SeekersHub Blog http://seekershub.org/blog Islamic knowledge, audio, video, songs, and more--at the SeekersGuidance Blog. Thu, 26 May 2016 11:50:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Oneness Of Love – Key Points From SeekersHub Toronto Retreat 2016 by Sr. Aisha Hollyer http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/the-oneness-of-love-key-points-from-seekershub-toronto-retreat-2016-by-sr-aisha-hollyer/ Thu, 26 May 2016 07:19:58 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14903 Click here to view ‘The Oneness Of Love’ photo gallery. There comes a point in your life when you realize that the status quo isn’t working anymore, and that it’s time for change. This year’s retreat was phenomenal because it helped me do just that. In a blessed environment surrounded with blessed company, taught blessed knowledge […]

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There comes a point in your life when you realize that the status quo isn’t working anymore, and that it’s time for change._MG_0486

This year’s retreat was phenomenal because it helped me do just that. In a blessed environment surrounded with blessed company, taught blessed knowledge by blessed teachers, change felt not just right but attainable with the help of Allah.

Maybe you wanted to come to the retreat but couldn’t, or maybe you were there and would like a review. In any case, here are some key points from each scholar.

_MG_0400Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aissa

  • Our salawat will reach the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) — no matter what space, time, and state we are in.
  • Our actions are the by-products of
    love.
  • When you recite the basmala, you’re seeking refuge from all bad things — not just specifically the Shaitaan.
  • We are all carriers of unhealed trauma, and we begin to understand the world through them. This leads to stress, anxiety, and mistrust of others.

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  • The ticket to success and removal of challenges is making your parents happy so that they make du’a for you.
  • There is absolutely nothing that we can do to repay our parents.
  • By showing good character, even the people opposed to us with eventually love us.

Habib Hussein as-Saqqaf

  • When you approach the prayer, feel the same joy you feel when you see a phone call from faraway parents.
  • If Allah gave you all this—the sun, the moon, senses, health—how can’t you want to work on knowing Him?
  • When we pray, we should stand with the One who envelopes us in love and care.

Ustadha Shehnaz Karim

  • Thinking that we are doing our actions-including our ibadat-on our own brings us so much stress
  • The “Rahman” means the One who unconditionally loves all of creation, even those who don’t believe in Him.
  • We need to examine our comprehension of love: it is inspired by Him, for Him.
  • Allah is the only one who can encompass you and fulfill you in every way, because He is the only one who knows everything about you.

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed

  • UntitledThe Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) expressed love in many ways. One of the ways was to be patient with those who wanted something from him. If he couldn’t help them directly, he would find someone who could.
  • When you make another person happy, thank Allah for the opportunity and realize that it wasn’t you who did it; He blessed you with the chance.
  • People never forget the ones who stuck with them during hard times.
  • Many communities are rife with gossip, labeling, and a lot of negativity. This is a really sad situation for Muslims to be in. If we all implemented Prophetic character, things would be a lot better.

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

  • The greatest weapon Muslims have is smiling.
  • After this retreat, commit to implementing at least one small, consistent habit in your daily life. Otherwise, we risk not changing at all from this experience._MG_0063
  • We have the greatest blessings; Allah, His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), and the greatest door to salvation, which is Islam.
  • Imam al-Haddad said that nothing done through Allah is hard, and nothing done by yourself is easy.
  • The relationship we have with the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is a real and live one. When we send salawat on him, they are presented to him by name. On the Day of Judgement, he will recognize you (Allah bless him and give him peace).
  • We are an Ummah connected in amazing ways. 
  • For every bad habit you leave, implement a sustainable good one.
  • We need to wake up every morning intending to spread light.

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  • Love begins with knowledge, and seeking knowledge is an expression of that love.
  • If you love, you need to make sure that your actions are beloved.
  • Intention is transformative. It’s important to ake good intentions.
  • Our faith isn’t some idol of token traditions that we embrace; it’s how we truly turn to the Lord of Creation.
  • We express our need and love for Allah through our life, seeking to please Him.
  • Even your career should be chosen out of love for Allah; what’s most pleasing to Him is what’s most beneficial to Creation. Every moment of work should be a means of getting closer to Allah.

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Ustadh Amjad Tarsin: Be mindful of Allah and have good character.

Shaykh Abdurragmaan: If bringing happiness to another believer brings us so much reward, what about giving happiness to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) by having good deeds for him to see?

Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aissa: If you think good of others, you will have the good of both worlds. Then keep your eyes shut, because it’s none of your business.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani: Those who strive for Allah by having a good intention will be guided.

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed: Strive to better yourself, be a different person than the one that stepped off that bus by turning to Allah with utmost sincerity.

Ustadha Shehnaz Karim: Practice the remembrance of Allah. Breathe in with the certainty of love, breathe out with gratitude.
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The SeekersHub Toronto Retreat is an annual program held at campsites in Ontario, Canada. Teachers from around the world are invited to spend several days teaching, counseling, and spending time with students in an uplifting, natural environment.

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Did you know you have a share of the Quran? http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/your-share-of-the-quran/ Wed, 25 May 2016 12:59:50 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14815 Ever been going through a tough experience, then opened the Quran and found just what you needed to help you? Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad explains why we lose out on discovering our share of the Qur’an when we skim read. Did you know you have a share of the Quran? In this insightful video, Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari teaches us […]

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Ever been going through a tough experience, then opened the Quran and found just what you needed to help you?14418650241_f30bc7a952_k Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad explains why we lose out on discovering our share of the Qur’an when we skim read.

Did you know you have a share of the Quran? In this insightful video, Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari teaches us how much we miss out on when we skim through our reading and recitation of the Quran, without giving the time to reflect on what Allah is revealing to us.

Each one of us, he explains, has a share (nasib) in the Qu’ran, that connects to our unique experience. Just like some Companions manifested different aspects of the Prophet, from his love to his service to his political planning, so do we relate to different parts of the Qu’ran as it unfolds on different levels.

Connecting It To Our Care For Others

He then goes on to explain how this connects to the care we should have for others. Habib Ahmad Mashur Al Haddad’s once said that three of the seven initiatives that we should be responsible for include eliminating poverty and hunger. People who are fighting for a way to alleviate their hunger, or are in a state of constant fear and stress, might not be able to think about faith and God so we need to fight things like poverty, not for their own sake but because we have an obligation to help people find their Lord.

Luxury Leads To Heedlessness

In addition, we also need to remember the second initiative which is to fight excessive luxury that leads to a state of heedlessness. The concept of being able to buy almost anything, coupled with the comfort it brings, not only causes a person to stop thinking about his neediness before his Lord, but stops them caring for others.

Fight Desensitisation

Thirdly, the initiative of saving people’s lives, whether it be by disease or killing,  at home or abroad, is also important. In modern times, the idea of mass mortalities are normalized by the media, to the point that we become desensitized by it.

Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari is the Founder and Director of the Ihsan Institute. Want more? Sign up for Shaykh Ahmad’s course Key Themes of the Qur’an: A Complete Overview of the Book of Allah, offered completely free by SeekersHub Global.

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Did you miss the Retreat in Toronto? You don’t want to miss this. http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/calling-allah-retreat-event/ Mon, 23 May 2016 10:05:59 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14880 Missed the Retreat? Don’t miss this. Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan of South Africa will be teaching at SeekersHub Toronto on May 24th at 7.30 PM EST.  You can attend either in person or stream live online.  Join Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, as we discuss the need to call to Allah, and develop learned communities. […]

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Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan of South Africa will be teaching at SeekersHub Toronto on May 24th at 7.30 PM EST.  You can attend either in person or stream live online. 

Join Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, as we discuss the need to call to Allah, and develop learned communities.

We will discuss the importance of these communities in the West, and how current issues can be overcome by the light of traditional knowledge.

You will learn how YOU can actively participate in this movement, by playing your part in spreading and giving Prophetic Light, and helping make positive change in the world.

Watch this video below, where Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan advises students about renewing intentions before the SeekersHub Toronto Retreat.

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How Not to be Afraid of Death http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/how-not-to-be-afraid-of-death/ Thu, 19 May 2016 21:41:19 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=13511 Death is never a subject we discuss frequently. In fact, most of us are so afraid of death that we don’t like to even think about it, explains Shaykh Ramzy Ajem. In this video, watch Shaykh Ramzy recall an encounter he had in the Edwards Gardens with Shaykh Abdullah El-Haddad and why it should be anything but a […]

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Death is never a subject we discuss frequently. In fact, most of us are so afraid of death that we don’t like to even think about it, explains Shaykh Ramzy Ajem.

In this video, watch Shaykh Ramzy recall an encounter he had in the Edwards Gardens with Shaykh Abdullah El-Haddad and why it should be anything but a morbid dread for us Muslims in the modern era.

