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Exciting news: you can now attend online my Advanced Quranic Sciences course being offered by The Islamic Seminary of America.

I feel confident in saying that nothing like this has ever been attempted before. I aim to teach our students not only the classical sciences of the Quran from the traditional perspective, but also expose them to contemporary and ground-breaking research that is being done in this field, by Muslims and non-Muslims. It is an intensive graduate-level seminar, with extensive readings every week. Please be warned that many advanced and, at times, difficult subjects will be discussed. While a reading knowledge of Arabic will be useful, it isn't required for the auditors.

The goal is to appreciate the primary understandings of the compilation, history, text, and interpretation-techniques of the Quran amongst our traditional scholars, while also being aware of some of the potential questions that modern researchers pose - questions about the origins, authorship, preservation, recitation and interpretation of the Quran. We will read figures as diverse as Ibn Taymiyya to Noldeke and al-Zarkashi to Puin.

In our seminar, I'll also be bringing in guest speakers from other universities (including Harvard) who will share their perspectives and findings. As well, we will expose our students to carbon-14 dating, calligraphic styles, the Sana'a palimpsest and its repercussions in modern academia, and other relevant topics.

If you wish to attend remotely (IMPORTANT: online auditing only!), please fill out this form and you will be contacted with more information.

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Alhamdulillah had a wonderful meeting with many of the fellow Imams and Resident Scholars in the greater DFW area. We discussed specific, tangible goals of what we could all accomplish together in this region.
Possibilities include a unified prayer and Ramadan schedule; templates for nikah contracts; arbitration; and other issues.

Stay tuned for details!

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In my over a dozen pilgrimages this is the first time it rained in Arafat. We all felt a very special connection with the Mercy of Allah today. May Allah accept the Hajj of those in Arafat and may He allow all those who desire to come here to perform the pilgrimage one day!

May Allah bless the Ummah and life the persecution of all those being persecuted! Ameen.
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In these blessed ten days, where each and every good deed is multiplied beyond count, I ask you to sponsor educating a child in the refugee camps where they've been residing for years.

I've personally visited these camps and seen first-hand the lives of these children, and also the positive impact education has on them. Even though the facilities we build are makeshift, it allows these children to retain some elements of a normal childhood, and be educated so that they can better prepare themselves to face the next step of their lives.

These are our children - they are our responsibility. Their parents fled the war in Syria and are unable to return. The children should not have to suffer more.

Any amount helps, but the cost of a child's education is $250. Please invest in your own Hereafter, in a sadaqa jāriyya whose returns will continue for many, many decades to come.

Click on our fundraising page, and also SHARE this with your family and friends so that you can get the reward of helping raise awareness as well.

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The most blessed ten days of the year have begun. Make an intention, from now, to do at least one good deed that you typically don't do on each of these ten days. And in particular, for those who aren't going for Hajj:

- of the greatest of good deeds is the sacrifice, for it is the Sunnah of our father Ibrāhīm, and for every hair of the animal a sin is wiped out. While the stronger opinion is that it is not wājib, it is close to being wājib (meaning: a very, very strongly encouraged Sunnah). The meat should be distributed to the poor, and amongst family and friends, and consumed (1/3 for each as a rough guideline, and not as an obligation).

- the one paying for the sacrifice should preferably not trim nails or cut hair; if he does, there is no penalty. The family of the one paying is included in the blessings of the sacrifice, while not being required to abstain from trimming/cutting.

- our Nabī (SAW) encouraged us to do constant dhikr during these ten days, and especially the takbīr and tahmīd. The Companions would raise their voices with dhikr, even while walking in the markets.

- those not doing Hajj should begin loud takbīrāt after every one of the five daily prayers, beginning from the Fajr of the 9th (i.e., the Day of `Arafah) and ending at the `Asr of the 13th (note: some madhabs have other opinions). Those doing Ḥajj begin takbīrat after the prayers from the Dhuhr of the 10th. The common version narrated of the takbīra is:
الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله، والله أكبر الله أكبر ولله الحمد

- those not performing Ḥajj are strongly encouraged to fast on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah,for it forgives the minor sins of the previous and upcoming year. It is also narrated that some of the pious predecessors made special dua on the Day of Arafah even though they were in their lands and weren't doing Ḥajj.

May Allah accept the Ḥajj of those of us going for Ḥajj, and allow us all to return safely to our families! And may Allah accept the good deeds of all of us during these blessed days!

Please SHARE this message so that others benefit, and I ask you all to remember me in your duas during these days, and I too will remember you.

Due to Ḥajj, my updates in the next ten days will be infrequent.
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