Session #1: Struggling to Surrender

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Doubt and the Quest for Certainty

The secular age has shifted focus from the after-life to the worldly-life which not only resulted in a general decline in the belief in God but also led to the normalization and acceptance of doubt. Join us as we tackle these struggles and examine some methods that can be employed to reclaim certainty as articulated in the Quran.

by Sh. Omar Suleiman

 

Life without God – The Implications of Atheism

Theistic religions believe in the existence of God who they consider to be the source of morality and ethics, guiding the lives of its practitioners. The atheistic worldview in contrast denies the existence of any transcendental being and advance an understanding of the universe relying primarily on its material existence. What are specific implications and limitations of this materialistic worldview? And can we even understand morality when it’s untethered to a transcendent source?

By Imam Mohamed AbuTaleb

 

Longing for the Divine

In our natural disposition (fitra), we share a strong urge to connect with the Divine and experience an aching emptiness when that connection is lacking. To fill up that void, we frequently seek comfort in worldly distractions and attachments, only to realize that everything earthly is in fact fleeting and diminishing. Join us as we explore how to remove potential distractions from our path to God and nurture a lasting connection with the Divine.

By Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda

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Session #2: Islam: Deconstructing Myths and Clarifying Truths

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Divine Justice and the Problem of Evil

Theologians of monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have widely discussed and debated the purpose and existence of evil in this world. What is the Islamic perspective on this and how does that tie in with the problem of suffering? How have Muslim theologians reconciled the existence of suffering/evil with that of an All-Merciful and All-Powerful God?

By Hamza Tzortzis

Does God Need Us to Obey and Worship Him?

The question is often posed to Muslims: “If God is all powerful and all capable, then why does He need you to worship and obey Him. Why does it matter to Him whether you sin or not? It seems that to need others to glorify you and praise you, would make you petty and needy!” How does one go about answering and addressing this issue of theology?

By Sh. Saad Tasleem

Islam – A Religion or Political Ideology?

Arguing that Islam is a political ideology masquerading as a religion, Islamophobes maintain that Islam should not enjoy the protection afforded by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. What are the implications of such a claim and how can we educate and help correct this false assertion?

By Dr. Dalia Fahmy

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Session #3: Islam and the Challenges of Modernity

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Islam, Perennialism and the New Age Movement

Religious movements such as Perennialism (emphasizing truth and salvation of all faiths) and New Age Spirituality (emphasizing being “spiritual” over being “religious”) are largely a product of the growing skepticism towards organized religion. Join us as we attempt to understand the widespread adoption of these movements and explore the balanced counter-narrative from within the Islamic tradition.

By Sh. Yasir Qadhi

Islam and the Human Rights Discourse

Religions have a pre-modern origin and have generally emphasized human dignity. The human rights paradigm in contrast, is a modern concept and defines universal and inalienable rights within a secular framework. Does the secular nature of the discourse introduce a potential of conflict between the two? What then are the possibilities of reconciliation?

By Sh. Yassir Fazaga

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