Tuesday, May 24, 2005

SunniPath - New Offers!

From SunniPath:

At SunniPath, we are constantly improving. This semester, we are adding 2-way audio communication which will enable students to express their questions, as text questions can easily be misunderstood.

Register Today. Regular Registration ends May 27th.

New Courses

Sahih al-Bukhari Abridged - taught by Shaykh Walead Muhammad

Essentials of Worship (Hanafi Fiqh): Part 2 - taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Spirit of the Sunna in Life - taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

SunniPath offers to New Muslims

Anyone who is Muslims for less than 3 years will now be able to take LA100-1H and SP110-1 for FREE. You will also be able to get 50% reduction from all courses under Law department. (Just use the coupon code: NEWMUSLIM)

SunniPath offers for MSA

If you are a MSA president, you are eligible to one free courses per year with SunniPath. All other MSA executive receives 25% reduction from all courses. Please contact us to receive this offer.

visit us: http://www.SunniPath.com

One student said:

Masha Allah, I've been distance learning since my first year of college (I did an associates degree, bachelors degree, and graduate certificate that way) and this is the best distance learning course I have taken yet. and the courses I'm comparing to are online degree level courses up to graduate level at accredited universities and colleges. Masha Allah, I'm really proud of you guys for bringing online Islamic knowledge up to a higher standard than online secular knowledge (which has a lot more people working on it than SunniPath). May Allah reward you, accept your works, and grant you forgiveness and blessings in this life and the next, ameen.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The Master - Shaykh Ahmed al-Alawi

The great Shadhili Shaykh, a real beacon of light, Shaykh Ahmed al-Alawi (Qaddasa Allahu Ruhahu), wrote,

The Master

If a summoner call unto guidance, alluding

To his attainment of the Truth, and the Supreme Station,

Of remissness beware, and examine well his words.

Question him of Union; see if he reflect It.

If he say It be far, 'tis because he is far,

But if he say It be near, count him most worthy.

He will make plain to thee the path unto the Truth

Whereby thou mayest seek the face of God.

He will take thee at once, even at thy first meeting,

And set thy foot on its way unto the Lord.

Keep in thy mind's eye the Name's letters

Through his grace thou wilt come to see them shine

Clear on the horizons, though they shine but in thy Heart,

And when the Name is thine, all forgetfulness will vanish.

Magnify then the Letters to as large as thou canst;

Trace them on all things, both high and low.

Through keeping the Name in thine eye, thou wilt rise

By Its Light to where the worlds vanish into nothingness.

But at the Shaikh's order, not at thine, do they vanish.

He is the Finger with which God pointeth.

Trust him then to take thee out of the cramp of prisons

To Freedom, to the First, who all beginnings doth precede,

And thou seest the whole world nothing in His Essence,

Less than nothing in the Infinity of the Lord.

When the Infinite doth appear thereat thou vanishest,

For 'thou' hast never been, from first until last.

Thou seest not who thou art, for thou art, yet art not 'thou'.

Thou endurest, yet not as thyself; no strength is there but God's.

After thine extinction to Eternity thou wilt rise,

Endlessly in Eternity of Eternity art affirmed,

Crown of all Altitude; for is it not Face

To Face with the Truth that our riders dismount?

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Keys to Success

Nearly a year ago, I found the following advice through Sidi Faraz Rabbani of Seeker's Digest and posted it on the inside of my binder:

"Remember the Four Keys to Success: Trueness of Intent, Goal, Means, and Ways"

Excellent advice to pay heed to.

Alhamdulillah. Success is truly from Allah Alone.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Sunni Sister - You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone...!

Sunni Sister posted an entry entitled
"Speak Up".

"There used to be this really horrific heavy metal ballad in the 80’s called “Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone)” by a hair band named after a fairy tale princess. Well, I dunno about the clothes or the hair or anything else, but on the sentiment, they’ve got it right."

I never knew who sang it, or what they looked like (alhamdulillah!)...but like Umm Zaid, I do think the message is right on.

We don't appreciate our youth, until we're growing old. We don't appreciate out parents until it's almost time to leave their warm, comforting arms. We don't appreciate our health until we lose it. We don't appreciate friends, until we're shown what life is like in their absence.

Thank Allah for every breath He gives you and the uncountable blessings in your life.

Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli haal.

Studying Islam in Mauritania

A detailed article on
Studying Islam in Mauritania by Sidi Rami Nsour, a brother of real taqwa and piety who I first heard speak at the ISNA Canada conference last year. May Allah increase him in knowledge and make him a pillar of guidance to the ummah of the beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace).

The Purpose of Knowledge - by Imam Suhaib Webb

The Purpose of Knowledge

A living scholar in Cairo

Written by Imam Suhaib Webb

There is a brother living next to me in Cairo. Mashallah, he is a great student of knowledge, inshallah, and studies very hard. I decided to take him to meet one of our Azhari Sheikhs here and I knew, inshallah, that we would learn more from him than just today's lesson.