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Spiritual Grammar and the Danger of Complaining – Imam Zaid Shakir http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/spiritual-grammar-danger-complain/ Wed, 18 May 2016 05:54:48 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14746 Complaining (shakawa) to other fallible humans has no part in our religion. Sincere advice (nasiha) does. What is the difference between the two? Imam Zaid Shakir explains. Usually, the complaint starts with what we describe as the first person, “I”. For example, “I don’t like…” “I don’t feel…” “I want…” “I think….” etc. Therefore, complaining is […]

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Complaining (shakawa) to other fallible humans has no part in our religion. Sincere advice (nasiha) does. What is the difference between the two? Imam Zaid Shakir explains.

Usually, the complaint starts with what we describe as the first person, “I”. For example, “I don’t like…” “I don’t feel…” “I want…” “I think….” etc. Therefore, complaining is rooted in one’s concern for him or herself and is therefore amenable to entering a person onto the slippery slope of egoism or narcissism. Complaining has been described as deadly poison by our scholars for this reason. The more we see ourselves, the less we see Allah. Conversely, the more we see Allah, the less we see ourselves. This is why the very heart of spiritual training is the negation of the ego, to say nothing of the id.

One might reasonable ask at this point, “If I don’t look out for myself then who will?” Our Lord provides the answer with great clarity, “Truly, my Protector is Allah, who has revealed the Scripture, and undertakes the affair of the righteous (7:196).”

Our Insurance Policy With The Best Of Providers

When we understand our inherent weakness and the awesome strength of our Lord, we gladly transfer our “insurance policy” to Him. Furthermore, when we can look beyond ourselves and look to our Lord, He alone becomes the one we complain to, for we understand that He alone can assist us.

This focusing on Allah is from the prophetic Sunnah, as illustrated by Ya’qub (Jacob). The Qur’an relates, “I complain of my sorrow and grief to Allah alone, and I know from Allah that which you know not (12:86).” This act of turning to Allah alone is a manifestation of Jacob’s “beautiful patience (sabran jamilan).”

Each of us should constantly ask ourselves, “How beautiful is my patience?” If we find any ugliness in the answer we should work assiduously to beautify it.

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A Paradigm Shift

Unlike complaining, nasiha usually starts with the second person, “you”, and is offered with all due sincerity. “You should consider…” “You might want…” “You might not have realized…” “Your tone could have been better…” By turning from the first to the second person, with sincerity, seeking the addressee’s betterment, we are closing the door on our ego and giving priority to others. Until we can do this, we will never attain one of the most noble stations in our religion, ithar (giving preference to others).

The Best Of People

This station is one of the most important foundations of a prosperous Muslim community. How do we know this? From the description of the first community. When the Muhajirin (Emigrants) arrived in Madina to become part of the first independent Muslim community they did not come into a paradise where everyone had abundant wealth to share. The Ansar (Helpers) were largely poor, however, they placed the little they did have at the disposal of their brothers and sisters who had emigrated to them. The Qur’an describes this relationship in the following moving terms, “Those who were settled in the land before them, and had believed, love those who emigrated to them and find in their hearts no need for what they were given. They give preference (yu’thiruna from Ithar) to others, even though they were impoverished. And whosoever is shielded from the greed of their soul, it is they who will prosper (59:9).”

Like that first Muslim society, our community we will not succeed without faith, love, and the ability to give preference to others. To do this the “I” has to disappear and the “you” has to be brought to the forefront. We could elaborate on this at length, however, let us return to our grammar lesson. If we cannot eliminate the perceived first person, I, and elevate the second person, you, we will never truly get to know the perceived third person, “Huwa (Him).”

Complaining, which accentuates and empowers the perceived first person “I”, is one of the greatest barriers to getting to know the perceived third person, “Him.” If you understand this, then you understand spiritual grammar and all of the sentences you write with the pen of your life will be sound. In conclusion, I mentioned the perceived first and third persons, because in reality, and spiritual grammar is rooted in reality, the third is first, the second is always second and the first is third, or last. May we be blessed with understanding.

First published on Imam Zaid Shakir’s blog, New Islamic Directions.

 

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Shepherding Our Sons And Daughters http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/shepherding-our-sons-daughters/ Mon, 16 May 2016 20:32:58 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14856 Fathers and Mothers: what do you want for your sons and daughters? Ibrahim J. Long gets to the heart of the matter. What fills your heart with joy at the thought of your son or your daughter doing, or being, or becoming? What fills your heart with hope, pride, and love for the bounty that […]

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Fathers and Mothers: what do you want for your sons and daughters? Ibrahim J. Long gets to the heart of the matter.

