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Darkness to Light (Doctrines of Faith IV)

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Centuries have passed since the death of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam and his Companions. Many empires have come and gone. Yet as time has passed, Muslims have found comfort in the promise of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam. They would not go astray if they held fast to two things- the Qur'an and his Sunnah. The gift of Prophetic guidance was that it would last - so long as they held firm to it.

"I have left behind me two things, if you cling to them you will never go astray. They are the Book of Allah and my Sunnah" - al-Haakim

The success of the early generations of Muslims was rooted in nothing other than their determination and dedication to Islam. When the tribulations (fitan) increased, they held firmer to the Sunnah of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam knowing that it would protect them. Is the same true for us today? How strongly do our actions reflect our claims of love for the Sunnah of our beloved Messenger?

I love you ya Rasulullah, I really do...

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala instructs the believers to show their love for the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam by following his example: Actions speak louder than words.

"Say, if you love Allah, then follow me." - Qur'an 3:31

But, what does it really mean to follow the Sunnah?

Scholars of the past have always associated faith (iman) with following the example of the Messenger sal Allahu 'alayhi wa salam ('itibaa'). But what does 'itibaa' entail? Is it about the clothes we wear or the food we eat? Or is there something more? What are the consequences of leaving the Sunnah behind?

"Beware of newly invented matters. For, indeed, every newly invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation leads astray, and everything that leads astray is in the Hellfire..." - Muslim

We hear these words recited to us every Friday from minbars around the world. But what do they mean? What constitutes innovation (bid'ah)? Is there such a thing as a good innovation (bid'ah hasanah)? Astaghfirullah! What are you talking about man? Every innovation is in the it?

In this ground-breaking Double-weekend-DEGREE-Seminar Shaykh Yasir Qadhi and Shaykh Waleed Basyouni tackle one of the most important, yet misunderstood areas of 'Aqeedah. What is the creed of Ahl al-Sunnah wal Jamaa'ah? How does the methodology of orthodox Islam differ from other sects and groups that have appeared over the course of history? What constitutes bid'ah (innovation)? What about kufr (disbelief), and takfeer (pronouncing excommunication)?

Side step the arguments and unqualified theological debates by developing a holistic perspective that only true understanding (fiqh) can provide.

"Alhamdulillah I have attended all of Shaykh Yasir's seminars and the best testimony that I can give is that I am speechless after every day and wish that the day would never end. Shaykh's precise, detailed and academic approach to knowledge (with juicy tangents) topped with superb eloquence is par excellence" - Maryam Rabea, NJ
"Shaykh Waleed Basyouni, Subhanah Allah I don't know where to start, but he is a teacher that captivates the audience, one who you do not want to lose an opportunity to sit in his lectures. MashAllah, his stories are unforgettable, his knowledge so sincere & deep, and his humour lightens up the class, recharging the minds of students. (Not to mention his unique Texas accent & drawl) I also love to hear his tidbits of trivia from across fields of knowledge including all the 'did you knows." - Safa

This seminar will discuss:

  • The concept of Iman: its levels and rulings;
  • The rights and responsibilities of believers towards one another and their respective Muslim and non-Muslim communities;
  • The concept of establishing the Prophet's Sunnah;
  • Roots of innovation in the religion;
  • The exact meaning of Ahlul-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah;
  • Categories of belief and disbelief; and
  • Historical roots of heresy
"Whoever introduces in this matter of ours what is not of it, will have it rejected." [Bukhari and Muslim]

By the end of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Examine the authentic sources from which Muslims derive knowledge about our beloved Prophet's Sunnah (peace be upon him)
  • Understand the true causes of heresies throughout Islamic history
  • Comprehend the historical disagreements and fitnahs between the companions, and the subsequent implications on our beliefs
  • Establish a firm grip on the meaning of the "middle path" and the ways in which you can adhere to it
  • Embody the true meaning of Iman and all that it entails

Strengthen your Love for the Prophet's Sunnah
By adhering to his example

Increase and Sustain your Iman
By knowing its levels, categories, and rulings

Approach Aqeedah (Creed) from a Holistic Perspective
By comparing authentic Islamic beliefs with their associated innovations

Build the Ties of Brotherhood and Sisterhood
By studying the rights and obligations you have towards your community

Strengthen your Da'wah
By understanding the essence of the message you are calling to (Tawheed).

Bring the Sunnah back into your life. Enroll Now!

Course Outline


Chapter One

  • I. Defining As-Sunnah
  • II. The Ruling Regarding Following the Sunnah
  • III. The Obligation to Honor and Respect the Hadith of the Prophet (SAW)
  • IV. The Position of Ahlul Bid’ah (People of Innovation)from the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
  • V. Those Who Oppose the Obligationof Following the Sunnah
  • VI. The Ways that the Innovators Reject the Sunnah
  • VII. The Ruling Concerning One Who Rejects the Sunnah

Chapter Two

  • I. Al Bid’ah (Innovation)and its Rulings in Islam
  • II. The Concept of Bid’ah (Innovation) According to Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jamā’ah
  • III. The Ruling on Bid’ah
  • IV. The Adverse Consequences of Innovation (Bid’ah)
  • V. Reasons behind Innovation inReligion (Bid’ah)
  • VI. The Spread of Bid’ah
  • VII. Defining Mubtadi’ (Innovator)

Chapter Three

  • I. Defining Salaf
  • II. Reasons for Restricting the termSalaf to the Sahabah
  • III. What is meant by followingthe Salaf?
  • IV. Evidences Proving the Obligation to Follow theMethodology of the Sahabah
  • V. The Importance of Followingthe Methodology of As-Salaf
  • VI. The Position of different groups andsects from the Methodology of As-Salaf
  • VII. Merits of theMethodology of the Salaf

Chapter Four

  • I. Defining As-Sahābah
  • II. The Levels of the Sahābah
  • III. The Ruling against Sabb As-Sahābah (using inappropriate language regarding them)

Chapter Five

  • I. Defining Al-Jamā’ah
  • II. Misconceptions Regardingthe Concept of Jamā’ah
  • III. The Authority of Imāmah




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