“The Muslims are brothers. No one is superior to another except through God-consciousness.”
— Reported by Tabarani
The issue of ‘race’ is a sensitive area that many people simply do not want to discuss. The above mentioned statement of the Prophet (saws) is often quickly cited to avoid the controversies that surround ‘race’ and its implications in Islamic discourse. In this course, race and racism will be tackled ‘head-on’. We will explore some of our common attitudes and perceptions about race and its impact on our Islamic belief and practice. What is the difference between race and racism? Is racism a term which only denotes what happens when “white” people discriminate against “black” people? Is race real or merely a social construct? What do classical Muslim scholars have to say about race? Are members of the Prophet’s family created with a nature distinct from other people? Is a person an apostate if he describes Prophet Muhammad (saws) as a black man?
These questions and much more will be explored and discussed in this very unique course.
While it is undoubtedly desirable for all the Muslims of a given locale to unite as much as possible on the dates for the beginning and end of Ramadân, one has to be sure of establishing a complete consistency on this question.
I think we should really consider doing a full-term Islamic calendar with all months sighted. Not only will this give us the proper means of a local sighting, as Dr. Blankinship points out, but its another evolutionary development for Muslims in North America to establish themselves, as God commands, “And establish prayer…”.
The above is the title to a new webinar with Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali of Lamppost Productions. This lesson takes a fascinating look at selections on “Qadr”, or Divine decree, from the famed manual on Sunni theology composed by Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi (d. 321 AH/933 CE): Aqidah Tahawiyya. The subject of Qadr has been a topic that has confused many Muslims leading to variegated perspectives. Should we say that we have no choice since God the Exaulted is in control of everything? Do we say that we have an unfettered free—will that proclaims that God has no knowledge of what will occur regarding our actions? How are we to understand and explain this important aspect of Islamic belief? Listen to a sample of this webinar here and obtain your copy of this session!
Selection from a special two-day seminar, Race Relationships, & Relevance, at Taleef Collective. Dr. Jackson emphasizes the need for Muslims in America to serve as the authentic voice for Islam. Dr. Jackson provides unique insights that utilizes our rich Islamic tradition in a modern context. See our special session with him on Islam & the Problem of Black Suffering.
“The Danger of Unlearned People teaching themselves Hadith”
Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali responds to a question about the growing and dangerous practice of people using translations of hadith books to deriving fiqh rulings from them. This was a part of the Question and Answer session in the “Retaining the Prophetic Heritage: Introduction to the Science of Hadith Class”
A Study of Imam Bayquni’s Didactic Poem with Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
Date(s): Classes begin on Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 and end on Sunday, Feb 27th 2011.
Class Information and Early Registration: The classes are pre-recorded with a live Q&A Session.Each pre-recorded session will be sent to the student on Sunday between 12-1pm eastern standard time. Early Registration for the class will be $40.00 The early registration will end on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Midnight Pacific Standard Time. After this time, registration for the class will be $50.00 Please note: The class will NOT be offered as individual sessions. The Q&A session is FREE.
Do you ever wonder how we obtain some of our common understandings of Islam? Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, a resident scholar at Zaytuna College, examines this issue and explores the distinction between ‘interpretation’ and Islam! Very important for a clear perspective on Islamic Law. Listen to this sample of a this session with Ustadh Abdullah. The full session is available at Lamppost Productions