Shaykh Faraz Rabbani highlights six key lessons for seekers of nowledge from six beautiful stories from the life of Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah be pleased with him).
These six practical lessons are relevant for everyone who wishes to become a true seeker of Islamic knowledge, and to fulfill the true purpose of knowledge–namely, seeking Allah’s pleasure, and living and spreading the light of the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads and explains Imam Subki’s poem of counsel to his son Muhammad on the proper path and etiquette’s of seeking Islamic knowledge.
The counsel of Imam Subki is an important work that clarifies what is a sound traditional Islamic understanding of knowledge; how it is sought; and the methodology of learning and knowledge that Muslims should follow. Emphasis is given on the purpose of knowledge; acting upon it; sincerely seeking the pleasure of Allah through it; following the way of the inheritors of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); and manifesting the fruits of knowledge in one’s life–faith, piety, worshipfulness, and excellence of character and conduct.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from? He details the advice of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, from his work al-Faqih wa’l Mutafaqqih, which revolves around three main points: (1) consulting the scholars experts in the discipline, (2) following those who act on what Islam entails, and (3) following those who learned with scholars and not through only reading books.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani addresses a question asked at a session in SeekersHub Toronto, “Is ISIS justified in its ritual slaughter of its enemies and its burning of prisoners and others on the basis of prophetic teachings, specifically in regards to the hadith where the Prophet (saw) is reported to have said, O Quraysh, I have come to you with slaughter?”
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses key lessons he observed and learned from his teachers and fellow seekers. He speaks about Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri, Shaykh Nuh Keller, Mufti Mahmoud Ashraf, Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish, Shaykh Jihad Brown. A question and answer session follows.
In this khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses how Allah (Most High) has commanded us to rush to the Friday prayer with a certain purpose, that purpose is the remembrance of Allah. The rush in here is the rushing of concern, not the physical rush.
He further goes into detail about what is meant by the ‘remembrance of Allah’; it entails two senses:
 The remembrance of Allah itself because the prayer IS an act of remembrance of Allah.
 That which reminds of you Allah, i.e. the khutba, that which reminds you of how to rectify your relationship with Allah (Most High).
The key to rectifying one’s relationship is the quality of taqwa, of having mindfulness of Allah.
What is the Straight Path we ask for in Surat al-Fatiha when we say: “Guide us to the Straight Path.” [Qur’an, 1.6] Why do believers–people of guidance–ask Allah for guidance?
In this insightful khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersHub Toronto (http://www.SeekersHub.org/) explains what guidance is; that the straight path is the direct way to the desired goal; what the believer seeks in life–Allah’s closeness and pleasure, and eternal success; the relationship between the straight path and the good of this life and the next… and more.
Shaykh Faraz emphasizes that this seeking of the straight path relates to seeking Allah–and making the right choice–in every life circumstance.
This Friday sermon was delivered at the Brampton Islamic Centre.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the key elements of a successful marriage. By looking at the the Qur’an, Prophetic teachings, and scholarly wisdom, Shaykh Faraz shares clear and practical guidance that we can uphold to have marriages that fulfill the worldly and spiritual potential of what the Prophet (peace be upon him) referred to as “Half the religion.”
In this memorable, moving Friday sermon (khutba) at IMO (http://www.imooftoronto.com/), Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by mentioning the Qur’anic verse, “We have raised your mention,” [Quran, 94.4] and then highlights aspect of the beauty of the appearance, conduct, and character of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).
He mentions narrations from leading companions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)–including Ali, al-Bara’, Ibn Abbas, A’isha, among others (Allah be pleased with them)–that give us beautiful glimpses of the stunning appearance (khalq) and beautiful character of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spoke on the absolute impermissibility of domestic violence, the importance of the rights of others, the grave consequences of wrongdoing, and upholding the excellence of character in his Friday Sermon at the Brampton Islamic Centre, December 09, 2011. He shows clearly how there is absolutely no place for domestic violence–nor any unjust or wrongful conduct–in the religion of Islam; and that the Prophetic way is to uphold excellence of character, as a means of seeking the acceptance and pleasure of God.