It is narrated that when Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) completed the structure of the Kaaba, Allah commanded him to call the people to Haj. Surrounded by mountains and a desolate desert, Ibrahim pleaded, “How shall my voice reach anyone?”. God then revealed to him “your duty is to make the call, while our duty is to make it reach everyone”.
Thus, Ibrahim made the call. A call that received divine blessing and reverberated throughout the ages, through his descendants who carried the torch of guidance far and wide.
Who would have thought that those roars of monotheism and divine knowledge would be transmitted in digital form? Translated into ones and zeros, the message of God’s apostles would be carried through the airwaves, crossing borders and traversing vast distances! Today, they are being made available to anyone, anywhere, and in a convenient, easy, and intuitive manner.
The result of years of preparation and fine-tuning, John The Martyr Seminary presents a unique opportunity to challenge yourself to increase your knowledge base while engaging with qualified scholars. Through this intellectual adventure you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to tackle our turbulent times and help create a better future for humanity while also securing eternal bliss in the hereafter.
It was based on this ethos, and in continuity of prophetic teachings, John The Martyr Seminary was launched in order to be a platform for intellectual discourse and dialogue, using the most advanced technologies.
1. Personal Development
We are creatures of ambition, and should’t settle for mediocrity. One must strive for self-improvement every day and insure progress on an intellectual & spiritual level. Any life goal should revolve around enhancing our understanding of our world — as well as the one that lies beyond. This puts religion in sharp focus as it represents the central pillar of our identity and the driving force behind our core values.
2. Flexible Learning
Achieving personal goals requires flexibility. In the past, engaging in specialized religious education meant navigating the maze of being in another country and dealing with endless problems. Thanks to modern technology, the same opportunities are now available in the comfort of your home! You can participate in virtual classes as they are being delivered, or watch archived lessons and progress through a course at a time of your choosing.
3. Rewarding & Satisfying
Nothing is more rewarding than the acquisition of knowledge. Prophetic narrations are abundant in the merits and rewards of those who seek to be better informed and thus, find their way in the darkness of an ignorant world. JM makes this journey of discovery and learning an avenue for spiritual growth to the highest summits of divine satisfaction, and therefore, levels of paradise.
4. Growth & Salvation
With all of the benefits brought by the digital age, came a slew of intellectual viruses & spiritual contagions. Finding one’s way requires knowledge and understanding derived from authentic sources. Learning needs to be evidence-based and devoid of irrelevant or even dangerous content. Highly qualified scholars were involved in the development of our syllabus, designing lively and useful courses that inseminate the intellect with divine inspiration, knowledge with action, and ancient heritage with our modern tools.
5. Peer Support
A great advantage of the e-Hawza program is having other students who share your appetite for learning and passion to excell who offer help and support as you grow your knowledge.