Biographies of Influential Muslims – A Reader

This reader gathers various SeekersHub resources on inspiring saints, scholars, and other influential Muslims of the past and present.


Companions and Pious Predecessor

Sayyiduna Ja’far: A Tale of Love and Sacrifice

Was Uwais al-Qarni Martyred? And a Unique Source for His Biography

Biography of Malik ibn Dinar

Muadh ibn Jabal and the Night of Mid-Sha’banBiographies of Influential Muslims

Contemporary Scholars

A biography of Shaykh Muhammad Adib al-Kallas

Glimpses of the Life of Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri 

“He Brought Us Back To Life” – A Tribute To The Late Dr Ahmad Sakr

Key Lessons from the Life of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj 

Shaykh Abd al Rahman Ba ‘Abbad

Habib Abbas al Saqqaf

Habib Abd Allah bin Shihab

The Demise of Habib Hamid bin Muhammad Hamid Ba’Alawi

Biography of Habib al-‘Ajami 

A Great Female Servant of God 

The Muslim 500 – SeekersGuidance’s Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Interview with a Productive Muslim: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Interview with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Living the Ihya in South Africa – Shaykh Seraj Hendricks

Applying the Prophetic Sunna to the Modern World – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Influential Figures

Caribbean Calling, An Interview with Ustadh Nazim Baksh

On Facing My Mortality, by Ustadh Usama Canon

Muhammad Ali-The Acts That Help When We Die 

 Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore

A Female Gnostic: The Story of Umm Iyad

The great Muslim philanthropist, Abdul-Sattar Edhi, returns to his Lord

Three Acts That Formed The Core Of Abdul Sattar Edhi’s Life

Amjad Sabri’s death: Yearning for God till his Last Breath

Mustafa Davis on Spiritual Artists, Social Media and Third Spaces

The Death of a Star – On the Passing of Aminah Assilmi

Other Resources

Recommended Works on the Life of the Prophet

What Are Some Resources on the Life of the Mother of the Believers, Sayyida Aisha? 

What Are Some of the Best Works Dedicated to Biographical Data of Saints and Scholars?

Video: How the Prophet Muhammad Cared for Converts – Usama Canon

Video: How the Prophet Muhammad Cared for Converts – Usama Canon

Ustadh Usama Canon of Ta’leef Collective discusses the first safe space created for Muslim converts in Mecca: Dar al-Arqam. In this story, we learn many lessons on how the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] cared for the needs of newly-converted Muslims.

This video was recorded for the “Dawn of Mercy: Muhammad in Mecca” CelebrateMercy webcast about the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) first revelations and subsequent years in Mecca. See this webcast trailer

CelebrateMercy‘s program is a web-based semi-annual presentation about Prophet Muhammad that takes place on the internet. Founded in 2010, it is a non-profit organization that aims to instill a deeper understanding of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) among Muslims and friends of other faiths, by dispelling stereotypes and common misconceptions about him. This is achieved through videos shown on global interactive live webcasts of prominent scholars and performers discussing his character and life, as can be seen on this trailer.

Video: The Third Place – Usama Canon

REFLECTIONS with Usama Canon | “The Third Place”

REFLECTIONS with Usama Canon | “The Third Place” from Mustafa Davis on Vimeo.

Ta’leef Collective presents a new video series titled “REFLECTIONS.” These videos are short vignettes featuring people from the Ta’leef community on topics that range from religion, culture, lifestyle, knowledge, arts, sciences, community, family, etc.

USAMA CANON :: Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996. Since then, he has had the honor of studying various Islamic Sciences both at home and abroad under some of today’s foremost scholars.

Usama is the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective and maintains an active role in various facets of outreach and education, concentrating on issues facing Muslim youth, assisting converts, and developing support systems for Muslims living in the West.

SeekersGuidance 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.

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]