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Ismail Kamdar

Islamic Self-help was founded by Shaykh Ismail Kamdar in April 2015. It was established as a platform to help Muslims gain knowledge that can assist them in personal development through Self-Help articles, books and courses.Shaykh Ismail Kamdar began his study of Islam at the age of thirteen. He has been actively involved in Islamic work since the age of sixteen.He has completed a seven-year Alim course in 2007 and a BA in Islamic Studies from IOU in 2014. He served as a lecturer and faculty manager at IOU from February 2010 until October 2020. He currently works as a research manager at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.Over the past decade, Shaykh Ismail has served as a school teacher and administrator in multiple schools in South Africa and India. He has also delivered lectures and workshops in many locations locally and abroad, and appeared on many Radio Stations across the country. He has also served as a Radio Presenter at Radio Al-Ansaar for several years, until November 2016.In 2011, Shaykh Ismail discovered the importance of personal development and noticed a lack of Islamic literature dedicated to this field. After consuming dozens of books and courses on the topic, he decided to start this blog. The focus of this blog is articles and books related to the field of Islamic Self Help.Shaykh Ismail is the author of Having Fun the Halal Way: Entertainment in Islam, Getting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Time Management, Best Of Creation: An Islamic Guide to Self-Confidence, and Homeschooling 101, among other titles.

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The Prophet's (PBUH) Advice to Ibn Abbas (RA)

This is an explanation of Hadith 19 of Imam An-Nawawi’s (RA) 40 Hadith.

31mins

4 May 2018

Rank #1

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Protecting Our Hearts From Atheism

In this Jumah Khutbah, Shaykh Ismail discusses Islamic methods of protecting the heart and soul from the disease of Atheism and disbelief.

22mins

14 Oct 2017

Rank #2

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Balancing Contentment and Ambition Part 1

In this episode of Living Islam, Sh Ismail Kamdar discusses the importance of balancing contentment and ambition.

59mins

17 Sep 2016

Rank #3

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A Practical Guide To Tawakul - Jumah Khutbah

This Jumah Khutbah was delivered at Ridge Road Musalla in Durban, South Africa on 12 January 2018.

37mins

12 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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Balancing Deen & Dunya

A Jumah Khutbah focused on lessons from the Golden Age of Islam, and the importance of balancing Deen & Dunya.

18mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Usul al-Fiqh 6: Istihsan

In this final lecture in the series on Usul al-Fiqh, Shaykh Ismail Kamdar discusses the Hanafi principle of Istihsan and how it can be used to solve contemporary issues in Fiqh.

1hr 15mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Lessons from life of Suhail Ibn Amr (RA)

A Jumah Khutbah focused on lessons from the life of Suhail Ibn Amr (RA).

21mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz: Life & Lessons

Jumah Khutbah delivered at Ridge Road Musalla, Musgrave in Durban, South Africa on 17 August 2018. In this discussion, Shaykh Ismail discusses the life and legacy of Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz (RA).

31mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Why Do Scholars Differ?

Jumah Lecture delivered at Ridge Raod Musalla in Durban, on 14th September 2018.

32mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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Names of Allah 4 - Al-Wahhab and Al-Kareem

This is the fourth episode on the series of Allah’s beautiful names focusing on the names Al-Wahhab and Al-Kareem.

57mins

20 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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Goals of the Shariah

In this Jumah Khutbah, Sh Ismail discusses the reasons and wisdom for the revelation of Shariah, as well as the goals of the Shariah.

32mins

12 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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Names of Allah 2 - Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem

This is the second episode of the series on Allah’s beautiful names. This episode focuses on the names Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem.

43mins

20 Sep 2016

Rank #12

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Preserving Family: A Goal Of The Shariah

In this Jumah Khutbah, Shaykh Ismail discusses the goal of the Shariah: Preservation of Family and how to achieve it in our personal lives.

32mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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Jumah Khutbah: Importance of the Quran

Jumah Khutbah delivered at Westwood Mall Musalla in Durban, South Africa – August 2018

22mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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The Purpose of Ramadan

In this Jumah Lecture, Sh Ismail discusses the Maqaasid (Goals) of Ramadan and fasting.

26mins

4 May 2018

Rank #15

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Preparing for the Afterlife

In this episode of Living Islam, Sh Ismail Kamdar discusses the importance of preparing for the Afterlife.

56mins

17 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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Usul al-Fiqh 5: Urf (Local Culture)

This is the fifth lecture in the Usul al-Fiqh series covering the concept of Urf as a principle of Fiqh.

1hr 26mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Spiritual Lessons From Surah Fatiha

In this Jumah Khutbah, Sh Ismail discusses some spiritual lessons derived from Surah Al-Fatiha.

25mins

12 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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Building Confidence, Dealing with Setbacks and Criticisms - S3 Ep1

Muslim Life Hackers “… now we think to be humble we have to think low of yourself so guess what? If you think that you are stupid, if you think that are dumb, if you think that you can’t do anything then you are not going to do anything with your life. The entire ummah ... Read more

38mins

25 Oct 2017

Rank #19

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Sins of the Heart

Jumah Lecture delivered at Westwood Mall Musalla in Durban, on 7th September 2018.

19mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #20