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The Awakening - Soar to Your Ultimate Purpose


Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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The Awakening - Soar to Your Ultimate Purpose: A Free Live Event by SunniPath Academy

The Awakening - Soar to Your Ultimate Purpose
Sunday, May 1 @ 3pm GMT

SunniPath’s exciting summer semester starts in ten days. Are you still hesitating about which classes you should take? Or, are you uncertain about whether to take any courses at all? If so, we are ecstatic to share our upcoming live event with you: The Awakening—Soar to Your Ultimate Purpose with many of our esteemed teachers including Shaykh Qays Arthur, Shaykh Fareed Dingle, Shaykh Sohail Hanif, and Shaykh Hamza Karamali this Sunday, May 1 at 3pm GMT.

Learn the practical implications of our dear Prophet’s words, peace and blessings be upon him: “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim, be it a man or a woman.” Among other things, obligations are set in place in our deen to help us ascend to our ultimate purpose in life – that of serving our Lord. Through SunniPath's courses, you will learn how to fulfill this call by grasping the basics of your religion, honing your Arabic skills, or enhancing your life with spiritual value.

Our upcoming live event will be discussion-based and we encourage you to submit your questions and comments via twitter -- @myqibla -- before and especially during the event.

Don’t miss your last chance to get a taste of our courses before live sessions start. Join us and our teachers as we take you on a journey that will explore the fascinating relationship that exists between formal knowledge and spiritual power in an event that is certain to inform and awaken you to your ultimate purpose.

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2011 Summer Semester Starts on Tuesday, May 3rd

Event Timing

This event will be on Sunday, May 1, from 3:00–4:00pm GMT. Directly below is a list of the starting time in different time zones throughout the world:

  • 8:00am PST - LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Vancouver (-7)
  • 9:00am MST - DeDenver, Salt Lake City, Edmonton (-6)
  • 10:00am CST - Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis (-5)
  • 11:00am EST - NYC, Philadelphia, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Toronto (-4)
  • 3:00pm - Casablanca
  • 4:00pm - London, Dublin (+1)
  • 5:00pm - Oslo, Copenhagen, Brussels, Cairo, Johannesburg (+2)
  • 6:00pm - Amman, Istanbul, Mecca, Baghdad, Doha, Jerusalem (+3)
  • 7:00pm - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Moscow (+4)
  • 8:00pm - Karachi, Lahore (+5)
  • 8:30pm - Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi (+5.5)
  • 10:00pm - Jakarta (+7)
  • 11:00pm - Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (+8)
  • 12:00am (Monday) - Tokyo (+9)
  • 1:00am (Monday) - Sydney, Melbourne (+10)

Click here to convert to your timezone.

About Our Teachers

Shaykh Qays Arthur

A native of guyana with a mixed ancestral heritage, Ustadh Qays Arthur's commitment to education began in his country where after preliminary studies there and in the Middle East, he taught in mosques across the country, directed education programs, and worked with various interfaith and non-governmental organizations. Leaving to pursue more intensive study overseas, Ustadh Qays now brings his knowledge, passion, and sincerity to the courses he teaches for SunniPath and Dar Al Tawfiq. Concurrently, he regularly attends classes of Fiqh, Aqidah, and Arabic in Amman, where he lives with his family.

“I pray that Allaah put Baraaka and Rahma on Sunnipath, now Qibla, and it's employees. I hope Allaah gives me the chance to learn here and with Shaykh Qays.”
—Hector Lasprilla, Colombia

“The information shared by Sheikh Qays and Sheikh Hamza Karamali. The recorded lessons were excellent! And the amount of information shared by both instructors was excellent.”
—Andre Rishi, California, USA

Shaykh Sohail Hanif

Shaykh Sohail Hanif is one of our best-loved scholars, whose kindness, sincerity, good humour and warmth resonate through all his teachings. Having spent most of his life in England and the Middle East, he is well-equipped with deep religious knowledge as well as sensitivity towards the modern context. He brings to his lessons a profound love for Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him, and is a very patient instructor—no question is trivial, and every student is valued.

Shaykh Sohail has studied with numerous scholars in Amman, Jordan. He has studied Hanafi fiqh with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Dr. Salah Abul Haj, Shaykh Ashraf Muneeb, and Shaykh Ahmad al Jammal and Usul al-fiqh with Shaykh Ashraf. He studied introductory hadith sciences with Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya'qubi and is continuing his studies with Shaykh Hamza al Bakri. He studied aqida with Shaykh Muhammad al Ta'wil of the Qarawiyyin, Shaykh 'Isa Rabih, and Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir al 'Ani, a reputed 'Iraqi scholar and one of the authors of the renowned Kuwaiti Fiqh Encyclopedia.

