WEEKLY VIRTUAL FRIDAY PRAYERS WITH
DR. KHALED ABOU EL FADL!
First Adhan at 1:15 pm Eastern Time!
PROJECT ILLUMINE HALAQAS:
Every Tuesday @ 6 pm ET
Every Saturday @ 3 pm ET
Live on our YouTube Channel:
All khutbahs will be recorded and posted online afterwards.
The New Quran "Pilot" Halaqa on Surah al Hadid
27 June 2020
This is most revolutionary research on the Quran in our time - mining and understanding the deeper meaning of each individual chapter of the Quran as a unique, stand-alone part of a whole. To extract and preserve this goldmine of knowledge and transform our relationship with the Quran, we need some brave, forward-thinking, visionary souls...
"WHAT DOES YOUR IMAN AMOUNT TO?"
6 March 2021
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl delivers the Friday khutbah and jumu'a prayer at The Usuli Institute (www.usuli.org). He asks us to reflect on the most important question that should matter to modern day Muslims: "What Does Your Iman Amount To?" In other words, what is the value of your faith, and what does it contribute to the world in the modern day.
Part 1: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl presents his original Quranic commentary on Surah 39: Al Zumar as part of the ongoing Project Illumine: Light of the Quran series at The Usuli Institute (www.usuli.org). Project Illumine is a year-long intensive immersion into the unique moral messages in each of the 114 surahs (chapters) of the Quran, the fruit of this scholar's lifetime relationship with the Quran. This is the eighteenth chapter in the series. This is not the traditional line-by-line exegesis, but a chapter-by-chapter thematic approach that seeks to rediscover the original meaning received by the early Muslims that sparked their passion such that they transformed from desert dwellers to civilization builders. It is an investigation of the timeless moral and ethical lessons of the Quran then applied to our modern day. In the introduction, Executive Director Grace Song talks about disciplining the soul through service that does not serve the purpose of feeding one's ego, and shares a few stories and examples.
RAMY YOUSSEF AND THE SHAYKH
A Beautiful Engagement Between Artist and Scholar
14 September 2019
As part of The Usuli Institute Conversation Series, we were honored to host Ramy Youssef in conversation with Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl and Grace Song about the challenges and opportunities for artistic expression in advancing faith, understanding, and the human side of being Muslim. Ramy Youssef is best known for making TV's first Muslim American sitcom, Hulu's millennial comedy series entitled, "Ramy." He also recently released his HBO Original stand-up comedy special entitled, "Feelings." Both shows jump headlong into uncharted on-screen territory when it comes to the challenges confronting Muslim millennials attempting to navigate the grey areas of faith and religion, society and culture, expectation and acceptance, and ultimately, humanity in all of its forms. An honest, raw and fascinating discussion. Hosted at the Usuli Institute, 14 September 2019.
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We are so grateful to receive beautiful messages and pictures from our friends around the world! This heartwarming picture features a reading group in Australia that has been discussing Dr. Abou El Fadl's book, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age. If you have pictures you would like to share, email us! Love to our friends in Australia!
"...To win this very real war that has done inestimable damage to so many Muslims and to the truth of the Islamic faith, it is absolutely imperative that moderates declare a counter-jihad against the puritan heresy. This is not a call for the shedding of blood; it is a call for matching the zeal of puritans through unrelenting intellectual activism. This is a counter-jihad to reclaim the truth about the Islamic faith and win the hearts and minds of Muslims and non-Muslims all around the world..."
Khaled Abou El Fadl, The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists