The Muslim DNA

How to Develop the Ideal Muslim Character

  • 25 - 26 March 2017
  • 8:30am to 7:00pm
  • Vancouver - Canada
  • SWNG 121, University of British Columbia, Room: SWNG 121, West Mall Swing Space, 2175 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
The Muslim DNA

Price: C$87.00

  • Course Notes:
    Free folder with course notes complete with Quran and Hadith references
  • Course Audio:
    Free MP3 audio of each tutor session available to download
  • Breaks & Refreshments:
    Free refreshments provided during frequently held breaks throughout the course.
  • Q&A Session:
    Courses include Question and Answer session. Sisters only Q&A also available
  • Student Participation:
    Students encouraged to enhance learning via case based studies.

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At a time when perceptions are everything, setting a good example is far more powerful than mere words. So here is your chance with this practical course for every Muslim old and young, novice or veteran there is something for everyone to learn and become a better person in ‘The Muslim DNA’.

This course will delve into the tafseer and hadith to extract the life lessons we need to become better people. You will learn about the eternal struggle with Satan, bravery, humility, piety, remembering your Lord, leadership, honesty, generosity, avoiding backbiting & envy, justice and so on. This course is replete with essential topics you simply must learn about to develop your character.

  • Numerous inner qualities of being brave, soft hearted, open minded, controlling anger, resisting satan and more.
  • How to deal with issues of the family, including those with parents, spouses, children and the extended family.
  • How to be a person of distinction in the community.
  • Defining and explaining how to attain the desirable and sought after quality of taqwa.
  • The sunnah of love!
  • The importance of keeping good company and being good company.
  • The rights each and every Muslim has on you! 
  1. An appreciation of the responsibilities that come with Islam.
  2. An appreciation of how to utilise everything that Allah has graced us with to become the best we can.
  3. To be empowered in overcoming our faults, vices and sins.
  4. To know how to clothe ourselves with the garment of submission.

Part 1 | Self

Inner dialogue: Qur’anic life lessons from Ibrahim, Surat al-Shurara<

  • Bravery
  • Compassion
  • Fear of fame
  • Open-mindedness
  • Qur’anic injunctions to engage one’s mind
  • Optimism

Self-control: Qur’anic life lessons from Surat al-Furqan, Q. 25

  • Overcoming anger
  • Piety and self-restraint
  • Taqwa (self-restraint)
  1. Benefits of taqwa as derived from the Qur’an
  2. That which awakens taqwa
  3. Degrees of taqwa

External struggle: Qur’anic life lessons from Ibrahimm, Surat al-araf, Q. 7:11-30

  • Resisting Shaya¹­an
  • Remembrance of Allah
  • Striving against one’s desires / making firm our resolve
  • Holding onto and adhering to Divine Guidance

Resisting the Dunya: Qur’anic life lessons from Surat al-Zumar, Q. 39

  • Using time to one’s best advantage
  • Mastering sincerity
  • Vigilance against sin
  • Disassociation from Dunya
  • The believer constantly seeks to improve

Part 2 | Family

Mother and father: Qur’anic life lessons from Surat al-Rum, Q. 30:17-22

  • Your parents before yourself
  • Mother before father

Wife: Qur’anic life lessons from Surrat al-Qaf, Q. 28

  • Honesty
  • Guardianship before Allah
  • Two become one
  • The marriage business: think it through
  • Compassionate mercy
  • a poor man but a good man
  • advice for the king of the castle
  • a queen befitting a king
  • a mother’s advice for her daughter-bride
  • The sunnah of love

Children: Qur’anic lessons from Surat Luqman, Q. 31

  • Children are a test and trial
  • Finding balance in an unbalanced world
  • Protecting our children
  • The pain of losing a child
  • Supplications

Extended family: Qur’anic lessons from Surat Yusuf, Q. 12

  • The art of living with your in-lawsRoots of dissension: disrespectful daughter-in-law
  • The unwise mother-in-law
  • How can a wife win the pleasure of her mother-in-law
  • How can a mother win the pleasure of her daughter-in-law?
  • Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law
  • Cope well with personal problems / problem management

Part 3 | Community

Love for others what you love for yourselves, Surat al-Kahf, Q. 18

  • Honourable associations
  • Characteristics of a Muslim
  • Befriending the right people
  • 6 rights of the Muslim
  • Bravery
  • Compassion
  • Fear of fame
  • Open-mindedness
  • Qur’anic injunctions to engage one’s mind
  • Optimism
Daood Butt

Daood Butt

Sheikh Daood Butt was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and has always had a desire to learn and teach Islam. Following secondary studies, he obtained a degree in Automotive Technology and was nominated amongst Canada's Top Graduates of 2002. During this time, he studied with local Imams and was hired as an Imam and Qur'an instructor at a local mosque. He went on to study at the Islamic University of Madinah for seven years, during which he completed a Diploma in Arabic Language followed by a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and Islamic Da'wah from the Faculty of Da'wah and Usool Ad-Deen in 2010.

Upon returning to Montreal he was involved in various Da'wah activities including giving lectures and khutbahs in English, French, and Arabic. He has always been especially interested in youth related programs and is quick to develop a rapport with them. With an eagerness to continue learning Islam, Shaykh Daood completed a Master of Arts Degree with Excellence in Islamic and Other Civilizations at the International Islamic University in Malaysia.

Most recently he was awarded Imam of the Year for 2015 in Mississauga, Canada. Sheikh Daood hates wasting time and being late, and is keen on attendance so much so that upon completing his Arabic Diploma he was awarded a certificate for not having been late a single class. He maintains a high level of respect for his teachers, and always remembers fine details about the people he meets. He is a jack of all trades, and enjoys cars, perfume, sunglasses, and most of all, playing with his two daughters!

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