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We often wonder, “Why?”–Why does God want us to worship Him? Why does He send people to the Hellfire? Why can’t Muslims eat pork? Why is life so miserable? Why did the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) fight so many wars? In this series of lessons, Shaykh Hamza Karamali teaches us the etiquette of asking such questions, carefully analyzes what exactly each question means, highlights common logical fallacies, and then shows us how God answers these questions in the Qur’an.
 
Mental illness. Abuse. Financial confusion. Addiction. Toxic relationships. Not to mention family and marriage problems. Our communities are filled with these issues, and lack a compassionate solution grounded in the wisdom of the Islamic tradition. Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil, a counsellor, chaplain and author, answers your questions every week helping you get to the bottom of things with wisdom and compassion.
 
Islamic lessons, talks, and reminders—with explanations of Qur’an, commentary on Prophetic hadiths, and practical guidance for living Islam–from reliable, qualified scholars from SeekersGuidance (https://seekersguidance.org).
 
In this series Shaykh Faraz will be looking at points of reflection from key verses in the Quran. The series will follow the thematic order of Imam Ghazali’s Ihay Uloom ud-Din (Renewing the Religious Knowledges). The aim is to connect the key verses of guidance from the Book of Allah with the blueprint of renewal, the Ihya, so that we experience a renewal by The Book.
 
There is no inherent disconnect or contradiction between Islamic Spirituality and social or political activism. In fact, Islamic spirituality is not only relevant but essential to all forms of activism. This Podcast will present a paradigm for a spiritually-inspired activism where activism achieves what it was always meant to be: a vehicle for nearness to the Divine through genuine individual and social ethical change. This series will comprise of seven discussions that will explore 1. The f ...
 
This podcast presents the series “Noble Ones Around The Chosen One”, by Shaykh Sadullah Khan, originally delivered at Masjid al-Furqan, Islamia College, in Cape Town, South Africa (https://www.islamiacollege.co.za/). The series highlights snapshots of the lives of the phenomenal people who were in the company of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said about his companions (may God be pleased with them): “The best people are ...
 
Knowledge, Devotion & Service is an Al-Maqasid podcast powered by SeekersGuidance global. The Maqasid (purposes) that are foundational to life of the believer are (1) Knowledge, (2) Devotion and (3) Service. It is through these purposes that we are able to truly fulfill our duty on Earth. Join us on this podcast as we explore these purposes which carry the meanings of the Prophetic inheritance.
 
This podcast is based on al-Fawa’id al-Mukhtarah, one of the seminal works of the great scholar al-Habib Zayn bin Sumayt. The book contains advice on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to daily life, drawing on examples from the Habaib from Hadramout. We will be exploring this advice within the context of Muslims living in the West, with the aim of deriving guidance from it on ways to deal with modern challenges.
 
“Why Islam is True” is a series of 40 short presentations that analyze the claim, “Islam is true,” by dividing it into a series of sub-claims and then evaluating their truth by examining the evidence for them, as well as the evidence against them. As they do this, the presentations explain the relationship between Islam and science; the fallaciousness of the arguments of contemporary atheists; the relationship between Islam and other faith-traditions; the role of prophecy in human history; t ...
 
This podcast looks at the lives of the Prophets, Allah bless them all and give them peace, with a focus on the practical lessons and benefit Allah placed within them for us. The series gives a brief explanation of the Qur’anic verses through which these stories were told, and the soundest prophetic narrations related to them in order to present a rich, dynamic, and relatable analysis of the narrative.
 
In this podcast series, Shaykh Sadullah Khan extracts insightful lessons from the Qur’an about the lives of the noble Prophets of Allah. Through various Qur’anic events and narratives, Shaykh Sadullah is able to contextualize the various life lessons of the Prophets in our daily lives. This podcast series was recorded in Cape Town at Masjid al – Furqan during Ramadan 2018.
 
a rapidly moving world, Muslims regularly find themselves engaged in intense and animated discussions on some topic(s) of contemporary relevance: the history of Islamic law, the theological doctrines of Islam, the role and function of scholarship, the fiqh of social media discourse, social justice in Islam, Muslims in politics, abortion, civil rights, and more. In this weekly podcast series, Shaykh Salman Younas will select a ‘topic of the week’ occupying the minds of Muslims in the present ...
 
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This podcast is based on al-Fawa’id al-Mukhtarah, one of the seminal works of the great scholar al-Habib Zayn bin Sumayt. The book contains advice on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to daily life, drawing on examples from the Haba’ib from Hadramout. We will be exploring this advice within the context of Muslims living in the West, with t…
 
This podcast is based on al-Fawa’id al-Mukhtarah, one of the seminal works of the great scholar al-Habib Zayn bin Sumayt. The book contains advice on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to daily life, drawing on examples from the Haba’ib from Hadramout. We will be exploring this advice within the context of Muslims living in the West, with t…
 
This podcast is based on al-Fawa’id al-Mukhtarah, one of the seminal works of the great scholar al-Habib Zayn bin Sumayt. The book contains advice on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to daily life, drawing on examples from the Haba’ib from Hadramout. We will be exploring this advice within the context of Muslims living in the West, with t…
 
Islam is based on optimism. Allah Most High made us so that He could have mercy on us and forgive us, and to despair of Allah’s mercy is a major sin. Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains that our slavehood to Allah Most High is the joyful slavehood of someone is utter need who knows that His Almighty Lord is always there to help him through life’s diffic…
 
After repenting from accidentally killing the tyrannical Copt, Musa sees the man he helped the day before in another altercation. When Musa moves to help him he criticizes the man for being trouble caused. Assuming that Musa is going to strike him, the Israelite speaks of the killing from the previous day, forcing Musa to leave and go to Madyan, wh…
 
Allah Most High always answers the prayer of someone who turns to Him in complete distress, having given up hope in everything apart from Him. Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains what this state of complete distress is, and that it is the essence and purpose of turning to Allah Most High in supplication. For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, visit see…
 
Allah Most High reminds us to have humble hearts and to not be like those who were given revelation before us, whose hearts grew hard with the passage of time (Qur’an, 57:16). Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains the difference between a humble heart and a hardened heart, and how we should renew our relationship with Allah Most High. For more SeekersGuid…
 
Fir’awn heard that there would be a male child of the Israelites who would be the direct cause of his downfall, and consequently commanded that their male children should be killed. Allah inspired Musa’s mother to place him in the Nile, promising that He will return him to her. Musa was picked up by Fir’awn’s men and ended up being raised in his pa…
 
Allah Most High urges us to “give him a goodly loan” that He will “repay many times over.” But what does it mean for us to “give a loan” to the One on whom we utterly depend, and the One who needs nothing from us? Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains. For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, visit seekersguidance.org/podcasts. Help SeekersGuidance reach m…
 
Shaykh Hamza Karamali tells the story of the “Great Calumny” in which the wife of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) was falsely accused of adultery and then exonerated by Allah Most High Himself in the Qur’an. When her father then swore an oath to never give financial assistance again to one of the Companions who was respo…
 
Finally, the entire family was reunited. Yusuf’s story ended with him recounting Allah’s favors and imparting wisdom to us. His final supplication summarised the many beautiful lessons the sura provided us with. His family remained in Egypt until the kings were overthrown, and the Pharaohs came into power. For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, vi…
 
Yusuf reveals his identity upon seeing they have learned their lesson, and then forgives them. They were amazed at the rank Allah had granted him. He sends them back home with a shirt of his to return Ya’qub’s sight to him. For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, visit seekersguidance.org/podcasts Help SeekersGuidance reach millions around the worl…
 
This podcast is based on al-Fawa’id al-Mukhtarah, one of the seminal works of the great scholar al-Habib Zayn bin Sumayt. The book contains advice on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to daily life, drawing on examples from the Haba’ib from Hadramout. We will be exploring this advice within the context of Muslims living in the West, with t…
 
Trust (tawakkul) in Allah Most High is one of the great virtues of the heart. Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains this virtue, along with the related virtue of genuineness (sidq), and shows how each of these virtues shines most brightly when we choose to do what is right in the face of difficulty. For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, visit seekersgui…
 
The brothers showed that they had not changed when they claimed that Yusuf was a thief. He keeps his younger brother and sends them away to face their father. The eldest one remained in Egypt, and they are forced to meet their father with a similar situation when Yusuf was thrown in the well. Broken, they return to Yusuf. For more SeekersGuidance p…
 
In Surat al-Rahman–the Chapter of the All-Merciful, God asks us thirty-one times why we are ungrateful to him. Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains what gratitude is and then explains Surat al-Rahman, illustrating how to respond to God with gratitude. For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, visit seekersguidance.org/podcasts. Help SeekersGuidance reach m…
 
