In the name of God, the most Merciful and the most Compassionate. God is the all-Knowing. Knowledge is the essence as well as the attribute of God. To seek knowledge is to venture in the domain of God. Speaking out of ignorance is equated to imputing lies to God. Knowledge is not a right, but a privilege granted by the mercy of God to those who accept its responsibility. The key to knowledge is humility. One must presume ignorance in oneself before every issue confronted. Arrogance before knowledge is an affront to God’s domain. The overriding principle for both Teacher and Student is integrity in the service of knowledge and due diligence.
The relationship between Teacher and Student is sacrosanct, and one of mutual trust and respect. This is a contract henceforth before God between the Teacher and Student, undersigned.
Being fully aware that I am God’s representative and ambassador on this earth, entitled to dignity and bound to give dignity to others, I agree to adhere to the following provisions in my capacity as a Research Fellow seeking knowledge of the Qur’an during the course of the Project Illumine: The Light of the Qur’an program at The Usuli Institute.
It is understood that the failure to comply with the above commitments imposes upon me the obligation to disqualify myself from the halaqa. Or, alternatively, the Teacher may disqualify me. Further, I understand that in the event of my disqualification, I will be responsible for returning all expenses incurred on my behalf, as the financial support for which my position was created is a trust from God created through the generosity and trust of donors.
In all cases, the Institute will endeavor to support, facilitate and promote learning, growth and development for every individual according to the best principles of mercy, compassion, due diligence and care. May God bless, protect and guide the success of Project Illumine to the most elevated conclusion.