THE BOOK OF ASSISTANCE:
A Travel Guide along the Path to Allah
Based on the Text by Imam al-Haddad
A Monthly Class Taught by
Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya
Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Makkah Learning Center
814 Brandy Farms Lane
Gambrills, Maryland 21054
Bring your family & friends, and join us each month for an evening of Islamic learning, togetherness, and taqwa!
Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.
If you have any questions or seek further info, please contact:
Hassan Abdullah (301) 204-3575
Presented by the Makkah Learning Center & Tajdeed Institute
The Book of Assistance, authored by Imam al-Haddad, is widely considered the greatest summary of Islamic spirituality ever written. It summarizes the foundations of Islamic spirituality into 32 succinct, practical chapters covering topics such as certainty, vigilance, knowledge, reflection, prayer, adherence to the sunnah, and much more. The book serves as a comprehensive, practical manual for traveling the path to Allah (swt) and is taught to the present-day by teachers of Islamic spirituality throughout the world. Soundly based on the Qur’an and Hadith, this book is invaluable to all who love the Prophet (saw) and his way.
In this monthly class, Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya will guide attendees through the Book of Assistance, covering each lesson with a special focus on what we can do now to apply the Imam’s teachings, improve our spiritual states, and strengthen our relationship with Allah (swt).
- Learn the most basic, yet deeply profound, principles of Islamic spirituality.
- Pick up life lessons that are invaluable on your journey to Allah (swt).
- Gain knowledge of the blameworthy traits of the heart and how to remove them, and the praiseworthy traits of the heart and how to nurture them.
- Learn and apply the fundamentals of developing good Muslim character.
- Improve your transactions and dealings with others.
- Transform your relationship with Allah (swt).
Order your copy of The Book of Assistance before the event from Mecca Books.
ABOUT IMAM AL-HADDAD
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.
ABOUT SHAYKH ABDUL KARIM YAHYA
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.