The Purification of the Heart by Abdulbary Yahya

Thursday, 14. February 2008

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

“Keep your heart healthy!” is thus touted almost everywhere.  Changes in lifestyles are advocated in order to keep the heart in tip top shape. However, there is a more important aspect of caring for the heart that is largely neglected; its spiritual health, an aspect that will determine how we will fare after we are buried six feet under, regardless of how we die.

“…Beware, in the body there is a flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and behold, it is the heart.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

It would be more comprehensible and relatively easier to purify the heart if we could physically take it out, wash it and scrub away the black dots of sin, and put it back while still beating. But the matter of purifying the heart in order to make it sound has more to it than a simple act of purifying as we understand it.

Join us as we hold our 9th Seats of Scholars class where Shaykh Abdulbary Yahya shares with us the means to which we can attain this spiritual cleansing of the most important organ for our well being in this world and the hereafter.

What: Audio lecture titled “The Purification of the Heart” by Shaykh Abdulbary Yahya

Where: Paltalk -> Religion -> Islam -> Seats of Scholars

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am (EST) Feb 16, 23, Mar 1, Mar 8

Notes, flyer and links to the lecture and forums can be found on the Columbus Dawah School. Please click below:

Manners and Moral Values in Islam by Waleed Basyouni

Monday, 23. July 2007

The best among the believers are those with the best manners.” [Recorded by Ibn Maajah & al-Haakim. Saheeh]

The things that mainly cause people to enter Jannah (paradise) are revering Allaah and good manners. And those that mainly cause people to enter the fire are the mouth and private parts.” [Recorded by at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ibn Maajah. Saheeh]

Isn’t the one with more ‘ibaadah the best among believers?
Isn’t worshiping Allaah more enough to secure my place in Jannah?
Why is good manners so important that is ascertains our place in Jannah?

I have only been sent (by Allaah) to complete the good manners.” [saheeh hadeeth]

Do we really know how to observe good manners with Allaah ta’aalaa, Rasulullaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and all the people around us?

Mark your calendar and join us to learn more about the importance of good manners and immerse ourselves with beautiful and inspiring examples from the lives of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the companions and the righteous people, in shaa Allaah!

What: Audio lecture titled “Manners and Moral Values in Islam” by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

Where: Paltalk -> Religion -> Islam -> Seats of Scholars

When: Saturdays, 6 am (EST) July 28, Aug 4, Aug 11

Notes, flyer and links to the lecture and forums can be found on the Columbus Dawah School. Please click below:

Call for Help – Seats of Scholars

Thursday, 1. March 2007

Alhamdulillaah, the management team for Seats of Scholars is gradually growing. However, we can always use more members to keep this as an ongoing project. So, we invite anyone who is interested in an investment for the hereafter to join this management team.

Please click here to see the Task Division.

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Remember that work done for the sake of Allaah is the best work of all.

Post Reloaded Exam

Thursday, 22. February 2007

Alhamdulillaah, we had the Reloaded Exam last Saturday. The winner of the Reloaded Exam is AbuHamzah! Jazakum Allah Khair to all who participated in the Reloaded.

For those who didn’t get to attend the Reloaded, you can still benefit from the exam by taking it traditional style. You don’t need to submit it to anyone. It’s for your own personal benefit insha Allah.

21 Teaching Techniques – Exam questions

21 Teaching Techniques – Answer Key

Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques Reloaded Exam

Wednesday, 14. February 2007

Alhamdulillah, the time has come for us to reap the benefits from our recent Seats of Scholars class, Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques. Insha Allah, we will be having…

  • What: The Reloaded Exam
  • Where: Columbus Dawah forums
  • When: Saturday, 7 am EST, February 17, 2007
  • Exam format: Reloaded, Interactive, 30 questions
To participate:
  1. Go to the forum
  2. Register as a member if you haven’t already
  3. Wait for the question to be posted (real time)
  4. Hit your refresh key as you wait for the question
  5. Post your answer as fast as you can
  6. Hit your refresh key to see new posts (if you got it correct or not)
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6
The first person to answer the question correctly gets a point. The person with the most point wins!

Those who are not able to participate in the nerve-wrecking Reloaded exam can still take the exam the traditional style. The questions and answer key will be posted soon after insha Allah.

Full notes for the whole lecture is now available:

Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques notes

Please click below to go to the forums:

Enter the Reloaded Exam

Call For Submission: Seats of Scholars Newsletter

Thursday, 8. February 2007

As Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques by Muhammad Alshareef comes to an end, we invite anyone who is interested in contributing to the newsletter to send their submissions to

Submission Guidelines

Word Limits

Article/Essay – 800 words

Poetry – 200 words

Fiction – 1000 words

Fillers (sidebars) – 100 words

Creative Non-Fiction – 800 words

Puzzles/Games/Misc – surprise us


All submissions must be related to the lecture.


February 24, 2007

Please support our effort of recording what we learned in Seats of Scholars classes in creative and entertaining ways.

Jazakum Allah khair.

Mountain of Faith

Monday, 8. January 2007

Alhamdulillaah, the newsletter for our last Seats of Scholars class, Profiles of Courage – The Story of Ahmad ibn Hambal, is now available. Please click on the following link to download your copy now!

Mountain of Faith – Seats of Scholars Newsletter

Notes for Profiles of Courage – The Story of Imaam Ahmad ibn Hambal

Saturday, 16. December 2006

Alhamdulillaah, though a bit delayed, the notes for the lecture Profiles of Courage – The Story of Imaam Ahmad ibn Hambal by Safi Khan are now available.

Profiles of Courage – The Story of Imaam Ahmad ibn Hambal notes

Under the Shade of Scrolls notes

Saturday, 4. November 2006

Alhamdulillaah, we have the notes for Under the Shade of Scrolls.  You can download them here:

Under the Shade of Scrolls

Friday, 22. September 2006

Alhamdulillaah, by the grace of Allaah (SWT) we are starting our third Seats of Scholars program this weekend, which will be based on the lecture series Under the Shade of Scrolls by Muhammad Alshareef & distributed by EmanRush Audio.

The sessions will be this weekend and next – Saturday, September 23rd & Saturday, September 30th, starting at 6:30AM. Some time may be allowed for brothers to return back from the masjid for salaah, but please do arrive early & on time so we do not delay the start more than necessary.
Please visit our forums to find out all the details of the session and to ask any questions here:

For the full announcement & details, please download the flier.
Seats of Scholars – Under the Shade of Scrolls flier

Du`aa’ – Weapon of the Believer exam

Monday, 14. August 2006

Alhamdulillaah, the exam for the Seats of Scholars class Du`aa’ – Weapon of the Believer, based on Yasir Qadhi’s lecture series of the same title, is now available. You can download it from the following link:

Du`aa’ – Weapon of the Believer exam

As soon as the students have had time to take the exam, answers will be posted. Please stay tuned to the forums for more information & details.

Update:  You can now download the exam + answers below:

Du`aa – The Weapon of the Believer exam – questions & answers

Du`aa’ – The Weapon of the Believer

Thursday, 22. June 2006

Alhamdulillaah, we are ready to start our next Seats of Scholars class – this time, we’re going to be studying the lecture series Du`aa’ – The Weapon of the Believer by Yasir Qadhi. For the latest information, please see the appropriate discussion thread on the Columbus Dawah forums. Read more