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:

Columbus Dawah School site launched

Monday, 12. March 2007

Alhamdulillaah, the Columbus Dawah School site has been launched! Please read the announcement for all the details about this exciting new development, alhamdulillaah!

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

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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

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Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques by Muhammad Alshareef

Wednesday, 17. January 2007

Alhamdulillaah, the time has come for another Seats of Scholars class. We will be studying the lecture series Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques as presented by Muhammad Alshareef. Please join us online at 7AM on Saturday, January 20th on PalTalk to attend.

Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques flyer

Please see the following thread on the forums for more details:

Please download the notes here:


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

Downloads restored

Saturday, 16. December 2006

Alhamdulillaah, most of the old downloads from the Columbus Dawah website have been restored.  If you have trouble downloading some, please post a comment & let us know ASAP, and we will work to get it fixed immediately, in shaa Allaah.  We are still working on two or three of the original downloads, so don’t panic if you cannot find the download you’re looking for.  Old links to the downloads, also, should continue to work, as we’ve placed them in the original locations.

Jazaakum Allaahu khayran for your patience & understanding!

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

Downloads to be restored shortly

Sunday, 5. November 2006

Alhamdulillaah, after a brief mishap with the Columbus Dawah website (read more here), both the forums & main Columbus Dawah website are back online.  However, all downloads from both the Columbus Dawah main site as well as the forums are offline temporarily.  We are working quickly to restore these.  If you notice any additional issues with either the Columbus Dawah website or the forums, please send an e-mail to “”.  Jazaakum Allaahu khayran for your patience!

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:

Muhammad ibn Faqih reciting Alfaatihah

Wednesday, 25. October 2006

Alhamdulillaah, we are happy to present to you a recording that made its premiere on the Qabeelat Hayl website over a year ago, and has been unavailable since. Now available in a high-quality MP3 file for the first time, enjoy this short but beautiful recitation.

Muhammad ibn Faqih reciting Surat Alfaatihah

History of the Khulifaa’ notes

Wednesday, 25. October 2006

Alhamdulillaah, I’ve finally gotten around to converting all my notes to PDF and posting them here. Be warned: These notes are, for the most part, completely unedited. They are being posted solely for reference purposes, and are not guaranteed whatsoever to help you on your exam. While no malicious attempt has been made to sabotage these notes, they may contain mistakes, inaccuracies, and may just be plain wrong in some places. They are most definitely incomplete.

Having said that, you’re more than welcome to use them as a study aid and/or to complete missing parts of your own notes. And, again, I do sincerely apologize for not posting these sooner.

Abu Hurayrah’s History of the Khulifaa’ notes

Update: The link location has been corrected.  If you attempted to download the file and were unsuccessful, it should work now, in shaa Allaah.

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

Exam for Usool ul-Hadeeth has been posted

Sunday, 2. April 2006

Alhamdulillaah, the exam for the first Seats of Scholars class, Usool ul-Hadeeth, with Yasir Qadhi, has been posted. Visit this thread for all the details & to download the exam itself.

Seats of Scholars program takes off with Principles of Hadeeth!

Wednesday, 22. March 2006

Alhamdulillaah, the Seats of Scholars program (more information here) has begun!  This week, we will be having lessons on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday nights at 9PM online.  The introductory topic is Usool ul-Hadeeth, or the Principles of Hadeeth.  The lessons are based off of a course given by Yasir Qadhi.

First, you need to get setup to connect to the classes.  Once you’ve done that, you’ll be ready!

Please review the information about the program there and join us tonight and the rest of the week!

Muhammad – The Real Picture

Friday, 3. March 2006

Alhamdulillaah, tonight, through the efforts of numerous Muslims within the Columbus community (including some that are involved with Columbus Dawah), The Ohio State University Muslim Students’ Association has put together an outstanding lecture. The topic itself was presented by Br. Asif Salim. Alhamdulillaah, we were also able to record it, and we will be producing it and making it available as soon as possible.

In the meantime, a pre-release version is available for download right here from the Columbus Dawah website! It should be pointed out that this is a very rough edit & it is not meant for mass-distribution. Rather, it simply is a service to the those that wanted to attend, but for whatever reason couldn’t. The final release will be of a much-higher quality, in shaa Allaah, and will feature more content – this particular recording is just the presentation by Br. Asif itself.

The pre-release file can be downloaded from the following link:

Muhammad – The Real Picture

As for the event itself, it turned out as a huge success by the tawfeeq of Allaah (SWT), alhamdulillaah. Early estimates indicate there were over 200 people in attendance, alhamdulillaah! Not bad for an event that was put together in under 3 weeks from the first thought!

Jazaakum Allaahu Khayran to everyone that put even the slightest offer towards this program. Alhamdulillaah.