What fills your heart with joy at the thought of your son or your daughter doing, or being, or becoming? What fills your heart with hope, pride, and love for the bounty that Allah has given you and I in our children? Do you smile at the thought of them becoming a doctor, or a professional of some kind? Perhaps you imagine your daughter or son memorizing the Glorious Qur’an, or having an immense love for God and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Or, perhaps you simply hope for your son or daughter to be a person of good character.

Whatever it is that you are picturing them doing, whatever it is that generates that pride and hope in your heart; likely, you are also picturing them happy while doing it.

What About Happiness?

This desire for our children’s happiness comes from our love and compassion for them. Consider, for example, when Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was given the glad tidings that he would be made an Imam and an example of righteousness for all people he asked: “and what of my descendants?” (Q2:124)

Ibrahim (peace be upon him) had so much compassion for his children, grand-children, great-grandchildren and all his descendants that as soon as he heard the good news of being made an example for humanity, he asked if they too would have a share in that closeness that he had with Allah. He wanted all of his descendants to experience such serenity and happiness.

The Prophet’s Parental Concern

Shepherding Our Sons and Daughters

Parental concern for our children is part of being a healthy parent. In fact, it’s part of being a healthy person. Our Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) demonstrated this concern with his children and all children he encountered.

About this, the famous servant of the Messenger, Anas ibn Malik (May God be well-pleased with him), said, “I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards children than the Messenger of God (peace be upon him).” To which he also added that while the Prophet’s son, Ibrahim, was in the care of his wet-nurse who lived in the hills outside of Madinah, he would go there just to pick up his son and kiss him, then he would return to his business in Madinah. [Muslim]

Just For A Hug And A Kiss

Today, that would be like a father driving home from work during his lunch break just to hold his son or daughter and kiss them. To myself and all of my fellow brothers, fathers, and husbands, I advise you: If there was forgotten Sunnah that you and I would like to help revive, then let us consider reviving this one.

Not Just About Joining The Workforce

As a community, Muslims in North America are among the most educated and professional Muslims in the world. Part of our success in this is the great efforts that parents have put into their son and their daughter’s education, masha’Allah. But, a good profession alone will not make our children happy in this life. They will also need our help in developing their faith, and they also require our guiding them to become good husbands and good wives (and later on good parents just like you and I are trying our best to be).

Parents, we cannot deny that being a husband or wife and being a father and mother are life-changing experiences and amazing responsibilities. As the Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) has said, “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.” [Bukhari & Muslim] And, as Allah has commanded us in the Glorious Qur’an: “Believers, Shield yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones…” (Q66:6)

Shepherding Future Shepherds

So, fellow fathers and mothers, how are you and I preparing our children to become shepherds of their own flocks? Are we preparing our children to shield their own families?

You and I may be raising our children with hopes of their becoming doctors, lawyers, and great contributors to the Ummah. But, are we raising them to become good husbands and good wives to their spouses? Or, good fathers and good mothers to their children?  You may very well be. And, if so, this is just a reminder for you. And, may Allah reward you.

Our Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) has informed us that marriage is half of our deen. So, it is half of our children’s deen as well. For those of you who are married, you know it is a struggle. Every marriage has its high points and low points; even the best of them. Moreover, every parent wants his or her son or daughter to marry a good spouse who will treat him or her with respect and dignity. But my question to myself and all of you is how are we preparing our children to be good to their spouses?

More Committed To Daughters Than Sons

To be honest, we as a community (and by this I mean Muslims in general) are better committed to raising our daughters than we are our sons. To a degree, many believe that boys will raise themselves. But, our young men also need direction. An increasing number of marriageable women are complaining: “Where are the Muslim men ready to be good husbands and fathers?” And, “Where are the Muslim men who understand the responsibility of taking care of a household, who can demonstrate self-control and can control himself when he is angry?”

Raising Boys To Act Like Mature Men

Undeniably, we raise our daughters differently from our sons. Perhaps we lack the wisdom and strength to raise our sons the way we raise our daughters. But, what we are left with are various young males who do not yet know how to behave like mature men. Although in the short-term, greater freedom for our young men and boys may feel like we are giving them a “chance to be on their own.” However, sometimes the freedom we as a community grant our young men is experienced by them as a lack of direction, a lack of mentorship, and a lack of support.

