By Shaykh Omar Subedar
Rethink Your World is an adaptation of Kitāb al-Riqāq (The Book of Softening the Hearts) found in Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī’s acclaimed ḥadīth compilation, Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ. Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ is a work that has impressed scholars for over 700 years. It is a compilation that has been taught in seminaries around the globe until this day and has made a significant mark in the world of ḥadīth literature.
Rethink Your World contains narrations that help you revaluate and thus realign your life goals and aspirations to correspond with what was described and explained by our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). It discusses the realities of life, money and this world in general thus giving you the ability to think outside your current confines. Ultimately, it enables you to look at life in a more wholesome fashion and motivates you to begin, if not resume, the pursuit of Paradise.
Khaṭīb al Tibrīzī’s full name was Abū ʿAbdullāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdullāh al-Khaṭīb al-ʿUmrī al-Tibrīzī. He was an 8th century ḥadīth scholar who was renowned for his knowledge and piety. Although very few details are known about his life, his work, Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ has benefitted scholars and students throughout the globe for the last seven centuries. Numerous commentaries on this work have been rendered by many great scholars throughout this period.
Khaṭīb completed this momentous work on the last Friday of Ramaḍān 737 AH. He is believed to have passed away in either 740 AH or 748 AH.
May Allāh continuously shower His mercy on Khaṭīb’s soul, illuminate his grave and ever raise his ranks in Paradise. Āmīn
Mohammed Omar Subedar was born in 1977 and grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. In 1990, he enrolled in the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, United Kingdom, where in 1993 he became a ḥāfiẓ of the Qurʾān. In 2001, he graduated from a seven year program on Islamic Theology offered at the very same institute, earning the title of Scholar of Islamic Sciences and Arabic Literature with a final grade of A.
This seven-year program covered:
• Prophetic traditions (aḥādīth) and the principles (uṣūl) of ḥadīth studies
• Arabic grammar (naḥw), morphology (ṣarf), rhetoric (balāghah), vocabulary and literature
• Islamic creed (ʿaqīdah)
• Exegesis (tafsīr) of the Qurʾān and the principles (uṣūl) of exegesis
• Islamic law (fiqh) according to the Ḥanafī School (madh’hab)
• Comparative studies of the four schools of Islamic Law (Ḥanafī, Shāfiʿī, Mālikī and Ḥanbalī) and the principles of jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh)
• Islamic history
• Pronunciation of the Qurʾān (tajwīd) according to the 10 major styles of recitation (qirāʾāt).
Since 2011, Mohammed Omar Subedar has been a lecturer on ḥadīth literature at the Islamic Society of Peel.
Among the books he has taught are:
• Muʾaṭṭaʾ li-Imām Muḥammad
• Muʾaṭṭaʾ li-Imām Mālik
• Sunan Abū Dāwūd
• Jāmiʿ al-Tirmidhī
• Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī
• Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim