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This is PROJECT ILLUMINE: THE LIGHT OF THE QURAN, changing the way we understand our relationship with God, our faith, and how we live our lives as committed, vibrant, merciful, justice-oriented, loving and dignified Muslims IN OUR AGE.
*To meet our goal, we need the EQUIVALENT of 400 people committed to donating at least $100 per month for a minimum of 12 months as recurring monthly payments or a one-time payment of $1200. (Note this is a suggested amount for targeting purposes. We absolutely welcome donations of any amount to share the blessings as widely as possible!)
Those who have the ability, need or desire for God's blessing are strongly encouraged to donate more! Anyone who donates on behalf of themselves or others will earn a share in the blessing and reward of any benefit derived from this project in perpetuity!
(Tally updated 15 July 2021)
Excerpt from the "Pilot" Halaqa describing the Project (Read The Transcript Here)
A year-long intense and accelerated journey for scholar and students focused on mining the full meaning of each chapter of the Quran - chapter by chapter - based on a ground-breaking methodology.
Traditional approaches follow a line-by-line exegesis of the text or thematic analyses of the Quran as a whole. From his research and lifelong engagement with the text of the Quran, Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl has developed a novel methodology for approaching and analyzing the unique meaning of each chapter of the Quran.
The research explores:
The ambitious goal would be to complete the analysis of all 114 chapters of the Quran in approximately one to two years.
The full "Pilot" Halaqa on Surah Al Hadid (Iron), Part 1: Introduction and Tafsir, 27 June 2020
The Quran is the central text that anchored the entire Islamic message, the heart and soul of:
Muslims for a variety of reasons have lost touch with the Quran. It is not the central text that directs their lives, shapes their value system or consciousness, or contributes to their understanding of the world or how to relate to the world.
For centuries, Muslims would begin the process of literacy by teaching and absorbing the Quran, and for many, memorizing the Quran, even if they were not going to become scholars or jurists. Even for people who would go on to enter many vocations in life, literacy always began with the Quran.
For many centuries, Muslim understood that at the heart of the educational process is a close and intimate engagement with the Quran. That practice began weakening significantly during the colonial era, but even after colonialism, it continued to weaken. Quranic literacy deteriorated very seriously throughout the Muslim world until our day and age, where it is not unusual for there to be zero Quranic literacy.
Many educated Muslims have a greater amount of exposure to Shakespeare than the Quran, which has become a foreign text. We don’t know how to read the Quran or unpack the world of meanings and relate to the text in a way that shapes our consciousness, emotions or intellectual paradigms.
Dr. Abou El Fadl emotionally closes the "Pilot" Halaqa by sharing The Dream of the Project.
On June 27, 2020, Dr. Abou El Fadl gave a "pilot" class (halaqa) to talk about his lifelong engagement with the Quran, the intellectual and spiritual search that brought him to the journey, and his approach to delving deep into the chapters of the Quran. He chose one chapter, Surah al Hadid (Iron) to demonstrate the methodology he developed and presented the output of his research. It brought the audience to tears. At the end of the halaqa, he shared the dream for passing on this knowledge to students who can carry it forward and further.
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The Quran was intended to be our timeless guide but Muslims don't know it anymore. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create an intellectual and spiritual incubator for our best and brightest to advance our collective knowledge and engagement with the Quran.
Those who do not have the ability to mine the Quran at this level of intensity MUST financially support those who do, so that ALL Muslims can rediscover the strength and sustaining beauty of the Quran.
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