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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Announces Launch of SeekersGuidance Arabiyya

Alhamdulillah, through your support and the diligent work of our entire SeekersGuidance Global team, we are launching our online portal in the Arabic language.

SeekersHub Arabiyya

While we refer to it internally as “SeekersHub Arabiyya,” its formal name is Al Ma‘had Nur al Huda al ‘Alami li’l Ulum al Shar‘iyya.

SeekersHub Arabiyya: Online Courses, On-Demand Courses, Podcasts, Guidance Blog, and more!

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The full services of SeekersHub will also be offered in the Arabic language, including:

    1. (a) full online courses (launching with 13, in a range of subjects—Arabic grammar, Islamic beliefs, logic, Islamic law, and more);

 

    1. (b) on-demand courses (launching with ten);

 

    1. (c) podcasts with a range of scholars;

 

    (d) daily blog of knowledge and guidance from some of the top living Islamic scholars.

Featuring Some of the Top Living Islamic Scholars

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Alhamdulillah, some of the top Islamic scholars from around the Muslim world are participating in SeekersHub Arabiyya, including:

    1. (1) Habib Umar bin Hafiz (Tarim, Yemen)

 

    1. (2) Shaykh Abd al Karim Tattan (Syria/UAE)

 

    1. (3) Shaykh Akram Abd al Wahhab (Mosul, Iraq)

 

    1. (4) Shaykh Hassan al Hindi (Damascus, Syria)

 

    1. (5) Shaykh Ali Hani (Amman, Jordan)

 

    1. (6) Dr Essam Eido (Syria; USA)

 

    1. (7) Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib (Shibam, Yemen; Toronto, Canada)

 

    1. (8) Habib Hussein al Saqqaf (UAE)

 

    1. (9) Shaykh Muhammad Awwama (Syria; Turkey)

 

    (10) Habib Muhammad al Saqqaf (Saudi)

… and many more, Insha Allah.

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Making This Knowledge and Guidance Available in English

It is our plan to offer much of this incredible content in English, as well, as part of growing SeekersHub Global into a truly “Global Islamic Seminary.”

Please pray for the success of the SeekersHub Arabiyya project, launching very soon Insha Allah.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

Wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani

PS: Check out the SeekersHub Global Impact Report.


The Environment and the Qur’an – Living Green Series

The Living Green Series takes us through our responsibilities towards green living and environmental stewardship. In this segment, Shaykh Ali Hani speaks about what we know about environmental protection in the Qur’an.

Shaykh Ali Hani begins by speaks about the Arabic meaning of the word Bi’ah, or “natural environment”, referring to things that affect humans, and that humans affect it. It includes the plants, animals, people and water bodies.

The Qur’an tells us that the universe has been made for us, meaning that the creation of the natural environment is deeply linked to our existence in their earth. We also know that Allah has made us people Khalifa, or Vice-regent, representing Allah on this earth.

In another verse, it is mentioned that our purpose in life is to worship Allah. This is not just for devotions like prayer and fasting, but also includes being kind and gentle, and treating others well. However, the greatest act of worship is to know Allah.

Allah created the universe with precision, perfection and order. It is in constant worship of Allah, and always obedience to His commands. Similarly, we are commanded act according to His law. We must use what He had given us in moderation, and in a way that is in harmony with the universe.

The human race is distinct from the rest of the natural environment, because it is blessed with an intellect and rational reasoning. A true believer uses this intellect to fix problems in the environment, and fears to even kill an ant, knowing that Allah is watching him.

About the Series

What is the place of green and environmental stewardship in Islam? How does the Qur’an view concern for the environment?  What is your responsibility towards the environment? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin and Shaykh Ali Hani answer these are other critical questions by citing several prophetic traditions emphasizing environmental consciousness and awareness.


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Protecting The Environment – In Allah’s Words, by Shaykh Ali Hani

Shaykh Ali Hani is one of the greatest living experts of the Arabic language, the Quran and their sciences. In this video, Shaykh Ali describes what Allah tells us in the Quran about the environment – an important and timely lesson. The translator is Shaykh Hamza Karamali.

Resources on protecting the environment:

Islamic scholarship is in crisis. Give your Zakat to deserving scholars.

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Assalaam Alaikum Dear Seekers,
Islamic scholarship is in crisis. Countless scholars have had to flee their countries, live in refugee camps, or work odd jobs just to get by.
Many of these scholars are leading authorities in their fields — but because of the turbulence in the Muslim world — they’re not actively teaching.
SeekersHub distributes zakat to eligible and deserving scholars — enabling them to teach, research, and write. We recently shared the story of one of these scholars: Read it here.
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“This is a critical and urgent need in our times. We owe it to these scholars, whom the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself referred to as his inheritors. We owe it to our future generations. We owe it to ourselves.”
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Help Us End Extremism and "Ugly Islam" – An appeal by Brother Anton

Assalamu alaykum,
The other day, Anton Kuratnik was monitoring our help desk and answering some of the questions we receive from students.
Then he came across a question that he never thought he’d never see.

