The Beautiful Character of the Beloved of Allah: Tirmidhi’s Shama’il Explained – On the Prophet’s Description, Character, and Conduct

Executive Summary

If you want to know Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) what he looked like, what it was like to interact with him, and why he is loved by so many that have never met him then this course, The Shama’il of Imam Tirmidhi will teach you exactly that.

Through it, one can only increase in love for the Most Beloved, for indeed to know him is to love him.

Short Description

The Shama’il Muhammadiya of Imam Tirmidhi is a collection of 415  narrations focussed on the sublime characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace).

The narrations relate to everything from the apparent beauty of his outer appearance to the more subtle beauty of his noble character and mannerisms.

Join Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan as he takes you through the renowned Shama’il of Imam Tirmidhi, which he transmits via some of the great luminaries of our time, such as Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Umar al-Jaylani the Shafi’ Mufti of Makkah, Moulana Abdul Hafith al-Makki and Shaykh Alauddin al-Afghani.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about his physical features and attributes
  • Gain insight into what it was like to interact with him
  • Be able to recognize the manifestation of his characteristics in others
  • Be able to emulate the Prophet in appearance and etiquette
  • Increase in love for the Most Beloved (Allah bless him and give him peace)
Number of Lessons 24
Total Duration 23:28:57

 

40 Hadiths on Successful Marriage: Key Teachings of the Prophet on Beautiful, Loving, Caring Married Life

Executive Summary

Beyond the confusion and cloud surrounding marriage, this course gives us beautiful clarity: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers 40 Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad on (1) getting married, (2) how to choose a prospective spouse,  and (3) upholding good character and sincerity in marriage.

Short Description

Shaykh Faraz begins by covering the Prophetic encouragement for whomever is able to do so to get married. However, he also points out that marriage—while generally praiseworthy—is not obligatory or even always recommended.

Shaykh Faraz highlights that the basis for choosing in marriage is religion: other reasons could be secondary considerations. In addition, he explains that the indicator of faith is good character, as mentioned by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in the hadith.

One of the points that Shaykh Faraz greatly emphasizes is the sincerity in marriage. He narrates the hadith of intention, one of the most important hadith about marriage. Anyone going into marriage should intend to seek Allah’s pleasure and closeness by getting married. All other reasons are means—not an end on their own.

Shaykh Faraz closes by discussing some of the challenges facing those getting married, such over-complicating weddings. He also warns against conducting private marriages. Finally, Shaykh Faraz provides some key advice, through the prophetic example, of best practices to uphold in a marriage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Virtues of marriage and when to get married
  • Key Prophetic guidance related to initiating and upholding marriage
  • How relationships will test one’s sincerity and good character.
  • Overcoming challenges facing those getting married
  • Expressing love within the relationship
Number of Lessons 4
Total Duration 03:08:03

 

The Keys to Change: Holding One’s Tongue to Change One’s Life

The Keys to Change: Holding One’s Tongue to Change One’s LifeExecutive Summary

The key to changing your life is restraining your tongue and learning positive, beneficial speech.

Short Description

In this course with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, we explore the guidance of the Qur’an and Sunna regarding:

(1) the importance of restraining one’s speech and avoiding negative words;

(2) the transformative impact of “saying only the good” [Qur’an] and “saying good or remaining silent,” as the Prophet (peace be upon him) counselled;

(3) the five key sins of speech: what they are, and how to avoid them; and, finally,

(4) the sunnas of positive, beneficial speech, from the beautiful teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Learning Outcomes:

  • The importance of preserving the tongue
  • The transformative impact of positive speech
  • How the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) expressed himself through positive and beneficial speech
  • The five key sins of speech and how to avoid them
Number of Lessons 4
Total Duration 02:52:01

 

Who Am I? Understanding Muslim Identity in light of the Prophet’s Way

Executive Summary

In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin discuss the spiritual identity of the believer: a servant of God and a follower of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). In addition, they shed light on how true human potential is to be fulfilled through the Prophetic model.

Short Description

In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin address the identity of the Muslim and the key characteristics of the Prophetic Way.

Shaykh Faraz starts the course by discussing what defines our identity. Our very createdness points to the human’s needing a creator. God is necessarily Existent, while everything else is merely possible. He is free of need, while we are characterized by utter dependence on Him. Shaykh Faraz emphasizes the need for the servant to humbly turn to Allah in complete servitude to attain self-realization.

