Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fwd: [IqraReadingRoom] This Week at Iqra!

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From: Khalil Abdur-Rashid <>
Date: November 17, 2011 1:09:19 PM EST
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Subject: [IqraReadingRoom] This Week at Iqra!


As Salamu Alaikum to all,
This week at Iqra, we are pleased to host Shaykh Taha Abdul-Baseer from Harvard University ( He is a specialist in Islamic Finance as well as a scholar in Islamic law. He and his family will be joining us at Iqra this Saturday where he will give a lecture and answer questions regarding topics relevent to Islamic finance and communal banking and credit groups. Here is the summary of this week's events:
Friday (Nov. 18)
1.) Jumua Prayer (1:00 - 1:30pm) - Brothers and Sisters invited
2.) Soup Kitchen/Lunch after Jumua (1:45pm - 2:15pm)
Saturday (Nov. 19)
1.) Islamic Law & Ethics (2:30pm - 3:30pm) - Imam Khalil (Asr Prayer at 3:30pm)
2.) American Culture/Literature: The Alchemist (4:00pm - 5:00pm) - Imam Shair
3.) Tajweed (4:00pm - 5:00pm) - Imam Khalil (Maghrib at 4:40pm)
4.) Arabic Language (5:30pm - 6:45pm) - Ustadh Ebad
5.) French Table (5:30pm - 6:45pm) - Ustadha Fariha
6.) Isha Prayer at 6:45pm
7.) Dinner & Guest Lecture (7:00pm - 8:30pm) - Lecture by Shaykh Taha Abdul-Baseer
Tuesday (Nov. 22)
Iqra Board Meeting with the Brooklyn District Attorney
Wednesday (Nov. 23)
1.) Ladies Knowledge Circle (6:30pm - 8:30pm)
Please join us for an exciting week of activities, only at Iqra! 

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Yasmin Mogahed Comes to NYU!!/event.php?eid=195875090491501&notif_t=event_invite

Friday, November 18 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm


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"What we so often forget is that God has honored the woman by giving her value in relation to God—not in relation to men. But as Western feminism erases God from the scene, there is no standard left—except men. As a result, the Western feminist is forced to find her value in relation to a man. And in so doing, she has accepted a faulty assumption. She has accepted that man is the standard, and thus a woman can never be a full human being until she becomes just like a man." - Yasmin Mogahed

Agree? Disagree? Don't know how you feel and wanna discuss it further?
Come through Friday, November 18th at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM to here Yasmin Mogahed speak! Event is free and open to all. See y'all there.

Islamic Center at NYU
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Dr. Jackson's new book: Sufism for Non-Sufis?

"Sufism for Non-Sufis?: Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah al-Sakandari’s Taj al-‘Arus is the upcoming title by Dr. Sherman Jackson, on Oxford University Press. The book is due out March 14, 2012. Mark your calendars."


Few forms of classical Islam are more controversial among modern Muslims than the spiritual discipline known as Sufism. Yet, in the face of the modern Muslim tendency to limit Islam's deployment to the emphatically political, few expressions of the religion could be more central to its spiritual vitality in the modern world. In his translation and analysis of Ibn 'Ata' Allah al-Sakandari's Taj al-'Arus, Sherman A. Jackson demonstrates that violent, lax, or rigid readings of the texts of Islam are just as much a result of the state of spiritual health, awareness, and fortitude of those who read and deploy them as they are of the substance of the Qur'an, Sunna, and the teachings of Islam's sages.

Sufism for Non-Sufis?: Ibn 'Ata' Allah al-Sakandari's Taj al-'Arus shows the effort of a renowned Sufi master (d. 1309 CE) to circumvent the controversies and misunderstandings concerning Sufism to explain Islam's tradition of devotional rectitude, spiritual refinement, and purification of the self to the everyday Muslim. To this end, al-Sakandari avoids virtually every aspect of Sufism known to raise problems for opponents or non-adepts - theological, institutional, even terminological - instead attempting to cultivate a proper relationship with God, not merely intellectually or theologically but experientially and psycho-dynamically. Written in the classical style of spiritual aphorisms, this work is a treasure-trove of classical Islamic spiritual wisdom, free of all of the usual barriers between Sufism and the common believer.


* Demonstrates that the spiritual state of those who employ a religious text is as important as the text itself in determining the social role of the text
* First English translation of an important and popular work by an exceedingly influential pre-modern figure

Product Details
192 pages; 5-1/2 x 8-1/4; ISBN13: 978-0-19-987367-8ISBN10: 0-19-987367-4

About the Author(s)

King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, Professor of Religion, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, The University of Southern California


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Usually when the convert experience is discussed in a Muslim community, the discussion focuses on why the individual converted. Although there is a great benefit in hearing these stories, the discussion never deepens into issues a convert faces after converting. This panel discusses the real experiences that converts face in dealing with the Muslim community after converting as well as issues with family, relationship, education, and many other topics.

ICNYU started the Conver(t)sations program this past January. This program aims to establish an entry point into the community for those who have converted or reverted to Islam. It can be hard for many of us to fit in and find a comfortable place in the Muslim community, and those who are converts are no exception to this. Our hope is to provide an outlet for socializing, mentorship, and discussion that makes the transition process easier for our brothers and sisters who have made the decision to embrace the faith.

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