Part 1: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl continues his original Quranic commentary of Surah 95: Al Tin (The Fig). He delves into the depth of meaning of this short chapter, discussing the range of scholarly opinions about the significance of figs and olives; creation and the human condition; and the foundational themes of choice, free will and dignity emphasized throughout the Quran.
In the introduction, Director Grace Song shares personal stories about experiences as a convert; what she learned from the Muslim community as a young convert on how to be a good Muslim; and her reflections on the impact of such messages. She addresses the power of perception and language with regard to Islam and Muslims in the West, and calls for a rethinking of each.
Part 2 is Q&A. Delivered 15 June 2019.