- A spiritually focused Seera course aiming to increase your love for the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace
- Experience the Divine love and care for the Beloved, Allah bless him and give him peace
- Hear stories with scholarly comments and analysis detailed in one of the most extensive reference works in Seera literature
- Deepen your knowledge of the mighty station of our Prophet and his close companions: Abu Bakr, Omar, Ali, Khadija and many others
- Reflect on the meanings behind the events in his life. Knowing the events is great, understanding them is even greater.
- Relate the Seera to your own life through the practical wisdom the Prophet bequeathed through his example, and that of his Companions who strove to emulate him
- Perfect for the young and the old, the new and the life-long Muslim
About the Course
The Life Of The Greatest Prophet – Mecca is a course that aims to bring the Seera to life, by focusing on our hearts. The content of the course covers the period from the birth of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, to his emigration to Medina. Being based on some of the greatest and most extensive reference books in Seera literature (references provided in Suggested Readings below), the course offers unparalleled access to details and stories rarely narrated in other English Seera courses. You shall hear accounts that you have not heard before, you shall study commentary of the ‘ulema (traditional scholars) that very few teachers ever discuss. Through focusing on the transcendence and greatness of the events surrounding the Best of Creation, and taking lessons from his actions and those of his Companions, this course aims to pull at the heart-strings of those who aspire to increase in their love for our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.
Lesson 1: The Blessed Birth
In this lesson, we discuss how the parents of the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace- met and got married, and how his father died, and what his mother said about her pregnancy and delivery. We look into the meanings of the miraculous event of his birth and we compare him with other prophets, peace be upon them all
Lesson 2: The Nursing Story
In this lesson, we learn about the reasons why the blessed baby – Allah bless him and give him peace- was taken away from his mother to be nursed in the desert. We hear the story told by his foster mother, Haleema, and we explore his childhood, how and why his heart was opened by the angels, and what happened when he was returned to his mother.
Lesson 3: The Orphan
In this lesson, we study what the scholars say about the fate of the people of the period (i.e. those who lived and died before the coming of Islam), including the parents of the Prophet- Allah bless him and give him peace. We then talk about the death of Amina and the life of the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – as an orphan, how his grandfather and then Abu Talib took custody of him. We focus on how everyone found him a special child and anticipated a great future in store, especially the monk Baheira.
Lesson 4: The Honest and the Trustworthy
This lesson is about the youth of the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – and how Allah protected him from all of the pre-Islamic practices of his people. It looks into how he earned his living, and covers the details of his marriage to As-Sayyida Khadija and why he loved her deeply. The story of the Kaaba’s reconstruction is also discussed.
Lesson 5: The Message
This lesson covers the history of idol worship and how attached the Arabs were to idolatry. It then explains how Allah prepared the Messenger – Allah bless him and give him peace- to meet Jibril and receive the mission of proclaiming Islam. It talks about revelation, how hard it was and how the reception it met with from the Quraysh.
Lesson 6: Persecution and Immigration
This lesson discusses the persecution of Muslims at the hands of the disbelievers and the details of their immigration to Abyssinia and the story of its King, An-Najashi. The lesson also covers the Islam of Hamza and Umar bin Al-Khattab.
Lesson 7: Difficult Times
This lesson is about the trials and troubles that the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – went through. It talks about the boycott against him and his family, the year of sadness, and the painful experience at at-Ta’if.
Lesson 8: The Light Spreading
This lesson summariezs the details of the night journey, leaving further details to a separate course. It then focuses on the helpers and their first encounter with the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – and their Bay’a (pledge of allegiance) to him.
Lesson 9: Immigration to Al-Madina
This lesson narrates the story of immigration to al-Madina. It talks about the virtues and merits of al-Madina and its people. It then illustrates how the prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – reached al-Madina safely. It details the lessons of Hijra and how we can apply them in our daily lives.
Lesson 10: Review
This lesson reviews the main points and touches on final lessons and admonishments that student should take home and put to practice.
The course shall consist of weekly Live Sessions, quizzes, and weekly office hours where students can consult with Ustadh Hatim one-on-one. . Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week – the forum is a perfect place for breaking the ice and exchanging knowledge and ideas with one’s fellow students and instructor. Some questions will be answered in the forum and some will be left to the live sessions.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires about 1 hour a week to review notes and re-listen to the recorded Live Session and preparation for the quizzes.
Seera literature in English is scant compared to the wealth of information available in Arabic. Sources the student can look at are: Muhammad by Martin Lings (along-with GF Haddad’s Critical Reading of the book, available online), The Sealed Nectar by Safi-ur Rahman al-Mubakpuri. Non-seera literature on the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, that are highly recommended reads also include Our Master Muhammad The Messenger of Allah translated by Khalid Williams and Muhammad, Messenger of Allah – Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad translated by Aisha Bewley.
The Arabic reference works Ustadh Hatim uses in this course are: Subul Al-Huda war-Rashaad (also known as The Shami Seera), a 12-volume work by Imam Muhammed ibn Yusuf as Salihi ash Shami – one of the most extensive reference books in Seera literature; As Seera Nabawiyya Dahlaniyya by Ahmad ibn Zaini Dahlan, the mufti of Mecca at his time; and Seera Nabawiyya by Ali Muhammed As-Sallabi.
This course is for everyone—the young and the old, the new and the life-long Muslim.
Do I need to study Seera? What if I have already taken some Seera courses?
Studying the Seera doesn’t end with finishing one or two courses. It is a life-time study, not only because there are thousands of resources on it, but also because of the heart’s need to remain attached to and in touch with the life of the Prophet and the early Muslims. Continuous study of the Seera helps us deepen our understanding of the Din and provides us with a torch that illuminates our way in the darkness of the materialistic world that surrounds us. We need to keep the torch burning. The survival of our hearts depends on it.
How is this course different from other Seera courses?
Seera courses are as different as their teachers, their resources and their approach. Ustadh Hatim teaches the course from lengthy books of the Seera that are usually neglected, and thus remain inaccessible to English speakers who are really eager for exposure to the details, and to learn new lessons and stories. Ustadh Hatim’s style is one that combines between knowledge and love. He doesn’t want his students to merely know what happened, he tries to make them travel in the past, imagine things as they happened and feel the hearts of the early Muslims as they pounded with love, joy, sadness or fear.
How practical is this course?
This course is both educational and motivational. It shows one how the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – solved problems, how he was dedicated to the service of his Lord and his fellow men, how he dealt with the ups and downs of life, and how the companions emulated his example. As we learn how they transformed themeselves, we are motivated to be like them, and we find ourselves following them in our own lives with love and ease.
Will studying the Seera increase my love for the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace?
Without a doubt. Any group of people who sit together to talk about Allah and his Messenger – Allah bless him and give him peace- will see their love grow and their sprits rise. This course takes this very goal as its main endeavor. While love is in the hands of Allah, this course seeks to open the minds and hearts of everyone who aspires to be with the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – in this world and the next.