July Sale Extended

July Sale Extended

Alhamdulillah, we now have over 1000 students enrolled in the History of Islam Online Course.

In July 2022, we ran a promotion offering the course for only $11. Alhamdulillah, over 300 people signed up through this promotion. Because of the success of the promotion, we have extended it into August for another 100 people. Sign up here to join the course at the discounted price.

About The Course

#1 Bestseller 2022 – Over 1000+ students currently exploring their history!

A deep dive into Muslim history unlike anything you ever witnessed before!

Finally, a course that covers the entire history of the Muslim world in 30 amazing videos.

Join us on a life-changing journey across the great empires of old.

Explore the world of the Umayyads, Abbasids, Ottomans and more with in in-depth video series that covers the history of Islam in a comprehensive and engaging manner.

In this course, Shaykh Ismail Kamdar will take you on a journey through the past 1400 years, starting with the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), through the eras of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, the Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubis, Mamluks, Ottomans, all the way into the 21st Century.

THIS COURSE IS FOR ‘YOU’ IF YOU ARE:

  • A Passionate History Buff
  • A Muslim who is curious about our Ummah’s legacy
  • A Muslim Teenager who wants to learn the real history of the Muslim world.
  • A Parent who wants to teach their children the correct history of Muslims
  • Anybody who is tired of the Islamaphobes controlling the narrative and wants to empower themselves with the true history of the Muslim world.

Why You’ll Love This Course

This course offers the kind of one-stop learning environment that benefits you both during and after the completion of the course in a multitude of ways:

  • Solid Learning with dedicated help, support, motivation and accountability
  • Self-Paced Online Learning – you can study anytime and learn from anywhere, according to your daily routine.
  • Lifetime Access to Learning Materials for continued Referencing, Knowledge, Development and Inspiration

Whether it’s work, academia, family or other constraints, the course allows you the flexibility to learn at your own pace without pressure.

About the Instructor:

Shaykh Ismail Kamdar is a graduate of a traditional Alim program (Talimuddin, 2006) and also holds a Bachelor’s in Islamic Studies (IOU, 2014). He has studied Islam in both traditional and modern settings and has been a student of Islamic Studies for over two decades.

He began studying Islam full-time at the age of thirteen, began preaching at the age of sixteen, and wrote his first book at the age of twenty-three. Over the years, he has taught multiple courses and seminars around the world and has worked with multiple leading Islamic organizations across the globe.

He served as faculty manager at the International Open University for ten years, from 2010 to 2020. He currently heads the book publication department at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. His books are currently available in three different languages, and sold across five continents, in twenty-five different countries.

Student Testimonials


“It is an absolute brilliant series. You will not regret it. Hats off!” – Jahangir

“Ma sha Allah an excellent course. I purchased it recently. It is a deep dive into history of Islam based on factual information. It is full of insights on key events. Highly recommend for anyone seeking knowledge of this discipline.” – Areeba

“I’m really enjoying it. Especially the analytic style as opposed to memorizing names and dates method which I am used to. This course is a must for every Muslim.” – Ismail

“What make this course different from others? I think it’s mainly Shaykh Ismail’s approach to looking at history. His first and foremost priority is always drawing lesson as much as possible, not to just know or memorize historical incidents. And he narrates history from neutral perspective as far as possible. As a result, he neither fantasizes history nor becomes pessimistic. I think these reason are worthy enough to drive anyone to do an excellent course like this.” – Osman Harun Sani

“Sheikh Ismail Kamdar is highly professional, dedicated, disciplined and knowledgeable. He is one of the very best tutors…” – Yasmeen

“When I say that Ustadh Ismail Kamdar was, all things considered, the best teacher I had…and one of the best teachers I had the blessing of studying under, I am in no way exaggerating, as will be testified by hundreds of other students!” – Tabassum

“Thank you for putting together such a beautiful course. I thoroughly enjoyed all the sections and learnt from it. one of it’s unique value adds is the “lessons learnt” at the end of each video. I sincerely hope and pray we have a new Islamic golden age and our children will benefit and be part of it.” – Janahara

Sign up here to access the course at the discounted price.

July Promo still available in August 2022.
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8 Tips for parents for raising teenagers

8 Tips for parents for raising teenagers

1. Treat them like young adults and they will grow up faster

2. Slowly, increase the level of responsibility and independence that they have. Give them more tasks and responsibilities, and as they grow competent, increase it. This will ease them into adulthood.

3. Your role needs to become more like a mentor to them. Have open communication with them and allow them to ask deep questions and challenge your ideals. They need these conservations to reach Yaqeen in their faith.

4. Do not expect perfection from them. When they mess up, guide them back to the paths of repentance and righteousness. They are still learning how to deal with nafs and shaytaan and will make mistakes along the way, just like you.

5. Include them in family discussions on important matters, so they gain experience in the ups and downs of being an adult. These discussions will prepare them for the challenges of the adult world.

