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WEEKLY VIRTUAL FRIDAY PRAYERS WITH

DR. KHALED ABOU EL FADL!

Every Friday!

First Adhan at 1:45 pm Eastern Time!

 

 

PROJECT ILLUMINE HALAQAS:

Every Tuesday @ 6 pm ET

Every Saturday @ 5 pm ET

 

 

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 All khutbahs will be recorded and posted online afterwards.


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LATEST FRIDAY KHUTBAH (SERMON)

 

"why jerusalem matters"

 

"WHY JERUSALEM MATTERS"

21 May 2021

 

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl delivers a MUST WATCH Friday khutbah at The Usuli Institute (www.usuli.org). He discusses the central importance of Jerusalem as part of the Islamic faith, and discusses in detail the efforts to subvert Islam from the inside. 


understanding palestine:

a conversation with lara e.

(aka @gazangirl and @thepalestinepod) 

As part of The Usuli Conversation Series, we were proud to have a deeply insightful conversation with Lara E. (aka @gazangirl on Instagram) and Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl. We covered the reality for Palestinians on the ground; the challenges facing Palestinian activists; the narratives of Zionism and the media; the law, history and theology of the conflict; and the central importance of Al Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem...and much more!!! 


PROJECT ILLUMINE: THE LIGHT OF THE QURAN

The New Quran "Pilot" Halaqa on Surah al Hadid

27 June 2020

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU LEARNED SOMETHING NEW ABOUT THE QURAN?

 

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...



Latest Circle of Learning (Halaqa):

Project Illumine: Surah 17: Al 'Isra

DAY 2: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl presents his original Quranic commentary on Surah 17: Al 'Isra, as part of the ongoing Project Illumine: Light of the Quran series at The Usuli Institute (www.usuli.org). This is the conclusion of the tafsir on Surah al 'Isra and includes Q&A at the end.

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 thirty-sixth 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 shares more updates about Usuli activities and announces an Usuli conversation with Palestinian-American International Human Rights Lawyer and Activist, Lara Elborno (aka @gazangirl on Instagram). Recorded at The Usuli Institute on 18 May 2021. 


 USULI CONVERSATION SERIES:

RAMY YOUSSEF AND THE SHAYKH

A Beautiful Engagement Between Artist and Scholar

 

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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SHARING THE LOVE

 

love to our friends in australia!

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!

 


on reclaiming truth through intellectual activism

"...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

The Movement to Reinvigorate Beautiful and Ethical Islam has begun.  Join us.

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