REMEMBRANCE OF DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE
Based on the Final Chapter of Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din by Imam al-Ghazali
A Monthly Class Taught by
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus & Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith
Session 3: Friday, January 16, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Makkah Learning Center
814 Brandy Farms Lane
Gambrills, Maryland 21054
Bring your family & friends, and join us each month for an evening of learning and fellowship!
(Dinner will be served 1t 6:30pm.)
If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact:
Hassan Abdullah (301) 204-3575
Presented by the Tajdeed Institute & Minara Fellowship
Widely regarded as the greatest work of Islamic spirituality, Imam al-Ghazali’s The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din) is a comprehensive work which brings together the various fields of the Islamic sciences in a useful compendium of guidance covering every aspect of the Deen, from belief, to worship, to daily life, to vice, virtue, and the final encounter with God. Truly a masterpiece in Muslim literature, over time, the Ihya’ became one of the most-recited Islamic texts after the Qur’an and the Hadith. It was well received by Islamic scholars such as Imam Nawawi (ra), who stated that: “Were the books of Islam all to be lost, excepting only the Ihya’, it would suffice to replace them all.”
In this monthly class, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus and Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith will guide attendees through the last chapter of the Ihya’. Its first part discusses the nature of death and how one can prepare for its inevitable arrival; illustrates the importance of contemplating human mortality; and establishes the vital relationship between such contemplation and the path of self-purification. Its second part takes readers through the stages of the future life: the vision of the Angels of the Grave, the Resurrection, the Intercession of the Prophet (saw), and finally, the torments of Hell, the levels of Paradise, and—for the elect—the beatific vision of Allah’s (swt) Countenance.
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. Send your donation directly via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions, contact us at: email@example.com.
Order your copy of The Remembrance of Death & the Afterlife (superbly translated by Abdal Hakim Murad) before the event from Mecca Books.
ABOUT SHAYKH YAHYA RHODUS
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 19, he embraced Islam in Santa Clara, California. He began his study of Islam with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and visiting Mauritanian scholars. In 1998, Shaykh Yahya began his travels to pursue Islamic studies overseas. He has learned from some of Mauritania’s greatest scholars, including the distinguished Murabit al-Hajj. At the prestigious learning institute of Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen, he studied with the renowned scholars Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz and Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, along with other local scholars. In 2010, Shaykh Yahya completed his Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He finished his Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 2012, while also serving as a full-time instructor at Zaytuna College. He travels regularly, teaching, lecturing, translating, and conducting weekend seminars, and also offers online instruction through SeekersGuidance and Al-Maqasid. Shaykh Yahya has been accepted to the University of Cambridge for a PhD program in the Department of Divinity. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.
ABOUT IMAM MIKAEEL AHMED SMITH
Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith currently serves as a resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Annapolis and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. He grew up in a deeply spiritual Christian home in Buffalo, New York. At the age of 18, he embraced Islam after reading the Qur’an and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Within a year after his shahadah, Imam Mikaeel enrolled at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, NY, where he learned to read Arabic and memorized the Qur’an. In 2008, he traveled overseas to study Arabic at the Jami’ah Abu Noor in Damascus, Syria. Upon his return, he continued studying the Islamic sciences at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania, where he completed the Alim program and earned his Bachelors in Islamic Studies in 2010. In 2012, he completed his studies of the Sihah Sitta (six most authentic collections of Prophetic traditions) and Qur’anic Tafseer (commentary), earning his Masters in Islamic Studies at the Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario. Later the same year, he moved to Maryland to become the scholar-in-residence at the Islamic Society of Annapolis. He teaches tajweed (Qur’an recitation) and the foundational Islamic sciences at the Makkah Learning Center in Gambrills, MD, and serves as a full-time instructor at the Al-Rahmah Seminary in Baltimore, MD. Imam Mikaeel is passionate about the meeting the needs of Muslim converts, building Islamic literacy among youth, and striving for social justice. He shares a love for books and athletics. He lives in Gambrills, MD, with his wife and daughter.