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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين

Sandala.org has made available Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s series of lectures covering the text of Qurrah al-Abṣār fī Sīrah al-Mushaffaʿ al-Mukhtār from the 2008 Rihla. They have also made available Shaykh Hamza’s translation. This text is a 400-line (397 to be exact) poem by the tenth century hijri Moroccan scholar Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbd al-Wāḥid al-Lamṭī al-Maghribī al-Miknāsī al-Fāsī al-Mālikī (b. around 880 H). Shaykh Hamza has translated the title of the poem as The Discerning Eyes’ Delights In Perusing the Chosen One’s Days and Nights. The poem is concerned with the sīrah of our beloved Nabi صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. It contains many benefits and fawā’id which most people are not aware of in this subject, and Shaykh Hamza حفظه الله adds even more. I have watched the first two (introductory) sessions myself, and have to say that the Shaykh’s knowledge of pre-Islamic Arab history as well as the Christian and Jewish traditions, especially insofar as they relate directly to Islamic history, is really on display.

I would recommend that everyone take some time and watch these sessions, as they are quite amazing and will engender a real interest in the sīrah. There are 13 sessions (two introductory, and eleven lessons) in total. You can access these sessions and the PDF of the translation here with a free account at Sandala.org. These lectures will available online through the end of 2011. In shā’ Allāh I will post some of my notes on this blog, but there is so much that I do not write so I would urge everyone to give the first couple of sessions a try and see if they don’t convince you watch the rest.

May Allah تعالى allow the sīrah to become a means for us to love His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, āmīn.

Qurrat al-Absar