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Sound Hearts. Sound Societies. SeekersRetreat Toronto (Last week to register)

We are today witnessing a broken and fractured world in dire need of healing, care and transformation. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing on him, said that he came to “perfect noble character.” Those virtuous traits – like mercy, service and generosity – have never been more necessary than now.
This year, seekers of knowledge – like you – from around the world will gather in the beautiful forests of Muskoka, Ontario to explore what it means to turn sacred knowledge into blessed action. Over four days of intensive learning, deep reflection and spiritual fellowship – in the company of inspirational teachers – we will explore how we can turn seeking knowledge into living knowledge.
Together we’ll try to answer some fundamental questions:

  • What happens to us when we develop an intimate relationship with Allah?
  • What does it mean to nurture a “God conscious” family?
  • What does a healthy Muslim community look like?
  • What is a truly “sound society”? Does it mean everyone has to be Muslim?
  • What really is da’wah?

You will discover how to make your journey of learning really matter. What steps you need to take to improve yourself, strengthen your family, energize the community of believers and make a change for the common good of all.
You will learn practical ways in which you can become a true caller to the way of Allah – in word and, more importantly, in deed. After all, from sound hearts come sound societies. Join us for this special, life-changing gathering.
Register now – Tickets are now discounted! Last Week to Register,  spaces are Limited.
Here is what brother Ahmad, had to say about last year’s retreat:

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ahmad_saadAssalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
Alhumdulillah for the blessing of having attended the SeekersRetreat Toronto 2014. A year has passed since I traveled from New Zealand and I still look back fondly at the great memories, experiences and friendships gained whilst in Toronto. There are immense benefits in attending such retreats, some perceived immediately and others becoming more apparent later in life.
The SeekersRetreat allows us to take a much needed break from our regular routines and gather with Muslims from all walks of life to take knowledge from an array of excellent scholars and teachers over four days. An intensive focus on study in a wonderfully scenic environment in an atmosphere of unity and brotherhood is what I came to find at the Seekers Retreat.
We spent much time benefiting from teachers in a classroom structure but the additional access to sit and engage with teachers in a more casual setting was a great opportunity. One of the highlights for myself was getting the chance to sit with scholars outside of class time and hear of their journeys to places far and wide and their experiences with those they took knowledge from, something that made my long journey truly worth it. Crowding around the campfire listening to Shaykh Walead Mosaad speak favorably about his teachers and travels in the Middle East or sitting at the dinner table with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus and having discussions about experiences and the community back in New Zealand is something I still fondly look back upon.
A year has gone past, but a week does not end where I do not communicate with those friends I made at the retreat. That is SeekersRetreat, a place to gather, learn, connect, recharge, and depart with gems that will benefit you a lifetime.
Ahmad Dadabhai
New Zealand

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Here is another one from brother Taras:

taras_torontoAssalamu alaikum and greetings from the blessed city of Fez!

It has been about two weeks since I began a journey with my two boys to Morocco as part of an ongoing commitment to grow in them the beauty of Islam as understood and taught by our noble Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.  So far we have met great scholars, living saints, and have seen the incredible beauty that living this beautiful religion can bring forth.
I consider this a type of migration to Allah – these kinds of experiences stay with you long after the journey ends.  Thinking back, I remember that about the same time this year I was under a star covered canopy in Hadhramaut (Yemen), heading back with my daughter from the annual Dowra in Tarim.  There, we sat with people of noble prophetic lineage learning how to deepen our relationship with Allah.   As I said earlier, these experiences leave their mark and give one valuable tools to use when one returns home.
Last year upon my return from Tarim, one of the first things I did was to register for the SeekersRetreat 2014.  This to me was part of what I learned in Tarim, and now in Fez – stay close to the people of Allah and His remembrance.  You can never go wrong with this strategy which is central to deepening your relationship with Allah Most High.  In fact, having travelled extensively through the Muslim world and sitting with the people of Allah, I see elements of my experiences at the SeekersHub Toronto Retreat, such as: good authentic counsel, deep and authentic knowledge, and useful ideas you can take home with you.
How can that be? The secret is in the fact that the teachers at the SeekersRetreat took the same paths I am taking, with the difference being that they spent years travelling to acquire the deep knowledge which was held by the noble teachers they sat with.
So now allow me to let you in on a little secret: although you will still need to travel for the “really deep stuff”, the teachers at SeekersHub and at the SeekersRetreat are at par with anyone that I have met abroad, in terms of what we need to be better people in the West.  In fact, they are talking about SeekersHub out here in the heartlands of Islam.  Interest in SeekersHub is rising.  I am right here when they say it.
So my advice to you is to sign up ASAP and continue to learn fom these teachers before they get too famous, and are overtaken by demands for their time – trust me, I used to have dinner with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and now I can barely get tea with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, even though he is local and an old friend.
P.S.  Don’t be surprised if you see members of my family at the SeekersRetreat when we all get back.
Salams,
Taras Hollyer
Register now – Tickets are now discounted! Last Week to Register,  spaces are Limited.

