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Mystic Maxims: The Book of Wisdoms
- Learn about Sufism as it has been practiced and taught by masters over the centuries
- Listen to the exposition of the Hikam from a living spiritual heir of the author
- Ustadh Hatim Yousef shall provide his commentary on Sheikh Nuh's exposition and answer student questions
About the Course
This course will cover eight lessons from Sheikh Nuh Keller's exposition of Imam Ibn 'Ata' Illah's famous treatise on Sufism al-Hikam al-'Ata' Illah. Sheikh Nuh Keller is one of Imam Ibn 'Ata' Illah's living spiritual heirs, being an authorized spiritual guide in the Shadhili Tariqa with an unbroken chain of transmission to the author himself. Ustadh Hatim Yousef shall conduct the live classes, providing an explanation of Sheikh Nuh's exposition and answering student questions. Four to five Maxims shall be covered per lesson, the entire work being covered in a number of courses comprising the Mystic Maxims series.
Eight lessons from the Hikam al-'Ata' Illah shall be covered in this course.
Being a Ramadan Intensive course, classes shall meet twice a week over the duration of the month, for a total of eight lessons. The course shall comprise of recorded lessons from Sheikh Nuh Keller as he intricately explains the Maxims. Ustadh Hatim Yousef will conduct the live classes and offer his commentary on Sheikh Nuh's exposition and answer student questions. The course does not have any graded quizzes, exams or assignments. Ustadh Hatim will hold weekly office hours where students can consult with him one-on-one.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated hour to an hour-and-a-half per week outside the live session to listen to the pre-recorded lessons and take notes.
There is no required text for the course since all the material shall be covered in the pre-recorded lessons. If students would like to purchase a copy of the text, the Hikam has been translated into English as The Book of Wisdoms by Whitethread Press.
There are no pre-requisites to enrolling in the course. Courses in the Mystic Maxims series can be taken in any order.
Who is Imam Ibn 'Ata' Illah al-Iskandari?*
A faqih, scholar, and teacher Imam Ibn 'Ata' Illah, was born into a family of revered Maliki jurists in Alexandria, Egypt, where he gained fame as an expert in Islamic Law. He found similar acclaim in Cairo, where he later moved and became at teacher at the prestigious Al-Azhar. He was a scholar in Arabic grammar, hadith, tafsir, usul or fundamentals of law or faith, and fiqh. In him the worlds of outward and inward knowledge converged - he became a disciple of the spiritual master Imam Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi, the sole successor of Imam Abu 'al-Hasan al-Shadhili, and within his teacher's lifetime, he himself was authorized as a full spiritual guide or murshid, becoming the third spiritual master of the Shadhili Tariqa. The life of a prominent and recognized jurist did not prevent him from leading the spiritual path and training his numerous disciples, which he did while maintaining his role as a lecturer in Islamic Law. His true legacy however lies in the spiritual path he served, the disciples he left to further it, their hearts opened to the knowledge of Allah Most High through his instruction in the mystic way, which his Hikam and other works amply attest to his profound mastery of.
*Answer referenced from Reliance of the Traveller and The Book of Wisdoms
What is Sufism?
"Many Muslims look into their hearts today and find a spiritual emptiness. Speeches abound, but when the chairs are folded up and people go home, they find their prayers and inner life as dry as ever. Something is clearly missing - the centre of the Islamic revelation, there is a brilliant light that has never been put out, but in our time has been covered over by the bushel-basket of modernist and Muslim-reform literature. It proves from the Qur'an and Sunna that from the very beginning of Islam, there has been a fully orthodox and operational science for increasing the impetus and intensity of one's relationship with the Divine, a traditional spirituality that is today called 'Sufism', in all previous Islamic eras was simply known and practiced as 'the way to Allah'."
Excerpt from Sufism and Islam by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller: "This path is not monasticism, eating barley and bran, or the garrulousness of affectation, but rather perseverance in the divine commands and certainty in divine guidance."Enroll
The Life Of The Greatest Prophet – Part 8$195.00
- Cover the Seera in-depth in two years: Part 8 of a 10-part series spanning two entire academic years.
- Part 8 will be done in an intensive mode of 2 Live Classes per week for 4 weeks.
- 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 is a Seera series that aims to bring the Seera to life, by focusing on our hearts. The content of Part 8 - covers the Conquest of Mecca. 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.
The Conquest of Mecca
The course shall consist of two Live Classes per week, 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 2 hours a week to review notes and re-listen to the recorded Live Classes.
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. Part 1 - Mecca is a recommended, but not required pre-requisite to this course.
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 themselves, 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.Enroll