- Read one of the most detailed works on the person and personality of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him
- Become closer to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him
- Witness how every moment of his life was lived to please Allah
- Study the Prophet’s appearance, character, day-to-day activities, and worship
- Apply new Sunnas in numerous areas of your life
- Perfect for all Muslims who yearn for a stronger connection to al-Mustafa, peace and blessings be upon him
About the Course
The Seal of Prophecy: Tirmidhi’s Classic on the Prophet’s Character & Characteristics seeks to bring us closer to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, through an uplifting reading of the Shamail. The work is a collection of sayings about the Prophet by his companions, in essence allowing us to spend time with the most perfect of creation and witness how every moment of his life was lived to please Allah. The course shall teach practical Sunnas you can adopt into your life by reading what his companions said about his appearance, character, day-to-day activities, and worship. Some light will also be shed on the legal theory of shamail versus sunan.
- Introduction: Purifying One’s Intention; Imam al-Tirmidhi; What is Shama’il? Chain of Transmission
- Lesson 1: The Messenger of Allah’s (peace be upon him) stature; The Prophetic Seal; His hair
- Lesson 2: The combing of his hair; His hair turning grey; The dying of his hair; His use of Kohl; His attire; His leather socks
- Lesson 3: His sandals; The Prophetic stamp; His ring; His sword; His armor; His helmet; His turban; His wraparound
- Lesson 4: His walk; His oilscarf; The way he sat; What he would recline upon; How he would recline; How he ate; Type of bread he ate
- Lesson 5: What he would take as a sauce; Washing prior to partaking in food; The statements he would make prior to and after eating; Description of his drinking vessel; Fruits he ate; Types of drinks
- Lesson 6: How he drank; His fragrance; How he spoke; His laugh; His humor; Poetry
- Lesson 7: Speech of the night; The Hadith of Umm Zara’; How he slept; His worship; The post sunrise prayer
- Lesson 8: His optional prayers in the home; His fasting; His recital; His weeping; His bedding; His humility
- Lesson 9: His character; His modesty; Cupping; His living conditions; His names; His lifestyle; The age he reached
- Lesson 10: His death; His inheritance; Seeing the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, in dreams
The course consists of weekly Live Sessions where the text is read and expounded, slides of the traditions covered with select translations, and a Final Examination. Ustadh Farid shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with him one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated half an hour per week outside the live session, to review the material and take notes.
Shamail al-Tirmidhi is the required text for the course. A link to the English translation shall be provided.
No background is required: all are welcome!
This course is perfect for all Muslims who yearn for a stronger connection to al-Mustafa, peace and blessings be upon him.
Are you ‘in’ on the details yet? Profound love and yearning coupled with learning will get you there…
Looking at Muslims around the world, whether in Indonesia, India, Yemen, Morocco, or Canada, you will definitely notice differences caused by culture and locale. But if you look closely, you will also notice an amazing uniformity of seemingly meaningless details of day-to-day living. Whether it’s the order in which a person puts on their shoes, how they drink a glass of water, or the manner in which they sleep, much of it remains constant no matter in which part of the world a Muslim happens to be. All of this has arisen out of the profound love Muslims have for their beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, such that they imitate minute details of the Prophet’s lifestyle and behavior. One of the most detailed works on the person and personality of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, is the hadith collection of Imam Tirmidhi known as the Shamail al-Tirmidhi.
Who is Imam Tirmidhi?
Known for his exceptional memory, Imam Tirmidhi traveled far and wide to study hadith under notable scholars including Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, and Imam Abu Dawud. His devotion to scholarship was so great that once even his teacher Imam Bukhari mentioned to him, “I have benefited from you more than you have benefited from me.” Imam Tirmidhi compiled Sunan al-Tirmidhi, one of the six canonical hadith compilations, and eight other books. Of these other works, Shamail is the best known.
Why is it so important to follow the Sunna of the Prophet, peace and blessingbe upon him?
While studying law or tenets of faith might help one straighten out those crinkles in one’s religion, hearing and seeing the source of all these details, the Noble Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) living, sleeping, eating, drinking, talking, and breathing is quite another experience; seeing this perfect example actually exemplified in its original form brings life, relevance, practicality and closeness to one’s sometimes ritual practice of the religion.
How shall this course being me closer to Allah?
By the end of this course, you will have deepened your knowledge of and attachment to the person of Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him. You will be able to apply new Sunnas in numerous areas of your worship and day-to-day conduct. And as Allah Himself says in His Book: “Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” [Pickthall 3:31] and “Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much.” [Pickthall 33:21]
You will be able to answer detailed questions about the appearance, character, and practice of the Prophet, peace be upon him. In addition, you will be able to narrate a text of Prophetic traditions through a chain of transmission, and those who can read Arabic will have read from the Arabic text to the teacher.