Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 28. January 2024
Greetings of Peace (al salamu ‘alaykum) dear Friends! I pray you are well and staying healthy. My sincerest apologies that it has been over three weeks since the last Usuli newsletter. Illness struck our household and everything came to a screeching halt. How quickly life can change! Thank God, I am so pleased to say that we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am grateful to be able to resume life, albeit to a limited degree for now. Alhamdulillah (thank God) for...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 05. January 2024
Greetings of Peace (al salamu ‘alaykum) dear Friends! HAPPY NEW YEAR (I hope)! I pray that 2024 will bring better days for us as Muslims insha’Allah (God willing). I am so excited and honored to announce that we will be kicking off the new year with an AMAZING conversation with brilliant @NicoleJenes who has been using her skills as a satirist (among many other skills!) to speak truth to power and educate the world about Israel’s ongoing genocide against the Palestinians. Do yourselves a...

When the House is on Fire, Do We Worry About the Furniture?
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 29. December 2023
I apologize for the delay today. We had technical difficulties. The sad reality is that The Usuli Institute, as usual, is underfunded. If we were not underfunded, we would be able to hire a tech person who could take care of these matters every time they pop up. But what can we do? This is the choice of the Ummah. It is not our choice. When an event is delayed because we cannot get it streaming properly or the sound quality is poor, know that it is not the choice of the people who are involved...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 24. December 2023
Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) dear Friends, As we near the end of 2023, let us pray that there are better days ahead for us all in 2024 insha'Allah (God willing). If you watched Shaykh's powerful and emotional khutbah this past Friday, then you know that we are fed up with the status quo. I look forward to working hard in 2024 to push the envelope through new and ground-breaking projects that will inspire, empower, and unleash our collective potential insha'Allah. One thing is clear,...

The Moment of Truth is Upon Us
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 22. December 2023
First, may God bless the man with the golden voice, Shayan Parsai, who does the adhan for jumu‘a. It is an adhan that moves, reminds, and awakens for those who understand. With the immense obscenity that we are witnessing today, with the entire world watching the systematic, deliberate, and unrelenting slaughter of a civilian population under the guise of fighting Hamas, we are no longer talking about collateral damage. It is a concept that does not even apply. We are no longer talking about...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 18. December 2023
Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) dear Friends, I pray that you are well. Not gonna lie, it has been a very tough week over and above the ongoing monstrosity in Palestine. Thank you to everyone for your prayers for Shaykh's health. I believe the demands, the stress, and the exhaustion of everything finally caught up and took its toll. I am extremely grateful for the gifted Shayan Parsai, who stepped up and knocked it out of the part with yet another brilliant khutbah, two weeks running,...

Calamity: The Great Moral Criterion
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 15. December 2023
Last week, Shaykh Khaled could not deliver the khutbah because he was busy with the end of the semester. This week, he has been suffering from health challenges and complications, which is quite unfortunate. I would assume that his stress level is very high, especially given the current circumstances that we are witnessing in Palestine. The stress of being a professor, with all that that entails, the challenge of dealing with regular health problems, and the great grief that burdens us all in...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 10. December 2023
Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) dear Friends, I pray that you staying strong, keeping the news of Palestine front and center on social media or elsewhere, and also taking a step away when it gets too much. It is such a hard time, and in these moments, I am especially grateful for those in our community who are on the frontlines of the battle. For this reason especially, I am so looking forward to our upcoming Zoom Webinar: A Conversation with Professor Khaled Beydoun (@khaledbeydoun)!...

Parable of the Palm Tree: Morality as the Language of Deceit
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 08. December 2023
At the outset, I offer the disclosure that I am only a student, so anything I say should be taken with a grain of salt. These are my own observations and my own understandings; whether they are correct or incorrect, I leave for you and for God to judge. I am only here as I was tasked with making sure that this pulpit does not collect dust for the simple fact that our teacher, Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, had a prior engagement. Given the exigent circumstances of our children being killed, it was...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 03. December 2023
Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) dear Friends, I pray that you are managing as well as can be expected despite the horrific news of the continuing genocide in Palestine. We have actively made the decision not to return to "business as usual" while the devastation in Palestine continues, and will gather when we have an appropriate event for the moment. In that spirit, I am so pleased to announce that our next event will consist of a conversation with Professor Khaled Beydoun, who has been...

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