Praying with Presence: Practical Advice on Improving Your Prayer

Executive Summary

“The first thing the servant will be asked about on the Day of Judgement is his prayer. If it is satisfactory he will be triumphant and successful. If it is otherwise he will fail and lose out.” (Tirmidhi). The prayer is of paramount importance to every Muslim. Yet, despite its importance, it is not something that is easily fixed or perfected. It requires time and study. This short course is the perfect place to start the important journey to perfecting your prayer.

Short Description

The prayer is one of the greatest blessings of Islam. It is the direct link to Allah in which the servant humbles himself completely before Allah. It is a means for asking. It is a means for forgiveness. It is a means for repelling harm. It is a means for closeness. Whenever the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, was distressed by a matter he turned to the prayer. It was his source of joy and relief. The prayer comes at specific times in the day and night to imbue our lives with the remembrance of Allah. This happens through focus. Making the prayer a time of focus, and a spiritual and emotional bond with Allah, starts with perfecting the performance of the prayer. This set of lessons offers key insights into this. From seeing what effect a perfectly performed prayer can have on a person, to realizing the need and urgency to have a focus-filled prayer, this course paves the way for students to transform their prayer. “Perfectly perform the prayers for My remembrance.” (20:14)

Number of Lessons 5
Total Duration 1:24:50

 

First Principles of Islamic Spirituality: Ibn Ashir’s Introduction to Sufism Explained

Executive Summary

What is spirituality? How does it fit into Islam? Where would I learn about it? Looking at the lives and deeds of accomplished spiritual masters is very inspiring. But how can a person get from a basic practice of Islam to the states of the righteous people of the past? This course is an introduction to the basic and essential principles upon which the spiritual path is built. It covers the essentials, and builds on them, giving us a clear instruction for the path ahead.

Short Description

“And know that root of these problems “Is love of leadership and forgetting what is sure to come.” – Imam Ibn ʿAshir Imam ʿAbdul-Wahid ibn ʿAshir’s great work, The Helping Guide, has been highly regarded by scholars and used to teach Law, Creed, and Spirituality for hundreds of years. The work starts with an introduction to spirituality, explaining the most basic principles and moving up. Many have benefitted through the immense wisdom contained within these words. In this short course, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus brings life to this text through his clear and profound explanations. We learn that the spiritual path is one of removing faults and taking on praiseworthy qualities; the former being more important. The importance of repentance is discussed in detail, with it being a realignment to one’s destination after being taken off course by sins. We also learn about the importance of sincerity and renewing one’s intention, especially after slipping up. This course is the perfect place to start to learn about the science of inward purification, and a beautiful reminder for everyone.

Number of Lessons 6
Total Duration 5:52:07

 

Habib Umar on the Path of Spiritual Excellence: An Explanation of Ba’l Faqih’s Treatise The Spheres of Islam, Iman, Ihsan, and `Irfan

Executive Summary

“Truly successful is the one who purifies it [the soul]” (91:9)

Purification of the soul, in reality, is the result of sound application of the Sacred Law and the following of the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him. This lesson set is an explanation of the spiritual path starting with the presence of Allah in daily activities, and with the blessings attached to seeking Sacred Knowledge. It represents a summary of the teacher’s experience of the spiritual path.

Short Description

Imam Ahmad narrated that the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him, said, “Those of singular purpose has outstripped [everyone].” The Companions asked, “Who are those of singular purpose?”

He replied, “Those excessive in the remembrance of Allah Most High. The remembrance removes their burdensome sins, so they come to light on the Day of Judgement.”

This is some of the beautiful wisdom shares by Habib ʿUmar bin Hafiz in this important lesson set. He explains what the path to Allah is, and discusses the means and practices needed to get closer to Allah.

The course also discusses the faults the human ego has, and the means of removing them, starting with taking stock of oneself and one’s state, and turning to Allah. Allah is found with those who are broken hearted for His sake.

These lessons are taught in Arabic and translated into English by Shaykh Abdul-Karim Yahya. This makes this course perfect for those wanting to refine their soul to draw closer to Allah, and those who want to improve their Arabic skills in the process.

Number of Lessons 9
Total Duration 8:35:25

 

Keys to the Qur’an: Imam Ghazali’s Proper Manners of Reciting the Qur’an Explained

Executive Summary

Using the work of Imam al-Ghazali, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani presents this course on the adab of Qur’anic recitation. In the first part, he explains the definition of the Qur’an as the speech of Allah, and highlights the reality that those reading it enter into the divine presence as receivers of a divine address. Consequently, they should display the utmost etiquette while reciting. This etiquette has an inward aspect that is expressed outwardly. Shaykh Faraz discusses these outward and inward manners in parts two and three respectively. He concludes by considering several keys and practical tips to bringing the Qur’an into our lives.

Short Description

As Divine speech, the Qur’an leads people from darkness to the one true light. It is guidance for the people of piety to the straight path that leads to Allah. Pious people hold fast to the Qur’an, and have the correct inner and outer manners of relating to the Qur’an.

Shaykh Faraz discusses ten outward manners, such as ritual purity when reciting; consistency in the amount read each day; striving to read one juz a day; accurate tajwid; and supplication in the recitation.

He also explains ten inward manners that generate the outward ones, including slow and reflective recitation; understanding the deeper meanings of the Qur’an; removing the veils that prevent us from understanding it; rising in the degrees of excellence in recitation, which culminates in putting Allah first and oneself last; and recitation in the knowledge that there is no might or ability except with Allah.

The keys to living the Qur’an in these ways include recognising how deeply one needs Allah’s guidance; seeking to emulate those who have been rightly guided; and ensuring that one has the certitude in faith that flows from beneficial knowledge.

Number of Lessons 5
Total Duration 3:08:58

 

Understanding the Most Beautiful Names: The 99 Names of Allah Explained in Detail

Executive Summary

What do we truly know about God? How can relate to a being of pure perfection? Do our lives and problems matter to Him? What could we ever do to please Him? He is perfect, and beyond imperfections. The best answers to these questions is the Revelation itself; more specifically, the beautiful and majestic divine names Allah has disclosed to us, through which we are to know Him. In this awe-inspiring course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani leads us through a journey of learning about, and benefitting from the Beautiful Names of Allah. This course is an encapsulation of the teachings of many great scholar-saints of Islam.

Short Description

You want a shortcut to Paradise? The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, promised Paradise for something very simple: “Indeed, Allah has Ninety-Nine particular Names – one hundred minus one – whoever encompasses them will enter the Garden.” (Bukhari) In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani beautifully explains the meaning of the above hadith, its implications and the meanings of the Ninety-Nine beautiful names of Allah. Not only that, it explains how the beautiful names relate to God’s attributes which are detailed in the Science of Theology. And it focuses on how each believer can (1) connect to Allah through each one of the beautiful names, and (2) how he can embody the implications of each of these names – qualities which makes one beloved to Allah. Each of the names is explained in a manner which increases one’s awe, reverence, and love for Allah – ultimately allowing the Muslim to know more about God than any follower of any other religion, and to imbue that knowledge into the practice of the way of the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Number of Lessons 49
Total Duration 46:04:38

 

Nawawi’s 40 Hadith Explained: In-Depth Explanation of the Essential Wisdom of Prophetic Teachings

Course Description

Learn to live the essence of the Prophet’s wisdom, blessings and peace be upon him. Do you want to understand the most foundational hadiths of the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him? This course explains the essence of Prophetic wisdom and guidance gathered in Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths. This course will nurture your faith, deepen your religious understanding, increase your love for the Beloved Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, and clarify how you can live the essence of his wisdom in these times. In this in-depth course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadith, using classical commentaries and a wide range of reference works in Islamic scholarship. This will make clear to you the meanings, beauty, and guidance in these central Prophetic sayings, which Imam Nawawi selected as being hadiths around which “the message of Islam revolves.”

 

Understanding the Fatiha and the Last Ten Suras: An In-Depth Explanation of the Everyday Qur’an

Executive Summary

Through great classical commentaries, you will come to treasure the majesty, beauty, and finer points of guidance found in the Book of Allah. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani offers an in-depth explanation of Sura al-Fatiha and the last twelve Suras, from al-‘Asr to al-Nas. This course will deepen your faith and strengthen your connection with the Book of Allah and its guidance. It will also increase your appreciation of the value, and depth of our great scholarly tradition.

