Videos

Videos · 08. December 2018
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl continues his original Qur'anic commentary (tafsir), elaborating on the meaning of Surah at-Takathur. In the introduction, Executive Director Grace Song, gives perspective on finding one's true authentic self, owning vulnerability, and creating human connectedness from a Muslim point of view. Includes Q&A.
Videos · 06. October 2018
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl presents his original Quranic commentary on Surah 104: "Backbiter," which is directly relevant to the current state of affairs in the world. In the introduction, Director Grace Song discusses the travesty of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation and its implications from the lens of a Muslim woman convert.
Videos · 15. September 2018
Part 1: Dr. Abou El Fadl delves into a new surah (chapter) and continues his original Quranic commentary (tafsir) on Surah al Nasr. In the introduction, Director Grace Song shares personal reflections and testimony on the journey of praying and prayer as a Muslim over time.
Videos · 01. September 2018
In Part 1, Dr. Abou El Fadl concludes the Quranic commentary on Surah al Rahman from Verse 67 through the end. In the introduction, Director Grace Song relates two reflections on life in the U.S. as a Muslim, one about middle school and one about the power of the puppy.
Videos · 25. August 2018
Part 1: In the introduction, Director Grace Song discusses Westworld and the idea of "cornerstones," which define a person; the perils of social media; what it means to be a feminist and a Muslim feminist. Then, Dr. Abou El Fadl continues to present his original Qur'anic commentary of Surah al Rahman through Verse 65.
Videos · 11. August 2018
In Part 1, Director Grace Song discusses her most powerful role model for a Muslim woman, her mother-in-law Afaf El-Nimr. She also talks about the oppression facing the Uyghur Muslims in China. Dr. Abou El Fadl further elaborates on the crises in China, Burma, the Middle East and around the world as a product of Islamophobia and the burden upon Muslims to invest in combatting Islamophobia.
Videos · 28. July 2018
Part 1: In the introduction to the Usuli Institute Halaqa, Director Grace Song speaks about her experiences as a "recovering racist" in her journey after conversion. Dr. Abou El Fadl speaks about the Tariq Ramadan case; explains the difference between the Islamic law adjudication of zina (fornication) versus rape (a crime of terror); and discusses the #MeToo movement.
Videos · 14. July 2018
Part 1 of 3: In the introduction, Director Grace Song shares stories about the place and power of knowledge in the Muslim experience, especially as an American convert confronting "Modern Day Muslim Urban Myths." She answers the question of how her life is better after becoming a Muslim; what a typical week looks life in the cause of knowledge; and the economic fallout from not investing in knowledge. She and Dr. Abou El Fadl talk about saving Islamic manuscripts. Dr. Abou El Fadl gives insight...
Videos · 19. May 2018
We begin by discussing the foundational elements of the Usuli Institute methodology for seeking the path to divinity in the Islamic tradition. Dr. Abou El Fadl discusses the notion of light, luminosity and divinity and their interconnectedness and deeper meanings. Includes Q&A.

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