#Fightwithlight Campaign

Before December 31st, check out SeekersHub Global’s #FightWithLight campaign.

SeekersHub is doing an incredible job providing free access and support to seekers of knowledge worldwide. I work for their Answers service, an incredibly  relevant and critical interface between real life problems and authentic scholarship.

Your donations help to keep this service, and many others, going. Make this your small, consistent good deed. Donate today!

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ، عَنْ مُوسَى بْنِ عُقْبَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ سَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا، وَاعْلَمُوا أَنْ لَنْ يُدْخِلَ أَحَدَكُمْ عَمَلُهُ الْجَنَّةَ، وَأَنَّ أَحَبَّ الأَعْمَالِ أَدْوَمُهَا إِلَى اللَّهِ، وَإِنْ قَلَّ ‏

Narrated `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.”[Bukhari]

 

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 🙂

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!

Purification of The Heart blog post

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClick here for my SeekersGuidance blog post on the Purification of The Heart lecture by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

The venue was quite full by the time the Shaykh arrived after being stuck in traffic. From speaking to the locals here, I get the impression that the traffic jams in KL are almost a force of nature!

Shaykh Yahya requested that we start off the night with Qasidahs – Qad Kafani and Ya Allimal Sirri Minna. There was an English Qasidah too, led by Shaykh Yahya, but I don’t remember the title. Qasidahs are jam-packed with deep, spiritual meanings and there’s something soothing and healing in them, even if you’re not entirely sure of the meaning. Click here for one of my favourite recitations of Qad Kafani, by Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad.

Listening to Shaykh Yahya’s talk really reminded me about how important it is for me to make this a conscious, daily effort to purify my heart. It’s so easy to get caught up in the lull and rush of daily life. I especially appreciated his five practical tips because it’s one thing to be inspired in a talk, but it’s another matter to put what I learned into practice, for the rest of my life.

These practical tips are relevant to Muslims across all walks of life. You could be a doctor in Africa, a writer in America, or a politician in Turkey – your heart will benefit from nourishment and polishing. SubhanAllah. No matter where you are in your life and whatever state you find yourself in, there is always goodness in turning your heart to Allah.

Does anyone have their notes from Imam Afroz Ali’s talk on Friday? I’d appreciate it if you can drop me a line on my blog. Thanks in advance!

In other news, I’ve come across some fantastic notes by Sister Shagufta Pasta about the “Exploring the Qur’an with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus” series. Jazakillah khayr Sis Shagufta, for the reminders.

From Madinah To Malaysia – my SeekersGuidance blog post

imagesCheck out my first SeekersGuidance blog post: From Madinah To Malaysia: Reflections by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil.

It’s been such a blessing to be present in Kuala Lumpur during the Haul (ceremony of remembrance) of Imam Al-Haddad. Being here at this time has been very serendipitous – when my husband and I booked our tickets to Malaysia, we had no idea so many events would be held! Alhamdulilah for Divine Providence. It’s been so inspiring to be in the presence of scholars, and a beautiful reminder of what really matters in life. Meeting the different sisters from the KL gatherings has been lovely too.

We had a brief reunion with Imam Afroz Ali today after his talk at UTM Masjid. We got to meet Professor Dr. Muhammad Zainy Uthman too! I’ve been watching his videos on Professor Al-Attas, and it was so cool to meet him in person. And then we got slightly lost on the way to another meeting lol. Thunderstorms here are intense, and traffic jams take on a whole new meaning when there’s almost zero visibility.

In other news, we attended the Questions For The Tall White Man event last night and it was so, so awesome to talk about the hard stuff with Shaykh Yahya. He really did keep it real. The night ended with beautiful Qasidah recitations, with the foot-tapping beat of Malay drums (kompang). FUN! More about this later, inshaAllah.

Random note: There is so much amazing food here! And so affordable. Talk about needing to restrain the nafs lol.