SeekersHub Ramadan Podcast and lesson sets!

How is your Ramadan going? Alhamduliah for these first ten days of Allah’s Mercy. Drinking soaked chia seeds after iftar and during suhoor has really helped me. Try it out and see 🙂

Check out these fantastic downloadable lesson sets at SeekersHub. Please share widely!

Planning For Success: Steps To Raising Righteous Muslim Children with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Zakat: Everything You Need To Know On The 3rd Pillar of Islam

Getting Married, with Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Higher Aims of Fasting with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Stories of the Prophets of Allah with Shaykh Ahmad Saad

Understanding the Hadith: “Religion is Sincere Concern” with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Divine Opening: Surah al-Fatiha Explained with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

You can play these while at home, in the car, or wherever else suits you. May Allah reward the SeekersHub team for putting these together.

SeekersHub’s daily Ramadan Podcast has also been so inspiring and beneficial. For a sample, click on Allah’s Mercy Over His Wrath: What Does It Mean For Us? by Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes.

 

 

Ramadan!

SubhanAllah, time really flies. Ramadan is literally just around the corner! May Allah grant us all the ability to honour this blessed guest, and help us restore ourselves through the winds of mercy.

Last Ramadan, I gave birth, alhamdulilah. This time around, I’m nursing an active 11 month old baby. The minimum requirement for me is to give an honest attempt at fasting. I’d love tips from experienced mothers 🙂

Here are some useful links from the SeekersHub Global answer service in regards to nursing/pregnancy and Ramadan:

Fasting Ramadan: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & You

My Friend’s Baby Breastfeeds Throughout the Day. Is She Exempt From Fasting?

Pregnant Women & Fasting

Pregnancy & Making Up Fasts: Does She Really Have To?

May Allah bless the team behind SeekersHub global, who all work so hard!

*On that note, if you have any Shafi’i fiqh/general counsel questions you’d like me to answer, please post it directly on the SeekersHub answer service, and not through my Facebook account, blog or twitter. These are my personal accounts, and what I blog/tweet is not endorsed by SeekersHub Global. Thank you and may Allah reward you!

 

 

Sign up for classes at SeekersGuidance!

ImageRemember to sign up for one or more of the incredible courses at SeekersGuidance! I’ve studied several courses at SG, and each one has added something positive and constructive to my life.

Just to name a few, Islamic Marriage taught me strategies for effective conflict resolution, Islamic Parenting taught me the need to inculcating God-consciousness and internal motivation from a young age, and The Rights of Parents taught me the importance of being kind and respectful to parents, regardless of what they do. It’s always refreshing to learn what Islam actually teaches, instead of being stuck in guilt-inducing cultural patterns.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.” [Muslim].

It’s not too late to sign up! Registration opened on March 24th 🙂

The Concept of Education in Islam – Professor Naquib Al-Attas

vintage-fountain-pen-2-1148654-mI came across an excellent book worth reading – The Concept of Education in Islam, by Professor Naquib Al-Attas.

Do read the first 19 pages, and reflect on the last paragraph – especially if you’re a parent or educator.

In the light of the foregoing definitions and explanations, the words of the Prophet, when he said: “My Lord educated me, and so made my education most excellent,” may be paraphrased in the following way: “My Lord made me to recognize and acknowledge, by what (i.e. adab) He progressively instilled into me, the proper places of things and the order of creation, such that it led to my recognition and acknowledgement of His proper place in the order of being and existence; and by virtue of this, He made my education most excellent.”
Does anyone know where I can purchase this book?

Register for SeekersGuidance courses!

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Sign up before it’s too late! Classes begin on January 6th, and registration closes on January 20th.

Some great practical courses are (in order of potential relevance lol):

1) Islamic Marriage: Guidance For Successful Marriage and Married Life

Always a big hit, and from personal experience, everything taught is applicable. Marriage tips 101.

Lesson One: Marriage as Spiritual Act. Why Marriage is Half of Religion
Lesson Two: The Prophetic Model of Marriage
Lesson Three: Whom to Marry
Lesson Four: The Process of Getting Married
Lesson Five: Getting to Know & Engagement
Lesson Six: Wedding Preparations and Issues
Lesson Seven: Marriage Contract & Agreement
Lesson Eight: Successful Marriage: Rights & Responsibilities
Lesson Nine: Rights & Responsibilities of Husband and wife
Lesson Ten: Dealing with Disputes: Why Disputes Happen in Marriage
Lesson Eleven: How to Resolve Disputes and Repair Relations
Lesson Twelve: Closing Counsels on Successfully Getting Married

2) Islamic Parenting: Raising Upright Children

Having kids – not for the faint of heart! Arm yourself with the necessary information.

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Course
Lesson 2: Introduction to Text
Lesson 3: Raising Young Children
Lesson 4: Reaching Adolescence
Lesson 5: Teaching the Qur`an & Other Lessons
Lesson 6: Protecting Children from Negative Influences
Lesson 7: Social Manners
Lesson 8: Disciplining of Children
Lesson 9: The Fruits of Proper Upbringing
Lesson 10: The Dangers of Neglectful Parenting
Lesson 11: Key Contemporary Issues
Lesson 12: Conclusion of Islamic Parenting

3) The Rights Of Parents

Very handy for tricky situations with parents and in-laws. Sacred knowledge is the ultimate antidote for culturally-inflicted headaches.

Lesson 1: Introduction to the text and Birr al Walidayn (Rights of Parents)
Lesson 2: Birr in speech
Lesson 3: Birr in the body
Lesson 4: Financial support and conflicting orders
Lesson 5: Birr and the rules of Marriage
Lesson 6: Birr after the death of Parents and Birr of grandparents
Lesson 7: Disrespect of Parents (uquq)
Lesson 8: Uquq continued
Lesson 9: Uquq continued
Lesson 10: Rules related to Uquq and Hadith stories about Uquq
Lesson 11: The High Station of the Mother and Birr with extended family
Lesson 12: The Rights of Children

Knowledge without Barriers

Help Take Sacred Knowledge to the Ends of the Earth with a Donation this Ramadan

It’s been a busy past few weeks! I’ve been teaching a 3-week class on menstruation based on the Shafi’i school of thought, which has been a fantastic opportunity to revise, teach, and learn new things from my students. There’s nothing like curly questions based on real-life scenarios.

Donating to Knowledge without Barriers is a way of supporting students around the globe, including teachers like me. Please give what you can to support students of knowledge around the world! They don’t only learn, but  also benefit the communities they live in by transforming knowledge into action.

Knowledge without Barriers has given me the opportunity to study courses like the Prophetic biography (Meccan Dawn and Medinan Nights) and deepen my understanding of Shafi’i fiqh (Islamic Law For Seekers: Worship (Shafi’i)).

Although most of the courses have ended for this semester, an available course is a reading of Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Ulumideen. The course is taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Check out the Academic Calendar to see when Registration opens next (Dec 9 2013) and when courses begin (Jan 6 2014). I’d personally recommend all the courses I’ve done, including the course on marriage.

 

Mercy, The Stamp of Creation

1350860_hand-in-handI really enjoyed reading this blog post about Dr Umar Faruq Abdullah’s paper, titled Mercy, The Stamp of Creation. Dr Abdullah’s genius lies in his connection to the Prophetic reality. His paper was a reflection on my favourite hadith (Prophetic narration), and a reminder to be kind:
“People who show mercy to others will be shown mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth, and He who is Heaven will be merciful to you.” [Tirmidhi]
Kindness doesn’t just include kindness to others, but also to ourselves, to plants, and to animals. In my experience, kindness is underrated. It’s also one of the best values to hold. Here’s to being a kind person!