Ustadha Iffet Rafeeq completed her classical ‘Aalimah course in the UK, topping both male and female students in every exam she took! She gained bessings from part time courses under Sheikh Atabec Shukurov Nasafi and Shaykh Burhan. Whilst studying she was appointed a role as a teacher and spiritual counsellor for reverts by her Ustadh. After graduating she was 1 of 3 students gifted a scholarship for Al Azhar university in Cairo.
Once her Intense Arabic Grammar course was completed she returned to the UK to teach Islamic theology at City Hasanat College, whilst completing her Businesses Management diploma and also continuing to study under the guidance of Shaykh Zain ul Aqtab Siddiqui at the Suyuti Institute
She is a co-founder of Dust To Diamonds, a Da’wah and Counselling Organisation, which can be found on YouTube.
Ustadha Iffet has achieved so much in a few years; her only wish is to study, teach, and serve the Ummah of Rasulullah SallAllahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam.
Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the primary teacher at Utrujj, and its founder. He has studied Islamic law for over 20 years. He has accreditation in interpretation and sciences of the Qur’an, Prophetic sayings (hadith) and jurisprudence (fiqh) from the scholars of Lebanon and Syria. He served as a lecturer of comparative jurisprudence for many years at the Islamic University of Beirut. He has also served as lecturer of hadith and the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) (seerah) at the Azhar Lubnan Academy, Lebanon.
As well as verifying over 20 books, his specialities include comparative jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence (usool ul fiqh) and hadith. He is the director of the “Shariah Solutions Ltd” A consultancy firm in Islamic Finance and is on the Shari’ah supervisory board for Gatehouse Bank PLC (London), He has delivered numerous courses and lectures in Islamic finance including an annual conference with leading Islamic finance scholars.
He provides counselling and independent consultancy services for Muslim and non-Muslim organisations both in person and via the internet. He has appeared on both Islam Channel and Shari’ah TV channel. He has been a guest speaker on Islamic radio stations throughout the UK responding to questions on Islamic law and living Islam in the modern context. He has also delivered a range of seminars and courses on Islamic Finance.
‘And remember God, during certain days numbered. If any man hastens on in two days, that is no sin for him; and if he delays, it is not a sin for him; if he fears; and fear God, and know that to Him you shall be gathered.’ [Qur’an 2:203]
Mina is the place where the pilgrims congregate during the Hajj and stay there on the 8th and then from 11th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah during the days of Tashriq.
Mina is situated approximately 7 kilometres to the east of Makkah. The pilgrims come here after completing their Hajj Rites and sacrifice an animal and cut / shave their heads before coming out from the state of Ihram.
“And when he was old enough to walk with him, he said, ‘O my dear son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice you. So see what you think’. He said, ‘O my father do whatever you have been commanded. You shall find me, God willing, of the steadfast’. And when they had both submitted, and he had laid him down on his forehead, We called to him, ‘O Abraham! Verily you have fulfilled the vision’. So do We reward those who are virtuous. Truly this was indeed a clear test’. Then We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.” [Qur’an 37: 102-107]
It is here that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him) brought his son Isma’il (Peace be Upon Him) in order to sacrifice him following the dream that he had. It is also here that the Shaytan tried to tempt him away from his mission to sacrifice his son so he beat Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These are marked by the 3 large walls known as the Jamarat, where pilgrims to this day stone the walls in recognition of this act of Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him). Finally it is here, in Mina, where the pilgrim sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Ibrahim’s (Peace be Upon Him) willingness to sacrifice his son, and how Allah sent a Ram in Isma’il’s (Peace be Upon Him) place, as a ransom for him.
Mina is also the place where Masjid Al Khayf and Masjid Bay’ah are located.
Sheikha Selina graduated with a Bachelors degree (BEd) in Primary Education, CELTA and PTLLS from London. She also completed a Diploma in Arabic Language and a Bachelors degree (BA) in Usul-Ad-Din and Usul-al-Fiqh in Arabic medium from the European Institute of Islamic Sciences in France. While studying Shariah she also completed an intensive Tajwid course on Ibn al-Jazari, a classical Tajwid text, and studied Tajwid extensively under a number of male and female Tajwid scholars. In particular, Sheikh Said Bouhdifi who obtained Ijazah for 10 recitations (Qira’at) from Sheikh Ayman Suaid and from Sheikh Abdul Munim As-Shalati. She also studied under Sheikh Farid and Sheikha Reihab (who both obtained Ijazah in 10 Qira’at from Sheikh Ayman), as well as Sheikh Mabruk Sheikha Muna and Kawsar (who both obtained Ijazah from Sheikh Ayman).
Sheikha Selina had been teaching Tajwid, Aqidah, Fiqh and other Islamic Sciences in the UK in various courses. In particular, she has taught in the Tartil courses (Beautifying Recitation), Itqan courses (Perfecting Recitation), Nafar courses (Understanding Islam) and in Knowledgeseekers courses (Islamic Sciences) for the last 7 years. She also teaches at the Beacon Institute, of which, she is one of the founding directors.
She is currently teaching the Arabic for Life Long Learning Programme and Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Programme for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She also delivers talks on education and on other various Islamic issues at university campuses, Mosques and Islamic Centres. She is married with 3 children.
Masjid Bay’ah is in ‘Aqaba, the nearest part of Mina to Makkah. It marks the place where the early Madinan Muslims came to give Bay’ah (Allegiance) to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) which led to the eventual Hijrah of the Muslims from Makkah to Madinah.
The first Bay’ah was given two years before the Hijrah with 12 people of Madina giving Bay’ah. The second Bay’ah took place one year before the Hijrah and was attended by 75 people from Madina who gave their Allegiance to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and pomised to protect him should he migrate to Madinah.
