Introducing Reel Talk: w/ Ust Ubaydullah September 12, 2017

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“Mish mumkin li wāhid amrīkī an ya’īsha bidūn al-aflām!”

The quotation above, transliterated from semi-colloquial Egyptian Arabic, reads “It’s impossible for an American to live without movies!” Offered by a professor at al-Azhar University in response to an American student’s question about the permissibility of watching movies; the statement was at once facetious and insightful. Although the professor was clearly poking fun at the American obsession with Hollywood, he was also offering a lesson in legal realism or fiqh al-wāqi’. In other words, he was saying, is there really any consequence to how I respond to this question; no matter what I say you’re going to watch movies! And admittedly, we do…


Wrapping up the 2017 ALIM Summer Program August 22, 2017

Its a Wrap Summer 2017

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans shares his thoughts about spirituality as the ALIM Summer Program wraps up for 2017


The Hunger of Ramadan June 4, 2017

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Let’s face it; it’s about being hungry. In spite of much insightful commentary on prayer and connection to the Qur’an being the true purpose of the holy month, in our minds, and if not, certainly in our stomachs, hunger remains the most salient feature of Ramadan


The New Kalam April 14, 2017

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Ilm al-Kalām, the term applied to theology in classical Islam, occupies an interesting place in our history. Much more than law (fiqh), its intellectual counterpart, theology became the focus of the nascent Islamic civilization’s conversation with the world around it. .


Discussing Controversy: Hamza Yusuf at RIS December 27, 2016

I still remember my first encounter with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. I was an 18yr old newly-minted convert attending a Nawawi Foundation event in Chicago. Initially unsure of what to expect, I sat spellbound….


Ramadan Reflections with Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans June 6, 2016

In Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans’ Ramadan Reflection, he talks about understanding our life’s purpose by living by the great examples of our Prophets.