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


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?


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]

ANNOUNCEMENT: National Call for Volunteers for SeekersGuidance Appalachian Retreat



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.


Khuram Zaman

General Administrator, SeekersGuidance


[email protected]

Pictures from the 8th Annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention in Toronto – Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and Others

Alhamdulillah, SeekersGuidance attended the 8th Annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention this past weekend in Toronto,  Canada. This year’s convention featured Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri,  Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Mokhtar Magroui, Shaykh Abdallah Idris Ali, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Suleiman Mulla, Ustadha Zainab Alwani, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Dr. Tariq Suwaidan, Tariq Ramadan, Amr Khaled,  Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Sr. Tayyiba Taylor, and others. Allah Made Me Funny and Junaid Jamshed gave highly entertaining performances. Over 17,000 people attended this years conference.

SeekersGuidance set up its first booth at a conference. The booth featured our scholars, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Omar Qureshi, and Mufti Umer Ismail as well as Nader Khan who gave a live performance of one of his latest songs “Alhamdulillah.” We launched the 2010 Winter Semester with a 15% discount for on-site registration.

Here are some pictures from the conference:

Shaykh Faraz along with many others welcoming Shaykh Habib Ali al-Jifri to the convention.

Shaykh Faraz showing Mufti Umer Ismail the new homepage

World-famous graphic designer Peter Gould jokingly to convince Shaykh Faraz to sign up for a course. Peter’s firm, Azaan, designed the new SG banner and logo.

A computer monitor featuring the newly redesigned homepage for the SeekersGuidance site

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad meeting with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani in the bazaar.

Nader Khan finishing up a live performance at the Firdous Books booth in order to bring awareness to the “Winter Feed Me Campaign” put together by Relief Works

SeekersGuidance met with key individuals from the Fawakih Institute to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the two institutes. Here, Shaykh Faraz is talking with Saad Ansari over lunch.