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On the Shoulders of Giants (Lives of the Companions and Ahl'l-Bayt)

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Close your eyes for a moment & take yourself back in time

Makkah - Year 610

Suddenly your skin warms as you feel the heat of the burning sun as Bilal radi Allahu anhu firmly testifies: Ahadun, Ahad.
You smile at the sight of Abu Hurayrah who is playing with a kitten in the courtyard of the ka’bah.
Your heart softens at the sight of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam racing with his wife in the sands of the desert.
Your eyes tear as you listen to the eloquence of Hassan ibn Thabit as he praises the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam in verse, and you think to yourself – “How far we have come!”

From the gentleness and generosity of ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, to the eagerness and dedication of Abdallah ibn Umar, the lives of the Companions offer many lessons to learn from. From the prohibition of alcohol to the trials of poverty and war, the lives of the Companions were marked by numerous tests they were to overcome. While the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam and his Companions are no longer alive, the legacy they left remains. How much of their legacy are you living?

On the Shoulders of Giants:
Lives of the Sahabah and Ahl ul-Bayt

Taught by Dr. Reda Bedeir

From Zero to Hero…

They were the best generation of humans to walk this earth. But they were still men and women, rich and poor, slave and freemen. What is it that made them so great?

In this Double-Weekend-Degree seminar, Dr. Reda Bedeir will take us on a journey through the lives of companions of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam - from their spiritual journeys to life-changing lessons.

This seminar will enlighten you with:

  • Knowledge of the categories and classifications of the sahabah 
  • Their status in light of Islam 
  • An explanation of the meaning of “Ahl ul-Bayt.” 
  • The correct opinion on the rights and status of the Ahl ul-Bayt 
  • How we – as Muslims living in the modern era - can learn to emulate the example of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam and his beloved Companions.

And the first foremost [in faith] among the Muhajireen and the Ansar and those who followed them with good conduct - Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him... [Surah Tawbah, verse 100] [Qur’an 3:31]

In the words of Umar ibn al-Khattab,

We are a people whom Allah has honored with Islam and if we seek honor in other than it, Allah will humiliate us (again).

It is said that the Arabs during the age of jahiliyah were among the most ignorant and corrupt of mankind. They killed their daughters, beat their slaves, and treated each other unjustly. But then came Islam and with it came a transformation of hearts and minds. Their entire society, indeed, the whole of mankind, has benefited as a result of their faith. What can you learn from the lives of these great Companions that will inspire similar changes in your life and the lives of those you love?

By the end of the class students will:

  • Learn the conditions and categories of what makes a Sahabi 
  • Understand the special status and rights of the Sahabah 
  • Appreciate the sacrifices of the Companions to spread Islam 
  • Understand the approach of the Sahabah to solving the social, economic, and religious challenges they faced 
  •  Understand the correct status of the Ahl ul-Bayt in the Aqeedah of Ahl al-Sunnah wa Jama’ah 
  • Beautify your character by learning and implementing the characteristics of the Sahabah in your life

Here’s what students are saying about Dr. Reda....

Masha'Allah he is definitely an elite teacher. He is entertaining and knows how to keep a balance of teaching a heavy knowledge based course as well as keeping us entertained with his comedy, his on-going competition, and his unique stories. SubhanAllah, many speakers end up recycling stories over and over again. Dr.Reda brings up stories and ahadith you never knew existed. -Omar Khan, Montreal

It's always sad when a loved one departs, and no one can deny that Dr Reda is special, but remember positive thinking that the Dr told us about. We are the lucky few who benefited from the vast knowledge that the Shaykh shared with us. We were the chosen few, because Allah loves us. -Student, Bradford

Dr Reda’s style is a real cliff hanger! Like a well written novel, he brings the content alive, with personal anecdotes and stories from the Quran. The love of teaching is easily visible in every statement and its reflected in the way the class responds to his deep insights, and profound care that he takes to ensure the class is informative, interactive and more importantly that you benefit from the material. A true gem of an instructor, mashaAlah tabarakallah. -SK, London, UK

Take the time to get to know the Companions of the Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam....

Be able to say “radi Allahu anhu” from the heart...
By appreciating the sacrifices the Companions made for the future of Islam

Emulate the best of the best...
By modeling yourself after the best men and women the world has ever known.

Strengthen your aqeedah...
By understanding the status and importance of the Sahabah in Islam.

Earn the love of Allah and his Messenger...
By learning how to properly defend the honour of his Companions.

Spend some time with the Sahabah.

Course Outline


Chapter 1: The Best Humans After the Prophets

  1. a) Our Attitude Toward the Sahabah
  2. b) Definition of the Sahabah
  3. c) Status and Rights of the Sahabah
  4. d) The Virtues of the Sahabah
  5. e) Our Position Toward the Sahabah
  6. f) The Position of Ah'l-Sunnah Wal-Jama'ah regarding the Fitnah and the fighting that occurred between them
  7. g) Prohibition of Insulting the Sahabah


Chapter 2: Ahl'l-Bayt

  1. a) Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (RA): the Ultimate Wife/Spouse
  2. b) Fatimah bint Muhammad (RA): Parent/Child Relationship
  3. c) Sawdah bint Zam'ah (RA): Essence of Cordiality
  4. d) 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA): Striving to Improve One's Character
  5. e) Ja'far ibn Abi Talib (RA): Relationship with People of the Book


Chapter 3: Legacy of Giants

  1. a) Education
  2. b) Supporting Educational Institutions and Scholars
  3. c) Da'wah
  4. d) We Are Dignified By Islam
  5. e) Military Hospitals
  6. f) Migration
  7. g) Courage
  8. h) State Departments & Organization
  9. i) Be a Pioneer
  10. j) Loyalty to Our Friends
  11. k) Leadership
  12. l) Education and Upbringing
  13. m) Shyness
  14. n) Modesty
  15. o) Generosity
  16. p) Successful Businessmen
  17. q) Good Manners & Etiquette


Chapter 4: Stepping Up From a Zero to a Hero

  1. a) Nu'aym ibn Mas'ud (RA): Opposite Gender Temptations/Music
  2. b) Hamzah ibn 'Abdul-Muttalib (RA): Idle Life/Hesitation Before Reversion to Islam
  3. c) 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA): Toughness/Violence
  4. d) Mus'ab ibn "Umayr (RA): Luxury
  5. e) Bilal ibn Rabah (RA): Slavery
  6. f) Umm Sulaym bint Malhan (RA)


Chapter 5: Heroes But Still Human

  1. a) Abu Dharr (RA): Racism/Nationalism
  2. b) Khalid ibn al-Walid (RA): Mistreatment of Fellow Muslims
  3. c) 'A'ishah bint Abi Bakr (RA): Jealousy and Not Disputing with the Messenger
  4. d) Hatib ibn Abi Balta'ah (RA): Revealing Military Secrets
  5. e) 'Uthman ibn Maz'un (RA): Encroaching Upon the Rights of Others
  6. f) Unnamed Companions (RA): Mockery of Others
  7. g) Ma'iz (RA) & the Ghamidiyyah Woman (RA): Stories of Adultery
  8. h) 'Abdullah ibn Jahsh (RA): Killing During the Sacred Months
  9. i) Abu Mahjan al-Thaqafi (RA): Drinking Alcohol
  10. j) 40 Archers (RA): Not Following Commands of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
  11. k) Mistah ibn Thathah, Hamna bint Jahsh, Hassan ibn Thabit (RA): Slander
  12. l) Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA): Using Strength for Matters of Good
  13. m) The Recipe for Success



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