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An Alternative Approach To Ramadan – Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari

Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari takes an alternative approach to explaining how to make the most of the blessed month of Ramadan, using excerpts from the Diwan written by the famous 11th Century scholar, Imam Sayyid Abd Allah ibn Alawi al-Haddad (may Allah be pleased with him).

* Our thanks to Ha Meem Foundation for this recording.

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Love Makes You Deaf and Blind – Shaykh Ahmed Saad Al Azhari

Ramadan holds the gifts of mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. Shaykh Ahmed Saad advises us to increase our love for Allah and receive these divine gifts.

The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said:

حُبُّكَ الشَّيْءَ يُعْمِي وَيُصِمُّ

Your love makes you blind and deaf. (Abu Dawud)

The Arabic word for deafness is samma. Ramadan is the month of siyam (fasting, and this word is relevant to the word samma (deafness).

If love can make us deaf so that we listen to none who criticizes our beloved. We listen to nothing but the voice of our beloved. If love can make us blind so that we so no faults or problems with our beloved. We see none but those we love. When we are in the presence of the ones we love it is as if we forget the world and everything in it.

No Road Is Long That Leads to Love

When people go on Hajj and see the Kaaba it is as if they forget all the troubles, problems, and pains they had on their journey. They say: “Short is the path that delivers you to a friend.”

Ramadan is a month the beginning of which is mercy, the middle of which is forgiveness, and the end of which is deliverance from Hellfire.

If we love the month of Ramadan, we should be so blind that we see nothing but Ramadan. We should be so deaf that we hear nothing but Ramadan.

Fall in Love With Ramadan

The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, has been described in the Hadith by our lady Aisha, Allah be pleased with her, in which she was asked: “How did the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, behave when he was with his family?” She said: “He was with his family, but when the time for prayer came, it was as if he did not know us, and we did not know him.”

The love of prayer so occupied his heart, Allah bless him and give him peace, that he did not know anything or anyone, nor did he listen to anything or anyone except for the call to prayer and the words therein. I hope that we can apply this meaning to this month of Ramadan.

Try to love Ramadan like a person who is in real love. Who is blind and sees nothing but Ramadan. Who hears nothing but the sound of Ramadan. The sound of Allah Most High calling and inviting us to repair and strengthen our relation to Him.



Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Saad Ash-Shafi’i Al-Azhari Al-Hasani was born into a family of scholars whose lineage goes back to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) through his grandson Al-Hasan ibn Ali (رضي الله عنه) in the northern Egyptian governorate of Monofiyyah, in the Nile Delta

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Signs of the Hour: The Fiqh of the End of Times, by Shaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari

There are a lot of people these days speaking about the End of Times, but what do we actually know about these coming days? Shaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari offers a special intensive seminar on this.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) spoke about signs that would indicate the coming of the Day of Judgement, but how important is this knowledge to way we live our lives? Should we be fearful of what is to come, or should our study lead us to be hopeful.
In this special one-day intensive program, Shaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari guides us through this often difficult and misunderstood subject using Habib Abu Bakr Al-Mashhur’s pioneering work, An-Nubdhah As-Sughrah, newly translated into English by Shaykh Ahmed himself.

Caribbean Calling, An Interview with Ustadh Nazim Baksh

At the beginning of the blessed month of Rabi’al Awwal 1438, Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al-Azhari and Ustadh Nazim Baksh will visit the twin-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

Shaykh Ahmad will give a series of talks on the life of Allah’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, at local mosques and will teach from Al-Nubdhah Al-Sughra at the prestigious San Fernando Jama Masjid.

In this special podcast episode, Ustadh Nazim speaks to SeekersHub’s Amr Hashim about why the Caribbean and why now.

Our thanks to Raihan for the beautiful singing in this podcast episode.

Welcoming three new teachers to the SeekersHub Family

By the Grace and Mercy of Allah, we have three new teachers joining the SeekersHub faculty this term. May Allah reward them for their dedication to spreading sacred knowledge.

sh_ahmed_saad_zakatShaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari

Shaykh Ahmed was born into a family of scholars whose lineage goes back to the Prophet (peace be upon him) through his grandson Al-Hasan ibn Ali.

