CMC Retreat organized by the Chicago Mawlid Committee in Chicago, IL in January 2012.
Imam Busiri said in his Burdat al-Madeeh:
It [the Quran] has meanings like the waves of the sea in perpetuity
And greater than the jewels of the sea in perfection and value.
Its wonders cannot be counted nor comprehended
And its oft-recitation cannot be described by boredom.
The eye of the reciter has cooled by its recitation so I said to him
You have succeeded by the means of the rope of Allah, so hold fast to it!
The Qur’an, being the revealed Word of God, and the final Divine Revelation to mankind, contains great wisdoms and insights. However, few Muslims ever seek to understand the Quranic message in its totality; in fact, most works of exegesis (tafsir) are word-for-word explanations. In the Pearls from the Infinite Sea, we aspire to understand the Quranic edict in its major themes and messages, by studying the Quran in its totality. Shaykh Samer Nass is an expert in Quranic exegesis and Quranic recitations, having attained mastery of the ten recognized methods of Quranic recitation, a feat that few in the world today have accomplished.
Shaykh Samir al-Nass was born in Damascus, Syria, where he studied at the College of Medicine of the University of Damascus. He went on to study in the United States where he qualified in internal medicine.
The Shaykh has studied under some of the great ‘ulama of the Levant (Shaam) and the Arabian peninsula. He has a traditional license to teach (ijazah) in the ten styles of recitation of the narration of the Shatibiyyah and the Durra from Shaykh Muhammad Sukkar. He received an ijazah in the ten styles of recitation of the narration of Tayyibah from the Egyptian Shaykh Ahmad Mustafa in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, himself a student of Shaykh Abd al-Aziz al-Zayyat of Egypt. Shaykh Samir has a traditional license to teach (ijazah) in Islamic law (fiqh) and theology and creed (‘aqida) from the previous Mufti of Syria, Shaykh Abu Yusr Ibn `Abidin, Shaykh Lutfi al-Fayumi, and the late Hanafi Mufti, Shaykh Adib al-Kallas.
Shaykh Samir was honoured to study hadith in Mecca with the great Indonesian-Meccan Shaykh Yasin al-Fadani, and with Shaykh Nur ud-din `Itr of Syria. He also has an ijazah in Prophetic traditions (hadith) from the late Shaykh `Abd Allah Siraj al-Din of Aleppo, Syria.
Shaykh Samir is presently a teacher in the al-Fatih al-Islami University in Damascus, teaching the Hanafi fiqh manual Al-Hidayah in the department of Islamic Law (Shariah), and lecturer on the ten recitations of the Qur’an in the MA programme. The Shaykh teaches Qur’anic recitation (tajwid) after fajr prayers daily in the blessed mosque of Shaykh Ibn `Arabi, a post given to him by his Shaykh and father-in-law, one of the illustrious Shaykhs of Quran in the Levant (Sham), the late Shaykh Muhammad Sukkar. Shaykh Samir has been teaching at various Islamic studies intensive courses in England and North America since 2000.