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A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi  (Part One) – Mufti Taha Karaan

A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi (Part One) – Mufti Taha Karaan

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Since the enlightenment period, belief in God and organized religion has come under significant attack.  The unremitting question regarding the compatibility of revelation and reason continues to plague us in current times.  Atheism as a “belief” system or worldview is on the rise, and many individuals feel obfuscated and confused amidst the high levels of intellectual scepticism.



How should Muslims face and immunized themselves from these ideological challenges? How did our luminous scholars of the past respond to the various intellectual and doctrinal quagmires of their age so that they were able to preserve sound belief in the integrals of Islam?



In this lecture, Mufti Taha Karaan succinctly articulates a systematic overview of the various components that contribute to the Islamic science of belief (‘aqeeda) and dialectical theology (kalam). By contextualizing the various challenges that historically confronted Islamic doctrine, he provides a lucid methodology in comprehending the integral epistemic avenues that contribute to correct belief in Islam.



Biography of Mufti Taha Karaan:


Mufti Taha Karaan is a Shafi’i scholar born in Cape Town, South Africa, to a family renowned in both its maternal and paternal lineage for Islamic scholarship. His father, the late Mufti Yusuf Karaan (may Allah have mercy on his soul), was one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars in the Cape.


Mufti Taha completed his Qur’anic memorization in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute, the oldest Islamic seminary in South Africa. During his stay, he assisted in the editing of the Qur’anic prints that the Institute has become famous for the world over. After finishing four years of the ‘alim course in two years, he journeyed to the Indian sub-continent and Dar al-Uloom Deoband, graduating from there in 1991 with the highest of distinctions, as did his father, in a class of over 700 students. He then travelled to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate diploma at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.


Mufti Taha is the recipient of numerous chains of transmission (ijazaat), from well-respected scholars in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others, in numerous fields of Islamic study.


Currently, Mufti Taha is the Mufti of the Muslim Judicial Council. He is a sought-after speaker at Islamic symposia and conferences but attends them sparingly, preferring to spend most of his time at the Islamic seminary, Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah, that he founded in 1996. The educational thrust of the seminary reflects Mufti Taha’s own pioneering vision and commitment to squarely interface with the challenges of the modern age through the twin objectives of preservation and progress.


In his teaching, writing and legal verdicts (fatawa), Mufti Taha regularly addresses contemporary issues such as the challenges of post-modernity, feminism, Islamic economics and finance, the old and new Orientalisms, and fiqh issues affecting Diaspora Muslim communities.


His students describe him as divinely-gifted with encyclopaedic knowledge; possessed of a near photographic memory; an insatiable bibliophile within the Islamic sciences and without; a teacher that never ceases to inspire; endowed with an elegant calligraphic hand and a penchant for poetry; thoroughly unassuming, pleasant, brilliant and tender-hearted


 