Fathers and Mothers, it is not only unfair to our young women that we expect more from them. But, it is also unfair to our boys and young men who need us to expect more from them. Our sons also need the support of our guidance. Our sons also need us to teach them how to control themselves. Our sons also need us to remind them that they too may one day have a family of their own and that being male does not mean one is ready to be a man. So, let us help them and encourage them to be the best men, the best husbands, and the best fathers that they can be.

“Dad… I’m bored..let’s go!”

I can remember one time attending an Islamic lecture. I was sitting next to a father and his son. Shortly after the father sat down with his son to listen to the lecture, the young boy complained to his father, “Dad, Dad… let’s go! I’m bored.” To which the father very gently said, “Just wait a few minutes. I would like to hear what the shaykh has to say.” However, shortly thereafter the young boy complained again, “Dad… I’m bored..let’s go!” And so the father left with his son.

Now, I don’t know the full story. The father could have left with the son and later advised him regarding his behavior. Or, perhaps there was something else that I did not know about this situation. I am not speaking against this father, or his son. However, this incident made me realize something  that I had not before. In the past, I would have felt bad for the father for having an impatient and  disrespectful son. However, in this instance I realized that I felt worse for the son who was struggling with his nafs and did not yet know how to be patient. Patience had not yet been taught to him.

Helping Children With Their Nafs

As adults we have more experience with the inner battlefield of our nafs; battling our own desires and learning how to control ourselves. From age and experience we have become more familiar with the consequences that can come about if we don’t control ourselves. But, this man’s son was young. He did not know any better and he needed someone to advise him and to guide him. Perhaps this father did just that after he left. I don’t know. But, what if a son just like this one never received any help? Who then will teach this young man and young men like him the important lesson of patience? Who will teach him to think of the needs of others? Who will teach him and others like him to set aside one’s own desires if it would bring happiness to another? If no one helps him, then what sort of husband would this young boy grow up to be?

Now, let me be open and honest with you: it is not, and will not be easy to parent our youth. Moreover, this reminder has been directed at myself first and foremost and then to all of you. There are those of you are more experienced and better at parenting than I am. There are also many of you who have also been better sons to their parents than I have been. This discussion may erupt in denial, or anger in the hearts of parents who feel like they are being judged by others when they are trying their very best. This is not a call to judge others. This is only a reminder for each of us to bear in mind for ourselves what we are doing to raise our sons. When this reminder is forgotten it leads to the needs of the young men in our community being forgotten as well.

As one shaykh once said, “Our communities often focus on raising our daughters. Our daughters are doing fine. What we need to focus on is raising upright young men for them to marry and to lovingly care for them.”

Let us remember, that we are shepherds and shepherds must engage with, be patient with, and guide his or her flock. May Allah make it easy for us and bless us in our efforts. And may Allah make all of our children among the mutaqqina imaman (the foremost in faith).

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“Our Lord, grant us from among our spouses and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.” (Q 25:74)

May Allah bless all of you and our children. Ameen.

Ibrahim J. Long is a Muslim chaplain and educator. You can follow his blog at ibrahimlong.org

 

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Learn To Live: A 30 Day Program in God’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/learn-live-ramadan-hub/ Thu, 12 May 2016 14:35:46 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14798 God’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation God’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation: SeekersHub Toronto is offering a 30-day intensive course – also available live online – which will reconnect you with the Qur’an and make you fall in love with Allah Most High’s miraculous revelation again. This year, the Ramadan program is being organized around the theme of […]

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God’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation

God’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation: SeekersHub Toronto is offering a 30-day intensive course – also available live online – which will reconnect you with the Qur’an and make you fall in love with Allah Most High’s miraculous revelation again.

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Shaykh Walead Mosaad

This year, the Ramadan program is being organized around the theme of “Learn to Live”, which will see us explore Mercy during the first 10 days, Forgiveness during the second 10 days, and Salvation in the last 10 days.

During each third of the month we will focus on what the Qur’an teaches us on each of these matters with a focus on concepts, stories and practical spiritual action.

 

Teaching the course will be  Shaykh Walead Mosaad, Shaykh Muhammad Mendes, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, and others.

Daily programs will include tarawih prayers at the beautiful new SeekersHub Toronto, with master of Qur’anic recitation Qari Hafidh Abdullah Francis from Cape Town, South Africa.

