Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance Explained (Part 2)
Gain a precious overview of Islamic spirituality in 32 steps.
About This Course
Have you ever wanted to study Imam al-Ghazali’s monumental work Ihya Ulum al-Din? It’s a masterpiece no doubt, but it’s a staggering 40 volumes long and is rarely taught to English speaking students in full.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus will guide students through The Book of Assistance’s 32 succinct, practical chapters, covering topics such as certainty, vigilance, knowledge, reflection, prayer, adherence to the Sunna, and much more.
Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad was a great scholar from the ancient valley of Hadramout, in Yemen. His profound mastery over the sacred sciences was condensed into his masterpiece, the Book of Assistance. This work maps out various acts of devotion and the spiritual path in 32 succinct chapters. Imam Haddad’s work remains relevant for all of us—even now, amid the contours of the tremendous concrete jungle that is our world, we can connect to his spiritual counsels to embark on the journey of self improvement.
In this course, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus goes through Imam Haddad’s seminal text, and offers further clarity, insights, and explanations. Shaykh Yahya has studied under the great scholars of Hadramout, who have passed down these teachings from one generation to the next in a chain which returns to Imam Haddad himself.
What You'll Learn
• Islamic spirituality and the heart of devotion
• The practical application of spiritual guidance
• Certainty, knowledge, reflection, prayer, and vigilance
• Adherence to the Sunna
• The life and teachings of Imam al-Haddad
Course ID: ISKMG15BRegistration Opens:
June 5, 2017 Course Starts On: July 03, 2017Location: OnlineLength: 12 weeksEffort: 2-3 hours per week Price: FREEDepartment:SpiritualityLevel: G Language(s): English Course Format:
Meet Your Instructor
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 19, he embraced Islam in Santa Clara, California. He began his study of Islam with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and visiting Mauritanian scholars such as Shaykh Khatri wuld Baybba and Shaykh Abdullah wuld Ahmadna.
In 1998, Shaykh Yahya traveled to Mauritania to pursue a full-time course of study, where he learned from some of Mauritania’s greatest scholars, including the distinguished, Murabit al-Hajj. He also spent an interim period in Damascus, Syria where he received formal education in the Arabic language, grammar, and Qur’anic recitation.
In 2000, Shaykh Yahya moved to Tarim, Yemen to continue his studies at the prestigious learning institute, Dar al-Mustafa. There, he spent his formative years studying foundational Islamic sciences with the renowned scholars, Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz and Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, along with other local scholars.
In the latter part of 2005, Shaykh Yahya returned to the U.S. and served as a full-time teacher at Zaytuna Institute. He subsequently returned overseas in 2007 to further his studies while he also participated in religious programs worldwide, lecturing, teaching, and translating. In 2008, he was the official translator for Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri at the Common Word Conference held at Yale University and he has translated for Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz at speaking engagements internationally.
In 2010, Shaykh Yahya completed his Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He finished his Masters Degree in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 2012, and during this period, he was a full-time instructor at Zaytuna College.
He travels regularly teaching, lecturing, and conducting weekend seminars and also offers on-line instruction through SeekersHub Global. Shaykh Yahya has been accepted to the University of Cambridge for a PhD program in the Department of Divinity and plans to begin his program in April 2013. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.