DAY 1 of 2: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl presents his original Quranic commentary on Surah 43: Al Zukhruf, as part of the ongoing Project Illumine: Light of the Quran series at The Usuli Institute (www.usuli.org). The conclusion of Surah Al Zukhruf takes place on 1 June 2021.
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-ninth 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 recommends a book on how to better understand and address the challenges confronting teenagers through learning about neuroscience and brain research on "The Teenage Brain" (by Frances E. Jensen). Recorded at The Usuli Institute on 29 May 2021.