Heaven Explored - Online Course + Book Bundle

Heaven Explored - Online Course + Book Bundle

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The course will be a journey through IGP's Heaven Explored: A Description of Jannah. A new translation of Sayyid Muhammad b. 'Alawi al-Maliki's مالاعين رأت, or "what no eye has seen," this book is focused around selected narrations from the Qur'an and hadith about Paradise and what it contains.

A central theme of both the book and course is that everything related to Paradise has many layers of meaning. The descriptions of Paradise in the Qur'an and Sunnah not only offer a glimpse into the Hereafter, but also serve a greater purpose.  As Sayyid Zain al-Haddad and Shaykh Musab Penfound write in the introduction to Heaven Explored:

"these narratives...are not mere promises of material reward, but also signify a deeper, spiritual fulfilment – the ultimate closeness to Allah, the Exalted."

Over the course of 5 weekly sessions, Ustadh Talut Dawood will guide us through this text, helping us to become familiar with the different aspects of the heavenly realms, and to understand some of the the significance and purpose of what Allah has promised the believers in the Next World.

Syllabus:

  • Week 1 - Introduction & general description of Paradise
  • Week 2 - Ambient description of Paradise; the environment of Paradise
  • Week 3 - The enjoyments of Paradise
  • Week 4 - The inhabitants of Paradise, part 1
  • Week 5 - The Inhabitants of Paradise, part 2 & a closing dua reading of Dua Nasiri for the People of Palestine 

Course schedule: Weekly on Wednesdays January 10-February 7 – 1pm ET; 6pm London; 10am PST; 8pm Mecca; 2am Malaysia (1 hour long) – 5 sessions total – All sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend live.

The course will include:

  • Close reading and study of Heaven Explored: A Description of Jannah and the lessons contained in this remarkable text
  • Discussion of the meanings and significance of the different aspects of Paradise and how we should understand them in this life
  • Time for Q&A in each class
  • Access to a private chat group with the instructor for additional questions and discussion

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 

Ustadh Talut Dawood grew up in the United States, in New York, North Carolina, and Texas. He studied under the tutelage of his father, Shaykh Sulaiman Dawood, a classically trained scholar himself, and thereafter with teachers hailing from Syria, West Africa, the UK and North America. He currently resides in Mexico, where he has served as a leader and Imam. In 2018 he formally joined as a member of the Imam Ghazali Publishing team, with the blessings and formal idhn of his main teacher, Shaykh Mahy Cisse, and has since translated and taught over 20 books for IGP as Senior Translator-in-Residence.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a world increasingly driven by materialism and immediate gratification, Heaven Explored: A Description of Jannah offers a glimpse into the divine promise that awaits the faithful. This beautiful work by Sayyid Muhammad b. 'Alawi al-Maliki, translated into English by Shaykh Ahmad Shaist, unveils the Islamic vision of Jannah, a realm beyond human imagination. By compiling the numerous vivid descriptions of Jannah in the Qur'an and Hadith, this text brings the reader on a profound journey, which instills hope and provides both solace and much-needed perspective.

In his inimitable style, the late Sayyid weaves together the different descriptions and discusses them both as reality and as metaphors for spiritual fulfillment and eternal closeness to Allah, providing a nuanced understanding of the afterlife that transcends literal interpretations. "What No Eye Has Seen," or as rendered in this translation, “Heaven Explored”, is a compelling read for anyone interested in acquainting themselves with the nature of Jannah for the believers. This book is more than an academic treatise; it is a journey towards understanding the divine promise that lies at the heart of a believer’s journey to Allah – the promise of a Paradise beyond the limits of human imagination, meeting the Beloved of Allah ﷺ by the Pond, and seeing Allah, the Exalted.

Heaven Explored: A Description of Jannah goes beyond theological exploration, presenting Paradise as both a future abode and a guiding principle for living a righteous, purposeful life. In this edition, Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki’s insights are brought to life through Shaykh Ahmad Shaist's meticulous translation, making the work accessible to a global English-speaking audience. As Sayyid Zain al-Haddad and Shaykh Musab Penfound write in the foreword, this work is "a beacon for those seeking to comprehend the profound mysteries of the Hereafter"

  • Authored by Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki
  • Translated by Shaykh Ahmad Shaist
  • Foreword by Musab Penfound & Sayyid Zain al-Haddad
  • Languages: English and Arabic
  • Paperback Edition: 152 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-087908832-0
  • Publisher: Imam Ghazali Publishing