Blog

29
Apr

Initiating a Muslim Intellectual Discourse in the USA

The greatest task facing contemporary Muslims today is the implementation of an intellectual understanding of Islam in a context that fundamentally does not understand it. Shaykh Amin Kholwadia has been at the forefront of this challenge for over 20 years. Since founding Darul Qasim in 2000, he has been engaged in training generations of scholars...
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20
Apr

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light – The Darul Qasim Sunday Tafsīr

For over 22 years, Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia, founder of Darul Qasim, has been teaching Tafsīr with inspiring consistency to thousands. Rain or shine, you will find individuals from all walks of life gathered at the feet of this great scholar.  There is no prerequisite for entering this space and listening to the Shaykh.  Abdul...
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19
Apr

At the Feet of My Mother – Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari Academic Advisor and Liaison for the Department of Hadith Studies at Darul Qasim Walking through Darul Qasim’s  gate of knowledge is an act of community re-engagement. It is a re-presentation of the Islamic intellectual tradition by students and faculty who see their learning and teaching as not only transformative on an...
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16
Apr

Youth, Identity, and the Quest for More Knowledge – Aala Al-Akhfash

In 2020, Aala Al-Akhfash, a first year student in the Intermediate Program,  graduated from a highschool in Knoxville, Tennessee as the pandemic was at its peak. Classes came to a standstill, but she was fortunate enough to be able to graduate. She recalls “it was a weird stopping point”, but little did she realize her...
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15
Apr

Navigating Today’s Intellectual Challenges – Dr. Choukri Heddouchi

About twenty years ago, Dr. Choukri Heddouchi, at the time a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, decided to attend an on-campus Tafsīr session of Shaykh Amin’s. This was part of a series for Muslim students.  Since highschool, Dr. Heddouchi has had a special interest in the topic. He recollects, at the time, he...
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12
Apr

How Certainty Takes Root: Methodology of Love, Respect, and Reverence – Hussam Bteibet

Like many students at Darul Qasim, Hussam Bteibet, 3rd year student in the Intermediate Program, balances both his professional career with his quest for more knowledge. Hussam received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Cleveland State University in 2016. He is currently working as a cybersecurity engineer for a software company. How is he...
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10
Apr

Expanding One’s View – Bushra Alvi

Bushra Alvi, 4th year student in the Intermediate Program, glances back at the physical gates that make up the back wall of Darul Qasim’s library. Students and faculty spent countless hours here studying traditional and contemporary Islamic texts. She is asked to reflect on how walking through the symbolic gate of knowledge, that is Darul...
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08
Apr

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – Ustadh Firas Alkhateeb

“I see Darul Qasim as being a place that has the potential not just to transform individuals, but also society as a whole.[…] Because what we are trying to do here is […] not just teach students the bare bones, dry fiqh […] and this is what you believe… and things like that.  But getting...
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05
Apr

Creating Dialogue with the Living and Dead – Mawlana Saaleh Baseer

“For me, Darul Qasim, more than any other institution, was able to create a dialogue with the living and a dialogue with those that are dead.” Mawlana Saaleh Baseer, a second-year Ifta student,  reflects here on Darul Qasim’s illuminating and engaging approach to the acquisition of academic knowledge. When walking through this gate of knowledge...
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03
Apr

Muqri’ah Sayeeda Hikmat & the Quest For More Knowledge

What does walking through the gate of knowledge look, feel, and sound like for a female student at Darul Qasim? Sayeeda Hikmat, a 4th year student in the intermediate program, shares:  “It’s never going to end…I can keep doing more and more!” Sayeeda’s excitement and dedication to the acquisition of Islamic knowledge can be felt...
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02
Apr

Books Don’t Speak – Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky

Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky is the Chair in the Department of Theology
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