The Rejuvenation of Love
27 November, 2021
“The Rejuvenation of Love” evokes Love for the Prophet, Allah’s Peace and Blessings be Upon Him. Our relationship with the most Beloved (ﷺ) is the most special and unique of Love. There are no parallels that can be drawn as a comparison. As the Prophet told us: “None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.”
This year SimplyIslam Academy (UK), in collaboration with Sufilive, is organising the 8th Mawlid Festival, with the theme “The Rejuvenation of Love” featuring speakers and reciters from around the globe.
“The Rejuvenation of Love” rejuvenates that ideal of Love in our hearts. It carries a special meaning in how we Love the Prophet, Allah’s Peace and Blessings be Upon Him, and also in relation to Allah’s relationship with His Beloved (ﷺ). This is the ideal of Love that we should all strive towards, and honour and nurture within our hearts. May this bring us closer to the Divine Love such as has been described of the Love that Allah The Glorious has for His Beloved, Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s Peace & Blessings be upon him.
Shaykh Hisham Al-Kabbani
Born into an eminent family of religious scholars in Beirut, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Al-Kabbani is a world-renowned Muslim scholar, author, and lecturer.
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani received his Islamic Law (Shariah) Degree in Syria (Damascus). He also studied deeply the subject of Islamic spirituality under two internationally renowned Naqshbandi spiritual guides, namely, Shaykh Abdullah al-Fa’iz ad-Daghestani and Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut and also studied medicine in Lowain, Belgium.
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani is Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA), a non-profit religious organisation based in Washington DC. ISCA has spearheaded a number of peace initiatives, hosted notable conferences, actively engages in inter-religious dialogue, and promotes traditional and moderate Islamic views within and outside of USA. ISCA has addressed numerous world bodies such as the United Nations and continues to advise the United States Department of State on issues regarding Islam, religious tolerance and terrorism. The organisation was a key adviser in the formation of US foreign policy on Kosova, and has recently paved development and trade resources for Muslim-populated newly independent states of former Russia.
For many years Shaykh Hisham Kabbani has publicly condemned all acts of terrorism and the use of Islam to promote terrorist agendas. He has worked ardently to help people all over the world, from all walks of life, better understand the moderate, tolerant nature of traditional Islam, as practiced around the world.
In this role of spreading the message of Islam and peace, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani has met with many heads of state like President George Bush, President Bill Clinton, President Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesia), Vice-President Jusuf Kalla (Indonesia), Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi (Malaysia), President Hamid Karzai (Afghanistan), Prime Minister Recep Erdogan (Turkey) and many more.
Dr Tarek Elgawhary
Shaykh Dr. Tarek Elgawhary is a scholar of Islam and comparative religions having studied at both Princeton University and al-Azhar Seminary. Throughout his career, he has taught Courses in Legal Theory (Usul Al Fiqh) and Islamic Law (Fiqh). He is the creator of the Making Sense of Islam platform where he discusses issues related to Islam and mindfulness. Dr. Tarek Elgawhary currently serves as the resident scholar at the Islamic Community Center of Potomac (ICCP).
He is also an entrepreneur, teacher, and philanthropist. He is also the CEO and co-founder of the Coexist Corp., a business enterprise stemming from the Coexist Foundation. Currently, Shaykh Tarek spends his time running his business, teaching, and lecturing, and giving back through the various charities he is involved with.
Shaykh Yahya Rodus
Shaykh Yahya was born and raised in America’s midwest. At the age of 19 he became Muslim in the San Francisco Bay Area and began studying with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and distinguished scholars visiting from Mauritania, Shaykh Khatry & Shaykh Abdullah Ould Ahmadna.
In 1998, he left for Mauritania to further his studies of the Islamic sciences. There he spent over a year sitting with some of Mauritania’s great scholars, including Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj, one the great scholars of our age.
In 2000, he moved to Tarim, Yemen to continue his studies at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa. There he studied with renowned scholars Habib ‘Ali al-Jifry, Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz, and other local scholars.
Shaykh Ahmed El-Azhary
Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usūl, Logic, and Kalam at Rawdatul-Naīm under the supervision of HabibAli al-Jifrī; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismaīl Sadiq al-Adawī (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.
Formerly, Shaykh Ahmed worked as a Lead Researcher at Tabah Foundation. He was appointed by Habib `Ali al-Jifrī to architect the philosophical framework of Suaal initiative – an initiative concerned with modelling an Islamic philosophical response to contemporary existential questions, supervised by Shaykh `Ali Jumu`ah, Habib `Umar and Shaykh Usama al-Azhary. Shaykh Ahmed continues to participate in Suaal initiative through essays, public lectures and workshops.