This was the catalyst for the momentous Hijrah which became the start of a new Dawn for the Muslims.
A Masjid was built here to commemorate the location and Alhamdu Lillah it’s one of the few structures that still remain today.
I apologise for my long silence (for anyone who may visit my page from time to time), I just seem to have been caught up in more things that usual lately.
In September, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Gareth Davies for the online Welsh Martial Arts Magazine – Community Martial Arts News.
I consider myself a novice in the field of martial arts, but it was such an honour to have had this article published by Gareth, who had contacted me after finding one of my sword photos online (as mentioned in the article).
The passage speaks a bit about my martial arts history, a bit about my own life, and about Sensei too.
I realise that some parts are a little muddled, but the gist of it is there! (I just hope it doesn’t come…
Stumbled across this post whilst searching for something else. Another one to add to the list of the many places one can do Ziyarah of when in the Sacred Land.
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Allah has granted special privilege to things and places related to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Hujrathu Shareefah (حجرة الشريفة), the small area where Rasoolullah’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Qabar Shareef is located is described as the best place in earth. Area between Hujrathu Shareefah and Pulpit(منبر) of Rasoolullah’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is described as a garden among garden of the Paradise.
It is written in history with golden scripts about childhood of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) with Halimah (رضي الله عنها). It was a practice in that era that toddlers in city were nursed by villagers who folk the cities for that purpose. Birth parents of babies had found it a useful practice as their babies will gain better physical and mental strength once lived in villages. On the other hand villagers saw it as an opportunity to get some wealth.
'If ye help him not, still Allah helped him when those who disbelieve drove him forth, the second of two; when they two were in the cave, when he said unto his comrade: Grieve not. Lo! Allah is with us. Then Allah caused His peace of reassurance to descend upon him and supported him with hosts ye cannot see, and made the word of those who disbelieved the nethermost, while Allah’s Word it was that became the uppermost. Allah is Mighty, Wise.' [Qur'an 9:40]
The Photobook by Dr Abdullah Al Kadi documents in great detail the Hijrah Journey that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, took from Makkah to Madinah.
The event was chaired by historian Bettany Hughes with presentations from Dr AlKadi and Photographer Peter Sanders. The evening closed with a reception and book signing with Dr AlKadi.
‘Dr. Alkadi is the Vice Rector for Studies, Development and Community Services, as well as being a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Dammam in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He is the author of several books covering diverse topics such as the use of GIS applications on social development in urban areas, to analysis of the planning characteristics of urban mosques at the time of the Prophet in Madinah. Currently, Dr. Alkadi continues to explore and expand his research not only on the Hijrah Route, but other ancient pathways as well.’
I arrived late at the event due to unforeseen circumstances that afternoon on a return journey from Bognor Regis. As a result I missed a good chunk of Dr AlKadi’s presentation. What I did catch was him documenting through pictures the difficulty he and his team had to endure to find and detail all the places that the Prophet, peace be upon him, and Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased him, trekked through on their momentous journey from Makkah to Madinah.
They uncovered many new milestones that marked the way, reaching some areas that were only accessible by foot, and hand digging various milestones and artefacts from underground. Along the way they uncovered ancient writings on rocks that predate even the Islamic Period in Arabia.
Dr AlKadi has had all of his new findings documented with the relevent Tourism and Archeology department within the Government of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Alkadi explains: “Makkah to Madinah is the culmination of several years of research driven by the simple desire to determine as precisely as possible the exact route of the Hijrah. In the course of this study, I have conducted dozens of field expeditions, collecting data, recording GPS coordinates, identifying landmarks, calculating distances, and covering as much as possible the entire route by foot. I have also examined every available resource from Hadith and Seerah literature and narrations, to historical documents, maps from the eighteenth century to the present. I have also conducted extensive interviews with local residents to glean information handed down through generations.”
“After analysing, synthesising, and cross-checking the information from this research, I have by the grace of Allah realised my original goal: to determine as precisely as possible the exact route of the Prophet’s Hijrah.”
After Dr AlKadi Peter Sanders took to the stage. He mirrored what Dr AlKadi had said and stated that in all his years of travelling to and photographing Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Sites, he could not believe that the sites uncovered by Dr AlKadi actually existed.
Although he was only on the journey for part of the way he found the whole experience spiritually uplifting knowing that they were walking on the exact same path that the Prophet, peace be upon him, had trodden.
Peter also mentioned the sites that were hard to reach and had to be gotten to on foot and commended Dr Al Kadi’s commitment and vigour in completing those journeys on foot. Peter summarised that the landscapes that they visited and saw was like seeing the Artistry of Allah in His creation.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, who was also present at the launch, wrote the forward to the book. It was through Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and his audio tapes in the 90s that I first heard of Dr AlKadi, and I was glad that I finally got a chance to meet him in 2015! Alhamdu Lillah. He writes in his forward to the book:
‘In a just world, this exaustive effort would be seen as a groundbreaking masterwork, and would be discussed and celebrated by historians of humanity worldwide. But our world is far from just, and Shaykh Abdullah may have to wait for the Hijrah to that truly just world for his work to be acknowledged and rewarded. For now, may our gratitude suffice.‘
After the presentations was a brief Q&A conducted by the chair which was followed by the reception and book signing.
The book can be purchased from all good bookstores and online through Amazon and the publisher’s own website: http://orient-east.com/buy
I would like to end by thanking brother Masud Ahmed Khan for posting the details of the event on his Facebook feed, without which I would not have known of the event. I would also like to thank Helen Lewis of literallypr.com for extending the invite to me and giving me the opportunity to meet such great personalities from the Islamic World.