A Muslim in today's world is between a rock and a hard place: the world is corrupted, and we need to stay away from all the evil. However, as human beings we need company; we need to be around people. Islam is a social religion that must be practiced alongside family, friends and communities. So how do we balance all of this?? This seven hour course aims to cover the ins and outs of this delicate balance.
1 - The First Meaning of Jama'a
2 - The Second Meaning of Jama'a: The State
3 - The Third Meaning of Jama'a
4 - Where to Find the Jama'a
5 - On the Nature of Jama'a in the Quran
6 -Manners & Loyalty
7 - What if I can't find a jama'a?
8 - Harms of Abandoning the Jama'a
9 - The Basis & Method of Companionship
10 - Greeting Those of the Opposite Gender
11 - Dinner Invitations and the Wisdom Behind Them
12 - Q&A
13 - How To Know A Good Era From A Bad One
14 - Is the Default Being with People or Staying Away
15 - Prophets Have Different Rules About Companionship & Seclusion
16 - Should We Chase After People in Da'wa or Leave Them?
17 - Q&A
18 - The First Type of Fitna: Troubles of Daily Life
19 - The Second Type of Fitna: Is it a punishment?
20 - The Third Type of Fitna: (this is the major one)
21 - You Need a Thick Skin
22 - Q&A
23 - The Nature of Seclusion
24 - How Solitary Worship is Done
25 - Q&A
26 - The Rights of Companionship
27 - Satr al-Awra: Covering People's Flaws
28 - Contempt and It's Dangers
29 - Being the Least of the Muslims
30 - Ithar: Preferring Others Over Yourself
31 - The Final Q&A
Dr. Shadee Elmasry was born and raised in New Jersey. He began studying the traditional sciences rigorously at age eighteen. He studied in Yemen, Mecca and Madina, London and Cairo under several veteran ulama. He studied Arabic Maliki fiqh, usul, aqida and suluk.
In addition to traditional learning, Dr. Elmasry has received a masters and PhD in religious studies, completing his masters thesis at The George Washington University and his PhD at The University of London, SOAS on Da’wa in the Works of Imam Abd Allah bin Alawi al-Haddad.
Dr. Elmasry went on to teach at several universities including Yale, The University of London SOAS, Trinity College, Hartford Seminary and Manhattanville College. Currently, he has found his way back home as Scholar in Residence and Director of Education at the New Brunswick Islamic Center in New Jersey. He is also the founder and head of Safina Society—an institution dedicated to disseminating Ahl al-Sunna & Jama knowledge live and online.