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Real Talk with Students & Faculty!

Tune in to our Facebook LIVE series as we delve into deep topics with our faculty.

Episode One

Episode One:

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam, sitting with male and female scholars in seminaries in the Middle East, including traditional scholars in Syria. Our wonderful student Huda Khwaja will ask her about her education at the feet of woman scholars and her time spent in Syria. Ustadha Zaynab Ansari is currently teaching “Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith” at Boston Islamic Seminary. Find out more at: www.bostonislamicseminary.org/ramadan2020.

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Episode Two

Episode Two:

Words are powerful. Ustadh Abdur-Rahman discusses the essence of Prophetic Communication.

Ustadh Abdur-Rahman Syed is an international business advisor and communication expert with a special interest in the Islamic economy and in prophetic approaches to the human sciences. He is currently working on a book on prophetic communications.

Our student Nuha Muntasser will ask him why we should look at the prophets when it comes to communicating and practical tips on how we can enhance our daily communication skills. You don’t want to miss this one.

Ustadh Abdur-Rahman is currently co-teaching our Quranic and Prophetic Communications course. Find out more at www.bostonislamicseminary.org/ramadan2020.

 

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Episode Three

Episode Three:

A discussion on how we can become “Walking Qurans” with Dr. Hirani and BIS student Farris Muntasser.

Dr Asif Hirani is a resident scholar at Worcester Islamic Center, he completed his Masters in Islamic Studies (Usul-ud-din) from Karachi University and attained his PhD from Al-Madina International University in Tafsir & Uloom-ul-Quran.

Farris Muntasser will ask him how we can make The Qur’an the center of our lives and how we can learn to reflect on it in a way that stirs our souls.

What a better time to learn how to enhance and strengthen our relationship with The Qur’an than now. Dr Asif Hirani is currently co-teaching “Qur’anic Immersion” with BIS President Dr. Basyouny Nehela. Find out more at www.bostonislamicseminary.org/ramadan2020.

 

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Episode Four

Episode Four:

Dr. Harun Spevack & student Rawda Aljawhary discuss purification of the soul. Dr. Harun Spevack is a professor of Islamic Studies. His teaching specialties include topics in Islamic studies—law, theology, Sufism, history, and culture. His research interests include Islamic intellectual history (law, theology, Sufism, logic) especially with regard to the 13th to 19th century legal and theological commentary traditions, as well as contemporary issues in Islam. Dr Harun will tell us about his journey to becoming Muslim and his interests in the above subjects. He is currently teaching our Sciences of Fiqh, ‘Aqidah and Tazkiyya course: http://www.bostonislamicseminary.org/ramadan2020.

Episode Five

Episode Five:

A discussion with Ustadha Zaynab Ansari & Nihal Mubarak on how we can productively use social media and be sincere, practical activists in the wake of systemic racism.
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Read Boston Islamic Seminary’s official statement for Black Lives Matter here

Episode Six

Episode Six:

As we continue educating ourselves about systemic racism and the reality our Black brothers and sisters live in, Imam Zaid Shakir & BIS student Harith Morgan discuss spiritual approaches to combating racism. They explore how we can use prophetic teachings when finding a balance between showing grace and standing for justice.

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The Best of Deeds During the Best of Days: Dhul Hijjah

Tune in as we learn about some of the best deeds to implement during these blessed 10 days of Dhul Hijjah from the teachings of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) with Dr Basyouny Nehela and BIS students. We will explore a different hadith everyday and extract valuable practical & spiritual lessons from each of them.

Day 1

Today’s Hadith:
The Prophet said: “There are no days in which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than during these days. They said: not even jihad in the path of Allah? He said: Not even jihad in the path of Allah except for a man who goes out in the path of Allah with his life and his wealth and returns with neither of them.”

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The Best of Deeds During the Best of Days

Day 2:

Today’s Hadith: A man asked the Prophet (pbuh): “What are the most beloved deeds to Allah? The Prophet said: Believing in Allah. The man asked what else? The Prophet said: maintaining the ties of kinship. The man asked “what else?” The Prophet said: Enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong.”

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The Best of Deeds During the Best of Days

Day 3:

Today’s Hadith:

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Should I not inform you of the best of your deeds, and the most pleasing to your Lord, and the highest in your ranks, and what is better for you than spending gold and silver, and better for you than fighting your enemy?” They said: “Of course.” He said, “The remembrance of Allah [Most High]. (Sunan Ibn Majah)

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The Best of Deeds During the Best of Days

Day 5:

Today’s Hadith:

The Messenger of Allah [PBUH] was asked: “Which deed is best?” He replied: “Standing in prayer for a long period of time.” It was then asked: “Which charity is best?” He replied, “That which is given by one who has little. It was then asked “Which Hijrah (emigration) is best?” He said: “One who shuns that which Allah has forbidden. (reported by Abu Dawud)

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The Best of Deeds During the Best of Days

Day 6:

Today’s Hadith:

The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said: “The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his burdens, or to forgive his debt, or to satiate his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Madinah for a month.” (Saheeh At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb)

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The Best of Deeds During the Best of Days

Day 7:

Today’s Hadith: Let us learn how to strengthen our relationship with the Quran using the lessons from the below Hadith:

“A man said ‘O Messenger of Allah! Which deed is most beloved to Allah?’ He said: “Al-Hallul-Murtahil” The man asked: ‘What is Al-Hallul-Murtahil?’ He said: ‘The one who recites from the beginning of the Qur’an to the end of it, every time he sets out (on a journey).”

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