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin expands on the topic of recognizing the proper places of things, leading to the recognition of the proper place of God in the order of existence. He also highlights the Qur’an’s discussion of topics related to the soul. He highlights the importance of the Prophetic model as being the way to draw closer to Allah.

Lesson Outcomes:

  • Defining our identity
  • Understanding our neediness before Allah
  • The Islamic framework of knowledge
  • Judging oneself through the Prophetic model
Number of Lessons 4
Total Duration 02:44:17

 

Why Adopt? The Urgency, Virtues, and Practical Steps to Adoption

Executive Summary

Adoption is a neglected religious duty and an emphasized communal obligation. That all Muslims should be aware of, and work together to resolve the issue of lack of Muslims adopting.

Short Description

Despite the Prophet’s emphasis on the urgency and reward of adopting, many Muslims are wary of adoption. Many think that “adoption” is un-Islamic; that there are “too many issues” arising adopting; or that it is “way too difficult” to adopt. In this brief course, Shaykh Faraz shows how adopting is from the prophetic practice and how it is tied to one’s faith. Indeed, in adoption we find an example of love and care towards others—central values in Islam. The session ends with counsel on the practical aspect of adopting in the modern age. This is followed by a testimonial by a couple who chose to adopt highlighting the challenges and rewards along the way.

Learning Outcomes 

  • One will see why religiously, adoption is highly encouraged
  • How to adopt practically.
  • Virtue in adopting
  • Challenges in adoption and how to overcome them
Number of Lessons 4
Total Duration 01:59:54

 

Making Love Last: Prophetic Principles for a Successful Marriage

Executive Summary

The closest relationship a person will ever experience in their lifetime is with their spouse. 

In this course, students will learn how to cultivate this union to the fullest, how to overcome common hurdles, and how to maintain a high degree of moral conduct and excellent character.

Short Description

Shaykh Faraz begins by explaining what is the purpose of marriage, and why someone would marry. He sheds light on the guidance of the Qur’an regarding marriage. Next, he goes on to explain what the sunnah says about marriage, offering insight on how marriage is half one’s faith. He then underscores the importance of good character in marriage.

Habib Hussain As-Saqqaf gives guidance on how one can make love last in following the Prophetic example in marriage by having the best character traits when dealing with one’s spouse. He explains why one should strive to have excellence in one’s marriage, giving examples on how to have this excellence both inwardly and outwardly.

Ustadha Shireen highlights the importance of being present with one’s spouse and understanding the higher purpose of marriage. She explains how one should be expressive of love, care, and mercy in marriage. In addition, she highlights the importance of having the best of manners in this crucial relationship.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Learn the importance of expressing love to one’s spouse
  • How marriage is half one’s faith
  • Having a good character in all situations of marriage
  • Why marriage is a test
Number of Lessons 4
Total Duration 02:43:18

 

Epitome of Love: Commentary on Habib Umar’s Diya’ al-Lamiʿ

Executive Summary

Sayyid Salim bin Umar bin Hafiz gives an in-depth commentary of a poem authored by his father Habib Umar bin Hafiz, celebrating the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Short Description

Reading this short work al-Diya’ al-Lamiʿ (The Resplendent Illumination), summarizing the virtues and life of the Prophet, Sayyid Salim offers valuable insights on how we are to connect with the best of creation in a lasting and meaningful way. The full translation is provided by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan.

Learning Outcomes 

  • The great rank of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him)
  • Practical examples of people who brought his love into their lives
  • Insights in the Prophetic Biography
Number of Lessons 6
Total Duration 05:01:46

 

The Art of Reading: Guiding Principles in Mastering the Islamic Sciences

Executive Summary

In this course, Shaykh Ahmed Hussein El Azhary will provide students with a detailed approach to mastering the art of reading with structure and comprehension.

Short Description

In this course, Shaykh Ahmed Hussein El Azhary will discuss why the art of reading is critical for students of knowledge to master. One of the greatest barriers in mastering a science is the inability to read with structure and comprehension. In this series, Shaykh Ahmed will provide students with a detailed approach to rectifying this problem.

In addition to offering practical tips and guidance in improving one’s reading and learning skills, Shaykh Ahmed will also elaborate on the development of the instrumental sciences within the Islamic tradition and how they compare to medieval and modern theories of literary comprehension.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Learn how to master a text
  • Gain the ability to read with structure and comprehension
  • Learn the importance of establishing a relationship with the author of a book
  • Proper manners in reviewing a text
  • Understand the fundamentals of Islamic and Western literary sciences
Number of Lessons 6
Total Duration 03:36:34

 

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

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