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A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi  (Part Two) – Mufti Taha Karaan
Since the enlightenment period, belief in God and organized religion has come under significant attack.  The unremitting question regarding the compatibility of revelation and reason continues to plague us in current times.  Atheism as a “belief” system or worldview is on the rise, and many individuals feel obfuscated and confused amidst the high levels of intellectual scepticism.How should Muslims face and immunized themselves from these ideological challenges? How did our luminous scholars of the past respond to the various intellectual and doctrinal quagmires of their age so that they were able to preserve sound belief in the integrals of Islam?In this lecture, Mufti Taha Karaan succinctly articulates a systematic overview of the various components that contribute to the Islamic science of belief ('aqeeda) and dialectical theology (kalam). By contextualizing the various challenges that historically confronted Islamic doctrine, he provides a lucid methodology in comprehending the integral epistemic avenues that contribute to correct belief in Islam.Biography of Mufti Taha Karaan:Mufti Taha Karaan is a Shafi’i scholar born in Cape Town, South Africa, to a family renowned in both its maternal and paternal lineage for Islamic scholarship. His father, the late Mufti Yusuf Karaan (may Allah have mercy on his soul), was one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars in the Cape.Mufti Taha completed his Qur’anic memorization in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute, the oldest Islamic seminary in South Africa. During his stay, he assisted in the editing of the Qur’anic prints that the Institute has become famous for the world over. After finishing four years of the ‘alim course in two years, he journeyed to the Indian sub-continent and Dar al-Uloom Deoband, graduating from there in 1991 with the highest of distinctions, as did his father, in a class of over 700 students. He then travelled to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate diploma at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.Mufti Taha is the recipient of numerous chains of transmission (ijazaat), from well-respected scholars in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others, in numerous fields of Islamic study.Currently, Mufti Taha is the Mufti of the Muslim Judicial Council. He is a sought-after speaker at Islamic symposia and conferences but attends them sparingly, preferring to spend most of his time at the Islamic seminary, Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah, that he founded in 1996. The educational thrust of the seminary reflects Mufti Taha’s own pioneering vision and commitment to squarely interface with the challenges of the modern age through the twin objectives of preservation and progress.In his teaching, writing and legal verdicts (fatawa), Mufti Taha regularly addresses contemporary issues such as the challenges of post-modernity, feminism, Islamic economics and finance, the old and new Orientalisms, and fiqh issues affecting Diaspora Muslim communities.His students describe him as divinely-gifted with encyclopaedic knowledge; possessed of a near photographic memory; an insatiable bibliophile within the Islamic sciences and without; a teacher that never ceases to inspire; endowed with an elegant calligraphic hand and a penchant for poetry; thoroughly unassuming, pleasant, brilliant and tender-hearted For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help SeekersHub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi  (Part One) – Mufti Taha Karaan
Since the enlightenment period, belief in God and organized religion has come under significant attack.  The unremitting question regarding the compatibility of revelation and reason continues to plague us in current times.  Atheism as a “belief” system or worldview is on the rise, and many individuals feel obfuscated and confused amidst the high levels of intellectual scepticism.How should Muslims face and immunized themselves from these ideological challenges? How did our luminous scholars of the past respond to the various intellectual and doctrinal quagmires of their age so that they were able to preserve sound belief in the integrals of Islam?In this lecture, Mufti Taha Karaan succinctly articulates a systematic overview of the various components that contribute to the Islamic science of belief ('aqeeda) and dialectical theology (kalam). By contextualizing the various challenges that historically confronted Islamic doctrine, he provides a lucid methodology in comprehending the integral epistemic avenues that contribute to correct belief in Islam.Biography of Mufti Taha Karaan:Mufti Taha Karaan is a Shafi’i scholar born in Cape Town, South Africa, to a family renowned in both its maternal and paternal lineage for Islamic scholarship. His father, the late Mufti Yusuf Karaan (may Allah have mercy on his soul), was one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars in the Cape.Mufti Taha completed his Qur’anic memorization in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute, the oldest Islamic seminary in South Africa. During his stay, he assisted in the editing of the Qur’anic prints that the Institute has become famous for the world over. After finishing four years of the ‘alim course in two years, he journeyed to the Indian sub-continent and Dar al-Uloom Deoband, graduating from there in 1991 with the highest of distinctions, as did his father, in a class of over 700 students. He then travelled to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate diploma at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.Mufti Taha is the recipient of numerous chains of transmission (ijazaat), from well-respected scholars in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others, in numerous fields of Islamic study.Currently, Mufti Taha is the Mufti of the Muslim Judicial Council. He is a sought-after speaker at Islamic symposia and conferences but attends them sparingly, preferring to spend most of his time at the Islamic seminary, Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah, that he founded in 1996. The educational thrust of the seminary reflects Mufti Taha’s own pioneering vision and commitment to squarely interface with the challenges of the modern age through the twin objectives of preservation and progress.In his teaching, writing and legal verdicts (fatawa), Mufti Taha regularly addresses contemporary issues such as the challenges of post-modernity, feminism, Islamic economics and finance, the old and new Orientalisms, and fiqh issues affecting Diaspora Muslim communities.His students describe him as divinely-gifted with encyclopaedic knowledge; possessed of a near photographic memory; an insatiable bibliophile within the Islamic sciences and without; a teacher that never ceases to inspire; endowed with an elegant calligraphic hand and a penchant for poetry; thoroughly unassuming, pleasant, brilliant and tender-hearted For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help SeekersHub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