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Shaykh Muhammad Mendes (left)

You are also welcome to join us for a communal iftar or even sponsor a meal for a 100+ people. Just email hr.seekershub@gmail.com for details.

Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks, and make SeekersHub Toronto #YourRamadanHub.

 

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Living Right With This Planet http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/living-right-planet/ Wed, 11 May 2016 13:04:31 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14766 There are many crimes perpetrated in the modern world. The crimes against this planet, the tyranny of human beings against animals and the natural environment, are probably the worst, argues Dr Umar Faruq Abdallah. As part of this tour of Malaysia, Dr Umar delivered this unequivocal condemnation of our violation of all that God has […]

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There are many crimes perpetrated in the modern world. The crimes against this planet, the tyranny of human beings against animals and the natural environment, are probably the worst, argues Dr Umar Faruq Abdallah.

As part of this tour of Malaysia, Dr Umar delivered this unequivocal condemnation of our violation of all that God has bestowed upon us, beginning first with a scathing attack on the mass food production industry.

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How is the Prophetic Example (Sunnah) Relevant? http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/sunnah-relevant/ Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:17 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14738 How is the Prophetic example (sunnah) relevant and how do you apply it in your daily life? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains over this four-part lesson. Did you know there are sunnahs of drinking coffee and sunnahs of going shopping? Find out more in this class conducted by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani as part of The Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of […]

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How is the Prophetic example (sunnah) relevant and how do you apply it in your daily life? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains over this four-part lesson.

Did you know there are sunnahs of drinking coffee and sunnahs of going shopping? Find out more in this class conducted by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani as part of The Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto Fall 2014 Semester roster of classes.

  1. What is the Sunnah?
  2. Practical Examples of how the Sunnah can be applied in our everyday lives?
  3. Prophetic Sunna in our critical relationships.
  4. The Sunnah of applying the Sunnah

Listen to them all here.

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Allah Will Never Forget The Good We Do For Others http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/05/allah-will-never-forget/ Wed, 11 May 2016 05:06:29 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=14700 Even the smallest good we do cannot bypass Allah’s all-encompassing knowledge, and we should feel infinitely hopeful and heartened by this, writes Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said. “Allah Guides to His Light whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur) In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Allah Most High said in the Qur’an, in Surah Ahli-Imran (195):  “And their Lord […]

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Even the smallest good we do cannot bypass Allah’s all-encompassing knowledge, and we should feel infinitely hopeful and heartened by this, writes Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said.

“Allah Guides to His Light whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.sunrise-nur-light

Allah Most High said in the Qur’an, in Surah Ahli-Imran (195):  “And their Lord responded to them, ‘Never will I allow to be lost the deeds of [anyone] among you, whether male or female…”

From the mercy of Allah Most High, is that He will never forget what we do.  Whatever we do for His sake raises our station with Him and it pleases Allah Most High; and the best way to please Him is by doing good by His creation.

Allah said at the end of Surah Al-Ankabut:  “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good (muhsineen).”

The doers of good are those who not only do good, but also those who love, enjoy and perfect all that is good.

We say to ourselves and to those whom we love, “keep doing good and enjoy it.”  Gravitate from one good to the next.  Whatever you do for the creation of Allah Most High, you are in actuality, doing it for Allah Most High, as He said in a Hadith Qudsi:

I was sick, and you did not visit me, I was hungry and you do not feed me, and I was oppressed and you did not help Me.  They will say:  ‘How is that possible?’  So-and-so was sick and you did not visit them, so-and-so was hungry and you did not feed them, and so-and-so was oppressed and you did not help them!”

Thus, it is a great honor for us to do something for others, and this is how Allah Most High raises our station.

Allah Most High will never forget the good that you offered to someone, the anxiety of someone you helped to ease, the happiness you gave to someone who was broken and tearful, the smile you shone in someone’s face, and your accompaniment of someone lonely!

But, when you feel you cannot help, tell them how much you wish you could help them, and remind them of the One who can help them and Who is always watching them!

Let us live this life by the principle of spreading goodness (ihsan).  Even when we do not get goodness from people, let us still choose goodness, because Allah Most High loves the doers of good.

May your days and nights be those of goodness, and may Allah Most High facilitate for us His Divine Assistance to implement it in all that we do.

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
Scholar In Residence and Head Of Education
Harrow Central Mosque, United Kingdom

Interested in learning more about connecting with your Creator? Try enrolling in a free online course, such as The 40 Paths to Paradise: A Prophetic Road Map to Eternal Success

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