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The characteristics of the elite

“The stories of the pious are more beloved to me than fiqh.” Abu Hanifa

Course Details

Sifat al-Safwa (The characteristics of the elite) by Ibn Jawzi gathers stories of the elite that have been authenticated through sound chains of transmissions.

The course is designed to offer several benefits

Inspiration and Role Models:
The lives of the righteous often serve as a source of inspiration. Their stories of courage, integrity, and resilience can motivate us to overcome challenges and strive for personal growth. By studying their experiences, we can find role models who embody qualities we aspire to develop in ourselves. Moral and Ethical Guidance: The lives of the righteous can provide valuable lessons in morality and ethics. Their actions and decisions can serve as a compass for making right choices in our own lives. Personal Development: Studying the lives of the righteous can contribute to our personal development. Their stories often highlight traits such as patience, compassion, and forgiveness, which are essential for fostering positive relationships and personal well-being. By reflecting on their experiences, we can gain wisdom and cultivate these qualities within ourselves. Strengthening Faith: Examining the exemplary lives of the righteous can reinforce prophetic principles, offering guidance on how to live a virtuous and meaningful life. Overcoming Challenges: The lives of the righteous are often marked by struggles and adversity. Exploring how they faced and overcame challenges can provide valuable insights and strategies for navigating our own lives.

Overall, studying the lives of the righteous offers a rich source of wisdom, inspiration, and guidance that can contribute to personal growth, moral development, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around you.

“Upon the mention of the pious, mercy descends.”

Ibn ‘Uyayna

“The stories of the pious are more beloved to me than fiqh.”

Abu Hanifa

Course Text: Sifatu-Safwa

The famous and excellent Sifatu-Safwa of Imaam ibn al-Jawzi, collection of beads of our Salaf regarding behavior, method and Zuhd!

The biographies begin of course by the best human beings, Sayeduna Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

Text Author: Ibn Al Jawzi
Abū l-Faraj ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ibn al-Jawzī (1116 – 1201 CE) was a major historian, hadith scholar, jurist and popular preacher in medieval Baghdad. He is said to have written over a hundred works (some mention as many as 400). Hundreds of thousands of people used to attend his sermons, including the Abbasid caliph and the caliph’s mother. At the height of his fame visitors to Baghdad used to stay in the city until they could attend one of his sermons, considering it an essential part of any visit to the capital of the Islamic empire.

Shaykh Tanveer Hussain

Shaykh Tanveer studied the Islamic Sciences in Syria for 8 years with notable teachers such as:

Shaykh Dr. Samir al-Nass, Shaykh Abdul-Razzaq al-Halabi, Shaykh Adeeb Kallas, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, and Shaykh Anas al-Hibri.  Shaykh Tanweer is a graduate of M’ahad al-Fath al-Islami. He has previously been working in Oxfordshire, where he taught at Shifa School, Shifa Evening School, and at the Sacred Study Programme. Shaykh Tanveer is an Executive Director of the Shifa Trust.

Shaykh Tanveer now resides in High Wycombe, teaching the Certificate in Islamic Learning (CIL) course amongst many other classes as part of Wycombe Mosque.


The course has been designed to have at least 1 day month in person which will be Saturdays 6.15pm – 8.15pm.


Session 4: Saturday 18th May 2024


INPERSON – Bury Park Community Centre, 161, 161b Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1BW

Course Recordings & Content

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