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(Part 5 of 5)  The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib concludes Imam Ahmad ibn Zayn al-Habshi's treatise on sayyid al-istighfar (the foremost way of seeking forgiveness). He continues looking at various methods of forgiveness and their virtues, first covering those narrated from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). In addition, Imam Habshi mentions other forms of supplication and formulas the saints and scholars—including his own teacher Imam Haddad—found effective. He closes by citing the “expiation for gatherings”— a particular form of seeking forgiveness used by the Prophet.Upon request from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Ba-Dhib concludes the series by mentioning his own chain of authorization to teach the text, person by person, back to the author himself.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained".In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The work, "Tiryaq al-Qulub w al-Absar fi Bayan al-Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid al-Istighfar" (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَAllahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa antaO Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.To learn more about becoming a SeekersHub Helper please email: helpers@seekershub.org
Branches of Faith – 12: Civic Duties – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
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Branches of Faith – 11: Civic Life – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the root concerning the matters of this life from Imam Zabidi's treatise on the Branches of Faith “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). In this session, he begins to look at the Branches of Faith which relate to the individual relating to the society at large.Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the first eight branches of faith concerning civic life that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work: (1) establishing governance, (2) following the community, (3) obeying those in authority, (4) aiding one another in virtue and piety (taqwa), (5) giving life to sacred symbols, (6) and commanding good and forbidding evil.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.To learn more about becoming a SeekersHub Helper please email: helpers@seekershub.org
Branches of Faith – 10: Domestic Life – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
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(Part 4 of 5)  The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib begins to look at the conclusion of Imam Habshi's treatise on sayyid al-istighfar (the foremost way of seeking forgiveness). He explores the key verses and hadiths on the many virtues of seeking forgiveness from Allah Most High. He explains how seeking forgiveness is a powerful means for seeking rain, children, and blessing from Allah, and how the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) led by example in his seeking of forgiveness.The text moves on to look at other formulas of seekingforgiveness, beginning with those in the Quran, sunna, and the prayers of previous prophets in the Quran, which, Shaykh Ba-Dhib notes, are the best methods of supplication.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained".In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The work, "Tiryaq al-Qulub w al-Absar fi Bayan al-Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid al-Istighfar" (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَAllahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa antaO Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.To learn more about becoming a SeekersHub Helper please email: helpers@seekershub.org
Branches of Faith – 09: The Tree of Faith & the Believer – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
In his second session examining the metaphor of the tree of faith, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus reflects on some of the connections between the natural tree and the faith of the believer. The roots of the tree of faith, he explains, is belief, and it is watered by Allah's mercy. One’s obligations form the trunk of the tree, the recommendations its major branches, and so on. The tree is where heaven and earth meet, just as faith unites every aspect of one’s life. Just as the trees are the lungs of the universe, the believer can turn every situation into an opportunity for good.Shaykh Yahya concludes by talking about spiritual deforestation: the believer is grounded, while modern man is not. He makes a compelling case for faith and holding onto the towering strength of our spiritual tradition.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.To learn more about becoming a SeekersHub Helper please email: helpers@seekershub.org
(Part 3 of 5)  The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib
Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues the series on sayyid al-istighfar (the foremost way of seeking forgiveness) where he covers Imam Ahmad ibn Zayn al-Habshi's treatise on this supplication. In this session, translated by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Ba-Dhib continues looking at some of the many implications and points of knowledge found in this formula. He starts by looking at thankfulness and what it entails, and the perfection of faith in gratitude for the gift of being grateful. He examines the relationship between islam (submission), iman (faith), and ihsan (spiritual excellence), and how faith strengthens to become certainty, the foundation of the inward virtues of this religion.Shaykh Ba-Dhib moves on to see just what makes this dua the foremost way of seeking forgiveness, and the significance of its various segments in understanding the best way to call on Allah Most High. He concludes by explaining the purpose of this treatise and its guidance on how to reflect, and how we can apply this in our lives, particularly in our Ramadan Quran recitation.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained".In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The work, "Tiryaq al-Qulub w al-Absar fi Bayan al-Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid al-Istighfar" (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَAllahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa antaO Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.To learn more about becoming a SeekersHub Helper please email: helpers@seekershub.org
Branches of Faith – 08: Nurturing the Tree of Faith & Institution Building – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus shares his viewpoint that in this phase of North American Islam, the most important priority is institution building and conveying the Prophetic inheritance. He reflects on the idea of the Tree of Faith as a metaphor from institution building. Beginning with the seed of faith, he draws links between nurturing the soil of the heart and modern destructive overfarming practices which produce dead soil.Shaykh Yahya talks about nurturing our hearts, and how, just as trees don’t bear fruit overnight, nor do institutions: the results of one's service might not appear for generations. He closes giving a few more insights related to the metaphorical Tree of Faith and shared meanings with the natural tree.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.To learn more about becoming a SeekersHub Helper please email: helpers@seekershub.org
Branches of Faith – 07: Branches Relating to Outward Actions – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Zabidi's text "ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). Continuing with the root that relates to the matters of this life, he moves on to look at the Branches of Faith relating to outward actions.Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the ten branches of faith relating to outward actions that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work. They are: (1) purification, (2) covering one's nakedness (ʿawra), (3) establishing the prayer, (4) paying zakat, (5) fulfilling funerary rights, (6) fasting, (7) hajj, (8) fulfilling vows (nadhr), (9) honouring oaths (yamin), and (10) performing one's expiations (kaffara).---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Branches of Faith – 06: That Which Relates to Speech – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Zabidi's text "ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). He continues with the root that relates to the matters of this life. He moves on to covering the branches of faith that relate to one's outward. Shaykh Ba-Dhib focuses on that which relates to the tongue and speech.Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the four branches of faith that relate to speech that Imam al-Zabidi highlights in his work. They are: (1) saying the two testimonials of faith, (2) truthful speech, (3) reciting the Qur'an, and (4) learning the religious sciences and teaching them.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Branches of Faith – 05: Adorning the Heart with Praiseworthy Traits – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Zabidi's text "ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). He continues with the root that relates to the matters of this life. He focuses on that which relates to the inward, and more specifically, the praiseworthy traits and characteristics that one should adorn their inward with.Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the eleven praiseworthy traits that Imam al-Zabidi highlights in his work, that one should adorn their hearts with. The eleven traits he covers are: (1) repentance, (2) fear of God, (3) hope in God, (4) modesty, (5) gratitude, (6) loyalty, (7) patience, (8) sincerity, (9) love, (10) reliance upon God, and (11) content with God's decree.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Branches of Faith – 04: Ridding the Heart of Blameworthy Traits – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib begins looking at the next root of the Branches of Faith from Imam Zabidi's text "ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). The root is that which relates to the matters of this life. Under that, Imam Zabidi divides the branches of faith in two categories: (1) that which relates to the outward, and (2) that which relates to the inward. Under that which relates to the inward, there are also two categories when it comes to traits and characteristics: (1) ridding one's inward of blameworthy traits, and (2) adorning one's inward with praiseworthy traits.In this session Shaykh Ba-Dhib focuses on the blameworthy traits that one should rid their hearts from. The eight traits he covers are: (1) love of wealth, (2) love of fame, (3) attachment to worldliness, (4) rancour, (5) envy, (6) showing off, (7) hypocrisy, and (8) conceit.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Branches of Faith – 03: Belief in God’s Actions and Commands – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib looks at the second root for the Branches of Faith relating to belief in Allah Most High, believing in those points of faith which relate to Allah's actions and His commands. This from Imam Zabidi's text "ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). He explains the nine branches that fall under this root: belief in (1) the angels, (2) the messengers, (3) the Books, (4) that the world is created, and (5) belief in Destiny, and what belief in each of them means. He discusses practical implications of this belief - for instance, the angels whom we are required to specifically know, the number of prophets and messengers, and Islam and modern cosmological theories.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
(Part 2 of 5)  The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib
Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues the series on sayyid al-istighfar (the foremost way of seeking forgiveness) where he covers Imam al-Habshi's treatise on this supplication. In this session Shaykh Ba-Dhib starts breaking down and explaining the different parts of the formula of seeking forgiveness, and bringing forth all the different points of knowledge that could be found in it. The supplication begins with affirming God's divinity, His oneness, His lordship, and our complete need and slavehood to Him. Through the supplication there is also an affirmation of God's absolute bounty over his creation, and that one needs God's assistance to be able to have gratitude for God's blessings. Shaykh Ba-Dhib closes the session by addressing the part of the supplication where one confesses of their wrongdoing and falling short of the right that God deserves, and thus begins to seek God's forgiveness.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained".In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The work, "Tiryaq al-Qulub w al-Absar fi Bayan al-Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid al-Istighfar" (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَAllahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa antaO Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Branches of Faith – 02: Belief in God’s Entity and Attributes – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib
In this session on the Branches of Faith, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib begins covers the first root for the branches of faith, which is the belief in God's entity, attributes and actions. He covers this from Imam Zabidi's text "'Iqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shu'ab al-Iman" (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). He begins the lesson by looking at the author's introduction to the text, and the breakdown he provided for the branches of faith. Imam Zabidi divided the branches of faith into three main categories: (1) faith regarding God, (2) faith regarding matters of this world, and (3) faith regarding matters of the hereafter.Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib then explained that the first root breaks down to: (1) the belief in God's entity and attributes, and (2) the belief in God's actions. He explained the nine branches that fall under the belief in God's entity and attributes, which are: the belief in (1) God's existence, (2) His oneness, (3) His life, (4) His knowledge, (5) His will, (6) His power, (7) His hearing, (8) His sight, and (9) His speech. Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains that these attributes of God are absolute, unique, and are absolutely unlike any of the creation's attributes.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith".It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is seventy some branches". In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
(Part 1 of 5)  The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib
Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib begins the series on sayyid al-istighfar (the foremost way of seeking forgiveness) by citing the hadith that mentions this formula. He moves on to begin Imam al-Habshi's treatise on this supplication, where he looks at repentance, its conditions, its cause, and how to remain in a state of repentance.---This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: "The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained".In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The work, "Tiryaq al-Qulub w al-Absar fi Bayan al-Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid al-Istighfar" (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَAllahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa antaO Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.---For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate - your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
The Gifted Mercy – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said explains the different opportunities we have to attain the gifts of mercy that Allah Most High has provided us. Shaykh Faid begins by talking about the difficulties that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) and his family went through. However, through the difficulties we see a complete portrayal of mercy through the Prophet's choices (peace and blessing be upon him). He explains that life is about choices, and that the best of choices is choosing to be somewhere Allah is remembered.Shaykh Faid then mentions some of the virtues of the month of Sha'ban. It was from prophetic practice to fast most of the month of Sha'ban. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) informed us that Sha'ban is a month where out deeds are presented before Allah, and that he wanted his deeds to be presented while in a state of fasting.Shaykh Faid goes on to discuss that among the signs of and accepted repentance, is being eager to perform acts of worship. A believer should never despair. Allah is happy when his servants repents. The Mercy of Allah covers over everything. A believer should be humble when asking Allah, this is from prophetic practice. A believer should be in a state of happiness while worshipping Allah. The purpose of worship is to purify oneself. For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Feed the People – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir RaheemWhen the Nur (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) entered Madinah, it was narrated by the lead Jewish Rabi of the city that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: “Spread peace, feed people and pray at night when others are asleep.”This past week in the UK has been one of the most extreme in terms of the cold weather conditions, and as such, although we complain of the cold whilst seated in warmth, we forget about our fellow community, who do not have the choice to complain, but rather have to survive and suffer through these conditions.As such, in trying to act upon the words of our Beloved (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), by spreading peace and comfort, feeding people and praying at night so we become a part of the Nur, The Nur Team were upon the streets of London on Sunday (4th March) evening as well as other organisations distributing food, hot drinks, and essential items to the needy. The purpose of this Deen is to serve the needy and to serve one another. Alhamdulillah more than 150 people were fed that evening.A mini documentary has been put together with a beautiful message given by Shaykh Faid and to also share the experience. “And We have not sent you other than as a Mercy to all the worlds.” (Surah Al-Anbya, 107)Be Mercy. Be Nur. Be Hope.Shaykh Faid Mohammed SaidWatch and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur.For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Sayyid al-Istighfar: The Foremost Way of Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
