Seerah Sundays/Ocean of Mercy

Seerah Sundays

Seerah Sundays is a weekly program studying the seerah, or story of  Prophet Muhammad’s life (peace & blessings be upon him).

The talks follow the text of Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal’s The Ocean of the Mercy, with commentary offered by Said Bin Yunus.

Everyone is welcome! Join us:

Sundays from 10 am – Noon PST

To listen by phone dial: (720) 707-2699 Meeting code: 766-491-916

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Previous classes are available to replay or download:

The recordings are grouped by Chapter. Click the title of a chapter to view links

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Class 31: Chapter 6, (p 29-31) In this session, we discuss: spiritual understandings of the Hums, the “Sacreligious Wars” & the Confederacy of al-Fudul.

Class 30: Chapter 5, (p 28-29) In this session, we discuss: the Prophet’s journey (blessings & peace be upon him) to Syria with Abu Talib, the meeting with Bahira the monk, his early work as a shepherd & merchant, and Allah’s wisdom in being a shepherd and merchant.

Class 29: Chapter 5, Meanings in Mentoring the Messenger (p 28) In this session, we discuss: some spiritual lessons to be learned from the guardianship of Abu Talib in the Prophet’s youth (blessings & peace be upon him).

Class 28: Chapter 5, Abu Talib’s Family (p 28) In this session, we discuss: Abu Talib; his family & care for the young orphan Muhammad (blessings & peace be upon him); and the Prophet’s pre-teen years as a shepherd.

Class 27: Chapter 5, Living With Loss (p 27) In this session, we discuss: the 93rd Surah of Qur’an (ad-Duha); understanding trials through a spiritual mindset; the loss of the Prophet’s mother & grandfather (blessings & peace be upon him); & the Wisdoms of Divine Protection in making him an orphan.

 

Class 26: Chapter 4, First Foster Family (p 26-27) In this session, we discuss: the early childhood of Prophet Muhammad (blessings & peace be upon him; his life in the desert with Halima as-Sadiyya; & returning home to Makkah.

Class 25: Chapter 4, Blessing in the Desert (p 25-26) In this session, we discuss: the Story of Halima as-Sa’diyya & lessons on relying on outward conditions vs Allah; a culture of celebrating life; & the meanings of barakah (blessing).

Class 24: Chapter 4, Desert Dwelling (p 25) In this session, we discuss: the philosophy, ethics, & social customs of the American way of life (din) in contrast & comparison to the Bedouin way of life (din) regarding child rearing; the Arab social institution of foster families, & the reasons why Makkan people would send their newborns to live in the desert with Bedouin families.

Class 23: Chapter 4, Baby of Blessings (p 25) In this session, we discuss: the time of the Prophet as a newborn (blessings & peace be upon him) while in the home of his mother Amina; & the unique qualities of his perfected form such as, the light of his face, his beautiful fragrance, his blessed saliva; as well as the story of Thuwaybah, his mother-by-suckling.

Class 22: Chapter 4, Mawlid Sharif (p 24) In this session, we discuss: The Light of Allah; the light of the Prophet (blessings & peace be upon him); & the descent of that light through his noble birth (Mawlid Sharif) as a manifestation of light.

Class 21: Chapter 4, The Meaning of the Signs (p 24) In this session, we discuss: the meanings of the signs that Allah (exalted is He) put in the cosmos & in the cultural events in Arabia; the different reactions of the polytheists & the People of the Previous Scriptures who were looking for a Prophet; & some of the meanings of these events/signs that are relevant for us today.

Class 20: Chapter 4, The Elephant (p 23-24) In this session, we discuss: the Jews & Christians of Yemen, the arrival of Abraha in Arabia & the story of the People of the Elephant.

Class 19: Chapter 3, Zam Zam & ‘Abdullah (p 19-21) In this session, we review: the migration of the Prophetic Light, from the first light of creation through the generations to the grandfather & father of Prophet Muhammad (blessings & peace be upon him); the recovery of Zamzam & the life of ‘Abdullah.

Class 18: Chapter 2, Prophetic Ancestory (p 18-19) In this session, we discuss: the ascendency of the tribe of Quraysh & the lineage of Qusay b. Kilab, Abdul-Manaf, Hashim and Abdul-Muttallib; ancestors of the Prophet Muhammad (blessings & peace be upon him).

