Monthly Class: Journey through the Lives of Man with Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya

Insha’Allah, we will be holding Session 6 on Monday, April 22nd. Even if you missed previous sessions, please feel free to attend the upcoming session. Mark your calendar! Once again, these class sessions are entirely FREE, so we encourage everyone to join us at the Islamic Society of Southern Prince George’s County (ISSPGC) for another evening of Islamic learning, togetherness, and taqwa!

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Based on the Text by Imam al-Haddad

A Monthly Class Taught by
Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya

Session 6: Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

Islamic Society of Southern Prince George’s County
5410 Indian Head Highway
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
(By the intersection of Indian Head Highway & Livingston Road, in the building across the street from McDonald’s)

Bring your family & friends, and join us each month for an evening of Islamic learning, togetherness, and taqwa!

Dinner will be served.

If you have any questions or seek further info, please contact:
Hassan Abdullah (301) 204-3575

Sponsored & Presented by the Tajdeed Institute
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The Lives of Man is a relatively short treatise by Imam al-Haddad, yet it is remarkable for its ability to engage the hearts of readers and awaken them, providing a piercing reminder of our origins, our present, and our future. Soundly based on the Qur’an and Hadith, this book guides us through the various stages that mankind traverses, detailing the journey of the soul from its initial covenant with Allah (swt) to its ultimate destination of either the Garden or the Fire. A Muslim should be aware of each of these stages, with the ultimate aim of being better prepared for the eternal life, returning to Allah (swt) in a state that is pleasing to Him.

In this monthly class, Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya will guide attendees through The Lives of Man, covering each stage of our existence with a special focus on what we can do now to improve our spiritual states and strengthen our relationship with Allah (swt):

  • The First Life: Life before Conception
  • The Second Life: Dunya (the Lower World)
  • The Third Life: The Intermediate Realm (Barzakh)
  • The Fourth Life: Judgment Day
  • The Fifth Life: The Fire and the Garden

NOTE:   This course is entirely FREE and dinner will be served, but donations would be gratefully appreciated. Please consider donating (even if it’s a small amount) to help us continue our programs. For any questions, or to donate via PayPal, contact Hassan Abdullah via (You can also donate directly to this email through PayPal).

Order your copy of The Lives of Man before the event from Mecca Books.


Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad is widely believed to have been the spiritual mujaddid (“reviver”) of the 12th Islamic century. His breadth of knowledge and high spiritual state is clearly reflected in his writings, poetry, and books. Imam al-Haddad was born in Tarim, in the hills of Hadramaut, one of the southerly regions of the Arabian peninsula, and grew up in an environment where the accent was upon piety, frugality, and erudition. His lineage is traced back to the Prophet (saw) and his family, through Imam al-Husayn. His ancestors had for centuries produced generation after generation of great scholars and summoners to the Straight Path.

Imam al-Haddad’s writings are mostly concerned with establishing within his readers the firmest possible foundations for faith and certainty. He recognized the signs of his times, and of the times to come, and observed how people were drawing away from the Deen, exhibiting a reluctance to study and a diminishing inclination to seek spiritual growth. He therefore endeavored to produce concise, clear, and uncontroversial texts. His concern for brevity is manifest throughout his books, many of which are abbreviated adaptations of Imam al-Ghazali’s monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din). Ghazali himself had been the renewer of the 6th century.

Imam al-Haddad died in 1132 AH, having spent his life bringing people to their Lord through his oral and written teaching, and his exemplary life. He was buried in a simple grave in the cemetery of Tarim.


Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya is an interpreter for the renowned scholar, Habib Umar b. Hafiz, and a teacher of the Islamic sciences specializing in Sacred Law at SeekersGuidance and Qibla (formerly SunniPath Online Islamic Academy).

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Shaykh Abdul Karim, by the Grace of Allah, embraced Islam in 1989 in his home city. In 1996, having been inspired to study religious knowledge by the books of Imam Ghazali (Allah be pleased with him) and the call for the revival of Islamic knowledge, he traveled with his family to Damascus, Syria where he embarked on a course of active pursuit of knowledge. During his two-year stay in Damascus he focused his attention on the acquisition of an elementary knowledge of the Arabic language and Qur’anic recitation, studying the latter under the tutelage of the highly respected Shaykh of Qur’an Abu Anas (Allah preserve him) at the Rawda Mosque in Damascus.

Since 1998, Shaykh Abdul Karim has been studying at the hands of Habib Umar and his older brother Habib Mashhour, the two sons of the late Habib Muhammad Bin Salim Bin Hafiz, as well as the other teachers of Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Hadramaut, Yemen. As a student at Dar al-Mustafa he has primarily turned his efforts towards keeping the company of his Shaykhs from the noble Prophetic descendants of Ba Alawi as well as attaining knowledge of the Islamic Sciences.

Specializing in jurisprudence according to the school of Muhammad Bin Idris al-Shafi’i (Allah be pleased with him), Shaykh Abdul Karim has studied the curriculum of jurisprudence at Dar al-Mustafa all the way to the Minhaj of Imam Nawawi (Allah be pleased him). He has been given permission to answer questions according to the Shafi’i School as well as to teach jurisprudence and other disciplines by his Shaykh, Habib Umar, Allah preserve him.

Today, he spends his time with his family between Tarim, Hadramaut, and the United States. Shaykh Abdul Karim currently is a resident scholar with the Beacon Foundation located in the metro Detroit suburbs.


One response to “Monthly Class: Journey through the Lives of Man with Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya

  1. Alhumdullilah the classes have been really insightful and I’m very excited to announce that we will be starting chapter three the Barzaq (the grave). Now we are getting into the lives that are unseen and yet to come. Be there to find out more about what we will be going through next in our lives.

    Wa Salaam


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