Greetings of Peace! I pray you are well! This weekend, we have the blessed opportunity of addressing once again, a painful topic: spiritual and sexual abuse in our communities. It is a blessed opportunity because anytime we have the chance to blast light towards the accumulation of darkness, we have the opportunity to help people who have been held in the grip of this darkness. We have the opportunity to see what damage has been hiding in the shadows, and we help people who have been suffering untold injury actually begin to heal. By addressing the ugliness of lies, deception and injustice with a good dose of truth-telling, we can begin the necessary process of "cleaning our own house."
It pains me to recognize that the disease of spiritual and sexual abuse is much more rampant than any of us realize. We have come to hear from more and more victims of abuse about the broad expanse and unchecked growth of this evil infection that has been metastasizing in the dark. More people have been affected by this disease than we recognize or wish to acknowledge. The taboo nature of the topic holds people hostage in silence.
The first time we addressed this topic, in Part I of our Dispelling Myths Q&A on Spiritual and Sexual Abuse with Shaykh Abou El Fadl, we broke important ground. It was a bold, clarifying and transformative session where we started from the beginning and worked our way across the most pressing and glaring issues and questions. This weekend, we aim to continue where we left off and dig a little deeper, covering additional terrain. I am praying for and anticipating another incredible session. It is a difficult topic, but like every opportunity to grow, learn and heal, we find that the more difficult the challenge, the greater the rewards of knowledge, clarity, liberation and ultimately, empowerment. I hope you will join us.
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PART 1 OF DISPELLING MYTHS FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE: Q&A ON SEXUAL AND SPIRITUAL ABUSE FOR YOUR REFERENCE:
Transparent, honest and empowering. This is a discussion to be shared far and wide - we covered an important list of questions that many people have about what to do in cases of abuse, especially at the hands of religious authority.
Part 2 will address more myths, misconceptions and misapplications of Islamic law in approaching the issue of spiritual and sexual abuse. If you have any questions you would like to suggest,
please do write and let me know.
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People often ask me where to start if they want to take this journey with us from the beginning. My own recommended reading list begins with The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books and The Great Theft: Wresting Islam from the Extremists. Then third would be And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses. Fourth would be Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age. AND of course, everything by Dr. Abou El Fadl either through the Usuli website or the online archive for Dr. Abou El Fadl's work at www.searchforbeauty.org.
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Looking forward to seeing you online for our khutbah today and tomorrow night at 6 pm ET FOR A NEW SURAH! Please keep all of us in your prayers!! May God keep you and your loved ones safe and protected and on the most beautiful path always! Hope to see you online soon insha'Allah!
In Peace and Hope,
The Usuli Institute