Dr Shadee ElMasry
Dr. Shadee Elmasry was born and raised in New Jersey. He began studying the traditional sciences rigorously at age eighteen after a summer in Fes, Morocco. Since then he has studied all over the world including Hadramawt (Yemen), Mecca and Madina (Saudi Arabia), London (UK), Cairo (Egypt) and New Jersey (U.S.) under several luminaries of our time.
Beginning in his home state of New Jersey, he learned tajweed under Shaykh Mohammed Jibreel and hadith (Sahih Muslim) & tafsir under Hafidh Ghulam Yasin. In London, he learned hadith from Mufti Barakatullah, while keeping the company of the city’s noble imams Ahmed Ba Bikir Sudani, Mufti Barakatullah, and Shaykh Abu Bakr Ba Shuayb. Dr. Elmasry went on to study Arabic grammar and poetry under Shaykh Taleb al-Qalqami and Dr. Shadi Naser. He then pursued principles of jurisprudence by learning the Maqasid al-Sharia from Shaykh Hamza Karamali and the Matn of Ibn Abi Kaff under Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. Dr. Elmasry also studied the Risala of Ibn Abi Zaid in Maliki fiqh under Mauritanian scholar, Shaykh Salek bin Siddina, and took ijaza in the Matn al-Ghaya from Shaykh Imaddudine Abu Hijleh in Shafi’i fiqh, and in the the Tahawiyya (beliefs) and the Bayquniyya (hadith) from Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ninowy.
Shaykh Dr. Hisham Hellyer
Shaykh Dr Hisham A. Hellyer, a noted scholar and academic of politics & religion internationally, has studied the Islamic intellectual tradition with classically trained scholars in the UK, the Arab world, the Gambia, southeast Asia, and elsewhere.
Dr Hisham’s academic career has involved positions with Cambridge and Harvard Universities, Brookings and the Carnegie Endowment, while his teachers in the Islamic tradition included the Malaysian polymath, Tan Sri Sayyid M. Naquib al-Attas, and the senior representative of the Makkan sage Sayyid Muhammad b. Alawi al-Maliki, the late Shaykh Seraj Hendricks. Shaykh Seraj designated Shaykh Hisham as the first and only senior scholar of the renowned Azzawia Institute in South Africa. Appointed as the first professorial fellow in Islamic Studies at Cambridge Muslim College of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Dr Hisham is also a Council Member of the British Board of Scholars and Imams. Born to an English father and to an Egyptian mother of ʿAbbāsī-Sudanese & Ḥasanī-Moroccan heritage, he was raised between the West and the Arab world.
Ustadh Chad Earl
Sheikh Chad Earl grew up in Indiana and accepted Islam when he was 15 years old. He has been seeking knowledge since this early age which took him to Egypt in 2005 to learn Arabic and Islamic Studies. After completing the requirements, he was accepted into Al-Azhar to graduate with its high school diploma in 2012 that qualified him to join the College of Islamic and Arabic Studies, Al-Azhar University. He graduated with a degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies in 2018. He also sat for Independent Studies with scholars in Egypt in various Islamic topics such as memorization, Tajwid, Fiqh, Tafsir and Hadith. He helped with successfully launching an online Arabic program based in Cairo, Egypt. He worked as a writer, editor and translator with the Egyptian House of Fatwa (Dar Al-Iftaa), Al-Azhar. He has given talks, and Friday and Eid sermons at various places including Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, California, New York, and Minnesota. He recently completed training in Family Counselling from the Islamic Seminary of America.
Ustadh Syed Mohsen Alsagoff
Syed Mohsen Alsagoff comes from a line of scholars both from his father and mother side. His late grandfather Syed Abbas Alsagoff was a renowned Islamic scholar in Singapore, and count many asatizah among his students. On his maternal side, his grandfather Syed Abdullah Bin Haroon Aljunied, was also a renowned Islamic scholar in Singapore who sat on the board of the National Fatwa Committee.
Syed Mohsen Alsagoff graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Theology (Usuluddin) from Yarmouk University, Jordan. He spent a good 12 years covering his primary, secondary and pre-university Islamic studies at Singapore’s prestigious Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, known for its eminence in Islamic scholarship in Southeast Asia. Syed Mohsen has a deep interest in Fiqh or Islamic Jurisprudence, as well as other Islamic sciences, particularly in the field of tafsir or exegesis, and the Prophetic biography or Sirah. He has attained many ijazahs from an array of Islamic scholars, both local and abroad.
