Usuli Weekly Newsletter

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 12. August 2022
Greetings of Peace dear Friends, I pray you are well and enjoying the last blessed days of summer. It has passed all too quickly! First and foremost, it has been a particularly devastating time in Gaza as a result of the brutal, inhumane, and merciless Israeli bombardments yet again. If you are able to make a donation to help our brothers and sisters in Gaza, you will find a list of relief organizations below. May God come to the aid and comfort of those in need, and help us educate and empower...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 05. August 2022
Dearest Friends, Al salamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatohu! I first must thank everyone for their prayers and kind messages as we have been struggling with illness in these past ten days or so that we went offline. Alhamdulillah, we are finally emerging out of the woods of darkness and Dr. Abou El Fadl is on the mend. I am very happy to report that we will be holding our virtual khutbah today and Project Illumine halaqa tomorrow! Yay!!! In addition, THIS SUNDAY AT 2 PM ET, Dr. Abou El...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 15. July 2022
Greetings of Peace dear Friends, I pray you are well and that you enjoyed a blessed Eid! Just a quick note to say that we will be away next week, so there will be no halaqas or khutbah the week of 18 July. We plan to be back in action on Tuesday, 26 July with our next halaqa God willing! I am looking forward to what we anticipate will be the conclusion of Surah 33: Al Ahzab (Day 4) tomorrow at 6 pm EST. In the meantime, I share with you this profound (as always) reflection on Surah Al Ahzab by...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 08. July 2022
Dear Friends, Al salamu alaykum and Eid Al Adha Mubarak! I pray that you and your loved ones enjoy a peaceful and loving Eid insha'Allah! We have been clicking along here through Project Illumine. This past week, we had the opportunity to revisit Surah 59: Al Hashr and Surah 24: Al Nur through our Q&A session, and also begin our engagement with Surah 33: Al Ahzab (Day 1). As I was reviewing my pages upon pages of handwritten notes on these surahs, I was overcome by the sheer amount learning...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 01. July 2022
Reflecting on Surah Al Nur...and Makeup? What creates light is light, and what creates darkness blocks the light. And those who block out the light often feel justified in blocking the light. They convince themselves they are creating light. All of us block out the light unintentionally. We ignore this obvious fact, and wishfully think it will all turn out all right while remaining unchanged. When our sense of right and wrong is defined through the logic and philosophies of our society, it is...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 24. June 2022
Dear Friends, Greetings of Peace! I pray you are safe, healthy, well and fully engaged with the light! First of all, it was truly wonderful to have the blessing of two halaqa sessions this past week, especially that we have been deep diving into the most incredible Surah 24: Al Nur (The Light). It has been three halaqa sessions dedicated to Surah Al Nur so far, and we have just entered an engagement with Verse 35 on the Parable of the Light. To say what we have been learning about Surah Al Nur...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 17. June 2022
Al salamu 'alaykum dear Friends, I pray you are well! First, some great news - starting next Tuesday, 21 June, we will be going back to two halaqa sessions per week for the summertime! Yay! It's like finding out that there are more episodes coming out sooner than you thought for your favorite Netflix show! :) Hopefully, this means we can more quickly advance on Surah Al Nur and the remaining 34 surahs (without rushing!) as we get closer and closer to the end of our Project Illumine journey....
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 10. June 2022
Dear Friends, Greetings of Peace! I pray you are well and enjoying the entrance of the new season, insha'Allah, wherever you are in the world. It is a beautiful and at times humid summer here in Ohio. This week, we experienced our first tornado warning, sirens and all. When we lived in California and there were tsunami warnings issued as a result of a distant earthquake, people would drive to the beach because they wanted to see the tsunami with their own eyes. We thought they were nuts. Being...

Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 03. June 2022
The following excerpts are from a book titled “Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition,” by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani. “The outer behavior of the disciple should mirror the inner attitude of trust and submission toward the shaykh…(s)he must be willing at all times to ‘receive the orders of the shaykh, just as the Prophet awaited the coming of Gabriel with revelation for God Almighty and Exalted’. He must have… ‘the conduct of anticipation,’ which means that the...
Usuli Weekly Newsletter · 27. May 2022
Dear Friends, Al salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatohu. It has been another difficult week in America, and I pray that wherever you are, you are safe and healthy God willing (insha'Allah). As the news unfolds about yet another horrific school shooting, the continued hypocrisy of our so-called leaders, and the senseless deaths of 21 beautiful souls in Uvelde, Texas, it is hard not to feel everything from outrage to despair to hopelessness. Around the world on the Muslim front, we are...

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