Day 1 of 2: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl presents his Quranic commentary on Surah 7: Al A'raf 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 forty-eighth 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 discusses the last khutbah on Bill Cosby and Britney Spears as examples of countering colonialism. Recorded at The Usuli Institute on 3 July 2021.