Sidi Aftab Malik
Aftab Malik is Guest Lecturer at the Department of Law, University of Sydney, where he co-teaches an Introduction to Shariah. He is a permanent designated “Global Expert” on Islam at the UN Alliance of Civilisations and has taught at the Summer Rihla retreats. Aftab has written a number of articles that have been translated into numerous languages. His written work has been commended by a range of academics and scholars, such as John L. Esposito, Khaled Abou El Fadl and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.
Aftab’s current research areas of interest include the Enlightenment, postmodernism, Islam and sixteenth century England, Sufism, Islamic and Western political philosophy, and the development of classical Islamic law.
Abdul-Rehman Malik is an award winning journalist, educator and cultural organizer. In June 2019 he was appointed Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar at the Yale Divinity School. He also serves at the Program Coordinator at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies, and is responsible for developing curricula and partnerships with public schools to promote better cultural, language and religious literacy about the Middle East to educators and students alike. Abdul-Rehman also serves as Director of the Muslim Leadership Lab, an innovative student leadership program being incubated at the Dwight Hall Center of Social Justice at Yale. He remains programs manager for the Radical Middle Way, which offers powerful, faith-inspired guidance and tools to enable change, combat exclusion and violence and promote social justice for all. His work has spanned the UK, United States, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali, Morocco, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia.
Abdul-Rehman is a frequent journalist for BBC Radio, offering contemporary perspectives on contemporary spirituality. Until 2018 regularly presented the popular Pause for Thought segment on Radio 2 and Something Understood on Radio 4. His most recent essay for Radio 3’s Holy Week 2019 was entitled “Behold the Man”. In conjunction with The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Abdul-Rehman will be launching and hosting a new podcast in 2020 entitled “This Being Human”, which will explore kaleidoscope of contemporary Muslim experience and identity.
Ustadh Muhammad Salleh
Ustadh Muhammad Salleh is a graduate of Singapore’s prestigious Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah and completed his full-time pre-university studies at the madrasah. He also studied at the National University of Malaysia, before pursuing his Degree at the Al-Azhar University.
He is an accredited Asatizah (Islamic Religious Teacher) certified by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the Asatizah Recognition Board.
He has taught Islamic studies to tertiary students and adults at SimplyIslam’s Islamic school. He has a flair and deep interest for Prophetic healing and medicine and regularly conducts SimplyIslam’s popular “Prophetic Healing” and “Ruqyah” course. He is currently the Chief Knowledge Strategist at the SimplyIslam Academy. He is proficient in Arabic, English and Malay languages.
Ustadha Fatin Afika
Ustadha Fatin Afika is a graduate of Singapore’s prestigious Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah and completed her full-time pre-university studies at the madrasah. She also studied at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. She is a graduate of Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Biotechnology and currently pursuing her BSC in Biomedical Science, La Trobe University. She is an accredited Asatizah (Islamic Religious Teacher) certified by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the Asatizah Recognition Board.
Ustadha Nur Khadijah Binte Ramli
stadha Nur Khadijah Binte Ramli is a graduate of Singapore’s prestigious Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah. She concluded her education at the Madrasah after completing her full-time pre-university studies. After which she pursued higher education paths in Islamic Theology and Philosophy. Her educational journey took her to the Al-Azhar University in Egypt where she graduated with a B.A (Theology & Philosophy). Not one to rest on her laurels, she decided to specialize in Islamic Theology and attained an M.A (Theology) from the Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.Ustadha Nur Khadijah is an accredited Asatizah (Islamic Religious Teacher) certified by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB). She sat on the PERGAS (Singapore Islamic Scholars & Religious Teachers Association) boards as an Executive Committee and a Council Member. Beyond her educational excellence and contributions to the Islamic community in Singapore, Ustadha Nur Khadijah continues with her first love – teaching – and shares her expertise and knowledge to the budding asatizahs of Singapore. She is currently a teacher of Islamic studies and Arabic Language with PERGAS.
Ustadh Zahid Zin
Ustaz Muhd Zahid Zin received his Diploma Islamic Studies at Institute of Syaykh Ahmad Kuftaro at Damascus, Syria. Beyond teaching, he also serves as the Naib Kadi and an active motivational speaker, having been invited by various local Muslim organizations, including PERGAS, PPIS, Darul Arqam and Jamiyah. Ustaz Zahid is also member of a local Qasidah group, Maadihul Mustafa.
