Virtues of Seclusion

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

Your Instructor

Dr. Shadee Elmasry
Dr. Shadee Elmasry

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.

Class Curriculum

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