugural class of students share their reflections about the experience. Support Zaytuna:

Making the most of student life – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Making the most of student life – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad Cambridge – 10 Oct 2010 – 10 mins In this short talk, delivered on the occasion of a welcoming dinner hosted by the Cambridge University Islamic Society for new students, Sheikh Abdal Hakim offers some thoughts on how to make the most of student […]

Dr. Umar Abd-Allah on SeekersGuidance, its Teachers, Trust, and Learning

Dr. Umar Abd-Allah of the Nawawi Foundation on encouraging people to take the SeekersGuidance courses and to benefit from its teachers and educational opportunities. “Ibn Ata’illah says: ‘The expressions of the teachers, what they teach us, the people of knowledge of this religion as it truly is to be taught, is the basic sustenance of […]

In the Spirit of Tradition, by Nazim Baksh

“Tradition” in academic circles has come to signify old fashioned customs, archaic cultural practices, ossified ideas handed down from the past and articulated to the letter by naïve, simple minded neo-Luddites. In popular discourse, to be traditional is to adamantly cling in the past. Those espousing traditional values are often lumped into the same category […]

10 Steps to Firm-Footedness in Seeking Knowledge of Fiqh

In this brief podcast, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani provides 10 genuinely useful tips on gaining and retaining a firm grasp of your knowledge of fiqh. Listen to it now. See also: “From knowing nothing to becoming a student of knowledge” Advice from Habib Ali Al-Jifri for Seekers of Knowledge The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge Habib Umar’s […]