6. Allow them space to explore their own ideas and plans (within the boundaries of halal) and give them space to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes. For example, if your teen has a bad business idea, let him start his business and learn from the experience.

7. Have a strong Islamic Studies curriculum for them to study that is age-suitable. Focus on things like morality, chastity, modesty, responsibility, and purification of the soul. These aspects of Islamic Studies are essential at that age.

8. Finally, never stop making dua for them. Do not give up hope in Allah’s Mercy and pray for your children’s guidance every day.

Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Leadership
10 Forgotten Principles of Dawah

10 Forgotten Principles of Dawah

Dawah on social media has become a mess. People with no training or qualifications are put on pedestals and promote Islam in the most vulgar and harshest of manners. Their self-serving methods create a toxic culture of sectarianism, hatred, and cults of personality.

Dawah is not a free-for-all, in which anyone can say anything however they wish to say it. There are principles that govern Dawah. These principles are derived from the Quran and Sunnah and include the following:

1) Focus on the pleasure of Allah. Results, numbers, and conversions are secondary. The pleasure of Allah is everything.

2) Mercy and compassionate should be your standard approach. The foundation of Islamic Dawah is to be merciful and compassionate in your interactions with people. Harshness should be the exception and only when wise to do so, not the norm.

3) Seek to understand before presenting your position. You cannot reach people and guide them back to the straight path, if you do not understand how they reached their current ideas.

4) Do not write people off. Anyone can be guided back to Allah if Allah wills. Do not write people and claim that anyone is beyond guidance.

5) Always give people hope of a way back to Allah. No matter what sins or wrong ideas people have fallen into, there is always a way back. Find ways to guide people back, and do not write them off.

6) Call people to Allah, not to yourself, your sect or your channel.

7) When you do not know, then state that you do not know. Do not answer without knowledge

8) Mockery, slander, and verbal abuse does not produce any positive results.

9) Be clear and honest, but also wise and compassionate in how you present your message.

10) If you find yourself out of your depth, then take a step back and leave it to the experts.

A lot needs to be done to move away from this modern toxic culture that has developed online, but grounding our Dawah in the above principles is a good first step back towards the Sunnah methodology.

Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Islam
8 Tips for Producing High Quality Islamic Content

8 Tips for Producing High Quality Islamic Content

1. Plan it out carefully. Take the time to map out a full plan regarding what you are producing, why you need to produce it, how it benefits the ummah, how long it will take to produce, and what you need to do each step of the way.

2. Take your time. Do not rush it. Good work takes time and meticulous effort. If you need to research for two years before you even start writing, then do that! Do not rush the process, because this often destroys the quality of the end product.

3. Do it for Allah. Even if your books or courses are a source of income, ensure your primary intention is the pleasure of Allah. This will lead to barakah in whatever you earn through those projects.

4. Hire experts. Nobody is an expert at everything. You will need to outsource some aspects to others, be it cover design, video editing, or marketing. Know your areas of weakness and outsource those to experts.

5. Set deadlines and stick to them. If you say you will write a book some day, that day will never come. If you commit to completing your book by December 5th, you may actually do so.

6. Listen to constructive feedback from your sincerely well-wishers and even from your critics. We all are a work in progress, and in order to grow into the best versions of ourselves, we must be open to criticism and feedback.

7. Dedicate time daily to your craft. Block out time to focus on your product. Even if you spend an hour a day over three years working on one book, it will be worth it. Just block out time, work hard, keep improving, and take your time.

8. Block out the noise. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the latest trend and controversy. Utilize social media for beneficial means only, and completely shut it down during your work time. Your craft deserves for full attention.

Alhamdulillah, hard work pays off in the long run. I spend years researching the History of Islam, and 18 months working on the course (https://islamicselfhelp.gumroad.com/l/history1). I ask Allah to accept my efforts, and make it a means of khayr for the ummah.

Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Goal Setting
Ramadan Mubarak – New Free eBook

Ramadan Mubarak – New Free eBook

As Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

Ramadan Mubarak!

I ask Allah to bless us all with a productive, spiritually uplifting, piety-increasing Ramadan.

Check out our free Ramadan resources at the Yaqeen Institute here: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/

This includes a brand-new free Ramadan ebook entitled Qur’an 30for30: Seerah Edition, co-authored by Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Ismail Kamdar.

The Qur’an was revealed over 23 years, its revelation intertwining with the Prophet’s ﷺ Seerah. Many chapters and verses were revealed addressing specific events that occurred during the Seerah. Which surahs have a special reason for revelation? How can learning about this context help us gain a deeper appreciation of the Quran?

Explore key events from the life of the Prophet ﷺ and learn about the reasons for revelation of various passages of the Qur’an with Qur’an 30for30: Seerah Edition.

Tip: To enhance your Qur’an 30for30 Season 3 viewing experience, read the eBook chapter corresponding with each day’s juz before watching the episode!

Download the ebook here
Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Books