Saturday, January 5, 2013

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Our next class on the life of Imam Abu Hanifa: Baghdad's Auspicious Fortune
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Quilliam Press presents — Imam Abu Hanifa: Baghdad's Auspicious Fortune
Taught by
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Date and time
Saturday, January 12, 2013
7:00pm – 8:00pm (GMT)

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Imam Abu Hanifa an-Nu'man ibn Thabit (d. 767), the master-scholar of Iraq, was one of the four great Mujtahid Imams, after whom were named the four Madhhabs to which Sunni Muslims belong. A pupil of Imam Malik, he was celebrated for his intelligence, and his school is famous for its high opinion of the Divine gift of reason.

In this the Imam was a faithful follower of the first generation of Muslims. According to many historians, he had the honour to meet several of the Companions of the Holy Prophet. His emphasis on rational approaches in law and theology, which went beyond even the method of Imam al-Shafi'i, did much to trigger systematic jurisprudence and theology in the Islamic world. Partly for this reason, a majority of Muslims in the world today are followers of his school.

Our previous class, "Imam al-Shafi'i: The Worshipping Jurist" is now available to watch online. Click here to watch.
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With Hafith Sheikh Anwar Muhaimin and his brother Imam Anas Muhaimin.

Darul Hikmah (Chicago)

Where Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari, Hussain Kamani and others teach ma sha Allah.

Darul Qasim (Chicago)

Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah has started teaching here (in Chicago) ma sha Allah.

Fawakih Institute

New Islamic Directions - Home of Imam Zaid Shakir mA

Habib Ali al-Jirfri: From Hadhramaut to Sylhet to Whitechapel

Shah Jalal is arguably the greatest and most celebrated Islamic personality of the Bengal region.

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Seekers Hub (Toronto)

Safina Society (New Brunswick, NJ)

Ta’leef Collective (Fremont, CA & Chicago)

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah's "Living Islam With Purpose" -- recently re-published by Tabah Foundation (in English, and in Arabic translation)


Description from the Nawawi page:
Living Islam With Purpose 
The earlier Nawawi Foundation paper Islam and the Cultural Imperative addressed the necessity of establishing an authentic indigenous Muslim cultural presence in America. Living Islam with Purpose complements that paper by offering an operational framework for accomplishing the task. This framework consists of “five operational principles,” which are discussed at length and illustrated with examples: 
   • Trusting reason
   • Respecting dissent
   • Stressing societal obligation
   • Setting priorities
   • Embracing maxims 
These five principles are central to the Islamic tradition and embody the practical wisdom and consummate sensibility of the Prophetic teaching. The paper emphasizes the need for American Muslims as a whole to become directly involved in their self-definition and the construction of their future as individuals and communities. This task cannot be left to others or to chance; the five operational principles provide an invaluable resource for determining the way forward. Living Islam with Purpose focuses on the American Muslim community but is relevant to Muslims everywhere, especially those in the West.  
Kufi tip to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Habib Ali al-Jifri

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Songs in the Key of Light CD - Fez Singers -Sandala

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus - Passing Through the Dunya

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Shaykh Yahya Rhodus - Himma (Spiritual Aspiration)

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Articles and Books by Imam Zaid Shakir


Where I’m Coming From (Amazon)

Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance (Amazon)

Scattered Pictures: Reflections of an American Muslim (Amazon)

The Heirs of The Prophets (Reprint) (Amazon - 2010)

Dear Self: A Year In The Life Of A Welfare Mother (Foreword)

The War Within Our Hearts (Foreword)

Article by Musa Furber on rape and Islam in the Washington Post: "The Islam women were promised"

Monday, December 31, 2012

Articles by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

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ALIM Winter Program 2013 – Orange County, CA - Spiritual and Cultural Authenticity: American Muslim Realities and Our Way Forward

Friday, January 18th – Sunday, January 20th, 2013.
MLK Holiday Weekend (Monday is a Federal Holiday).

This year’s ALIM Winter Program will be in Orange County, California during the Martin Luther King Weekend in January 2013 in sha Allah.
The ALIM Winter program will explore how American Muslims can become positive contributors to this culture while remaining true to their values as Muslims. By looking at “Muslim Identity,” “Islamic Culture,” and the question of Muslim involvement in American Society, we will look to our tradition to inspire a future embedded in an authentic spiritual and cultural identity.
Join us for a thought provoking discussion with our scholars on transcending basic consumption of dominant culture in the pursuit of creating a dignified American Muslim voice.

Confirmed Scholars:


Confirmed Artist Panel: 

Sunday, December 30, 2012


IMAM AL-GHAZALI (may God's mercy be on him) wrote in his book The Beginning of Guidance:

You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing (baraka) in each period.

But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted.

Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved.

Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter?

Therefore be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind.

(quoted in the back of The Prophetic Invocations, Starlatch Press).