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Video: How SeekersGuidance Courses Work

Video: How SeekersGuidance Courses Work – Online Islamic Learning Made Easy

An explanation of how SeekersGuidance courses work: registration; downloadable lessons; the Seekers forums for questions; the related materials and resources; the self-study assignments; the live sessions and being able to contact or ask questions from teachers or TA’s at any time.

SeekersGuidance Appalachian Retreat 2010 – Overview, Slideshow, and Testimonials

As-salamu alaikum,

For those of you who were unable to attend the first ever SeekersGuidance Appalachian Retreat held in Coker Creek, TN from June 25 to June 30, we’ve uploaded the picture slideshow to youtube. You can view the slideshow below:

Retreat a Success!

img_6959 Alhamdulillah, the first ever SeekersGuidance Retreat was a success. Over 100 people came from all over the US and Canada to attend the program. Speakers included Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Omar Qureshi, Ustadh Usama Canon, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed, and Ustadha Zaynab Ansari. Two surprises guest speakers showed up: Shaykh Abdal Haqq Mendes from Atlanta and Shaykh Muhammad al-Shareef from Nashville.

Attendees attended beneficial programs covering basic theology, law, spirituality, and adab. They also went white water rafting, horse back riding, mountain biking, wall climbing, zip lining, had campfire nasheeds while eating smores, attended a Mawlid with the scholars lead by Nader Khan, and ascended Buck Bald Summit for a final talk by Hafiz Noman Zaheer.

SeekersGuidance Expresses Its Gratitude to the Knoxville Community

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SeekersGuidance would like to thank the wonderful community of Knoxville for helping put this retreat together. We’d also like to specifically thank Hafiz Noman Zaheer of the Ibn Masud School and Saimah Iman for being wonderful organizers. Without their commitment to excellence, this retreat would not have been possible. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) preserve them and their community and grant them all tawfeeq and tayseer. Ameen!

Testimonials About the Retreat

img_5763” The retreat was absolutely wonderful, mashAllah! A life changing experience. Hopefully there will be another one in the near future, inshAllah! My prayers are with those who organized it and helped in making it happen.” (Claudia Khalaf, Tennessee)

“The retreat was amazing SubhanAllah! May Allah bless everyone involved in setting this up and making it happen and all of our scholars and their families that were a part of this. this should become an annual event!” (Nermean Abdelrazek , Toronto)

“[I] had an indescribable time at the Seekers Guidance Appalachian Retreat. May God bless our scholars and teachers, as well as the retreat organizers who worked tirelessly. And may I always be blessed to be in the company of people like those I was with this weekend.” (David Hunsicker, Washington DC)

Want to bring a SeekersGuidance Retreat to Your Community?

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SeekersGuidance is looking to organize three retreats per year in different parts of the US. If you are interested in bringing a retreat to your community, please e-mail [email protected]

Interview with a Productive Muslimah – Michelle Harmer (Sister has Style)

As-salamu alaikum,

Alhamdulillah, our very own Sr. Michelle Harmer (SeekersSeminars department manager) was recently interviewed by Productive Muslim regarding productivity and her business Sister Has Style.

Below is an excerpt from the interview. You can read the full interview by going to the Productive Muslim Blog.

This interview is part of our In the Footsteps of Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her)– Interview Series

We are pleased to interview another Productive Muslimah! The founder of Sister Has Style, We present to you Sr. Michelle Harmer. Begin with Bismillah and enjoy the interview.

Please begin by telling us about yourself.


Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem.
Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I’m Michelle Harmer, and I would  like to thank Productive Muslimah for arranging this interview with me, it’s an honour to have been asked.

 

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, England, and I moved to Toronto, Canada in January 2009. I embraced Islam in 2004, shortly after completing my degree in retail marketing, after which I worked in children’s fashion, and later on in Pharmaceutical marketing.
Since arriving in Canada, Allah has blessed me with many new opportunities and has opened doors for me to new friends, teachers, and means to being a more productive Muslimah. I started my fashion business in December 2009, and I volunteer with SeekersGuidance where I currently have a new role  as seminars manager.

 

Tell us about your business/ venture? Who are your target customers?
My business is called Sister has Style, and I work in partnership with the fashion designer, May Louie. We specialize in producing modest, stylish women’s fashion, generally with a chic, European influence. We chose to offer both a ready-made collection, and also custom services for women who are looking for a unique item of clothing, or may find it a challenge to find ready-made items that fit really well.

I started this business with women like myself in mind: she won’t compromise on modesty, and she would also prefer not to have to compromise on style. She’s feminine, friendly and fun.

 

How (and why) did you start your first venture? Was it a success? If not, why?
The idea for my business started back when I first embraced Islam and began dressing modestly. Prior to that, I had always been quite trendy in my clothing choices, I had a strong preference for unique designs that nobody else was wearing yet which I picked up from my Mother. When I adopted a modest way of dressing however, I found that my clothing choices were much more limited and that I always had to compromise on achieving the individual style I really liked. Talking to other Muslim women I knew, I found that this was common.

When I moved to Toronto, my new situation allowed me to pursue putting the business idea into reality, so I started off researching what Muslim women really wanted. Of course there is no one answer to that question, but we are trying to cater for different tastes and practical needs as much as we can. We predominantly found that women liked a lot of what they found in general stores, but most of the time, they could not wear it due to the lack of modesty the garments offered.

I started first by researching the possibilities, then I sought counsel from people I trusted, then I performed the salatul istikhara. The rest was made easy after that, alhamdulillah.

 

We are helping women achieve their individual style, and preserving their modesty at the same time. That’s a big success in my mind.

You can read the rest of the interview by going to Productive Muslim.

Wassalam,

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani UK Tour Launches THIS Friday!

As-salamu alaikum,

May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.