“Because of the violence, chaos, and political instability [in much of the Muslim world], many Muslims are unable to find access to reliable, sound, moderate Islamic knowledge. Instead, there is an ugly, violent, and perverse version of Islam that is being spread all over the world. SeekersHub is in a position to address this.”
Many scholars have been affected by this instability and chaos, and are struggling to merely support themselves and their families — instead of being able to dedicate themselves to teach and spread the light of beautiful, balanced Prophetic teachings.
#SpreadLight this Ramadan: support capable, deserving scholars and enable them to spread beautiful and balanced Prophetic teachings to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.
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Seeking Arabic from Auckland to Amman

By Aarif Rasheed

My Journey to Arabic

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani himself had mentioned during the one of the introductory classes on the Ajrumiyya (a classical primer on Arabic) that one of the most important Bid’ahs (innovations) of our time is to learn the language of the Quran. As someone who had been memorising the Quran from a young age I have been making “on and off” efforts for many years to learn properly. Many will relate, that it is not uncommon for “Arabic classes” to be starting in our local communities, only for it to not quite get off the ground properly for one reason or another. Some of us have almost fantasised about that great opportunity to finally start a firm study of  Arabic “once and for all” with that great Shaykh whom we are hoping we will one day somehow have access to.

The Seekers Arabic Excitement 

Recently there has been the excitement for the launch of Arabic, because of the great teachers we have access to for the classes, and not least of course the great Shaykh Ali Hani

The course is entitled An insight to the study of Arabic, and the first lesson was insightful indeed.

Despite my limitations in Arabic, I was determined to be a part of this class, both to gain from the Shaykh on the subject itself as well as to gain from the exposure to such a great scholar and the many obvious benefits that would flow from that.

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The first session has been scheduled last week but postponed due to connection issues and today my hope and anticipation was even greater of just being able to see Shaykh Ali Hani. I had the peace and quiet of the house being asleep (signing in from New Zealand).

The class covered the Fada’il (Merit) of the knowledge of the Arabic language and its grammar.

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Having read Shaykh Ali Hani’s biography, I was imagining an overwhelming sight, heavy in voice reflecting both the gravity of the subject and the seniority of his scholarship in it. What greeted me as I signed in was the beautifully gentle and sweetly pleasant expression of the Shaykh.

I concentrated with exertion as I tried to ensure I grasped the main points with the Arabic that I have.

The lesson itself was an amazing survey of great examples and sayings regarding the great merit and importance of the sciences of Arabic Language and Grammar (and typically, sometimes with references to other sciences!)

It was also familiar in the sense of the mentioning of the great sayings of the companions (Allah be pleased with them) some more familiar such as Sayyidina Umar, and others from the early community, such as Ayub as-Sakhtiyani.

What continuously struck me is how the Shaykh spoke about the greatness of the science of Arabic and grammar, clearly such a heavy and foundational matter in our religion, in such a soft, sweet and welcoming manner.

Aside from the beauty and attractiveness of Shaykh Ali’s persona, his own eloquence and pronunciation was also striking, even while so finely and gently presenting the subject.

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After being thoroughly honoured in being present for the class, I also managed to squeeze in the last question for the lesson: what was the importance of knowing Arabic for those of us in the West? I asked this because my own understanding of why I was continuously trying to learn was clear but sometimes inconsistent, and also because I noticed that amongst many I know, there were certain “groups” of individuals who did observe their need to learn Arabic and were always very motivated, and then others who, for some reason, did not – they would be interested in many other subjects, but not in learning the Arabic language.

The answer was the typical outward-inward balance that we have come to know from scholars of the traditional sciences: the Shaykh referred to both the importance of understanding of Quran and the Sunnah, as well as to our relationship with Allah, that is entailed in knowing this great science.

I was greatly honoured to be a part of this first lesson. The Shaykh was equally warm to answering questions and was patiently calm as we briefly lost connection towards the end (perhaps another lesson for us in our world of instantaneity!).

This introduction to the great science with a great scholar, was a beautifully welcoming experience.

I acknowledge my debt to my Creator and that I am deeply indebted to those who have made such a truly unique opportunity possible, and to all those who assist it. This truly has been a blessed boost to my long-time efforts to learn Arabic, and I determined in – and hope and pray for – my own consistency and dedication to this course.