Alongside his academic studies, Shaykh Saad studied traditional Islamic sciences at the hands of senior scholars and specialists in Egypt, the most notable of whom is his late father Shaykh Muhammad Saad and Shaykh Ali Gomaa.
This term, Shaykh Ahmed will be teaching:

Find out more about Shaykh Ahmed Saad

shuaib-181x300Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Shaykh Shuaib Ally is a scholar who has recently returned to Toronto after completing his studies overseas.
He has studied a number of Islamic disciplines privately with scholars in Saudi Arabia, including Tafsir, Qur’anic Sciences, Shafi’i law, Usul, Hadith, Hadith Methodology, Grammar and Balagha.

This term, Shaykh Shuaib will be teaching:

Find out more about Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent his early childhood there. He has also lived in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, growing up within diverse cultures.
It was during his university years that Amjad developed a deeper connection to his faith, studying the Islamic sciences with teachers locally and internationally.
This term, Ustadh Amjad will be teaching:

Find out more about Ustadh Amjad

Registration for term three is now open, visit our course page for a full list of courses. All our courses are free of cost, making them accessible to everyone.

Was salaam,
Erin Rutherford,
SeekersHub Outreach

Some sobering reflections on the discovery of Qur’an pages

A university assistant shows fragments of an old Qur'an at the University in Birmingham, in Birmingham central England on 22 July, 2015.

A university assistant shows fragments of an old Qur’an at the University in Birmingham, in Birmingham, Central England on 22 July, 2015.

Written by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al-Azhari

With great joy in the discovery of the Qur’an manuscript, here is what Qur’an expert and scholar, Shaykh Ayman Rushdi Suwayd (one of the highest authorities on Qur’anic Sciences today) says:

[Note, this is a summary of Shaykh’s words with my additions and observations]

1. We have to know one important point of difference between Western research methodology and research methodology in Islamic sciences. In western academia, ‘oldness’ represents a source of authenticity while in Islamic sciences ‘being old’ is not the only way or even the main way of proving the authenticity of something. We cannot accept a manuscript without knowing who wrote it and what he copied it from. If someone has written something from his head, even if this was during the Prophet’s time, peace be upon him, that is not authority. A manuscript of an unknown writer could have been written even by an enemy.

2. The Qur’an has been handed down through generations by means of tawātur (mass-narration) which technically means that the number of narrators is so huge that it is impossible to think that they have produced a lie. The number of narrators eliminates the possibility of fabrication or a mistake. The Quranic copies printed and used widely in the world today are based on tawatūr which means a Muslim in India and another in South America, who have never met, actually read the exact same Qur’an. An individual manuscript, even if its origin is known, remains a solitary narration which carries a possibility of error and therefore, its content is judged by its compliance with the mutawātir Qur’an, not the other way round.

3. As for the case in hand, Muslim scholars have developed rules relating to the script and the verse counting to confirm the authenticity of any discovered manuscript of the Qur’an. The copy of Sayyidna Abu Bakr is copied from the Qur’an written at the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him. And the copy of ‘Uthman was copied from the Abu Bakr copy. Scholars have studied deeply and documented what was there so that if today or in the future anyone says they have discovered a manuscript, we say: If it is in conformity with what we have, it is welcome but if not, then it has no value to us in terms of considering its content. Unless a manuscript is written in the proper process by known individuals, i.e. through the well-known methods of copying the Qur’an, we cannot refer back to it to validate or invalidate the Qur’an. What has been developed by the scholars through the ages is a structure and process that is enough and the Qur’an as it is in the Muslim hands today is as authentic and accurate as it was at the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

4. We should calm down and stop making assumptions and adding our own spices to the incident. We do not have to think that the discovery is a miracle unfolding for this or that reason. We believe in the Qur’an and we do not need miracles to increase our belief. Wisdom is appreciated. Do not be over joyous and do not try to read things in any excessive way.

Only Allah knows best.

Resources for Seekers:

Allah’s Promise of Preserving the Qur’an, and the Essence of Guidance

Liberating Ourselves from the Preoccupation with our Basic Needs

You’re listening to a lecture at the University of Toronto’s Muslim Chaplaincy iftar by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at SeekersHub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

Dua of Gratitude vs. Dua of Request, Surat al-Naml (verse 19): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

The Treasure of a Sound Heart, Surat al-Shu‘arā’ (verses 83-89): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

The Importance of a Truthful Life, Surat al-Isrā’ (verse 80): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.