In this khutbah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers that it is Allah who gives guidance. Out of His tremendous and unimaginable mercy, Allah has given us all kinds of means to seek and attain this guidance. One of those means is what Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) referred to as sayyid al-istighfar, meaning the foremost ways in seeking Allah’s forgiveness. This formula of asking Allah for forgiveness answers many key questions on Islamic belief. Who is Allah? What Allah’s relationship to creation? What does one owe Allah Most High?The sayyid al-isitghfar is a lesson in affirming Allah’s absolute oneness (tawheed), affirming who is your Lord. It also helps us to realize everything that one receives is ultimately from Allah and Him alone.Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَAllahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa antaO Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.No one says this by day except granted paradise. No one says this by night except granted paradise.For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekershub.org/podcast.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
Reflection from the Qur’an: The Followed and their Admirers – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem [And they should consider that] when those who have been followed disassociate themselves from those who followed [them], and they [all] see the punishment, and cut off from them are the ties [of relationship]. Those who followed will say, "If only we had another turn [at worldly life] so we could disassociate ourselves from them as they have disassociated themselves from us." Thus will Allah show them their deeds as regrets upon them. And they are never to emerge from the Fire. (Surah Al-Baqarah, 166-167)Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) described the Qur’an as a guide to the straight path; and the beauty of the Qur’an is that each ayah (verse) is beautiful and so much so that you cannot differentiate between the beauty of two ayahs!And the People of Qur’an, when they read and journey through the Qur’an, their skin shivers, as they learn, experience and become a part of something new each time they read and reflect on the Qur’an!In this world, people follow each other, look up to one another, enjoy the company of the other and follow their advice; hence there are two: the followed and their admirers. However, on the very Day that we will be made to account, people will be running away from one another, and those that were followed will disassociate themselves from their admirers; and the admirers will wish they had another chance to go back and disassociate themselves from the ones they had followed!Let this serve as a reminder to us all – let us not put ourselves in that position!Instead, let us connect to the Qur’an, as the greatest khair (blessing) is to live by, live with and to learn the Qur’an!Listen and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur.Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
The Company We Keep – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said to Syedina Abu Dharr (radiallah anhu): “Loneliness is better than bad company, and good company is better than being alone; to speak good is better than being quiet, and to keep quiet is better than saying words of regret!” People might blame you for not being social, or for not being around them, but what really matters is our choice of company, as company is infectious – so choose with whom to be!As Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: “The example of good company is like being in a perfumery, either remnants of the perfume remain on you or you will carry the perfume in your hands; and the example of bad company is like visiting the establishment of the blacksmith, where you will either be affected by the smoke or you will carry the scent of it!”And Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: “Everyone will be resurrected with his or her friend, - so choose who you will be with!”...And as far as you remember Him, you are never alone!Listen and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur.Jummah Mubarak!Shaykh Faid Mohammed SaidCheckout all of the SeekersHub podcasts by visiting http://seekershub.org/podcastHelp Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada
Connecting with the Qur’an: Recognizing the Benefits of the Short and Virtuous Verses and Suras – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz reminds the believers the importance of connecting with the Qur'an, especially with the short verses and chapters that are oft recited. The Qur'an is a gift from Allah Most High for those who are mindful of Him. The entirety of the Qur'an contains guidance for all of creation.  Certain verses of the Qur'an are keys to guidance. The shorter chapters and verses are some keys which encapsulate meanings of the entire Qur'an.Shaykh Faraz goes on to remind the believers to constantly review the verses in the Qur'an that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) recited in his prayer upon waking at night (Surat Aal Imran, verses 190-200). This will help with one's connecting to the Qur'an. He ends by reminding the believers that the good of creation comes about by connecting to the Qur'an.This Friday khutba was delivered at the Sayeda Khadija Centre (http://www.skcentre.com/) in Mississauga, in January 2018.Subscribe to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani's podcasts, or any of our other podcasts by visiting http://www.seekershub.org/podcast.Register to any of our classes either online or in-person in Toronto. All classes are free. Visit http://www.seekershub.org.Help Seekershub build a Global Islamic Seminary and spread the light of guidance to millions around the world by supporting us through monthly donation by going to http://www.seekershub.org/donate – your donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.
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A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi  (Part One) – Mufti Taha Karaan

A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi (Part One) – Mufti Taha Karaan

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