The king expresses his pleasure with Yusuf, who, being the most qualified person for the job, asks to be put in charge of the country’s stores. The king agrees, and over the years Yusuf carefully manages the grain Egypt produces, to help themselves and others. Eventually, his brothers come, and Yusuf puts into effect a plan to unite the family and …
 
Throughout history, God has sent us messengers to warn us that we will be resurrected after death in order to stand before Him to be judged for our actions. The rational response to this warning is to take steps to be successful after the resurrection. But people often turn away from the warning, not because of a rational reason, but out of stubbor…
 
When the king had a strange dream, the former prisoner recalled that Yusuf was gifted at dream interpretation, so he went to the prison to bring Yusuf. Yusuf, however, did not leave the prison. This leads to the king investigating the matter to find out why he was imprisoned in the first place. Only then does the wife of the minister admit her faul…
 
God sent the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) with signs that enable us to discern that he was not an impostor, but a genuine messenger from God. Shaykh Hamza Karamali walks you through a verse of the Qur’an that shows how the ancient Arabians saw those signs, and how we can see them today. He then explains that the consequence…
 
Yusuf uses every opportunity to call his fellow inmates to Allah, carrying on the tradition of his forefathers. Two inmates ask him for an interpretation of their dreams and he does so. He indicates to one of them to mention him to the king when he gets out of prison, but the Devil made him forget. Only at a time of calamity does he recall the matt…
 
This is the most common question that God asks us in the Qur’an. We sometimes think that idol-worship is a primitive practice of the distant past and that now, in the age of science, we know better than to worship idols. Shaykh Hamza Karamali explains that the idolatry of the scientific age is worse and more prevalent than ever before and that vers…
 
In this episode, Shaykh Sadullah highlights the great virtue of patience that Prophet Ayyub (May Allah’s peace be upon him) displayed during the various tests and tribulations he experienced. His prophetic mission was embedded in his moral excellence. His narrative in the Quran gives us solace that we should always have hope in the mercy of Allah w…
 
The minister’s wife heard of the gossip about her and wanted to show the other ladies that she’s blameless, simply because of how handsome Yusuf is. She invites them and shows them, Yusuf. Matters get worse for Yusuf, to the point that he asks Allah to protect him from their schemes. Eventually, he ends up in prison where people see his good conduc…
 
After narrowly escaping a difficult situation with the wife of the minister, Yusuf finds himself falsely accused by her. He is forced to expose her in order to defend his honor. She is proven guilty by a member of her own house and the news travels. This makes the whole incident much more complicated she ends up becoming the talk of the town, espec…
 
This Khutba reminds us of the Prophetic Hadith, “Truly, actions are [judged] by their endings.” [Bukhari] It is important for us to reflect on our state with Allah and to have resolve to change for the better. For more information on Al-Maqasid’s programs, please visit www.almaqasid.org For more SeekersGuidance podcast shows, visit seekersguidance.…
 
In this final episode, Shaykh Sadullah delivers a befitting reminder to us all. This day of Eid should be a day of happiness, joy, and celebration. Despite the circumstances that we find ourselves in we should continue to remain hopeful for a better tomorrow. It is on this day that we proclaim the greatness of God over everything else. God is the g…
 
In this episode, Shaykh Sadullah explains how we can miss out on the blessings of Allah in our lives. Whilst we search for the Night of Power in the last ten nights of Ramadan, it is very easy to lose the opportunity to truly benefiting from this auspicious occasion. Through bickering, fighting, and arguing Muslims cause more problems for themselve…
 
In this episode, Shaykh Sadullah discusses the importance of building a relationship with the Quran. The Quran deserves to be treated with respect and honor. This entails that we develop our basic capacities to read and understand the Quran so that we are able to implement its lessons and injunctions in our lives. For more SeekersGuidance podcast s…
 
In this episode, Shaykh Sadullah reflects on the condition of the oppressed. Whilst many of us have the luxury of spending these last few days of Ramadan in the comforts of our homes, many people around the world do not have the same privileges as ourselves. So, as we try to attain the Night of Power, let us remember the powerless. For more Seekers…
 
In this episode, Shaykh Sadullah discusses the importance of spiritual purification through the attainment of God-consciousness. When we become more conscious of God and his obligations upon us, we become more willing to purify our spiritual states. This in turn beautifies us as individuals and ensures that our hearts are illumined. Beautiful heart…
 
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