SeekersGuidance is partnering with several dynamic Islamic organizations to host our first ever UK Tour!

picture-of-shaykh-farazShaykh Faraz Rabbani, founder and main instructor of SeekersGuidance, will be visiting the UK from June 11th to June 20th. His one week tour aims to bring knowledge of benefit to all believers.

Shaykh Faraz will be giving seminars in 10 different cities throughout the UK on diverse topics ranging to faith, worship, spirituality, Prophetic wisdom, marriage, raising righteous children, fiqh of halal and haram, and preparing for the hereafter.

Some seminars will feature special speakers such as Shaykh Abu Aliyah & Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam.

29londxlOur Proud Co-Sponsors:
– City Circle
– Islamic Circles
– Buruj Press
– Bucks New University Islamic Society
– Karima Foundation
– The Ribat Institute
– Oxford Traditional Knowledge Foundation
– Darul Arqam
– University of Leicester ISOC
– Qurba Institute
– Abu Zahra Foundation

For more information and latest the latest updates visit:
https://seekersguidance.org/uktour/

Wassalam,

SeekersGuidance Staff

Why Religion Still Matters – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (Video)

In this video, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus explains why religion still matters in the modern world in support of the the Zaytuna College fundraiser “Why Religion Still Matters.”

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WHY RELIGION STILL MATTERS

Featuring Ingrid Mattson, Reza Aslan, Alaeddin Albakri, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Hatem Bazian & Others


A Conversation You Don’t Want to Miss

What—if anything—does religion have to contribute to the great public conversations of the modern world? On June 27, the American Muslim theologian Hamza Yusuf will sit down onstagewith internationally acclaimed writer Reza Aslan for a provocative, no-holds-barred interview about why religion still matters.

Also featured will be Ingrid MattsonZaid ShakirHatem Bazian, and Alaeddin Albakri.

Register Here

It is the event of the summer—and one you don’t want to miss.

Videos from Perfecting Prayer Webinar – Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, and Others

As-salamu alaikum,

May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.

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In case you weren’t able to attend the Perfecting Prayer Webinar that was conducted on March 13th and rebroadcast on May 13th, we’ve uploaded the videos. The webinar featured inspirational advice and practical guidance from Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Imam Tahir Anwar, and Ustadha Zaynab Ansari on how to attain presence in prayer.

The Virtues of Prayer – Imam Tahir Anwar from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

The Transformative Effect of Prayer – Ustadha Zaynab Ansari from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

The Prayer of the Prophet – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

9 Keys to Prayer – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

The Power of Prayer – Imam Zaid Shakir from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

Trailer for SeekersGuidance Appalachian Retreat: Living Faith

SeekersGuidance Appalachian Retreat: Living Faith Trailer

Still haven’t made up your mind about attending the SeekersGuidance Living Faith Retreat?

Check out this trailer to see what you’ll be missing out on if you don’t attend:

Registration closes in two days, so don’t delay!

https://seekersguidance.org/living-faith-retreat/

ANNOUNCEMENT: National Call for Volunteers for SeekersGuidance Appalachian Retreat

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Bismillah.

As-salamu alaikum,

May this reach you all in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.

Alhamdulillah, SeekersGuidance will be launching its first ever week-long retreat, Living Faith: Understanding, Living, & Realizing the Testifications of Faith, this June at the Coker Creek Village in Tennessee. This 300-acre park is nestled high in the southern Appalachian Mountains on the famed Ocoee River. Students will be surrounded by the creation of Allah and enveloped in some of the nation’s most pristine national forest.

Almost all of our instructors will be present there: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Omar Qureshi, and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed. Additionally, Ustadh Usama Canon will be presenting at a parallel youth session during the retreat.

In order to make this program a success, we are issuing a national call for volunteers to assist us in this endeavor.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Hafiz Noman Zaheer at [email protected] with the following information:

Your Name
Your E-mail
Your Phone Number
Your Address

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) grant you all tawfeeq and tayseer. Ameen.

Wassalam,

Khuram Zaman

General Administrator, SeekersGuidance

(www.SeekersGuidance.org)

[email protected]

10 Ways to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Person! – MentalHealth4Muslims Blog

10 Ways to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Person!

 

There is a right way and a wrong way to get to know someone for marriage.  The wrong way is to get caught up in the excitement and nuance of a budding relationship and in the process completely forget to ask the critical questions that help determine compatibility.  One of the biggest mistakes that many young Muslims make is rushing into marriage without properly and thoroughly getting to know someone.  A common myth is that the duration of a courtship is an accurate enough measure of how compatible two people are.  The logic follows that the longer you speak with someone, the better you will know them.  The problem with that premise is that no consideration is given to howthat time is spent. Increasingly, young Muslim couples are engaging in “halal dating,” which is basically socializing with each other in the company of friends and/or family. This includes going out to dinner, watching a movie, playing some sport or other leisure activity, etc.  Depending on the family or culture, conversations are either minimal & chaperoned or worse, unrestricted and unsupervised. When you consider these  limitations it makes one wonder when exactly, if ever at all, would the critical conversations take place?  Unfortunately, for many, the answer is never and they live to suffer the consequences.  If you or someone you know is in the “getting to know someone” phase,  the following guide offers advice on exactly what to look for and avoid:

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Notes from the SeekersGuidance Winter 2010 General Assembly – Sr. Beenish Akhtar

Notes from the SeekersGuidance Winter 2010 General Assembly

By Beenish Akhtar

SeekersGuidance held its first ever General Assembly for the Winter 2010 semester. Students from over 15 countries tuned in to listen to inspirational messages from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus. The following notes on Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s portion of the program were taken by Sr. Beenish Akhtar of Virginia (US). The audio for Shaykh Faraz’s talk can be found here.

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