A Call for Support (Living Insights Foundations for Education)

Do you wish there was a well-rounded curriculum for the primary and secondary years, well-grounded in both the Islamic and secular subjects? Check out and support this campaign by the LIFE foundation. Dear Seekers, As-Salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat Allah. It is our pleasure to introduce and recommend LIFE (Living Insights Foundation for Education). LIFE is […]

Islamic Scholars Fund Appeal

If you saw a poor person on the street who is genuinely desperate, would you say: “You know what, I’m not going to help you now, come back in Ramadan and I’m going to help you.” Of course you wouldn’t! If you saw someone hungry and you had food you wouldn’t say: “You know what, […]

Zanbal – Visiting the Graves of the Righteous

Nurulain Wolhuter tells of how visiting the righteous dead is a blessed act for those who seek to make their hearts alive.   The place is Zanbal, the resting place of the Ba‘alawi family of descendants of the Prophet in Tarim, Yemen. The time is after asr. The sun is beating on the white sand […]

Who are the SeekersGuidance Helpers?

Have you been enjoying the new content produced by SeekersGuidance’s interns? Here are some of the names and faces that are participating in the Helpers program. Laila Abdel Ghany lives in Cairo, Egypt. She studied Comparative Literature, with minors in Anthropology and Education, and is interested in how these fields can be brought together and […]

Back to Our Roots as SeekersGuidance – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

A Renewed Commitment to be the First Truly Global Islamic Seminary: An announcement by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. Assalam alaykum, The year 2019 will bring some exciting changes to our services and programming. Moving forward, we are very pleased to announce our new name: we’re going back to our founding name, SeekersGuidance. This is part of […]

Interview – Shaykh Hamza Karamali on the Steps Curriculum

Arshad Madrassi interviews Shaykh Hamza Karamali on the genesis, structure, importance, and aims of the Steps Curriculum. AM: Tell us the context in which the Steps Curriculum was introduced? SHK: In pre-modern Islamic societies, the only institutional learning was the religious seminary. They would sometimes call this a Madrasa in certain parts of the world. […]

Advice of Leading Muslim Scholars on Seeking Islamic Knowledge

Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Salek bin Siddina and Habib Ali al-Jifri: the keys to succeeding on the path of knowledge, the adab of gaining Sacred Knowledge, and the blessing and high rank of this path.   Resources for Seekers Ten Adab of Seekers of Knowledge – Notes by Ayaz […]

Shaykh Emad Effat – Shaykh of the Revolution, Martyr of al-Azhar

Seven years ago today, Shaykh Emad Effat died of a gunshot wound when Egyptian soldiers clashed with demonstrators – of which Shaykh Emad was one – protesting against the country’s military leaders in downtown Cairo. He became known as “Shaykh al-Thawra” (the shaykh of the revolution) and “Shaheed al-Azhar” (the martyr of the Azhar). Seven years on, I still ponder a great deal about Shaykh Emad, what he represented, what lessons he taught those of us who believed in the January 25th revolution of Egypt, and the roles that religious leaders play today in the region from whence he came.

New Translation of the Abridged Ihya Ulum al-Din

Mokrane Guezzou has completed a new translation of Salah Ahmad al-Shami’s abridgement of the Ihya Ulum al-Din. Given the title, Revival of the Religious Sciences: An Abridgment, this new translation of Salah Ahmad al-Shami’s abridgement of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Din will be available in January 2019. Translated by Mokrane Guezzou, the author and translator […]

Obituary: Shaykh Abd al Rahman Ba ‘Abbad

Shaykh Abd al Rahman ibn Abdullah Ba ‘Abbad hails from a tribe which has long been known for knowledge and piety in Hadramawt. The Ba ‘Abbad tribe trace its lineage to our master Uthman bin Affan, may Allah be pleased with him. His first teacher was his father, Shaykh Abdullah, who later directed him to […]