The Pursuit of Knowledge Tour

Press Release
23 January 2019
Cape Town, South Africa

This February Madina Institute launches ‘The Pursuit of Knowledge Tour 2019’ with the international Islamic Scholar, Author, Ambassador of World Peace, Love & Tolerance

Madina Institute is a global institute of esteemed Quranic, hadith & Islamic science studies. Its programs of Usul al-Din has recently been provisionally registered for an accredited BA degree by the Department of Higher Education in South Africa. Its registration for its first complement of BA students has commenced this 2019 & applications for 2020 opens as early as the 4th of February 2019. Bursaries are on offer with the annual Madina pledge line expected in the month of Ramadan.

A highlight for many of the students since 2014 are the lectures by the honourable founder, Shaykh Dr Muhammad al Ninowy (Syria/USA) who is a noted Muhaddithin of the century.

This year the classes are being made accessible to the public who may enjoy an open week to lectures that will be held at Masjidul Quds in Gatesville starting Monday the 4th of February 2019 to Thursday the 7th of February 2019 from 10.30 am to 3 pm, and, Friday the 8th of February 2019 between 10.30 & 11.30am. The classes will be on Aqeedah Tahawiyyah:
“Essentials of Islamic Belief based on the Holy Quran & authentic Sunnah”.

The public is invited to join all ‘The Pursuit of Knowledge Tour 2019’ events:

Provisional Program as at Print:

Masjidul Quds:
Aqeedah Tahawiyyah:
“Essentials of Islamic Belief based on the Holy Quran & authentic Sunnah”
Monday to Thursday
4th – 7th February 2019
(10.30 – 15.00)
8th February 2019
(10.30 – 11.30)

Book of Love
Monday 4th February 2019 after Maghrib at Husami Masjid (Cravenby)
Tuesday 5th of February 2019 after Maghrib Book at Habibia Masjid (Rylands Estate)


Wednesday 6th of February 2019 after Maghrib at Masjidul Khair (Mitchells Plain)

“The Ulama Programme 1440 : Q & A
Adab ul Ikhtilaaf: dealing ethically with a divergence of views”

Thursday 7th of February 2019 after Maghrib at Masjidul Maahir (Skaapkraal)
Dhikr & Naseeha:

“Dhikr, the key to purify the heart & control the Nafs”


Friday 8th of February 2019

Jumuah at Masjidul Ghiedmatiel Islamia (Taronga Rd)
“The Farewell sermon: a message to the Ummah in crisis”

After Maghrib at Masjidul Quds (Gatesville) Naseeha:

“The essential ingredients to a Successful Marriage”

The invitation enables the Madina experience for all those wanting to study at the institute.

Attendees may register and attain further details at:

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Women in Islam – Issues of Faith

Madina Institute Teachers and Students were featured in an episode of SABC 2’s Issues of Faith Documentary.

Some of the topics covered in the episode:

  • Gender Equality
  • Education
  • Hijab

Presented by: Shaykh Dr Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni an-Ninowy, Lecturers and Students of Madina Institute South Africa

We would like to thank the awesome Team of Insync Productions

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Applications for 2019 1 year Usul al din are still Open/ Apply now / Find out more about the 3 year Degree now on offer

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The Book of Love: shining brightly

This is based on a talk given at the official launch of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ninowy’s book, The Book of Love, at the Academia Library.

WHEN we pick up a copy of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ninowy’s latest book, The Book of Love, we expect it to be a serious tome, with seriously weighty content. Serious the book is, indeed, but when the first page opens, we see a sentence resting upon a page.

At first glance, it defies the senses. We expect books to be full of words, chapters, meandering paragraphs and lush descriptions. Instead, we are confronted by little bunches of words, like cherries tantalisingly placed in a bowl.

And then we read, and then we realise that the The Book of Love has a few words, but actually says a lot more – a lot. In fact, as one dives deeper and deeper into its pages, and its meanings, it becomes a big ocean – or as a Sufi Shaykh always used to say – a Mercy Ocean.

Shaykh Ninowy, a scholar of classical training and tradition, has skillfully and strategically placed a series of aphorisms, or sayings and quotes, over 322 pages. A summary of his thoughts on a number of issues over the years, it has no particular order, but still creates a coherent whole.

Normally when I buy a book, I get excited. I’m old fashioned. I hate the distant, digital feel of tablets. I like to look at a book’s texture, design, paper and even smell. For me, a book is still a tactile experience. As a hard cover on high quality paper, the The Book of Love feels just right. As a bibliophile, I also have a strange habit – I sometimes read a book backwards, or randomly open it at any page.

So it should come as no surprise that the first page I opened in The Book of Love was page 122, and not page one. I came across aphorism #57: “Islam is a religion that came to give life, not to take it away”. I glanced across to #58: “It is never about fatwa, but about taqwa…”

Interestingly, both were things I had actually heard Shaykh Ninowy saying. They have always struck me, because so few have been able to bring the inherent poetry of classical Arabic into their English as Shaykh Ninowy – who hails form a scholarly family from Aleppo – has.

Paging forwards, this time, I stopped at #73: “This Din of ours is a Din of love – no love, no Din. The Beloved sent his Beloved out of love, with love, for the sake of love”.

This Rumi-esque statement enjoys resonance in this world of sectarian hatred, and speaks to the spirit of Shari’ah, which aphorism #81 certainly does: “Love is a moral law…it connects you to the soul of the universe, gives wings to the heart, unlimited skies to the mind, and life to life itself…”

Undeniably, the aphorisms are a tapestry woven together with experiential wisdom. We catch a whiff of Qur’an here, Hadith there…with Shaykh Ninowy holding the needle and thread. The Book of Love is a companion, a very accessible and readable companion – but it’s also framed as a classical text, the hub of a multi-layered commentary that will be filled out by sharh, or explanation.

Each aphorism in this book, therefore, is a door to another – as one travels from room to perfumed room. It is a refuge for the soul, and an escape from the undesirable human urges that drive us.

But more importantly, The Book of Love is a book of wasatiyyah, the celebrated Qur’anic middle way. However, wasatiyyah, or moderation in all things, is not a capitulation, or a watering down, of the core values of belief.

Wasatiyyah is totally, uncompromisingly, absolutely, about love. Wasatiyyah is love, and love is wasatiyyah. It is truly, unselfishly, loving for others what you love for yourself. This is a key to the Nur ul-Muhammadiyyah, the Prophetic light – a light of love and knowledge that awaits every soul on this earth.

The Book of Love is an extraordinary book written for extraordinary times – an era where confusion is the King, ignorance the Queen and Mr Nafs the treasurer. The Book of Love shines a light that shrinks the contemporary darkness. It is a book for everybody, and a mercy to all.

The Book of Love  published by the Madina Institute, 2018.


By Shafiq Morton; Published in the Muslim Views, August 2018