Short Description

Understanding the meanings of the Qur’an is the key to achieving deeper levels of reflection and appreciation of our Lord’s address. With more understanding one can achieve a greater connection to the Qur’an and reverence for it, finding serenity in remembrance of Allah through recitation of His book, ultimately drawing ever closer to Allah and becoming one of the people of the Qur’an in following the example of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Drawing on classical commentaries, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani illuminates and expands on the meanings of the verses we most often recite in our daily worship, allowing us to bring more life into our worship. He provides an in-depth explanation of the shorter, more commonly recited Suras of the Qur’an: Sura al Fatiha, the last twelve Suras of the Qur’an, as well as Ayat al- Kursi and the last few verses of Sura al-Baqarah. He also provides a detailed explanation of the Basmalah, and what we really mean when we seek refuge from the devil before reciting the Qur’an, as well as its virtues and how to rectify our intention when reciting it.

Number of Lessons 21
Total Duration 25:50:13

 

Nurturing Children: Key Lessons from the Prophet as a Parent & Educator

Executive Summary:

Being a parent is both a responsibility and a gift from Allah. The fulfilment of this responsibility should bring about gratitude. The key to being a successful parent is taking balanced means for the success of the child in this world and the next world. Three mentors, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Zahir Bacchus, and Ustadha Umm Umar, explain how good parenting is achieved through implementing the Islamic concepts of tarbiya (nurturing), tahdhib (Inculcating proper manners), and ta’leem (teaching).

Short Description: 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) is often called ‘the Teacher’. In fact, his entire life in itself is one big lesson. In this seminar, we explore how the Prophet taught, nurtured and guided children through compassion, love and modelling right action. We will explore how, as parents and educators, we can take this Prophetic advice and use it to nurture children in order to inculcate good character in them. Learn about how to overcome common parenting hurdles, and key methods in raising children to embody piety and devotion, with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Zahir Bacchus and Ustadha Umm Umar.

Learning Outcomes: 

Students who take this course will

– have a thorough understanding of what it means to be a good parent.

– have a good understanding of the virtues of parenting.

– gain practical advice on being a good parent

– learn the proper manners of parenting and its importance.

 

Number of Lessons 4
Total Duration 3:14:32

Keys to Successful Muslim Marriages: Practical lessons that explain the Prophetic Spirit of Marriage

Executive Summary

Marriage is a sign of Allah. His favor, kindness, and mercy are manifest through it. It is also a means to please Allah through the application and embodiment of the way of the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace. A marriage imbued with the spirit of Islam is a perpetual act of worship. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed discuss how to make marriage transcend the daily routine into an act of devotion one uses to journey to the Afterlife seeking Allah.

Short Description

Allah created spouses for us as a means of emotional fulfillment. He places between the couple deep, loving concern, and a bond of love which is shown through acts of kindness. However, this can be elevated beyond physical and emotional interactions and turned into an act of worship that refines the soul too. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed explain in this course how one can make marriage the locus where the higher moral teachings of Islam are manifested. Amongst the matters discussed are the purpose of marriage; what to look for in a potential spouse; the Qurʾanic bond; how to manifest good character to each other, and much more. This course clearly lays out practical steps to embody the spirit of the teachings of the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, in looking for a spouse, getting married, and engaging with each other in a manner which is most pleasing to Allah. The focus is to transform the everyday interaction a couple has into a marriage that is a manifestation of one of Allah’s signs – a marriage that is for Allah.

Number of Lessons 5
Total Duration 3:39:36

 

The Great Event: Surat al-Waqi’a Explained

Executive Summary

Surat al-Waqi`ah is one of the most beloved and most recited Suras of the Qur’an. This is because of the sense of urgency and opportunity it conveys.

Short Description

In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers a thematic study of  Sura al-Waqi’a, a close explanation (tafsir) of it, and key lessons that can be drawn from it. The course also examines how to nurture one’s relationship with Allah through deepening one’s understanding and relationship with this great Sura.

Learning Outcomes

Students who take this course will

– have a through an understanding of what are some of the clear meanings understood from this sura

– have a good understanding of the virtues of this sura.

– gain practical advice on why the recital of this sura and other suras like it on a regular basis.

 

Number of Lessons 5
Total Duration 3:22:05