Usuli Weekly Newsletter

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...

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,...
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,...

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)!...
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...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 27. November 2023
Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) dear Friends, As has become my usual greeting since October 7th, I pray that you are managing as well as can be expected in these exceedingly challenging times. Although we did not gather virtually this past weekend, I hope that you will find great value, as I did, in this wonderful new episode of Real Talk with Cherif and Baba! Real Talk with Cherif and Baba, Episode 2 24 November 2023 Building upon the khutbah earlier in the day entitled, "Built on...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 19. November 2023
Dear Friends, Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum). I pray that you are managing in these exceedingly difficult times. I am sure I am not alone in feeling a constant dark heaviness overhead that makes much of each day feel like wading in a pool of muck. Things are slower, they are harder to process. Time continues to move at an irregular pace. The news is outrageous and depressing. It is times like this that I am grateful to know that God promises justice and that light will always...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 10. November 2023
Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) dear Friends, I pray that you are managing as well as can be expected. If you have been as glued to social media, independent news, and global reporting as I have to keep up with what is happening in Palestine and around the world, I am sure that you are feeling the effects of emotional exhaustion. But as one apt social media post put it, "You're tired of seeing it? They are tired of living it!" I can only imagine what it feels for those who have family...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 03. November 2023
Dear Friends, Greetings of Peace (al salamu 'alaykum) and our most heartfelt, continuous prayers for Palestine, and quite frankly, for the state of humanity. What a dark time, between the very public genocide taking place in Palestine, and just as devastating, the unwillingness of those in power to stop it. I pray that you are managing as well as can be expected. In my mind, this is a redline moment that draws a clear line between those who see humanity as one, and those who don't. Those who...

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