But I could have never imagined the lessons we took tonight. We arrived at the masjid just after the first Tasleem. The Masjid was beautiful with its tall minarets and lighted court yard. The weather was nice the wind was sweet and pleasant. We entered the Masjid, prayed and waited for the Sheikh. Suddenly the Sheikh arrived with a bag and we greeted him. I informed the Sheikh about our guest and the Sheikh's face lit like the morning sun and a smile spread across his face. Then it was my turn to introduce the sheikh to the brother. The hard part is that this sheikh has me between a rock and a hard place.

He does, seriously, not like to be called sheikh or even ustadh! So, I was like, "This is is is is is is ...................is .........sheeeek....he looked at me like, "Boy if you do it!".....is is is is uh is, then he interrupted me, "I'm your brother ++++++ (if I write his name it would be going against his wishes). I turned, looked at the brother who was with me and saw an awe in his face. A short time later the Imam of the Masjid, recognizing the Sheikh, came and begged him to lead the prayer. The Sheikh said to him, "Please excuse me. I can't" The brother was shocked. After our lesson the sheikh demanded that he walk us home (We live around 20 minutes from the Masjid) . We begged him and begged him, however, to no avail. As we were walking I decided to buy the Sheikh some sweets. I asked him and the other student with us to please excuse me as I needed to get something. The Sheikh began to follow me and I told him, "Sheikh the brother has some questions for you." Thus, seeing an opportunity to spread the elm, the sheikh stopped in his tracks and turned to the wide eyed American. I dashed into the store and purchased some sweets for the Sheikh on behalf of us. When I exited the store the Sheikh was taken aback and said, "What is this?" I said, "This is a gift from us to you." He said no and politely said he couldn't accept it. I stated to him, "Please sheikh accepting a gift is from the Sunna." I continued, "Please Sheikh! Please! It will make us happy!" He grabbed me and said (in Ammiyah Masriyaah so the student wouldn't understand him), "Suhaib, I don't have a refrigerator. I eat what I buy and store nothing!"

Enough said. May Allah bless Al-Azhar, protect the Ulema there and increase its bounties.


Oh! and by the way that sack that the Sheikh was carrying were sweets he brought for us to eat.

Taken from the Hanafi Fiqh List - www.SunniPath.com

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Images from the Uniting for the Prophet Mawlid

Pictures from the UK Uniting for the Prophet Mawlid

Jazakum Allahu Khayr to Sister Fareena Alam for posting these. If people know of other pictures from the mawlid, please share.

Guidance Media - An Evening of Recitation and Praise

Scroll down to the bottom of this page of the Guidance Media Site, and view the short video clip entitled "An Evening of Recitation and Praise". Masha'Allah, the brother reciting Qur'an truly moves hearts towards Allah and the beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace).

"An evening of Qur'an, dhikr, and a recitation of the Burdah of Imam al-Busairi. This beautiful gathering of mercy and remembrance took place during the 2003 U.S. Tour of Habib Ali al-Jifri. The gathering was hosted by the respected Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California."

Barak Allahu fi kum to the one who recently brought this to our attention.

Islam: What Catholics Should Know

The article
"Islam: What Catholics Should Know" is written by a Catholic woman for a widely distributed Catholic newsletter.

Jazak Allah Khayr to the brother that recently posted this on a listserve.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Muslim Nursery Rhymes

Muslim Nursery Rhymes by Mustafa Yusuf McDermont - The Islamic Foundation

Cute :)

The Content of Character - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (may Allah preserve him and continue to benefit through him), has released a new book:
The Content of Character

Translations & Introduction by Shaykh Hamza, Collected by Shaykh Al-Amin Mazrui, and Forward by Ali Mazrui

From the Alhambra Productions Website: "Hamza Yusuf's new book! 10% off! As a scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Mazrui attempted to be a bridge between Islam and modernity. He argued that while Christianity became the vanguard of progress when it became more secular and less Christian, Islam was the vanguard of progress when it was more Islamic and less secular. According to Shaykh Al-Amin, progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment. Shaykh Al-Amin's choice of these favored sayings of the Prophet (pbuh) in The Content of Character--translated and introduced here by the well-known American scholar Hamza Yusuf--was influenced by his effort to be a bridge--builder, especially between the values of tradition and the norms of modernity, between the wisdom of religion and the compassion of humanity."

Uniting for the Prophet Webcast - Cancelled

Due to unforseen circumstances, we regret to announce that SunniPath will not be able to WebCast the May 2nd Uniting for the Prophet event as originally planned. We apologize to all those who subscribed to watch the event. We will be in touch with you shortly to update you on future programs and initiatives. JazakAllah khair for your support.

May Allah reward the brothers and sisters at SunniPath for their good intentions, and may He make SunniPath.com a source of much good and guidance for the Ummah of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace). Amin.