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Dhu al-Hijjah Nights

It is a special program series that will take place on YouTube during the first 10 nights of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, offering a unique perspective on the month of Dhu al-Hijjah through verses from the Quran and hadiths.

19-27 June, 2023

7pm (EST)

Free

We all know...

… That righteous deeds are most beloved to Allah swt in the first 10 days of Dhu al-Hijjah. What have you planned for it? How does Surah al-Hajj and Imam al-Tahawi sound? 

Join us in this Hajj season as we explore Surah al-Hajj with insights from commentators (past and present) with Sheikh Yusuf Rios. Also join us as new unheard-of insights from Imam al-Tahawi on intriguing hadith with Ustadh Sadeq Ansari. 

Brew some tea and turn on your TV and join us at 7pm. Make the most of these 10 days and nights.

Event Objectives

10 days of knowledge-feed to catalyze 10 nights of worhsip

Delve deeper into the ocean of Surah al-Hajj with modern and classical commentaries

Witness the most advanced forms of matn and sanad criticisms in hadith

Unveiling the Hour: Exploring Surah al-Hajj and the Rational Proofs for Resurrection

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 1-5)

The Surah al-Hajj begins with a very vivid image of the Hour and this theme permeates across the whole Surah. The rational proofs for the Resurrection are discussed. The video begins with Imam Beytullah Colak’s recitation.

Root Causes of Ultimate Loss: Arrogance, Opportunistic Approach and Bad Opinion

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 6-15)

The Surah al-Hajj continues to explore some of the root causes that lead to Hellfire: arrogance toward revelation and the willingness to misguide, approaching faith for immediate worldly benefits and having a negative and bad opinion of God’s support in the upcoming days.

All Groups of Men will Eventually Become Two

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 16-23)

The Surah al-Hajj touches on the different religious groups and God judging between them. After drawing attention to how all animate and inanimate bodies and beings prostrate to God, it highlights the dreadful end of those who refrain to and the rewards of those who submit.

Hearing Ibrahim’s (a.s) Adhaan & Witnessing God in Hajj

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 24-30)

After delineating the heavenly-like life that real believers lived in this world, the Surah highlights the universality of Hajj as instituted by Abraham (pbuh) whilst magnifying the pillar in the hearts of the believers.

Honouring the Symbols of God: Taqwa of the Hearts

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 31-38)

This page begins with a captivating analogy of how shirk snatches one and scatters him away from the safe zone. The Surah turns the focus on the rites of Hajj while constantly highlighting the piety of the hearts and it’s trembling at God’s mentioning.

Permission to Fight & the Rationally thinking Heart

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 39-46)

For the first time, permission to fight has been granted to the persecuted community of believers with the main reasons highlighted (defending their religious right and protecting all places of worship). The Surah continues to console the Prophet about previous prophets being also belied and denied. God’s signs are laid out so openly, only if humans had “hearts with which they can think rationally and ears to listen with”.

Satan Casting Doubts

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 47-55)

The Surah al-Hajj discusses a unique phenomenon of Satan casting doubts. Despite the confusion surrounding the exact commentary of these verses, the Surah points to how this ‘test’ challenges those whose hearts carry an illness and the hardened hearts whilst believers know that’s God’s removing the Satanic doubts is a reality.

God Makes the Night to Pass into the Day, and Day into the Night

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 56-64)

Surah al-Hajj continues to explain how God supports and provides for those who migrate for His sake, even if they die. It also stresses how when such people retaliate in fairness and are wronged again, God vows to help them and grant them victory. God can change such difficult situations into ease just like he passes the day into the night…

Pursuer and the Pursued: Weak

(Surah al-Hajj, Verses 65-78)

In the final two pages, the Surah touches on the universality of Hajj despite the ritual differences ordained by God amongst the religions, the greatness of God and the futility of those who seek other than Him and the futility of what they seek. The concludes by: Strive hard for God as is His due: He has chosen you and placed no hardship in your religion, the faith of your forefather Abraham. God has called you Muslims––both in the past and in this [message]––so that the Messenger can bear witness about you and so that you can bear witness about other people. So keep up the prayer, give the prescribed alms, and seek refuge in God: He is your protector––an excellent protector and an excellent helper.

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About Instructors

Mir Sadeq Ansari was born in Afghanistan and brought up in Australia. In his Bachelor of Arts, he studied psychological science, at Macquarie University, in 2010. He was the president of Macquarie University Affinity Club (2005-08). In his M. A. he did Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Sydney, 2012. He studied Arabic at the Nile Centre, Cairo Egypt, 2014. He took Turkish Language courses and Islamic and Ottoman History Courses in Istanbul, Turkey (June 2014 – June 2015). He obtained a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at ISRA Australia, 2019. He lectured in Charles Sturt University and Respect Graduate School. His doctoral dissertation is on the role and rules of ‘aql/reason in text criticism of hadith by the famous polymath Abu Ja’far Tahawi. He completed his Ph.D. thesis in July 2022.
Yusuf Rios has a BA in Western Philosophy and Sociology, and a certificate in Cultural Diversity studies from John Carroll University. During his studies at John Carroll University he also attended Borromeo Seminary for 2 and ½ years wherein he studied Catholic Theology & Catholic Philosophy. After finishing his BA in Philosophy and Sociology he completed a second BA in Islamic Studies from Islamic American University. In addition, he studied abroad for 5 years traditionally in Egypt during which he studied in al-Azhar,ash-Sharif Mudiafa al-Adawi and Masjid Dardir as well as other centers of learning where he acquired ijazat and studied with some of the most revered scholars in Egypt. During that time he also studied Arabic in Diwan and Sibawayh Language Centers. Yusuf has also done graduate work in Education with Notre Dame College in Ohio and is near completion of an MA in Islamic Education with Guidance College. He has training in Social Work and Mental health and Islamic Trauma Therapy and is a founding member of the 3 Puerto Rican Imams Project (a Relief and Social Services Org.) and the founder and Director of the Shaukani Study Circle

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