بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على المصطفى
Following up my post on Shaykh Hamza’s series on the sīrah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is also covering a classical poem concerning the sīrah at SeekersHub. The title of the program is Perfect Beauty, and the description at SeekersHub is as follows:
“Perfect Beauty: The Prophet Described A complete description of the Prophet’s appearance and character from Imam al-Iraqi’s classical 1,000-line poem about the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).”
This is an ongoing class that occurs every Monday night (see the SeekersHub Programs page for details). There have been only six sessions so far, if I remember correctly, and I believe Shaykh Faraz said he would post previous sessions on the SeekersHub podcast, but I am not aware of the time frame on that.
In the first five or so introductory sessions, Shaykh Faraz covered exhaustively the meaning of truly loving the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, employing quotes from sections of a work by the well-known Imām Shihāb al-Dīn Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Abū Bakr al-Qasṭallānī al-Qutaybī al-Shafiʿī (851-923 H) رحمه الله تعالى. The multi-volume work used is entitled Al-Mawāhib al-Ladunīyah bi al-Minaḥ al-Muḥammadīyah (available as PDF scans here) and contains many great discussions upon love for the Prophet عليه الصلاة والسلام and related issues. These introductory sessions were amazing, mā shā’ Allāh.
The main part of the class, however, will cover Al-Alfīyah al-Sīrah al-Nabawīyah of Ḥāfiẓ Zayn al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥīm ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-ʿIraqī al-Miṣrī رحمه الله تعالى (commonly known as simply “Ḥāfiẓ al-ʿIraqī”), the famous Imām of ḥadīth. An alfīyah is a one-thousand line poem covering a certain subject, and is a genre of literature used in the Islamic ʿulūm, the most famous of which is Ibn Mālik’s in the science of Arabic grammar (naḥw). The title of this alfīyah is Naẓm al-Durar al-Sanīyah fī al-Siyar al-Zakīyah, which Shaykh Faraz translated on-the-fly as An Arrangement of the Radiant Pearls in Mention of the Pure Prophetic Life. This poem covers the sīrah and the shamā’il. The poem is available in Arabic online, and a PDF scan can be downloaded here.
Anyone who aspires to be a true lover of the beloved صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم is encouraged to attend this class. May Allah allow us all to become true muḥibbīn of Him, His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, and the entire ummah. Āmīn.