This worksheet comes to you courtesy of Madiyah Rana, a mother of one of the program’s attendees.
Archives for March 2020
Today, one of my childhood teachers, the former Principal of the Islamic Cultural Institute Madrassah, and someone who was like a father to the Muslim community of Harare, Sh. Qari Abdullah Diwan (May Allah have mercy on him) was buried in Manchester, UK, after returning to Allah Almighty at the age of 85 years this past Thursday evening.
He was someone who Allah Almighty blessed him with a full life alhamdulillah, and despite this, I couldn’t help but feel the impact of the news upon receiving it.
Sh. Qari Abdullah taught me Islamic studies for an entire year in 1996 as he was responsible for all final year students of the institute, and I will always remember him for making me memorise the last aayaat of Surah alBaqarah and teaching me to recite it before going to sleep, amongst other lessons.
In 2002, he had to travel for a period of 6 months, and he honoured me by pleasingly accepting me being the interim teacher for his class during his absence. Before this, and whilst still a student, I always recall him being fond of me, and affording me roles of responsibility within the institute. This naturally caused my classmates to feel that I was favoured. Of course their sentiments couldn’t be further from the truth.
As I sit here tapping away at my keyboard and look back at all these precious memories; I cannot help but feel older and even more responsible! Indeed a generation has departed to Allah, and a generation now waits in line to depart, for death is a door and everyone will walk through it!
Due to personal reasons, Sh. Qari Abdullah made the difficult choice of shifting his Zimbabwe based legacy to Manchester in the United Kingdom in 2010, and I was fortunate to drive to Manchester a few years ago especially to meet him and his wife, who was a like a mother to the parents of Harare, and a grandmother to us all!
As I digested the news of his passing late Thursday evening/early Friday morning, I remembered fondly how smartly dressed he always was, his punctuality, his dedication to the cause, his service, his strong walk filled with purpose, his patience, and his smile.
Given that children always see before they hear; these attributes no doubt played a huge part in shaping the students of the Madrassah, especially during their formative years, and no doubt mine as well.
I found out before his burial today, that an examination into his cause of death showed him to be a positive carrier of the Covid-19 virus, and with this we have hope in Allah Almighty that he was given the status of Shahaadah, inShaAllah. Indeed Allah bestows a unique rank over His slave as He wills.
May Allah make his grave a garden from the gardens of Jannah, raise him with the family of alQur’an on the day of Judgement, grant him shade underneath His throne, and grant him Alfirdaus without any accountability. Ameen.
May Allah make his children and all his students a sadaqatul-jaariyah (continuous charity) for him. Ameen.
May Allah shower a beautiful patience upon his wife, children, grandchildren and relatives. Ameen.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raajioon.
To Allah we belong, and to Allah we shall return!
4th of Sha’baan 1441AH
Beneficial Seerah lessons for TEENS, especially during school closures!
Here is a wonderful Fiqh of Seerah series especially suitable for teenagers 15 years and above covering lessons which apply to us in the 21st Century from the Birth of the Messenger (PBUH) until His migration to alMadeenah.
Each lesson entails a summary from a portion of the Life of the final Messenger (PBUH) during the Makkan period of His life and a deduction of lessons from those portions to help guide our way as students, careers, marriage, workers, managers, spouses, parents, relatives and community members today.
16 Episodes, with 15 episodes being on average 1 hour long.
25 Episodes, with each episode being on average 30 minutes long.
Sheikh Sajid will take any questions students have from the lessons via the website.
Even though TEENS have been highlighted, given the style of instruction, the entire family can benefit from the series, especially given how the layout of the lessons helps us walk in the footsteps of the final Messenger (PBUH) today.
Please share the message so more families can benefit!
By Dr Ahsan Hanif
The latest unprecedented challenge in modern times.
Covid-19 has brought with it much uncertainty, and raised questions about many different facets of everyday life, worship and social etiquettes.
This research paper explores a wide range of issues including the mindset of a Muslim, the etiquettes that should be observed at a time like this and Islamic rulings with regards to different acts of worship such as purification, prayer, and funerals.
Peer Reviewed By:
Sh Dr. Waleed Basyouni
Sh Abu Eesa Niamatullah
Sh Sajid Ahmed Umar
Sh Imtiyaz Damiel
… “However, I have been inundated with questions and arguments about the situation, from people for and against the closure of mosques, and I believe it would be beneficial for all of us to understand the matter at hand, to foster understanding of the reasoning behind the closure of mosques taken by scholars across many countries, and to highlight the fact… “.
The talk covered the following points:
- The stark reality of life.
- Pandemics – an Islamic Perspective.
- The Muslim Code with regards to unprecedented times.
- A pragmatic way to handle ourselves moving forward, as well as self isolation.
The lecture was described as hard hitting, but not with a doomsday message. The last part had a important unique and practical action points and thus it is encouraged that the lecture is listened to in its entirety to be a means of transformation and to be fully appreciated