Meetings with Men of Knowledge and Illumination

During our last weekly Circle Of Light, author Haroon (Michael) Sugich visited SeekersHub Toronto for a special book reading, from Signs on the Horizons – a collection of Sidi Haroon’s encounters with great saints of modern times.

He says about the book: “This is a book of memories, a commemoration of remarkable men who have defined my life, and I dare say, the lives of many others. While a few have been celebrated, most have passed through life in obscurity. Inwardly driven, they have had an alchemical impact on me for precisely the reason that they are unknown. They did not seek anything from the world; not recognition, position, wealth, influence, prestige or admiration. They were not ethereal or otherworldly, nor were they powerful in the sense most of us imagine saints and holy men to be. What characterized every one of these men was humility, kindness, sweetness of temper, patience, insight, and, most importantly, the remembrance of God at all times. By and large, they are men who have transcended the ordinary and achieved stations of spirituality and enlightenment we in the West only attribute to the Biblical fathers of ancient times or to myth. They are hidden treasures. At this writing, some are still alive but most have passed away. They are missed.”

You can purchase it online through Amazon in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

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Video: Finding a spouse, maintaining strong marriages

It isn’t easy finding the right spouse and maintaining a loving, peaceful, and long-lasting relationship. In this engaging seminar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed share practical knowledge and real life scenarios on:

Seekers hub Toronto - Marriage Seminar– Choosing a spouse.
– Involving your family appropriately.
– Understanding the marriage contract.
– The overall spiritual nature of marriage.
– The qualities required to maintain a healthy marriage.

SeekersHub Toronto is a unique learning foundation that connects transformative knowledge and spirituality with actionable community service and social engagement. It is open and welcoming to individuals of all ages, religious beliefs, and walks of life–with equally diverse programs and activities offered at no cost.

Consider joining a class with SeekersHub Toronto. All classes are FREE.

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Stand Steadfastly For Justice – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – Friday Sermon at Occupy Toronto

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, the Executive Director of SeekersHub and Educational Director of SeekersGuidance was invited to deliver the Friday Prayers Sermon on October 28, 2011 at St. James Park – the site of the Occupy Toronto movement.

The following is taken from the closing remarks of the sermon:

Seven Counsels in Closing:

1. Be steadfastly committed to justice and excellence in your own life: fulfill the rights of God and God’s creation, with sincerity, concern, and excellence of character.
2. Be particularly careful about the rights of your parents, spouse/partner, children–then family, friends, neighbours, and community–then those wronged (whoever/whatever).
3. Ignore mass media: focus on becoming an informed citizen–so that you can seek, spread, and safeguard justice and excellence–the beautiful balance.
4. Money matters: look carefully at how you spend your money… make ethical, informed choices–promoting justice and excellence…
5. Time matters: don’t become a mere consumer… consuming products and entertainment and infotainment. “Two blessings many lose out on: health and free time.” – Spend your time in seeking justice and excellence… family, friends, neighborhood, society….
6. Your life matters: don’t just be a slave in the corporate jungle… seek to make your work a promotion of justice & excellence; work of benefit and meaning. Work with purpose. Relate with purpose. From our tradition: working on one’s own terms…
7. Do this for God; do this seeking Mercy; do this out of sincere concern….

What do we seek? Balance of Justice (`adl) and Excellence (ihsan). That is what makes life beautiful.

And indeed God is Beautiful, and loves Beauty.

Ramadan Program for SeekersHub Toronto (www.SeekersHub.org)

Ramadan Program | SeekersGuidance

SeekersHub Toronto (www.SeekersHub.org) has a full program of activities for this Ramadan. See their Ramadan Program for details!

SeekersHub is a project of SeekersGuidance.

 

Ramadan Connections

See their Ramadan Program for details

Toronto Seminar this Saturday – With a Performance by Nader Khan

Join us for a SeekersSeminar this Saturday 24th July, in preparation for Ramadan

With:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Zahir Bacchus

Shaykh Yusuf Badat

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed

Mutfi Umer Esmail

and, a special performance by:

Nasheed artist Nader Khan

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Date: Saturday 24th July 2010

Time: 11 – 7

Venue: The Multi Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto

“O People! Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of God. A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. A month which God has deemed the best of months. Its days, the best of days, its nights, the best of nights, and its hours, the best of hours.” (The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace)

The Holy Month of Ramadan is near. The best thing we can do is continue to prepare for this time of spiritual transformation.

Attend this full day SeekersSeminar in Toronto and benefit from the guidance and inspiration of the five speakers. Let them show you the laws of love and how they can help you achieve a more meaningful relationship with Allah, this Ramadan.

Make this Ramadan your best yet. Join us in Toronto on July 24th.

Register now