- 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.
Ever wonder why we are encouraged to read Surat Al-Kahf every Friday? There must be a hidden message that Allah wants us to decipher in order for us to reconcile and change. Change our relationship with Allah, with other creation and change within.
As we ponder and reflect through Surat al-Kahf, we find peace and tranquility of the heart, mind and soul in submission to Allah. In this unique course we will study the key stories in this surah to uncover hidden gems for a spiritual revival and personal empowerment. This is not your typical tafseer course. This is a highly action oriented analysis of the key stories found in this fantastic surah.
The 4 stories we will cover include:
- The youth in the cave
- Story of Dhul-qarnayn
- Story of Musa (as) and Khidr
- Story of the 2 friends
There are number of saheeh ahaadeeth from the Prophet ï·º concerning the virtues of reciting Surah al-Kahf during the day or night of Jumu’ah (Friday).
(i) From Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, who said: “Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah).” [Narrated by al-Daarimi]
(ii) “Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.” [Narrated by al-Haakim]
All these virtues compel the believers to study this great chapter of the Quran with much thought and reflection. Join us for an in depth analysis of these stories and learn beautiful lessons for a revival of the mind and soul.
In our analysis we will draw 14 methodologies of practical change including:
- Methodology of gradual change
- Methodology of hope regardless of pain
- Methodology of analysis and solutions
- Methodology of research for actions only
- Methodology of reaching new heights
- Methodology of connecting causes and results
- Methodology of heavenly administration
- Methodology of combining the oceans
- Methodology of managing tests and trials
- Methodology of the elevation of worship
- Methodology of words leads to path
- Methodology of dialogue
- Methodology of choice between resemblance and differences
- Methodology of heavenly care
Sheikh Alaa was born in Cairo and lived in Egypt until he was 15 years old. During his youth, he spent his time as the goalie for the Junior National Team and moved to Toronto, Canada in the late 1970’s.
Sheikh Alaa worked as Vice-President of Business Development for an international company and during this time he competed and was placed first in the 1992 Bermuda Triathlon. He also trained in conflict resolution, crisis management, six sigma, communication skills, advance train the trainer, and inclusion training. He teaches Home Sweet Home and Parenting Matters courses for AlKauthar Institute around the world.
Sheikh Alaa studied for his Bachelors in Shariah from the American International University and earned a scholarship from the Shari'ah Academy/Mishkah University in Florida. Sheikh Alaa has also received his ijazah of Quran recitation for Hafs an Asim and studied comparative religion for five years through the IPCI in South Africa. He was on the board of directors of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.
Sheikh Alaa currently lives in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) with his wife and three children. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams as well as a member of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council. Prior to this, he was an Imam for the Muslim Council of Calgary and acted as its media spokesperson. He has hosted Vision of Islam, a weekly television show which runs throughout Alberta, Canada. He has also appeared as a speaker on Islam on various television channels, including Peace TV.
Sheikh Alaa was a member of the Calgary Multi-Faith Committee and a member of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Committee. Sheikh Alaa received the Alberta Centennial award by the Alberta Government in 2005, granted to him for his outstanding service to the Alberta community and he also received recognition from the city of Mississauga and the Members of Council for his Leadership role in 2015.
Currently Sheikh Alaa is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for the Canadian Islamic Congress. Sheikh Alaa is a favourite tutor with AlKauthar Institute and Director of Public Relations for Mercy Mission World.