Imam Muhammed Asim Hussain
Imam Muhammed Asim Hussain was born on the 14th of February 1990 in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire. The Imam began his primary education of Arabic Language at an early age of fifteen under the guidance of his spiritual teacher Mufti Qazi Hasan Raza for a year, before going to Jamia Al-Karam (Retford, UK) at the age of sixteen in the year 2006. There the Imam, under the guidance of his teachers in particular Shaykh Muhammed Imdad Hussain Pirzada, began studying the traditional Dars-e-Nizami course over the period of three years. In July 2009 the Imam graduated and the opportunity of serving as an Imam arose through the guidance of his Shuyukh.
Two weeks after his graduation he was appointed the head Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Barking, East London. A Masjid that holds up to 2,500 people on Jummah and Eid Prayers. He is currently the youngest serving Imam in a Masjid of this size in the United Kingdom. The Imam delivers the Friday and Eid sermons in English to accommodate for the youth, he delivers regular lectures throughout the week on various issues such as Fiqh, Tafsir, Hadith and Arabic Grammar.
On March 17th 2012 aged 22 years old, Imam Muhammed Asim was honoured with receiving khilafah in the Chishti and Qadri Sufi orders from his honourable teacher and guide Shaykh Muhammed Imdad Hussain Pirzada.
Imam Muhammed Asim is quickly growing to become a popular Imam and speaker amongst Muslim youth in the UK and around the World. Renowned for speeches on contemporary issues and a "down to earth" and "on the level" approach that relate to all age groups.
Imam Muhammed Asim tirelessly travels throughout the UK and the world to inspire the youth to the way of Islam through his lectures. He has delivered talks throughout the UK and around the world in cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Nottingham, Slough. Watford, Blackburn, Bolton, Halifax, Rochdale, Oldham, Derby, Luton, Bedford, Reading, High Wycombe, Oslo (Norway), in South Africa and many more.
After serving 3 years as the khatib and Head Imam of Al-Madina Masjid in Barking, currently Imam Asim lectures in Manchester Central Mosque and performs his duties as the khatib for Jummah and also in various mosques in the UK.
Imam Muhammad Asim is the founder and currently the Imam at the al-Hikam Institute in Bradford, United Kingdom.
Ustadh Nasir Rashid
Ustadh Nasir Rashid is a traditionally trained Muslim scholar who has a special interest in developing a deeper more intimate understanding of Islam. He has an MA in Philosophy and is a practicing Audiologist. He has been studying and teaching all levels of Islam for over 15 years and he intends to share his unique ideas and insight through social media to engage with a wider audience. He currently teaches Islamic studies, and shares short lesssons on social media, and is also a Nikah facilitator.
Asim The Poet
"Asim the Poet is an award nominated Spoken word artist, Host, Singer, Author, FloPoet, Creative workshop facilitator and a Motivational speaker.
Asim has been featured across various media formats including film, radio and literature- including BBC 4 radio show "Poets in the Pulpit", "A kaleidoscope of stories" and many more. He also hosts weekly Arabic praise poetry circles, which have been ongoing for more than 15 years.
As a featured artist nationally across the UK, he delivers a wide range of topics through page poetry and live spoken word events from hard-hitting stories to light hearted poems, as he conveys powerful messages to help inspire and motivate others."
Shaykh Sayyid Fadi Zoubaa Ibn Ali Al Hassani
Born in Damascus to the Zoubaa family.Shaykh Sayyid Fadi's family can be traced back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ through the Erudite Scholar of Shaam Sayyiduna Shaykh Badruddin Al Hassani, and then through a very strong chain going back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Shaykh Sayyid Fadi's study in Islamic knowledge began with memorisation of Qur'an and the different Qiraats.
He memorised to memory over 10,000 Ahadiths of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with their chains going directly back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He too received a Masters in all four Madhabs.
Shaykh Sayyid Fadi joined a Tariqa at a young age where they initiated in the Naqshabandi Khalidi Mujaddedi order through the Mufti of Shaam Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro. Later in life, they themselves were granted the position of representative by the Khalifa of Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro, the late Gnostic Shaykh Rajab Deeb.
Shaykh has studied extensively throughout his life with many of Syria finest scholars, much of whom who have now sadly departed.
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