Part 1: Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl shares the ground-breaking results of his lifelong engagement with the Quran in this new tafsir halaqa. He shares his personal journey in discovering the meaning of Surah al Rahman, Chapter 55 of the Quran. This is the third example of the application of Dr. Abou El Fadl's original methodology.
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl concludes his line-by-line original commentary (tafsir) on Surah 89 Al Fajr. After a brief review, he continues from Verse 17. In the introduction, Executive Director Grace Song gives an update on the New Quran Project and shares reflections on the topic of the Signs of God raised in the New Quran Halaqa on Surah al Jathiya through two events in her life in the past week.

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 10. July 2020
Life on this earth makes sense if and only if it is a temporary abode with consequences and results, a state that has been ordained by someone bigger than this life, that understands its objects and its purpose, and that decreed it. In life, it is tempting to lose sight of the fact that this is a purposeful existence. Either we exist in a world measured by justice - and in order for justice to be the premise of our existence, there must be a Creator and Owner - or we exist in a whimsical,...
In Part 1 of the second New Quran Halaqa, Dr. Abou El Fadl gives last details of Surah 57: Al Hadid (Iron) in a continuation of the previous "Pilot Halaqa" from 27 June 2020.

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 03. July 2020
Dr. Abou El Fadl recently watched a video that unsettled him so much that he found it very challenging to focus on anything else. The video was of a woman – a widow and orphan herself with one child - in Egypt, pleading for help because a police officer started harassing her six months ago, demanding that she submit to him sexually. When she refused, he arrested her younger sister – a divorcee with no children – and has kept the sister in detention without charges for several weeks. The...
Part 1: Introduction and Tafsir. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl introduces a new approach to understanding the Quran, chapter by chapter, the fruit of a lifelong engagement with the holy text of Islam. In this pilot halaqa, he explains how his journey with the Quran developed and evolved over the years and the questions that he engaged from the time of his youth. He presents the methodology he developed and demonstrates it in delving into the meaning of one sample chapter - Surah 57: Al Hadid (Iron).

27. June 2020
TRANSCRIPT: "This project to share the result of my long-term engagement with the Quran, to be done properly and effectively, and to get through the entire Quran. At least if I could afford a year of leave where I'm on leave from school and doing nothing but the Quranic halaqas, that would be ideal. "It's very difficult to imagine how I could do this while teaching because of just the numerous obligations that I have. But, there was a further idea... And I've already talked to Grace about this....
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 26. June 2020
It is not an exaggeration to say that we human beings – our intellects and our psyches – are a product of numerous cumulative narratives that we have received at different parts in our lives. The fabric of human consciousness is formed by stories from the past and present. They form what we define as our reality: the way we understand things, the way we associate and relate to values, and the way that we feel entitled to feel or not to feel. When we look at the present Muslim condition, we...

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 19. June 2020
Islam should be the most important thing in the life of a Muslim, the very framework through which a Muslim sees and understands the world. It is critical that Muslims have a clear vision of what Islam represents to them, and a clear understanding of the moral role of the Islamic faith in the context of human history. Human history is marked with constant movements towards human dignity and self-determination, which are always met with resistance. This resistance takes the form of various...
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 12. June 2020
The Prophet’s life and the way he translated the Islamic message into real life examples holds continuing and living lessons for us to internalize, as they have the ability to transform our lives into something other than what we have been mired in for a long time. The Quran is the accompanying text to this living example. Although it addressed many of the events unfolding in the life of the Prophet, the discourse of the Quran existed and continues to exist in perpetual relevance with the...

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