For Arabic grammar, Shaykh Sohail studied with Shaykh 'Abdul Hayy al 'Imrawi of the Qarawiyyin and Shaykh 'Ali Hani, with whom he also studied tafsir.

Shaykh Sohail taught Arabic grammar at the Qasid Institute of Arabic language in Amman for five years, where he was also the head of the sciences section of the Classical Arabic department.

“Sheikh Sohail provided great spiritual insight to the seemingly small matters in which we are required to follow specific rulings. He was patient, and willing to repeat things, and treated all students with respect and and good humour. I do not have enough good words to explain what a pleasure it was to study this material with someone like this.”
—Kate Fryer, Research Speech Therapist, Sheffield, UK

“Shaykh Sohail was amazing, very knowledgeable and explained concepts well. I plan to take other courses with him.”
—Ahmed Abbasi, Student, Atlanta, USA

Shaykh Hamza Karamali

With a passion for creating "real scholarship," Shaykh Hamza Karamali himself is a reflection of this type of scholarship with his comprehensive knowledge of all the Islamic disciplines, sensitivity to the modern context, and eloquence.

Shaykh Hamza has been studying the Islamic sciences with leading scholars for over ten years. He has received personal instruction in the disciplines of theology, Islamic law, legal maxims, Sufism, hadith, tafsir, legal methodology, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic grammar, Arabic morphology, Arabic rhetoric, Arabic lexicology, tajwid, and the canonical recitations of the Quran. He has memorized the Quran, as well as versified technical manuals of several religious disciplines.

He has applied his uniquely comprehensive religious training and his deep familiarity with Western thought and culture to developing the four main SunniPath curricula: Foundations, Seekers, Miftah, and Sibawayh. He is admired by his students for his dedication, motivational speaking, eloquence, and teaching skills.

Shaykh Hamza writes frequently for the SunniPath Blog and SunniPath Answers Service, and his answers are famous for their depth and understanding. He is currently working on publishing a series of books for learning Arabic, a commentary on the creed of Imam Tahawi, and a contemporary commentary on the Waraqat of Imam al-Juwayni.

“Shaykh Hamza has a tremendous amount of taqwa. He has the right view about life. This is why this course was so successful. It's because of the way he is.”
—Naielah Ackbarali, Student, Damascus, Syria

“I loved Sheikh Hamza for his teaching style and his ability to explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand and for also clarifying and guiding us towards what we really need to know rather than what we think we need to know. I also thank him and hope Allah blesses and rewards him, not only for the mountain of knowledge he was able to impart on us, but for the patience he showed in answering questions and giving advice. Jazakallahu khairan Sheikh Hamza.”
—Simon Dewar, IT Professional, Canberra, Australia

Ustadh Farid Dingle

Ustadh Farid’s study of Arabic at the hands of traditional scholars, his background in learning multiple languages, and his years of teaching experience have made him into one of the most knowledgeable and skilled teachers of Arabic today. Though Arabic is not his native language, he has spent long hours going through the pains of learning the language himself. He also has studied 6 other languages, giving him a unique insight into the mind of an English-speaker and the most effective ways of teaching a second language.

Ustadh Farid was born into a convert family in the green fields of Herefordshire, England. After some preliminary self studies in Arabic, he moved to Amman to join the SunniPath team as a tutor for the Miftah courses in introductory Arabic grammar. Following years of more intensive Arabic study, Ustadh Farid is now a full-time instructor teaching courses in both the Miftah and Sibawayh curriculums. Concurrently, he also regularly attends classes in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Hadith, Tafsir, and Tajweed, while continuing his advanced studies in Arabic grammar.

“Mashallah, Ustadh Farid is a teacher of very high calibre. He teaches with sincerity and incredible patience. He has a great teaching style and his lessons are very enjoyable. He explains the hadiths really well, imbuing spirtuality into the lessons. He demonstrates complete mastery of the arabic language and it's a true blessing to have been able to learn from him.”
—Assia Chakroune, Student, Slough, UK

“Ustadh Farid is excellent. He is able to explain not only the Arabic Grammar concepts in a very understandable way, but is also able to explain the meanings of the ahadith... He is knowledgeable, patient and easy going. He is also not afraid to go off on small tangents, so that students can better understand the material at hand.”
—Jason Scott, Systems Engineer, Raleigh, USA

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