The Prophet Muhammad, God's peace and blessings be upon him said: "To acquire some useful knowledge is of greater merit than to perform a hundred devotional prayers voluntarily" (Narrated by Ibn Majah). A common complaint received by those involved with Islamic activism is the difficulty to access scholars that live and teach in areas that are far away. With the advent of online distance learning, Muslims around the world are embracing the virtual classroom. As they sit in the comfort of their homes and cars, Muslims are accessing information taught by scholars from miles away. Now there are many organizations offering courses via the internet. Classes are easily accessible on computers, iPhones and other portable devices. Acquiring knowledge from teachers is now available via a few clicks.
Shaykh Abdullah Ali is no stranger to online learning. He has taught the Essentials of Faith course currently offered by Zaytuna Knowledge Resources. Recently, he conducted a workshop in Fremont entitled, "Creativity and the Creator: Keeping It Real While Keeping the Spirit" that is in production for online release. Coming soon to a browser near you. This Ramadan 2009, Shaykh Abdullah will be conducting an online class entitled, "Jewels of Ramadan". Here is the course description:
This course is designed to acquaint students with some of the subtleties of the month of Ramadan; the inner dimensions of the fast; some the most fruitful deeds that one can carry out; and to increase the student's overall spiritual awareness.
The text that will be utilized is the work of Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali: Lata'if al Ma'arif fi ma li Mawasim al-'Am min al-Wasa'if (A Seekers Guide to Monthly and Seasonal Devotional Prescriptions).
The course text details explicit reference to the Prophetic tradition all devotions that a Muslim can practice during each month as prescribed by Prophet Muhammad, God's mercy and peace be upon him.
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM (PST)
Shaykh Abdullah has graciously provided a brief audio introduction to the course. Please click the media player here to listen to Shaykh Abdullah.
Lamppost Productions is offering a free audio MP3 download if you register for the class. The audio offered is titled, "Fiqh of Fasting". In this lecture, Shaykh Abdullah explores issues on moonsighting for the fast, how to make up days for the fast, and a host of other issues. This download also includes a beautiful rendition of a selection from the Burda of Imam Busiri. Please enter the coupon code 'Fasting' to download the free MP3.
Source: San Jose Muslim Examiner