Class 17: Chapter 2, Taghut & Jahiliyyah (p 16-18) In this session, we discuss: the social & spiritual shift from tawhid (monotheism) to taghut (polytheism) leading up to the times of the Messenger of Allah (blessings & peace be upon him) in jahiliyyah (the age of pre-Islamic ignorance).

Class 16: Chapter 2, Jurhum & Khuza’a (p 16) In this session, we discuss: the first 500 years after Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him); the rule of Jurhum & Khuza’a; & the beginning of polytheism at the Ka’aba.

 

Class 15: Between Chapters 1 & 2, History of Arabia (p 16) In this session, we discuss: Prophet Isma’il’s lifetime, children & legacy; “Perished Arabs”, “Pure Arabs” & “Accultured Arabs” at the time of Prophet Isma’il (peace be upon him).

Class 14: Chapter 1, Building the House (p 15-16) In this session, we discuss: Ibrahim & Isma’il (peace be upon them) building the Ka’aba, the spriritual signs contained within the Kaa’ba, & the rites of worship that open the Ka’aba as a Living House of God.

Class 13: Chapter 1, Sacrificial Son (p 14-15) In this session, we discuss: the Divine Order to sacrifice Isma’il (peace be upon him); the historical account, the wisdom & ramifications of the Order; the relationship between sacrifice & fana’; the relationship of Isma’il’s story to the Sufi Promise/bay’ah.

Class 12: Chapter 1, Migration to Makkah (p 14) In this session, we discuss: Hajar/Isma’il’s migration to Makkah (peace be upon them); the marvelous nature of Zamzam; the arrival of Jurham; the qualities of famale friends of Allah.

Class 11: Chapter 1, Ibrahim’s Wives (p 13) In this session, we discuss: the importance of having a good manners towards the Friends of God, the beautiful character of Ibrahim’s wives Sarah & Hajar (peace be upon them), & prophecies of the previous scriptures about Sayyidina Isma’il (peace be upon him) & Prophet Muhammad (blessings & peace be upon him.)

Class 10: Chapter 1, Historical Context #4 (p 13) In this session, we discuss: the character & early life of Prophet Ibrahim in Ur, his later migration to the Holy Land with Sarah, their experience in Egypt, and the noble qualities of his family.

Class 9: Chapter 1, Historical Context #3 (p 13) In this session, we discuss: Qur’anic verses 16: 120-123 “Ibrahim was a nation unto himself”, the great place of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) in the history of humanity.

Class 8: Chapter 1, Historical Context #2 (p 13) In this session, we discuss: the Prophetic light in relation to Prophet Nuh (peace be upon him), and his children’s legacy to set the stage for understanding Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him).

Class 7: Chapter 1, Historical Context #1 (p 13) In this session, we discuss: the Prophetic light in relation to ante-diluvian prophets Adam & Idris (peace be upon them).

Class 6: Chapter 1, Opening Verse (p 13) In this session, we discuss: Qur’anic verse 21:107 & the projection of Muhammadan light into the five worlds of Sufi cosmology: Lahut, Jabarut, Malakut, Mulk & Nasut.

Class 5: Prologue #2 (p 9-11) In this session, we discuss: Light & darkness; the Light of Allah; the similtude of Allah’s Light; the light of the Prophet (blessings & peace be upon him).

Class 4: Prologue #1 (p 9) In this session, we discuss: the purpose of a prologue; The 13 Attributes that define the Nature of Allah; the nature of guidance.

Class 3: Opening Pages & Prayers (p 4-9) In this session, we discuss: the traditional text’s opening prayers & their meanings.

Class 2: Foreword (p 3) In this session, we discuss: the first/last of prophets; the Qutb & friends of Allah; inherited vs innovated knowledge; intention & organization of the book.

Class 1B: Introduction to Seerah In this session, we discuss: seerah, the science of Prophetic biography; it’s development & benefits. We also discuss the title of the text: The Ocean of the Mercy.

Class 1A: Introduction to Mawlid In this session, we discuss mawlid, or birth of Prophet Muhammad (blessings & peace be upon him), the history of celebrating mawlid, & the ways to honor this special day.