Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 17. May 2024
Greetings of Peace (al salamu ‘alaykum) dear Friends, I pray you are managing as well as can be expected in these challenging times. I know it is incredibly hard as we continue to see so many heartbreaking images on social media and read the news headlines about the state of the world. At the same time, I am so inspired and encouraged by the many acts of bravery among our students and fellow humanists who so bravely stand up against injustice. Here, we have been working hard every week to...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 08. May 2024
Greetings of Peace (al salamu ‘alaykum) dear Friends, I pray you are managing well in these dark times. I am going to keep it short this week and only encourage everyone to watch the Shaykh’s khutbah from this past week entitled, “Protest or Perish: Lessons from The Ant Colony,” which is a brilliant demonstration of the importance of knowledge and scholarship in the darkest of times, when you think there is nothing left to say about our kids and students getting brutalized and arrested...

Protest or Perish: Lessons from The Ant Colony
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 03. May 2024
The pervasive issue all around us, overwhelming our senses, is the student protests that are taking place all over the country and the suppression of these protests by brute force. Universities all over the country are declaring the protesters to be “trespassers” and calling in the police to forcibly remove these so-called “trespassers.” There is much to say and reflect on. Some points are rather obvious, others are not so obvious. But let us start with the most straightforward issue of...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 28. April 2024
Greetings of Peace (al salamu ‘alaykum) dear Friends, I pray you are managing as well as can be expected given the state of the world, especially this week as our youth are being attacked, vilified, and arrested for protesting and building encampments on university campuses across the country in solidarity with Palestine. It is a dark, dark time for humanity and the videos that are circulating on social media with students, faculty, and many others being man-handled and dehumanized by the...

The Anatomy of Empathy: An Encampment Testimony
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 26. April 2024
I want to start today with a story. Usually, giving khutbahs is scary both internally and externally. Any kind of public speaking is scary. You are scared of how you are going to look, you want to sound smart. You prepare, but with what I want to talk about, I do not think that there is any adequate way for me to prepare, because I need to tell a story. This past week, I got very bad poison ivy all over my body. Somewhere around 50-70%, it was serious. A friend of mine and I were cutting trees...
God's Heroes on God's Timing
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 19. April 2024
History is a deliberate and most sagacious teacher. It is no accident that throughout the Qur'an, time and time again, God calls upon us to reflect upon history, to study the past nations before us, and to reflect upon the patterns of human complexity. God calls upon us to study what makes people come together and what makes people follow a certain path and not another. God calls upon us to follow the pulse of sociological dynamics and the very record of human conduct. It is not simple jargon...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 17. April 2024
Greetings of Peace (al salamu ‘alaykum) dear Friends! I pray you are as well as can be expected given the state of the world. I, for one, am enjoying returning to non-fasting brain mode! :) Time to get busy trying to make change for the better… Ramy Youssef on SNL! Speaking of changing things for the better, congratulations to our dear friend, Ramy Youssef, who made history on the iconic Saturday Night Live Opening Monologue recently! At a time when things are dark everywhere for the Muslim...
Maryam's Lessons: Resistance, Devotion, & Revival
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 12. April 2024
Congratulations to you all on completing the holy month of Ramadan and Eid mubarak. May God accept from you all your fasting, your prayers, your obedience, your kindness, your charity and your positive example in your micro-communities and in your greater community at large. This Eid was a particularly somber Eid, I think, for everyone. For those who are clued into what goes on in the Muslim world generally, most Eids tend to be somber, though this one in particular is more difficult to accept...

How to fix an Ummah: Hurriyah (Freedom) and ‘Izzah (Dignity)
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 05. April 2024
Today is the last Friday of Ramadan. Yesterday, I saw some news about a Palestinian Shaykh, Mahmoud Al Hasanat, who gave an exceedingly short khutbah. It essentially consisted of the Shaykh getting up and saying, "If 30,000 martyrs, 70,000 injured, and 2 million homeless Palestinians couldn’t awaken the Ummah, what impact will my words make? What more do I say, and to whom? Straighten your rows, let’s pray." He concluded the khutbah and that was it, they prayed. I have to admit that I have...

Show more

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

Your donation to The Institute for Advanced Usuli Studies will help fund important work to combat extremism and ignorance. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to research and education to promote humanistically beautiful and morally elevating interpretations of Islam. We seek to support our brightest minds to advance knowledge and to build a community of individuals founded on dignity, respect and love for all of God's creation. See The Usuli Institute Credo for our statement of values. Please give generously to support a beautiful, reasonable and vibrantly human Islam for future generations to come. All donations are tax-deductible and zakat eligible.

 

Subscribe to Our E-mail List for Weekly updates and Latest News: